Where to Park at ODU

Find your way around ODU's main campus, register for your parking permit, and more.

Parking Locations

ODU has four main parking areas, labeled A, B, C and D on our campus map:

  1. Gold Lot – Campus Parking
    [visitor, student, event, faculty, staff, handicap]
  2. White Lot – Resident Student Parking
  3. Black Lot – Restricted
    [special permit only]
  4. President’s Office / Handicap and
    Two-Hour Parking Only


Link to Campus Map with illustration of Erskine Hall


Parking Permits

All vehicles parked on campus must have a visible and valid permit at all times.

All motor vehicles, including motorcycles, parked on campus must be registered with Public Safety and display a valid parking permit at all times.

ODU Parking Permits

  • Student Permit
  • Faculty/Staff Permits

New Parking Permit Registration

If you have previously registered for an ODU permit, you do not need to register again. Annual registration is no longer required.

Please contact the Public Safety Dept. for any further questions (614) 251-4700.

All permits must be registered online.

To register your vehicle, you'll need the the following information:
  • Your 7-digit ODU ID number.
  • Current license plate number (omit spaces).
  • Vehicle description- make, model and color.
  • Address where you will reside during the academic year.
Additional information:
  • You are responsible for your permit.
  • Pick up your permit in the Public Safety Office Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The Public Safety Office is located on the first floor of Erskine Hall (room 100D), in the hallway above Panther Plaza.
  • No more than two vehicles may/can be registered at a time. In addition, if you have registered more than one vehicle, it is your responsibility to transfer your permit to the car that is being driven.
  • If you need to amend information on your vehicle registration (for example, adding a second vehicle, changing or correcting information), contact Public Safety at publicsafety@ohiodominican.edu.

  • Students may park in the Gold Lot behind Alumni Hall/student center, with issued access tag to the gated resident student parking in the White Lot east of ODU's football stadium, Panther parkway or in the Lower B lot from 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. only (lot beside the batting building and softball field). Student permits cannot be used for any person or vehicle other than the student who registered the vehicle. Students may park in any legal space in these lots with the exception of Handicapped spaces. All parking behind Erskine Hall is reserved for presidential and visitor use ONLY. 
  • The Black lot (located by the residence halls) is restricted to those issued a permit specific to that lot. Students receiving  or more parking violations in this lot before reaching senior status will not be eligible for a black lot permit even when they have reached 90+ credit hours.


  • Anyone parking in a handicapped parking space must have a state issued handicapped license plate or plaque in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 4511.69. This handicap placard must be registered to the driver of the vehicle. Violators will be cited, booted or towed at the owner's expense. Violators are also subject to citation by the Columbus Police. 
  • There is no student parking at any time, for any reason, for any length of time, in any faculty staff parking area, no-parking area, roadway, visitor space or signed space. You will be ticketed and fined, and you may be booted or towed. 
  • The Black Lot, located by the residence halls, is restricted by special permission only. Any vehicle parked there without the proper special permit will be ticketed, and may be booted in accordance with policy. 
  • Any vehicle parked in a fire lane will be cited and towed at the owner's expense. 
  • Parking is prohibited in areas not marked as parking spaces. This includes loading zones, sidewalks, crosswalks, building entrances, construction zones, grass and areas in parking lots not marked as spaces. 
  • All vehicles must be parked in areas designated by their parking permits. All vehicles must be operable; broken down vehicles cannot be stored on campus. 
  • The speed limit on campus is 15 mph. Campus roads are also walkways, and pedestrians have the right-of-way.

Misuse of Permit

  • All parking permits are the property of ODU and must be returned upon request. 
  • Parking permits are nontransferable. Any registrant, who gives, sells, alters, lends or transfers a permit to another will forfeit their campus parking rights and be liable for all citations issued to that permit.


  • Public Safety officers issue citations, which include the date, time, location and violation type.
  • Fines range from $15 to $100 depending on the violation. Fines are added to the student account and billed monthly. All fines must be paid in full in order to register for classes, graduate or receive transcripts. Staff and Faculty fines will be deducted from their paycheck. 
  • If you allow anyone to borrow your car or permit, you are responsible for any tickets and fines they incur.

Citation Appeals

  • A citation may be appealed to the Public Safety Department if the recipient feels the citation was unjustified. 
  • Appeals must be made within 15 days of receiving the ticket. The online appeal form must be used; do not come to the office in person. The online appeal form is found on the Public Safety web page. 
  • A copy of the appeal decision will be sent to the appellant via ODU email. The decision of the appeal is final.
  • Go to the online ticket appeal form.

Towing and Wheel Immobilization Policy

  • Ohio Dominican University is a private tow away zone. Towing of cars is authorized by Ohio Revised Code 4511.681. 
  • Vehicles may be towed for illegal parking, as stated in the Parking and Traffic Regulations section, or for excessive fines. 
  • Towing charges are determined by, and payable in cash or credit (if accepted) to, the towing service at the time of retrieval. 
  • In lieu of towing, or in other specific instances, a wheel immobilization device may be used. Public Safety must be contacted to have the apparatus removed. 
  • Wheel Immobilization may occur for unknown, non-registered vehicles that have  received three (3) or more parking violations in a given academic year.
  • Wheel immobilization may occur for registered vehicles that have a total of six (6) or more violations which have not been paid or appealed within 15 days of last issuance. 
  • Attempting to drive a vehicle with an attached immobilization device can cause severe vehicle damage and will damage the device. 
  • Wheel immobilization fees are $100 per application in addition to any citations received.  
  • The wheel immobilizing device is removed upon presenting receipt of payment for all outstanding parking fines/fees and completing parking registration of unregistered vehicles. 
  • If, after 72 hours of a wheel immobilization device being placed on a vehicle, the owner/driver of the vehicle has not met the requirements for removal of the device, the Public Safety Department may remove the device and have the vehicle towed. 
  • All university fines and fees will remain in effect; all additional towing and storage fees will be the responsibility of the vehicle owner. 
  • Any damage to the immobilization device through tampering or attempts to drive with the device attached will result in replacement device costs assessed to the vehicle registrant/driver.

ODU Liability

  • ODU disclaims all responsibility for loss or damage to vehicles parked on ODU property. ODU is not responsible for loss or damage to any vehicle towed from campus or in which a wheel locking device has been used. Be sure to lock your vehicle at all times and remove any and all valuables from your vehicle. Report any instances of theft or damage to or from your vehicle while on campus by calling Public Safety (614) 251-4700.

Complete our online appeal form.