Parking

Students often inquire about special campus parking arrangements in response to temporary illnesses and injuries or permanent disabilities. The following information is provided to assist students in understanding their disability-related special parking options.

For students who need parking in more than one location

  • Students with permanent disabilities or long-term temporary disabilities who need parking in proximity to various locations may wish to obtain accessible placards (hang tags) or special license plates from the State of Illinois. Such placards/plates allow free parking at City of Champaign and City of Urbana municipal metered spaces as well as the use of marked accessible parking at such places as grocery stores, theaters, and shopping malls. Students can park at university meters for short term use only at no charge. Long-term parking needs on campus must be assigned by the Parking Department.
  • Individuals who would like to obtain the placards/plates should obtain forms for this purpose from the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State for their physicians to complete (these forms can be obtained from the Illinois Secretary of State website). Completed forms should be taken to the nearest drivers license office where placards will be distributed. For those with temporary disabilities, the placards are good for 6 months

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For students who need accessible parking at the residence halls

  • Accessible parking in residence hall lots is handled by the Housing Division. Students should contact their residence hall office to make parking arrangements.

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For students requesting a reserved space in a specific lot

  • Students with temporary disabilities (i.e., a condition which is expected to last less than one semester) do not need to register with the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as a student with a disability. Instead, McKinley Health Center (MHC) or your doctor can document temporary disabilities and send students directly to Facilities and Services Parking Department for temporary accessible parking privileges.
  • The Parking Department may issue temporary parking privileges without documentation from DRES or MHC to students with obvious disabilities (e.g. casts, crutches, or other mobility aids). However, the Parking Department reserves the right in all cases to request documentation of the disability from a physician.
  • Students with permanent or long-term temporary disabilities which will require a parking accommodation for a semester or longer, must register with DRES before receiving accessible parking. After registration and verification of disability, DRES provides students with documentation to take to the Parking Department as verification of special parking needs.
  • Designated rental lots for permit holders have accessible, specially marked spaces which are for the use of people who normally rent in those lots. These are signed 24hr. with handicap designation and are, however, not for student use.
  • Students who require reserved spaces in specific lots must pay the regular rental rate in the lot they are requesting (as do all other renters in that lot). However, the Parking Department will mark such spaces as "Reserved 24 hours a day. These spaces are assigned through the Parking Department as available.
  • Parking spaces will be assigned on the basis of what is currently available in requested lots. Current renters will not be made to move for students with disabilities. Each student who requests a reserved spot will be handled on an individual basis by Campus Parking so that the best possible arrangement can be made. In some instances, parking meters on the street are used for accessible parking needs.

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