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Campus parking is currently available to all students who either reside on campus or come onto campus for classes.  Parking lots are either centrally located or adjacent to all major buildings on campus.  Parking permits are required to park in a campus parking lot.
Parking on lawns, sidewalks or in front of driveways is prohibited.  Parking of any unregistered motor vehicles is prohibited.  Cars that are found in any of the above locations or found to be unregistered are subject to removal at the owners expense.

Town of Lancaster Winter Parking Regulations

The traffic regulations for the Town of Lancaster prohibit the parking of any vehicle on the streets of Lancaster for a period of time longer than one hour between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. during the dates of November 15th-April 15th of each year. Any parked motor vehicle that interferes with the removal of snow or ice will be towed at the owner's expense.


Parking Policy

Parking is available on campus and within easy access to all buildings.  By bringing a car on campus, the owner/operator of the vehicle agrees to abide by town and campus parking policies and by regulations regarding winter snow removal.  Parking stickers and copies of all parking policies are available in the Safety and Security Office. 

Students are responsible for their vehicle’s security and any belongings that might be in it.  It is the responsibility of all drivers to obtain copies and to be aware of any policies, whether or not they are outlined in this book.  However, general guidelines are listed below:

General Parking Regulations{expander}

The following parking regulations are for all vehicles on the AUC campus.  Some service vehicles will be given an exception to this rule.

  • The College assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to private property.
  • Pedestrians will be given the right of way at all times.
  • The maximum speed on campus at all times is twenty (20) miles per hour.
  • All traffic and parking signs must be obeyed. It is impossible to mark all the areas of College property where parking is prohibited.  However, parking is definitely prohibited on pedestrian paths or crosswalks, grassed areas, construction areas, or any other place where parking or driving would create a safety hazard or interfere with the use of College facilities.
  • Operation of any vehicle in such a manner as to create excessive noise or be in any way unsafe will result in a revocation of parking permit.
  • Failure to comply with snow removal parking instructions may result in the car being towed at the owner’s expense.
  • The responsibility of finding a legal parking place rests with the operator of the motor vehicle. Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for illegal parking.
  • All vehicles (including motorcycles and scooters) must be parked in assigned areas.
  • In areas that have marked spaces and lanes, a vehicle must be parked in one space only, leaving clear access to adjacent spaces without blocking driving lanes or creating a hazard for other drivers.
  • Parking regulations are in effect at all times--day and night.

Parking Violations{expander}

  • Finesfor students will be charged to their account within seventy-two (72) hours of the date of the issued violation unless a written appeal is submitted to the Safety and Security Office before the end of the seventy-two (72) hour period.
  • Owners of cars with three (3) or more violations may result in disciplinary action against the student.
  • No storage or parking of bicycles is permitted within any building except in an area designated for that purpose.
  • Fines:

1st Offense


2nd Offense

$15 Fine

3rd Offense

$25 Fine

4th Offense

Meeting with the Vice President for Student Services and Student Development and possible revocation of vehicle privileges

Other Vehicle Code Violations 

  • Parking in space designated “Handicapped Parking” $50.00
  • Blocking access to fire lanes, hydrants, loading zones $25.00
  • Failure to display permit     $25.00


Abandonment as it relates to motor vehicles parked on property owned by the College shall mean one or more of the following conditions:

  • Any disabled vehicle which has not been moved within 72 hours.
  • Any vehicle on which current license plates are not displayed and which has not been removed within 72 hours.

Vehicles that are not in safe operating conditions or which have invalid license and registration and have not been moved within 72 hours from the time the vehicle is no longer in operating condition/license and/or registration is invalid.

If the vehicle is not removed from the College property within the time allotted, the Department of Safety, Security, and Compliance may have the vehicle towed and the expense charged to the owner/vehicle operator.  The College is not liable for any damage done to any vehicle resulting from its being towed. If you need assistance, please contact AUC’s Department of Safety at 978-368-2364. 


Appeals may be made for any violation by presenting a written petition to the Traffic Committee.  Petition forms may be obtained at the Safety, Security and Compliance office or at the Chief Financial Officer’s office (second floor Haskell Hall) within ten (10) days of the issued violation.  The Traffic Committee is composed of one faculty member, one staff member, and one student.

Snow Removal 

Article 5, Section 6, Town of Lancaster Traffic Regulations prohibits the parking of any vehicles on the streets of Lancaster for a period of time longer than one hour (1) between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.  Enforcement of the rule shall begin on November 15 at 12:01 a.m. and continue until April 15.  Parked or standing motor vehicles that interfere with the plowing or removing of snow or ice will be towed at the owner’s expense. 

In the case of a snowstorm, all campus parking lots are to be emptied, except:  Lenheim Hall residents are to park on George Hill Road beside Machlan Auditorium.  Preston Hall residents are to park across the street from Prescott House.

Designated Parking Areas{expander}

Drivers should park in the designated areas listed below.  Improperly parked cars may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.  College service vehicles are exempt from most regulations.

Student Parking

  • Preston Hall residents may use the lot behind Bartlett Art Gallery as well as the two adjacent to Preston Hall
  • Lenheim Hall residents may use either of the lots adjacent to Lenheim Hall.
  • Residents of College-owned apartments must leave their cars parked in the housing area. Please refrain from bringing them to the main campus or parking on Main Street.
  • All students may use the parking lot across from Prescott House.
  • Community students may use the south side of George Hill Road, Main Street, and the lot below the Jones Library.
  • Evening students may use the Haskell Hall lot or Main Street from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Visitor Parking 

Parking for visitors is located in the Haskell Hall lot on the south side of George Hill Road and Main Street.

Faculty/Staff Parking

  • Haskell Hall lot on George Hill Road, Jones Library lot on Flagg Street, and the White House lot on Main Street.
  • No Parking in the Bartlett Art Gallery Lot or on Flagg Street.

No cars are to be left overnight in Haskell Hall parking lot or the south side of George Hill Road from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

No Parking Areas

  • The paved area between Chant Hall and the Chan Shun Dining Commons IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PARKING. Please park on Orchard Street, behind the Miles building, or across from Prescott House.
  • The roadway behind Haskell Hall adjacent to the administrative officers parking area is a FIRE LANE and must be kept open at all times, by orders of the Lancaster Fire Department.
  • No parking is allowed in areas marked for HANDICAPPED unless a license plate or tag appropriately identifies the approved vehicle.
  • Flagg Street between Preston Hall and the Art Gallery is not available for parking. Violation may result in immediate towing at the owner’s expense.

The Fire Lanes on Main Street in front of Preston Hall and Lenheim Hall must be kept clear at all times.  No exceptions.

When a student registers for classes, he/she must make sure to register any vehicles as well. Stop by the Safety and Security office, located in the Brown House (center of campus) for all the necessary forms.  When all the necessary forms are complete, students receive a sticker to display in the lower right corner of your vehicle’s rear window.  Should a student get a new car/vehicle or a different vehicle (i.e., one not previously registered or one that is new to the student, at any time during the school year), make sure to visit the Safety and Security office and give them all the necessary details. Then, and only then, will the new car be legal to park on-campus.

Vehicles must be properly insured to meet the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requirements. Students must bring a copy of a current auto insurance policy to registration in order to be issued an AUC parking sticker.

Out of State Vehicle Registration

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires non-residents to register and tag your vehicle within 30 days of locating here. Fortunately, “non-resident stickers” are available from Safety and Security to alert state officials to student/temporary resident status. Non-compliance will be subject to some serious fines and possible tickets!

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