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Citation Appeal Regulations

 

 

The Appeal Board  

The Parking Appeals process is guided by an autonomous Advisory Board of student, faculty, and staff volunteers.  Board members are appointed by the Tulane Student Association, and the Faculty Senate.  The Advisory Board is independent of Tulane Police and Parking employees, with no Parking Division employee serving as voting members.

The Appeals Process

Summary of Process

•    There is a $5.00 fee to appeal a citation
•    A written appeal is reviewed by the Appeals Committee
•    The Appeals Committee evaluates the appeal based on guidelines and criteria established by the Parking Advisory Board.
•    The appellant is informed, by e-mail of the hearing decision.

The University accepts appeals of parking citations.  Any citation may be appealed although certain types of appeals are generally not accepted.  Automatic payment of a citation under appeal is suspended without penalty during the appeal process.  A completed appeal form must be received in the Parking Services' Office within 10 calendar days from the date the citation was issued.

Parking citations are issued for violation of established University parking regulations.  An appeal should be based on the premise that the citation was not consistent with Tulane parking regulations, or that special extenuating circumstances exist that should excuse the appellant from compliance with those regulations.  An appeal must be filed within 10 calendar days from the date the citation was issued and the appellant must state in their appeal if they wish to be present.

By joining in the appeals arbitration process, both the appellant and Parking Services agree to accept the board’s decision as final and binding.  The Parking Appeals Board ruling is the final University decision regarding parking citations.

Appealed citations are placed on hold until the appellant is emailed notice of the hearing decision.  No additional late fees will be added, and payment is not required unless the citation is upheld.

A Hearing notice that a citation is dismissed requires no further action on the part of the appellant.  This process may uphold a citation at either the current fine level or a reduced fine.  Payment of an upheld citation is required within 10 calendar days of the decision.

Definitions of Appeals Actions

UPHELD means that the citation has been upheld as valid under Tulane parking regulations and payment is due.

REDUCED means that the Board agrees there was a violation of Tulane parking regulations, but that mitigating circumstances presented in your appeal warrant a reduced fine.  Payment of the reduced fine is required.

DISMISSED means that the appeal was approved and the fine was waived.

Filing an appeal

You may file an appeal by mail, by electronic mail (E-mail), by fax, or in person.  In all cases your appeal must be received within 10 calendar days from the date the citation was issued.  The following information must be included with the appeal, regardless of the method of submittal.  Incomplete or illegible appeals cannot be processed.

•    Attach the original citation if submitting by mail
•    Citation number if you are filing by fax or E-mail
•    Name
•    Current address
•    Vehicle license plate number and state
•    Permit number
•    A statement explaining why the citation should be waived,
     and if you wish to be present at the hearing

Remember to keep a copy of your appeal and citation for your records.

To file by mail:

Print a copy of the appeals form from this website or call the Parking Services office to have a form mailed to you.  Mail the completed form to:

Parking Services Office
Tulane University
6823 St. Charles Ave
Diboll Complex
New Orleans, LA  70118

To file via the web:

Go to the on line parking appeal form at parking.tulane.edu Be sure to include all of the information listed on that form, including your return e-mail address.  When the form is completed, be sure that you click on the “Submit” button.  You will receive notice of the Hearing Decision by e-mail.

To file by Fax:

Fax your appeal to the Parking Services office at (504) 865-5383.  Fax the form provided in this section or a letter containing all of the information listed in the section above.  Be sure to include your current Email address because the Hearing Decision letter will be emailed.

To file in person:

File a written appeal at the Parking Services office.  Forms are available in the office.


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu