Parking Enforcement Policies 2013

Parking Policies

All regulatory signs on campus must be obeyed. Violators will be cited under university policies and procedures. 
 
The maximum speed limit on the campus is 15mph. Parking is allowed in marked spaces only. Short-term parking, intended for visitors to the campus, is available on the Oval in front of Troutt Hall, in front of Nash Library, east of the Lawson Court Clubhouse and on the north side of Gary Hall. 
 
USAO Parking Permits are required from the first day of classes each trimester except in visitor or disabled person parking spaces. All vehicles must have a valid USAO parking permit, properly displayed, while parked on campus. These permits are issued through the Office of Student Services, 3rd Floor of the Student Center. Vehicles parked in disabled person spaces must display valid state issued disabled person identification at all times. 
 
Faculty/Staff parking spaces require a valid staff parking permit at all times. Faculty/Staff permits are valid anywhere on campus. Motorcycles may be parked in any parking space and require a parking permit. The issue of a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space. The responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the operator of the vehicle. Lack of space is not an excuse for illegal parking. USAO is not responsible for lost or stolen permits. Replacement permits may be purchased in the Office of Student Services. Special permits may be issued by the Office of Student Services and must be displayed on the dash – face up All vehicles remaining for more than 15 minutes in any loading zone on campus will be cited. Parking or loitering on campus after 11:00 p.m. or after special events is prohibited. 
 
Parking Citation appeal process information is located in the student handbook and in the Office of Student Services.

 

Enforcement of Parking Regulations 

The University campus is patrolled 24 hours a day, seven days a week by uniformed security personnel. 

They are instructed to enforce parking policies and procedures authorized by the University. Parking enforcement is upheld by the Traffic Appeals committee, as instructed by the Board of Regents. Security personnel are charged to enforce the following policies: 
 
VEHICLE REGISTRATION: The University requires all members of the University community to register motor vehicles which they own or operate on the University campus. 
 
• Registration shall be required prior to the first day of classes for each academic term, or within 48 hours (excluding holidays or weekends) following acquisition of a vehicle during the school year. Vehicle registration forms are available at the Office of Student Services, Student Center 303. 
• Charges shall be assessed at the time of registration of a student vehicle. 
     a. Parking stickers are $30. Hangtags can be purchased for an additional $10 fee. 
     b. A prorated amount for parking decals will based on the registration date of a change of primary vehicle. 
          Spring trimester $20 
          Summer trimester $10 
     c. Each additional decal and registration of secondary vehicles is $10. Students may register up to two vehicles. 
• Vehicle registration is nontransferable. A registrant must remove the decal prior to the sale of the vehicle or termination of employment, or be responsible for tickets that may be received by the new owner. 
• Vehicle registration will include providing make, model, year, color and tag number of the vehicle. 
• All University employees who park personal vehicles on campus while at work are required to register motor vehicles. 
• The registration decal shall be affixed to the lower left corner of the vehicle’s rear window or left side of the rear bumper. Failure to affix the decals as specified shall be deemed as failure to register the vehicle. Taping the decal to the vehicle is prohibited. Hangtags will be hung from the rear view mirror with registration number facing out. Failure to display properly shall be deemed as failure to register vehicle. 
• Temporary parking permits are available in the Office of Student Services for those students, faculty and staff who may be using a vehicle for a short term. This may be due to an accident or repair to their registered vehicle. These permits are available at no cost and are time limited. 
• Visitor passes are available at the Office of Student Services at no cost to visitors. Visitors without the pass may park only in the areas marked “Visitors Parking Only.” These spots are located outside Troutt Hall and Lawson Court Apartments. Unrestricted parking for visitors is permitted only on Homecoming, Parents’ Day and other designated University functions. 
• Each school year, all expired USAO decals or other expired decals and hangtags must be removed. 
• Non-University employees, whose work assignments are permanently on the campus, shall follow campus regulations the same as all other members of the University community. 
 

Parking Regulations 

1. “Open parking” hours shall be declared from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily and from 4:00 p.m. on Friday through 7:00 a.m. on Monday. School holidays are considered as “open parking” days. Exceptions to this rule are:
     a. No parking zones 
     b. Loading zones 
     c. Visitors zones 
     d. Handicap zones 
• Vehicles shall be parked within designated parking boundaries; in no case shall they overlap into or onto a roadway, crosswalk, sidewalk, or other parking space. The fact that other vehicles are parked improperly shall not constitute an excuse for parking with any part of the vehicle over any line. 
• Visitor spaces are to be utilized by bona fide visitors only. Visitor spaces in front of Lawson Court Clubhouse are for visitors to the University, not members of the University community visiting the apartments or the clubhouse.
• The responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the vehicle operator. 
• Lack of space is not a valid excuse for violating a parking regulation. 
 

Parking Violations, Penalties and Fines

Violations

• No permit............................................................................................ $30.00 
• Illegal use, reproducing, or altering........................................... $50.00 
• False registration information...................................................... $25.00 
• Parking at yellow curb.................................................................... $25.00 
• Blocking drives or traffic................................................................ $25.00 
• Double-parking................................................................................ $25.00 
• Parking in No Parking Zones........................................................ $50.00 
     a. All posted areas. 
     b. All areas marked with yellow paint. 
     c. All fire lanes. 
     d. All loading zones. 
     e. All driveways. These will not be posted. 
     f. Any part of a traveled roadway or service road. 
     g. On any athletic field. These will not be posted. 
     h. All sidewalks or walkways. 
     i. All cultivated areas, grass or other growth areas. 
     j. All shoulders of roadways not marked for parking
• Across sidewalk and/or crosswalk.............................................. $25.00 
• Driving on grass................................................................................ $50.00 
• Over line parking.............................................................................. $10.00 
• Improper display of permit.......................................................... $25.00 
• Parked in handicap space........................................................... $100.00 
 
Any fine that is paid by the next business day at 4 p.m. shall be reduced by half the ticket amount. All fines shall be paid to the Business Office located in Troutt Hall. 
 
Vehicles illegally parked in the following areas are subject to towing without further notice at the owner’s expense: handicap spaces, fire lanes, or loading zones. The University assumes no responsibility for any damage to towed vehicles. Refusing and/or reusing a notification of violation shall carry a fine of $25.00. Receipt of more than five (5) parking/traffic violations in one trimester shall result in all subsequent violations carrying a fine of $75.00. (Regents 6/2007) 

If a decal is not visible to the officer while issuing a citation, the citation shall be for no permit. If, in the course of issuing a citation, the officer discovers the decal, the officer has the discretion to downgrade that ticket to improper display only. 
 
A traffic ticket or other communication from Campus Security is considered to be an official University notice. Failure to respond shall make the recipient subject to disciplinary action. The owner or registrant of a vehicle, regardless of who is driving, is liable for any violation in which the vehicle is involved. 
 
Appeal of Parking violation or Penalty
To appeal traffic violations, report to Office of Student Services, 303 Student Center. An adhoc traffic appeals committee, appointed by the Dean of Students, shall review policies and consider appeals as needed. Appeals should be submitted within 72 hours of the issued ticket. 

Handicap Parking 
As required, a number of parking spaces have been designated for use by individuals with handicaps only. Each space has been clearly marked with signs and blue paint on the ground. Vehicles parked in these spaces must have either a handicap hangtag, State of Oklahoma handicap license plate, or other out-of-state handicap identification such as a handicap license plate. Vehicles found illegally parked in these spaces are subject to impoundment and a fine of fifty ($50) dollars, in addition to towing and impoundment fees. 
 

General Information 

• USAO cannot and does not assume the obligation of providing parking space for all vehicles. 
• USAO does not assume responsibility for the care and protection of any vehicle or its contents while said vehicle is operated or parked on the campus or land controlled by the University. 
• “Junker” automobiles are not permitted on the campus at any time. Disabled and derelict vehicles may be turned over to the Police for disposal according to law. 
• Mechanical work other than engine tune-up and tire changing is not permitted on the University campus. 
• USAO reserves the right to restrict or revoke the use of an automobile to any student if the use of the vehicle is thought to be detrimental to the academic achievement of the student or if the student has abused the privilege of operating said vehicle on or off campus. 
• It shall be the responsibility of any driver of a disabled vehicle (i.e. dead battery, out of gas, etc.) to immediately notify Campus Security of the problem and location of the disabled vehicle. Failure to make notification may result in the vehicle’s being either towed or given a ticket. Abandoned vehicles shall be towed at the owner’s expense. 
• Flagrant disregard of campus parking and traffic regulations may result in the vehicle’s being towed to storage and driving/parking privileges on campus revoked. Towing and storage charges shall be assessed prior to the release of the vehicle to the owner. (Regents 06/05/01)