Appealing a Ticket
TRAFFIC APPEAL BOARD
The Traffic Appeal Board, which is comprised of students, faculty and staff, reviews all appealed violations and has the power to sustain, reduce or dismiss the summons. The Director of Student Activities chairs the Board which generally meets two times each semester. Exact dates scheduled for the Appeal Board to meet can be found in the calendar section of the Pathfinder. All appeals must be submitted in writing, on an official form. Appeals forms are available at the Police Department, the information desk located in the College Center or from the College Police Department’s website at www.middlesexcc.edu/police. Individuals may either request a hearing or provide the Board solely with the written appeal for review. One appeal form is required for each summons.
HOW TO APPEAL A TICKET
Tickets may be appealed within ten days of the date the ticket was issued. After ten days, the right to appeal is lost and the violator is then responsible for all fines associated with the ticket.
Towing costs may not be appealed.
The following procedure is the only method to request reconsideration after a ticket has been issued. Returning a note with the ticket is not a valid form of appeal and both will be returned.
All appeals must be submitted in writing, on the official form. Appeal forms are available at Police Headquarters, Information desk in the College Center, Cashier Office in Chambers Hall or here: DOWNLOAD A MIDDLESEX COUNTY COLLEGE TRAFFIC APPEAL FORM (PDF)
Traffic Appeal Forms (click to download)
One appeal form is required for each ticket.
Traffic Appeals Court appearance by the appellant is optional. Please indicate whether you are going to appear on the appeal form. Appellants who choose not to appear will be informed in writing of the college magistrate’s decision.
Appellants choosing to appear will be notified in writing of the scheduled hearing date and are expected to be on time. Postponements can be arranged by contacting the Traffic Clerk’s office at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled appearance. Failure to appear without requesting a postponement will result in a decision by the college traffic appeals board based solely on the written appeal.
The College Appeals Board is empowered to reduce, adjust, remove or uphold any penalties/fines associated with each ticket, but will only be considered if new evidence is provided which may serve to alter or reverse the original decision. The magistrate will decide whether to accept or deny any resubmissions.
Appeals will not be considered for the following reasons:
- Lost ticket / never received ticket
- Officer made an error in the description of the car
- Parked illegally for short time
- Ignorance of regulations
- Inconvenience of assigned parking area
- Unread or misunderstood signs
- Financial hardship
Payment of fines: Fines may be paid by mail or in person either at the Cashier’s office between 8:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. or at Police Headquarters between 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday though Friday. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Middlesex County College.