Vehicle Policy

I. REGISTERING YOUR VEHICLE

All faculty, staff and students who operate a vehicle on the College’s campus must register their vehicle and obtain a parking permit decal from the Office of Finance and Administration.  Students attending the College must obtain their parking permit before the commencement of classes.  The cost of the parking permit decal is $ 15.00 per year.  Parking permits paid for prior to the start of the semester will have their permits given to them during Orientation.

The student must display the parking permit decal (hanging from the rear view mirror) at all times and must adhere to the parking regulations of the College.

 

II. GUESTS

 

  1. Guests of faculty, staff or students are subject to all parking regulations of the College.  Guests of students will register their vehicles with Campus Security immediately upon arrival on campus.
  2. Campus Security will issue a temporary parking permit decal that must be displayed from the rearview mirror.
  3. Campus Security will instruct the guest/visitor where to park on campus.

 

NOTE: The security office is located on the first floor of the Multi-purpose Activity Center (MAC).

 

III.  GENERAL RULES

  1. Vehicles shall park only in spaces specifically marked for student parking.  The absence of a “No Parking” sign does not mean that parking is allowed.  Students are only allowed to park their vehicles in the Hartzell, Kreider and Schwalm Student Center parking lots and the designated lots at the Branch Campus.  Students are not allowed to park their vehicles in the Mellor parking lot.
  2. Locating a legal parking space is the responsibility of the student.  The College will not assign parking spaces to its students.   Lack of a legal parking space is not a valid excuse for violation of any parking regulation.  Parking at the College is on a first come, first serve basis.
  3.  If you receive a parking ticket, Campus Security will place the ticket under the windshield wipers of your vehicle or hand the ticket to you.
  4.  Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania assume no responsibility or liability for loss or damage to any vehicle operating or parking on the College’s property.
  5.  The person registering the vehicle and in violation of parking regulations will be responsible for all violations of the registered vehicle.
  6.  The operator and/or the owner of the vehicle shall be responsible for all violations for registered and unregistered vehicles.
  7.  The College reserves the right to restrict parking for special purposes at any time.  In addition, students are not allowed to park in a fire lane, handicapped space or next to trash dumpsters at any time.
  8.  Students must report the location of a disabled vehicle to Campus Security immediately.  Failure to report a disabled vehicle will be considered a parking violation. 
  9.  Any vehicle, disabled or otherwise, posing a hazard to the safety and security of faculty, staff and students will be towed from campus at the expense of the owner/operator.

 

IV. OFFENSES & FINES

 A person commits a parking offense and will be fined the specified amounts if he or she does any of the violations listed below.  NOTE:  In addition to the fines described below, parking violations will result in the disabling or towing of a vehicle as specified in sections VII. And VIII of these regulations.

 

  1. A student parking a motor vehicle anywhere except in a designated parking area will be fined
  2. A student parking a motor vehicle in an area that is posted will be fined
  3. A student parking a motor vehicle on grass/lawn or other areas clearly not used for parking will be fined.
  4. A student parking a motor vehicle in a reserved handicapped space without a handicapped license plate or decal will be fined.
  5. A student parking a motor vehicle on campus but does not have a valid parking permit decal displayed will be fined.
  6. A student parking in a fire lane will be fined.  In addition, the vehicle may be towed at the owner/operator’s expense.

 

Parking Fines:

  • 1st Offense $10
  • 2nd Offense $15
  • 3rd Offense $20 with boot warning
  • 4th Offense $20 along with boot placed on vehicle.
  • All succeeding offenses will be fined at $20 along with a boot being placed.
V. PAYMENT OF FINES
  1. Payment of parking fines or penalties may be made at the Business Office during normal business hours on business days.  The Business Office is located on the first floor of the Mellor Building.
  2. Fines or penalties must be paid within five (5) business days from the date of issue.
VI. UNPAID FINES OR PENALTIES

 Fines not paid by students within five (5) business days will be administered as follows:

  • The College will place a hold on all school records until the fines and penalties are paid.
  • At the end of the academic year, all unpaid fines will be turned over to the Attorney General’s office for collection.
VII. AUTO BOOTING

Vehicles which have a record of the following parking violations will be ticketed and immobilized with an auto boot:

  1. Accruing four (4) or more unpaid parking violations.
  2. Parking on campus after all parking privileges have been revoked.
  3. Parking in a space reserved for the handicapped.
  4. Parking in a fire lane.
  5. Refusing to move a vehicle when directed to do so.
  6. Leaving a vehicle illegally parked for more than 24 hours.

In addition, the vehicle may be immobilized with an auto boot until arrangements can be made to have the vehicle towed off campus (for whatever reason the College deems necessary to maintain the safety and security of the faculty, staff and students).

The auto boot will remain on the vehicle until the following conditions are satisfied:

  1. The violator has paid all past parking violation fines and penalties.
  2. The violator has registered the vehicle and has displayed a valid parking permit decal.
  3. The violator has paid an additional $ 25.00 fine to cover the cost of applying the auto boot.
VIII. TOWING OF VEHICLES

 Vehicles may be towed when:

  1. The vehicle is parked in a manner that interferes with the movement of emergency vehicles or endangers the life or property of others.
  2. The vehicle is parked in an area reserved for handicapped persons.
  3. The vehicle is parked in a fire lane.
  4. The vehicle is parked in an area that blocks a handicapped ramp.

 

Towing and storage charges are the responsibility of the owner and/or operator of the towed vehicle.

Vehicles that are towed from campus may result in the loss of parking privileges for a period of one semester. 

PARKING PROCEDURES
STUDENT
  • Apply for Parking Permit Decal prior to the commencement of classes.
  • Display decal from rearview mirror.

ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE CLERK

  • Issues applications for Parking Permit Decals.
  • Establish and maintain a database of parking permits issued.
  • Distribute a printed copy of the database (and updates) to Security and Student Services.
  • Send out monthly invoices/statements of all violations and payments made as of the close of the month to student/operator and owner of vehicle.
  • Prepare a monthly summary report of transactions for the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Student Services and Security.
SECURITY
  • Responsible for issuing parking tickets and identifying owner/operator of illegally parked vehicles.
  • Places ticket under windshield wiper of vehicle.
  • Deliver copy of tickets issued to Accounts Receivable Clerk on a daily basis.
ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE CLERK
  • Post fine to student account.
  • Post penalties to student account.
  • Post payments received to student account.
  • Sends out late notices.
  • Prints invoice/statement of all accounts at the close of the month.
  • Mails copies of the invoice/statement to the operator of the vehicle and the owner of the vehicle.
  • Notifies the Vice President for Finance and Administration when student has:
    • Delinquent Account
    • Has four (4) outstanding violations
VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
  • Reviews delinquent accounts.
  • Sends written request to Security to initiate one of the following actions:
    • Call Absolute Towing to have vehicle towed.
    • Call Security to place an auto boot on vehicle.
 SECURITY
  • Calls the towing company requesting removal of vehicle.
  • Notifies Accounts Receivable Clerk and the Vice President for Student Services of such action.
  • Informs the student/owner that he/she must apply for a Recovery Title on the vehicle towed.

 

TOWING COMPANY
  • Tows vehicle.
  • Invoices owner/operator for towing charges.
  • Provides a copy of the invoice to the Accounts Receivable Clerk.
ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE CLERK

Makes notation on student account of the date, invoice number and amount of towing fees.