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Slippery Rock University

Parking and Traffic Regulations

Appeals

All students and staff are required to make appeals ONLINE. Appeals must be made within seven (7) calendar days of issuance of ticket. Visitor appeal forms are located at the University Police station 24 hours a day, and the Parking Office between the hours 7:30am – 4:00pm Monday-Friday. Appeals must be in writing.

Appeal Refund Policy

No tickets that have been pre-paid will be eligible to be appealed.

ARC Community Patron registration shall be valid depending on membership

Members are defined as any community member not enrolled as an active SRU Student, faculty or staff member employed by Slippery Rock University. All ARC Membership parking is designated in the East Lake Parking Lot. Fines and loss of parking privileges may result from violations of this policy.

Booting/Immobilization of Vehicles

All booting/immobilization will be completed by the University Police Department, as a part of fine collection. At no time is the booting/immobilization devices used to penalize the parking violators at Slippery Rock University (section 5). The University has established a cost of $25.00 to be added to the payment for the violation(s) when the boot/immobilizer is installed. The boot will remain on the vehicle for up to 48 hours. After that time, the vehicle will be towed at the owner's expense. The full amount owed must be paid to either the Parking Office or the University Police. This amount includes all owed tickets and the boot fee.

Check Policy

The parking office will not hold checks and do not accept checks that have been returned for non-sufficient fund. All check payments must have a name, address, phone number, and a driver's license number with the ticket number printed on the check.

Handicap, Fire lane, "No Parking" and Vehicle Code violations cannot be appealed.

If you are requesting an appeal/hearing you must bring your SRU ticket into the Parking Office within 10 business days. The ticket will be withdrawn and a PA State citation will be issued and forwarded to the Magistrate's Office allowing you the full opportunity for a hearing. All citations processed by the magistrate will be collected at the state citation rate.

The appeal usually takes ten days to be processed. The appeal is either voided or denied. Appeals made online will be processed online and e-mailed back to the appealer. If the ticket is denied and you do not agree with the decision, the next step in the appeal process is a meeting with the Chief of Police. The appealer must come in to the Parking Office within 10 business days of the denied appeal and schedule a meeting with the Chief of Police. You will have up to five (5) minutes to state why your ticket should be reconsidered and voided. The Chief of Police may then ask you questions and will make the decision and an e-mail or a letter will be sent indicating the decision. The decision is final and no other appeals will be accepted.

Those appealing a ticket are responsible for making sure a denied ticket is paid. 

Lost /Misplaced Permits

Staff/Faculty/Students that lose or misplace their permits must pay a replacement fee. The lost or misplaced permit will then be recorded as missing and will no longer be valid. All replacement permits must be processed at the SRU Parking Office.

Motorcycle Parking Permits: Applicants must be a student enrolled at Slippery Rock University, or a faculty or staff member, employed or retired, from Slippery Rock University. The permit will be entered into the parking system creating a link between the motorcycle registration number and the permit number. An annual parking permit cannot be transferred back and forth between a motorcycle and a vehicle. Fee registration is $25.00. Motorcycle parking spaces are designated with MC on pavement or you can park in a legal parking space. When parking in non-MC spaces you must be in the correct designated space/lot (resident, commuter, or staff).

Parking for Persons with Disability / Temporary Medical

Persons with a disability parking is designated for only those vehicles with a valid disability plate or placard issued by any state and displayed on the vehicle properly.

Students, staff, and faculty who have a temporary disability which renders them unable to walk for long distances must apply to Penn Dot to obtain a state-issued Temporary Disability Parking Placard. All disability parking placards, permanent or temporary, must be obtained from the state. You can download a Person with Disability Parking Placard Application (Form MV-145A) at the PENNDOT Web site.

In emergencies situations the SRU Parking Office will provide a temporary SRU Medical Permit for no longer than three weeks while a valid state-issued parking placard can be obtained. This pass allows the students, staff, or faculty member to park in staff, commuter, or resident parking spaces. The medical permits are not to be used in state designated handicap spaces, 15 minute parking (longer than 15 minutes or without flashers), resident coordinator spaces, loading docks, visitor spaces, spaces by fire hydrants/stands pipes, maintenance parking, staff "no parking 3am-6am" or in the "No Overnight Parking" lots designated for snow removal during the posted time frame (November 1 to April 1 from 2am-5:30am -- Alumni Commuter Lot, McKay Staff/Commuter Lot, Union Commuter Lot, Founders Lower Commuter Lot, and the Swope Commuter Lot).

The Shuttle Bus Service – Student Government Association provides no-fare transportation around campus for faculty/staff, students, and visitors. The Shuttle schedule can be found on the Slippery Rock Student Government Association Web site.

Parking and Traffic Regulations

Obtaining a student/staff parking permit, submitting an appeal, paying parking tickets, and managing your parking information is available online at http://www1.sru.edu/studentlife/police/Pages/index.aspx and at the SRU Parking Office.

All parking on campus is by permit only in designated areas. Strict enforcement of designated parking areas will occur between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. During weekend and evening hours, all designated parking lots are considered open to the public. Reserved and assigned spaces are not considered open to the public. These spaces are clearly marked with signs and include: 15 minute parking, resident coordinator spaces, loading docks, visitor spaces, medical spaces, handicap spaces, spaces by fire hydrants, maintenance parking, on the grass, in roadways, no over-night parking areas, or any other reserved spaces and No Parking 3:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.

From November 1 to April 1, there will be no overnight parking for snow removal from 2:00 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. in the Alumni Commuter lot, McKay Staff and Commuter Lot, Union Commuter lot, Founders Lower Commuter Lot, Physical Therapy Lot, and the Swope Commuter lot regardless of snow.

The first section of the East Lake lot (section closest to Stadium Drive) is designated as No Overnight Parking year around. (Signs are posted.)

 

All other regulations are in effect 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (including holidays).

Regulations apply to ALL operators of vehicles on university property including faculty/staff, students and visitors.

     Section 1 Purpose, Scope and Authority

A. These regulations have been established in order to control motor vehicle traffic and parking on the Slippery Rock University campus. The act of parking or driving a motor vehicle on campus is a privilege and constitutes acceptance by the owner, and/or operator, for the responsibility to see that the owner's vehicle is neither parked, nor operated, in violation of these regulations or any regulations of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.

       B. These regulations apply to the use and operation of all motor   vehicles, as described by the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, upon all properties owned or leased by Slippery Rock University. The regulations apply to all operators of motor vehicles on university property including faculty, staff, students and visitors.

C. The Pennsylvania Crimes Code of 1972; Section 7505; subject "Violation of Government Rules Regarding Traffic," authorizes that "Each Commonwealth Agency shall promulgate rules and regulations governing all vehicular traffic at those Commonwealth facilities situated upon property of the Commonwealth, which are within the exclusive jurisdiction of such agency, included but not limited to, regulations governing the parking of vehicles upon such property." This legislation provides that punishment for violation of any such campus-created rule be administered by the institution; Violations of provisions specified in the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code will be processed in accordance with Chapter 63 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.

D. Under 24P.S. 20-2019 (A) 4 of the Public School Code of 1949 as amended by P.L. 48 of 2003 Allowing for the adoption of means for the performance of duties. Slippery Rock University has adopted the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code (Title 75) as the University traffic code. The University Council of Trustees has established fines for those moving violations.

     Section 2 Parking Regulations

No person shall park a vehicle in an area not specifically designated as a motor vehicle parking lot or space.

No motor vehicle shall be parked in a restricted parking area(s), to which such registration has not been assigned. The map indicates campus parking areas for faculty/staff and students. Parking vehicles in any area not shown or designated as such (including walkways and roadways) is prohibited. In extraordinary circumstances (medical, extreme inconvenience, etc.) a special parking decal may be issued by the University Police Department.

Motor vehicles must be parked within the provided space for a motor vehicle as indicated by posted signs or painted lines restricting or limiting such parking. There will be no parking on walkways, grass, and /or roadways.

No person shall fail to observe and obey any slow, stop, yield, caution, or any other duly posted sign regulating traffic or parking.

The speed limit on all main university roadways is 25 MPH, and the speed limit in parking areas and service roads is 15 MPH, unless otherwise posted.

Motor vehicles shall not be parked, as to block or otherwise hinder access, to a fire hydrant, campus building crosswalk, or entrance or exit, to parking lots or campus roadways. Parking in these areas may result in a citation being issued and fine and costs being assessed, according to the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code and/or being subject to tow.

Motor vehicles shall not be parked in handicapped areas, unless they have a current plate or placard. Parking in these areas may result in a citation being issued and fine and costs being assessed, according to the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code and/or subject to tow.

Providing false information when applying for a parking permit, special permit or failure to report changes, which affect the eligibility of the applicant, will be deemed as a violation of this section. The statement of false information may result in a citation being filed with the district justice, and a report will also be sent to the SRU's Student Life Division for possible disciplinary action.

It shall be unlawful for any person to display a permit, or to have in their possession, a parking permit or special permit, knowing the same to be registered and signed for by another person or issued for a different vehicle.

Vehicles parked on university property shall be deemed to be abandoned if, without the permission the University Police Department, (a) they are left unattended in a non-designated area more than 48-hours; (b) they are not currently registered with the University Parking Office, (c) if left parked on property owned, leased or operated by the university, for more than six (6) hours on any highway or other public place with no license plate affixed, thereto, as required by the Pennsylvania Vehicle code. Such vehicle may be subject to tow.

     Section 3 Towing

Any motor vehicle operated, or parked on campus in violation of these regulations, may be towed away and stored at the owner’s expense.

It shall be the responsibility of the owner, or operator of a motor vehicle, to notify the University Police Department of the location of the disabled vehicle. Failure to make such a report will leave the owner, or operator, liable for any subsequent citation or any towing charge that may result. Disabled vehicles creating a hazard to other motorists may be towed at the expense of the owner.

Owners of disabled vehicles on campus must report to the Slippery Rock University Police Department and apply for a special permit. The permit is required if your vehicle is disabled on University property or in a non-designated area. Disabled vehicle permits will be issued for no longer than 48 hours. After the time period has elapsed, the vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense. Permits can be obtained at the University Police Station 24 hours a day or at the Parking Office from 7:30am- 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

     Section 4 Violations / Sanctions

Any person who violates these regulations, or any campus parking policy, shall be subject to (a) a fine, and prosecution under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code or the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.

     Section 5 Booting/Immobilization of Vehicles

A vehicle boot/immobilizer may be installed if the following conditions/situations occur (a) Vehicles whose owner/operator have 5 or more unpaid parking tickets; (b) An unpaid balance of $150.00; (c) When vehicle/operator identity cannot be determined.

     Section 6 Unpaid Fines/Disciplinary  Action

All penalties, not paid or appealed within the required time limit, can be filed with the District Justice for prosecution. The defendant, if adjudicated guilty, will be required to pay fines and costs of prosecution.

Appeals for parking violation tickets are to be completed online, at the University Police Station 24 hours a day or at the Parking Office from 7:30am – 4:00pm Monday through Friday. An appeal must be made in writing within seven (7) calendar days from the issuance of ticket.

Disciplinary action may result on campus for continued violations or failure to acknowledge notices of violation. Action regarding students will be processed through the SRU Student Life Division. Action regarding faculty/staff will be processed through the appropriate dean, director or vice president.

A hold will be placed on a student's account for any unpaid balance. Holds: A holds will prevent a student from obtaining transcripts, registering, and /or receiving a diploma.

     Section 7 Revision of Rules

Slippery Rock University may revise rules governing the parking and traffic at Slippery Rock University, in accordance with the provisions of Section 7505 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, and upon due notice to the University community, via customary notices in campus bulletins and newspapers. Such changes will be officially incorporated into the regulations.

     Section 8 Responsibility of the University

The University assumes no responsibility, nor is it liable for any damage done to vehicles when parked on the University campus.

     Section 9 Effective Date

These rules shall take effect immediately.

Parking Permits

All purchases for student and faculty/staff permits may be completed online or at the SRU Parking Office, room 102 University Union, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All unpaid tickets must be paid before a permit can be purchased.

Permits are not transferrable to any other person or vehicle. If you purchase a new vehicle or change your vehicle you must purchase a new permit and pay a replacement fee. Exceptions are under the Permit Return Policy or Permit Exchange Policy. Replacement permits must be processed at the SRU Parking Office.

All Staff and Student Annual permits must be applied to the inside upper left corner of the Driver's side front windshield above the ASI line (near your oil inspection sticker).

Once permits are applied you will NOT be able to move the permit without it tearing. Permits will not be exchanged due to attempting to move the permit without paying a fee. Exceptions are under the Permit Return Policy or Permit Exchange Policy.

Student parking permits are valid for one-year and expire on August 31st of each year. It shall be conditioned (except summer students), upon the registrant’s payment of a motor vehicle registration fee of an amount approved by the President or his/her designee and upon the registrant’s remaining enrolled at the university.

· Resident Students are defined as those students living in university housing. Registration fee is $25.00.

· Commuter Students are defined as those students living off campus. Registration fee is $25.00.

· Students taking summer classes who have not purchased an annual permit are required to purchase a parking permit. Fee registration is $10.00 and valid from the day after spring graduation through August 1st each year. Students taking summer classes may park in any student lot with a valid permit, resident or commuter.

Staff and faculty registration shall be valid for a two-year time period and shall be conditioned upon the registrant’s continued employment at Slippery Rock University.

· Faculty and Staff Employee parking permits may only be used by Slippery Rock university employees. Fines and loss of parking privileges may result from violations of this policy. A fee will be charged for any permit that is issued after the second permit.

Parking Permits Improperly Displayed Will Be Deemed Invalid

The Parking Office and/or University Police does not accept notes on the dashboard stating why there is not a pass on vehicles that are parked on campus.

Parking Ticket Refund Policy

The Parking Office does not accept payment plans or pre-pay tickets. If you overpay a parking ticket the refund amount will be forwarded to Student Accounts for a credit to your account.

Payment

Payments can be made online. Payments are also accepted at 102 University Union, University Parking office, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets with payment enclosed may also be deposited in the ticket payment box located at the University Police Station inside the front door or as you exit the police parking lot on the left hand side of the road. If paying in drop box, please pay by check or money order with the exact amount. (Coins will only be accepted if rolled).

Penalties

All vehicles in violation of the Parking and Traffic Regulations will be ticketed and fined for such violations. Fines for violations are as follows:

No parking permit ………………………………………………  $50.00

All other violations except reserved parking ………...........    $30.00

Parking in reserved disability spaces 1st offense …...........   $100.00

                                                           2nd offense …..........    $150.00

                                                           3rd offense …..........    $200.00

Fire lane violation                               1st offense …….......    $25.00

                                                           2nd offense …..........    $50.00

                                                           3rd offense …….......    $75.00

A hold will be placed upon a student account that will prohibit them from registering for classes or receiving official transcripts until paid. Non-student fines will be filed with the District Justice Office if the violator fails to respond. Fines will be accompanied at the state citation rate.

Permit Exchange Policy

Permits purchased are not transferrable to any other person or vehicle. Permits are not transferrable from vehicle to vehicle. If your permit loses its adhesiveness or is ripped, the permit is not exchangeable for a new permit. If you purchase/change your vehicle without following #3 and your permit loses its adhesiveness or is ripped due to transfer, you must purchase a new permit. Exceptions are made for the following:

1. If stolen, you must file a police report and make a written statement to the Police Department. Once the report is made you must go to the Parking Office to receive a new permit. You must have the police report number with you and the phone number of the police department where you filed your report.

2. Totaled vehicle: you must retrieve your permit from your totaled vehicle in order to receive a new permit. If you do not have your permit you must obtain a police report or a copy of the insurance incident report indicating the vehicle was totaled.

3. If you purchase a new vehicle a replacement fee will apply. You have 10 business days to physically bring in your permit to exchange for a new one while you register your new vehicle. After the 10th business day you will be required to purchase another permit. You must show proof of new vehicle purchased. Note: If you do not have your old permit, you are required to purchase a new permit.

4. If you purchase a permit and make an error while registering your vehicle or the wrong permit was issued, you will have 15 business days to exchange the permit for the correct one. You must return the wrong permit to the Parking Office to obtain the appropriate permit. After the 15th day you are responsible to purchase the correct permit and are liable for any tickets that you have accrued.

5. If you purchase a permit, and within the first 10 business days you or the Parking Office realizes the permit was placed in the extremely wrong area of your vehicle, the permit can be exchanged. You will need to physically bring in your permit to exchange it for a new one. After the 10th day you are responsible to purchase a new permit.

6. If you change from a resident to a commuter student during the school year physically bring in your permit to exchange for a new one. A replacement fee will apply. You must also have documentation from Residence Life indicating that you are no longer a resident student and the date the status changed. After the 10th business day you will be required to purchase another permit. If you do not have your permit to exchange you will have to purchase another permit.

Permit Return Policy

If you purchase a permit you have 10 business days to return the unused permit for a full refund (if the permit has been applied or damaged the permit will NOT be refunded), after the 10th day there is no refund regardless if the permit was picked up. If you are eligible for a full refund the Parking Office will send a voucher notifying student accounts of the refund (Note: Student Accounts will credit your account).

Special Permits

All special permits are temporary and will be issued by the University Police and the Parking Office. Special permits are temporary and are designated for special reasons or events, i.e., conferences, workshops, ceremonies, vendors, and construction workers.

Temporary Registration Permit

These permits are available for any person having obtained a permanent permit, who may have reason to use an unregistered vehicle for up to two weeks per semester. Exceptions will be taken on a case-by-case basis. No SRU student, staff, or faculty member will be permitted to obtain a visitor permit. If a temporary SRU student, staff, or faculty permit is needed for longer than two-weeks, they will be required to purchase a permit for $25.00. Temporary permits are issued at the University Police Department 24/7 or at the Parking Office. The Parking Office reserves the right to deny any temporary permit to any person who has an unpaid parking balance.

Temporary registration permits issued by the Police Department shall not be issued for longer than two-weeks at any one time. Arrangements can be made to have an extended permit by calling the Parking Office.

Ticket Policy

Only SRU tickets that have been written in error can be marked voided by the issuing officer / ticket writer. All other tickets once issued must be forwarded to the Assistant Chief of Police for disposition.

Towing/ Disabled:

Improper parking and parking in such a way as to obstruct exits, entrances, roadways and/or traffic may result in vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense (section 3). If a vehicle is disabled, a pass is required and available at University Police Station 24/7 or at the Parking Office Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. If pass is not obtained, vehicle may be towed immediately (section 3).

Unpaid Parking Tickets

A vehicle boot/immobilizer may be installed on those vehicles that have five unpaid parking violations or fines totaling $150.00. Should no response be received within 48 hours of booting/immobilization, the vehicle may be towed (section 5). A hold can also be attached to a student's account for having any unpaid balance (Section 6). The unpaid parking violations can be paid online or at the parking office Monday-Friday 7:30am to 4pm. Ticket drop boxes are located at the Police Station inside the front door or as you exit the Police Parking Lot on the left hand side of the road. If paying in drop box, please pay by check or money order with the exact amount.

Vehicle Registration Required

All members of the University community operating and parking a vehicle on University property must display a valid University vehicle permit.

No student, member of the faculty/staff, or visitors shall operate or park a motor vehicle on the property under the control of the university, unless such motor vehicle is properly registered with the University Parking Office, located at 145 Kiester Road. Vehicles must be registered during each university registration period.

Visitors

No registered student or faculty/staff will be permitted to use a Visitor Pass on their vehicle or park in any designated visitor parking space. ARC Members wishing to visit other areas of the university may obtain a visitors permit. Visitor permits shall not be issued for longer than two-weeks at any one time. Exceptions will be taken on a case-by-case basis. All vehicles must be registered with the University Police or through the hosting organization. University members are responsible for assuring that their guests and visitors observe all university regulations. Observe all posted signs concerning parking on University property. Parking is not permitted during business hours on University property without a valid parking permit displayed. Parking spaces for disabled persons are for use only with current, state-issued, Handicap Permit.

Visitor parking permits can be picked up during business hours at 102 University Union or at designated offices in most buildings. After business hours a visitor parking permit can be picked up at University Police. Please see signs on participating building entrance doors.

15 / 30 Minute Parking

15 and 30 minute parking is permitted in those designated areas only if vehicle flashers are left on and you have a valid permit to park on campus. Persons not utilizing flashers will be ticketed and may be towed (in effect 24 hours a day).


Revised Aug 2013

 

 

SRU Parking Office Hours:

Mon-Fri

8:00am-4:00pm

 

Week of Welcome
Permits can be picked up at the University Union

Room 102