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Donations for Citations

Spring 2024 Donations for Citations ended as of Mon, Apr 1st

(this is not an April Fool’s joke)

Fall 2024 Donations for Citations will start Mon, Aug 19th

This initiative is an incentive to help students who make a mistake when they are getting to know where to park on campus and serves the UT community by stocking the Big Orange Pantry and Smokey’s Pantry.

Donations for Citations Most Needed Items


Donations for Citations is a Parking and Transportation program that aims to alleviate students’ monetary stress by offering an alternative to paying for citations while helping University of Tennessee students, staff, and faculty who don’t have a stable food supply. The initiative is also sponsored by the UTK SGA who advocated for this program and a group of student leaders will assist in the communication and outreach efforts.

The beneficiaries of the donations will be the Big Orange Pantry and Smokey’s Pantry the two assistance resources for those within the University of Tennessee community.

Which Tickets Can This Apply To?

  • No Permit
  • Unauthorized Area

Link to Traffic and Parking Regulations for more specific information on violations and fines

How Often Can I Use This?

You can use Donations for Citations once per fiscal year (effective July 1 – June 30) for qualifying tickets that individually amount to a $32.00 maximum.

Who Can Use This Program?

Eligible participants would be active students, faculty, and staff listed in official UT Knoxville records (IRIS & Banner).

What Do I Donate?

For each qualifying ticket, you’ll donate 5 (five) full-sized, unopened boxes or packages, of non-perishable items. These include: ​

How Do I Use This Program?

  1. You must request for the citation to be dismissed by day 13 of the day the citation was issued
  2. Bring 5 approved full-sized items to the Parking and Transportation office, located at 2121 Stephenson Dr 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Mon-Fri
  3. Present the citation to parking staff and they will help customers complete the process to dismiss the appropriate citation if all conditions are met

Fine Print

This program has been authorized by the Traffic and Parking Authority (TPA) and is limited to 750 citations for the 2023-24 academic year. Fall 2023 will have a limit of 500 citations and Spring 2024 will have a limit of 250 citations.