Introduction

  1. The operation and parking of a motor vehicle on campus is a privilege granted by the College.  Administrators of the vehicle regulations policy intend to communicate and apply the regulations consistently and fairly, and meet the parking needs of student, faculty and staff members.  Parking spaces at Presbyterian are limited.  The purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee that a parking space in a College parking lot will always be available.  The inability to locate an open space is not an excuse for violation of these parking regulations.
  2. The administration of all rules and regulations governing the operation of vehicles will be the responsibility of the Director of Campus Police, the Parking Appeals Committee, other committees coordinated by the Director of Campus Police, and those agents approved by the Director of Campus Police.
  3. Any request for changes, additions, or deletions to these regulations should be put in writing and addressed to the Director of Campus Police.  These requests will be considered by the Director and/or the appropriate committee.
  4. All moving and stationary vehicle laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations of the state of South Carolina and the city of Clinton together with adopted amendments, will be enforceable twenty-four hours daily.  Snow, rain, and other inclement weather conditions will not alter any of the provisions of these regulations.
  5. The owner/permit registrant assumes all responsibility for any damage to his/her vehicle while operated or parked on college property.
  6. Lack of familiarity with these regulations does not constitute a defense for failure to comply. It is the responsibility of the owner/permit registrant to assure the safe operation of their registered vehicle(s) in full compliance of these regulations.

General Instructions

  1. The speed limit on all campus roads is not to exceed 25 mph, and the speed limit in parking lots should not exceed 5 mph.
  2. Any vehicle that is improperly parked—blocking other vehicles, backing into parking spaces, parked on grass or sidewalks, obstructing fire lanes or other emergency access areas, parked in areas restricted by gates or chains, parking against the flow of traffic, etc.—is subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
  3. Any disabled vehicle that must be left overnight in an unauthorized spot must be reported to Campus Police. Notes left on windshields are not acceptable. Campus Police can be reached through the campus phone system by dialing 8301(during business hours) or 864.833.8911. Simply leave a message that your vehicle is disabled. You must provide your name, campus address, phone number where you can be reached in the event your vehicle must be moved, vehicle information (make, model, license plate) and the location of your vehicle.
  4. The College shall assume no responsibility for the care and/or protection of any vehicle or its contents at any time while it is operated or parked on Presbyterian College property. Thefts or damages should be reported to the Campus Police Department.
  5. Motor vehicle regulations are in effect throughout the year to include summer housing, conference times, all breaks, weekends and holidays. Vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas during these times.
  6. Unlicensed dirt bikes, mini bikes, etc. will not be registered or permitted on Presbyterian College property.
  7. Vehicles must be insured to satisfy state laws, and insurance information must be furnished to Presbyterian College Campus Police on request.

Registration of Vehicles

  1. All persons who shall regularly or occasionally drive, operate or control, park, or let stand, or otherwise use or maintain a motor vehicle of any type on the land or property of Presbyterian College are required to register the vehicle as soon as the vehicle is brought to campus. Register the vehicle online or come to the Campus Police Office for help and we can give you your decal. No decals will be mailed. All decals must be affixed to the left rear windshield of the vehicle or on motorcycles on the steering fork or below license tag. The cost of a parking decal is included in your student account. If you do not plan to have a vehicle on Campus this year, please come by the Campus Police Offices to sign a form to remove the $100 fee from your account.
  2. The registrant of the vehicle is responsible for all parking and traffic violations in which his/her vehicle is involved, regardless of who is operating the vehicle at the time of the violation. It is the responsibility of the registrant to advise all those who operate his/her vehicle on campus property of all college regulations.
  3. Visitors and guests wishing to park on Presbyterian College property must have a visitor pass on-line at: http://thepermitstore.com. Once approved, Visitor permits are to be printed and placed in the rear window with the date of expiration and approved parking lot clearly visible through the rear windshield.  It is the responsibility of the student or employee to inform his or her guest of all campus rules and regulations. Vehicles improperly parked along the road or on the grass or sidewalk will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Guests are subject to all college parking regulations. When visiting for more than a 3-hour period, Visitor registration of vehicle is required.  There is no fee.
  4. Handicap parking: In order to park in a designated handicap parking space, a permit issued by the state or by the Campus Police Department to the specific individual currently operating the vehicle must be displayed. In order to receive a handicap parking hang-tag you must provide Campus Police with a doctor’s statement. Any person in violation of this regulation will be issued a campus citation or a state ticket. This violation carries a $60 campus fine. The state fine is $700-$1000.
  5. Any student or employee who needs temporary special parking privileges must make his or her request on-line by signing in to his/her account at www.thepermitstore.com. Upon approval, the Temporary permit must be printed and placed in the rear windshield.

Traffic Violations and Parking

  1. Operating a motor vehicle on any campus land other than designated paved roadways and lots may result in the issuance of a Campus or State violation.
  2. Any vehicles left on campus during holiday weekends or breaks and overnight travel with a group should be parked in an area designated by Campus Police.
  3. The roadways that run in front of Harrington Peachtree and Jacobs and in front of Belk Auditorium and Edmunds Hall is a designated no parking zone.
  4. Parking is permitted within lined spaces and/or designated parking lots only.
  5. Limited period parking as designated is enforced from 7:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
  6. Handicap zones, fire zones, and yellow zones are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  7. It is the policy to keep the absolute minimum number of spaces which are to be reserved. Campus Police is the only office that can designate these spaces.
  8. College owned vehicles and Faculty/Staff are not given special privileges. The driver will be held responsible for penalties and fines.
  9. Motorcycles and Mopeds are not allowed to travel on sidewalks or grass on campus.
  10. Vehicles which remain in violation of Presbyterian College Regulations may be cited every 2 hours, as long as the vehicle remains in violation and may be towed from campus at the owner’s expense if the violation is not resolved. Vehicles parked in timed spaces may be cited every hour as long as the vehicle is in violation.
  11. Boats, campers, and utility trailers of any type are not permitted on college property or streets running next to Presbyterian College campus or property without a permit from Campus Police.
  12. Camper vans, trailers, etc., must register with Campus Police and display a permit to remain on campus after dark. Such vehicles are not permitted to stay in parking lots located near any resident dorm or activities building. Campus Police will assist you and designate a place for you to park.
  13. Abandoned vehicles will not be permitted on Presbyterian College property including college owned leased or rented apartments for longer than 72 hours.

Fines

  1. Group A fines are $30 and Group B fines are $60 per offense for students, faculty, and staff. If you pay the fine within three days, the fee will be reduced by one half.
  2. Group B ($60) fines are for Fire Zones and Handicap parking violations. Appeals for Handicap violations will be considered only from those who possess a state issued handicap placard or plate registered in their name or a temporary hang tag issued by Campus Police. Group A ($30) fines are all other tickets written.
  3. Vehicles without permits that accumulate three (3) or more tickets may have their vehicle booted or the vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense.

There are four methods of payment.

  • Credit cards may be used to pay online at www.ThePermitStore.com.
  • Checks may be used to pay online at www.ThePermitStore.com.
  • Payment may be mailed to the address on the envelope.
  • You may come to Campus Police to pay cash or have the ticket added to your student account.

Fines not paid within 30 days of the ticket date will be doubled and billed to the student’s tuition billing address. Appeals must be filed within 3 days of the date the ticket was issued or you forfeit the right to appeal.

Restriction of Privileges

The privilege to own and operate a vehicle on campus property may be revoked and the vehicle placed in permanent removal status by the Director of Campus Police or the Dean of Students due to continued disregard for motor vehicle regulations to include, but not limited to:

  • The accumulation of 5 or more violations during the academic year.
  • Flagrant violation of the regulations.
  • Reckless driving.
  • Driving while intoxicated.
  • Any violation or combination of violations that jeopardizes the safety of the college community.
  • Failure to purchase a permit.

Resident students will receive an email and written notification in their campus box, and non-resident students at their home address, if their privilege to park or operate a motor vehicle on campus property has been revoked.

Students who have been notified that their privilege to park or operate a vehicle on campus has been revoked must move their vehicle off-campus by the date indicated. If the vehicle is seen on any part of campus after the date indicated, the vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense and the student may be subject to further disciplinary action.

Towing

Any vehicle belonging to a student whose privilege to park or operate a motor vehicle on campus has been revoked will be towed immediately if seen on any part of campus.

Any vehicle parking on campus property that has received 3 or more tickets for parking without a valid permit will be placed on a tow list and is subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

Any student vehicle parked in the following areas may be towed without notice at the owner’s expense:

  • Blocking the entrance to a lot
  • Blocking access to a fire hydrant
  • Parked in a roadway or fire lane
  • Parked on the grass or sidewalk
  • Parked in an unauthorized area that prohibits the safe passage of other vehicles or prohibits the passage of emergency vehicles

Presbyterian College is not responsible for any damages incurred by towing, as an independent company does the towing.

Ticket Review Request

An appeal must be submitted within 3 days of the date the ticket was issued, after which time the ticket enters the billing process. The option to appeal is removed from the website after 3 days.

Any appeal from a person who does not have a valid permit will be rejected.

Appeals are to be made by visiting www.ThePermitStore.com, selecting the citations icon, and following the indicated procedure.

The appeals will be reviewed by a board consisting of students, faculty, and staff members and a response to the appeal will be e-mailed to the address listed in your iParq account as soon as possible.

Visitors who receive traffic violations while on campus may return violation notices to the Campus Police office during business hours prior to leaving campus. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special Events or Situations

In certain circumstances it may be necessary for College constituents to move their vehicles and/or vacate a parking lot (for example when curbs and parking lanes are painted, or during a campus event requiring other use of the lot). Campus Police and the Office of College Communications will provide as much advance notice as possible about these situations.  Failure to comply may result in a citation being issued or vehicle towing.