FAIRMONT STATE COLLEGE POLICIES & PROCEDURES















NO. 20





PARKING AND VEHICLE REGULATIONS





Revised December 1999









The purpose of these regulations is to provide for orderly parking by college faculty, students, and staff; to protect pedestrians and to ensure access to all buildings by service and emergency personnel.





GENERAL STATEMENTS



A. These regulations are formulated by Fairmont State College and are enforced by campus police officers by authority of WV Code 18-B-4-5, 18B-4-6 and Chapter 17c.



B. All motor vehicles are subject to these regulations, to state laws, and local ordinances, where applicable, while on campus. The person in whose name the parking permit is issued or in whose name the vehicle is registered will be held responsible for any violation involving that vehicle.



C. Although the campus police officers will monitor parking lots, the college assumes no responsibility for damage to or theft of any vehicle or its contents at any time while the vehicle is on campus.



D. The responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the vehicle's operator. A permit merely authorizes the individual to park on campus; it does not guarantee a place to park. Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of these regulations.



E. Because of limited parking, students residing within one-half mile of the campus are prohibited from parking vehicles on campus during daytime hours. Faculty and staff living within one-half mile of the campus are encouraged not to bring vehicles on campus.



F. A parking area has been established car-pool parking only. Students with a decal and at least one eligible passenger may use the carpool parking lot. An eligible passenger is a student living outside the one-half mile limit area.



G. Pedestrians shall at all times be given the right-of-way at intersections and crosswalks.



H. The speed limit on campus is 15 miles per hour during normal conditions. When pedestrian traffic is heavy, vehicles should be driven more slowly.



I. Visitor parking permits may be obtained from the Campus Safety and Police Office or from the campus police officer on duty. These permits are available to visitors only and authorize the holder to park his/her vehicle in the areas designed as visitors' parking.



















PARKING PERMITS



A. Parking space on the college campus is very limited. Therefore, all spaces are decal or special permit parking only.



B. Decals for reserved parking areas may be purchased in the Campus Safety and Police Office, 123 Colebank Hall, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student decals are $2 each and faculty/staff decals are $5 each.



C. Certain parking areas are designated as parking for faculty and staff only. Students are not allowed to park in those areas.



D. All students authorized to park on campus must purchase a parking decal. Students who reside within one-half mile of the campus will not be authorized to buy a decal or park on campus. Students living in the college residence halls will be authorized to purchase a parking decal.



E. Decals must be purchased and mounted by the end of the second week after the beginning of a semester. Should a parking decal be lost or stolen, it shall be the individual's responsibility to purchase a new parking decal. Parking decals expire on August 15 of each year.



F. Stickers are to be placed in lower left rear window (driver's side) of the automobile.



G. Faculty and staff decals will be hung on the rear view mirror.



H. Parking is permitted in reserved areas after 4:30 p.m., except for designated spaces in Lot 2 adjacent to Hardway Hall. These spaces are designated as reserved for extended hours.



RESTRICTED PARKING AREAS



1. Loading zones which are marked in red.



2. Spaces having a yellow or red curb line.



3. Areas with painted diagonal stripes.



4. Areas where parking blocks the free flow of traffic.



5. Areas designated for the disabled.



6. Areas reserved for college vehicles or other designated vehicles.



7. Areas reserved for faculty and staff with a valid parking permit.



8. Along roadways that do not have parallel parking lines, unless specifically authorized by a campus police officer.



9. Along all two-way traffic roads, unless specifically authorized by a campus police officer.















VIOLATIONS



By state law, college officials have the authority to issue parking and traffic citations, to tow, and to collect a civil penalty for any violation of these regulations. Citations will be issued and vehicles may be towed for the following violations:



1. Speeding or otherwise driving in a reckless manner.

2. Failure to stop, yield, or obey other traffic signals.

3. Failure to yield to pedestrians.

4. Failure to display a decal or permit.

5. Failure to park within the marked space.

6. Parking in an area other than a designated parking area.

7. Parking or driving on sidewalks or grass.

8. Unauthorized parking in spaces reserved for visitors.

9. Unauthorized parking in spaces reserved for the disabled.

10. *Blocking fire lanes, other vehicles, roadways, fire hydrants, and entrances to buildings.

11. *Failure to move a vehicle when requested to do so for snow removal or for other emergencies.

12. *Driving a vehicle into any area that has been closed off by barricades.

13. *Parking or riding motorized vehicles in campus buildings.

14. *Parking overnight in lots designated as "no overnight parking."



*Special Note: In addition to being issued a citation, individuals who violate any of the above regulations that are preceded by an asterisk are subject to having their vehicle towed. Towed vehicles will be towed off campus and stored by the towing agency. The towing agency must be reimbursed for the towing before the vehicle will be released. Once the tow truck has been summoned, the owner of the vehicle is responsible for the towing charge. The college is not responsible for any damage to a vehicle towed or immobilized for violations of vehicle regulations.





PENALTIES



Persons receiving a citation must report to the Campus Safety and Police Office, 123 Colebank Hall, and pay a civil penalty of ten ($10) dollars within ten (10) working days. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding college-declared holidays.



Under provision of state law, should the individual fail to pay the penalty within the ten (10) working-day period or decide to plead not guilty, the citation is to be turned over to the magistrate, who will have jurisdiction over the case henceforth. Any person cited, and subsequently found guilty by the magistrate, shall be subject to a fine of not less than ten ($10) dollars plus court costs for each offense. Effective June 1995, state law requires a minimum $100 fine for unauthorized use of a space reserved for the disabled.



In addition to the above, those who fail or refuse to pay the prescribed penalty shall have their parking privileges revoked. Students who fail or refuse to pay the prescribed penalty shall also have their student records closed until such a time that all penalties have been removed from the records.





PARKING AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION



Any questions concerning traffic or parking regulations should be directed to the Director of Public Safety at 367-4157 or to the campus police officer on duty.