Students who incur parking infractions are encouraged to pay or appeal tickets, as appropriate, within 14 days. Students with outstanding accounts run the risk of having their academic records sealed.
When student records are "flagged" with an academic seal, the student will be unable to add or drop courses, or obtain a record of marks or transcripts. Additionally, students who convocate with an academic seal on their student account will not receive a physical copy of their Western diploma until such time as the account is in good standing.
There is a $64 administrative fee associated with having your records sealed. Seal fees are not appealable. This means if your account goes unpaid, your full parking account balance must be paid off before an academic seal will be lifted from your account - this will include any unpaid tickets as well as seal fees or other service fees.
During business hours when the Parking Office is open, reports are run every hour to clear up accounts that have been paid off. If you pay your tickets online or at the counter during business hours, you can generally expect to have your academic seal lifted within an hour. Tickets paid online on the weekend will be unsealed on the next business day. At certain times of year or during other periodic office closures, it may take longer to have your records unsealed. In unforeseen circumstances it could take as long as one full business day for release of the academic seal.
Many Western departments (Libraries, Office of the Registrar, Student Health, Housing as well as Parking & Visitor Services) use academic seals to ensure timely attention to outstanding account balances. Chasing customers down for payment costs everyone time and money. Academic record seals are a standard practice at most Canadian universities.