CHC(REGULATION) - SITE MANAGEMENT: TRAFFIC AND PARKING CONTROLS
State Laws and Authority
All state laws and city ordinances are applicable and may be enforced on College District premises, and a referral may be made to the appropriate court of jurisdiction. The TJC Police Department has the authority to regulate parking on College District properties.
All vehicles, as defined by state law, operated on the premises of the College District, must be registered with the TJC Police Department. Faculty and staff may receive sequentially numbered parking permits at no charge from the TJC Police Department. Faculty and staff must display the appropriate parking permit in order to park in the designated parking spaces.
All full- and part-time students who operate a motor vehicle on property owned or controlled by the College District are required to register each vehicle with the TJC Police Department and pay any applicable parking fees. A registration permit must be affixed to each vehicle in accordance with the parking rules and regulations of the College District.
Student permits are authorized on an annual basis and display an expiration date. Permits are provided to students who show a receipt reflecting payment of current parking fees due. Operation of a vehicle on property owned or controlled by the College District for which current semester parking fees have not been paid may result in a parking ticket from the TJC Police Department. The parking permit sticker must remain on the registered vehicle.
In order to register a vehicle, a driver's license, a student identification card, and the motor vehicle license number must be presented at the TJC Police Department, along with a receipt that indicates payments on the student account are current and clear. The parking fees will be listed on the website of the TJC Police Department.
State law requires disabled persons to obtain disability permits from county automobile registration departments in order to park in any disability zones. A College District parking permit will be issued for a disabled person's vehicle at no charge.
Temporary parking permits for a limited duration are available at the TJC Police Department.
Traffic and Parking
The following acts constitute a violation of traffic and parking regulations of the College District:
- Class A Violations:
- Parking in Reserved Space;
- Permit not Properly Displayed;
- Parking in Area Not Designated by Permit;
- Parking Where Prohibited by Signs or Markings;
- Parking in Area Not Designated as Proper Parking Space;
- Failure to Park Within Lines of Designated Space;
- Parking or Storing Bicycle Inside a Campus Building; and
- Parking Behind Barricades or in Barricaded Area.
- Class B Violations:
- Parking without a Valid Permit Displayed;
- Displaying Fraudulent or Fictitious Permit; and
- Altering Parking Permit.
- Class C Violations (Moving Violations): Driving on Sidewalks, Walkways, Over Curbs, in Grass.
- Class D Violations:
- Parking in Disabled Space/Access;
- Parking in Loading Zone/Inner Campus without Authorization; and
- Parking in a Fire Lane.
Faculty, staff, and students will be issued citations for violations. Violations will be assessed a fine. The penalties and fines for violations will be listed on the TJC Police Department's website. As listed on each citation, the fine must be paid or an appeal filed within ten business days.
Students with outstanding and overdue traffic fines will be reported to the College District registrar's office. Fines must be paid in full as a condition of reentry into the College District or to register for future semesters.
Faculty and staff with outstanding and overdue traffic fines will be reported to human resources. As listed on each citation, the fine must be paid or an appeal filed within ten business days. Fines not paid will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
For any unpaid fine, a hold will be placed on the individual's account. For students, this hold will apply to any future transactions with the College District. For faculty and staff, in addition to the referral to human resources, ID badge and parking privileges will be suspended.
[Also see TJC Traffic, Parking, and Safety Regulations online]
Faculty/staff, students, and visitors may appeal their citations to the Traffic and Parking Citation Appeals committee.
The Traffic and Parking Citation Appeals committee is composed of six members, appointed by the Provost/Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs or designee. Two of the members are designated as senior members. In addition:
- The committee schedules meetings monthly as needed;
- In order to render a decision, there must be at least three committee members present, one of which must be a senior member;
- The committee will inform the individual making the appeal of its ruling within seven business days of the committee meeting;
- If the committee rules in favor of the individual, no further action by the individual is warranted; and
- If the committee rules against the individual, he or she must pay the designated fee at the cashier's office within ten business days from the date on the appeal notification letter.
At the beginning of the fall semester, the vice president of student affairs or designee appoints committee members for the academic year. Additional appointments may be made, when necessary, throughout the academic year.
The Traffic and Parking Citation Appeals committee will consist of the following:
- Three students;
- Three faculty/staff (two designated as senior committee members); and
- The vice president of student affairs or designee, who will serve as an ex officio member.
Administration of the Traffic and Parking Citation Appeals Committee
The committee will meet when there is a need to rule on an appeal. In order for the committee to meet, there must be at least three committee members present, one of which must be a senior member.
The request for an appeal must be submitted to TJC Police Department within ten business days after the citation was issued. If an appeal is not filed within this time period, the citation is deemed final. Appeal forms may be obtained from the TJC Police Department's website, the police substation, or main police department.
Court appearance citations are handled by the appropriate state or municipal court and not by the TJC Traffic and Parking Citation Appeals committee.
The decision of the Traffic and Parking Citation Appeals committee is final.
Removal or Booting of Vehicles from College District Property
The College District may have vehicles booted or removed from College District property, at the owners' expense, for the following reasons:
- Acquiring four or more parking violations;
- Parking without a permit;
- Parking on any sidewalk, lawn, or reserved areas;
- Violating any of the traffic and parking regulations;
- Failing to obey the verbal order of any TJC Police Department personnel;
- Abandoning a vehicle; and
- Vehicles booted longer than 48 hours.
The following definitions will apply:
- Parking Permit— Permit issued by the College District that authorizes parking on College District property.
- Faculty Parking— Parking lots that have a faculty only sign.
- Student Parking— Parking lots that have a student only sign.
- Resident Parking— Parking lots that have a resident only sign.