Policy STUA-PM-001

 

Responsible University Administrator:Vice President for Finance and Administration
Responsible Officer:Director of Parking Management
Origination Date:N/A
Current Revision Date:07/13/17
Next Review Date:07/13/18
End of Policy Date:N/A
Policy Number:STUA-PM-001
Status:Effective

 

TRAFFIC AND PARKING REGULATIONS

(2017-2018)

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Policy Statement


The University of Southern Mississippi reserves the right to regulate the use of all vehicles on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses and at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), including the Halstead Road and Cedar Point locations, and to forbid the use of a vehicle by any person not complying with the regulations on its campuses or teaching/research sites under applicable Mississippi law and policies of the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning. The University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Parking Management (DPM) is responsible for implementing and enforcing the parking regulations. Except where indicated, all regulations contained herein are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (Miss. Code Ann. § 37-105-3).

 


Reason for Policy/Purpose


This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding traffic and parking regulations.  

 


Who Needs to Know This Policy


All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.  

 


Website Address for this Policy


usm.edu/institutional-policies/policy-stua-pm-001

 


Definitions


 

  

Policy/Procedures


Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 105, Section 37-105-1 and Section 37-105-3, Mississippi Code of 1972, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning hereby enacts the rules and regulations for vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles on the grounds of The University of Southern Mississippi campuses.

1.          GENERAL INFORMATION

1.1.     The University of Southern Mississippi reserves the right to regulate the use of all vehicles on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses and at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), including the Halstead Road and Cedar Point locations, and to forbid the use of a vehicle by any person not complying with the regulations on its campuses or teaching/research sites under applicable Mississippi law and policies of the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning. The University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Parking Management (DPM) is responsible for implementing and enforcing the parking regulations. Except where indicated, all regulations contained herein are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (Miss. Code Ann. § 37-105-3).

1.2.     The University utilizes a license plate recognition (LPR) system on all University-owned and controlled properties. Physical permits are no longer issued. License plates are used to verify that a vehicle can park at a particular location on University property. Faculty, staff and students are allowed to have two vehicles registered to each virtual permit. However, only one vehicle per permit is allowed to park on a University property at any given time. If a permit holder uses a substitute vehicle not registered on the permit, one of the vehicles on the permit must be removed to allow the substitution of the additional vehicle on the parking permit.

1.3.     Virtual Parking Permit (parking permit number) is an electronic authorization for an individual to park a vehicle on a University campus or teaching/research site in a specified parking zone.

1.4.     E-citation (citation) is an electronic citation via email (with the exception of non-registered vehicles). Non-registered vehicles will receive a notice on the windshield indicating a citation has been issued.

1.5.     Parking registration and the purchase of a virtual parking permit is an individual responsibility. Parking permit numbers are issued to individuals, and ownership is nontransferable. By purchasing a permit number, the permit holder agrees to abide by these rules and regulations.

1.6.     The University assumes no liability for damages, including flood damage or loss to any vehicle or vehicle contents while parked or in operation on any University property. The University does not guarantee a parking space, nor does registering for a permit guarantee a parking space. Campus parking spaces are zoned, and eligibility to park in a particular parking zone is determined by the permit type.

2.          VISITORS

2.1.     Visitors are always welcome to The University of Southern Mississippi campuses and teaching/research sites but must obtain a visitor’s pass before parking.

2.2.     A visitor is any person, other than a student, faculty, staff member or contract employee, who parks a vehicle on a campus on infrequent occasions. Visitors must obtain a visitor pass, complete a visitor card, and park in a legal parking space. Visitors who park frequently on University campuses or teaching/research sites must register for a parking permit number and are subject to all regulations herein.

2.3.     Visitors are required to stop at the following locations or register online at usm.edu/parking for a visitor parking pass (See vehicle registration Section 10, subsection 10.17.).

 

2.3.1.  Hattiesburg Campus: Visit the Information Booth on East Memorial Drive (front entrance of campus) or the Department of Parking Management in McLemore Hall, first floor. Visitors must show a valid driver's license to obtain a visitor pass.

2.3.2.  Gulf Park Campus: Visit the University Police Department (back of campus on Bear Point Drive). Visitors must show a valid driver's license to obtain a visitor pass.

2.3.3.  GCRL (Halstead Road and Cedar Point locations): Visit the Business and Financial Affairs Office in the Oceanography Building (on Halstead Road). Visitors must show a valid driver's license to obtain a visitor pass.

3.          RESERVED PARKING

3.1.     The University may reserve parking spaces as necessary for handicapped persons, visitors and Eagle Club members.

3.2.     Parking Management will reserve spaces for Eagle Club members prior to and during home football and basketball games. Unauthorized vehicles parked in these designated reserved areas will be cited and towed at the owner’s expense.

 

4.          HANDICAPPED PARKING

 

4.1.     University faculty, staff and students who operate motor vehicles on University-owned and controlled property with permanent or temporary disabilities are required to properly display a federal or state-sanctioned handicapped placard or license plate, register the vehicle, and purchase a Southern Miss handicapped parking permit number. Southern Miss handicapped parking permits may be obtained by registering online at usm.edu/parking and scanning/uploading a copy of the registrant’s federal or state-issued handicapped placard (scan of both sides REQUIRED) or license plate registration. In addition, a copy of the registrant’s Southern Miss ID must be provided. Registration and submission of this documentation may also be completed in person at the following locations:

4.1.1.    Hattiesburg Campus:  Department of Parking Management: McLemore Hall, First Floor

4.1.2.    Gulf Park Campus: Business Services: Hardy Hall 231

4.1.3.    GCRL: Office of Business and Financial Affairs, Oceanography Building (Halstead Road)

4.2.     For complete information, see vehicle registration Section 10, subsection 10.3, 10.17; zone designations Section 11, subsection 11.9; and penalties Section 15, subsection 15.9.

4.3.     For further information regarding services for individuals with disabilities on all campuses or teaching/research sites, call the Office for Disability Accommodations at 601.266.5024 or 228.214.3232, or visit usm.edu/oda. Individuals with hearing impairments can use Mississippi Relay Service at 1.800.582.2233 (TTY) to contact campus offices.

 

5.          TOWING/BOOTING

5.1.     The University is authorized to boot, tow or impound, at the owner’s expense, any vehicle that has been issued four or more parking citations in an academic year (paid or unpaid).

5.2.     Booting or towing a vehicle is also authorized in the following cases:

5.2.1.    A vehicle is issued two or more parking citations for a non-registered vehicle (failing to register and purchase a DPM parking permit number);

5.2.2.    A vehicle is inoperable or appears to be abandoned;

5.2.3.    A vehicle is obstructing traffic;

5.2.4.    A vehicle is parked in a fire lane or near a fire hydrant;

5.2.5.    A vehicle is parked illegally in a reserved parking space or lot or visitor parking;

5.2.6.    A vehicle is parked illegally in a handicap/handicapped curb cut (wheelchair ramp) space;

5.2.7.    A vehicle has an expired or falsified/altered federal or state-issued handicapped placard;

5.2.8.    A vehicle has a falsified/altered visitor or special event parking pass;

5.2.9.    A vehicle is parked in a No Parking - Tow Away area;

5.2.10.  A vehicle is parked in a Service area without the required DPM permit number; or

5.2.11.  A vehicle is parked on sidewalk/grounds.

5.2.12.  For penalties, see Section 15, subsections 15.2, 15.3, 15.5 and 15.9.

 

6.          POLICY GOVERNING USE AND OPERATION OF NONCONVENTIONAL MODES OF TRANSPORTATION

6.1.     PURPOSE: The purpose of this policy is to establish operational guidelines for the use and operation of nonconventional modes of transportation on the campuses and teaching/research sites of The University of Southern Mississippi and to establish equipment needs, both required and optional, regarding these modes of transportation.

6.2.     POLICY

6.2.1.    A nonconventional mode of transportation is defined as any motorized vehicle, gas or electric-powered, that is used to transport people, equipment or other goods. Examples include, but are not limited to, golf carts, ATVs, UTVs, side-by-sides, lawn mowers, etc.

6.2.2.    These nonconventional modes of transportation will be operated in accordance with the “Rules of the Road” used by conventional modes of transportation.

6.2.3.    Operators will not use sidewalks as transportation routes. Sidewalks can only be utilized when a destination has been reached to accommodate delivery of goods or services, drop-off and pickup, or when job description/equipment allows for use in grass/sidewalk or for parking.

6.2.4.    When parking, operators should utilize areas that will not impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Operators are not to park in designated parking spaces, in a roadway, or in any tow-away zone.

6.2.5.    Operation will be in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications, and there will be no modification to manufacturer’s safety equipment, e.g., speed governors, etc.

6.2.6.    All equipment on nonconventional modes of transportation will be maintained in good working order.

6.2.7.    Nonconventional modes of transportation will be properly marked with department/division name and unit number assigned by Motor Pool, which shall be visible from a minimum distance of 25 feet.

6.2.8.    The following equipment will be utilized on all nonconventional modes of transportation depending on time and purpose of use (required or optional):

6.2.8.1.    windshield (required for golf carts, optional on all others)

6.2.8.2.    flashing yellow caution light affixed to top or above roof (required)

6.2.8.3.    rearview mirror (required)

6.2.8.4.    headlights and rear lights/reflectors (optional for daytime use only, required for nighttime operation)

6.2.8.5.    reflective triangular placard for off-road equipment (required)

6.2.8.6.    horn (optional)

6.2.8.7.    weather enclosure (optional)

6.2.9.    Operators of nonconventional modes of transportation shall be limited to personnel who have a valid driver’s license.

6.2.10.  Vehicles shall not exceed the load limit capacity of the cart manufacturer’s specifications.

6.2.11.  Driver and passenger(s) are to remain seated while moving and keep hands and feet inside at all times.

6.2.12.  When reversing, operators should look behind the vehicle before commencing operation.

6.2.13.  When leaving the vehicle unattended, the operator shall remove the key and set the parking brake.

6.2.14.  The vehicle must be completely stopped before entering or exiting.

 

6.3.     PROCEDURE

6.3.1.    All current employees and new hires, whose job descriptions allow or require the use of nonconventional modes of transportation, will submit information to the University Police Department for a driver’s license check for validation. Employees will read and sign an acknowledgment of understanding this policy regarding the use of nonconventional modes of transportation.

6.3.2.    Notice of violations of this policy will be forwarded to the appropriate college dean or department director with whom the nonconventional mode of transportation is assigned. All disciplinary action will be handled in accordance with The University of Southern Mississippi disciplinary policy.

 

7.          BICYCLE AND MOTORCYCLE POLICY

7.1.     Regulations have been established to provide for the orderly movement and parking of bicycles and motorcycles on campuses and teaching/research sites. In using bicycles or motorcycles on campus, the rights and safety of others should be considered at all times.

7.2.     Bicycles and motorcycles shall follow state and local regulations governing movement and operation.

7.3.     Bicycle and motorcycle riders are subject to the same rules and regulations as motor vehicle operators and should ride on the right-hand side of the street, obey all traffic signals and signs, and give proper hand or mechanical turn or stop signals.

7.4.     Operating any vehicle, motorcycle, motorbike or bicycle during hours of darkness without proper headlights, tail lights or reflectors is forbidden.

7.5.     All operators and passengers of motorcycles, motorbikes or similar types of cycles are required to wear helmets while the vehicle is in operation.

7.6.     All operators of any type of motor vehicle or bicycle shall yield right-of-way to emergency vehicles and pedestrians.

7.7.     Bicycles and motorcycles will be parked and secured to bicycle/motorcycle racks/pads only (applies only to Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses at this time).

7.8.     Neither bicycles nor motorcycles may be operated, secured, chained or parked inside buildings, near doorways or entrances to buildings, on sidewalks, handicap ramps, handrails, light poles, fence/sign posts, stairwells, shrubs, trees, lawns, in pedestrian paths, in any location impeding pedestrian and vehicular movement, or in such a way as to create a hazard.

7.9.     Abandoned bicycles or motorcycles will be picked up and impounded at regular intervals. A bicycle or motorcycle may be considered abandoned if it is not moved or relocated within 30 days or is not in an operable condition.

7.10.   The University assumes no responsibility for the care and protection of any bicycle or motorcycle or attached accessories or contents at any time the bicycle or motorcycle is operated or parked on a University property.

7.11.   Failure to comply with these rules and regulations will result in impoundment of the bicycle or motorcycle, fines and towing. Neither the University nor its representatives will be held liable for any damage that occurs during removal or impoundment procedures. Bicycles will be removed or impounded by the University Police Department and assessed a $25 fine. Motorcycles will be towed by the Department of Parking Management and assessed a $100 fine.

7.12.   Motorcycles may be claimed with proof of ownership at the Department of Parking Management, and bicycles may be claimed with proof of ownership by contacting the University Police Department during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., all motorcycles/bicycles must be claimed at the University Police Department with proof of ownership. After 60 days, unclaimed bicycles may be disposed of or auctioned off.

7.13.   The University Police Department does offer summer bicycle storage. For more information, contact UPD at 601.266.4986.

7.14.   Bicycle/Motorcycle Permit Cost

7.14.1.     Permit Cost - $20 per academic year

7.14.2.     Permit Cost - $50 non-expiring

7.15.   Bicycles and motorcycles operated or parked on a campus or teaching/research site must have a current permit number.

7.16.   To register a bicycle, registrant must have its serial number. This may be found in several places on bikes, depending on the make and model. The most common locations for bike serial numbers are under the seat or the pedals. Be sure to know the make, model, color and style (male or female) of the bicycle.

7.17.   Motorcycle registration will follow the same process as vehicle registration. Make, model, color and tag number will be required.

 

8.          REVOCATION OF PARKING PRIVILEGES:

The University considers parking a privilege that may be revoked temporarily or permanently for justifiable reasons. Notice will be given to individuals whose privileges have been revoked. Written notice will be sent to the individual’s address of record with the University. A violation of a notice of revocation by continuing to park on a University property will result in immediate booting or towing.

 

9.          DEFINITIONS

9.1.     PARKING PERMIT is an electronic authorization for an individual to park a vehicle on a University campus or teaching/research site in a specified parking zone. Physical permits are no longer issued; registrants will be issued a parking permit number only. Unless otherwise indicated, parking permit numbers will be valid for one year and will expire August 15 of each academic year.

9.2.     PARKING PASS is a written authorization for an individual to park a vehicle on a University campus or teaching/research site in a specific parking zone. Parking passes include visitor passes and special event parking passes.

9.3.     FACULTY MEMBER is anyone who is employed full-time or part-time by The University of Southern Mississippi, whether under contract or not, for the purpose of teaching or instructing students or anyone working on our campuses or teaching/research sites in a faculty capacity. This does not include graduate teaching assistants, graduate research assistants or graduate fellowship students.

9.4.     STAFF MEMBER is anyone who is employed full-time, part-time or temporarily by the University to perform services other than instructing students.

9.5.     STUDENT is anyone, other than a faculty or staff member, who is enrolled at the University for the purpose of receiving instruction.

9.6.     RETIRED FACULTY/STAFF is anyone who retires from the University.

9.7.     MOTOR VEHICLE is any automobile, truck, motorcycle or motorbike.

9.8.     VEHICLES are all motorized devices used for transporting people and materials, including, but not limited to, cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.

9.9.     VISITOR is any person, other than a student, faculty, staff member or contract employee who parks a vehicle on a campus or teaching/research site on infrequent occasions. Visitors must obtain a visitor pass and park in a legal parking space. Visitors who park frequently on a campus or teaching/research site must register for a parking permit number and are subject to all regulations herein.

9.10.   PROPER DISPLAY of a parking pass (visitor and special event) is the driver’s responsibility. Once a parking pass is issued, it shall be displayed in accordance with the instructions printed on the pass. (See vehicle registration Section 10, subsection 10.4.)

9.11.   BOOT, also referred to as an “automobile immobilizer,” is a mechanical device that can be affixed to any wheel on a motor vehicle for the purpose of temporarily immobilizing the vehicle.

9.12.   TOW is to pull or haul a motor vehicle.

9.13.   METERED PARKING is limited-time parking that is regulated by a parking meter. A valid   parking permit number/pass is required, if meter is covered.

9.14.   BICYCLE is a light, two-wheeled/three-wheeled vehicle with a steering handle, saddle and pedals.

9.15.   MOTORCYCLE is a two-wheeled/three-wheeled motorized vehicle.

9.16.   LICENSE PLATE RECOGNITION (LPR) SYSTEM utilizes license plate recognition hardware/software to assist with parking management/enforcement and access control.  Data collected is based on day/time/location. The use of data, data retention, and access to records are detailed in the privacy policy, found at the Department of Parking Management’s website.

9.17.   NON-REGISTERED VEHICLE is a vehicle for which a valid parking permit number has not been purchased through the registration process.

 

10.       VEHICLE REGISTRATION

10.1.   Faculty, staff and students are required to register a vehicle online at usm.edu/parking and purchase a parking permit number.

10.2.   Faculty, staff, students, contract employees and contractors/vendors who operate a motor vehicle on University-owned or controlled property, regularly or occasionally, will be required to register a vehicle and purchase a parking permit number.

10.3.   Faculty, staff and students who operate motor vehicles on University-owned or controlled property with permanent or temporary disabilities are required to properly display a federal or state-sanctioned handicapped placard or license plate, register the vehicle, and purchase a Southern Miss handicapped parking permit number. Southern Miss handicapped parking permit numbers may be obtained by registering online at usm.edu/parking and scanning/uploading a copy of the registrant’s federal or state-issued handicapped placard (scan of both sides REQUIRED) or license plate registration. In addition, a copy of the registrant’s Southern Miss ID is required.

10.4.   Visitors must obtain and display a visitor pass. All visitors must show a valid driver’s license to obtain a visitor pass.

10.5.   Faculty, staff and students are allowed to have two vehicles registered to each virtual permit. However, only one vehicle per permit is allowed to park on a University property at any given time. If a permit holder uses a substitute vehicle not registered on the permit, one of the vehicles on the permit must be removed to allow the substitution of the additional vehicle on the parking permit.

10.6.   Only parking permit numbers issued by The University of Southern Mississippi Parking Management will be honored.

10.7.   Regular or temporary faculty and staff, full-time or part-time, will be eligible for faculty/staff parking permits and will be issued only one parking permit number. Faculty and staff may pay through payroll deduction.

10.8.   Dependents, such as students, spouses and student office staff employees are not authorized to use faculty/staff parking permit numbers.

10.9.   Students who are full-time or part-time will be issued one parking permit number.

10.10. Faculty, staff and students who have been terminated/withdrawn from the University will be reimbursed the full cost of the parking registration fee only if requested within 30 days of the issue date.

10.11.  The University will reimburse faculty, staff and students for up to 30 days for any billing errors that may have occurred.

10.12.  Those in violation of parking regulations will be issued an electronic citation via email (with the exception of non-registered vehicles) (See definitions Section 9, subsection 9.17). Non-registered vehicles will receive a notice on the windshield to indicate a citation has been issued and given further instructions on how to make payment. Citation payments can be processed online at usm.edu/parking. (See penalties Section 15, subparagraph 15.9).

10.13.  Citations issued with a permit number will be charged to the person to whom the original permit number was issued. Citations issued to a vehicle will be charged to the driver/owner.

10.14.  Any person falsifying a federal or state-issued handicapped placard or a visitor or special event parking pass will be subject to towing, and parking privileges will be revoked. (See penalties Section 15, subsections 15.2 and 15.3).

10.15.  All contractors and vendors are required to register and purchase a parking permit number for their employees’ privately owned vehicles if an employee is parking on a campus or teaching/research site. This requirement does not apply to company-owned vehicles (vehicle must display company logo). Companies shall submit a letter requesting the number of parking permit numbers needed via email to parking@usm.edu or by uploading the letter to the registration form at usm.edu/parking. Parking permit numbers will be issued to the individual. Contractor/vendor employees who bring privately owned vehicles to a campus or teaching/research site are expected to abide by and follow the University parking regulations. (See General Information and Section 10, subsection 10.17).

10.16.  Contract employees (i.e., Aramark, Barnes and Noble) will be issued one permit number, which must be paid for at the time of registration. These employees will be responsible for their fines. Failure to pay fines could result in vehicle immobilization or towing.

10.17.  The cost of the parking permit number is listed below. Student costs are fixed while employee parking permit number fees are based on an employee’s salary at the time of purchase.

 

Registration fees for parking permit numbers are as follows:

Regular Parking Permits

Hattiesburg

Gulf Park/GCRL

Students and Handicap

$162

$75

Faculty/Staff > $24K

$162*

$75*

Faculty/Staff < $24K

$75*

$75*

Reserved

$414

$175

Contractor/Vendor

$75

$75

Retired Faculty/Staff

$75

$75

Bicycles/Motorcycles (per academic year)

$20

$20

Bicycles/Motorcycles (non-expiring)

$50

$50

Exchange

$20

$20

 

 

 

Semester Permits

Hattiesburg

Gulf Park/GCRL

Fall

$90

$45

Spring

$90

$45

Summer

$25

$25

 

 

 

Visitor Passes (online only)

Hattiesburg

Gulf Park/GCRL

Visitor Pass (per day/per vehicle)

$2

$2

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Employees who begin employment on or after January 1 will pay a reduced annual rate.

 

For employees, one regular parking registration fee can be treated as a pre-tax payroll deduction, lowering taxable income. Additional permit numbers will be after-tax deductions. For regular permit numbers purchased during the open registration period (month of August), the annual parking fee can be payroll-deducted over a nine-month period. For any purchases after the open registration period, the payroll deduction period will be prorated based on purchase date. After 10 working days from the beginning of each semester, Southern Miss will charge a $5 late fee for vehicle registration, with the exception of newly hired employees. The late fee is due at time of purchase.

 

10.18.  Upon termination of employment, faculty/staff must pay all outstanding fines before out-processing from the University.

10.19.  Any faculty, staff or student who changes place of residence or employment status must obtain the appropriate parking permit number within two working days by contacting the Department of Parking Management for exchange.

10.20.  Any faculty, staff or student who sells, trades or totals a vehicle must notify the Department of Parking Management. Drivers of totaled vehicles must provide documentation from an insurance company. If a new vehicle will be operated on University-owned and controlled property, this vehicle must be registered with DPM.

10.21.  Any faculty, staff or student who sells or gives a vehicle to another faculty, staff or student must provide proper documentation to DPM to show exchange of ownership.

10.22.  Any retired faculty/staff who desire regular access to a campus or teaching/research site must register for a retiree parking permit number.

 

11.       ZONE DESIGNATIONS

11.1.    COMMUTER ZONE: Commuter zones are indicated by signage.

11.2.    RESIDENT ZONE: Resident zones are indicated by signage.

11.3.    FACULTY/STAFF: Vehicles registered as faculty/staff may park in faculty/staff, commuter and open zones. Faculty/staff zones are indicated by signage or parking spaces outlined in lime green.

11.4.    LUCAS RESERVE: Lucas Reserve lot

11.5.    POLYMER RESERVE: Polymer Reserve lot

11.6.    RESERVE SPACE: Reserve parking by permit number only

11.7.    VILLAGE: Village parking is indicated by signage.

11.8.    FRATERNITY: Fraternity parking is indicated by signage.

11.9.    HANDICAP: Handicap parking is limited to those who have been authorized to display, and who properly display, a federal or state-issued handicapped placard or license plate on his/her vehicle, and  have registered the vehicle and purchased a Southern Miss parking permit number. Handicap parking is available in areas designated commuter, resident, faculty/staff, open, handicap and meter parking, provided the meter fee is paid. Handicap parking is indicated by signage, and parking spaces are outlined in blue.

11.10.  OPEN ZONE: This zone is to be used only by vehicles properly registered for a current DPM parking permit number (includes parking garage). Open zones are indicated by signage.

11.11.  BICYCLE/MOTORCYCLE PADS: Parking for bicycles/motorcycles registered for a current DPM parking permit number (Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses only at this time)

11.12.  SERVICE AREAS: Limited to marked University vehicles, off-campus delivery vehicles, contractor/vendor vehicles registered for current parking permit numbers, and vehicles registered for temporary loading/unloading permit numbers. Service areas are indicated by yellow curbing and striping.

11.13.  NO PARKING-TOW AWAY AREAS: These areas are spaces where vehicles are not allowed to park. No parking-tow away areas are indicated with yellow curbing and striping.

11.14.  FIRE LANE: Designated for fire trucks and other firefighting or emergency equipment to use, travel upon and/or park, fire lanes are indicated by red curbing and striping.

11.15.  VISITOR PARKING: These areas are designated for any person other than a student, faculty, staff, contractors/vendors or contract employees (i.e., Aramark, Barnes and Noble, etc.). Visitors must obtain a visitor pass. (See Section 2, Visitors).

11.16.  MANDATORY TOW AREAS: Includes service areas, fire lanes, fire hydrants, handicapped parking, handicapped curb cuts, reserved parking, which includes spaces, lots and visitor parking, sidewalks/grounds, no parking tow-away areas and obstructing traffic, which will be enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week

 

12.       PARKING REGULATIONS

12.1.    Hattiesburg - Parking zone restrictions will be enforced from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. From 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 a.m., parking zone restrictions will not be enforced provided the vehicle has a valid parking permit number, Monday through Friday and on Saturdays, when Saturday is a designated class day. All other parking/pass violations will be enforced at all times.

Gulf Park and GCRL - Parking zone restrictions will be enforced from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday and on Saturdays, when Saturday is a designated class day.

12.2.    Mandatory Tow Areas: Service areas, fire lanes, fire hydrants, handicapped parking, handicapped curb cuts, reserved parking, which includes spaces, lots and visitor parking, sidewalks/grounds, no parking tow-away areas and obstructing traffic, will be enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

12.3.    Vehicles should only be parked in areas designated and marked as parking areas in such a manner, at such places, and for such time as indicated herein and on signs. Signs supersede these written regulations.

12.4.    No vehicle shall park in any area on a campus in excess of posted time limits.

12.5.    No vehicle shall be parked on or outside visibly marked parking lanes.

12.6.    No vehicle shall be parked facing the flow of traffic.

12.7.    Metered parking will be available to everyone without restriction, provided the meter fee is paid. A valid parking permit number/pass is required, if meter is covered.

12.8.    University vehicles are not permitted to park in handicapped spaces, curb cuts, fire lanes, near fire hydrants, no parking tow-away areas, visitor parking, reserved spaces/lots or metered parking.

 

13.       DRIVING RULES AND REGULATIONS

In addition to the traffic laws of the state of Mississippi, the following University regulations are enforced by the University Police Department. A citation issued for a traffic violation will include a $75 fine, with the exception of a smoking violation, which will carry a $50 fine, and a noise violation, which will carry a $100 fine.

 

13.1.    Stop Signs: A vehicle shall come to a complete halt at stop signs and remain stationary until it is safe to proceed.

13.2.    Reckless Endangerment: No vehicle shall be operated in any manner that endangers the life or safety of the driver, passengers, pedestrians or others.

13.3.    Speed Limit: The maximum speed limit is 20 miles per hour, except in areas with lower limits posted.

13.4.    Yield: Vehicles will yield to other vehicles having right-of-way.

13.5.    Directing Traffic: Vehicle operators must obey the lawful directions of a University Police officer.

13.6.    One-Way Streets: Vehicles will be operated only in the direction indicated by one-way signs, unless directed to do otherwise by a University Police officer.

13.7.    Driving Areas: Vehicles will be driven only on streets designated for that purpose.

13.8.    Driving and parking is not permitted on areas designated for pedestrians or on lawn areas, unless directed to do so by a University Police officer.

13.9.    Barricades: Vehicles will observe barricade instructions, unless directed otherwise by a University Police officer.

13.10.  Pedestrian Crosswalks: Vehicles will yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks.

13.11.  Bicycle Traffic: Vehicle operators will share the roadways with bicycle operators and respect their rights to roadway access.

13.12.  Noise: Vehicle operators will observe the University’s noise ordinance. The use of public address systems will be by permit only.

13.13.  U-turns: U-turns are not permitted on University streets unless directed by a University Police officer.

13.14.  Transportation Means: Skates, skateboards and in-line skates may be used on a campus as a means of transportation. They will not be operated on streets, except while crossing. They will not be operated in a careless, dangerous or reckless manner.

13.15.  Bicycle Operators: Bicycles will be operated on streets (when available) moving in the same direction as the flow of vehicular traffic. Obey the rules of the road for bicycles. When only pedestrian areas are available, proceed slowly, yielding to pedestrians.

13.16.  Small Vehicles: Vehicle operators will exercise caution when encountering small vehicles on University streets. Small vehicle operators will exercise caution and yield to golf carts and pedestrians when on and off streets.

13.17.  No Smoking in University Vehicles: This includes any automobile, truck, van, bus or golf cart owned or leased by the University. To view designated smoking areas, go to usm.edu/student-health-services/smoking-policy.

13.18.  Hoverboard: To view the hoverboard policy, visit usm.edu/institutional-policies/policy-pres-pr-002.

 

14.       HEARING AND APPEALS PROCEDURE

14.1.    An individual who receives a parking or traffic citation is required to submit all appeals online at usm.edu/parking. If you have a problem, call DPM at 601.266.4943.

14.2.    The following reasons are NOT acceptable grounds for dismissing a parking or traffic citation:

14.2.1.     Ignorance of regulation

14.2.2.     Inability to find a legal parking space

14.2.3.     No space available

14.2.4.     Inclement weather

14.2.5.     Late for class

14.2.6.     Improperly displayed a federal or state-issued handicapped placard or visitor/special event parking pass

14.2.7.     Failure to register a vehicle and purchase a parking permit number

14.3.    Requests for an appeal must be made within five calendar days of issuance of the citation. The time and place of the hearing will be provided via email by the appeal clerk with the Department of Parking Management. The board(s) may make a decision based upon the written request with or without the presence of the alleged violator.

Hattiesburg Campus: Students shall have a hearing before a student judicial board. Student hearings will be held weekly during fall and spring semesters. During the summer semester, student hearings will be held once a month. Faculty and staff members shall have a hearing before a staff board. Faculty and staff hearings will be held each month that school is in session full-time. The ruling of the board(s) may be appealed to the Parking Management Committee in writing within five calendar days from the decision of the board(s). The decision from the Parking Management Committee is final.

Gulf Park Campus: Faculty, staff and student hearings will be heard by the Parking Management Committee once a month. The decision from the Parking Management Committee is final.

GCRL: Faculty, staff and student hearings will be heard by the School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) associate director once a month. The decision from the SOST associate director is final.

14.4.    A person requesting a hearing may be present at his or her parking violation hearing and may present information as permitted by the board(s) regarding the citation:

14.4.1.     Parking violations “Request for Hearing” cases where the alleged violator wishes to be present are decided by the board(s) at the hearing.

14.4.2.     A diagram or other pertinent information describing details concerning the citation may be submitted to the Department of Parking Management office.

14.4.3.     Citations are considered pending during the parking violation hearing process. (See penalties, Section 15, subparagraph 15.5)

14.4.4.     The board(s) will hear the matter and render a decision. The board(s) (1) may find that a parking violation occurred and impose the appropriate penalty; (2) find that no parking violation occurred and dismiss the citation; or (3) suspend half or all of the fine imposed as a result of a finding of fact in the hearing.

14.4.5.     The decision of the board(s) is transmitted to the alleged violator at the address supplied online.

14.4.6.     The dean of students reviews appeals on all boots, tows and University Police Department citations. The decision of the dean of students is final.

 

15.       PENALTIES

15.1.    All parking violations carry an administrative penalty of $25, $50, $100 or $200. (See penalties Section 15, subparagraph 15.9).

15.2.    Any person falsifying a federal or state-issued handicapped placard or altering a visitor/special event parking pass will be subject to a $100 penalty; students will also be referred to the Dean of Students Office for disciplinary action.

15.3.    Any University employee or student who allows the use of a reported lost/stolen parking pass will be subject to a $100 penalty.

15.4.    After 10 working days from the beginning of each semester, with the exception of the summer semester, the University will charge a $5 late fee for vehicle registration.

15.5.    Violators who have a vehicle booted will be assessed a $75 boot fee. Violators who have a vehicle towed will be assessed a $100 tow fee. Violators who have a motorcycle towed will be assessed a $100 tow fee. Violators who have a bicycle cut removal or impoundment will be assessed a $25 fee. In addition, a $10 per day storage fee will be assessed while the vehicle is in storage. For any vehicle that has been booted or towed, the individual is required to pay the entire account in full before the vehicle is released. Faculty, staff and students are not allowed to charge to their student accounts or use payroll deduction. The method of payment will be cash, online, VISA or MasterCard. NO CHECKS will be accepted.

15.6.    The unauthorized removal of a boot or vehicle from the impound yard will subject the registered owner/driver to a $100 penalty, plus restoration for any damage to DPM property and, for students, referral to the Dean of Students Office for disciplinary action.

15.7.    Outstanding parking citations or traffic citations can be paid online at usm.edu/parking or at the following locations:

15.7.1. Hattiesburg Campus: Boots, tows and storage fees will be paid at the Department of Parking Management, McLemore Hall, first floor, during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. After normal business hours, these fees will be paid at the University Police Department in Bond Hall (first floor, west end lobby). It is the responsibility of the student, faculty or staff member to make sure all fines are paid at the end of each semester.

15.7.2. Gulf Park Campus: Boots, tows and storage fees can be paid at the University Police Department (Bear Point Drive) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is the responsibility of the student, faculty or staff member to make sure all fines are paid at the end of each semester.

15.7.3. GCRL: Boots, tows and storage fees are to be paid online at usm.edu/parking or by contacting the University Police Department at 601.266.4986. It is the responsibility of the student, faculty or staff member to make sure all fines are paid at the end of each semester.

15.8.    Faculty and staff who do not pay outstanding penalties will have such penalties withheld from their pay.

15.9.    Penalties:

 

Unauthorized removal of a boot or vehicle from the impound lot

$100

Displaying altered/falsified parking pass

$100

Boot

$75

Tow

$100

Bicycle cut removal or impoundment 

$25

Handicapped parking

$200

Curb cut (handicapped ramp)

$100

Fire lane violation

$100

Blocking fire hydrant

$100

Parking on sidewalks/grounds

$50

Service area

$50

Non-registered vehicles

$100

Obstructing traffic

$50

No Parking area

$50

Reserved parking

$50

False/inaccurate information

$50

Expired vehicle registration or pass

$25

Facing flow of traffic

$25

Improper display of parking pass

$25

Overtime meter parking

$25

Wrong zone

$25

Storage fees

$10 per day

Warning citation

$0

 


15.10.      Warning Citation: Warning citations will be issued in the first 10 working days of the academic year for non-registered vehicles on the first violation only; no other warning citations will be issued.

 

16.       ENACTMENT AND PUBLICATION

16.1.     The Rules and Regulations herein promulgated shall become effective only after notice of enactment of the same has been published in three consecutive issues of the University newspaper and in a newspaper having a general circulation in the county and municipality where a University of Southern Mississippi campus or teaching/research site is located. Such notice shall state where the full text of such rules and regulations may be found on file. In addition, such rules and regulations shall be posted on five bulletin boards at the campuses/sites of the University for a period of four weeks after their promulgation. (Miss. Code Ann. § 37-105-3).

16.2.     These rules and regulations are enacted by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, state of Mississippi, and effective from and after Aug. 15, 2017.


 


Review


The Director of Parking Management is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review). 

 


Forms/Instructions


N/A 

 


Appendices


N/A 

 


Related Information


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History


Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes

Updated yearly.

02/22/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.

08/08/13: Updated for the 2013-14 year.

07/09/14: Updated for the 2014-15 year. 

07/15/15: Updated for the 2015-16 year. 

08/12/16: Updated for the 2016-17 year.

07/13/17: Updated for the 2017-18 year.