IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST EVER PARKING TICKET AT KU: please scroll down to "First Time Ticket Forgiveness Quiz" for instructions - you do not have to pay the ticket before taking the quiz.
PLEASE NOTE: Any ticket you wish to appeal MUST FIRST BE PAID. If the decision is in favor of the appellant, payment will be refunded. Any ticket upheld on appeal will have a $10 filing fee assessed after the decision is returned, and there is the potential of a $10 late fee being added if the ticket is not paid within two weeks of the decision being sent to you from the Parking & Transit department.
All appeals of parking citations are handled by the Court of Parking Appeals, or "Traffic Court." 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 fourteen (14) calendar 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.
The Traffic Court is a court of equity. 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.)
Due to the volume of appeals submitted, it does take an average of seven (7) months for an appeal to make it through the Traffic Court and back to the Parking Department.
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 12 of the Parking Regulations), you might be able to have your first-time ticket canceled. You do not have to pay the citation before taking the quiz.
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.