27.6 Parking Assignment Policy

The policies governing faculty/staff parking assignments have been designed to balance a concern for fairness with the functional needs of the University. To ensure fairness, faculty/staff parking facilities have first been allocated among the numerous work sites around campus in an effort to provide reasonable access to most employees.

  1. Employment status. University of Iowa permanent employees who work half-time or more as defined by University Human Resources are eligible to receive a parking assignment to a 1) ramp reserved facility, 2) surface reserved facility, or 3) commuter parking facility.

    Permits may be made available in faculty/staff parking facilities to employees who work less than half-time or to currently registered students on a space-available basis.
  2. Work address. An employee's eligibility for a specific parking facility is dependent upon his or her work address. Each University work address has a range of parking site options that includes both reserved and commuter assignments.
  3. Waiting lists. Many parking facilities are regularly assigned to capacity so the rate at which new assignments can be made is dependent upon the rate at which current assignments are canceled; someone has to leave in order for a space to become available for a new assignment. Since demand exceeds the capacity of many ramps and lots, Parking and Transportation maintains waiting lists for these facilities. Most new assignments are made from these waiting lists.

    Waiting lists for individual parking facilities are organized according to two factors. First, all names on the list are divided into the two categories of either faculty or staff. Second, each of these categories is organized according to the employee's University of Iowa employment start date, with the oldest dates receiving the highest priority.

    The faculty classification is very specific and includes only full-time (50 percent or greater) tenured, tenure track, visiting, or clinical faculty with classifications of FT, FS, FV, or FQ and rankings of 1100, 1200, or 1300. The faculty classification also includes the President, vice presidents, deans, associates (FH 16 only), and select University officials and administrators. Other assignments may be made at the discretion of the Director of Parking and Transportation. All other University of Iowa employees are classified as staff regardless of their individual classification. This includes merit staff, professional and scientific staff, adjunct faculty, house staff, most administrators, and others.

    Since each list is organized according to University of Iowa employment date, the relative positions of each individual on a list may change over time. Individuals with older employment dates may apply later and move ahead of individuals already on the list. To qualify for an assignment made within a particular month, employees must have their name on the list by the end of the prior month.
  4. Assignments. Assignments are made to each facility on an alternating basis from the separate lists of faculty and staff. If there are two assignments to make, one will come from the top of each list. If ten assignments are to be made, then five will come from each list. If the last assignment made to a facility came from the faculty list, then the next assignment will come from the staff list. Exceptions to this can be made by the Director of Parking and Transportation.

(See also IAC [681]4.1–4.8.)