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This winter there will be times after a significant snowfall where Facilities & Services will need your help as they work to clear parking lots of snow. The university’s overall goal is to provide the UIS community with safe and accessible parking after a significant snowfall. Working together, we can make this happen by implementing a “Snow Parking Day” after a significant snowfall.

How a "Snow Parking Day" works:

  1. Check your email before heading out to campus. When a snow storm is expected or occurs, Parking Operations will send a campus-wide email announcing that a "Snow Parking Day" is in effect. Every effort will be made to notify the campus the day prior, but checking your email in the morning may prevent an unwanted surprise when you arrive on campus.
  2. The Grounds team will be on campus early (often staying overnight) with a focus on clearing the pedestrian walkways and the parking areas closest to the academic buildings first. Once those parking areas are plowed, they will continue to the outer parking areas.
  3. Students and employees, regardless of the parking hangtag you purchased (standard or economy), should park in the area that has been plowed. If the lot or area where you typically park has been plowed, you are welcome to, and should, park there. If a lot or area has not been plowed, we ask that you park in an area that has been plowed. During a "Snow Parking Day," vehicles parked in standard permit lots with economy permits will not be ticketed for unassigned lot violations.
  4. A "Snow Parking Day" does not allow for unauthorized parking. Please be cognizant of the space you park in. A "Snow Parking Day" does not allow for unauthorized parking in spaces that require a special permit (e.g., ADA spaces, reserved PERKS spaces, etc.), or prohibited parking areas such as emergency and fire lanes. Vehicles will still be subject to ticketing and towing for unauthorized or unsafe parking.
  5. The residential lots around the townhouses and apartments function differently; all on-campus residents will have 24/7 access to their residential lot, and vehicles can use them as required. The university will clear the snow as efficiently and safely as possible in the residential lots.
  6. Near the end of a "Snow Parking Day," an email will be sent to notify everyone if the next day will or will not be a "Snow Parking Day." It also doesn't hurt to check your email before heading out to campus.

We hope this helps provide safe and accessible parking to all of our university students, employees, and visitors. If you have any questions, please reach out to Parking Operations at, at (217) 206-8502, or stop by room 43 in BSB.

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