Students, faculty, and staff are expected to comply with driving and parking rules.  There are parking spaces set aside for handicapped drivers and for visitors, but students and employees are expected to register their cars with Public Safety to obtain the appropriate decal and display that decal as instructed.

Those who do not comply may be ticketed and/or may have their cars towed.  Tickets may be appealed within 5 working days after they are issued.

Click here to download and print the 2018 Wheaton College Parking and Traffic Regulations pamphlet (pdf)

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Parking Locations

Where to park:

The responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the vehicle operator. Lack of space in any area or the fact that other vehicles are parked improperly is not considered a valid excuse for violation of these regulations.

The Director of Public Safety attempts to regulate the number of permits issued so adequate space is left for all parkers under normal circumstances. During large-scale events, parking space may be temporarily filled on campus; and in this case, parkers are expected to wait for a legal space to become available or to park off campus.

As needed for special functions, emergencies, or other College-related functions, the Director of Public Safety may temporarily close a parking area(s) or designate an area(s) for a specific person or group. Unless specifically authorized by Public Safety, parking on lawns, fields, or other grassy areas is prohibited.

Vehicles should be parked within parking space boundaries, if so marked

The College Bookstore parking lot is restricted to customer parking only. This restriction is in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To see the complete parking plan, download and print the parking map (pdf).

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Driving Safely

The speed limit on campus is 15 mph; and vehicles are permitted to drive only on roads or in areas designed for motor vehicle operation. Except as specifically authorized by Public Safety, driving or parking on lawns or on upper campus is prohibited.

Because a high level of pedestrian and bicycle traffic exists on and around campus, drivers should drive safely according to the circumstances. Reckless or unsafe driving may result in the immediate revocation of driving and parking privileges on campus.

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Handicapped Parking

Certain spaces on campus are designated for handicapped parking and only those vehicles displaying the appropriate identification plate designated by Massachusetts State law may park in those spaces. The Director of Public Safety may authorize temporary handicapped parking privileges on campus.

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To see the complete parking plan, download and print the parking map (pdf).

Visitor Parking

Visitors and guests may park in Lot 2 (Elm St.).

Visitors to the campus should register their cars with Public Safety, particularly if they are staying overnight and obtain a temporary parking pass. This will prevent problems and the unpleasantness associated with a visitor’s vehicle being unknowingly ticketed or towed.

To see the complete parking plan, download and print the parking map (pdf).

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Parking Violations

Click here to see a list of parking violations and associated fines.

Appealing a Ticket

A ticket must be appealed within five (5) working days from the date of issuance. Appeal forms (pdf) can be downloaded and filled out (or a paper copy can be obtained from Public Safety). Completed forms can be placed in campus mail or returned to the Public Safety Department. Also, with appeal form, include the parking ticket that you received. Registrants are notified via campus mail regarding appeal decisions.

Towing

Chapter 266, Section 120D of the Massachusetts General Laws grants the College authority to have vehicles towed off campus. Illegally parked vehicles are subject to being towed without notice at the owner’s expense. The Public Safety Department will make a reasonable effort to take less severe enforcement actions; however, where infractions are serious, create a dangerous situation, hinder the emergency or normal operation of the college, or where the owner of the vehicle has received several warnings and/or fines, towing may be appropriate or necessary. As a courtesy, registrants of cars, which are legally registered on campus, will be notified via email when their vehicle has been towed.

The private towing company Wheaton College uses receives the money for the vehicles they tow. This company also assumes any liability for damage caused during a towing operation.

Directions:
Fogerty Towing
97 Oak Street
Norton, MA 02766
(508) 285-7440

Take Route 123 West toward Attleboro for approximately 2 miles to Oak Street (Oak Street is shortly after Mansfield Bank on the right side).

Once you are on Oak Street, go exactly 9 tenths of a mile. On the right side of the road (97 Oak Street) you will see a white house with an attached barn-type garage. There is a sign that says Fogerty’s Enterprises.

Towing and Storage Rates:
$105.00 Vehicle hook-up fee
$20.00 Storage fee each day after 5:00 p.m.
All tow bills must be paid in full with cash.

Warnings:
As a courtesy (not required)  Public Safety may try to contact a registrant to move his/her car before it is towed.  It will be done only as staffing and activity levels permit; and will normally be done only once.

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