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Parking Services

Carpool Program

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Parking and Transportation Services initiated a carpool program with an array of incentives, including discounted and convenient parking locations for groups of 2 or more people. The carpool program currently has over 200 participants and 68 preferred parking spaces around campus, and participation has been steadily increasing since its inception. This program is open to all Clemson students, faculty and staff who have a vehicle and live off-campus.

*NEW* Carpool Groups with 3 or More Members Receive FREE Permits!

Space Location

Carpool spaces are located in the following areas:

  • Brooks Center (13)
  • Bryan Mall (5)
  • Byrnes Hall (6)
  • C-12 (6)
  • C-7 (6)
  • E-1 at the Hendrix Center (4)
  • Fike (1)
  • Klugh Avenue (1)
  • Lee Hall (8)
  • McMillan Road (2)
  • Redfern (2)
  • P&A Building (4)
  • Sikes Hall North (3)
  • Sirrine Lot South (4)
  • Sirrine Lot North (3)
  • West Library (13)

How it Works

Each carpool group will receive one carpool hangtag that can be used on any vehicle registered to the group.  Each individual participant in the carpool will receive a carpool permit decal similar to regular permits to place on their own vehicle.  Any vehicle in the same carpool group may be used as long as the groups sole carpool hangtag is displayed and the carpool permit is placed correctly.

The carpool hangtag must displayed hanging from the rearview mirror. The carpool permit must be permanently affixed to the outside left rear window or bumper

The current vehicle being used to carpool must display the carpool hangtag and decal while parked in a carpool parking space. Vehicles registered in the carpool program cannot park in the 24 hour employee spaces.

Each participant is allotted 5 Occasional Parker Permits every semester. If a participant in a carpool needs to drive separately from their registered carpool group, they are expected to use their Occasional Parker Permit to park for the day and they must park according to their normal designation (not in a carpool space). Participants may also purchase additional Occasional Parker Permits at the regular price rate, $2 per day. Vehicles parked in a carpool space with an Occasional Parker Permit will be towed at the owner's expense. After 5 p.m. individuals may park their vehicle in an appropriate commuter or employee space until 7 a.m.

Eligibility and Important Facts

In order to participate in a carpool, the following criteria must be met:

  • Must consist of at least 2 participants
  • Participants must be either a Clemson University full-time permanent employee with an office address on the main campus or a full-time student with majority of classes on the main campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Participants must share a ride on a regular basis (at least 4 days a week).
  • Motorcycles, motor scooters, and mopeds are excluded from the carpool program.
  • Participants must live along a reasonable commuting path
  • Carpool permits may take up to three business days to process.
  • The following original documentation must be provided to the office:
    1. Each person in the carpool must complete their part of the carpool application available below
    2. Each person must provide provide their Clemson University ID.
    3. Each person must provide proof of residency
    4. Each carpool applicant must have and provide proof of their own separate vehicle ownership.
    5. Each carpool applicant serving as a Graduate Research Assistant must provide verification of their schedule from an advisor.

Any changes to the carpool participants must be declared to Parking Services within 3 business days. This includes addition, deletion, or changes to the members.  Any loss of a carpool participant by change in affiliation, any abuse or deception by any member in the carpool program is grounds for surrendering the carpool permit. Any type of falsification or improper use of carpool parking permit or persistent violations are grounds for citations, impoundment of vehicle, or revocation of parking privileges for a faculty, staff or student. Misuse includes, but is not limited to, displaying hangtag in a vehicle not registered to the carpool and affixing carpool permit to vehicles not registered in the carpool.

If the total participant count of the carpool falls below 2, the carpool will be disbanded and the members will be required to obtain normal parking permits.

Download the Application To Bring in With Required Documents

Do not assign your own group number on the application. Have someone bring in the application, along with all participants' original Clemson University I.D., proof of separate vehicle ownership, and proof of residence. Within three business days all participants will receive an email with instructions on how to pick up the carpool permits.

If an Emergency Arises

While participating in the carpool, the participants will be provided a ride through the Guaranteed Ride Home (GHR) program between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

All carpool participants are eligible for the guaranteed ride home program three times per semester. University holidays are excluded. Call Parking Services at 864-656-2270 to arrange the emergency ride.

Guaranteed Ride Home Program may be used in the following instances:

• Family or personal Illness or crisis

• Unexpected request of supervisor to work past regular schedule without advance notice (requires verification)

• Driver of carpool had to leave due to an emergency

Participants can be taken to one of the following destinations:

• Home

• Destination related to the emergency

• Hospital or doctor’s office in the event of sudden illness

The Guaranteed Ride Home Program is not meant for the following:

• Pre-planned medical appointments

• Working late without supervisor’s request

• Early departure due to weather conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I start a carpool
  2. What is the registration process and what information do I need to have?
  3. When does the carpool permit expire? Can I renew online?
  4. What happens if a participant drops out of the carpool?
  5. What is the cost of the carpool permit?
  6. Can we add more riders to our group during the life of the carpool permit?
  7. What happens if our carpool disbands?
  8. Can I pay for my carpool permit through payroll deduction?
  9. Can Parking Services assist with setting up a carpool group?
  10. Can I join a carpool group if I currently have a commuter student permit?
  11. Can the occasional parker permits be shared amongst members of a carpool?
  12. Can an individual register more than one personal vehicle into a carpool group?
  13. If a carpool space is not available in the parking lot, can the carpool permit be used in an employee or commuter space?
  14. Can I park anywhere on campus with only my carpool decal?
  15. 15. What is the Guaranteed Ride Home Program?

1. How do I start a carpool? - Top

Any full-time commuting student, full-time, benefit eligible faculty or staff can start a carpool. All interested participants must fill out the carpool application(make hyperlink to form) and provide proof of residence and vehicle registration.

2. What is the registration process and what information do I need to have? - Top

The first step to register with the carpool program is to have a qualified carpool group in which all members are Clemson University full-time, permanent faculty, staff or full-time commuting students who are willing to participate in the program.

When submitting the application, either printing it out at home to bring in or filling it out in the office, you will need to include proof of residence (utility bill, lease, etc.), vehicle registration, and Clemson University ID. Parking Services will notify the applicants by email of their approval into the carpool program.

Upon notification of approval carpool participants must come to Parking Services together in order to turn in any current valid permits for a refund or termination of payroll deduction. Carpool permits will be issued at this time.

3. When does the carpool permit expire? Can I renew online - Top

The carpool permit must be renewed twice a year, once in January and once in August. The expiration for Fall carpool permits will be December 31. The expiration date for the Spring carpool permits will be August 15. Participants will be required to renew the permit in person as a group during each semester. At this time, online renewal is not available for carpool permits.

4. What happens if a participant drops out of the carpool? - Top

A member of the carpool must contact the Parking Services within three business days of a change in the number of carpool participants. The participant of the carpool who drops out of the group will not receive a refund (unless they drop out within the first 5 business days of purchasing the permit). The total number of participants in a carpool must be 2 or more in order to stay active.

5. What is the cost of the carpool permit? - Top

Full-time Commuting Student                                 $37.50 per semester

Range 1 Full-time, benefit eligible Faculty/Staff       $ 6.75 per semester

Range 2 Full-time, benefit eligible Faculty/Staff       $21.00 per semester

Range 3 Full-time, benefit eligible Faculty/Staff       $33.00 per semester

Range 4 Full-time, benefit eligible Faculty/Staff       $42.00 per semester

Groups with 3+ members will receive free carpool parking permits for the semester.

Upon payment, each participant will receive a decal to be placed on their vehicle and a hang tag to be shared by the group.

6. Can we add more riders to our group during the life of the carpool permit? - Top

Yes, your group may add more members to the carpool at any time. The addition of participants to the group will require the new participant to complete the carpool registration like the other participants. Upon approval the new participant may purchase a carpool permit and be issued 5 Occasional Parker permits.

7. What happens if our carpool disbands? - Top

A participant of the carpool must notify Parking Services within three business days of disbanding. All participants will be required to turn in their Occasional parking permits and carpool permits and will not receive a refund for the purchase price of the Carpool Permit.

All participants of the carpool will be required to purchase a new parking permit at its existing rate.

8. Can I pay for my carpool permit through payroll deduction? - Top

No, carpool permits must be paid in the Parking Services office. Participants currently enrolled in payroll deduction will turn in their current employee parking permit and fill out a form to terminate participation in payroll deduction

9. Can Parking Services assist with setting up a carpool group? - Top

Yes. You may use Zimride which is a private social network for ride sharing provided by Parking and Transportation Services.

10. Can I join a carpool group if I currently have a commuter student permit? - Top

Yes, you would need to complete a carpool application and turn in your commuter permit upon approval. You will be issued a refund for your commuter permit minus the cost of the carpool permit.

11. Can the occasional parker permits be shared amongst members of a carpool? - Top

No, the occasional parker permits are assigned to the vehicle registered to the individual member of the carpool.

12. Can an individual register more than one personal vehicle into a carpool group? - Top

No.

13. If a carpool space is not available in the parking lot, can the carpool permit be used in an employee or commuter space? - Top

During the hours of 5 a.m. - 5 p.m. vehicles displaying carpool permits can only be parked in carpool spaces.

14. Can I park anywhere on campus with only my carpool decal? - Top

No, when parking on campus the carpool decal must be used with the carpool hangtag or Occasional Parker Permit.

15. What is the Guaranteed Ride Home Program? - Top

The Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) Program is a service offered through Parking Services. The GRH is designed to provide participants with rides home in the event of an emergency. Each rider that is registered for the program will receive up to three emergency rides home per semester. The GRH is not meant for personal errands or

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