Appeal a Citation
Appealing a parking citation
If you followed the parking rules and you believe your citation was issued in error, you have the option to appeal to Parking Operations within 14 days of the date the citation was issued.
Grounds for appeal
Appeals may be granted for two reasons:
- There is substantial evidence that you did not commit the violation
- You may have committed the violation, but circumstances were not under your control, and:
- before receiving the citation, you made a demonstrable attempt to notify Parking Operations or Parking Enforcement of the situation, or;
- you can can produce written verification from a witness to the situation indicating that the situation was so unusual it cannot reasonably occur again.
- Not knowing the parking rules
- Disagreement with fines
- Inability to pay fines
- Needing to park for a short period of time
- Inability to find a parking space
- Incorrect permit
- Failure to obtain a temporary permit
- Failure to notice parking signs
- Failure to display a parking permit
Submitting an appeal
Appeals may be submitted online, by mail, or by fax within 14 days of the date the citation was issued.
A kiosk for submitting appeals is available in the Parking Operations office if you have limited computer access.
IU Parking Operations
Henderson Parking Garage
310 S. Fess Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47401
Information required to submit an appeal
To submit an appeal, you must provide:
- Full name and mailing address
- University ID number (IU students and employees)
- Reason(s) for appeal
- Citation number and date issued
- License plate number and state the vehicle is registered in
Tips for submitting an appeal
The following tips can help your case when submitting an appeal:
- Describe the incident, including when, where, how, and/or why it occurred.
- Include supporting documentation if extenuating circumstances are cited (e.g., accident reports, medical records, auto repair bills).
- Enclose a photo, map, or diagram of the parking space in question if you think it will be helpful to the appeal committee.
- Cite the applicable parking rule and explain how your action did not violate it.
The appeals process
- When you appeal a citation, your citation is marked as appealed, which may prevent you from being billed until the committee reaches a decision.
- You will be informed by mail or email (depending on how the appeal was submitted) when the committee reaches a decision. The decision of the committee is final.
- If the committee denies your appeal, you may appeal again only if there is new evidence that was not available during the initial appeal. A second appeal will not be accepted if you simply restate the contents of your first appeal. You must pay the citation before re-appealing. If the citation is dismissed when you re-appeal, then your payment will be completely refunded.
- Re-appeals must be submitted via a written form that may be obtained in the Parking Operations office, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Possible appeal outcomes
There are three possible outcomes of an appeal:
- Excused: The parking fine is waived and you will no longer be held accountable for the citation. If you already paid the citation, a refund will be issued.
- Reduced: The Parking Appeals Committee considers you responsible for the fine and expects you to pay the fine at a reduced rate.
- Denied: The Parking Appeals Committee considers you responsible for the fine and expects you to pay the original fine.
Parking Appeals Committee
The Parking Appeals Committee (PAC) was established by IU to provide anyone parking on campus an avenue for appealing citations. The committee members—including IU students, staff, and faculty—consider appeals submitted to them and are appointed by the following organizations that represent various populations on campus—Indiana University Student Association, Bloomington Faculty Council, Communications Workers of America, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME Local 832 at IU), Bloomington Professional Council, and Bloomington Parking Operations.
Guidelines used by the committee
The PAC uses these guidelines to reach a decision on your appeal:
- When you become a student or employee of IU, you agree to follow the rules established by the university.
- Your past parking record will be considered.
- Ignorance of parking rules is not a valid excuse.
- The lack of a parking space does not justify a parking violation.
- The registered owner of the vehicle is ultimately responsible for the citation(s), regardless of who is driving at the time of the violation.
- Students, faculty, and staff must register their vehicles to drive or park on university property, and must display their parking permits correctly.