Parking is a problem at Oglethorpe, mainly for freshmen. The freshman dorms don't have enough space. It's a competition to park in the lot near Dempsey because the Dempsey lot is also near Phase II, so students from Phase II will park there as well. This is part of the reason it's always full and why many students end up parking at Emerson. There's some more space at Traer, however, so parking there isn't as big of an issue. Really, it all depends on where a person is trying to park and how lucky he is that day.
Students sometimes park illegally, and they sometimes get away with it. However, when they don't, they get a ticket and can be towed. If an event is going on on campus, students are required to move their cars to the dorm parking lots or risk being fined.