Department of Public Safety

Parking at Jefferson - East Falls Campus

These regulations have been established to protect the safety of faculty, staff, students, and visitors. It is the Department of Public Safety’s goal to control motor vehicle traffic and parking on campus to ensure that University business may be conducted in an orderly manner. The act of parking or driving a motor vehicle on campus is a privilege and the owner and/or operator is responsible to follow all parking regulations and laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. University parking rules, regulations, and enforcement are in effect all year, including periods when classes are not in session.

Parking for Individuals with Handicapped-Accessible Needs

A state-issued handicap license plate or state-issued hangtag is required. These must be displayed in order to be considered appropriately parked. All vehicles with a state-issued handicap license plate or state-issued hangtag are allowed to park in any designated handicap space on Main or Ravenhill Campus. If you are a student, staff, or faculty member you must still be registered and display a valid permit.

When ADA parking spaces are full, please contact the Department of Public Safety at 215-951-2999 for further information on where to park.

Parking Regulations: Faculty, Staff, Students, and Visitors

A. Faculty, staff, and students on both the Thomas Jefferson University East Falls and Center City campus must register their vehicle to park on the East Falls campus. For further assistance or information call 215-951-2620.

B. The issuance of a permit does not guarantee a parking space. Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of a regulation. Classroom assignments, campus meetings, sporting events, etc., are not considered a valid excuse for improper parking.

C. Signs, street markings, and/or curb markings are intended as additional guides. All vehicles must park in designated spaces, between the painted lines.

D. The speed limit on campus is 15 MPH.

E. Oversized vehicles, identified as those whose size requires the usage of more than one parking space and cannot fit comfortably between two lines, must receive special approval to park on campus from Public Safety.

F. Only properly licensed and registered vehicles in operable condition are allowed on campus. Vehicles that do not meet this standard will be reported as abandoned.

G. Vehicles may not be stored on campus without Public Safety approval.

H. Permits are not transferable between vehicles. Any attempt to transfer, loan, or resell a permit will result in revocation of parking privileges.

I. The registrant is held responsible for any policy violations involving the registered vehicle.

J. It is unacceptable to place a ticket from a previous violation on a vehicle to give the impression that the vehicle has been currently ticketed.

K. When any vehicle is determined to have three (3) or more unsatisfied parking citations charged against it within one vehicle registration period, the vehicle may be subjected to immobilization.

L. Rental, temporary, or loaner vehicles must obtain a hangtag from Public Safety.

M. The parking and transportation policy is the sole authority for parking at the Thomas Jefferson University East Falls campus unless otherwise indicated by the Director of Public Safety.

Due to COVID-19, all Faculty/Staff MUST provide their home address in the “Delivery Options” Section, as your permits will ONLY be mailed to your home address at your expense. No faculty or staff will be able to pick up permits from Public Safety.

Full-time and part-time faculty and staff may choose to register for a white or blue permit. Vehicles displaying a white permit may park in the designated areas on the Main campus, Tuttleman, and Ravenhill campus. Vehicles displaying a blue permit may park in the Ravenhill parking lot or the limited blue spaces in the IP parking lot, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, vehicles with blue permits can park in commuter and staff lots on weekday evenings Monday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., and weekends Friday, 5:00 p.m. through Monday, 7:00 a.m. The parking permits are valid from August 15 of the current year to August 14 of the next year and must be renewed annually.

Faculty/Staff Parking Prohibitions

Parking for faculty & staff is prohibited in the following areas:

  1. Commuter student/visitor lots from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and any spaces/lots reserved by sign. Rules are enforced on holidays.
  2. All no parking zones, loading zones, driveways, on grass, etc.
  3. All paved or unpaved areas of campus that are not clearly marked by two lines designating a parking area.
  4. ADA/Handicapped-accessible zones without proper state permitting.

Note: All students parking in a campus lot at any time must display a valid parking permit.

Student Registration

There is a yearly registration fee (see 3G. Fee Schedule) for student parking permits. All student permits will be available to be picked up in Kanbar Campus Center dates, rooms and times to be determined.

To pick up a permit, students must personally appear to pick up their own permit and present a valid driver’s license, the state vehicle registration card, and proof of current insurance for the vehicle they wish to register. All students must register their vehicles each year. The parking permit is valid from August 15 of the current year to August 14 of the next year. Students may not register vehicles for other students.

Vehicles with a blue permit MUST park in either the Ravenhill or Independence Plaza blue spaces Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, vehicles with blue permits can park in commuter and staff lots on weekday evenings Monday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., and weekends Friday, 5:00 p.m. through Monday, 7:00 a.m.

Commuting, Graduate and Continuing Education Permits

Commuting, Graduate and Continuing and Professional Studies students may choose to register for a green or blue permit in order to park on the university’s campus. Vehicles displaying a green permit may park in the designated areas on Main Campus, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, vehicles with blue permits can park in commuter and staff lots on weekday evenings Monday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., and weekends Friday, 5:00 p.m. through Monday, 7:00 a.m.

Resident Student Permits

A. Students residing in the Townhouses, Independence Plaza, Scholler Hall, Ronson Hall, Partridge Hall, Fortess Hall, and Mott Hall are considered resident students. Resident students MUST register for a blue permit. Vehicles displaying a blue permit may park in the Ravenhill parking lot or the limited blue spaces in the Independence Plaza parking lot. Vehicles with a blue permit MUST park in either the Ravenhill or Independence Plaza blue spaces, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, vehicles with blue permits can park in commuter and staff lots on weekday evenings Monday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., and weekends Friday, 5:00 p.m. through Monday, 7:00 a.m.

Freshman resident students are not allowed to bring vehicles to campus to park. Freshmen are only eligible to register for a permit and park on campus with approval from the Department of Public Safety. Freshmen who bring a vehicle to campus may lose the privilege to obtain a future parking permit.

B. Students residing in off-campus housing through the University are considered resident commuter students. Resident commuter students may choose to register for a green or blue permit in order to park on the university’s campus. Vehicles displaying a green permit may park in the designated areas on Main Campus, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, vehicles with blue permits can park in commuter and staff lots on weekday evenings Monday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., and weekends Friday, 5:00 p.m. through Monday, 7:00 a.m.

Student Parking Prohibited

Parking is prohibited in the following areas:

  • Faculty/staff/visitor lots from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and any spaces/lots reserved by sign. Rules are enforced on holidays. Specifically:
  • Arlen Specter Center lot
  • Behind Gallagher Garage
  • Gallagher Garage upper, ramp, and lower level
  • Paley lot
  • Smith House lot
  • Ronson Science lot
  • Townhouse/Seed lot
  • Tuttleman lot
  • Vaux Street between Schoolhouse Lane and Warden Drive
  • White Corners lot
  • All no parking zones, loading zones, driveways, on grass, etc.
  • All paved or unpaved areas of campus that are not clearly marked by two lines designating a parking area.
  • ADA/Handicapped-accessible zones without proper state permitting.
  • On end caps (end of rows- or driving lane in lot).
  • Second Church-Christ Scientist, 3015 West Schoolhouse Lane. Violators will be towed

Fines may be paid at jefferson.thepermitstore.com within 15 days of a violation or appeals notice. After 15 days, all payments must be made at the Cashier’s window, located in Archer Hall. Public Safety is unable to accept any type of payment for traffic violations. Citations for guests/visitors will be the responsibility of the sponsoring party. If an appeal is not filed within 15 days from the date of the violation, the registrant will be liable for an additional $15.00 penalty. This section applies to all faculty, staff students, and visitors. The following is a list of the violations:

A. $35.00 Fines 

  • No Permit/Failure to Register
  • Incorrect Lot for Permit Type
  • Parking on Sidewalks, Grass or in No Parking Areas
  • Careless Driving/Disregard of Traffic Signs
  • Time Zone Violation
  • Unattended Vehicle in a Drop-Off Zone

B. $100.00 Fines 

  • Use of a Forged or Lost/Stolen Permit
  • Blocking a Driveway (towable violation)
  • Blocking a Crosswalk (towable violation)
  • Parking in Marked Fire Lane (towable violation)
  • Blocking Traffic (towable violation)
  • Registering Vehicle for Another Student
  • Impeding the Movement or Operation of Emergency Equipment (towable violation)

C. $300.00 Fines 

  • Parking in or Blocking an ADA-Accessible Space Without a Valid State Issued ADA-accessible hangtag or license plate.

D. Non-Renewal of Permit 

  • Failure to pay monetary fines for violations and penalties against the same vehicle in one registration period will result in the non-renewal of a parking permit for the upcoming academic year.

  • Immobilization—When any vehicle is determined to have three (3) or more unsatisfied violations charged against it within one vehicle registration period, the vehicle may be subjected to immobilization. All outstanding violations must be then satisfied and $50.00 paid to remove the immobilization device. The University is not responsible for damage resulting from immobilizing a vehicle.
  • Relocating—The University reserves the right to remove any vehicle that impedes or disrupts University business or the movement or operation of emergency activities. See Section 18, Violations and Penalties, for a list of all towable violations. The owner will be responsible for the costs involved in removing, impounding, and storing such a vehicle. The University is not responsible for damage to a vehicle resulting from towing a vehicle.
  • Impounded vehicles not claimed by their owner within 30 days will be considered abandoned and will be disposed of in accordance with state law.

Welcome to Thomas Jefferson University East Falls Campus!  We are happy you are here and hope your experience on campus is enjoyable. The act of parking or driving a motor vehicle on campus is a privilege and constitutes acceptance by the owner and/or operator of the responsibility to see that his/her vehicle is neither operated nor parked in violation of these regulations or any regulations/laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Visitor Parking
Visitor parking on campus is limited. Visitor parking spaces are available in the Search parking lot on the Main campus, shown in orange on the map. Additional visitor parking is available on the Ravenhill campus in the Ravenhill parking lot, shown in orange on the map. Visitor spaces in the Search and Ravenhill parking lots are not intended for faculty, staff, or students. If you are found in violation, you will be issued a parking citation. Parking arrangements must be made with Public Safety if you are hosting an event with ten (10) visitors or more. Visitors with a state-issued handicap license plate or hangtag can park in any handicap spot on campus.

Outside Vendor Parking
All vendors must check-in at the Facilities Department located on Main Campus (Building #5 on the map). Vendors will be provided with a temporary permit for parking on campus.

Student Guest Parking
Due to COVID-19 regulations, if student guests are permitted on campus, they must register their vehicles with Public Safety each time they visit campus. The resident student must accompany their guest(s) to Public Safety for this purpose. Guests must show their current driver’s license, vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance. A hangtag will be issued in accordance with Resident Life visitor policy. Students are responsible for their guests and their vehicles. During the week, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. guests must park in the Ravenhill parking lot. However, guests can park in commuter and staff lots on weekday evenings Monday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and weekends Friday, 5:00 p.m. through Monday, 7:00 a.m.

    Visitor parking is designated by Orange Signs and available at the following locations:

  • Search Parking lot in the rows directly in front of the building
  • Ravenhill Parking lot 

Please see the Parking Brochure (PDF) (Parking Map is on Page 4).

Jefferson loves our cyclists and Public Safety strongly encourages the use of bikes to, from, and on our campus. The University provides ample bike parking at racks throughout campus. In order to make the most of your cycling experience at Jefferson, please read through all of the resources we have to support your commutes.

Bike Registration
Register your bicycle in person at the front desk of the Gallagher Center during normal business hours. In the event your bike is lost or stolen, Athletics will have a complete record to immediately provide to Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies.

Parking and Locking It Up

  • To reduce the opportunity for theft, the University has many structurally sound bicycle racks distributed at convenient locations throughout campus. Public Safety Officers pay particular attention to these racks during their patrols.
  • Bicycles must be parked on campus at designated bike racks.
  • Bicycles may not be parked or secured in any building; in a vehicle parking space; on the grass, shrubs, trees, or flower beds; to a handrail, light pole, fence; or places that hinder or impede the pedestrian traffic of any sidewalk, stairway, entrance/exit of a building or in such a manner as to interfere with the access to facilities as required by the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act. Bicycles violating this policy can be removed immediately by Public Safety or Facilities.   
  • We highly recommend U-Locks over cable locks which can be defeated easily. Be sure to lock the front wheel and frame to the rack.  U-locks are available in the Thomas Jefferson University Bookstore. Should you lose the key or forget the combination, after Public Safety verification we can assist in cutting the lock off.

Bike “Fix-It” Station
There is a permanent Bike “Fix-It” & Air Pump Station located on the first floor of the parking garage complete with a pump and tools.  Refer to the parking map for bike rack locations on campus

Rules of the Road
We encourage you to ride your bikes safely and responsibly by adhering to Pennsylvania state and local laws. Please acquaint yourself with the laws.

Helmets
Although helmets are not mandatory for adults, remember that everyone should wear a helmet to protect their face, head, and brain.

Permitted Riding Areas

  • You can ride on the shoulder or on the travel lanes of the roadway.
  • You have to ride in the direction of traffic.
  • On a one-way road, you have to ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway as practicable in the direction of traffic.
  • You may not ride your bike on the freeway, any athletic fields or courts, inside a building, or in designated bus lanes.
  • You may only ride on the sidewalk if no bike lane is available and/or you are not in a business district. When riding on the sidewalk you must always yield to pedestrians.

Lighting Requirements
In Pennsylvania, bicycles must have an active front white light and a rear reflector. The rear reflector should be visible from 500 feet. An active rear red light is recommended, but not mandatory.

Right-of-Way Laws for Cyclists
Since bicycles are vehicles under Pennsylvania law under 75 PA Cons Stat § 3508, you have to follow the same right-of-way laws that drivers do, including yielding to pedestrians.

Rules Regarding Operating Your Bike

  • You have to ride on a regular seat.
  • You cannot ride with someone on your crossbar or handlebar.
  • You have to keep one hand on the handlebars.
  • Do not ride your bike while intoxicated.

Public Safety Guidelines

Campus Walkways and Trails

  • Maintain a safe and reasonable speed at all times. 
  • Be considerate of pedestrians, as campus pathways are shared among pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Remain alert at all times.
  • Do not ride with headphones or while talking on a cell phone.  

Roads

  • Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections.
  • Walk your bike when campus traffic is congested.
  • Pass with caution on the left and alert the people around you before doing so. 
  • Ride in the direction of traffic (“Bike to the right.”)
  • Use hand signals before turning. 
  • Don’t stop in a driver’s blind spot. 
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothing at all times.
  • Use reflectors and reflective tape.