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Parking and Traffic Appeals Panel


The Parking and Traffic Appeals Committee reviews the second level of appeals for fines arising from enforcement of the University’s parking regulations. A person receiving a parking citation can first appeal to the Parking and Traffic Services staff, and if not satisfied with the result, can appeal to this committee to consider their case for reduction or dismissal of the fine.

The committee is divided into six review panels, each with six or seven members, and a mix of faculty, staff, and students. Each review panel considers a group of appeals, five to ten at a time, over a 2-3-week period. The individual panelists use their UTEID and password to access the web-based site to review the cases. Each case consists of evidence presented by the Parking and Traffic Services Administration and the appellant. After reviewing the case, the panelist enters a vote to uphold, reduce, or dismiss the fine. The committee chair reviews the panelists’ votes and comments and makes the final decision on the appeal. There is no further avenue for appeal beyond this committee. Generally, about three quarters of the committee’s membership responds when asked to review appeals, and this produces four to six responses per appeal, enough to gain a collective sense of how each appeal is viewed by the committee members.

To date, the committee has considered 143 cases. Of the 143 cases reviewed, the following percentages recognize the committee’s overall panel review outcomes.

Denied – Citation upheld  47.05%
Fine reduced   26.16%
Warning 14.98%
Upheld – Citation dismissed   11.81%

The committee elected Michelle Habeck as committee chair for the 2013-14 academic year.

The chair extends deep appreciation to the committee members for their timely and thoughtful reviews of the cases this year. She is also very grateful for the support of Parking and Traffic Services staff, in particular Jeri Baker, Margaret Rogers, Matthew Enos, Paul Muscato, and Amanda Harkrider.


Michelle Habeck, chair