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.

General Regulations

A. Faculty, staff and students on both the Thomas Jefferson University East Falls and Center City campus must register their vehicles 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 reason 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 M.P.H.

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 or lived in on campus, including breaks and holidays, without Public Safety approval.

H. Virtual permits are transferable between vehicles. All changes must be made in your iParq account.

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. Faculty, staff or students with a rental, temporary or loaner vehicle must add the vehicle to their iParq account.

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.

Vehicle Registration and Fee Schedule

A. To register for a virtual parking permit, faculty, staff and students must go to jefferson.thepermitstore.com and follow the instructions. Be sure to use your campus key and current University password to log into iParq. A color-coded map identifying designated parking lots and information about parking regulations, updates and fees can be found below as "Parking Map (PDF)."

B. To complete the permit registration process you will need information from your vehicle registration.

C. Faculty, staff and students are prequalified in the iParq database.

D. Your primary University function determines parking eligibility. Students with work-study employment or an internship – must register for either a residential or commuter student parking permit.

E. A vehicle is considered registered only when a valid virtual parking permit and barcode is assigned to that vehicle. There is a fee per permit.

Fee Schedule:

I. Full-time Faculty and Staff Annual $85
II. Full-time Faculty and Staff per Semester (Fall or Spring) $40
III. Full-time Faculty and Staff per Semester (Summer)  $20
IV. Part-time Faculty and Staff Annual $40
V. Full-time Commuter Student Annual $85
VI. Full-time Commuter Student per Semester (Fall or Spring) $40
VII. Full-time Commuter Student per Semester (Summer) $40
VIII. Part-time Commuter Student Annual $40
IX. Residential Student Annual $50
X. Vendor Annual $85
XI. Visitor Daily $3
XII. Ravenhill Lot FREE

F. “No Permit” citations will be issued for unregistered vehicles parked on campus. 

G. Virtual permits are transferable between vehicles. Faculty, staff and students are responsible for registering the additional vehicle in their iParq account.

H. Should you opt to park for free in the Ravenhill lot, you MUST register for a yellow virtual parking permit. Remember you cannot park on Main campus with a yellow permit Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Faculty/Staff Parking Lot Usage (Monday - Friday)

Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., faculty and staff MUST park in white or yellow designated lots.

Faculty Parking Lot Usage After Hours and Weekends

Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and weekends Friday, 5 p.m. through Monday, 7 a.m., faculty, staff and students may park in white, blue, green or yellow designated lots. For more, view the "Parking Map (PDF)" below.

  1. Faculty/staff 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 or view the "Parking Map (PDF)" above.
  2. Virtual permits are transferable between vehicles. All changes must be made in your iParq account.
  3. Faculty/ staff with a rental, temporary or loaner vehicle must add the vehicle to their iParq account.
Faculty/Staff Parking Prohibitions

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

  1. Commuter student, residential student, and 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.

Commuter Student Parking Lot Usage (Monday - Friday)

Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., commuting students MUST park in green or yellow designated lots. 

Residential Student Parking Lot Usage (Monday - Friday)

Students residing in Fortess Hall, Independence Plaza, Mott Hall, Partridge Hall, Ronson Hall, Scholler Hall or the Townhouses are considered resident students. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., residential students MUST park in blue or yellow designated lots.

Student Parking Lot Usage After Hours and Weekends

Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and weekends Friday, 5 p.m. through Monday, 7 a.m., faculty, staff and students may park in white, blue, green or yellow designated lots. For more, view the "Parking Map (PDF)" below.

Freshmen Students

Freshmen resident students are NOT permitted to bring vehicles to campus. Freshmen are only eligible to register for a virtual permit and park on campus with approval from the Department of Public Safety. Freshmen who bring a vehicle to campus without expressed permission from Public Safety may lose the privilege to obtain a future parking permit.

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 for faculty/staff only
  • Gallagher Garage upper and ramp
  • Paley lot
  • Smith House lot
  • Ronson Science lot
  • Townhouse/Seed lot for faculty/staff only
  • Tuttleman lot for faculty/staff only
  • 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

Staff, faculty, students and visitors must submit an appeal or pay a fine at jefferson.thepermitstore.com within 30 days. After the 30 days, all payments must be made at the Cashier’s window, located in Archer Hall. Properly submitted appeals will be reviewed by the Appeals Review Board as needed each semester. An appointment must be made with the Department of Public Safety in order to discuss parking violations.

The following is a list of the violations:

A. $35 Fines 

  • Incorrect Lot for Permit Type
  • Time Zone Violation
  • Unattended Vehicle in a Drop-Off Zone

B. $40 Fines 

  • No Permit/Failure to Register

C. $50 Fines 

  • Immobilization Device Removal
  • Careless Driving/Disregard of Traffic Signs
  • Parking on Sidewalks, Grass, or in No Parking Areas
  • Blocking Traffic (towable violation)

D. $100 Fines

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

E. $301 Fines

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

F. 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.

*Public Safety is unable to accept any type of payment for traffic violations.

  • 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. 

To be considered a visitor, you cannot have any affiliation to the university. This includes but is not limited to parents, student and faculty guests, etc. If you have a campus key and a Thomas Jefferson ID card, you are NOT a visitor. Visitor spaces are NOT intended for faculty, staff, or students. If you are found in violation, you will be issued a parking citation.

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

Student guests are permitted on campus, however, 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 

Parking arrangements must be made with Public Safety if you are hosting an event with ten (10) guests or more. Please refer to the “VISITOR REGISTRATION AND PARKING” section of the Parking Brochure regarding visitor virtual permit registration.

All faculty, staff, students and visitors with a valid state-issued Disabled Person or Disabled Veteran plate or placard must register in iParq for a virtual permit. This will allow you to park in any handicap spot on campus regardless of the lot designation.

All violators will receive a ticket in the amount of $301.00 which is the fine set forth by the City of Philadelphia.

Time zone parking is available to all registered vehicles, in an appropriate marked time zone parking space (i.e. 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes) with 4-way emergency lights flashing. Temporary parking should never occur in a handicap space or violate a parking regulation such as blocking traffic or creating a hazard.

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.