PARKING REGULATIONS

Parking Regulations

 

These regulations supersede all other publications of the regulations.

  1. General

We have created parking regulations to ensure the safety of students and the ease of traffic through campus. With that in mind, the basic rules and regulations regarding parking on campus are addressed below.

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 arrange with commercial garages for repairs, towing, etc. Vehicles may not be left at the University for storage purposes.

The parking regulations below have been established to ensure optimal use of Rockford University’s parking facilities and efficient movement of traffic.

These Motor Vehicle and Parking Regulations are effective August 1, 2017.

  1. Authority and Purpose

The issuing of parking permits is controlled by Rockford University Department of Police and Public Safety and such permits remain the property of the Department of Police and Public Safety.

IMPORTANT:  All areas, parking lots and roadways are enforced by Rockford University Department of Police and Public Safety such as: No Parking Zones, Handicapped Spaces, Reserved Spaces, and lots requiring Permits At All Times. For anyone needing assistance regarding parking violations, contact ParkingCitations@Rockford.edu.

  1. Definitions

Faculty and Staff: An individual who is employed by the university. A student employee who is employed via the Student Employment Office or the Graduate School is defined as a student with regard to the Parking Regulations.

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 the university who operates a vehicle on campus.

Handicapped Parking: Available for use only by vehicles displaying a valid handicapped or wheelchair license plates, state or municipality-issued parking card, and the appropriate, valid, Rockford University parking permit. Handicapped spaces are enforced at all times.

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

  1. Registration of Vehicle

All students (full-time, part-time, or summer session) and all faculty and staff who intend to operate a motor vehicle must have it registered with the Rockford University Department of Police and Public Safety Office located in the Marland Physical Plant on the first day the vehicle is brought onto campus. Parking stickers are issued at no charge and should be displayed on the LEFT REAR WINDOW OF THE VEHICLE (when possible). If you are unable to display the permit on your rear window due to tinting, please place it on the front driver side windshield. The permit must be visible from outside the vehicle but should not obstruct the driver’s line of sight.

University-issued parking permits may not be loaned, traded, or sold by the person(s) to whom they have been issued. Persons displaying a permit that is registered to someone else may have the permit revoked, receive parking tickets and have parking privileges denied. A vehicle not displaying a parking permit will be treated as an unregistered vehicle.

Lost or stolen permits: A Parking Permit Lost/Stolen Report must be filed at Rockford University Department of Police and Public Safety Office as soon as the loss is discovered. If a missing permit is found after the report is filed, it is the permit holder’s responsibility to notify Rockford University Police and Public Safety.

H Lot hang tag permits are to be removed when the vehicle is in motion (Illinois Compiled Statutes 625 ILCS 5 1/2 -503).

  1. Parking Areas

In order to ease the congestion of parking in specific areas, different groups have been identified and assigned parking 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 the lines or outside of the lines.

View parking color-coded map (http://www.rockford.edu/about/campusmap/parkingmap/)

Open Lots (Visitors):

-Lot A (Main Campus parking)

-Lot B (Clark Arts Center)

-Lot C (West of Starr Science)

-Lot E (By Seaver Gym. Special parking is marked)

-Lot G (Across from Kent Center)

Student parking with permit for this lot only:

Parking Lot “H” – Restricted parking by permit only for students of Cummings Living Center (Cummings Complex).

tudent parking available with campus permit in the following lots:

Parking Lot “A” – Open lot or student parking (Main Campus Parking) off Gloyd Parkway main entrance onto campus.  Visitor parking

Parking Lot “B” – Open lot or student parking (Clark Arts Center); rear entrance onto campus.

Parking Lot “C” (West) – Open lot or student parking (west of Starr Science Building) across from Clark Arts Center. Note: Faculty/Staff and Special Needs parking where marked.

Parking Lot “E” – Open Lot or student parking (by Seaver Gym). Faculty/Staff and Special Needs parking only where marked.

Parking Lot “G” – Open Lot or student parking (across from Kent Center). Special Needs parking only where marked.

Faculty/Staff parking only:

Parking Lot “C” (East) – Faculty/Staff parking only (east behind Starr Science Building).

Parking Lot “D” – Faculty/Staff Open Lot parking only (behind Howard Colman Library). Special Needs parking where marked. One (1) reserved space for Lang Health Medical Staff (Doctor) where marked.

Parking Lot “F” – Parking for Marland Physical Plant and Department of Police and Public Safety staff only.

Nelson Lot – Faculty/Staff Parking only. Special Needs and Visitor parking only where marked.

Scarborough Loading Dock – Faculty/Staff Parking only where marked.

Angle Parking – Faculty/Staff Open Parking only.

Burpee Loading Dock – No parking allowed. Area designated for deliveries, loading and unloading at Burpee Center only.

Clark Arts Center (Loading Dock) – Faculty/Staff Parking only.

Clark Arts Lot, near circle – Faculty/Staff Parking only.

Timed and Visitor Parking:

Fisher Circle – Posted two (2) hour parking only.

Johnson Alumni Center Circle (formerly Lion’s Den) – Posted Alumni Center Visitor parking (3 spaces) and Faculty and Staff (2 spaces).

Burpee Circle – Posted for Visitor only. Special Needs parking where marked.

Cummings Circle Drive. Posted Fire Lane by the Rockford Fire Department. Vehicles parking in this area will be ticketed by Rockford University Police and Public Safety or the City of Rockford Fire & Police Departments.

Kent Circle. Posted Fire Lane by the Rockford Fire Department. Vehicles parking in this area will be ticketed by Rockford University Police and Public Safety or the City of Rockford Fire & Police Departments.

Clark Arts Circle Drive.  Posted Fire Lane, no parking.

No Parking areas:

 Parking is not permitted along:

-Roadways

-Pedestrian sidewalks and crosswalks

-On the grass

-In “No Parking” zones;

-Assigned restricted parking stalls

-Loading zones

-Handicapped parking stalls, etc.

Snow Policy. Vehicles may be restricted from parking lots during plowing and clearing of lots during and after snow storms with notification from the Rockford University Department of Police and Public Safety or Residence life via campus email. The campus community will be notified via a voicemail message if it is necessary to move vehicles.

  1. Tickets and Fees

Anyone on campus, including faculty and staff, who violate the parking regulations of the campus will be issued parking citations and will be expected to pay the required fines associated with those parking violations. You will have 5 business days to contest a parking citation by emailing ParkingCitations@Rockford.edu. Failure to contest a citation will result in charges being posted to your account.

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

Repeat Offender: A vehicle with five (5) or more unpaid parking citations within an academic year may be towed at owner’s expense as well as have parking privileges denied.

Schedule of Penalties:

Moving Violations

Fines

Speeding

$50.00

Stop Sign Violations

$50.00

Driving Off of Roadway

$25.00 + Damages

Failure to yield to vehicle or pedestrians

$50.00

Parking Violations

 

Fire Lane Violations

$100.00

Handicapped Stall

$250.00

Parking on Roadway

$25.00

No Parking Zone

$50.00

Parking Off Roadway

$25.00

Overtime Parking

$25.00

Non-Assigned Parking Area

$50.00

No Current Sticker Displayed

$25.00

 Student:

* The 3rd violation creates the threshold for possible disciplinary action. The student will receive a written notification that possible action under the student code can be taken.

** With the 4th violation, there will be disciplinary action taken, such as campus community service.

*** With the 5th violation, disciplinary action, increased fees and/or towing will be an option to be decided by Rockford University Department of Police and Public Safety.

  1. Towing Policy

Effective fall 2014, there will be a towing policy in place that will include all students, visitors, faculty and staff.  Vehicles found to have five (5) or more outstanding citations will receive a “Tow Warning” affixed to the driver’s side window. The owner/operator of the vehicle will have three (3) business days from the date of the tow warning to pay all citations. Payments can be made in Student Administrative Services (SAS), located in the lower level of Nelson Hall. As a courtesy, the day the “Tow Warning” is affixed to the vehicle, the Rockford University 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” status.

Failure to comply with the “Tow Warning” will result in the vehicle being towed from University property at the owner’s expense. In addition, the University is not responsible for damage to a vehicle resulting from towing.

Rockford University Towing Policy (Effective Fall 2014)

Removal of a Vehicle from University Property

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

  • When a vehicle is unattended or left under circumstances which indicate it has been abandoned (See definition of “abandoned vehicles” below);
  • When a vehicle is parked illegally or is blocking a handicapped space;
  • When a vehicle is parked in a reserved space and the authorized user requests the vehicle be removed;
  • When a vehicle is parked on a surface not specifically marked for legal operation of a motor vehicle (examples: lawns, grassy areas or sidewalks) or in an area that is not stripped for parking;
  • When a vehicle is improperly parked so as to interfere with or impedes:
  1. the flow of vehicle or pedestrian traffic
  2. the use of parking facilities, buildings, loading docks, or dumpsters;
  3. the operation of emergency vehicles and/or equipment (examples: fire lane; blocking a fire hydrant) or;
  4. the provisions of services (Facilities, Department of Police and Public Safety) for essential repairs;
  • When a vehicle displays a lost/stolen or forged/altered permit;
  • When a vehicle is determined to have five (5) or more unpaid parking citations and the citations are not paid within three (3) business days; or
  • When a vehicle needs to be moved for special events (blocking access), facility’s needs, or snow removal.

Abandoned Vehicles

A vehicle is considered abandoned if it is:

  • 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.
  • In-operative or partially dismantled.
  • Parked on University property without authorization.

 Tow Warning

Vehicles found to have five (5) more outstanding citations will receive a “Tow Warning” affixed to the driver’s side window.  The owner/operator of the vehicle will have three (3) business days from the date of the tow warning to pay all citations.  Payments can be made in Student Administrative Services (SAS), located in the lower level of Nelson Hall.  As a courtesy, the day the “Tow Warning” is affixed to the vehicle, 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” status.

Failure to comply with the “Tow Warning” will result in the vehicle being towed from University property at the owner’s expense.  In addition, the University is not responsible for damage to a vehicle resulting from towing.

Claiming Your Vehicle

Towing charges are set at $170.00 dollars 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 close of business the next day Student Administrative Services (SAS) is open, to avoid further citations/fines.


Review our Towing Policy

RU Police & Department of Public Safety
Marland Physical Plant
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4060
fax: 815-394-5293
Jeff Boatwright, Interim Director
SafetyandSecurity@rockford.edu