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Lewis University Traffic, Permit, and Parking Regulations

Welcome to Lewis University. These Traffic, Permit and Parking Regulations are designed to better serve the Lewis community by providing traffic safety and sufficient parking for students, faculty, staff, and visitors and make enforcement as equitable as possible for all members of the community.

Traffic Regulations

  • Lewis University, Village of Romeoville and State of Illinois traffic regulations are in effect on campus and will be enforced by the Lewis University Police Department (LUPD).  All persons driving or parking on campus are responsible for complying with traffic safety laws and regulations. 
  • All motor vehicles must be properly licensed, insured and completely operable according to the State of Illinois Vehicles Code and Village of Romeoville Ordinances.
  • The speed limit on all University streets is 15 MPH.
  • The speed limit in parking lots is 10 MPH.
  • All road markings and signs must be obeyed. Special attention should be paid to stop signs and crosswalks.
  • Vehicles must yield to pedestrians entering upon or already within a crosswalk.
  • Pedestrians crossing at other than a crosswalk must yield the right-of-way to vehicles upon the roadway.
  • Inoperable or abandoned vehicles may not be left on campus. Such vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense.

Permit Regulations

  • All persons parking a vehicle on campus must properly display a valid Parking Permit on the vehicle. 
  • If you obtain a permit but fail to properly display it on the vehicle that is considered a violation.
  • Only one Permit may be displayed on a vehicle at any given time.  Old permits must be removed.
  • Commuter or Resident Permits (exterior sticker style) must be displayed on the outside upper left (driver side) rear windshield of the vehicle.
  • Faculty/Staff Permits (interior hang-tag style) must be hung from the inside rear-view mirror of the registered vehicle.
  • Permits for motorcycles may be displayed on the windshield or other prominent location near the front of the cycle.
  • Permits are valid only on the vehicle for which they are registered.
  • Permits may not be loaned to others. 
  • Student Permits (exterior sticker style) are not transferable to other vehicles.  If you obtain a new vehicle you must obtain a new permit.
  • Faculty/Staff Permits (interior hang-tag style) may be registered for multiple vehicles.
  • Guests or Visitors can obtain a Temporary or Guest Permit from LUPD.
  • If an alternate vehicle is to be operated on campus on a temporary basis, a Temporary Permit must be obtained from LUPD.
  • Temporary permits may be valid for up to 2 weeks and may be obtained no more than 3 times each semester.
  • Temporary Permits and Guest Permits should be displayed on the front dashboard in plain view.
  • A driver issued a Temporary Permit may only park in lots corresponding to the driver’s status (Commuter, Resident, or Faculty/Staff).

Obtaining a Permit

  • Commuter and Resident Parking Permit:  Permit is purchased online through PermitExpress® accessed using the University’s MyLewis web portal.  Commuter and Resident permits are paid for at the time of purchase and are mailed to the student. Permits are not billed on a student account.
  • Faculty/Staff Permit:  Permit is requested online through the University’s permit provider, PermitExpress® using the University’s MyLewis web portal and this permit is issued by LUPD.
  • Permits for Students and Faculty/Staff must be obtained annually and are valid for up to one year (valid from July 1 through June 30) with an expiration date printed on the permit.
  • A limited supply of Permits for Lot NN (free lot) are available through LUPD which allow a vehicle to park only in Lot NN.  A Student may obtain ONE free lot permit annually.
  • When you obtain a permit online, you will be given the opportunity to download and print a Temporary Permit for use on your vehicle until you receive the regular permit in the mail.  Place the Temporary Permit on the dashboard of your vehicle in plain view.

Permit Fee Schedule

Commuter Permit
Resident Permit
$170
Annual permit
Valid from July 1 to June 30.
Fee waived for Graduate/Accelerated students
One vehicle per permit.
Additional
Commuter or Resident Permit
$50
Annual permit
Annual permit valid from July 1 to June 30.
Permit must be registered to the same person
Faculty/Staff Permit No fee
Annual permit
Valid from July 1 to June 30.
May have multiple vehicles registered to this permit
Temporary Permit No fee May be valid up to two weeks.
Valid for lots matching the person’s status
Free Lot Permit No charge
Limited supply
Restricted to parking in Lot NN Only
Only one permit allowed to a person
Overnight Guess Pass No fee Must be requested and approved through Residence Life prior to the end of business hours


Note: 
All Permits are charged a nominal processing fee by the university’s permit provider, PermitExpress®

Parking Regulations

  • Lewis University regulations, Village of Romeoville ordinances and State of Illinois Vehicle Code are in effect and will be enforced.
  • All parking on campus is first come – first served.  A parking permit does not guarantee you a parking space in a location of your choice.  
  • All campus parking lot restrictions are designated by signs. 
  • Vehicles violating parking restrictions are subject to being ticketed and/or towed.
  • Special restrictions such as handicap parking, designated spaces for visitors, and other special designations are posted in each parking lot.
  • Vehicles with handicapped plates or placards may park in any designated handicapped parking space regardless of the lot usage designation in accordance with state law and village ordinances. Handicapped parking spaces are typically (2) parking spaces wide. Parking is not permitted in the hashed area between marked spaces unless your vehicle is properly registered with state handicapped plates or placards.
  • Commuter parking lots are restricted from having overnight parking without an overnight guest pass obtained from the Lewis University Police Department or a Faculty/Staff permit.
  • Commuter and Resident Permits (exterior sticker) allow a vehicle to park in designated Commuter or Resident lots respectively.
  • Faculty/Staff Permits (interior hang-tag) allow a vehicle to park in designated Faculty/Staff lots.
  • Students who have registered for the free parking permit (Lot NN) are restricted from parking in any parking lot on campus other than Lot NN.
  • No parking is allowed on any University street by other than authorized University vehicles, emergency vehicles, or where otherwise posted.
  • No parking is permitted at the side of campus buildings, in grassy areas, on sidewalks, or within 15 feet of fire hydrants or crosswalks.
  • Vehicles must be parked in a parking space. No parking is allowed at the end of a row of parking, in a parking lot aisle/roadway or across yellow hashed lines. 
  • A vehicle may only occupy one parking pace (unless it is equipped with a trailer, etc.)
  • Campus Parking lot restrictions are removed beginning each Friday at 6pm until Sunday night at 6pm.  All campus lots are open, with the exception of handicapped accessible spaces.
  • See parking lot designations below.

Parking & Snow Removal

  • To facilitate snow removal and maintain adequate parking facilities on campus, NO OVERNIGHT PARKING is permitted during the winter months (December 1 through April 15) in parking lots C, D, E, and F. 
  • Snow removal in parking facilities will be in accordance with the above listed priority. Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

Miscellaneous Regulations

  • No oil changing or repairs to cars may be made on campus.  Any exceptions must have the prior approval of University Police. Adding oil is permitted, but oil cans and other debris must be placed in receptacles.
  • Lewis University cannot assume responsibility for any damage or thefts from vehicles on campus.

Tickets/Fines

  • The person to whom a vehicle is registered or permitted is responsible for any and all violations of campus traffic and parking regulations, unless the driver at the time of the violation is specifically identified.
  • Fines for University citations issued to Students, Faculty and Staff are paid online using PermitExpress® which is accessed using the University’s MyLewis web portal.
    • You will need the citation number and the license plate to proceed.
  • Failure to pay a fine within 15 days will result in a 10% late fee increase in the fine amount. 
  • Failure to pay fines may result in suspension of campus parking privileges, holds placed on university records and/or collections.
  • Tickets issued by the Romeoville Police Department or any other authorized law enforcement agency are not connected with University citations issued by LUPD.
  • Municipal or State citations issued by LUPD are handled through the Will County Circuit Court.
  • Students accumulating excessive violations during a semester may be referred to the Office of Student Services for judicial processing. Any additional violations may result in suspension of driving privileges on campus.
  • Faculty/Staff violators may also be referred to the Office of Human Resources.
Violation Fine Schedule
Violation Type Fine Amount
Permit Violation $30
Parking Violation $30
Handicapped Parking Violation $250
Seat Belt Violation $20
Other Traffic/Moving Violation $50


Appeals

The issuance of a parking/traffic violation is an indication that a University policy has been violated.  It is the responsibility of the alleged violator to prove in an Appeal that the policy was not violated.

A citation may be appealed within 5 calendar days of issuance based upon either factual error or extenuating circumstances.  The appeal is filed through PermitExpress® which is accessed using the University’s MyLewis web portal.  After this time period has elapsed, the citation stands as written and no appeal will be considered.  It is the responsibility of the alleged violator to substantiate in an appeal that the regulation was not violated.

File the appeal online and the Deputy Chief of Police or his designee will review the appeal and determine whether:

  1. The ticket will stand as written.
  2. The violation and/or fine will be modified.
  3. The ticket will be voided.

The decision rendered by the Deputy Chief of Police or his designee is final.
You will be notified of the outcome of your appeal.

During the appeal process, the 15 day window to pay a fine and avoid a late fee is suspended.   Once the appeal decision has been rendered, the 15 day period continues from the date/time the decision was rendered.
Appeals using any of the situations below are NOT VALID grounds for appeal:

  • Lack of knowledge of Universities Policies.
  • Parking in a location for only a “few minutes” where parking is not allowed.
  • Using your hazard lights to indicate that you are parking in an area where you are restricted from parking.
  • Using another improperly parked vehicle which was not cited as a reason why you should not have been cited.
  • Parking in areas that are restricted for your permit type. (e.g., residents parked in commuter lots).
  • Inclement weather (rain, snow, wind).
  • Not having a visible permit.
  • Permit is improperly displayed.
  • Late for class.
  • Violation of handicapped parking areas without appropriate permits.
  • A borrowed or rented vehicle must have a temporary permit attached.
  • Loaning a car to another driver does not excuse the owner from violations incurred by that vehicle.
  • Inability to find convenient parking.

Parking Lot Designations

Here is the current listing of parking lot designations.  Posted signs at a lot supersede this listing.

Lot # Lot Name Lot Designation
Lot A La Salle House Christian Brothers and guests
Lot B Stritch Hall Stritch Hall Staff and Visitors
Lot C North of Science Commuter Students and Faculty/Staff
Lot D North of Academic Faculty/Staff and Visitors (open after 4:30 pm)
Lot E North Aviation Faculty/Staff and Visitors
Lot F South Aviation Faculty/Staff (open after 4:30 pm)
Lot FF West Aviation Offline/Special Event
Lot G North of JFK Commuter Students and Visitors (until 4:30 pm)
Lot GG West of SRFC Faculty/Staff and Commuter Students
Lot L East of LRC Commuter Students, Faculty/Staff, and Visitors
Lot M North Hall Resident Students
Lot MM Fitzpatrick Hall Resident Students
Lot N North of South Hall Faculty/Staff, Students and Visitors
Lot NN North of Stadium Faculty/Staff, Students and Visitors (Free Permit Lot)
Lot O De LaSalle Hall Faculty/Staff Parking
Lot P Power House Faculty/Staff Parking
Lot Q Benilde (Front) Faculty/Staff/Visitors
Lot S Benilde (Rear) Commuter Students and Faculty/Staff
Lot SB1 St Charles (East) Faculty, staff, students and visitors
Lot SB2 St Charles (Northeast) Faculty/Staff
Lot SB3 St Charles (North) Faculty/Staff, students and visitors
Lot SB4 St Charles (Northwest) Resident Students
Lot SB5 St Charles (West) Faculty/Staff
Lot T Ryan Hall & Cody Hall Resident Students
Lot U De LaSalle Hall / College of Nursing Faculty/Staff and Visitors
Lot V West Hall Faculty/Staff Parking
Lot W Brennan Field Faculty/Staff, Students and Visitors
Lot X John Paul II  Hall Commuter Students, Faculty/Staff, and Visitors
Lot Y North of Dorothy Day Commuter Students, Faculty/Staff, and Visitors
Lot Z South of John Paul II  Hall Residents and Faculty/Staff
Lot ZZ South of Dorothy Day Hall Residents and Faculty/Staff

Please contact the University Police Department at (815) 836-5222 for any questions.

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