Parking Citations

Campus Security officers generate citations with a mobile handheld device that provide information for vehicle owners and that may be viewed or appealed within the MyParking system.

It may take several hours before citation information is available online.

Campus Security has jurisdiction over infractions allegedly committed on the property of Northwest University in violation of the Northwest University Motor Vehicle Policy.  These non-criminal violations are punishable by a fine in a presumptive amount set by the University.  Infractions include all varieties of traffic tickets, parking tickets, and other non-criminal violations of the Northwest University Motor Vehicle Policy.

How do I appeal a citation?

  • Appeals to a citation must be submitted no later than midnight of the tenth (10) calendar day from the date the citation was issued.  The appeal deadline is printed on the citation.  All appeals will be submitted using MyParking.
  • A lost ticket, forgetfulness, parking only for a short time, failure to display a parking permit/decal, and/or not seeing the signs are unacceptable grounds for an appeal.

If you receive an infraction, you have the following three options:

1. Take No Action.

If you choose to take no action, the fine(s) will be submitted to your university account.  Your infraction will be deemed committed.  Payments are through the University Cashier.

2. Mitigation.

In mitigation, you admit that you committed the violation, but ask to have your fine reduced based upon mitigating circumstances.  Mitigation is an process where you may explain the circumstances of your case.  Your explanation, along with your Northwest University driving record, is considered in setting an appropriate fine.  There is no appeal of a mitigation.  Infractions issued for reckless driving may not be mitigated.

Mitigation is requested by submitting the appeal using MyParking within ten (10) calendar days of the citation issue date.  You will not be able to appeal a citation until you register the vehicle in MyParking.

3. Contest the Ticket.

In contesting a citation, you do not admit that you committed the violation.  The University bears the burden of establishing, by a preponderance of the evidence, that you committed the violation.  The University meets this burden if the Appeals Reviewer, after hearing all of the evidence, determines that it is more likely than not that the violation was committed.  You have the right to present evidence.

To contest a citation, you must submit a detailed explanation with ten (10) calendar days using MyParking.  Include in the explanation if you will submit any supplemental information via email to security@northwestu.edu.  Be sure to include the ticket number in the email.  Evidence must be submitted to the Appeals Reviewer within ten (10) calendar days of the citation issue date.  You will not be able to contest a citation until you register the vehicle in MyParking.

Appeal Options for Guests and Visitors

If you are a guest on our campus, you will not have access to MyParking to make an appeal unless you had registered your vehicle into the Guest Parking System.

If the citation is related to a parking permit, please send the ticket number, vehicle license number, and your name to security@northwestu.edu, and then your ticket will be voided.  If the citation was for a different reason (e.g. failure to stop at a stop sign), please send an email with the same information (plus your appeal).