Hamilton is a pedestrian campus, but allows members of the community to use motor vehicles as they travel to and from College Hill. To ensure public safety, all members of this community and guests are expected to familiarize themselves with the policies outlined in this webpage and must comply with them at all times.

Vehicle Registration

All vehicles parked on the Hamilton College campus must be registered with the Transportation Office on a permanent or temporary basis.

Employee Registration Student Registration

Once completed, you will be notified by mail when your permit is available for pick-up at the mail center in your assigned mailbox. Temporary permits can be requested at the Transportation Office, which is located in the Campus Safety building.

  • College employees and contract service providers may register their vehicles free of charge.
  • Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students may also register one vehicle and will be charged $125 per academic year, or $75 per semester.
  • Students are not permitted to regularly use vehicles registered by Hamilton employees without registering them as student vehicles and paying the appropriate fee.

Temporary Exceptions

Campus Safety may give members of the community temporary permission to park in restricted areas to load or unload their vehicles or for other extenuating reasons. You must call Campus Safety at 315-859-4141 to coordinate this exception. With authorization from Campus Safety, a vehicle may park for a maximum of twenty minutes.

First-year students may not have vehicles on campus, and violation of this policy can result in loss of parking privileges for future years.

  • Unregistered vehicles are subject to a $75 parking fine.
  • If the vehicle’s owner completes the registration process within 24 hours of the citation, the fine will be waived.
  • Registered vehicles that do not have their parking permits properly displayed are subject to a $25 fine.

  • Temporary parking permits will be issued for those visiting the campus or to members of the Hamilton community who need temporary parking on campus for up to 3 days.

  • Temporary and permanent parking permits are available at the Transportation Office.

  • All members of the community are expected to register their vehicles within two business days.

  • Students are expected to keep their vehicles in the designated student lots at all times when not in use.
  • Faculty/Staff members are expected to keep their vehicles in the designated faculty/staff parking lots at all times when not in use.
  • Student vehicles that are parked in a Faculty/Staff lot are subject to a $50 fine. Faculty/Staff vehicles that are parked in student areas are also subject to a $50 fine.
  • If no spaces are available in a student lot, students are expected to park in the North lot located on Campus road, across from the baseball/softball fields. Faculty/staff members are expected to check all faculty/staff lots for openings before they request assistance from the Department.

Lot Name Faculty/ Staff Lot Student Weekday Student
Anderson-Connell Alumni Center Lot x    
Athletic Complex Lot x    
Bristol Center Lot x    
Bundy Cafe Lot x    
Dunham Lot x    
Elihu Root Lot x    
Ferguson Lot - First two rows x   x
Fri., 5 p.m. - Sun., 11:59 p.m.
Ferguson Lot - Remainder of the Lot   x x
Griffin Road Apartments (special permit required)   x x
KTSA - Three Lots Closest to KTSA x    
KTSA - Lot closest to Babbitt Pavilion and row not including EV Stations   x x
List Circle x    
Major/McIntosh/Minor Lot   ;x x
Molly Root Lot x    
New Lot (paved section of North Lot)   x x
North Lot (stone section of North Lot)   x x
Old Tennis Court (near Field House but not Athletic complex lot)   x x
Philip Spencer Lot x    
Visitor's Lot x   x 
Fri., 5 p.m. - Sun., 11:59 p.m.
Root Faculty/Staff Lot x   x
Fri., 5 p.m. - Sun., 11:59 p.m.
Root Student Lot   x x
Skenandoa Lot   x x
Steuben Field paved Lot x    
Wertimer Lot   x x
Woollcott (excluding first row) x    
95 College Hill Road (special permit required)   x x

Student vehicles that remain in these lots after the stated hours will receive a $50 fine and will be towed at the owner’s expense.

  • The first row of the Woollcott lots are designated only for guests of the Admission office. These areas are strictly off limits to all students and faculty/staff members.
  • The Mail Center parking lot is designated as 5-minute parking only. Violators will be ticketed and towed at the owners expense.
  • Parking at the Griffin Road Apartments and 95 College Hill Road lots are designated for their respective residents. Each lot has a limited number of parking spaces, violators will be towed. Parking in these two lots are granted with special parking permits in addition to the normal student parking permit. This special permit is provided on a first-come first-serve basis at no additional cost.
  • Parking at Morris House is reserved strictly for service vehicles and special permit vehicles. All other vehicles will be ticketed and may be towed at owners' expense.

  • Parking is prohibited behind Commons Dining Hall, Backus House and the Rudd Communications Center. Vehicles parked in this area will be ticketed and/or towed at the owners expense.
  • There is absolutely no parking around dumpsters and loading dock ares.

Vehicles that impede access to these areas will receive a $50 citation.

Restricted/No Parking Areas

Motorists may not park their vehicles in posted “no parking” zones at any time. Pavement that is painted with diagonal lines also constitute a “no parking” zone.

Vehicles parked in these areas are subject to a $25 fine.

All campus roadways are considered fire lanes, though they have no markings. These areas include all quadrangles, access roads, and traffic circles, as well as driveways leading to and from parking lots.

Vehicles parked in fire lanes are subject to a $100 fine.

Emergency vehicles and other official vehicles that bear the “Hamilton College” logo are permitted to park in fire lanes, but must be in radio or phone contact with the Campus Safety dispatcher at all times while parked in the restricted area.

Note: Hamilton College does not issue parking permits for people with disabilities.

Hamilton College recognizes any state-issued parking permit for people with disabilities. Please refer to the information below, provided by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a disability parking permit in New York State.

To get complete information about reserved parking for people with disabilities, read the DMV brochure, Parking for People With Disabilities. Use this link to apply for a temporary permit for people with a disability https://dmv.ny.gov/file/659/download?token=2dZQif6E

Any person who is legally entitled to park in handicap parking spaces must display their handicap permit at all times while parked. These specialized parking permits are issued only by your local municipalities.

Vehicles that are parked in spaces reserved for people with disabilities without the proper permit are subject to a $100 fine and will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Vehicles must be parked between painted parking space lines.

Vehicles occupying more than one space are subject to a $25 fine.

Paved and gravel surfaces are designed to support a vehicle’s weight, grass or landscaped areas can be seriously damaged by vehicles that drive or park on them.

Vehicles that drive or park on grass, mud, or dirt are subject to a $50 fine. Vehicles that are parked partly on pavement and partly on grass are also subject to a $50 fine.

During periods of inclement weather, Facility Management may need to relocate vehicles from College parking lots so that snow can be removed. The community will be notified of the snow removal schedule by email.

Vehicles that are not removed from their lots by the specified time are subject to a $50 fine and may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Driveways, Emergency Access Roads, and Sidewalks

  • Driveways and Emergency Access Roads are not intended for vehicle use and parking, even when chains are down and the driveways are open.
  • Parking or driving on sidewalks is prohibited.

Vehicles that violate either of these regulations are subject to a $75 fine.

Weekend Parking for Students

Students are permitted to park in the

  • Ferguson Faculty/Staff Lot (first two rows)
  • Root Faculty/Staff Lot
  • Pub Lot (excluding the visitor’s area)

Student vehicles that remain in these lots after the stated hours will receive a $50 fine and will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Speed Limit

The on-campus speed limit is 15 miles per hour.

Traffic Violations

  • Motorists are expected to comply with all posted traffic signs, speed limits, and NYS driving laws.
  • Vehicles that pass stop signs or violate one-way policies on campus roadways are subject to a $50 fine.
  • Motorists should be aware that College Hill Road, Campus Road, and Griffin Road are all in the jurisdiction of Oneida County and the Town of Kirkland. All local parking, speed, and traffic laws are fully enforced by Law Enforcement.

Additional Sanctions

Any member of the Hamilton community (student or employee) who accumulates more than three parking tickets in one academic year will incur additional parking-related sanctions.

After a vehicle receives ten citations, the vehicle’s owner will lose parking privileges for the remainder of the year and is in jeopardy of losing parking privileges for future years. The owner’s parking permit will be revoked, and the owner will be required to remove the vehicle within two weeks of privileges being revoked. If the vehicle is found anywhere on campus after this sanction has been communicated to the owner, it will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Special Circumstances and Appeals

On rare occasions, exceptions are made to College parking policies. All requests for exceptions must be submitted, in writing, to the Hamilton College Parking Appeals Board at parking@hamilton.edu.

Appeals must be submitted within fourteen (14) days of the citation and the petitioner’s parking history will be considered when decisions are made.

Appeal Form

All Parking Appeals Board decisions are final.

  • Parking fines are not billed until all appeal procedures have been exhausted and citations that are successfully appealed do not count towards the excessive ticket totals outlined in Rule XVII.

Vehicle owners should be aware of the following before they file an appeal:

  • Appeals for handicap area citations are not approved.
  • The use of hazard lights (or “flashers”) does not excuse illegal parking.
  • Vehicles that park illegally for longer than 24 hours can receive multiple citations.
  • Ignorance of published parking regulations does not excuse violations.

The Parking Appeals Board consists of one member from each of the upper three classes and one non-voting staff member appointed annually by the Director of Campus Safety.


Hamilton College assumes no liability for loss or damage to any vehicles parked on College property, or personal property left within, on, or around such vehicles. The College assumes no liability for vehicles that are towed by local agencies.


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