Police Department

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Police Department located?
The main office of the University Police Department is located in the lower level of the Student Union. Our hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. The Communication Center at the entrance of campus is open 24 hours a day. Our non-emergency number is (815) 836-5222 or Ext. 5222 and our emergency phone number is (815) 836-5911 or Ext. 5911.

I have a parking permit from last year. Do I need to get a new one?
Parking Permits remain active until you deactivate them. You would only need a new permit if you have a different vehicle or you changed your status on campus (e.g. resident last year, commuter this year).

I was a resident last year and I am a commuter student this year (or vice versa), what should I do about parking?
Come down to the Police Department and obtain a new permit. After you get your new permit go to the University Police webpage at lewisu.edu/police and in the parking section open the form to deactivate your old parking permit. You must complete the form so we can take your old permit out of the system and prevent double billing.

What are the costs for parking permits?
Students will be charged a $80 parking fee per semester for his or her first vehicle. Each additional vehicle costs $25 per semester. This fee is charged to your student account after you register your vehicle with the Police Department. Lewis University will waive fees for graduate students, accelerated students and individuals who are willing to park only in the remote parking lot (NN) on the southwest side of campus.

I recently had knee surgery; can I get a temporary handicapped permit from University Police?
If you and your doctor feel temporary handicapped parking is needed, you may apply for a placard through the Secretary of State’s Office at cyberdriveillinois.com/. Local police departments cannot issue permits which allow individuals to park in handicapped spots. These spots are strictly regulated by the Secretary of State’s Office.

I am a commuter student and have trouble finding parking, where can I park?
There are typically open parking spaces in lots GG (west of the Student Recreation and Fitness Center), NN (southwest of the soccer field), ZZ (south of Dorothy Day Hall) and Z (south of Pope John Paul II Hall).

My car did not start this morning and I will be bringing a car that is not registered. What should I do so that I do not get a ticket?
Come down to the Police Department main office and register for a temporary permit. These permits are valid for one week. Temporary permits may be issued up to 4 times each semester.

I am a graduate student, do I need to register my vehicle and get a parking permit?
Yes, all vehicles parked on the Lewis University Romeoville campus must be registered with a parking permit. The parking permit fee is waived for graduate students, accelerated students and individuals who are willing to park only in the remote parking lot (NN) on the southwest side of campus.

I work full time and cannot get to the University until after business hours, how can I get a parking permit and student ID?
The Police Department main office in the Student Union is open until 5 p.m., however if you come to campus after business hours, notify the officer working the Communication Center and he or she will dispatch another officer to open the office and issue a student ID and parking permit. Depending on how busy the officers on duty are, it may require a wait.

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