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Title 478 WAC - University of Washington


Chapter 478-118 WAC: Parking and Traffic Rules of the University of Washington, Tacoma

WAC 478-118-420: Appeals of fines and impoundments.


(1) Except for skateboards, any impoundment or fine under this chapter may be appealed in writing within twenty calendar days from the date of the citation or the notice of impoundment. The notice of appeal must be addressed to the location indicated on the citation or notice of impoundment. The university will make appeal forms available at the university's cashier office. The notice of appeal must explain the reasons for contesting the citation or impoundment. If the person who files a notice of appeal desires an opportunity to make an oral statement in the appeal, the request to make an oral statement must be included in the notice of appeal.

(2)

The hearing on the appeal shall be a brief adjudicative hearing as provided by RCW 34.05.482 et seq. If a request for an oral statement was made, the presiding officer or officers shall provide reasonable notice of the time and place for receiving the oral statement. The presiding officer(s) shall review the notice of appeal and provide a written decision to the person submitting the appeal within ten days of taking action. If the appeal is denied or modified to a warning, dismissal, reduction, or suspension, the decision shall include a brief statement of its reasons and information about the opportunity for further review. Any fine owed on a written decision that is not further appealed as provided in subsection (3) of this section shall be paid within twenty-one days after service of the decision.

(3) A person wishing to contest the written decision may request a review by contacting the designated university reviewing officer in writing within twenty-one days after service of the decision. The request for review shall explain why the decision was incorrect. The reviewing officer shall, within twenty days of the date of the request, review the matter and render a final written decision to uphold or modify (warning, dismissal, reduction, or suspension), which shall include a brief statement of its reasons and information about the opportunity to appeal the decision to the district court. Any final decision of the reviewing officer not appealed as provided in subsection (4) of this section shall be paid within ten days after service of the decision.

(4) A person wishing to appeal a final decision of the reviewing officer to the district court may, within ten days of service of the final decision, file a written notice with the university's finance office. The written notice must be submitted on the "Notice of Appeal" form provided by the university. Documents relating to the appeal shall immediately be forwarded to the district court, which shall have jurisdiction to hear the appeal de novo. No appeal to the district court may be taken unless the citation has been contested as provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.10.560 and 28B.20.130. 05-08-017, § 478-118-420, filed 3/28/05, effective 4/28/05; 02-15-174, § 478-118-420, filed 7/24/02, effective 8/24/02.]