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:08/12/16
Next Review Date:08/12/17
End of Policy Date:N/A
Policy Number:STUA-PM-001
Status:Effective

 

GENERAL TRAFFIC AND PARKING REGULATIONS

(2016-2017)

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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 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.

GENERAL INFORMATION

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 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)

                                                                                                                                            

The University has implemented a license plate recognition (LPR) system and switched to a virtual permit parking system on all University-controlled properties. Physical permits will no longer be issued. License plates will be used to verify that a vehicle can park on campus. Students, faculty and staff are allowed to have two vehicles assigned to their virtual permit.

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.

ECitation (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.

Parking registration is an individual responsibility. Parking permit numbers are issued to individuals, and ownership is nontransferable. By obtaining a permit number, the permit holder agrees to become familiar with and abide by the rules and regulations.

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

VISITORS

Visitors are always welcome to The University of Southern Mississippi campuses. The Department of Parking Management wants you to have a safe and enjoyable visit to our campus. Visitors must obtain a visitor’s pass before parking.

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 legal parking spaces. Visitors who park frequently on our campuses or teaching/research sites must register for a parking permit number and are subject to all regulations herein.

Visitors are required to stop at the following locations for a visitor’s parking pass:              

      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’s pass.

        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’s pass.

        GCRL (including 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’s pass.

RESERVED PARKING

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

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.

HANDICAPPED PARKING

University faculty, staff and students who operate motor vehicles on University-controlled property with permanent or temporary disabilities are required to properly display a federal or state-sanctioned handicapped placard or license plate and register for 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 state-issued handicapped placard (scan of both sides REQUIRED) or license plate registration, in addition to a copy of the registrant’s Southern Miss ID. Registration and submission of this documentation may also be done in person at the following locations:

Hattiesburg Campus

  • Department of Parking Management: McLemore Hall, First Floor Lobby

Gulf Park Campus

  • Business Services: Hardy Hall 231

           GCRL

  • Office of Business and Financial Affairs, Oceanography Building (Halstead Road)

(See vehicle registration Section 2, subparagraph 2.3, 2.17; zone designations Section 3, subparagraph 3.9; penalties Section 7, subparagraph 7.9)

 

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.

TOWING/BOOTING

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). Booting or towing a vehicle is also authorized in the following cases: a vehicle is issued two or more parking citations for not registering for a DPM parking permit number; a vehicle is inoperable or appears to be abandoned; a vehicle is obstructing traffic; a vehicle is parked in a fire lane or near a fire hydrant; a vehicle is parked illegally in any reserved space; a vehicle is parked illegally in a handicap/handicapped curb cut (wheelchair ramp) space or falsifying/altering of a state-issued handicapped placard; falsifying/altering a visitor’s or special event parking pass; a vehicle is parked in a No Parking Tow Away area; a vehicle is parked in a Service area without the required DPM permit number; or a vehicle is parked on sidewalk/grounds. (See penalties, Section 7, subparagraph 7.2, 7.3, 7.5 and 7.9)


 


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


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Appendices


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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.