Parking Policies and Procedures

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Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities

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Thorndike Parking Area Policy and Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities

Location and Function

The Thorndike parking area is a small facility located on 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues. The entrance to the area is between Main Hall and Thompson Hall and just in front of Thorndike Hall. This facility can accommodate between six and ten vehicles based upon the utilization of a monitoring management system and based upon the size of vehicles parked. The College is committed to the provision of no less than three parking spaces for use by authorized persons with disabilities at any one time.

The facility is available for authorized use only. Authorized parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Teachers College is not responsible for any damage to personal property, including automobiles, through the use of this lot as a result of theft, vandalism, or misuse.

Concerns related to the use of the Thorndike Lot should be addressed to: 
Richard Keller, Director of OASID
525 W. 120th Street, Box 105, New York, NY 10027 
or via e-mail at


Authorization Procedures and Policy

There are two types of authorization for use of the lot:

  1. regular "ongoing" authorization
  2. temporary "one-day" authorization

Regular "ongoing" authorization

Regular “ongoing” authorization can be obtained by providing a written request (including appropriate documentation) to the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID) for faculty, staff, and students or to the Office of Building Facilities, for contractors. Appropriate documentation is defined as a valid New York State Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (PPPD) or an equivalent state issued permit from the individual’s state of residence. In addition, all individuals requesting authorized parking must provide medical documentation in support of the disability. The State Issued Permit must belong to the person with a disability conducting business at the College who is either the driver or the passenger of the vehicle.

In addition to the provision of a written application and supporting documentation, regular “ongoing” parkers must abide by the following rules:

  • Must display valid TC parking hang-tag on the rearview mirror.
  • Must include name and cell phone or office phone number where they can be reached, on the hang-tag.
  • Must display a schedule of times and locations where they can be contacted, on the dashboard, while parked at TC
  • Must obey the directions of Security personnel
  • Must review, sign, and follow rules and procedures for authorized parkers, provided by the OASID

Temporary “one-day” authorization

Temporary “one-day” authorization can be obtained directly from Security personnel at the Thorndike driveway entrance a valid New York State Parking Permit for People with Disabilities (PPPD) or an equivalent state issued permit from the individuals state of residence.  The same rules, listed above for “ongoing” authorization, apply to temporary “one-day” authorization.  In addition to a valid State Parking Permit (which identifies either the driver or a passenger in the car as a person with a disability), appropriate proof of Teachers College business will be required of the person with a disability.  This type of authorization permits the College to accommodate visitors, event participants, and prospective faculty, staff, and students.

For both types of authorization, Security must be able to contact you at all times when parked in the Thorndike Lot.


Monitoring Procedure

Security personnel will verify that all vehicles are duly authorized and in compliance with parking rules and procedures.  Parking infractions include: 1) lack of authorization; 2) expired authorization; 3) failure to display TC parking hang-tag: 4) failure to display driver’s schedule; 5) provision of inaccurate schedule.  Verification will take place once daily on a scheduled basis and in response to a complaint alleging a parking infraction.  The results of such security verifications will generate a written record documenting parking violations.  Owners of the vehicles found in violation will be notified in writing.  Multiple infractions may result in suspension or termination of parking eligibility and/or vehicle removal.


Campus Access from Thorndike Lot

Access for all buildings can be obtained through various entrances adjacent to this parking area.  For a map with wheelchair access routes, contact OASID at 212-678-3689 or visit the website.