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The Vehicle and Parking Regulations of the University are subject to change. Policy changes are recommended by the Director of Safety and Security and authorized by the Executive Office of Seattle Pacific University.  Written suggestions for improved parking procedures are gladly accepted in the Office of Safety and Security, or by email.
 
PARKING REGULATIONS

The following regulations have been formulated in order to:

  • Familiarize users of campus facilities with the University's expectations regarding parking;
  • Provide all participants of the University community with an explanation of the rules governing the registration and use of motor vehicles; and,
  • Assure that emergency vehicles will have unimpeded access to the campus at all times.

Definitions. The following definitions are specifically for use with the Seattle Pacific University parking regulations.

Abandoned Vehicles: any motor vehicle that has not been driven for ten consecutive days, and the owner of which cannot be immediately identified or contacted (vehicles left abandoned will be impounded at the owner's expense).

Academic Year: The period of time between the first day of Fall quarter and the last day of Spring quarter.

Emergency Vehicles: Fire equipment, ambulances, paramedical vehicles, police vehicles, and Campus Security vehicles.

Handicapped Person:  Any person who, because of birth defect, disease process, or injury, has been left with temporary or a permanent disabling condition which requires attention to perform the regular skills and activities of daily living or results in the sub-performance of certain body systems which would require internal or external aids.

Motor Vehicles:  All vehicles that are self-propelled (trucks, automobiles, motorcycles, motor scooters and mopeds).

Service Vehicles:  Commercial and University vehicles engaged in the service and maintenance of campus buildings or grounds.

Students:  All persons, except Faculty or Staff, who are taking classes for credit or audit.

Visitors:  All persons, except students or Faculty or Staff and affiliated organizations, who will be on the SPU campus to visit an SPU community member or to conduct necessary business on the campus.

HOW TO REGISTER YOUR VEHICLE
Time limit to register vehicles: Any vehicle maintained, owned, or operated by an SPU student faculty or staff must be registered with the Office of Safety and Security and must display the appropriate parking decal if it is to be parked on any part of the SPU campus, including city streets. Registration must occur within 10 business days of student or employment activity.

Requirements for a parking permit: You must register your vehicle by completing an application. You can access the online parking application logging into the Banner Information System and click on the Parking Application and Information menu. The first time you use the system you will be required to verify your vehicle information before you are able to apply for parking.

Permit (decal) placement: A vehicle will not be considered as registered unless the decal is attached to the driver's side of the rear bumper or to the rear window.
 
PARKING PERMITS & PRIVILEGES
SPU's zone parking system consists of four types of parking areas:

  • Residential student parking lots
  • Faculty/Staff/Student/Commuter parking lots
  • Visitor parking areas
  • Service vehicle parking areas

Resident student parking (assigned spaces): Spaces in the parking lots of Emerson Hall, Ashton Hall, Hill Hall, Arnett Hall, Davis and Falcon Apartments, and the Theme Houses are reserved for students living in the corresponding areas. Level two of the Dravus lot is also reserved spaces for on campus residents. Any on-campus resident may apply for a space in level 2 of the Dravus lot, which has been designated the Moyer lot. On-campus student residents who register their vehicle and receive a space will be assigned a numbered space for the academic year, with the exception of the Theme Houses. Residential decals read "Resident." Students who have applied for a space but have not received one will be added to the waiting list compiled during the application process. Until a resident receives a space, their vehicles must be parked on the street.

Vehicles authorized to park in one of the above lots are not authorized to park in any other campus parking lot. Any unauthorized car parked in an assigned residential space is subject to ticketing and impoundment. Assignments to residence hall or apartment parking lots are based on:

  • The student's year in school
  • Date application is received by the Security Office
  • Living area of the student
  • Need of the student

Commuter and Resident students can apply for a commuter decal, which means they can park in any of the commuter lots.

Faculty and staff parking: Faculty and staff who wish to purchase a parking permit will receive a permit that is designated, "Fac/Staff". With this permit, a vehicle may be parked in any of the above commuter lots or in the Faculty/Staff parking lot located behind the Crawford building.

  • Carpool Parking: The designated permit for vehicles in carpools is "RS". Faculty or Staff participating in a carpool with three or more riders may receive a free reserved parking space by completing a Commute Trip Reduction form and a Vehicle Registration form in the Office of Safety and Security.

    Faculty or staff participating in a carpool with two riders may also receive a reserved parking space and will be charged half of the annual amount of a parking permit. For all carpools, participants will receive a permit valid only in their space. In the event that one carpool member is unable to participate, he or she must park on the street. Parking in a lot, other than in the reserved carpool space, may result in a parking citation. All participants in carpools must register with the campus security office to receive these preferred spaces.

Day parking permits: Students, faculty and staff may purchase a permit to park in a commuter lot for the day by purchasing a permit for $4.00 in the Office of Safety and Security.

Guest parking Permits: All visitors are welcome to the campus and may park in any of the commuter lots by either calling the Office of Safety and Security to register their vehicle or by obtaining a visitor pass from Safety and Security to place on the dashboard of their vehicle. There are several 30-minute parking spaces located on Bertona Street across from the Science Building that visitors, faculty, staff and students may use without obtaining a pass. Visitors only may park in the 30-minute spaces for longer by obtaining a permit from the Office of Safety and Security. Visitor permits are not required on weekends, holidays, during quarter breaks, and summer quarter. Visitors may not park in any reserved spaces.

Handicap parking permits: Handicap parking areas are designated in each Commuter parking lot on the University campus. Any person needing such a space or permission to park in these designated areas must apply in person at the Office of Safety and Security or call the Office of Safety and Security.

Service Parking Permits: Service areas are designated throughout the campus for use by any University department vehicle. Authorized, off-campus service vehicles are also permitted to use these specially designated areas.

Bank & Bookstore Parking Area: Customers of the bank or campus bookstore may park in this parking area for a period not to exceed 30 minutes. No permit is necessary.

30 Minute Parking Zones: There are several 30 minute parking zones located around campus. These locations may be used without a permit for up to 30 minutes by any visitors, as well as students, faculty and staff. By obtaining a visitor permit from the Office of Safety and Security, visitors may park for longer than 30 minutes in the NC lot 30 minute spaces.
 
OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
The following information will help you to avoid a multitude of "transgressions":

Expiration dates: The expiration of all decals is indicated by the colored bars on each decal. A decal without bars expires at the end of fall quarter; one bar on the decal indicates the decal expires at the end of winter quarter; and two bars indicates the decal expires at the end of spring quarter. Residents are issued one decal for the academic year, but are charged the quarterly fee at the beginning of each quarter. Assignments are automatically renewed quarterly unless the student cancels his or her assignment. Commuter students who have received parking lot assignments are also automatically renewed each quarter, unless written notice to cancel is given to the Security Office. Commuter students, however, are sent new decals each quarter. Faculty and staff members have the option to purchase decals quarterly or annually.

Fees: A fee schedule for parking privileges is documented on the parking application form.

Finals week: Parking rules and regulations are enforced during finals week.

Summer sessions: During the summer, visitors and students may park in any lot on campus, provided they park legally and do not park in any space marked "handicap" or in a fire lane. Cars with a handicap permit can park in handicap, of course.

License plate and address changes: These must be reported to the Office of Safety and Security within ten days of the change.

Vehicles sold or traded: If a registered vehicle is sold or traded, the permit should be removed, if possible, and returned to the Office of Safety and Security. Otherwise, the person who originally obtained the permit will be held responsible for any and all citations that the vehicle receives as long as the permit is valid.

Falsification or forgery: Any falsification of information used in obtaining a permit or a decal renders the decal or permit invalid and subjects the offender to disciplinary action from the University. Any falsification, forgery, or alteration of any permit issued by the University also subjects the offender to disciplinary action from the University.

Unattended Vehicles/Engine Running: Vehicles may not be left unattended while the engine is running. The ignition key must be removed from all unattended vehicles.

Possession of stolen decals: Decals obtained without the knowledge of the Security Office will be considered stolen. Any person found to be in possession of stolen decals will be immediately fined $30.00 and could face criminal charges.

Special enforcement: Open parking, except for reserved and handicap spaces, is allowed in the Dravus, Crawford, Ross, MSLC, NC, and NW lots between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday. Persons living off campus but attending night classes at SPU, either for credit or for audit, are permitted to use these special enforcement provisions as long as their vehicle is registered with the Office of Safety and Security, which is free of charge.
 
PLACES ON CAMPUS WHERE YOU SHOULD NEVER PARK
Illegal parking: Any vehicle or any part of a vehicle that is not authorized to park in a fire lane, loading zone, service zone, reserved space, visitor parking, or on a lawn or sidewalk will be subject to fines, towing, or both. Any vehicle that is double--parked or outside the parking stall is subject to a citation. Any vehicle that is parked in a manner which obstructs the flow of traffic or is parked in an unmarked space or alleyway will be subject to towing.

Towing policy: The owner of a vehicle that receives five parking violations will receive a letter as warning that the next citation will result in the immediate impoundment of the vehicle, without further warning at the owner's risk and expense. Under the following circumstances, owners of vehicles will not receive a letter of warning:

  • Fire lane: Any unattended vehicle parked with any part of the vehicle extending into a fire lane area will be impounded if not moved within one hour from the time the citation is issued.
  • Service zone: Service areas are designated as 7-day-a-week tow-away zones, and are restricted to vehicles with special designations or authorization. All vehicles shall be impounded if not moved within one hour from the time that the citation is issued.
  • Handicap Spaces: Handicap spaces are designated as 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week tow-away zones, and are restricted to vehicles with special State decals and valid permits. Vehicles will be towed if not moved within one hour from the time the citation is issued.
  • Residential Spaces: Residential students with assigned spaces may, through complaint to the Office of Safety and Security, arrange to have violators parked in their assigned spaces either ticketed or towed at the expense of the owner of the vehicle. Vehicles may be towed at the space owner's request if not moved within one hour from the time the citation is issued. The identity of the person making the complaint will be verified in person, either in the Office of Safety and Security or at the parking lot before any action is taken.
  • Obstructing: Any vehicle which is obstructing an access route to a parking lot or building shall be impounded if not moved within one half hour from the time the citation is issued.
  • Ignoring direct warning: If the owner or driver of a vehicle ignores a request to move the vehicle by a Campus Security officer, the vehicle may be impounded without further warning.
  • Emergency Situations: Any vehicle which experiences parking brake failure, thus posing a hazard to vehicles and to people in the vicinity, or any vehicle which is leaking gasoline, may be towed immediately, unless the owner can be located to assist in the situation.
  • Special Events or Construction Areas: Occasionally, there may be the need to have vehicles cleared from an area of campus in order to prepare for a special event or to secure a construction area to provide access for construction vehicles. In such a situation, all attempts will be made to locate the vehicle's owner. If signs were posted, and if the owner is not located, the vehicle will be impounded at the owner's expense. If circumstances require that cars must be towed without warning, towing will take place at the University's expense.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU VIOLATE THE PARKING REGULATIONS?

 

Responsibility for Citations: Students, faculty and staff are responsible for any citations issued to their vehicle , regardless if the vehicle is registered with the Office of Safety and Security. If a visitor receives a citation in a vehicle registered to a person affiliated with the University, the person to whom the vehicle is registered is responsible for the citation. It is the responsibility of the student or faculty/staff member to instruct others who drive his or her vehicle as to where they may park.

Parking Citations: Citations will be issued to any vehicle parked on University property that is in violation of the Vehicle and Parking Regulations, or when the vehicle displays no valid SPU parking permit or guest permit. If, after receiving five citations and a certified letter, a vehicle is found again in violation of the Vehicle and Parking Regulations, it will be subject to impoundment at the owner's risk and expense, without further warning. Payment of any towing and storage fees does not preclude the payment of the citation for failure to register or of any monies due on the issued citations.

Schedule of Fines

1st Offense Warning Each Additional Offense $35.00
2nd Offense $15.00 Handicap Space $35.00
3rd Offense $25.00 Fire Lane $35.00
4th Offense $35.00 Failure to Register $35.00
       
WHERE TO PAY PARKING FINES

University Faculty/Staff: Employees of SPU (faculty and staff) will be billed on their SPU account for all citations and parking violations issued.  Failure to pay fines may result in suspension of all parking privileges.   Information about Faculty/Staff accounts is available in Student Financial Services.

Students: Charges for citations and other violations are assessed against the student's account in Student Financial Services.  Information about Student accounts is available in Student Financial Services and in the SPU catalog.
HOW TO APPEAL A PARKING CITATION
All appeals must be initiated at the Office of Safety and Security within 30 days from the time of issuance of the citation. Otherwise, students or faculty/staff members may lose their right to appeal the citation. All appeals are reviewed and decided upon by the Parking Coordinator.
 
IF AN AUTO ACCIDENT OCCURS, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
It is the responsibility of any person involved in any traffic accident on Seattle Pacific University property to report the incident immediately to the Office of Safety and Security in 601 W Emerson.
 
WHAT RIGHTS DOES THE UNIVERSITY HAVE?
The Seattle Pacific University campus is private property. The University reserves the right to deny any person permission to operate or maintain a motor vehicle thereon. Failure to heed such a denial may constitute a trespass. The University reserves the right to inspect any unidentified motor vehicle parked on University property in order to learn the identity of the owner or operator, and to remove, by impoundment, any vehicle which violates these regulations, is improperly parked, or constitutes a hazard to the life or property of others.

The University assumes no responsibility for the care of, protection of, or damage to any motor vehicle or its contents at any time it is operated on, parked on, or removed from University property.

   

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