Medical Parking Accommodations

The University of Vermont evaluates requests for ADA medical parking accommodations on a case-by-case basis.

First year students as a general rule, should not expect to have a vehicle on campus. Students who live off campus, within the commuting border as determined by Transportation and Parking Services are expected to walk or take UVM CatsRide shuttle or city transportation to campus.

All accommodation requests must be requested and approved annually, unless indicated otherwise in our approval letter. Requests that are made outside of the deadlines, as defined below, will be considered on a case-by-case basis but may not be determined as reasonable.

Factors Considered

While needs are considered on a case-by-case basis, most often, these accommodations are made for students with frequent medical appointments that cannot be arranged through other means of campus or city transportation. Other factors will be considered, including but not limited to:

  • Physical/mobility needs of the student,
  • Distance to appointments,
  • Frequency, and duration of need,
  • Was the request made by the deadline?
  • Is the student’s request determined as reasonable and his/her transportation needs cannot otherwise be supported by campus or city transportation?
  • Many factors are considered, including but not limited to: class year, duration of need, frequency of need, and/or travel distance.

If approved for UVM parking, the Transportation and Parking Services  will determine the parking zone that reasonably meets each student’s needs.

Duration of Accommodation

The duration of medical parking approval is based on documentation as provided by your doctor. If you require parking beyond the determined term, you will be asked to provide updated documentation. If you have an indefinite need for parking, you must provide updated medical documentation and a new request annually.

Application Process

Step One: Research campus transportation options and speak to your medical provider.

  • Options include  CatsRide shuttle, City buses, CarShareVT and Uber.
  • Many medical providers are understanding about scheduling appointments around campus or city transportation; please work with them to determine a transportation plan.
  • If you cannot schedule your appointments around campus or city transportation, please proceed to step 2.

Step Two: Submit the completed Medical Provider Form.

  • REQUIRED: )
    • Medical Provider Form (submit via email access@uvm.edu or via your myACCESS student portal Student Files)
  • Additional documentation may be submitted (via email access@uvm.edu or via your myACCESS student portal Student Files), but will be considered insufficient as standalone documentation.
  • Your request and new documentation must be submitted annually.
  • The deadline to apply for all students for 2020-2021 is August 1, 2020.
  • New conditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Step Three: Notification

  • You will receive written notification from Student Accessibility Services regarding the status of your request.
  • If you are granted your request, you will need to pick up your permit at the Transportation and Parking Services office, and they will also discuss payment with you.  On-campus parking has an associated fee.

Additional Information

I think I might need to park in the handicap spaces identified on campus; what do I need to know?

The college parking areas include designated and regulated handicap parking spaces, UVM does not determine the usage of these spaces. Rather, students on campus who have been pre-determined by their state and have an HP placard on display are permitted to park in these spaces. If you already have an HP placard, please be sure to register your car with the Transportation and Parking Services.

I don’t have a medical need personally, but can I be considered for a parking permit for a special circumstance?

Reasonable Medical Parking Accommodations are available for students with medical needs only; however, if you have a special circumstance (i.e., family member with a medical need) please speak with the Transportation and Parking Services regarding your need.

What if I want to appeal the decision of my medical parking accommodation request?

A student may appeal the decision made regarding a medical parking request. An Appeals Committee will meet to consider and deliberate on the merits of the appeal. To submit an appeal, or for any questions regarding medical parking, please contact access@uvm.edu.