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Disability Services

Disability Parking at WKU

Vehicle Registration and Parking for Employees and Students with Disabilities

The transportation needs and parking arrangements for persons with disabilities are important concerns at Western Kentucky University. Reserved parking spaces designated for students and faculty/staff with disabilities are intended for those with severe mobility impairment, as defined in the U.S. Code, Public Law 100-641, November 9, 1988, Part 655 Sub Part H, Uniform System for Handicap Parking.

Employees and students with disabilities will need to register their vehicles with Parking & Transportation Services in person. Online registration is not currently available, but online renewal may be available if your registration has not expired. This is necessary in order to verify ownership of the state issued placard or plate.

Faculty and Staff with Disabilities

Faculty and staff will be issued a Tier 1 WKU Disability parking permit. This permit enables the holder to park in any space designated for the disabled on campus or any other regular, non-restricted space. The Tier 1 Permit will allow you to park in available time limit spaces or metered spaces two (2) hours plus the time allotted for other users as stated in KRS 186.042(5).  Please take notice that this does not allow parking in the reserved spaces for patients only in the Clinical Services Lot. 

You must apply first for a Disability Parking placard from the Department of Motor Vehicles. You must then take the placard and the accompanying registration information to Parking & Transportation Services for application.

You will be issued a WKU Tier 1 Disability Parking permit indicating your eligibility to park in any designated disability space on campus; that is, the lots not otherwise restricted by yellow lines, postings, or any reserved or numbered spaces. The WKU Tier 1 parking permit must be displayed from the rea-rview mirror and the state issued placard displayed on the dashboard, or behind the WKU Tier 1 permit on the rear-view mirror.

Students with Disabilities

Students will be issued a Tier 2 WKU Disability parking permit. This permit enables the holder to park in any space designated for the disabled that is located in any Housing or Commuter zoned parking lot. This includes the disability reserved spaces in all of Parking Structure #1 and Parking Structure #2, McLean Service Drive and in front of Bowling Green Community College.  The permit does NOT allow parking in the disability reserved spaces in Virginia Garrett Loop, the academic Complex Service Drive, or in the Thompson Service Drive.  The Tier 2 permit will allow parking in available time limit spaces or metered spaces two (2) hours plus the time allotted for other users as stated in KRS 186.042(5). Please take notice that this does not allow parking in the reserved spaces for patients only in the Clinical Services Lot. 

You must apply first for a Disability Parking placard from the Department of Motor Vehicles. You must then take the placard and the accompanying registration information to Parking & Transportation Services indicating your eligibility to park in any designated Tier 2 disability space, that is, the lots not otherwise restricted by yellow lines, postings, or any reserved or numbered spaces.

The WKU Tier 2 parking permit must be displayed from the rear-view mirror and the state issued placard displayed on the dashboard, or behind the WKU Tier 2 permit on the rear-view mirror.

  • Avenue of Champions (Housing section)
  • Barnes Lot
  • Chestnut Street Lot
  • College Heights Blvd. Lot
  • Kentucky Street Lot
  • McCormack Visitor Lot
  • McLean Service Drive
  • Minton Hall Lot
  • Parking Structure #1 (PS1)
  • Parking Structure #2 (PS2)
  • Pearce Ford Lot
  • Poland Lot

Temporary Disability Parking

Temporary TIER 1

Parking & Transportation Services can only provide temporary Tier 1 disability access to employees after the Department of Motor Vehicles has issued a Temporary Disability parking placard. You must then take the placard and the accompanying registration information to Parking & Transportation Services for application. For transportation to classroom or administrative locations, Topper Transit and para-transit services are available.

Parking & Transportation Services will accommodate a temporary medical disability for employees by granting a temporary Premium parking permit. Documentation from the attending physician stating the nature of the illness or injury and the expected time period that premium access will be needed is required.

Temporary Premium permits are not issued for more than six weeks at a time. Should the temporary Premium permit expire and accommodations still be required, another, current letter from the physician will be needed to extend temporary Premium parking access. Temporary Premium access will not be granted for longer than a twelve week period. For transportation to classroom or administrative locations, Topper Transit and para-transit services are available.

Temporary TIER 2

Parking & Transportation Services can provide temporary Tier 2 disability access to students, faculty and staff without a state issued placard from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Documentation from the attending physician stating the nature of the illness or injury and the expected time period that Tier 2 access will be needed is required.

Temporary Tier 2 permits are not issued for more than six weeks at a time. Should the temporary Tier 2 permit expire and accommodations still be required, another, current letter from the physician will be needed to extend temporary Tier 2 parking access. Temporary Tier 2 access will not be granted for longer than a twelve week period. For transportation to classroom or administrative locations, Topper Transit and para-transit services are available.

Topper Transit and Para-transit Service

All WKU transit (shuttle) buses are ADA equipped and may accommodate the needs of persons with a temporary or permanent disability. The transit style buses have kneeling capability and can carry up to 2 wheelchair passengers. Pick up/Drop off locations include South Campus and the Campbell Lane Park-n-Ride Lot. Please refer to our website or a Shuttle Guide (available at the PTS office and on each transit bus) for more details on shuttle routes, schedules, and stop locations. This is a free service available Monday through Friday, 7:20am - 9:00pm, during Spring & Fall semesters when classes are in session.

With proof of disability, temporary or permanent, para-transit services are available. Disabled students who wish to use this service should contact PTS at 270-745-2361 for more details.

Anytime the shuttle service is not running; during the summer, severe weather or other circumstances, Tier 2 permits will be honored in all disability reserved spaces in all faculty/staff designated lots. Faculty/staff parking is open to all permits between 4:30pm and 7:00am. All Tier 2 permits are honored in all disability spaces during this time.

Review Procedure

Any person who disagrees with the recommendation of Parking & Transportation Services regarding the issue of a Tier 2 Disability parking permit, temporary parking accommodations or eligibility for para-transit service may request review of the decision by the Office for Equal Opportunity/504/ADA Compliance.

A request for a review must be in writing and must be delivered to Parking & Transportation Services. The request shall state the reasons why the party is requesting review and modification of the recommendation, and may also contain any additional information the party wishes to submit for consideration. Parking & Transportation Services may also submit any additional information for consideration, with a copy to the party requesting a review.

Every effort shall be made to review the recommendation in a timely and expeditious manner. The Office for Equal Opportunity/504/ADA Compliance may request a personal appearance by the person requesting the review. The decision shall be the final decision. Notification of a decision shall be in writing, provided to Parking & Transportation Services and the person requesting the review.

 

Disability Parking Permit Application

Please download application, print out, complete & bring to the PTS office along with eligibility documentation.

Disability Parking Tier 1 Map

Disability Parking Tier 2 Map

ADA Disability Accessible Map

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 Last Modified 3/25/15