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    Construction of a new Wellness Center, addition of the new Sheehan Hall, and the reconfiguration of the front access road have altered parking and traffic flow around the  Worcester State University campus. As our campus renewal continues, available on-campus  parking may fluctuate. Below is information about our parking procedures and where you should park when you arrive.

  • General Parking Information

    When you are driving and parking on the Worcester State University campus, you should always show consideration for pedestrians, who have the right-of-way, and be aware of persons with disabilities. You must abide by WSU traffic and parking policies while on campus.

    Speed limits for all vehicles are:

    • Surface roadways: 15 mph
    • Parking lots and garage: 10 mph

    Our parking lot designations are as follows and can be viewed on the campus map:
    A - Dowden
    B - Wasylean
    C - Parking Garage
    D - May Street Lot
    F Lot
    G Lot
    H – Sullivan (contains visitor spots)
    K - Administration
    L - Student Center
    O - Wellness Center (Gym Lot)
    P - Front Roadway
    Q - Chandler Street Lot (formerly Temple Lot)
    R - 140 Goddard Memorial Drive (across from the T.J.Maxx Distribution Center)

    Loading and unloading zones are designated near each building. University Police is aware that many faculty need an unloading area as the semester begins and will accommodate that need.

    WSU strictly enforces parking policies and assumes no responsibility for damage to any vehicle or its contents.

    Report all motor vehicle accidents on campus to University Police at 508-929-8911 or at Wasylean Hall, Office 102.

    Decals, Hang Tags, and Passes
    All vehicles parked on our campus or in our satellite lots are required to have a valid parking decal, hang tag, or visitor pass, which designates where you should park. Decals must be securely affixed to a rear, driver-side passenger window, passes must be displayed on a vehicle's dashboard, and hang tags must be attached to a rearview mirror.

    Qualifying for and accepting a WSU parking permit means that you understand and pledge to abide by all WSU parking and traffic regulations.

    Student parking decals are required throughout the academic year for day, evening, and weekend classes. For information about obtaining a decal, click on the appropriate category below.
    Vehicles parked in handicap spaces must display a valid handicapped placard/plate.

    WSU-issued parking decals are not transferable from one vehicle to another. In the event you have a rental car or a substitute vehicle, you may obtain a temporary vehicle pass from the Parking and Transportation Office for no more than 10 days. Please remove expired decals from vehicle when a permit is renewed.

    A parking permit does not guarantee you a parking space in a particular lot or garage. Parking is available on a first-come, first-use basis within each designated parking area.
    Commuter Student Parking

    If you are a commuter student, you will receive a C parking decal by mail or from the Parking & Transportation Office before the beginning of your first semester. If you have not received a decal by the start of classes, visit the Parking & Transportation Office located in Wasylean Hall room 102. Please bring your student ID with you.

    You can park in surface lots D, F, G, H, K, L, and O, floors 3-6 in the parking garage (Lot C), and the overflow Chandler Street Lot (Lot Q). 

    You must remove your vehicle from campus before 1 a.m. and are prohibited from parking on campus before 5 a.m., unless you have a valid overnight pass from University Police.

    Resident Student Parking

    If you have been approved and have purchased a resident-student parking decal, you will be able to park either in the on-campus lots near the residence halls or our satellite parking lot at 140 Goddard Memorial Drive, which is across from a T.J.Maxx distribution center and near Worcester Airport.

    Shuttle service to and from campus will be provided 24/7, including holidays. There will be a police officer and cruiser on site at the satellite lot 24/7.

    Resident students must display the following decals on their vehicles:

    • RG decal allows parking in the satellite parking lot at 140 Goddard Memorial Drive.
    • RC (resident on-campus) decal permits parking on campus in resident-student parking spaces, located in Dowden Lot A.

    Resident students who have not received approval and purchased a decal are prohibited from parking on campus or in the Chandler Street Lot (Lot Q).

    For additional information contact the Residence Life office.

    Parking for Students Who Are Out-of-State Residents

    Massachusetts law requires college and university students who operate motor vehicles in Massachusetts that are registered in another state or country, whether they live on campus or not, to register that vehicle with the Registry of Motor Vehicles annually using the Massachusetts Nonresident Driver Statement. This form also is available from the Parking and Transportation Office.

    If you are an out-of-state student in this situation, you must do the following to comply with this law:

    • Complete a copy of the Massachusetts Nonresident Driver Statement and file the completed form with the Parking and Transportation Office.
    • Present your OneCard, valid vehicle registration, and proof of vehicle insurance in order to obtain a decal.

    Once your form is delivered in person to the Parking and Transportation Office, you will then be issued your required decal. Affix this decal to the uppermost center portion of your vehicle’s windshield.

    The penalty for a non-resident student’s failure to comply with this law is a fine of up to $200.00.

    Employee Parking
    Adjunct Faculty and Part-Time Employees (non-benefitted)
    If you are an adjunct faculty member or part-time employee (AF and S), you will park in Wasylean Lot B. You also may park in the overflow Chandler Street Lot (Lot Q).

    Full-Time Employee Hang Tags

    If you are a full-time faculty or staff member and you currently do not have an F or E hang tag, you must get one from the Parking and Transportation Office. No hang tags will be mailed or delivered. You must present your valid OneCard ID to pick up your hang tag.

    E hang tags permit parking in the garage (Lot C), level 2; the front roadway (Lot P); in Dowden and Wasylean (Lot A); and in the overflow Chandler Street Lot (Lot Q).

    F hang tags permit parking in the garage (Lot C), level 1; the front roadway (Lot P); and, when unit-designated spots are filled, faculty members may follow the procedures set forth in the CBA.

    Hang tags, university-issued keys, and OneCard IDs must be returned to the Human Resources Office when you terminate employment with WSU or take a position with a different union on campus.
    Visitor Parking
    Visitors are permitted to park in surface lots for non-students and non-employees with a valid visitor pass displayed on their vehicle’s dashboard. To request a pass prior to your visit, please complete an online form. Passes also are available at the Parking and Transportation office.

    Admissions visitors will find parking near the south entrance of the Shaughnessy Administration Building. For more information, please visit or contact the Admissions Office at 508-929-8040.

    Vendors and contractors must contact our Facilities Department for a pass.
    Parking in Inclement Weather
    During snow or other weather emergencies, parking advisories may be issued to inform the campus community of parking changes.
    Overnight Parking
    All overnight guests* must check in with the institutional security officer stationed in Dowden Hall, Sheehan Hall, or Wasylean Hall at 7 p.m. on the night of their stay.

    All vehicles on campus after midnight must be registered with University Police and must display a valid overnight parking permit. Guests who are parked overnight must park in designated overnight parking areas and remove their vehicle by 8 a.m. the following day.

    Vehicle owners who violate this policy are subject to having their vehicle towed without notification at the owner's expense.

    *You are considered an overnight guest if you are not a WSU resident student and are on our campus after midnight. 
    Parking/Traffic Enforcement
    WSU police officers fully enforce of state laws that call for state of Massachusetts citations to be issued. Officers are authorized and trained to enforce Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90 as it pertains to the safe operation of motor vehicles on the WSU campus.

    University Police have the ability to issue enforcement action to motorists who violate the provisions of that law by ticketing offenders. Officers are authorized to issue Massachusetts Uniform Citations and Warnings, which in some cases may require a fine to be paid or a court appearance.
    Parking Citation Appeals

    If you receive a ticket for a parking violation from University Police, you may appeal it by following several steps. All appeals must be:

    • Sent to the WSU Parking and Transportation Office in writing either by letter or an online appeal form  
    • Received by the Parking and Transportation Office within 21 days of a violation

    Appeal forms are available online and the Parking and Transportation Office in Wasylean Hall, Office 102.

    Parking Ticket Payments

    Parking tickets can be paid to the Parking and Transportation Office by:

    • Personal check: Checks are accepted during the initial 60 days after the issuance date of a violation and should be made payable to Worcester State University.
    • Cash payment: Cash is accepted for tickets that are not Registry marked.
    • Money order and bank check: Money orders and bank checks made payable to Worcester State University are accepted.
    • Credit Card: You may pay tickets with a credit card at

    The WSU OneCard is not accepted for paying fines.

    Parking fines are regulated by Chapter 90, Section 20A 1/2 of the Massachusetts General Laws. You have 21 days from when a ticket is issued to either pay or appeal it. Failure to pay on time will result in additional fines and, potentially, the involvement of the state's Registry of Motor Vehicles. RMV actions could include prohibiting the vehicle’s registered owner from renewing their driver’s license and/or vehicle registration until all outstanding tickets are paid.

    When the Registry of Motor Vehicles becomes involved, a surcharge of $20.00 is added by the RMV for each violation. As long as a fine remains unpaid, the RMV will not allow the vehicle’s registered owner to renew their driver’s license and/or vehicle registration until all marked tickets at WSU are paid.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Parking
    Q: I'm a night student and on campus only after 4 p.m. Do I need a decal or pass?
    A: Yes. All vehicles on campus must display a valid parking decal or pass while parked on campus.

    Q: What should I do if my original decal is on a car I sold, or that vehicle is no longer on the road?
    A: Resident students should, if possible, scrape the old decal off your vehicle and bring it to the Residence Life and Housing Office, where you'll complete a form to obtain a new decal. You'll be issued a replacement decal at no charge for your next vehicle. Your old decal will be voided in the university's computer system. Commuter students should inquire with the Student Accounts Office.

    Q: My car has a decal, but it's being repaired. Can I borrow someone else's car for a few days and keep that one on campus?
    A: Yes, you can keep a borrowed car on campus; however, you need to come to the Residence Life and Housing Office to obtain a temporary parking pass at no charge if you are a resident student. All other community members need to go to the Parking and Transportation Office to get a temporary parking pass at no charge. Temporary passes expire on the date printed at bottom of permit.

    Q: I don't normally have a car on campus or the satellite lot, but I just need to bring one for the week. Can I get a temporary pass?
    A: Yes. If you are a resident student who doesn't have a vehicle with a decal, you can get a temporary parking pass from the Residence Life and Housing Office. These passes are limited and approval is not guaranteed.

    Q: My doctor says I can't walk long distances. Can I park in handicapped parking?
    A: No. Drivers are only allowed to park in handicapped parking if they have handicapped plates or an appropriate handicap permit.

    Q: A friend is visiting my residence hall. Can he/she park his/her car on campus?
    A: Yes. Visitors are welcome on campus. See the Overnight Parking section for more information.

    Q: I can't get to the Parking and Transportation Office during business hours for a temporary pass. What should I do?
    A: University Police can issue you a temporary pass.

    Q: I do not have my decal/hang tag. What should I do?
    A: Contact University Police at 508-929-8911. They will direct you as to how to park without being ticketed.