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Appeals Process for Citations

Appeals Procedure  

Upon receiving a university citation, you may file a request to have the citation reviewed if you can demonstrate ample justification or mitigating circumstances. All appeals must be filed online at www.tarleton.edu/parking within ten (10) working days of the date on the citation. Everyone who files an appeal must pay an appeals bond in the amount of the citation prior to the citation being reviewed.

To appeal a citation or impoundment, complete the online appeal form and include all of the relevant information. If an appeal is not filed within the designated time frame of ten (10) working days, then the citation is deemed final.

If you are given notice of outstanding citations, but claim you did not receive the citation, you have ten (10) working days from the notice date to file an appeal.

Appeals are reviewed by the Director. You will be notified by email of the decision. If the appeal is granted or reduced, a refund check will be produced by Business Services or if you paid online, your credit card will be credited.   All checks will be mailed to the appeal address you provided.

Appeal decisions will normally be made within two to three (2-3) weeks of submitting the appeals however expect a delay during high volume periods.

If you are not satisfied with the decision, you may request a hearing before the Parking Appeals Committee. This request can be made by calling 968.9001 within five (5) working days of the date the initial decision was rendered.  If a hearing is not requested by this deadline, all decisions made at the first level are final.

After a period of ten (10) working days from the date of issuance of the citation, citations not resolved through the department will be overdue. Overdue citations may subject the permit holder's motor vehicle(s) to impoundment and/or removal of parking privileges. Overdue citations may result in restriction of subsequent academic registration and withholding of a student's transcript until such time the obligation is satisfied. Parking privileges and these restricted services may be restored when all overdue citations have been resolved. At the discretion of Tarleton State University, overdue citations may be adjudicated in a court of competent jurisdiction in accordance with Article 51.208 of the Texas Education Code.

Appeals Process 

1. Complete the online appeal form located at www.tarleton.edu/parking. The form must be filled out completely.

2. On this form, describe when the incident occurred, where it occurred, how or why it occurred, and any other relevant facts.

3. If emergency or other extenuating circumstances are presented as cause for appeal, supporting documentation may be requested at the time it is reviewed (e.g., accident reports, medical records, auto repair bills).

4. Explain how your action did not constitute a violation by applying the parking regulation in question to the facts you have discussed.

Citation appeals that do not adhere to this procedure could result in a forfeit of the right to appeal.

Appeal Review 

To help assure fairness in the enforcement of parking violations, a two-tiered appeals process has been established to hear appeals of violation notices.

Level I:

Your completed citation appeal form will be reviewed by the Director who may dismiss, reduce, or uphold  the citation.

Level II:

If you are not satisfied with the level I decision, you may have the citation reviewed by the Parking Appeals Committee consisting of one student, one faculty member and one staff member. You may request that your written statement be sent to the committee or request a personal appearance before the committee by calling (968-9001) within the five (5) working days of the date the initial decision was rendered. Failure to request a personal appearance or failure to appear at the scheduled hearing will result in the decision being rendered on the basis of the written statement

The decision of the Parking Appeals Committee is final and binding.

The parking appeals committee uses the following guidelines to reach a decision:

  • Past parking record may be a factor in the decision.
  • Individuals are responsible for knowing and abiding by the parking rules and regulations. Ignorance of the regulations is not an excuse.
  • A parking permit is not a guarantee of a space. Not only is the driver responsible for finding an authorized space, but the lack thereof does not justify a parking violation.
  • The registrant of the vehicle is responsible for any ticket assigned, regardless of who is driving the vehicle at the time of the violation.
  • Students, faculty, and staff must register their vehicles to drive or park on campus. Parking permits must be displayed correctly to be considered valid.

Some Valid Reasons For Appeal

  • There was substantial evidence you did not commit the violation for which the citation was issued.
  • You committed the violation, but circumstances were not under your control, and
  • Prior to being issued a ticket you made some demonstrable attempt to notify Parking Services or Parking Enforcement of the situation.

Some Invalid Reasons For Appeal

  • Parking only for a few minutes
  • Referring to the rules as ridiculous
  • Inclement weather
  • Late for class or meeting
  • Parking lot being full
  • Another person advised me to park there
  • Stated failure of officer to ticket previously for similar offenses
  • Inability to pay fine