Special Circumstances

Loading and Unloading Vehicles

Vehicles may be parked temporarily in driveways close to the buildings for up to 15 minutes for the purpose of loading or unloading the vehicle, provided that the emergency flashers are activated, and the driver is available to move the vehicle. Vehicles parked for more than 15 minutes will be ticketed and/or towed without warning or notice. Keep in mind that the driveways are fire lanes and must be kept open at ALL times for emergency/rescue vehicles.

Evening and Weekend Parking

Parking in faculty/staff parking areas is open to students with permits from the hours of 5:00 p.m to 1:00 a.m. during weekdays and from 5:00 p.m Friday to 1:00 a.m Monday, (weather permitting).

Students may park in the Nichols Street lot during weekday evenings and Sunday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the next morning, (weather permitting).

Parking is prohibited on Bardwell Street and in the Olin lot between the hours of midnight and 7:00 a.m. This includes weekends. Parking on Bardwell Street is available to Students, Faculty/Staff and Visitors. Students living off campus are NOT visitors to the College and are required to have a valid parking permit. Students with a Merrill Permit must park in the Merrill lot at all times.

Should you have any questions, please contact Security at 786-6254 or e-mail

Parking During Vacations

Merrill Lot will be used for parking during college breaks. Students who wish to leave their vehicles on campus over any break must contact Security with information dealing with their vehicles, as well as where they may be contacted in case of an emergency. Students who are on campus during break may park in other designated spaces on campus during the day, (weather permitting), but must park their vehicles in Merrill Lot at night. Vehicles left in any other lots on campus after these times will be ticketed and/or towed without warning or notice.

Snow Removal & Maintenance Needs

Any person using campus parking areas shall cooperate during periods of snow removal or required maintenance by moving his/her vehicle promptly when required. Notices will be placed in all dorms and in the Bates Daily stating the date and times of snow removal or required maintenance. Any vehicle impeding snow removal or required maintenance will be towed without warning or notice, and the owner will be responsible for all related expenses.

Parking Map/Notices & E-mail

General parking announcements will be sent to particular campus groups such as faculty/staff and students by e-mail. Parking announcements will be titled respectively as “Parking Notice” or “Urgent Parking Notice”. All persons with vehicles or who plan to have a vehicle on campus are responsible for all information in parking e-mails. E-mail should be checked daily.

Parking Map

The parking map, which can be obtained at the Security Office, indicates the designated areas where faculty, staff, students and visitors may park. Please review the map carefully and park only where indicated. In many instances, there may be no signs to directly indicate where you may or may not park. Furthermore, please note that the colors on the map indicate who may park in a certain area and do not indicate individual parking spaces. It is the responsibility of each motorist to be parked within a clearly marked College-designated parking space. Keep the map handy and refer to it when necessary.