UCA Board of Trustees Policy #421
I. Administrative Policy
- In accordance with A.C.A. 25-17-307, the Board of Trustees of the University of Central Arkansas has established regulations for the operation and parking of motor vehicles on the UCA campus. These regulations apply to all faculty, staff, students, and others utilizing the land and streets owned or controlled by the University of Central Arkansas and are effective beginning August 15, 2013. The University Police Department is the jurisdictional law enforcement agency empowered under State statutes to enforce all parking and traffic regulations of the University of Central Arkansas and the State of Arkansas on all campus properties and on all streets contiguous or adjacent to campus properties.
- Any appropriately licensed driver choosing to park an automobile on campus may do so, provided a parking permit is obtained and provided the driver understands that the permit neither obligates the university to set aside a space for every vehicle nor allows the driver to violate parking regulations.
- The university reserves the right to restrict the use of an automobile on university property if the owner or driver has abused the privilege of operating a vehicle on campus.
- The university assumes no responsibility for a vehicle or its contents.
- Any motor vehicle parked on property owned or controlled by the university, including metered parking, and under the control of a student, faculty member, or staff member must properly display a valid UCA parking permit.
- Failure to pay fines will result in the blocking of pre-registration or the withholding of transcripts or pay and refund checks.
- A ticketed vehicle continuing in violation may be ticketed again as long as the violation continues. Overtime parking will be ticketed every two hours.
- An illegally parked but non-ticketed vehicle is not an indication that the regulation being violated is no longer in effect.
- UCA Police officers may issue, as deemed appropriate by the issuing officer, a campus citation or district court citation for violations of Arkansas State traffic laws and/or UCA parking & traffic rules and regulations. District Court citations cannot be dismissed by the University and failure to respond to these citations will result in a warrant of arrest issued by the District Court.
- Occupants of residence halls are requested not to drive to class, the cafeteria, or other campus areas between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- A traffic ticket or any other communication from a University Police officer is an official university notice. Recipients who do not respond to such a communication face disciplinary and/or legal action.
- The Arkansas Crime Information Center furnishes the University Police Department with information on the owners of vehicles not displaying a permit that receive tickets. These tickets are then issued to the faculty/staff member or student whose last name and home address match those on the listing.
- Use of any parking permit acquired through fraudulent, or otherwise improper means, will be considered theft of services from the University of Central Arkansas. permits will be confiscated and parking privileges may be taken away.
II. Parking and Traffic Services Office
- The University Police Department is located at the intersection of W.J. Sowder Street and Marian Ross Avenue. The Department's Parking and Traffic Services Office is open for payment of traffic fines and purchase/distribution of parking permits between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All registered students and employees may obtain their parking permit at the University Police Department 24 hours a day except for registration and fee payment days. Temporary parking permits and parking and traffic information can also be obtained at the University Police Communications Center 24 hours a day. As a service to the university community, the Department's lobby and communications center is never closed.
III. Student Parking Permits
- Students who park vehicles on campus are required to immediately obtain and display a parking permit. The parking permit is a transferable, repositionable polymer decal registered in the name of the student.
- Students should obtain their parking permit at the University Police Department or such other place that may be designated on registration and university fee payment days.
- The decal must be affixed on the inside, lower corner of the windshield on the driver's side, with the front side of the permit facing out. Failure to properly display the decal will result in the issuance of a citation.
- All student permits expire August 15, 2013. Continuing students must obtain a new permit each fall semester.
- Students who forget to bring their permit to campus must obtain a temporary parking permit from the University Police Department prior to parking on university property. Temporary permits are issued free of charge to students.
IV. Faculty and Staff Parking Permits
- Faculty and staff of the university who park vehicles on campus are required to immediately purchase and display a parking permit. Student employees, including graduate assistants, are not eligible for staff parking. The parking permit for all faculty and staff employees is a transferable, repositionable polymer decal registered in the name of the employee.
- Only one permit may be issued to each employee of the university. The permit should be transferred to any vehicle the employee parks on the campus.
- The decal must be affixed on the inside, lower corner of the windshield on the driver's side with the front side of the decal facing out. Failure to properly display the decal will result in the issuance of a citation.
- Employees who forget to bring their parking permit to campus must obtain a one-day temporary parking permit from the University Police Department prior to parking on university property. One-day permits are issued free of charge for employees who possess a regular parking permit. Employees who forget to bring their permit to campus must obtain a one-day temporary parking permit from the University Police Department prior to parking on university property. One-day permits are issued free of charge for employees who possess a regular parking permit.
- Employees who have lost their parking permit may obtain a replacement permit at a cost of $5.00. Holders of permits are prohibited from selling or otherwise transferring their permit to another faculty/staff member or student.
- The parking permit must be returned to the University Police Department upon termination of employment with the University of Central Arkansas.
- A temporary staff permit is available to university temporary or extra-help employees whose appointments are for a limited period of time. The fee for a one-month temporary staff permit is $12.00. The fee paid for monthly temporary permits may be used to off-set the cost of a regular employee parking permit should the employee's appointment be extended.
- Relatives of faculty or staff members are not eligible for a faculty/staff permit and may not park in faculty/staff parking areas unless they themselves are regular employees of UCA. Each parking permit is valid only for use by the person to whom it is issued. Misuse of a faculty/staff parking permit may result in loss of parking privileges for both the faculty/staff member and the violator.
V. Disabled Parking
- Disabled parking spaces are provided for the benefit of physically challenged persons. These spaces are designated by disabled signs and marked stalls. Unauthorized use of disabled spaces, to include the loading/van access areas marked by striping, may result in fines as well as towing and associated costs.
- Physically challenged persons must obtain a blue disabled permit and must furnish the University Police with proof of issuance of a disabled permit or license plate by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Such proof shall be the "Disabled Person's Access to Parking application Form" issued by the state with the special plate or placards.
- Temporary disabled permits will be issued only to persons who have purchased and displayed a regular UCA permit. Upon obvious, visible disability a temporary disabled permit will be issued for a period of 3 - 5 days. Temporary disabled permits for a longer period of time, not to exceed 30 working days, will be issued only with a letter from a physician stating a need for a disabled permit and the length of time it is needed.
VI. Visitor Parking
- Visitors are to the campus should obtain a visitor's permit at the University Police Department prior to parking on campus. These permits will be issued after presentation of a valid driver's license. A visitor who receives a citation for a violation of the UCA parking rules, other than parking in a No Parking area or Disabled space, may bring or mail the citation to the University Police Department and it will be voided. Visitors may not park in a "No Parking" or "Disabled Parking" area. Violation of "No Parking" or Disabled parking statutes will result in a district court citation with fines set by the District Court. District court citations cannot be dismissed by the University and failure to respond to these citations will result in a warrant of arrest issued by the Conway District Court.
- Between the hours of 6:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. Monday - Friday visitor parking is provided only for persons who are not registered students or employees of the university. Students or employees parking in visitor parking between those hours, whether a student or staff parking permit is or is not displayed, will be subject to citation. Students and Faculty/Staff are not allowed to use a visitor temporary permit. The temporary permit will be confiscated if used by an unauthorized individual. Parking privileges may be taken away from those involved. Faculty, Staff and students may park in visitor parking between the hours of 4:30 P.M. and 6:30 A.M. Monday - Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.
VII. Meter Parking
- Meter parking is designated for short-term, convenience purposes. Holders of all types of UCA permits, except disabled permits, are required to pay when parking at parking meters.
- Unless otherwise indicated by sign, all meter parking spaces are limited to two hours and enforced 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Fifteen minute loading/unloading meters are enforced 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
- A UCA parking permit is required to park at any meter parking space.
- Parking at a broken or non-functioning meter during the hours the meter is enforced is a violation and may result in a citation.
- Motorcycles, mopeds, and motorbikes are not permitted on campus except in designated parking areas. Users must enter and depart the campus at the location nearest these parking areas. Motorcycle permits are required to be placed where easily seen.
- Persons riding bicycles must obey all rules of the road established for motor vehicles. Bicycles shall be parked in racks provided on campus. Bicycles parked in access ways, on sidewalks, in areas which may obstruct disabled access or in any other improper location will be subject to citation and impoundment. Impounded bicycles may be claimed at the University Police Department after all fines are paid.
X. Method of Payments
- All parking permits may be obtained at the University Police Department or at specially designated areas during fall, spring, and summer registration and fee payment.
- Payroll deduction is available as a form of permit fee payment for full-time faculty and staff. The annual fee will be deducted in six equal installments beginning with the September paycheck for all continuing employees. For those employees appointed after the start of the Fall semester, the parking fee will be deducted in installments beginning with the employee's first paycheck. Employees who terminate before the entire annual fee is collected will have the remaining balance deducted from their final paycheck.
- Students or employees who have lost their permit may obtain a replacement permit at a cost of $5.00.
XI. Permit Fees
- Student Permits – The cost for student parking permits is included in the security & access fee assessed for each academic term. Students must obtain their permit from the Police Department Parking & Traffic Services office and display it in their vehicle in order to avoid a citation or impoundment.
- Faculty/Staff Permits – The cost for faculty/staff parking permits is $60.00 per academic year or $30.00 for the summer terms only. Monthly faculty/staff permits are available for $12.00 per month. The cost of the monthly permits may be applied toward the full fee permit.
- Motorcycle Permits – The cost for motorcycle permits, for faculty/staff is $5.00. The cost of motorcycle permits for students is included in the security and access fee.
- Permit fees are subject to change without notice.
XII. Parking Area Assignments and Hours
- Faculty/Staff Parking - Areas marked "Yellow Area" with yellow signs, yellow lines, or yellow parking blocks are reserved for faculty and staff vehicles displaying current yellow permits.
- Resident Parking (On Campus Residence Halls and UCA Owned or Controlled Apartments and Houses other than Residence Halls) - Areas marked "Resident Parking" with green signs, green lines, or green parking blocks are reserved for student vehicles displaying current green permits. Green permits are available only to students residing in campus residence halls or UCA owned or controlled apartment complexes.
- UCA Permit Parking - Areas marked "UCA Permit Parking" with white signs, white lines, or white parking blocks are reserved for students or faculty/staff displaying any current UCA permit.
- Disabled Parking - Areas marked for disabled access are always reserved for vehicles displaying current UCA disabled permits.
- Visitor Parking - Areas marked for visitors are reserved for persons who are not employees or students of the university.
- Between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, Visitor areas, Faculty/Staff areas, and UCA Permit Parking areas are interchangeable (Summer Hours are from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.). They are interchangeable all day Saturday and Sunday. A current UCA decal must be displayed. Residence hall parking, reserved spaces designated by sign, disabled spaces, and all other parking spaces or parking lots as posted are not interchangeable and are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
XIII. Driving Regulations
- All traffic and motor vehicle laws of the State of Arkansas are applicable on UCA property and will be enforced by University Police officers. Violation of State traffic and motor vehicle laws may subject the driver to a district court citation with fines set by the District Court.
- The campus speed limit is fifteen (15) miles per hour, except where conditions as necessary or posted signs indicate a slower speed.
- One-way street driving regulations are to be observed at all times by all vehicles.
- All STOP signs, YIELD RIGHT-OF-WAY signs, and all other regulatory or directional signs are to be observed.
- Pedestrians in crosswalks shall have the right-of-way.
- It is a violation of traffic regulations to avoid a speed bump.
- It is the driver's responsibility to be able to operate his or her vehicle safely. Anyone who operates a vehicle on university property while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic drugs, or opiates will be subject to arrest.
- Failure to yield to a University Police vehicle signaling a driver to pull over to stop (via the use of blue lights and/or siren), failure to comply with University Police officer's direction, or failure to cooperate with a University Police officer while the officer is performing his official duties, will subject the violator to arrest under applicable State statutes.
XIV. Parking Regulations
- It is the driver's responsibility to find a legal, marked parking space and to park the entire vehicle within the space's boundary lines. Other improperly parked vehicles in the area shall not constitute an excuse for parking with any part of the vehicle over the line. Severe weather is not a valid reason for violation of parking regulations. If a vehicle experiences mechanical failure, it is the owner/driver's responsibility to have the vehicle removed as soon as available services permit. Parking lots may not be used for vehicle storage.
- All parking spaces are defined by painted lines or parking blocks. Vehicles must be parked within the painted lines or parked in front of a parking block properly spaced for parking.
- Where parallel parking is required, vehicles must be parked with the right wheels to the curb.
- Where diagonal and head-on parking are required, vehicles should be parked with the front toward the curb and the rear bumper toward the traffic lane.
- No parking is allowed next to red curbs, red parking blocks or in red or candy-striped areas. These areas are reserved for emergency vehicle access or to provide for fire code regulations compliance and/or pedestrian/traffic safety. Unless specifically authorized by a uniformed police officer there are no waiver periods for these areas.
- No parking is allowed on the grass, sidewalks, or in driveways or loading zones.
- Double parking is a violation at all times.
- If a vehicle is parked in violation, attended or unattended, the driver may be issued a citation.
- Vehicles licensed by the federal, state, county, or city government are exempt from permit requirements, but subject to compliance with other traffic and parking regulations. Police vehicles are exempt from certain traffic and parking regulations as provided in State statutes.
XV. Personal Responsibility for Vehicles
- The person to whom a UCA parking permit is assigned is responsible for all violations by that vehicle. If a permitted vehicle is loaned to another driver, its proper operations remain the permit holder’s responsibility.
- If a vehicle without a permit is driven on campus by a permit holder, a "Temporary Permit" must be obtained from the University Police Department. Temporary parking permits are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Motorcycle permit holders are not eligible for temporary permits. Students are allowed no more than four temporary parking permits per semester unless special circumstances are approved by the Parking and Traffic Services Office.
- Parking facilities may not be used until a current UCA parking permit is properly displayed on the windshield or rearview mirror of the vehicle.
XVI. Towing and Impoundment of Vehicles
- UCA reserves the right to tow and impound from its property any parked vehicle that does not display a current parking permit, is improperly parked in a space reserved for the disabled, is parked in a restricted zone, or has unpaid parking tickets. Vehicles will be towed if parked in such a way as to constitute a traffic or pedestrian hazard or impede the access of service or emergency vehicles. Violations which could also result in towing and possible impoundment include, but are not limited to, parking in reserved parking spaces, parking in painted candy-striped or red areas, parking in driveways, or double parking on the street or in parking lots.
- UCA reserves the right to tow and impound from its property any vehicle in violation of its traffic and parking regulations until all towing fees and UCA traffic/parking violation charges have been paid.
XVII. Appeals Process
- A traffic citation may be appealed within 7 days of its issuance if the recipient believes it was issued contrary to campus traffic regulations or in error. Forms for appeals may be obtained from the University Police Department. An appeal may not be granted after a ticket has been paid.
- Administrative determinations by the University of Central Arkansas may be appealed to the Conway District Court in accordance with A.C.A. 25-17-307.
XVIII. Fines for Violations
The following are the parking and traffic violations and corresponding fines* established by the University of Central Arkansas:
- All fines must be paid within 30 days from the date of issue. Fines for traffic and parking violations which are not paid within 30 days from the date of issue of the citation for the violation(s) will be adjusted to an amount equal to twice the amount of the original fine(s). Failure to pay traffic and parking fines may result in the blocking of pre-registration, or the withholding of pay and refund checks.
- All fines are payable at the University Police Department from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If the violator has their copy of the citation, payments will be accepted at the University Police Communications Center after hours in the form of check, money order, or credit/debit card for the exact amount of the fine only.