Is it legal for a private university to wheel clamp a vehicle parked on campus?

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Is it legal for a private university to wheel clamp a vehicle parked on campus?

On the campus, they have a habit of “booting” or wheel-clamping cars that have 1 unpaid parking ticket. Is this legal? I would think if they are restricting you from leaving with your vehicle (when we already pay for a parking pass), it would be car theft for them to prevent you from taking your vehicle.

Asked on February 27, 2012 under Real Estate Law, West Virginia

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Since the university owns the land where vehicles are present and where there are unpaid parking tickets for such vehicles, the iniversity has every right to restrain such vehicles via "boots" or other restrictive devices until the unpaid tickets are paid as to them.

In fact, the university even has the right to tow such vehicles to an offsite facilty (impound) until the unpaid ticket is paid.


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