Parking and Motor Vehicles

Fall 2020 and COVID-19

Please note, some information below may have changed due to our Fall 2020 Reopening Plan. Learn more about our Fall 2020 parking regulations

General Statement

Bringing a car to campus is a privilege, not a right. Operation of a personal car is not a requirement of any College program, and students bring and operate cars at their own risk. The College attempts to assist vehicle owners by furnishing appropriate parking regulations and limited parking spaces but assumes no responsibility for theft or vandalism to vehicles parked on College property.

Motor Vehicle Registration

Students (Class of 2021 to 2024) who plan to operate a motor vehicle, including a motorcycle or moped, in the Lancaster area must register that vehicle with Auxiliary Services within 24 hours of its being brought into the Lancaster area.

Registration of motor vehicles is done online through InsideF&M and the permit can be picked up at the Diplomat Exchange located in the Steinman College Center.

Campus Speed Limit

The campus speed limit is 15 miles per hour.

Motorized scooters are prohibited in Lancaster City.

24-Hour Student Parking

The student parking area behind Weis Hall, Ware College House and Bonchek College House (with the exception of the Special Permit Parking, which must be applied for through the Parking Committee at the Department of Public Safety), and North Campus west parking lot offer 24-hour student parking. For continued safety of vehicles parked in student parking areas, it is strongly advised that owners make frequent checks of their vehicles. No student parking is permitted in the lot on the west side of College Square at any time.

Off-Campus Parking

Student parking is not permitted on the residential side of Race Avenue or on West Frederick Street, West New Street, West Clay Street and West Ross Street between Race Avenue and State Street.

Employees, students and guests are requested to observe both Lancaster City and Franklin & Marshall regulations. Street cleaning signs are posted in the neighborhoods.

On-Campus Parking

Parking is permitted only within lined spaces. Reserved spaces and all spaces in Williamson Field parking lot are for faculty and professional staff, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student parking is permitted in the Williamson Field Parking Lot between 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends and holidays. Williamson Field parking lot and the lot on the east side of College Square are closed to all parking seven nights a week from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. No student parking is allowed at any time in the Food Services 24-hour reserved spaces.

Vehicles may never block fire lanes or exits.

Questions regarding parking will be answered by the Department of Public Safety.

Parking and Driving Penalties

Students are expected to operate their vehicles within the provisions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. Persons violating campus parking and driving regulations are subject to fines up to $50 per occurrence depending upon the violation. Failure to abide by these parking and driving regulations may result in penalties, including towing of vehicle and/or College disciplinary action.

Parking fine appeals must be made within five working days of the offense at the Department of Public Safety. Appeals are reviewed and ruled upon by the Parking Review Board, composed of a member of professional staff and two students. Public Safety presents the appeal but is not a voting member of the review board. The Board’s decision on an appeal is final.

After five parking violations, settled or unsettled, in one academic year, a letter will be sent to the student that future violations could result in his/her vehicle being towed from campus at his/her expense. A copy of this letter will be sent to the student’s parents. Vehicle towing will begin with each subsequent violation.

After ten parking violations, settled or unsettled, in one academic year, a student will be issued a Disciplinary Reprimand, which will be placed in the student’s file. The student will be required to perform ten (10) approved work hours by the end of the academic year. Towing of the student’s vehicle, at his/her expense, will remain in effect with each subsequent violation.

These conditions are in addition to the student being liable for payment of all parking fines. Until all fines are paid, diplomas and/or transcripts will be withheld from graduating seniors and returning students. Failure to complete the required ten (10) approved work hours will result in further disciplinary action and the suspension of campus parking privileges.

Parking regulations are always in effect, even during evenings, weekends and vacations.

Regulations on Other Vehicles

Skateboards and motorized scooters are not permitted on College grounds.

Bicycle Registration

All students who bring bicycles with them to campus are required to register them with the Department of Public Safety. A decal is issued which aids in recovery if the bicycle is lost or stolen. Bicycles should be securely locked to bicycle racks provided on campus. For continued bicycle safety, it is strongly advised that students make regular and frequent checks of their bicycles and use a U-shaped, kryptonite lock to secure the bicycle rather than a cable and padlock.

Car Sharing

F&M has contracted with Enterprise CarShare to provide our students (18 yrs +) access to cars that are available to rent by the hour or day. Membership with Enterprise is required and is completed on-line at: Membership includes: fuel, dedicated parking spot, maintenance, physical damage/liability coverage for members 18 and over (where available) with a valid driver’s license.

Enterprise CarShare is a totally automated rental process where, once you're a member, all you need to rent an Enterprise CarShare vehicle is access to the internet.  Once a member, go to which is mobile-friendly.  Log in, and reserve the vehicle you want for the time you need.  Use your Enterprise CarShare membership smart card to access the vehicle. The keys are in the glove box and you're on your way!  Return the vehicle to the same area you picked it up from and put the keys back in the glove box.  Use your membership smart card to lock the doors. Your rental has ended.  Enterprise CarShare has low rates by the hour, the day, overnight, or even on the weekends.  International Driver’s License accepted.

The cars are parked in the Race Avenue Parking Lot at the west end of Weis College House.