Parking Permit & Designations & Definitions

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff are personnel employed by the university on or off campus. For the purpose of the regulations: visiting professors, cooperative extension advisors, cooperating teachers and administrators, part-time adjunct faculty, part-time staff, summer faculty/staff and others deemed appropriate by the university are considered faculty/staff.


A student is any individual other than faculty/staff, who is enrolled at the University.

  • Student Parking: Students are only permitted to park in student parking areas, not in faculty/staff parking areas.
  • Residential Parking: Students living in a designated residence hall may receive an additional sticker for convenience parking near their residence hall. 

  • Handicap Parking:

    • The Kentucky State University provides Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible parking spaces specifically designated for use by those who are mobility-impaired and who meet the criteria set forth in KRS 186.042. These spaces are clearly marked with the universal symbol for ADA accessible areas. There are two types of ADA accessible parking spaces on campus:

      1. ADA accessible parking spaces reserved for KSU employees, students, and affiliates who have a KSU ADA Accessible Parking Permit. The state permit or plate alone does not satisfy the requirement to park in these spaces, which are designated with signs stating "KSU Permit Required" (or similar wording).
      2. ADA accessible parking spaces reserved for visitors to campus. Most of these spaces are located near administrative buildings and are restricted to campus visitors. The state permit or plate must be displayed to park in visitor ADA accessible parking spaces, as a KSU ADA accessible parking permits alone do not satisfy the requirements for these spaces. It's also important to note that parking in a visitor ADA accessible parking areas while attending class. eating in the Cafe or working in an official capacity for KSU is strictly prohibited. 
    • Handicap Reserved Parking: Handicap spots may not be issued as a reserved spot. However, a reserved spot may be purchased for the term and where able, the closest available spot may be issued and an additional sign placed.
  • Night & Evening Parking: Parking is NOT permissible in reserved or designated spots during night and evening times. All facility and staff members must have a valid parking permit to park on campus at all times. No overnight visitor parking outside of residence halls and the EXUM lot. Parking rules are enforced 24/7.
  • Theft or Loss of a Permit: The theft or loss of a parking permit should be reported to the parking office immediately. Replacement fee is $25 for the first time and $50 for each time thereafter. Individuals are not allowed to transfer ownership of permits. Possession or use of a lost/stolen, forged/altered permit will result in a fine, tow, and/or loss of parking privileges.
  • Fraudulent Permits: The use or possession of a permit that was lost, stolen, altered or those purchased from any source other than the parking office is considered fraudulent registration. The fine is assessed at $100 and parking privileges may be revoked.


Visitor parking is located in the William Exum parking lot. Visitors must obtain a parking pass from the Police Department. It is the responsibility of the person inviting the guest(s) to campus to come to one of those locations to obtain a visitors pass. The Police Department is at the William Exum Center.

The following passes carry no fee and are issued by the Parking Office. To obtain the pass, it must be approved by the parking office.

  • Vendor Passes: An individual or contractor for temporary parking for construction or service. All must park in an available spot and not a reserved, visitor or handicap spot without proper permit.
  • Service Passes: Are issued to university employees who are required to service different buildings on campus. In order to receive the Service Pass, the employee must have purchased a university parking permit (no exceptions).
  • Volunteer Passes: Are issued to individuals who volunteer their services to the university. Typically, a time period and date period is placed on the pass.