PARKING REGULATIONS

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Article I - PARKING REGULATIONS

Rockford University has created these parking regulations to ensure the safety of the campus community, to help facilitate the safe and free flow of traffic through campus, and to ensure the optimal use of Rockford University’s parking facilities. With that in mind, the basic rules and regulations regarding parking and driving on campus are addressed herein.

     (a) These regulations shall be referred to as The Parking Regulations, Parking Regulations or The Regulations.

     (b). These regulations supersede all other publications of The Regulations. All rules and regulations that are in conflict with these regulations are hereby rescinded.

     (c). The parking regulations are in effect and enforced by the Department of Police and Public Safety at all times, including times while the university is closed or on break.

 

Section 1.02

Parking spaces are provided for the convenience of those who own or operate motor vehicles. The university is not responsible for theft or damage that may occur to vehicles parked on campus property. Rockford University is not responsible for disabled vehicles and the owners must make arrangements with commercial garages for repairs, towing, etc. Vehicles may not be left on university property for storage purposes without written authorization from the Chief of Police.

 

Section 1.03

The University cannot guarantee a parking space for each vehicle and a lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violating these regulations.

Article II - AUTHORITY AND PURPOSE

Section 2.01

The issuing of parking permits is controlled by the Department of Police and Public Safety, and such permits remain the property of the Department of Police and Public Safety and must be returned upon expiration, termination of employment, or termination of status as a student.

 

Section 2.02

All areas, parking lots, and roadways are patrolled and enforced by the Department of Police and Public Safety 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This includes no parking zones, handicapped spaces, fire lanes, reserved spaces, and parking lots requiring permits.

 

Section 2.03

Anyone needing assistance regarding parking violations should contact the Department of Police and Public Safety.

Article III - DEFINITIONS

Faculty and Staff: An individual who is employed by Rockford University. A student who is employed via the Student Employment Office or the Graduate School is defined as a student with regard to the parking regulations.

The Department: The Rockford University Department of Police and Public Safety

Student: An individual who has applied for admission to the university, received permission to register, or has matriculated into a degree program. Summer school sessions and semester break periods are not considered to be a break in a student’s academic pursuits.

Visitor: An individual neither attending nor employed by Rockford University who operates a vehicle on campus.

Handicapped Parking: Available for use only by vehicles displaying a valid handicapped or wheelchair license plate, State or municipality-issued parking card, or a valid Rockford University Temporary Handicapped Permit.

Persons with special parking needs are encouraged to contact Lang Health at (815) 226-4083.

Article IV - REGISTRATION OF VEHICLE

Section 4.01

All students (full-time, part-time, or summer session), faculty members, staff members, contractors, or visitors who intend to operate a motor vehicle on campus must have their vehicles registered with the Rockford University Department of Police and Public Safety, on the first the day the vehicle is brought onto campus. Parking permits must be displayed hanging from the rear view mirror with the front side of the permit facing the front of the vehicle at all times while the vehicle is parked on campus. The parking permit should be removed from the rear view mirror and stored inside the vehicle while the vehicle is being driven. The permit must be visible from outside the vehicle but should not obstruct the driver’s line of sight.

 

Section 4.02

University issued parking permits may not be loaned, traded, or sold by the person to whom they have been issued. Persons displaying a permit that is registered to another person or vehicle will have their permit revoked, and may receive parking citations and have their parking privileges suspended or revoked.

 

Section 4.03

A vehicle not displaying a valid parking permit will be treated as an unregistered vehicle.

 

Section 4.04

If your parking permit is lost or stolen, you must contact the Department of Police and Public Safety as soon as the loss is discovered. If the missing permit is found after contacting the department, it is the permit holder’s responsibility to notify the department as soon as possible.

 

Section 4.05

All hanging tag permits are to be removed while the vehicle is in motion (Illinois Compiled Statutes 625 ILCS 5 1/2 -503).

Article V - SNOW POLICY

During and after snow storms, with notification from Rockford University Department of Police and Public Safety or the Office of Residence Life via campus email, vehicles may be restricted from certain parking lots during and after snow storms, in order to help facilitate the process of quickly and safely clearing snow and ice from the lots. The campus community will be notified via phone if it is necessary to move vehicles.

Article VI - TICKETS AND FEES

Anyone on campus, including faculty and staff, students, and visitors, who violate the traffic and parking regulations may be issued citations and will be expected to pay the fines associated with those citations. Failure to appeal a citation within the appeal window will result in charges being posted to your account. Failure to pay fines within 30 days of the date the citation was issued will result in a late fee being added to your account.

Article VII - CITATION APPEALS

Section 7.01

You have five (5) business days from the date the citation was issued to appeal a citation.

 

Section 7.02

The appeal process must be initiated by submitting the Citation Appeal Form, which can be found on the Rockford University website at: https://www.rockford.edu/community/campus/security/citation-appeal/.

 

Section 7.03

Those who are unable to use the Citation Appeal Form may appeal their citation by sending an email to ParkingCitations@Rockford.edu and indicating that you are disputing a citation.

You must include the following information in your initial dispute email:

  • (i) An attached photo or PDF copy of the citation OR the make, model, color, year, license plate number and issuing state of the vehicle that the citation was issued to
  • (ii) Your name
  • (iii) The reason why you are unable to submit the Citation Appeal Form
Article VIII - PARKING AREAS

In order to ease the congestion of parking in specific areas, different groups have been identified and assigned parking spaces in specific areas. All major parking areas have letter designations. Vehicles are required to park in marked stalls only. Vehicles must be parked between the lines of a parking stall and not cross over or go outside of the lines.

 

Section 8.01

If you need to park in an area not assigned to you (for loading and unloading), you may contact the Police and Public Safety dispatch office by calling (815) 226-4060 and request permission from the on-duty dispatcher. The dispatcher may, at their discretion, authorize you to park in restricted areas for a limited period of time; you must activate your 4-way hazard lights when doing this. The dispatch office is open and staffed 24 hours a day. Failure to get authorization from the Department of Police and Public Safety will result in you receiving a citation.

For a color-coded campus parking map click here

Article IX - PENALTIES

Section 9.01     SCHEDULE OF PENALTIES

 

MOVING VIOLATIONS

 

Speeding

51200

$25

Stop Sign Violation

51500

$25

Driving Off Roadway

51700

$25 + Damages

Failure to Yield – Vehicle

51800

$25

Failure to Yield – Pedestrian

51800

$25

 

PARKING VIOLATIONS

 

Fire Lane Violation

51400

$100

Handicapped Stall

51100

$250

Parking On Roadway

51600

$10

No Parking Zone

52300

$10

Parking Off Roadway

51300

$10

Overtime Parking

52100

$10

Non-assigned Parking Area

52200

$10

 

OTHER VIOLATIONS

 

Other

50000

See Citation

No Valid Permit Displayed

52400

$5

Stolen / Altered Permit

52500

$100

 

A.     Fines must be paid within 30 days of the date the citation was issued. Failure to pay fines within 30 days will result in a $10.00 late fee being added for each unpaid citation.

 

Section 9.02     ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS

In addition to monetary fines, the Department of Police and Public Safety may impose additional enforcement actions, following the schedule below (by semester):

(a)   First citation – no additional action

(b)   Second citation – warning letter sent to offender

(c)   Third citation – Offender’s driving and parking privileges suspended for 1 month (Lot A Ban)

(d)   Fourth citation – Offender’s driving and parking privileges suspended for 1 month (Lot A Ban); meeting required with Police/Public Safety and Residence Life staff

(e)   Fifth citation – Offender’s driving and parking privileges suspended for the remainder of the semester (Lot A Ban); meeting required with Police/Public Safety and Student Life for actions under the student code of conduct

(f)   Sixth citation – Offender’s vehicle towed from campus; driving and parking privileges suspended indefinitely; meeting required with Police/Public Safety and Student Life for actions under the student code of conduct

(g)   Faculty/Staff – When a faculty or staff member receives their third citation in one calendar year, the Department of Police & Public Safety will contact the faculty or staff member’s immediate supervisor or department chair and recommend disciplinary action.

 

Section 9.03     PENALTIES

(a)   Stolen/Altered permit – Any vehicle displaying a parking permit that has been altered or reported stolen will be issued a citation and be towed from campus without notice

(b)   Lot A Ban – Subjects who receive multiple citations or commit dangerous offenses will have their driving and parking privileges suspended and will not be allowed to drive any vehicle on campus, except from the East State Street entrance to parking Lot A. Subjects found in violation of this suspension will receive a citation and have their vehicle towed from campus. If the subject is found driving a vehicle registered to another member of the campus community, the subject’s own vehicle will be towed, and the registered owner of the vehicle being driven will be called to come pick up their vehicle or they will receive a citation.

(c)   Unpaid fines – Students who have more than $50 in unpaid fines will not be able to register for a parking permit until all fines are paid in full.

Article X - OFFENSE DEFINITIONS

51200.     Speeding

The campus-wide speed limit is 20 miles per hour. No vehicle may travel faster than the posted speed limit, with the exception of Police & Public Safety vehicles when responding to emergency situations or other incidents.

51500.     Stop sign violation

All vehicles, including bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates, lawn mowers, tractors, and carts must come to a full and complete stop prior to passing a stop sign.

51700.     Driving off roadway

Motor vehicles may not drive off of marked roadways at any time.

51800a.     Failure to yield – vehicle

All vehicles must pull off the right side of the road and stop for an approaching emergency vehicle with flashing red and/or blue lights. All vehicles must slow down and move over for any stopped emergency vehicle with flashing red and/or blue lights, any vehicle with flashing yellow lights, or any vehicle with its hazard lights activated.

51800b.     Failure to yield – pedestrian

All vehicles must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

51400.     Fire lane violation

No vehicle may park in a marked fire lane without authorization from the Department of Police and Public Safety. Operations vehicles in the performance of their duties are exempt from this policy.

51100.     Handicapped stall

Only vehicles displaying a valid handicapped permit issued by Rockford University or a State DMV may park in a handicapped space.

51600.     Parking on roadway

No vehicle may park on a marked roadway.

52300.     No parking zone

Vehicles are only permitted to be parked in a marked parking space in a parking lot.

51300.     Parking off roadway

No vehicle pay park off of a roadway, such as in the grass or gravel. Vehicles must park in marked parking spaces in a parking lot.

52100.     Overtime parking

Some parking spaces on campus are timed parking spaces. Parking in a timed parking space for longer that the time posted is not permitted.

52200.     Non-assigned parking area

Some parking spaces are restricted to certain groups of people (such as faculty, staff, resident student, commuter student, or certain people (such as employee of the year, president, police/public safety). Parking in a restricted space without displaying the proper permit is not allowed.

50000.     Other

Any other violation not listed in these regulations. “Other” violations are issued as a warning and carry no fine.

52400.     No valid permit displayed

All vehicles on campus must properly display a valid Rockford University parking permit while parked on campus. Failure to register your vehicle, or failure to properly display your permit will result in a citation.

52500.     Stolen / Altered permit

Rockford University parking permits are not transferable (to another person or vehicle). Each vehicle must have its own permit. One person may have multiple permits. Permits that is assigned to another person or vehicle are not valid and the vehicle displaying the permit will be treated as unregistered.

30000.     Distracted driving

Motor vehicle operators must be vigilant and maintain a constant visual on the roadway. Operating any electronic device while driving on campus is strictly prohibited. Performing any activity that causes you to take your eyes off the road is not allowed and may result in a citation being issued.

 31000.     Unsafe driving

All drivers must operate their vehicles in a safe manner while on campus. At no time is a motor vehicle permitted to drive on campus with people hanging from, on top of, in the bed of, or being dragged from the vehicle. A vehicle may only be occupied by the amount of seats and seatbelts inside the vehicle. Vehicles are not permitted to push or drag any objects on campus.

32000.     Failure to maintain lane

Vehicles must stay in the correct lane at all times while driving on campus. Passing vehicles on campus is not permitted unless the vehicle being passed is not moving and it is safe to pass the vehicle.

33000.     Failure to wear seatbelt

All occupants of a motor vehicle must wear their seatbelts at all time on campus. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure all passengers are wearing their seatbelt. All students over the age of 18 who do not wear their seatbelt will receive a citation. The driver will receive one citation for every non-student or passenger under the age of 18 who is not wearing their seatbelt.

34000.     Vehicle Lights

All motor vehicles driven on campus are required to have front facing headlights and rear facing running lights activated during the period from sunset to sunrise, at times when rain, snow, fog, or other atmospheric conditions require the use of windshield wipers, and at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons may have difficulty seeing the roadway.

350000.     Obstructing Traffic

No person or vehicle may obstruct the safe and free flow of traffic on campus. This includes standing, stopping, laying, or sitting on the roadway, whether in a vehicle or on foot.

36000.     Failure to Signal

Vehicles must use their turn signals when making a turn on campus.

Article XI - TOWING POLICY

Rockford University reserves the right to remove any vehicle that is in violation of the parking regulations. In usual circumstances, the towing of a vehicle may occur without warning – even if the vehicle has no previous citations or violations. The Rockford University Department of Police and Public Safety is authorized to remove, at the owner’s expense, motor vehicle from University property under the following circumstances.

(a)   When a vehicle is unattended or left under circumstances which indicate it has been abandoned (See definition of “abandoned vehicles” Section 9.02 below);

(b)   When a vehicle is parked illegally or is blocking a handicapped space;

(c)   When a vehicle is parked in a reserved space and the authorized user requests the vehicle be removed;

(d)   When a vehicle is parked on a surface not specifically marked for legal operation of a motor vehicles (examples: lawns, grassy areas, or sidewalks) or in an area that is not stripped for parking;

(e)   When a vehicle is improperly parked so as to interfere with or impedes:

               a. the flow of vehicle or pedestrian traffic;

               b. the user of parking facilities, buildings, loading docks, or dumpsters;

               c. the operation of emergency vehicles and/or equipment (examples: fire lane, blocking a fire hydrant, blocking a fire department connection) or;

               d. the provisions of services (Police and Public Safety, Facilities) for essential repairs;

               e. When a vehicle displays a lost/stolen or forged/altered permit;

               f. When a vehicle is determined to have five (5) or more parking citations and the citations are not paid within three (3) days; or

               g. When a vehicle needs to be moved for special events (blocking access) or for snow removal.

 

Section 11.02     Abandoned vehicles

A vehicle is considered abandoned if it is:

        a. Not properly licensed (no license plates or temporary registration displayed on vehicle) and left for a period of three (3) or more days without prior approval.

        b. In-operative or partially dismantled

        c. Parked on University property without authorization.

 

Section 11.03     Tow Warning

Vehicles found to have five (3) or more citations in one (1) semester will receive a Tow Warning affixed to the front driver’s side window. The owner/operator of the vehicle has three (3) business days from the date that the Tow Warning was issued to pay the fines for all citations issued to them and/or their vehicle. As a courtesy, the date the Tow Warning is issued, the Department of Police and Public Safety will attempt to contact the individual listed on the parking permit application and inform them of the tow warning. Payments can be made in Student Administrative Services (SAS), located in the lower level of Nelson Hall.

 

Failure to comply with the tow warning will result in the vehicle being removed from University property at the owner’s expense. In addition, the University is not responsible for damage to a vehicle resulting from towing

 

Section 11.04     Claiming Your Vehicle

Towing charges are set at $170.00 by the Illinois Commerce Commission (excluding storage charges, document fees, etc.). Special equipment or unusual circumstances may increase the charge. A storage fee may be assessed by the tow company for each day a vehicle is not claimed.

 

To claim your vehicle, you must provide proof of ownership – either Proof of Insurance (for the vehicle) OR Vehicle Registration, along with your driver’s license to:

Maggio’s Auto and Truck center

4752 Baxter Road

Rockford, IL 61016

Phone Number: 800.435.0784 (24 hours)

 

In addition to claiming your vehicle, all citations must be paid in full by the close of business the next day that Student Administrative Services (SAS) is open, to avoid further citations/fines.

Parking lot information

Below you will find information about the parking lots on campus. This information includes what type of parking each parking lot contains, as well as who is allowed to parking in the parking lot.

Lot J (5100)

Lot J (5100)

Lot J, or the 5100 (Puri School of Business) parking lot is located next to the 5100 building and is open, meaning anyone can park there. Some spaces in this parking lot are restricted, those space will be marked with signs.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 6
Open 190
Total 196

 

Burpee Circle

Burpee Circle

The Burpee Circle is located in front of the Burpee Student Center. This parking area is restricted to visitors only. Students and Faculty/Staff members are not permitted to park in this parking area at any time.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 3
Visitor 7
Total 10

 

Burpee Dock

Burpee Dock

The Burpee Dock is located on the side of the Burpee Student Center and is restricted to authorized vehicles only. Students and Faculty/Staff members may not park in this parking area at any time.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
President 1
Authorized Vehicles 5
Food Service 1
Total 7

 

Clark Arts Dock

Clark Arts Dock

The Clark Arts dock is located on the side of the Clark Arts building and is restricted to Faculty/Staff members only. Students may not park in this parking area at any time.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Faculty/Staff 6
Total 6

 

Clark Arts Lot

Clark Arts Lot

The Clark Arts lot is located behind the Clark Arts building and is restricted to Faculty/Staff members only. Students may not park in this parking lot at any time.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Faculty/Staff 7
Total 7

 

Fisher Circle

Fisher Circle

The Fisher Circle is located in front of Fisher Chapel. This parking area is restricted to faculty/staff and visitors only (as marked). Students are not permitted to park here at any time.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 1
Visitor 7
Faculty/Staff 9
Total 17

 

Johnson Circle

Johnson Circle

The Johnson Circle is located in front of the Johnson Alumni Center. This parking area is restricted to Faculty/Staff members and Alumni Center visitors only. Students are not permitted to park in this parking area at any time.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 2
Faculty/Staff 2
Alumni Center Visitor 3
Total 7

 

Lot I (Nelson Lot)

Lot I (Nelson Lot)

Lot I, or the Nelson parking lot is located in front of Nelson hall and is restricted to Faculty/Staff members only. Students are not permitted to park in this parking lot at any time.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 3
Future Regent 4
Visitor 2
Faculty/Staff 36
Employee of the Year 1
Total 46

 

Nelson Slant

Nelson Slant

The Nelson Slant is located along the roadway between Nelson Hall and the Burpee Student Center. This parking area is restricted Faculty/Staff members only. Students are not permitted to park in this parking area at any time.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Faculty/Staff 11
Total 11

 

Lot A

Parking Lot A

Parking lot A is the main campus parking lot and is located near the football stadium. Lot A is an open parking lot meaning anyone may park there. Some spaces in this parking lot are restricted, those space will be marked with signs.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 12
Admissions Visitor 3
Reserved – Other 6
Open 389
Total 410

 

Lot B

Parking Lot B

Parking lot B is located at the back of campus, near the Turner Street entrance and Clark Arts building. This parking lot is an open parking lot, meaning anyone may park there. Some spaces in this parking lot are restricted, those space will be marked with signs.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 6
Open 94
Total 100

 

Lot C

Parking Lot C

Lot C is located between the Clark Arts building and the Starr Science buildings. This lot is  an open lot, meaning anyone can park there. Some spaces in this parking lot are restricted, those space will be marked with signs.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 4
Open 62
Total 66

 

Lot K

Parking Lot K

Lot K is located directly behind the Starr Science building. This parking lot is restricted to Faculty/Staff members only. Anyone may park in this parking lot between the hours of 5:45 PM and 12:00 AM Monday through Friday. Students and visitors who fail to remove their vehicles from the parking lot by 12:15 AM will receive a citation.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Faculty/Staff 12
Total 12

 

Lot D

Parking Lot D

Lot D is located directly behind the Colman Library building. This parking lot is restricted to Faculty/Staff members only. Anyone may park in this parking lot between the hours of 5:45 PM and 12:00 AM Monday through Friday. Students and visitors who fail to remove their vehicles from the parking lot by 12:15 AM will receive a citation.

The Lang Health Physician space is reserved for on on-duty physician at Lang Health.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 3
Faculty/Staff 26
Lang Health Physician 1
Total 30

 

Lot E

Parking Lot E

Lot E is located next to the Seaver PE Center. This parking lot is restricted to Resident Students who have a blue (EG) parking permit. Some spaces in this parking lot are restricted to faculty/staff members, those space will be marked with signs.

Parking in front of the boiler room doors is strictly prohibited; this area must remain clear for maintenance and emergency personnel. Violators will receive a citation and will be subject to tow.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 4
Faculty/Staff 9
Resident Student EG 60
Total 73

 

Lot F

Parking Lot F

Lot F is located next to the Marland Physical Plant. This parking lot is restricted to employees of the Department of Police and Public Safety and Facilities employees only. There is one visitor space which can be used by anyone. Persons who need to speak with or conduct business with the Department of Police and Public Safety or Facilities may park in this parking lot.

Parking in the two reserved parking spaces is strictly prohibited. These space are for Police and Public Safety vehicles only.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 1
Visitor 1
Police & Public Safety 2
Open (Staff) 12
Total 16

 

Lot G

Parking Lot G

Lot G is located beyond the Marland Physical Plant, near the Kent Center and Ekvall Hall. This lot is restricted to Resident Students with an EG parking permit. Some spaces in this parking lot are restricted, those space will be marked with signs.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 8
Resident Student EG 158
Total 166

 

Lot H

Parking Lot H

Lot H is located behind the Cummings Complex and is restricted to Rockford University students who live in the Cummings Complex and possess a valid H-Lot permit. H-Lot permits can be obtained from the Department of Police and Public Safety; to get information on how to obtain an H-Lot permit, contact VehicleRegistration@rockford.edu. There is a limited amount of H-Lot permits available each semester. Improper parking in this parking lot is strictly enforced.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 3
Permit Required 50
Faculty/Staff 6
Total 59

 

Scarborough Driveway

Scarborough Driveway

The Scarborough driveway is located in front of the Scarborough building and is restricted to Faculty/Staff members only. Students may not park in this parking lot at any time.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
RHD 1
Faculty/Staff 2
Maintenance 1
Total 4

 

Starr Dock

Starr Dock

The Starr dock is located next to the Starr Science building and is restricted to Faculty/Staff members and utility services only. Students may not park in this parking area at any time.

 

Parking Type Number of Spaces
Handicapped 1
Faculty/Staff 9
Services/Utilities 2
Total 12
Parking Lot Statistics

This table shows the total number of each type of parking space on campus. Note that these totals may not be exact.

 
Parking Type
Quantity
Percent of Total
* ^ ~
Open
965
75.51%
*
Faculty/Staff
146
11.42%
* ^ ~
Handicapped
58
4.54%
~
Visitor
10
0.78%
*
Reserved – Police/Public Safety
2
0.16%
* ^ ~
Authorized
5
0.39%
*
President
1
0.08%
~
Future Regent
4
0.31%
*
Employee of the Year
1
0.08%
~
Alumni Center Visitor
3
0.23%
*
Food Service
1
0.08%
* ^ ~
2 Hour Parking
18
1.41%
~
Admissions Visitor
3
0.23%
* ^ ~
Reserved – Other
6
0.47%
*
Reserved – RHD
1
0.08%
* ~
Maintenance
1
0.08%
* ~
Utilities/Service
2
0.16%
^
Permit Required
50
3.91%
*
Lang Health Center Staff
1
0.08%
 
 
 
 
 
Student Parking
1,102
86.23%
 
Faculty/Staff Parking
1,208
94.52%
 
Visitor Parking
1,075
84.12%
 
 
 
 
 
TOTAL PARKING SPACES
1,278
100%

Parking Map

Click here to view a detailed map of the campus. This map lists and explains each parking lot and shows who can and cannot park there. The map also shows the location of Police and Public Safety offices on campus.