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2002-03 University Catalog


General Policies

Parking Policy

Phone: (703) 993-2710
Student Union II, Room 1014

All faculty, staff, and students who park in lots owned or operated by George Mason University must display a valid decal, or must park in the Parking Deck and pay an hourly or daily rate. The Parking Deck is located on Mason Pond Drive off Patriot Circle. Visitors and guests must park in the Parking Deck or at a meter, unless special arrangements have been made through Parking Services.

Decal enforcement runs from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Metered parking is designated for short-term use and is monitored from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Broken meters are considered closed parking spaces, and any vehicles parked in such spaces are subject to citation.

Restricted areas such as yellow curbs, crosswalks, sidewalks, landscaped/barricaded areas, loading zones, handicapped spaces, and fire/emergency lanes are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To avoid receiving a substantial fine, students, faculty, and staff should purchase a decal as soon as they drive onto the campus. Three types of parking decals are available: yearly, semester, and summer. Decals may be purchased at the Parking Services sales office, located in Room 1014 in Student Union II. The hours of operation are Monday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30a.m. to 6 p.m.

Handicapped parking is available at a number of convenient locations at George Mason University facilities. A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handicapped permit must be presented to obtain a George Mason handicapped permit. A DMV permit alone is not sufficient for parking in handicapped spaces in university lots. A visitor with a DMV tag/permit may park in the Parking Deck at prevailing rates. Parking in or blocking access to a handicapped space carries a fine at the prevailing rate.

Some parking lots have designated spaces reserved for faculty/staff or resident students, special permit holders, or for service and repair vehicles. Please read all signs posted at entrances to the parking lots. Complete parking regulations are in the Information Guide available at Parking Services. For additional parking information, call the Parking Services Office at (703) 993-2710.

Motorist Assistance Program (MAP)

Phone: (703) 993-2715

MAP available at the Fairfax Campus from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Call the Parking Services MAP line at (703) 993-2715 to access this service. MAP is designed to assist drivers who have minor car problems. Trained MAP personnel are available to help with dead batteries. MAP personnel also can contact lockout or towing services at the owner's request and expense.