Driving/Parking on Campus
The speed limit on college roadways is 20 mph. In parking lots, it is reduced to 10 mph.
Should a motor vehicle accident occur, contact the College Police immediately. The Police Department will dispatch emergency responders when necessary.
Parking Areas / Parking Violations:
Parking for students, staff, faculty, and visitors is located on the east, and west sides of the campus. Parking for disabled individuals is available in designated areas. Vehicles parking in these spaces must clearly display the appropriate placards decals or license plates. Citations are issued for parking violations when vehicles are improperly parked in restricted areas such as: loading zones, fire lanes, restricted areas, on the grass, striped zones, in walkways or roadways, double parking, and parking in reserved areas.
COLLEGE PARKING AND DRIVING REGULATIONS
1. General Provisions:
a. Authority for Regulations: The Board of Trustees, for the benefit of its colleges, is authorized by state law (Sec. 51.202, Education Code) to promulgate and enforce rules and regulations for the safety and welfare of students, employees, and property and other rules and regulations it may deem necessary to govern the institution, including rules for the operation and parking of vehicles on the college campuses and any other property under institutional control.
b. Authority of College Peace Officers: Pursuant to the provision of Sec.51.203, Education Code, college peace officers are commissioned peace officers of the State of Texas, and as such have full authority to enforce all parking regulations,and other regulations and laws within areas under the control and jurisdiction of the District. In addition, college peace officers may enforce all traffic laws on public streets and highways which are in proximity to areas under District control. College peace officers may issue citations to violators or take other action consistent with the law.
c. Permits:Vehicle: In accordance with Sec.51.207, Education Code, each college may issue and require use of a suitable vehicle identification decal as permits to park and drive on college property. Permits may be suspended for violations of applicable state law or parking and driving regulations. Each person who is required to have a vehicle identification decal shall apply to the Department of Campus Security for the decal. No fee is charged for the decal which must be placed on the rear window of the driver's side of a motor vehicle and on the gas tank of the motorcycle or motorbike. Handicap: All authorized decals for handicap parking areas must be displayed prior to parking in such areas.
d. Posting of Signs: Under the direction of the college president, the Department of Campus Safety shall post proper traffic and parking signs.
e. Applicability of Regulations: The rules and regulations in this Chapter apply to motor vehicles, motorbikes and bicycles on college campuses or other District property, and are enforceable against students, employees of the District and visitors.
f. Parking meters: Each college President may install parking meters on campus. The college shall send all revenue from meters to the District to pay bond indebtedness.
2. Prohibited Acts: The following acts shall constitute violations of these regulations:
a. Speeding: The operation of a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under existing conditions. The prima facie maximum reasonable and prudent speed on campus streets is twenty (20) miles per hour, and ten (10) miles per hour in parking areas, unless the street or area is otherwise posted.
b. Double parking, or otherwise parking, standing or stopping so as to impede the flow of traffic.
c. Driving the wrong way on a one-way street or lane.
d. Driving on the wrong side of the roadway.
e. Improper parking, so that any portion of a vehicle is outside the marked limits of a parking space.
f. Parking in unauthorized areas, as illustrated by, but not limited to those areas posted as visitor parking, no parking, handicapped parking or loading zones, designated crosswalks, motorcycle areas, or other unauthorized areas as designated by sign.
g. Parking trailers or boats on campus.
h. Parking or driving in areas other than those designated for vehicular traffic, as illustrated by, but not limited to courtyards, sidewalks, lawns, or curb areas.
i. Failure to display a parking permit.
j. Collision with another vehicle, a person, sign or immovable object.
k. Reckless driving.
l. Failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in designated crosswalks.
m. Violation of any state law regulating vehicular traffic.
n. Parking in an area regulated by a parking meter without parking being authorized.
3. Tow-away Areas: A vehicle may be towed if parked without authority in the following areas:
a. Handicapped parking
b. Fire lanes
d. "No Parking" zones
e. Areas other than those designated for vehicular traffic
f. Other unauthorized areas as designated by sign.
a. Types: Citations shall be of two types:
(1) Campus Citations: A campus citation is a notice that the alleged violator's parking and driving privilege or permit has been suspended pending appeal or disposition.
(2) Court Citations: A court citation is a notice of alleged violation of the type used by the Texas Highway Patrol, as authorized by Education Code, Sec.51.206. Generally, such citations shall be used for violations by visitors, other persons holding no college permit, and employees of the District for excessive violations. However, such citations may be used for the enforcement of any provisions of these regulations.
(1) Campus Citation: A campus citation is returnable to the Department of Campus Safety, and a permit or driving privilege may be reinstated by the payment of a five dollar ($5.00) service charge per citation at the college business office.
(2) Court Citation: A court citation is returnable to the justice or municipal court in which the case is filed. Disposition of the citation may be made in the same manner as any other criminal case within the jurisdiction of such court.
5. Suspension Review:
A person receiving a campus citation shall have the right to appeal the suspension of rights by submitting to the college safety committee, within ten (10) days after the date of violation, notice of appeal in writing, which shall state the reasons for such appeal.
6. Safety Committee:
The safety committee shall consist of not less than three (3) persons appointed by the President, none of whom shall be a college peace officer. The committee shall meet as needed, but not less than give (5) business days after receipt of notice of appeal. Notice of such meetings shall be given to an appellant not less than twenty-four (24) hours prior thereto.
a. Impoundment: Failure to pay the service charge within ten (10) days after receipt thereof, or, if appealed, within ten (10) days after denial of appeal, shall result in impoundment of the vehicle, denial of readmission to any District college, and withholding of any transcript or degree. If a vehicle is impounded, the owner is liable for any wrecker charges and storage fees in addition to the service charge.
b. Multiple Citations: Receipt of four (4) citations during the period from August 15 of a year to August 14 of the year following will result in suspension of the parking and driving permit or driving privilege for the balance of such year.
c. Court Citations: Penalties for convictions in municipal or justice court are as prescribed by state law, not to exceed $200 per conviction.
The District nor any of its colleges or employees are responsible for damage to or theft of a vehicle or its contents while on the college campus.
For further information or assistance, please call 214-860-8758, or visit the College Police Department in Room W135.