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Parking Policy

1.0 OVERVIEW

 

Davenport University has implemented this series of parking policies in order to ensure safe traffic flow throughout all parking lots and roadways on our campuses. Specifically, the university seeks to maximize available parking, maintain safe entry and exit points from each campus, allow access for emergency vehicles, and ensure the safest environment possible for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Davenport University’s Security Services Department is tasked with managing and enforcing these parking related policies and regulations at each Davenport University campus. The Executive Director of Security Services may delegate responsibilities to contract security officers, or other university departments and employees as appropriate.

 

All parking lots, and roadways, within Davenport University remain private property. Davenport University reserves the right to issue citations and/or tow any vehicle that violates any of these parking policies. Use of Davenport University parking lots and roadways is considered a privilege, which may be restricted or revoked at any time. Davenport University may also restrict access to or temporarily close any campus roadway or parking lot at any time to accommodate maintenance, snow removal, special events, or emergency situations.

 

Davenport University reserves the right to interpret or revise these policies as needed. Revisions will be published on the university website, and be made available for view at the security services office.

 

All persons utilizing the parking lots and roadways on Davenport University property agree to adhere to these policies, and are responsible for reading and understanding them prior to use.

 

 

2.0 PARKING PERMITS

 

Davenport University issues parking permits to all students, faculty, staff, and vendors. These permits are issued free of charge, and are renewed annually. In addition, there are free day permits available to campus visitors, and short term visitor parking is available in certain lots. Every vehicle parked on Davenport University property must display some form of valid permit at all times. Davenport University defines a “vehicle” as a car, truck, SUV, or motorcycle, registered with the Michigan Secretary of State and legal to operate on public roadways. Off road vehicles, RVs, and trailers (even those registered with the secretary of state) are not permitted on campus. Special consideration may be requested through the Security Services Department, and will be evaluated by the Executive Director of Security Services (or designee) on a case by case basis.

 

Permit holders are only allowed to use Davenport University parking lots while on campus for classes or official business. Use of the parking lots for personal needs is generally prohibited without prior approval from the Executive Director of Security Services, or his/her designee. Authorization for personal use will be granted in writing. Each campus may impose additional restrictions on the use of certain spaces or parking lots through written procedures and/or the use of parking control devices. Compliance with these campus specific procedures is mandatory.

 

2.1 PERMIT TYPES

 

                2.11 Commuter Student Permit

                These permits are issued to students who reside off campus.

 

                2.12 Resident Student Permit

These permits are issued to students who reside on campus. Resident students are required to park in designated lots near the residence halls.

 

                2.13 Employee Permit

These permits are issued to all faculty members (including adjunct faculty) and all part-time and full-time staff members. Student employees will be issued either a commuter student, or resident student permit, according to their living arrangements.

 

2.14 Vendor Permit

These permits are issued to vendors with significant parking needs on campus, and to those who rent spaces at certain campuses.

 

2.15 Replacement Permits

Students and employees must request a replacement permit if they lose their original. These requests must be made through the Security Services Department. A $25.00 fee will be assessed for each replacement permit. The Fee may be paid through the user profile at parking.davenport.edu

 

2.16 Multiple Vehicles

All students and employees are allowed to register up to 3 vehicles at no charge. A single permit will be issued and can be transferred to any registered vehicle. Students and employees may add/delete/modify their registered vehicle information at no charge. Each student and employee is only permitted to have only one vehicle on campus at any given time, regardless of how many vehicles are registered.

 

                2.16A Motorcycles

Students and employees are permitted to operate and park motorcycles on Davenport University property. To qualify as a motorcycle, the vehicle must be registered and legal to operate on the public roadways of Michigan. Motorcycles will be operated as any other motor vehicle, and are not to be operated on sidewalks, lawns, or any other area not authorized for vehicle use. Motorcycles, like other motor vehicles on campus, may not park at bicycle racks for any reason.

 

2.17 Visitor Permit

These permits are issued to campus visitors, and allow them to park in any parking lot, with the exception of lots designated for housing. These permits can be issued by an employee host, or picked up from the welcome center, or security office. Students and employees may temporarily use a visitor permit if they forget/lose the permit issued to them. In the case of a lost permit, students and employees must follow procedures to have a permit reissued to them. Visitor permits are valid for only 1 day, and must be renewed upon return to campus.

 

 

2.18 Housing Visitor Permit

These permits are issued to overnight visitors of resident students, and allow parking in lots designated for resident students. These permits are valid for up to 3 nights, which is the maximum continuous stay for a guest of the residence halls. The resident host must accompany the visitor to a housing desk to obtain this permit. If the housing desks are closed, the permit may be issued by the Security Services Department. Resident hosts assume responsibility for any parking related fines accumulated by their guests.

 

2.19 Campus Event Parking

Visitors for public events at Davenport University will not need to obtain a visitor parking permit. Event parking will be occupied first, and then overflow to additional lots as necessary. Signs and traffic control devices may be used to direct event parking to certain locations. At no time will event parking take place in lots designated only for resident parking.

 

3.0 SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

               

                3.1 Disabled Vehicles

If a vehicle becomes disabled while on campus, the owner may request permission to leave the vehicle on campus. This request is made through the Security Services Department and is subject to the written approval of the Executive Director of Security Services, or his/her designee. A disabled vehicle may not obstruct any campus parking lot or roadway at any time.

 

3.2 Overflow Parking

If there is no parking available in designated lots, a request may be made through the Security Services Department to park in lots or spaces designated for other use. Permission may be granted in writing by the Executive Director of Security Services or his/her designee, and is valid for UP TO 24 HOURS.

 

3.3 Overnight Parking

Overnight parking is only permitted in lots designated for resident student parking, and only available to resident students and guests with “housing visitor permits”. Other users may request permission to park overnight on campus through the Security Services Department. Approval for this consideration may be made in writing by the Executive Director of Security Services or his/her designee. The terms of this provision will be determined on a case by case basis, and communicated in writing to the requesting party.

 

                3.4 Closure of Parking Lots and Roadways

It may be necessary to place temporary restrictions on the use of parking lots and roadways. These restrictions will be determined by the Security Services Department, and indicated with signs and/or traffic control devices. When possible, these temporary restrictions will be communicated to affected parties to streamline compliance. Every effort will be made to provide alternative arrangements, but compliance with these restrictions is mandatory.

 

  • A request for road/parking lot closure can be made in writing through the Security Services Department. Except for emergency situations, all requests must be received at least 1 week in advance.

 

 

4.0 Parking Offenses

 

The following offenses are enforced at all times, including times when classes are not in session, and/or when the campus is closed. Additionally, all vehicles operating on campus are expected to comply with the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code.

 

                4.1 Failure to Display Valid Parking Permit            $25

Any vehicle parked on Davenport University property must display a valid parking permit at all times. This excludes visitors parked in marked visitor only spaces, or vehicles in designated lots during public events.

 

4.2 Use of Vehicle Not Permitted on Property      $25

Use of an off-road vehicle, RV, snowmobile, ATV, or any trailer, is prohibited on Davenport University property without prior written permission for the Security Services Department.

 

4.3 Parking in Violation of Assigned Location      $25

Vehicles may not be parked in spaces or lots designated for use only by other permit types.

 

4.4 Disregard Parking Control Sign or Device        $25

Vehicles parked on campus must comply with all parking control signs at all times. This includes signs indicating permit only parking, no parking allowed, limited-time parking, and any other sign regulating a lot or space. This also includes the use of barricades, and traffic cones to restrict use of any lot or space. This provision excludes fire lane/hydrant violations, and handicap permit parking, which are covered by other provisions.

 

4.5 Violating Handicap Only Space                           $50

Vehicles utilizing handicap only parking spaces, must display a valid handicap parking permit issued by a state government. Note: Local law enforcement can and will enforce handicap parking on Davenport University property. Fines issued by law enforcement agencies are determined by the court of jurisdiction, and may be more or less expensive than those within this policy. Davenport University holds no control over citations issued by the outside law enforcement, and will not intercede on behalf of violators.

 

4.6 Parking in Fire Lane or Blocking Fire Hydrant                $50

Vehicles may not be parked in any fire lane at any time. Fire lanes are marked by a curb painted yellow, or by signs. Additionally, vehicles must respect a 15ft radius around fire hydrants. Note: Local law enforcement can and will enforce fire lane, and fire hydrant violations on Davenport University property. Fines issued by law enforcement agencies are determined by the court of jurisdiction, and may be more or less expensive than those within this policy. Davenport University holds no control over citations issued by outside law enforcement, and will not intercede on behalf of violators.

 

4.7 Parking in Multiple Spaces                                    $25

Vehicles are permitted to parking in 1 space at any given time. Vehicles will not park in a way that obstructs the use of surrounding parking spaces.

 

4.8 Blocking Roadway or Access Point                    $25

Vehicles may not stop, stand, or park on any campus roadway, block any parking lot access, or impede the entry/exit of any building.

 

4.9 Vehicle Parked Off Roadway                               $25

Parking is not permitted on any area not designated for parking or vehicle traffic.

 

5.0 Traffic Violations

 

The following offenses are enforced at all times, including times when classes are not in session, and/or when the campus is closed. Security Services Officers will attempt to identify violators of these provisions, and issue violations accordingly. If possible, contact will be made in person at the time of the offense. However, if Security Services Officers are not able to contact a violator due to safety concerns, the violator may be contacted and issued violations using alternative methods. Additionally, all vehicles operating on campus are expected to comply with the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code.

                5.1 Excessive Speed                                                         $25

The maximum allowable speed on campus is 15mph. Security Services Officers will determine excessive speed using reasonable perception and discretion.

 

5.2 Reckless Driving                                                         $50

Operating a vehicle with disregard for the safety of other people, or possible damage to property will be considered reckless driving. Security Services Officers will determine reckless driving using reasonable perception and discretion.

 

5.3 Disregard Traffic Control Sign or Device          $25

Vehicles are required to abide by all traffic signs and devices, including but not limited to stop signs, yield signs, barricades, road flares, etc.

 

5.4 Operating Vehicle Off the Roadway                 $50

At no time will a vehicle be operated anywhere other than designated roadways and parking lots. This includes but is not limited to sidewalks, lawns, and athletic fields.

 

5.5 Failure to Report Vehicle Accident                      $50

All accidents occurring on campus roadways and in campus parking lots must be immediately reported to the Security Services Department.

 

6.0 Additional Enforcement Actions

 

Davenport University may take enforcement actions in addition to, or instead of the aforementioned fines. These actions may be utilized when violations jeopardize the safety of the campus community, impede the flow of traffic, in response to repeat offenders, or in to address serious violations on campus.

 

6.1 Towing of Vehicles                                                   $50 (In addition to tow company costs)

Vehicles may be towed if abandoned on campus, restricting safe traffic flow, violating traffic/parking control devices or instructions, or if found on campus after privileges have been suspended. An unregistered vehicle remaining on campus after three (3) days of consecutive violations will be deemed abandoned. Davenport University reserves the right to determine traffic safety hazards and traffic/parking control violations, based on the discretion of the Executive Director of Security Services, or designee.

 

Davenport University reserves the right to tow vehicles under the above provisions with or without notifying the registered owner. Further, Davenport University assumes no responsibility for costs assessed by the tow company, or damages resulting from the towing process. The $50 fine will be assessed immediately upon the tow company arriving on campus. If the owner/operator returns to the vehicle during the tow process, they will also be required to compensate the tow company according to their policies as expressed by the tow operator. Davenport University will not cover these costs, or intercede on behalf of users with regard to tow company costs.

 

7.0 Payment of Traffic/Parking Violations

 

All traffic and parking violations will be paid electronically through the parking page on the Davenport University website. If necessary, the Security Services Department will provide a computer for the purpose of completing the payment process. At no time will Security Services Officers accept any payment by check or cash. Instructions will be provided upon request to those requiring assistance.

 

                7.1 Registered Users

Registered users will be able to see outstanding fines, and complete the payment process through their user profile on the parking page of the Davenport University website. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the user indicating a received payment. If payment is not received within 90 days of the violation, student fines will be billed to their account. The department of Human Resources and/or an employee’s supervisor will be notified of outstanding employee fines, and disciplinary action may result in accordance with university policy.

 

7.2 Unregistered Users

Unregistered users must contact the Security Services Department to complete the payment process. Payment of traffic/parking fines does not grant the violator any parking privileges not described in section 2 of this policy. Unregistered users may contact the Security Services Department with questions relating to the payment process. Unregistered users, who fail to pay their fines, may see additional enforcement action, as described in section 6 of this policy.

 

8.0 Appeal of Traffic/Parking Fines

 

Any person issued a traffic/parking violation may appeal the fine in writing to the Traffic/Parking Appeal Committee at duparking@Davenport.edu. The appeal must be received within 14 days of the violation for consideration. Requests for appeal will not be granted after this date, and the violator will be responsible for payment. After being notified of a request for appeal, the issuing officer will have 7 days to submit documentation to the committee for consideration of the appeal request. The committee will meet monthly as needed to consider all appeals. All decisions made by the committee are final, and appellants will be notified of the decision in writing. Neither the appellant nor the issuing officer is expected to attend the committee meetings, and consideration will be given only to the documentation provided by the deadlines above.  

 

                8.1 Traffic/Parking Appeal Committee Members

The committee will be chaired by the Director of Security Services, or designee. The chair holds no voting authority, and is expected to remain neutral in the deliberation process, speaking only to clarify procedural questions relating to traffic/parking enforcement. The chair is responsible for scheduling meetings, and compiling all necessary documentation for the committee. The committee will be comprised of the following voting members

 

  • Representative from Student Affairs
  • Representative from Academic Services
  • Student Representative from Student Government

 

9.0 Modifications

 

Davenport University reserves the right to modify this policy at any time, with or without notice. Revisions will be made at the discretion of the Executive Director of Security Services. The current version of the policy will be published on the Davenport University web site and be made available for view at the Security Services Office.