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Academic Catalog

 
    Temple College
   
 
  Nov 20, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Student Handbook

Student Parking and Traffic


Registration of Vehicles with Free Parking Permits

It is the responsibility of each student to obtain a free student vehicle parking permit for each vehicle that he/she intends to operate on campus or to have operated on his/her behalf on campus. This parking permit allows a Temple College student to park in any student or open parking area only. These permits are available at the time of registration and subsequently are available at the Cashier’s Office in One College Centre.

  1. Vehicle Registration: All vehicles parked on the Temple College main campus or any Temple College Center by students or other individuals must be properly registered and display a valid parking permit.
  2. Parking Permit Issuance: Vehicle owners and operators may register vehicles for and obtain free parking permits from the Campus Police Office or designated office location at Temple College Centers.
  3. Registration Information: In order to obtain a vehicle parking permit, the vehicle registrant must complete a parking permit form and supply a College ID number, the vehicle’s make (Buick, Ford, etc.), vehicle type (2dr/4dr, SUV, etc.), model, year, color, license plate number with state of origin.
  4. Display of Parking Permit: On automobiles and trucks, the permit must be displayed on the outside of the back glass of the automobile driver’s side on the bottom so that the Campus Police can easily scan properly parked vehicles for valid permits. On motorcycles, the permit must be displayed on the rear fender (affixed with adhesive). Permits that are not displayed in the proper location will be ticketed. Any exception to permit placement must be approved, in advance, by the Campus Police Office or appropriate Center designee.

Parking Designated for Persons with Disabilities: Temple College will follow the State law, Transportation Code Title 7, Subtitle H, Chapter 681, regarding privileged parking.

Any student with a disability must obtain and display a free College parking permit in addition to their (individual named on the placard or license plate) state issued current placard or license plate to park in a parking space designated for persons with disabilities.

Visitors must also visibly display their (individual named on the placard or license plate) state issued current placard or license plate to park in any parking space designated for persons with disabilities. If a visitor receives a citation in error for parking in a disabled parking space, the citation may be taken to the Campus Police office or appropriate Center designee for review.

Any person authorized to park in a parking space designated for persons with disabilities may park in any parking space designated for persons with disabilities on campus.

Parking Permit Regulations

  1. A parking permit is no guarantee of a parking space. Each driver is responsible for finding a legal parking space. Lack of space is no excuse for violating any parking regulation.
  2. Parking Permits must be current for the academic year.
  3. A parking permit will not be issued to any person (student or other individual) having unpaid violation charges or other outstanding TC balances (e.g. parking fines, etc.) until full payment is made to the Cashier’s Office or other designated office location at Temple College Centers. College personnel will check for outstanding balance holds prior to issuance of a parking permit.
  4. Special Occasion Restrictions on Permits−The only exception to the parking permit policy exists in the case of special occasion restrictions on permits where parking restrictions may be imposed or where police officers waive restrictions that normally apply. For these special occasions, prior arrangements have to be made with College administration and notice has to be given to Campus Police. For all emergency situations, Campus Police can alter restrictions as conditions warrant.

Towing Policy

The College reserves the right to impound, or to have impounded, any vehicle which is parked in a manner dangerous to vehicular or pedestrian traffic or otherwise in violation of College parking and traffic regulations. The vehicle owner will be responsible for all costs involved in removing, impounding, and storing such vehicles.

Speed Limit

The maximum permissible speed limit on campus or at Temple College Centers shall be 15 miles per hour.

OPEN PARKING (AFTER 5:30 p.m.)

At Main Campus, parking lots are designated as open parking from 5:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday and after 12:00 noon on Fridays. This does not include areas marked as Reserved Parking, Parking Designated for Persons with Disabilities, Fire Lanes, or Visitor Designated Parking areas.

Parking lots and spaces at Centers are considered open parking during regular business hours unless designated for Reserved/Staff Parking, Parking Designated for Persons with Disabilities, Fire Lanes, or Visitor Designated Parking.

Parking Violations

Any of the following, taking place anywhere on the property of Temple College or Temple College Center at any time, will constitute a parking violation:

  1. Parking in any area not designated as a parking space, such as fire lanes
  2. Failure to possess and properly display a valid Temple College parking permit
  3. Failure to affix permit in the proper manner or location
  4. Parallel (street) parking against the flow of traffic
  5. Failure to remain within the lines of a marked parking space
  6. Parking in a Reserved or non-Student space or Staff designated parking lot.
  7. Parking in a Handicapped space (unless vehicle displays a state Handicap Permit or license plate)
  8. Parking in a Visitor space (a tagged vehicle is NEVER considered a Visitor, regardless of the particular reason for being on campus)
  9. Parking contrary to indicated traffic flow in lots with angled parking spaces.

Penalties for parking violations are assessed as follows:

  • $25 for the first ticket per academic year,
  • $40 for the second per academic year, and
  • $60 for third and subsequent tickets per academic year

Traffic Violations Policy

Any of the following, taking place anywhere on the property of Temple College or Temple College Center at any time, will constitute a traffic violation:

  1. Driving without a valid driver’s license
  2. Exceeding 15 miles per hour
  3. Failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign
  4. Driving the wrong way on a one-way street
  5. Driving on a sidewalk or lawn
  6. Failure to yield to pedestrians
  7. Any other violation of Texas Motor Vehicle Laws

Parking Appeals

Main Campus

If you feel that a Main Campus traffic or parking violation notice was issued to you unjustly, or if you feel that the circumstances were so compelling as to not warrant the violation, you may appeal the violation notice. To appeal, contact the Student Life and Community Outreach Office within seven (7) working days after the violation was issued. If the Student Life and Community Outreach Office is unable to arrange matters to your satisfaction, inform them that you wish to appeal to the Ticket Appeals Committee. The Ticket Appeals Committee will meet within (2) days of receiving an appeal request and render decision. A student can only bring a particular violation to the committee once. The Committee is the final authority with regard to ticket appeals.

Campus Centers

If you feel that a Center’s traffic or parking violation notice was issued to you unjustly, or if you feel that the circumstances were so compelling as to not warrant the violation, you may appeal the violation notice. To appeal, contact the Center Director’s Office within five (5) working days after the violation was issued. The Center Director will serve as the final authority with regard to all ticket appeals at Center locations.

Security of Student Vehicles

Temple College assumes no responsibility for the care and/or protection of any vehicle or its contents while the vehicle is operated or parked on campus; however, every effort will be made by Temple College to protect all vehicles and property.

  1. All thefts, accidents, and offenses that occur on campus should be reported to the Campus Police Office.
  2. A record of serial numbers of valuables should be kept.
  3. Mark auto accessories so that they may be identified.
  4. Write name and address in all personal textbooks.
  5. Keys and valuables should not be left in the car.
  6. Always lock your car.