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Vehicle Operations Policy: 2022-23

Whitworth's campus has been designed as a walking campus. The Vehicle Operations Policy provides guidelines for the privilege of operating a motor vehicle on campus. The purpose of this policy is to reduce pedestrian risk, promote safe vehicle operation, and generally regulate traffic and parking on the Whitworth campus. To accomplish this, the administration of the policy is delegated to Whitworth's director for facilities services and the security supervisor.

1. General Rules

Campus parking and traffic regulations comply with Washington state motor vehicle laws and Spokane County ordinances. These rules apply equally to all faculty, staff, students and visitors.

  1. These vehicle regulations, Washington state motor vehicle laws and applicable Spokane county ordinances are in effect on all Whitworth properties, including all campus roads, streets, parking areas, improved and unimproved areas, and athletic fields.
  2. No unlicensed or improperly licensed motorized vehicle may be operated on the Whitworth campus (other than special-service/university-owned vehicles).
  3. Parking is permitted only in marked parking spaces in designated parking areas. Do not park in parking spaces designated for service vehicles or visitors or in lots designated for constituencies other than your own. There are parking lots on campus in which overnight parking is not permitted; signs are posted in these lots which read "No Overnight Parking."
  4. Unless marked as a designated parking space or otherwise marked to permit parking, all roadways on campus are considered fire lanes and parking in them is strictly prohibited. (Curb color, or lack thereof, has no bearing on this.) Parking in a fire lane, or in a handicapped-only space, without the required state-issued permit will result in a citation and a $200 fine for each occurrence.
  5. "No Parking" areas include fire lanes, all road and driveway curbed areas, crosswalks, loading zones, service-vehicle zones, assigned or reserved spaces, walkways, planted or seeded areas, 15-foot areas around fire hydrants, areas around trash/garbage collection points, uncurbed areas, and posted "No Parking" or "No Overnight Parking" areas.
  6. The maximum speed limit on campus is 15 mph. Lower speed limits are in effect when posted, or if road conditions warrant.
  7. Pedestrians have the right of way at all intersections and pedestrian crossings except in cases involving emergency vehicles.
  8. Only security officers have the authority to enforce the parking rules. The university reserves the right to prohibit or restrict parking on university property for special circumstances. Any individual who accumulates 10 or more citations in an academic year is considered to be abusing parking privileges and may lose parking privileges on campus for the remainder of that period.
  9. Student life and the security department reserves the right to confiscate the parking permit attached to such a vehicle, and there will be no refund to the owner of that permit. In addition, the vehicle may be booted or towed from campus at the owner’s expense.
  10. Without prior approval of the security director (509.777.3712), no vehicle may be left on campus for longer than 30 days while the owner/operator is absent from campus for any reason.
  11. The security department should be notified immediately if an automobile is disabled. Emergency flashers or signs on the windshield indicating the vehicle is disabled are not sufficient. Any disabled vehicle in a roadway, blocking traffic, creating a hazard, or illegally parked in an ADA space can be towed immediately at the owner’s expense.
  12. If the disabled vehicle is parked in a legal parking space, it is to be removed within 24 hours. No disabled or inoperative vehicle shall be parked on campus for more than 72 hours. In either case, vehicles will be towed away at the expense of the owner/operator. If your vehicle becomes inoperative on campus, notify security promptly.
  13. Parking enforcement officers are available to assist motorists in repairs such as jump-starting vehicles. They also can assist motorists who have been locked out of their vehicles. This service is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week by calling 509-777-4444. These services can only be provided in areas where a university parking permit is required.
  14. If a vehicle is parked illegally in the same space over 24 hours or on consecutive days, it may receive additional citations. Vehicles parked illegally and then moved to another illegal space may also receive additional citations. 
  15. Whitworth reserves the right to boot or tow away any illegally or improperly parked vehicle at owner/operator expense.
  16. Spaces designated as handicapped-only parking must be honored, and vehicles parked in them must display a state-issued disabled parking permit.
  17. Motorcycles and motor scooters are considered engine-driven vehicles and may not be operated on walks intended for foot traffic.
  18. Motor vehicles may be operated only on roadways designed for motor vehicle operation and may not be operated on any other areas.
  19. If you plan on leaving your vehicle on campus when residences close for a vacation period, you must check with housing, security or the facilities services office for instructions regarding the proper parking area for your vehicle.
  20. Individuals suspected of operating a vehicle under the influence of any drug or alcohol will be reported to local authorities.

2. Registration of Vehicles

  1. Students are required to register each vehicle that they will  operate or park on campus, and to display current registration decals properly. Vehicle registrations will be submitted via online registration form; the cost is $125 per vehicle, per year. Failure to register a vehicle or properly display its current registration decal will result in a citation and a fine of $100 per occurrence and/or booting
    Decals will be available for pickup at the HUB Information Desk within five business days of completed online registration. If a vehicle, license plate or windshield is replaced, please contact student life to arrange for a no-cost vehicle re-registration or replacement decal. Switching decals between vehicles is not permitted, nor is attaching a decal to any other vehicle than the one registered.
  2. Faculty/adjuncts/staff members are required to register their vehicles through the online registration form upon employment at Whitworth. If you replace a vehicle or purchase an additional vehicle, you must also register that vehicle in a timely manner. If you replace a windshield or license plate(s), please contact student life.
  3. Affix registration decals to your vehicle's windshield, on the lower left (driver's) side. Motorcycles, motor scooters, etc. without windscreens must display the decal in a conspicuous place.
  4. If you drive an unregistered vehicle on campus temporarily due to damage or breakdown of a registered vehicle, you must contact student life or security who will issue you a temporary parking permit, which will expire at a time set by either of these offices.
  5. Guests and campus visitors can obtain temporary parking permits from student life, security or the HUB info desk.

3. Parking Areas

  1. Campus parking lots are assigned by constituency, and vehicles parked on campus must be in a lot or space that corresponds to their vehicle registration. Please refer to the campus parking map for your assigned parking lot(s). The categories are

    1. General Parking
    2. Visitor/Guest Parking
    3. Evening/Graduate Students
    4. Faculty/Staff (Includes adjuncts)
    5. Contractors
  2. Parking on campus, due to limited space and concern for the environment, is a privilege and is permitted only in marked parking spaces in designated areas.
  3. Areas immediately adjacent to some buildings, and signed as such, are reserved for marked service and delivery vehicles only.
  4. Some parking spaces are marked "Visitors." These spaces are to be used by nonregistered campus visitors only. Students, faculty or staff parking in this area can be cited, booted or both.
  5. Parking along streets – which are all classified as fire lanes – is not permitted.

4. Administration/Enforcement

The security department shall, together with student life:

  1. administer and enforce campus traffic and parking regulations;
  2. issue citations;
  3. keep records of violations and fines;
  4. process citation appeals;
  5. maintain registration records and issue decals.

The director of facilities services, along with the Parking Task Force, shall:

  1. review administration of these regulations;
  2. recommend revisions of regulations;
  3. maintain parking lots and roadways;
  4. supervise installation of appropriate traffic signs.

Persons observed violating traffic regulations, as well as vehicles found parked illegally, will be cited and/or towed at owner/operator expense.

Any University Police Officer may order the towing or immobilization of vehicles in violation of the following parking regulations:

  1. Failure to respond to three (3) parking citations or if the violator continues to violate the regulations contained herein after paying or not paying the initial three tickets.
  2. Unauthorized parking in a handicapped space.
  3. Unauthorized parking in a fire lane.
  4. Unauthorized parking in a reserved space.
  5. Unauthorized parking in traveled portion of roadway.
  6. Unauthorized parking in No Parking/Tow Zone/Restricted Areas.
  7. Vehicle abandonment on Whitworth University property.
  8. Vehicles not legally parked or a public safety hazard.
  9. Failure to move an illegally parked vehicle upon the order of a police officer or security officer.

5. Towing

Please read and obey all campus parking rules. Non-compliance may result in your vehicle being impounded or towed or your campus parking privileges being suspended.

The Whitworth University Security Department is authorized to remove, immobilize (boot), impound, and/or enter motor vehicles on university property at the owner’s expense.

This policy is to ensure that all parking patrons have equal access to the parking facilities with the minimum amount of risk to pedestrians and/or vehicles. Vehicles may be removed, immobilized and impounded in the following instances if such action is deemed appropriate and necessary by security department. 

Vehicles may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense whenever a vehicle is illegally parked or under the following circumstances:

  1. When a vehicle is illegally parked in an ADA area, ADA access, or fire lane.
  2. When a vehicle is illegally parked, restricting traffic, or creating a traffic hazard (i.e., roadways, curbs, bus lanes, etc.).
  3. When vehicles are parked in designated “no overnight parking” area or lot hindering snow removal. 
  4. When vehicles are parked in violation of an athletic or commencement event restriction.
  5. If the owner, when notified by the security department to move a vehicle, does not accomplish this move within the specified time.
  6. When a vehicle is parked illegally at a loading dock and said vehicle is preventing the delivery of goods and materials to the university.  
  7. When a vehicle is parked in any manner deemed unsafe by security department personnel or when in violation of signs or verbal orders given by security officers. 
  8. When a vehicle is considered to be abandoned. (i.e., not displaying a state license plate or state inspection sticker) or otherwise considered a derelict vehicle.
  9. When a vehicle has been immobilized (boot) for more than three business days with no contact from the registered owner. 
  10. Other circumstances that are deemed necessary or appropriate by proper authority.

In any of the above-mentioned cases, the vehicle will be ticketed and can be booted or towed at the operator or registered owner’s expense. If a vehicle is booted, a $50.00 ticket will be issued for the boot fee as well as the violation. 

In cases involving outstanding fines or fees owed to the university, responsible persons will be required to reconcile fines with the accounting office.

6. Wheel Boot Policy

In an effort to discourage habitual offenders of the parking regulations any university security officer may order the immobilization of vehicles in violation of the following parking regulations:

  1. Failure to respond to three (3) parking citations or if the violator continues to violate the regulations containedhereinafter paying or not paying the initial three tickets with each ticket thereafter, a boot can be placed on the vehicle.
    1. The third citation will contain a warning notice that in the event of the issuance of a 4th citation, the vehicle will be booted. After three such citations, the student owner/operator will have to meet with the dean of community standards and compliance.
    2. Vehicle ticket totals will start at zero at the beginning of each new academic year from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 of each year.
    3. The tickets accompanying a wheel boot will contain instructions on how to have the boot removed. A boot removal instruction sheet will also be placed on the vehicle’s windshield stating your vehicle has been immobilized. Do not try to move your vehicle with the boot in place.
  2. Unauthorized parking in a handicapped space.
  3. Unauthorized parking in a fire lane.
  4. Unauthorized parking in a reserved space.
  5. Unauthorized parking in the traveled portion of the roadway.
  6. Unauthorized parking in No Parking/Tow Zone/Reserved Areas.
  7. Vehicle abandonment on property.
  8. Vehicles not legally parked or a public safety hazard.
  9. A vehicle displaying a reported lost, stolen, or fraudulent Whitworth University parking permit. Failure to move an illegally parked vehicle upon the order of a security officer. 
  10. A vehicle may be immobilized for information purposes, which consist ofunregistered vehicles, which enable face-to-face communication, security/safety reasons, and/or miscellaneous operational needs. Informational immobilizations are not subject to additional (boot) fees. 
    1. After the vehicle has been immobilized, the owner/ driver has up to three business days to contact the security department to make arrangements to recover the vehicle. After three business days, if the owner/driver has not contacted the security department or made arrangements for the release of the boot, the security department may have the vehicle towed and impounded and the registered owner will be responsible for all fees incurred (including boot removal fee).
  11. Any person(s) who shall remove or attempt to remove any device used to immobilize a vehicle that has been immobilized by the security department, or who shall move or attempt to move the booted vehicle before the release of the vehicle has been officially secured, the vehicle will be towed and impounded at the owner/driver's expense. The responsible person shall be reported to the associate dean of standards and conduct. 
  12. Any person(s) who tampers with, damages, or defaces an "Immobilizer" (wheel boot) will be held responsible for any damages to university property and charged judicially and/or criminal code under the university judicial system.
  13. The "Immobilizer" (wheel boot) replacement cost is $100 regardless of the extent of damages. 
  14. Towing fees and storage are established by the towing vendor. The current maximum fees are $280 for towing and $72 per day for storage. The owner/driver has up to 20 days to claim their vehicle from the impound lot.

Recovery

The procedure for boot removal is as follows:

Persons wishing to secure the release of a vehicle that has been booted or impounded should first contact the Whitworth University Security Department or on-duty security officer at 509.777.4444, or Devine Towing 3704 E Boone, Spokane, WA, 509.455.4321 to make arrangements to recover the vehicle. Any fines, towing, or booting costs will be charged to the vehicle operator or registered vehicle owner.  

The university is not responsible for any damage to the vehicle during booting, towing, relocation or storage. After notice has been posted on the vehicle, vehicles booted for longer than 36 hours may be impounded (towed to a storage area), the owner and operator are severally responsible for any booting, towing or storage fees.

This enforcement policy intends to help control and reduce the amount of illegal parking on campus by holding repeat offenders accountable for their actions. Illegal parking reduces the amount of available parking and is unfair to those who have parking decals and properly adhere to parking regulations.

7. Fines

  1. Fines will be billed to the students' accounts or employees' payroll records.
  2. Types and amounts:
    • Blocking Dumpster: $30
    • Blocking Legally Parked Vehicle: $30
    • Double Parked (Over Line): $30
    • Exceeded Time Limit: $30
    • Expired Permit: $150
    • Falsifying, Forging or Altering Permits: $150
    • Failure to Register a Vehicle: $150
    • Failure to Stop or Yield Right of Way: $50
    • *Parking in ADA (Handicap) Parking Spot: $200
    • Improper Display of Permit: $150
    • Failure to Display Permit: $150
    • Parked Facing Flow of Traffic: $30
    • Parked in Faculty Only Area: $30
    • *Parked in Fire Lane: $100
    • Parked in Loading Zone: $30
    • Parked in No Parking Area: $30
    • Parked in Reserved Parking Area: $30
    • Parked on Sidewalk: $30
    • Unauthorized Removal of Barricade: $30
    • Unauthorized Removal of Wheel Boot: $100
    • Parking in a Roadway: $30
    • Parking in Service Vehicle Only Spot: $30

      *Citations for parking in fire lanes $100 and handicapped-only spaces will be charged $200  are subject to citation from the Spokane County sheriff ($450); vehicles in violation will be subject to immediate towing at owner/operator expense.

8. Appeal Procedure

The president of Whitworth has authorized the security department to process appeals of all citations and requests for the release of impounded vehicles. This procedure assures an impartial evaluation of circumstances relating to the appeal and assists in appraisal of parking and traffic problems. The appeal procedure is as follows:

  1. In order for appeals to be considered, vehicles must be registered.
  2. The initial appeal must be made within 15 days of the violation(s).
  3. The appellant must submit an appeal via the electronic citation appeal form.
  4. After the review has been completed, the appellant will be notified as to the outcome of the appeal.
  5. These rules and regulations are designed to promote safety and mobility and not to generate revenue. Administration of the regulations will be courteous and equitable at all times.
    Whitworth reserves the right to revoke driving and parking privileges if these privileges are abused. Repeat offenders' vehicles or unauthorized vehicles are subject to be towed or impounded at the expense of the owner/operator. Please read the Vehicle Operations Policy carefully. If you have any questions, please contact facilities services or security.