Appealing a Parking Ticket


Please remember there are no warnings; therefore, all citations are valid and should be treated as such.

The Appeals Board is an administrative process and therefore does not hold hearings for appeals. All appeals must be submitted in writing.

  1. What is an appeal?
  2. How do I appeal a ticket?
  3. Who reviews my appeal?
  4. How are appeals decisions made?
  5. How am I notified of the Board's Decision?
  6. If my appeal was granted, what do I do?
  7. What do I do if my appeal was denied or the amount reduced?

  1. What is an appeal?
    The ticket you were issued is presumed to be valid by the Washington College of Law Facilities Management Office. However, if you feel that the ticket you received was given unfairly; you have the option to submit a written appeal. It is your responsibility to present all pertinent information that will enable the Appeals Board to come to a decision.

  2. How do I appeal a ticket?
    You must appeal a ticket within 15 calendar days of issuance. Please provide a concise reason for your appeal to argue why the ticket is invalid, with any supporting information. To appeal a ticket, do one of the following:

    1. Send a written appeal to:

      Facilities Management Office
      Washington College of Law
      4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 383
      Washington, D.C. 20016

    2. Submit a written appeal in person to the Facilities Management Office located at the address above.
    3. Complete the form online. Any online appeals will be forwarded to the appeals board for processing.
    4. Send a written appeal to parking@wcl.american.edu
  3. Who reviews my appeal?
    The Appeals Board is comprised of members of the WCL Community, the Assistant Director of Facilities, students designated by the SBA President and designated staff or faculty. The Board meets regularly throughout the year to review appeals.

  4. How are the appeals decisions made?
    Appeals are granted if an error has been made by the ticket writer. Unfamiliarity with the Washington College of Law parking policy is not a valid excuse. As a condition of your enrollment you are required to read and sign the WCL Parking Policy. In addition, you agree to the AU Parking Policy each semester you register for classes. When in doubt about our policies please contact the Facilities Management office at 202-274-4008 or e-mail parking@wcl.american.edu. For legal concerns, you may contact the Office of General Counsel at main campus at 202-885-3285.

  5. How am I notified of the Board's decision?
    The board usually communicates all decisions by e-mail; therefore, it is important for you to include an address on your appeal form. While the board does meet regularly throughout the year, it could take up to several months to receive a decision on your appeal. If you submit your appeal right after a meeting, your appeal will be considered at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

  6. What do I do if my appeal was granted?
    If your appeal is granted, you will recieve notification and the ticket will be dismissed and voided in our system. No further action is required of you.

  7. What do I do if my appeal was denied or the amount reduced?
    If your appeal was denied or the Board approved a reduction of your fine, you must pay your ticket within 15 days of receiving your letter or an administrative hold may be placed on your AU account. Payment may be made at:

    Facilities Management Office
    Washington College of Law
    4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 383
    Washington, D.C. 20016

    Checks and money orders can be made payable to American University. Credit card payments (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express) will be accepted in person in the Facilities Management office, room 383.