Georgia Southern University

Rules


Vehicle Operation & Restrictions

Operation

In addition to the following rules, all State of Georgia uniform rules of the road apply to vehicles operated on campus and will be enforced by University Police.

  1. All persons operating a vehicle on university property shall be properly licensed operators.
  2. Pedestrians have the right-of-way on campus, except where traffic is regulated by traffic signals or police officers. Extreme caution must be exercised at all times while driving on campus.
  3. Under normal conditions, the maximum speed limit on campus streets is 25 M.P.H., except where posted otherwise. The maximum speed limit in parking lots is 10 M.P.H. However, vehicles may not be operated at any speed which is excessive for the conditions which may exist as a result of weather, traffic congestion, pedestrians, etc.
  4. Traffic control signs, devices, and directions of police officers shall be obeyed at all times.
  5. All persons operating vehicles are responsible for maintaining vehicle control, safe operation, and observing traffic control signs, barriers, and devices.
  6. Operating a motor vehicle in any area other than a street or roadway intended for motor vehicles is prohibited.
  7. ID cards shall be presented when requested by Campus Police or Parking Officials.
  8. All accidents occurring on campus shall be reported at the University Police Department immediately and before the vehicle is moved, unless such vehicle would impede emergency vehicles.
  9. “U” Turns are prohibited unless otherwise indicated.

Restrictions

  1. Campus streets or grounds may not be used by any firm or corporation or persons for commercial or advertising purposes without proper authorization.
  2. Excessive noise by musical instruments, stereos, loud speakers, faulty mufflers, or muffler cutouts is prohibited on campus.

Violations

Please refer to Disciplinary Actions when issued any violation.

Permit Violations

1.1: Parking decal or hang tag not properly affixed or displayed: $5

1.2: More than one (1) current decal displayed on the same vehicle: $5

1.3: Failure to change type of decal when changing from commuter to resident or visa versa: $5

1.5: Failure to display current permit: $35

1.6: Decal or permit displayed on vehicle other than vehicle for which it is authorized: $20

1.7: Alteration or reproduction of parking decal or permit: $50

1.8: Knowingly falsifies information on parking permit application (second offense lead to the loss of parking privileges): $50

1.9: Unauthorized possession of parking permit: $50

2.0: Unauthorized use of permit: $25

Parking Violations

2.1: Parking in no parking zone, service and delivery, or other reserved spaces: $30

2.2: Parking in wrong direction on any street: $10

2.3: Parking overtime in area where time is posted during restricted hours: $20

2.4: Not parked within a marked space (unmarked areas in a lot, on grass, etc.): $30

2.5: Blocking or obstructing traffic, street, dumpster, sidewalk, fire hydrant, building entrance or exit or another vehicle: $30

2.6: Parking in unauthorized area: $30

2.8: Unauthorized parking in disabled space: $50, second violation $100

2.9: Parked over the line: $10

3.0: Unauthorized parking in a reserved space: $30

3.1: Stopping, standing or parking where prohibited: $30

3.5: Parking in a Fire Line: $50

NOTE: Also subject to be towed at owner’s expense.

3.9: Fee for booting and immobilizing a vehicle: $50

Property Violations

3.3: Tampering with an immobilization device: $50

3.4: Defacing, altering, knocking down or removing any parking or traffic signal, sign or structure: $50


Permit Regulations
    1. All motor vehicles operated by students, faculty, or staff in connection with their attendance or employment at Georgia Southern University must display a current permit while parked on campus.
    2. Hang tags will be displayed on the rearview mirror. Student decals must be permanently affixed right side up and completely visible on the outside of the rearview window in the bottom left-hand corner (driver’s side).
    3. Decals or hang tags allow the operator to park only in the specified area(s) during scheduled classes and final exam week between restricted hours as follows:
      • Faculty/Staff and Commuter Lots – 7:30 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
      • Residence Hall Lots – 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
      • Specially Reserved Spaces – 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
    4. All decals, hang tags, forms, and information may be obtained at the Parking & Transportation Office. To obtain a permanent decal or permit, the following must be presented:
      • Payment of appropriate fee
      • Current Georgia Southern University ID
    5. Faculty and Staff hang tags will be issued upon proof of employment. Replacement hangtags are $10. Faculty and Staff are subject to all rules and regulations applicable to students. Faculty and Staff may sign a payroll deduction authorization and the parking fee will be deducted from their check before taxes.
    6. Student decals
      • Decals are valid for the length of time purchased only. All permits expire at the end of the academic year.
      • Student Parking Fees
      • Decals must be properly displayed beginning Monday of the first week of scheduled classes each semester.
      • For replacement of student decals (in the event a student trades vehicles or the decal is lost or destroyed or a change in the type of decal (commuter or resident), a fee of $10 will be charged.
      • All student decal refunds will be charged a fee of $10.
    7. For those who have a current permit but must drive another vehicle, a temporary permit will be issued for $2 per day.
    8. Permit holders with temporary disabilities may obtain special parking permits from Transportation Services after obtaining proper documentation from their personal physician OR the CAMPUS PHYSICIAN. Temporary access permits DO NOT authorize parking in disabled spaces. However, they do entitle students access to faculty/staff parking lots which usually provide them parking closer to their destination.
    9. Areas posted with Disabled signs are for PERMANENT disabled parking ONLY. Persons with a permanent disability must qualify for and display their state disability permit on their rear view mirror or dashboard. Any unauthorized vehicles parked in disabled spaces will be fined and may be towed at the owner’s expense. This restriction is in effect at all times.  A Georgia Southern Permit is also required to park in these spaces.
    10. All Temporary permits shall be displayed on the rear view mirror or completely visible and legible on the dashboard from the front windshield.
    11. The vehicle owner is ultimately responsible for the safe operation and proper parking of his/her vehicle, regardless of who may be the operator. A citation is not excused on the plea that another person was driving the vehicle.
    12. Permits are valid only on the vehicle they are registered to. DO NOT loan or borrow a permit. Permit holders may only register their personal vehicle or a vehicle owned by an immediate family member. You are not allowed to register a friend’s vehicle.

Enforcement
  1. University parking citations must be appealed at the Parking & Transportation office within five business days (excluding Saturday, Sunday, and holidays) after issuance.
  2. State and county citations will be answered as indicated on the citation.
  3. Unregistered, improperly registered, unidentifiable, or illegally parked vehicles may be towed away, impounded, or immobilized at the owners expense. If a wrecker has been called to tow a vehicle and the owner returns to the vehicle during the process of towing, they must settle with the wrecker service at that time or the vehicle will be impounded.
  4. Information regarding impounded vehicles may be obtained at the Parking office or after hours with the University Police.
  5. Impounded vehicles will only be released upon proper authorization of Parking & Transportation or the University Police.
  6. Immobilization: Any vehicle found parked at anytime on campus against which there are three (3) or more outstanding or otherwise unsettled parking violation citations, for which no appeal has been submitted within the requisite time period, may, under authority of the Director of Parking & Transportation, be immobilized in such a manner as to prevent its operation. The owner of such immobilized vehicle, or other duly authorized person, may repossess or secure the release of the vehicle upon satisfaction of all outstanding citations and payment of an immobilization fee of $50. Immobilization fees do not qualify for early payment discounts. Tampering with an immobilization device will result in additional fines and possible referral to Judicial Affairs and/or criminal prosecution.

Disciplinary Action
  1. Persons apprehended for operation of vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering drugs will be prosecuted in State Court and turned over to the Judicial Affairs Office.
  2. Speeding and/or reckless driving charges may be turned over to the local authorities and/or the Judicial Affairs office.
  3. All fines not paid within the specified time become financial obligations to the university. Staff members and students must pay all fines before they can purchase future permits, clear for graduation, or receive transcripts.
  4. Vehicles may be towed from campus if they received 5 or more parking citations in a semester whether paid or not. Parking privileges may be revoked for any staff or student who receives more than 3 moving citations per semester or 6 moving citations per academic year. (Academic year is defined as two consecutive semesters.)
  5. Students or staff who persist in violating these regulations or a violation with aggravated circumstances, will be referred to the appropriate office which could lead to revocation of parking privileges or suspension or dismissal from the university.
  6. Persons displaying abusive language, discourtesy or disrespect toward University Police, city or state officers, or Parking employees may be turned over to the local authorities and/or to the Judicial Affairs office.
  7. Individuals receiving five (5) or more tickets in one term may be subject to parking restrictions and possible revocation of parking privileges.
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