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Disability Parking

Disability Parking Policy

Updated:  5/23/2016

Audience

Customers requiring disability parking or transit service on campus.

Definitions

State Issued Disability Credentials – Department of Motor Vehicle disability records in the form of a license plate registration or placard, with corresponding placard registration, issued in the name of the disabled customer.

PTS – WKU Parking and Transportation Services department.

Policy Details

Background

  • Reserved disability 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 must register with PTS in person in order to verify ownership of state issued disability credentials.  This requirement is needed to protect the use of disability parking for those who are qualified to use it.

General Permit Requirements

  • In general, WKU parking permits are required to park on campus during enforcement hours, Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 4:30pm.  See “Evening Parking Policy” for permit requirements in the evening.
  • During permit enforcement hours, a WKU disability permit must be displayed in conjunction with state issued disability credentials to park in disability parking spaces on campus.
  • To obtain a WKU disability permit from Parking and Transportation Services, disabled customers must present current state issued disability credentials. 
  • To assist with mobility needs, registered disabled customers have full access to free transit services including the paratransit shuttle.
  • Kentucky Law stipulates that disability parking credentials may only be used by the individual to which the credential is issued.   Misuse or misrepresentation of disability parking credentials may result in a citation, impoundment, and/or termination of the permit privileges.

Visitors

  • One day visitor parking permits are available at the PTS office for $2.
  • For access to all disability reserved spaces, the state issued disability credentials must be visible along with the WKU visitor permit.
  • Additional visitor parking and shuttle accommodations are outlined in the Visitor Parking policy.

WKU Faculty & Staff – Tier #1 Disability Permits

  • To obtain an annual or temporary WKU disability permit from Parking and Transportation Services, disabled faculty and staff must present current state issued disability credentials.
    • Contact the state Division of Motor Vehicles to obtain state issued credentials. 
  • Faculty & Staff are issued WKU Tier #1 Disability permits. 
    • Faculty & Staff with permanent disabilities and credentials are issued annual Tier #1 disability permits.  PTS annual permit renewals will correspond with state credentials.
      • Customers with disability parking license plates will be able to renew the PTS annual permit as long as the license plate remains active for the customer.  When the license plate changes, new documentation must be provided to PTS for future WKU permit renewals.
      • Customers with disability parking hangtags will be able to renew the PTS annual permit as long as the state issued disability hangtag is current.  If a new hangtag is issued to the customer, the customer must share the new registration information with PTS for future permit renewals
  • Faculty & Staff with temporary disabilities and state issued credentials are issued temporary Tier #1 dashboard permits with an expiration date corresponding to the state issued credentials.
  • Tier #1 Disability permits allow parking in the following areas:
    • Any designated Tier #1 or Tier #2 disability parking space.
      • Please note: The disability spaces in the Health Services and Gary A. Ransdell Hall client parking lot are reserved for clients.
    • Any non-reserved parking space on campus; that is, spaces not otherwise restricted by yellow lines, postings, gates or any reserved or numbered spaces.
    • Any available time limit spaces or metered spaces for two (2) hours plus the time allotted for other users as stated in KRS 186.042.
  • When parking on campus, both the WKU Tier #1 Disability Permit and the state issued disability credentials must be displayed and visible. 
    • State disability placards may hang from the rearview mirror behind the WKU disability permit or be displayed on the dashboard.
    • The annual WKU disability permit should hang from the rearview mirror. 
    • The temporary disability permit should be displayed on the dashboard.
  • To assist with mobility needs, registered disabled faculty and staff have full access to free transit services including the paratransit shuttle.

WKU Students – Tier #2 Disability Permits

  • To obtain an annual WKU disability permit from Parking and Transportation Services, disabled students must present current state issued disability credentials.
    • Contact the state Division of Motor Vehicles to obtain state issued credentials. 
  • Students are issued WKU Tier #2 Disability permits. 
    • Students with permanent disabilities and state issued credentials are issued annual Tier #2 disability permits.
      • Customers with disability parking license plates will be able to renew the PTS annual permit as long as the license plate remains active for the customer.  When the license plate changes, new documentation must be provided to PTS for future WKU permit renewals.
      • Customers with disability parking hangtags will be able to renew the PTS annual permit as long as the state issued disability hangtag is current.  If a new hangtag is issued to the customer, the customer must share the new registration information with PTS for future permit renewals
    • Students with temporary disabilities and credentials are issued a temporary Tier #2 dashboard permit with an expiration date corresponding to the state issued credentials.
  • Tier #2 Disability permits allow parking in all Tier #2 disability parking spaces. 
    • Any non-reserved parking space within the Housing, Commuter, or All Permits zone; that is, spaces not otherwise restricted by yellow lines, postings, gates or any reserved or numbered spaces.
    • Any available time limit spaces or metered spaces for two (2) hours plus the time allotted for other users as stated in KRS 186.042.
    • Please Note: When Topper Transit is not running full service, such as during intersession parking or severe weather, Tier #2 permits are honored in all disability Tier #1 and Tier #2 spaces.  See Intersession Parking for permit requirements during intersession parking.
    • Faculty/staff parking is open to all permits between 4:30 PM and 7:30 AM Monday - Friday.  All Tier #2 permits are honored in all disability spaces during this time.
  • When parking on campus, both the WKU Tier #2 Disability Permit and the state issued disability credentials must be displayed and visible. 
    • State disability placards may hang from the rearview mirror behind the WKU disability permit or be displayed on the dashboard.
    • The annual WKU disability permit should hang from the rearview mirror. 
    • The temporary disability permit should be displayed on the dashboard.
  • To assist with mobility needs, registered disabled students have full access to free transit services including the paratransit shuttle.

Temporary Medical Accommodations

  • For medical accommodations without state issued credentials:
    • Documentation from the attending physician stating the nature of the illness or injury and the expected time period that additional access is required.
    • Temporary medical accommodation parking permits may be issued for a maximum of 6 weeks.
    • Should the temporary permit expire and accommodations are still needed, another current letter from the physician is required to extend medical accommodations.
    • Maximum combined temporary parking for a medical accommodation is limited to 12 weeks.

Faculty/Staff Medical Accommodations

  • Temporary Tier I parking permit may be issued to faculty & staff as a medical accommodation for a maximum of two weeks.
    • Parking privileges correspond to a Tier #1 Disability permit. 
  • Temporary Premium parking permit may be issued for an additional 4 weeks if needed with the initial physician statement.
    • Parking privileges correspond to a Premium Parking permit.
  • Or a temporary Tier #2 disability permit may be issued to faculty, staff or students as a medical accommodation.
    • Parking privileges correspond to a Tier #2 Disability permit.
  • To assist with mobility needs, registered customers with temporary medical accommodations have full access to free transit services including the paratransit shuttle.

Student Medical Accommodations

  • Temporary Tier #2 parking permit may be issued to student as a medical accommodation.
    • Parking privileges correspond to a Tier #2 Disability permit.
  • To assist with mobility needs, registered customers with temporary medical accommodations have full access to free transit services including the paratransit shuttle.

Special needs assistance

  • Caretakers or disability assistance personnel who are not a current student or faculty/staff may contact Parking and Transportation for parking arrangements.

Topper Transit and Para-Transit Service

  • All WKU transit buses are ADA equipped and may accommodate the needs of persons with a temporary or permanent disability.
  • Please refer to the Transit section of our website, www.wku.edu/transportation/ for more details on transit routes, schedules, and stop locations.  This is a free service available Monday through Friday, 7:20 AM – 9:00 PM.
  • Disabled customers who are registered with PTS may utilize the WKU Para-transit service.  Call 270-745-2361 for more details.

Review Procedure

  • Any person, who disagrees with the recommendation of Parking and Transportation Services regarding disability parking accommodations, or eligibility for paratransit services, may request a review of the decision. 
  • A request for review must be submitted to the appropriate office. The request must be submitted in writing to PTS and should state the reasons why the party is requesting modification of the recommendation.  The request may also contain any additional information the party wishes to submit for consideration.  PTS may also submit any additional information for consideration, with a copy to the party requesting the review. 
  • WKU employees submit a request for review to the Office of Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action/ University ADA Services. Additional information is located on their website, http://www.wku.edu/eoo/.
  • Students submit a request for review to the Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs.  That website is https://www.wku.edu/studentaffairs/ .
  • Every effort shall be made to review the recommendation in a timely and expeditious manner.  The Office of Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action/ University ADA Services or the Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs may request a personal appearance by the person requesting the review.
  • The decision of the reviewing office shall be the final decision.  Notification of a decision shall be in writing, provided to PTS and the person requesting the review.

 

 

 

 

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