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Permit Appeals Criteria

The Parking Appeals Committee has established some guidelines for which to help evaluate the most frequent requests for a parking permit from freshman and sophomore students living in campus housing. Those needs and required documentation are outlined below. An appeal will not be reviewed before the parking appeals committee without proper documentation.

Please contact us for advice on your appeal. We want to help your voice be heard before the committee!

To contact the committee directly, please email parking-appeals@bethel.edu.

Employment

Please note, appeals for employment must demonstrate that the job carries a significant financial contribution to the educational funding for a student. Multiple factors can affect the need for a permit, so please visit the Office of Security and Safety for further information.

Documentation for an employment appeal must consist of signed letter from a supervisor on official company letterhead that includes the following:

  • The actual or anticipated average hours worked during the school year and the hourly rate of pay
  • -OR- That the job is Bethel related and requires a vehicle

If granted, a permit will be issued for one semester. If issued in the fall, the student will need to update documentation of continued employment in January to be granted a permit for the remainder of the school year.

Medical Needs (Physical and/or Mental Health)

Because of the complexity and expertise demanded by permit requests for medical needs, they will be processed with the health services office first and then passed by the Parking Appeals Committee.

  • Student must provide a physician's (MD) statement which indicates the following:
  • A medically-based need for a vehicle
  • An appointment schedule which would require regular and frequent transportation (must document the frequency and duration of appointments).

Depending on the need, a parking permit may be granted for the entire academic year, or just a portion (i.e. for the duration of the appointment schedule).

Distance

Distance-based appeals will be reviewed based on the distance from Bethel's campus and the student's home address. General guidelines are freshmen must live at least or greater than 450 miles away and sophomores must live at least or greater than 250 miles away. Distances are determined by using Google Maps. Again, there may be multiple reasons to need a permit so please visit the Office of Security and Safety for guidance.

Athletic-related vehicle needs

At the beginning of each semester, a list will be given to the Chief of Security and Safety from the athletic director with the names of freshmen and sophomores who will need access to a vehicle to drive for Bethel athletic teams (i.e., to practices, games, etc.)

The list will be comprised only after every effort has been made to place students in car pools and/or Bethel vans.

Permits will be granted to those students on the list for the duration of the need (i.e., appropriate athletic season). Please note, individuals on that list must still pick their permit up at the Security and Safety Office.

Academic needs

Prior to the beginning of each semester a list will be given to the Chief of Security and Safety from the appropriate academic department chair with the names of freshman and sophomore students for whom access to a vehicle is critical to fulfill requirements for an academic course (i.e. practicums, internships, etc.)

The list will be comprised only after every effort has been made to place students in car pools and/or Bethel vans.

Permits will be granted to those students on the list for the duration of the need (i.e., class the student is a part of). Like Athletic-related permits, students must still come and pick them up from the Office of Security and Safety.

Class Schedule Conflict

The student must demonstrate that the class schedule is not manageable without transportation.

Permits may be granted to those students for the duration of the schedule conflict.

Volunteerism

A number of volunteer ministry opportunities are available through campus ministries. However, in order to promote Bethel University's commitment to service and leadership, a limited number of permits are also available for sophomore students with volunteer-related needs. Permits for this category will be on a first-come, first-served basis per semester.

To qualify for a permit under this category, a student must provide documentation from their supervisor of the volunteer opportunity on company letterhead indicating the following:

  • A volunteer opportunity with a credible, authentic nonprofit organization.
  • The number of hours per week the student intends to fill.

If granted, the student will be issued a permit for that semester only. The permits for volunteerism will be re-distributed each semester on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note, freshmen are not eligible for volunteerism based permits. Bethel University has multiple volunteer opportunities for freshmen and encourages individuals that desire to volunteer for a worthy cause to contact the Student Life office for more information. Transportation is then provided by the University for sponsored volunteer efforts.

The Parking Appeals Committee is well aware that some situations fall outside the above parameters. In these circumstances, the committee will evaluate each appeal on a case-by-case basis.

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