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Donations for Citations

The 2021-22 Donations for Citations program is limited to the 750 citations.
The final total for 2021-22 fiscal year was 678 citations waived at a value of $17,761.00.

Fall 2022 Donations for Citation will begin on Wed, Aug 24, 2022 – the first day of classes.

This initiative is meant as an incentive to help students who make a mistake when they are getting to know campus and at the same time do service to help stock Smokey’s Pantry.


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 being supported by SGA who advocated for this program and a group of students leaders will assist in the communication and outreach efforts.

The beneficiary of the donated food will be Smokey’s Pantry a food assistance resource for those within the University of Tennessee community.

Donations for Citation Program Policies

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, non-perishable items. These include: ​

Donations for Citations Most Needed Items


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 items to Parking and Transit office, located at 2121 Stephenson Dr
  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
  4. Deposit the items in the Donation for Citations bin


Fine Print

This program has been authorized by the Traffic and Parking Authority (TPA) and is limited to 750 citations for the 2022-23 academic year. Fall 2022 will have a limit of 500 citations and Spring 2023 will have a limit of 250 citations.