COTC campuses offer all students free parking. Student and visitor parking is available in any white-lined space on all COTC campuses. On the Newark campus, staff and faculty park in yellow-lined spaces. All COTC students, staff and faculty are encouraged to get a parking pass by providing the make, model and license plate number for their vehicle. Staff and faculty parking in yellow-lined spaces are required to display a parking pass. Students who park in yellow-lined spaces designated for staff and faculty are subject to a parking fine. Additionally, anyone parking in a handicap space must have handicap parking permissions displayed clearly; vehicles illegally parked in handicap spaces are also subject to fines.
Students on any COTC campus can have a security officer escort them to their vehicle parked on campus at any time. Students on the Newark campus should call the Department of Public Safety at 740.366.9237. Students on an extended campus: Coshocton, Knox or Pataskala can go to the Gateway office for assistance and be connected with the on-site building supervisor and security officer.
All students and personnel at Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark are subject to the traffic and parking regulations established by the Department of Public Safety. In addition, standard traffic regulations and definitions, as enacted in the motor vehicle laws of the State of Ohio, will be enforced on all campus properties at all times.
The posted speed limit is 10 mph in all parking lots and 25 mph on University Drive that encircles the Newark campus.
Designated parking areas have been posted and are reserved for holders of faculty/staff permits, disabled permits and state vehicles. Students and visitors may park in any unrestricted parking space on campus in white-lined areas. Student, visitors, and employees without faculty/staff permits must have a white line on both sides of the vehicle. Street parking is available at the Coshocton and Knox campuses.
Parking regulations are in effect and enforced 24 hours a day. The responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the motor vehicle operator regardless of weather or crowded conditions.
The Newark Campus reserves the right to remove, or have removed and impounded, any vehicle that is parked in such a manner as to constitute a hazard or parking violation. Owners of such vehicles will be required to pay all costs involved. The campus cannot assume responsibility for the care or protection of any vehicle or its contents at any time it is operated or parked on campus property. Owners should ensure that unattended vehicles are locked at all times.
Staff and faculty parking in yellow-lined spaces are required to display a parking pass. Students who park in yellow-lined spaces designated for staff and faculty are subject to a parking fine. Additionally, anyone parking in a handicap space must have handicap parking permissions displayed clearly; vehicles illegally parked in handicap spaces are also subject to fines.
Food for Fines Program
This program is a chance for people to pay off their parking tickets in a non-traditional way that also directly helps students on campus. The Ohio State Newark and Central Ohio Technical College have a cost-shared food pantry called The Campus Corner. The food pantry is a resource for any students on campus to use. The donations that are given through the Food for Fines program will go directly to the Campus Corner food pantry.
- Individuals must provide a minimum of $10 worth of food/supply items from the list below.
- Food and supplies can be brought directly to the Office of Public Safety, located in the Warner Center 1st floor (behind the Bean Counter, across from the Bookstore return window).
- Food and supplies being donated in lieu of monetary fine must be received by the Office of Public Safety within 15 days of the citation date OR the fine will remain intact on the individual’s account.
List of accepted items:
- 12 cans of vegetables and/or fruit
- 10 boxes of mac & cheese
- 10 cans of soup
- 5 Hormel ready meals
- 5 cans of canned chicken
- 8 jars of peanut butter
*Food must not be expired*
Faculty and staff may purchase a parking permit online. This is the only way to purchase a parking permit at this time. After payment is made, the permit may be picked up in the Public Safety Office. Permits are good from the first day of autumn semester through the day before autumn semester of the following year.
Students may obtain a parking permit at no cost in the Public Safety office. Please bring your license plate number and student ID.
For questions, please contact:
Department of Public Safety
John L. and Christine Warner Library & Student Center, #105
1219 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055
- STAFF & FACULTY: Obtain and display your parking permit.
- STUDENTS: Park in white-lined areas only.
- Slow down in parking lots and please drive safely!
- Report crime or suspicious activity to Public Safety at 740.366.9237.