5: University Regulations

Academic Regulations | Non-Academic Regulations | The Honor System
Department of Parking and Transportation Services | Department of Student Health

Registration of Motor Vehicles | Parking Permits
Personal Property Tax | Enforcement | Modification of Privileges

Enforcement

General   The enforcement of University Parking Regulations is primarily the responsibility of the Department of Parking and Transportation. The Department of Police also exercise authority to enforce University Parking Regulations. The Department of Parking and Transportation assess fines and penalties and may revoke parking privileges of violators.

Offenses and Penalties   Listed below are the violations of these regulations with the fine indicated. Fines must be paid to the Department of Parking and Transportation in person or by mail.

  1. For most violations, the first ticket issued on a license number in the 12 months preceding the violation date is normally a warning ticket and the fine may be waived. The warning ticket is forfeited for all violations that carry a $50 fine. If you are unsure about warning ticket status on any particular ticket, contact Parking and Transportation.
  2. For operation of a motor vehicle by a student not entitled to motor vehicle privileges, the penalty is $50 and/or possible suspension from the University.
  3. For altering a permit or bus pass, the penalty is $50 and revocation of parking privileges.
  4. For purchasing, displaying, or selling a permit under false pretenses, (for example, a dorm student purchasing or displaying a commuter permit) the penalty is $50 and/or revocation of parking privileges.
  5. For parking an additional car (second cars or carpool) in a University controlled area without having paid full fees, the penalty is $50 and/or revocation of parking privileges.
  6. For improper use in the Hospital parking garages, for example, abusing a night time gate card, abusing the fee structure or patient validation system, or paying of hourly charges by an employee of the HSC during the course of a work schedule, the penalty is $50 and possible revocation of parking privileges.
  7. For improper parking, the penalties are as follows:
    Parking in a Blue or Orange area$15
    Parking in a reserved space or area$20
    Double parking$20
    Parking within 15 ft of a fire hydrant$20
    Parking in a fire lane$50
    Parking in a prohibited zone$20
    Parking with motor running$20
    Parking on the grass, mulch, dirt, etc.$20
    Parking with wrong side of vehicle to curb$20
    Improper angle$20
    Blocking another vehicle$20
    Parking over 12 inches from curb$20
    Parking in a service space/area or loading dock$20
    Parking in a loading zone$20
    Parking on sidewalk, crosswalk, or driveway$20
    Parking in a bus loading zone$20
    Parking overtime$15
    Improper display of registration decal$5
    Meter violation$15
    Parking in a handicap space$50
    Parking in a handicap discharge area$50
    Displaying a revoked permit$50
    Obstructing a dumpster$20
    Parking across a stall line$15
    Parking a vehicle in a motorcycle area$20
  8. After 14 calendar days from the issue date of the ticket any unpaid and unappealed ticket is considered delinquent. A $15 late penalty is added to delinquent tickets. The ticket is considered the first notice. If the payment due date falls on a weekend or a holiday, payment must be received on the previous business day to avoid a delinquent account.
  9. A vehicle for which four or more tickets have become delinquent is subject to being towed from University Grounds at the owner's expense.
  10. Parking permits for University controlled areas are revoked for extended non-payment of fines or for concurrent non-payment of four or more ticket fines. Flagrant violations by staff or faculty may result in other administrative action. Flagrant violations by students may result in suspension from the University. All student fines are treated as official financial obligations.

Removal and Immobilization of Vehicles

  1. The Department of Parking and Transportation or the Department of Police may immobilize or have removed and put into storage any vehicle in University controlled areas which is parked in violation of these regulations.
  2. Costs of such removal and storage are charged against the individual in whose name the car is registered. Towed vehicles may be retrieved by the owners at the appropriate towing company office. (Note: Vehicles are not released by the tow companies until tow and storage charges are paid.)
  3. Any student, staff or faculty member whose driving or parking privileges are compromised as a result of a vehicle parked in violation of these regulations may request that the Department of Parking and Transportation take action against the violating vehicle. After hours the Department of Police respond to such requests. Ticketing and towing may result.

Review and Appeals

  1. Any person who has been issued a ticket may appeal to the Department of Parking and Transportation provided that no more than 14 calendar days have elapsed since the issuance of the ticket. Appeals must be in writing and received by the Department of Parking and Transportation within the above time, otherwise appeal rights are lost. The appeal must be signed and state the merits of the appeal. Appeal forms are available from the Department of Parking and Transportation. The hearing officer reviews the appeal to determine whether or not a violation has occurred and delivers or mails the decision to the individual's address provided on the appeal form. The hearing officer's decision is one of the following:
    1. Charge dismissed; no fine is due.
    2. Charge is sustained. This is a warning ticket, no fine is due.
    3. Charge is sustained. Fine is excused due to mitigating circumstances.[1]
    4. Charge is sustained, a fine of $____ is due.
  2. Any person who has received a "sustained" decision from the hearing officer or who wishes to appeal a ticket after 14 days have elapsed since the ticket issue date may appeal to the Traffic Appeals Committee. The Traffic Appeals Committee is a three person committee appointed by the President of the University. The Traffic Appeals Committee decides whether a violation of University regulations is shown without presumption of guilt if there is any new evidence that warrants a change in the hearing officer's decision. Decisions are reached by majority vote and the final decision is reported to the individual.. The Traffic Appeals Committee may decide to affirm, reverse, or otherwise modify the decision of the hearing officer. Any appeal to the Traffic Appeals committee must be in writing and received by the Traffic Appeals Committee with 14 calendar days from the date of the hearing officer's decision. For good cause shown, the above time period may be extended by the Traffic Appeals Committee. The appeal must be signed and must state the merits of the appeal. Any person who has received a "sustained" decision from the Traffic Appeals Committee may appeal a second time to the committee requesting a personal appearance before the committee. An individual who has made such a request shall have the right to present witnesses with relevant information provided the request is timely, made on the appeal form, and accompanied by a statement of relevance to the matters on appeal. The Traffic Appeals Committee shall govern proceedings and may question any witness. The Traffic Appeals Committee's decision is final and is one of the following:
    1. Charge dismissed, no fine is due.
    2. Charge is sustained. This is your warning ticket; no fine is due.
    3. Charge is sustained. Your fine is excused due to mitigating circumstances.(1)
    4. Charge is sustained, a fine of $____ is due.
[1] Mitigation is an unforeseen emergency not within the control of the individual, such as a proven exigent illness, that could not otherwise be managed to avoid a violation. The burden is on the individual to show mitigation. It does not include the defense that "I did not know" or "mean" to violate parking regulations, or that "I or others may have parked in the area before without any penalty," or "I did not see any signs prohibiting parking."


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