The first step is to appeal the citation to the issuing officer. If your initial appeal is denied, you may file a second appeal to the Parking Citation Appeals Board.
A completed appeal form must be received in the Office of Public Safety within 14 calendar days from the date the citation was issued. Holidays and break times do not count towards the 14 day period. Appeal Forms are available at the Office of Public Safety.
The decision of the Appeals Board is binding on the Office of Public Safety and the appellant. Payment of a citation under appeal is suspended during the appeal process. However, whether or not citations are in appeal, the vehicle shall still be subject to towing if the vehicle is found in violation. Unpaid citations will be billed directly to the student’s account, and late fees associated with unpaid account balances will be assessed. Appealed citations are not eligible for discount payment.
Definitions of Appeals Actions
Upheld means that the citation has been upheld as valid under Goucher College parking regulations, and payment is due.
Reduced means that the Board agrees there was a violation of Goucher College parking regulations, but that mitigating circumstances presented in the appeal warrant a reduced fine. Payment of the reduced fine is required.
Dismissed means that the appeal was approved and the fine was waived.
Loss of Parking Privilege means that the person cited was found by the board to be a habitual violator of campus parking regulations and failed to park responsibly. The individual can no longer bring his/her vehicle onto campus for a set period of time as determined by the Board, but not exceeding two semesters.
Justification for Appeals
Parking citations are issued for violation of established college parking regulations. An appeal should be based on the premise that the citation was not consistent with Goucher College parking regulations, or that special extenuating circumstances exist that should excuse the appellant from compliance with these regulations. The following circumstances, on their own, are never excuses that result in reduction of a fine: “I was running late” or “I just ran in to do an errand.”
Filing an appeal
You may file an appeal by mail or in person. In all cases, your written appeal must be received by the Office of Public Safety within 14 calendar days from the date the citation was issued for the appeal to be accepted for consideration. Incomplete or illegible appeals will not be processed. Giving false information is a violation of the Campus Judicial Code and may affect your student status. Remember to keep a copy of your appeal and citation for your records. The following information must be included with your appeal:
- The original citation
- Citation number if you’re filing by fax or email
- Current address
- Telephone number
- E-mail address
- Vehicle license plate number
- Permit number
- Narrative explaining why the citation should be invalid
- Any supporting documentation
To file by mail
Pick up an appeal form from the Office of Public Safety or request that a form be mailed to you. Mail the completed form to:
The Parking Citation Appeals Board
c/o Office of Public Safety
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204