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Western Kentucky University

Disability Parking

Disability Parking Policy

Effective 3/23/2012

 

Audience

Customers requiring disability parking or transit service on the WKU 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 individuals 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 PTS, 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 para-transit shuttle.

 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 PTS, 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 state issued credentials are issued annual Tier #1 disability permits.
    • 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 parking spaces in the Health Services and Gary A. Ransdell Hall client parking lot are reserved for clients.  
    • Any non-reserved parking space on campus; i.e., 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 para-transit shuttle.

 

WKU Students – Tier #2 Disability Permits

  • To obtain an annual WKU disability permit from PTS, 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.
    • Students with temporary disabilities and state issued 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; i.e., 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 disability permits are honored in all disability Tier #1 and Tier #2 spaces. See "Intersession Parking" policy 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 disability 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 rear-view 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 para-transit shuttle.

 Temporary Medical Accommodations

  • No WKU Tier #1 disability parking permit can be issued without permanent or temporary state issued credentials.
  • 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 premium access is required.
    • Temporary permits are issued for up to six weeks at a time.
    • Should the temporary permit expire and while 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.
  • A temporary Premium parking permit may be issued to faculty & staff as a medical accommodation.
    • Parking privileges correspond to a Premium parking permit.
  • ORa 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 para-transit shuttle.

 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 PTS regarding disability parking accommodations, or eligibility for para-transit services, may request a review of the decision.
  • A request for review must be submitted in writing to the appropriate office with a copy delivered to PTS. The request shall state the reason(s) 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. Additional information is located on their website:  http://www.wku.edu/student_affairs.
  • 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, and shall be provided to PTS and the person requesting the review.

 

 

 

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