All appeals of parking citations are handled by the Court of Parking Appeals, or "Traffic Court", which is a court of equity. This court was established by and acts as a standing committee of the University Senate. Its authority is derived from both the University Senate and the Legislature of the State of Kansas. Rules of Procedure for the Traffic Court can be found in the Policy Library.
Jurisdiction of the court is based upon an appeal made within ten (10) business days from the time of the parking citation given by the Parking Department. Court authority is final except for appeals made from this court to the Court En Banc.
This means the court will hear both sides of an issue when you feel there are mitigating circumstances that resulted in the violation and/or that you have in good faith attempted to comply with the current parking regulations.
Appeals are submitted online, and the citation number is required to file the appeal; (it should be printed at the top of the ticket.) Note that an additional $5 fine will be added to all appeals that are overturned by the court.
Once a ticket has been paid, it is not possible to submit an appeal.
To File An Appeal
- Ask any questions you may have at Parking & Transit office. A question at this stage of the appeal may save a lot of time and effort later on.
- Complete the appeal form in detail.
- Give every detail of what happened and every reason you believe applicable to your situation which might bear upon the circumstances of your citation. If there is ANY evidence which MIGHT help the judges find in your favor, be sure to include it with your appeal. For example: copies of repair bills, copies of medical statements regarding disabilities, diagrams or photographs of the situation, notarized statements of witnesses, etc.
- Please note that NO appeals will be accepted which give no explanation, or which are submitted only to clear your enrollment hold.
- Submit the form online. In the case of personal appeals, the court clerk will contact you in order to schedule a hearing time if your appeal is accepted for a personal hearing.
First Time Ticket Forgiveness Quiz
If you are a new student, faculty, or staff at KU, and if this is the first time you've gotten a parking ticket (and it is a Group 1 violation – see Section 10 of the Parking Regulations), you might be able to have your first-time ticket canceled.
If you think you are eligible, take this 24-question parking quiz (within the same 10-business day deadline as an appeal) , then we'll verify your eligibility and notify you if we were able to cancel the ticket. You will need to log in with your KU Online ID in order to start the quiz.