Parking Services

Rules and Regulations

We have prepared these regulations for the safety and convenience of those who operate vehicles on campus, in compliance with § 46.2-1228 of the Code of Virginia. The university cannot guarantee a parking space in a convenient area, but there is adequate parking available. The university does not assume responsibility for the care or protection of private motor vehicles or their contents. Personal belongings should not be left in vehicles.

CNU students, faculty and staff must register vehicles through the Parking Services Office in order to park on campus. In addition, all vehicles must display a current CNU parking decal.

For proper display, you must affix the CNU parking decal to the outside lower-left of your vehicle's rear window (except for temporary parking permits, which are hung from the vehicle's interior rearview mirror).

For pickup trucks with obstructive toolboxes, place the decal in the upper-left of your vehicle's rear window. Decal placement in any other location on the vehicle is not permitted. Beginning in academic year 2022, and continuing thereafter, decal placement on vehicle bumpers is no longer permitted. Specific instructions for proper placement of parking decals are included on the back of the decal.

Taping a CNU parking decal to the inside or outside of the vehicle's window is not permitted. Improperly displayed parking decals will constitute an Improper Display violation, subject to citation for each instance of violation. Only one CNU parking decal is permitted to be displayed per vehicle.

Only display the CNU parking decal for the current academic year. To avoid citation, parking decals from previous years should not be displayed.

If you are a student, faculty or staff member with a current valid decal on your vehicle, and are operating a vehicle on campus other than one that is registered, you can obtain a temporary pass for the substitute vehicle at no additional charge. You must first provide Parking Services with proof of identification and the vehicle registration. The pass will be valid for a period of no more than two weeks, and is valid only for the lots in which the regular decal is valid.

Members of the CNU community who have chosen not to purchase a decal may obtain a temporary pass once during the academic year at a cost of $5 per day, for no more than a two-week period. After the two-week period, you must purchase a regular decal if you wish to park on campus. Failure to do so will result in a citation for No Valid CNU Decal.

Temporary passes for students, faculty and staff can only be obtained from the Parking Services Office (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Visitors to the university must obtain a pass for any and all times they plan on parking on campus. A visitor is defined as someone who is not a Christopher Newport University student, faculty or staff member.

Students, faculty and staff are not, under any circumstances, considered visitors to the university at any time. Any student, faculty or staff member found parked in a visitor space will receive a $250 citation.

Visitors to the university can receive a temporary pass that allows them to park in visitor spaces in Lot B and in the student and faculty/staff lots:

  • For no cost
  • For a period of no more than three days at a time
  • For themselves, but no others

To obtain a valid visitor pass, visitors must bring the following to the Parking Services Office:

  • Proof of identification (driver's license, non-CNU ID card)
  • Vehicle information: make, model, color and license plate

Passes may be obtained from the Parking Services Office (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or from University Police (every day, 24 hours a day).

If you receive a citation for No Valid CNU Decal while visiting the university, please refer to and follow the instructions on the back of the citation.

In the event a motor vehicle becomes disabled, notify Campus Police (594-7053) and Parking Services (594-7129) immediately. We will issue a disabled vehicle decal, valid for not more than five days.

Vehicles left unattended for five days or longer may be subject to removal at the owner's expense. The university assumes no responsibility for the protection of, or any damage to, such vehicles.

University Police reserve the right to remove any vehicle from campus. Illegally parked vehicles may be towed, or a boot may be applied without notice to the owner. The cost of such removal and storage, and any associated penalties, shall be charged to the owner of the vehicle.

No parking is permitted in areas designated as loading zones, except for vehicles being loaded or unloaded. Vehicle emergency flashers must be flashing.

Note: Yellow curbs and brick-paved areas are not considered loading/unloading zones.

Parking in spaces designated as Handicapped Parking is reserved for those who have a handicapped pass obtained through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Handicapped faculty/staff and students parking in these spaces must also display a valid CNU decal. Persons incurring a temporary handicap must obtain the correct pass from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

There are a limited number of faculty and staff parking spaces at CNU North. Each valid parking space is marked "CNU." Parking in all other spaces is prohibited. Students may park in the designated spaces after 5:30 p.m.

Members of the CNU community are not permitted to use these lots unless they are using the services of the businesses.

Santoro Hall, York River Hall, James River Hall, Potomac River Hall, CNU Apartments, CNU Crossing, CNU Landing, Warwick River Hall and CNU Village:

Residents must have a valid parking decal to park in their designated areas of the campus. As a resident, you are responsible for notifying your visitors as to where they may park. Visitors must obtain a Temporary Parking Pass from Parking Services or Campus Police before parking anywhere on campus.

All lots are open 5:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m., except East Campus lots (CNU Apartments, CNU Landing, CNU Crossing and CNU Village).

A decal is still required during open parking times. Visitor, University Police, Reserved and Handicapped parking spaces are restricted every day, 24 hours a day.

Throughout the year, there are university-sponsored events which require a comprehensive parking plan (e.g., graduation, football games, job fairs). Parking Services will attempt to minimize parking changes throughout the year and will provide information and signs to notify of lot closures/relocations in a timely fashion.

Vehicles are required to move from designated lots by the deadline. Any departments planning events that will involve multiple visitors to the campus must notify Parking Services two weeks prior to the event date.

Departments who have guest speakers can pick up a temporary parking pass in advance with the guests' following information: name, date of event and vehicle information.

The campus-wide speed limit is 15 miles per hour.

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