Campus Safety at Aquinas College

Parking Penalties

Parking on campus is a privilege, not a right. The privilege may be revoked for continued or gross violations of parking regulations.
 
Flagrant Violator Policy
The first three citations incurred by an individual are fined at the listed fee. The fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh citations incurred are fined at $50, regardless of the offense. An offender’s eighth, ninth, and tenth citation are fined at $100 regardless of the offense. All following citations are fined at $150.00. An individual’s parking privileges may be revoked after 10 citations by the Director of Campus Safety or designee. 
 
Revocation of Parking Privileges

The use of a motor vehicle on College property is a privilege, not a right. Aquinas College has the authority to revoke or restrict the campus driving and parking privileges of any person—at any time—for just cause relative to violations of any and all parking and traffic regulations. Campus driving and parking privileges are commonly revoked for the following reasons:

Committing an egregious traffic violation including, but not limited to: speeding, reckless driving or otherwise operating a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the safety and welfare of others, driving on sidewalks, grass or other non-roadways and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or impaired.

· Accumulation of ten (10) citations.

· Intentionally altering and displaying a copied/fraudulent parking permit.

· Selling or transferring a parking permit for display on a vehicle other than for which it was registered.

 · Use of a lost or stolen permit.

 · As a result of a disciplinary hearing or sanction imposed by the Department of Campus Safety, the Department of Human Resources and/or the Dean of Students Office.

 

Schedule of Fines

Unpaid traffic and parking fines become part of the student's college bill and must be paid promptly.
 
Fire Lane/Hydrant - $50
Parking a motor vehicle in a fire lane is strictly prohibited. Fire lanes are areas—paved or unpaved— that permit fire equipment and other emergency vehicles to come as close to a building as possible. Fire lanes are also areas within 15 feet around a fire hydrant or a stand pipe connection. All access roads and campus walkways are—by definition—fire lanes. Neither parking nor standing is permitted in a fire lane. While the College will attempt to mark all fire lanes (i.e. painted yellow curbs and/or yellow diagonal lines), lack of such marking will not relieve a violator of responsibility 16 for illegally parking. Any vehicle parked in a fire lane may be subject to citation or towing—at the registered vehicle owner’s expense—at any time.

 

Handicap Zone - $50

Only those vehicles properly displaying a valid, state-issued disabled license plate or parking placard (i.e. hanging tag) are allowed to park in a designated disabled parking space.

PLEASE NOTE: Campus Safety Officers—as well as law enforcement (e.g. the Grand Rapids Police Department)—can issue citations for any disability parking violation. Municipal fines often exceed the cost of College fines. The College cannot void municipal citations, nor will it intercede on behalf of persons involved in disputes relating to alleged violations of municipal parking regulations.

Obstructing Roadway (Blocking Traffic) - $50
Motor vehicles may not be parked, while running or not, in such a manner that blocks or impedes the flow of traffic. Vehicles that block or impede the flow of traffic endanger both pedestrians and the occupants of other motor vehicles. 


Speeding/Reckless Driving - $50
The on-campus speed limit is 15 miles per hour. The determination of excess speed is subject to the Campus Safety Officer's reasonable perception and discretion; an actual rate of travel is not required. Reckless driving is driving with a wanton disregard for the personal safety and/or property of others. Speeding and reckless driving endangers the safety of all and will be strictly enforced. If this violation is observed by a Campus Safety Officer, and attempting to make contact with the vehicle might jeopardize his/her safety or the safety of others, a citation will be mailed directly to the registered owner of the vehicle. This includes driving on sidewalks regardless if there are pedestrians present.


Failure to Stop - $35
ALL motor vehicles are required to stop completely at ALL stop signs and to proceed with caution. Stop signs have been placed in areas of high pedestrian traffic. Failing to stop endangers the safety of all and will be strictly enforced. If this violation is observed by a Campus Safety Officer, and attempting to make contact with the vehicle might jeopardize his/her safety or the safety of others, a citation will be mailed directly to the registered owner of the vehicle. 


No Parking Zone - $20
Motorists may not park their vehicles in posted "No Parking" zones at any time. A No Parking Zone is defined as an area or space that, either through the designation of signs, barricades, or cones, is unable to be parked in. Additionally, vehicles may not be parked on sidewalks, walkways, grass areas, paths, or wooded areas. Dumpster and loading dock areas are used by College personnel on a daily basis. Vehicles that impede access to these areas are subject to citation. 


Reserved/Special Permit - $20
Certain lots and spaces on campus are specifically reserved for a group of people or one person in particular. These areas are designated with a “Reserved” sign. The only vehicles that are authorized to park in these spaces are those that properly display a valid special permit. Failure to display a valid, properly affixed/displayed special permit may result in a citation being issued. 

Violating Posted Restrictions - $20
Parking is permissible in designated areas and spaces ONLY. Posted restrictions are intended to designate a parking lot or space for a specific purpose (e.g. visitor parking, 15-minute loading zones). Failure to observe posted restrictions may result in a citation being issued. The absence of posted restriction or vandalized signs does not constitute a valid excuse for parking in any restricted space or zone. 

No Permit/Expired Permit - $20
Individuals who fail to display a valid, current, and properly affixed permit are subject to this citation. A $50.00 fee will be accessed to the registered vehicle owner if the Department of Campus Safety is required to obtain state vehicle registration information through the Michigan Department of State in order to identify the registered owner of any vehicle on College property. Motor vehicles failing to display a valid permit after being identified through the Michigan Department of State are subject to removal from College property at the registered owner’s expense.
 
Improperly Affixed Permit - $20
Permits must be properly affixed to the vehicle. All permits must be placed on the inside surface of the front windshield on the lower passenger side corner facing outward. All permits must be placed using the self-adhesive already on the sticker. The use of tape is prohibited unless authorized by Campus Safety.

No Overnight Parking - $20
Overnight parking is defined as being parked in a lot at any time between 2:00am and 7:00am. Unless otherwise authorized in these regulations—or expressly approved by the Department of Campus Safety, violators may be subject to citation.

Improper Parking - $20
Vehicles parked outside of designated spaces, and over boundary lines may be subject to citation. Vehicles must be parked between painted parking space lines. Vehicles occupying more than one space may be subject to citation. Vehicles that are parked partly on pavement and partly on grass may also be subject to citation. 
 
Not Assigned Lot - $20
Parking permits are designated for specific parking lots. Unless otherwise authorized in these regulations—or expressly approved by the Department of Campus Safety—students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to keep their vehicles in their assigned lots at all times. Failure to do may result in a citation being issued.

Other - $20
Any violation or other infraction not specifically covered by the aforementioned categories. 

Towing Fee 
Vehicles are subject to citation and towing—without notice—by a local towing agency for the following reasons: ▪ Parking in such a way as to constitute a hazard to vehicular and pedestrian traffic or to the movement or operation of emergency equipment. Examples include, but are not limited to the following areas: fire lanes, traffic lanes and sidewalks. ▪ Parking in such a way that restricts access to service areas, loading docks or Dumpsters.

▪ Parking in handicap designated spaces without a state-issued disabled license plate or placard, or blocking handicap access. ▪ Abandoned vehicles; vehicles are considered abandoned after remaining immobile or inoperable for 30 days.

▪ Failure to immediately move a vehicle upon notification from the Department of Campus Safety.

▪ Emergency situations deemed necessary for the safety and welfare of the Aquinas community. In the event the owner or authorized operator of the vehicle should appear after the Department of Campus Safety has called the towing agency and before such towing equipment has removed the vehicle, the appropriate service fees shall be paid before such vehicle shall be released whether or not any labor has been performed incident to the removal of the vehicle. Fines and towing costs are the responsibility of the registered vehicle owner. The towing agent is responsible for the safe transport of towed vehicles. Aquinas College assumes no responsibility for damage to any vehicle as a result of towing.

Booting Fee (Immobilization Fee) - $125
If the Traffic and Safety Board revokes a driver's parking privileges, the driver's vehicle(s) may be booted any time it's parked on campus. Additionally, the Department reserves the right to tow the vehicle to an appropriate lot or space on campus before booting the vehicle. The vehicle will be ticketed for illegally parking on campus. The total fee for ticket and boot is $225. The Department will remove the boot when the driver's account is paid in full by cash, certified check, or money order in the Campus Safety Office.
 
Permit Replacement Fee - 
Permit fees are non-refundable. Lost or damaged permits will be replaced for the full purchase price. Faculty and staff permits are provided at no cost; however, lost or damaged permits will be replaced for $75.
 
Look Up Fee - $50
If a vehicle accumulates three (3) or more citations and is not registered, the Department determines the vehicle's owner through the Secretary of State. The cost becomes the responsibility of the registered owner or offender.