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Vehicle Operations Policy: 2020-21

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 other constituencies 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.)
  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. Without prior approval of the security supervisor (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. Likewise, 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.
  9. Whitworth reserves the right to tow away any illegally or improperly parked vehicle at owner/operator expense.
  10. Spaces designated as handicapped-only parking must be honored and vehicles parked in them must display a state-issued disabled parking permit.
  11. Motorcycles and motor scooters are considered engine-driven vehicles and may not be operated on walks intended for foot traffic.
  12. Motor vehicles may only be operated on roadways designed for motor vehicle operation and may not be operated on any other areas.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 will be operated or parked on campus, and to properly display its current registration decal. Vehicle registrations will be submitted via online registration form; the cost is $75 per vehicle, per year. Failure to register a vehicle or properly display a valid decal will result in a citation and a fine of $75 per occurrence
    Student decals will be available for pickup at the HUB Information Desk within five business days of completed online registration; continuing studies and graduate students' decals will be sent to department offices. 
    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. If at all possible, the old decal should be returned and surrendered. 
    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 a vehicle is replaced or an additional vehicle is purchased, that vehicle must also be registered in a timely manner. In the event of a replaced windshield or license plate, please contact student life for a new decal.
  3. Decals must be affixed to the vehicle's lower left corner (driver's side) of the windshield. Motorcycles, motor scooters, etc. without windscreens must display the decal in a conspicuous place.
  4. Unregistered vehicles that are driven on campus temporarily due to damage or breakdown of a registered vehicle may be issued a temporary parking permit for a limited period of time as determined by security.
  5. Guests and campus visitors can obtain temporary parking permits from facilities services, security or the HUB Info Desk, as well as most department offices.

3. Parking Areas

  1. Campus parking is assigned by driver type, and vehicles parked on campus must be in a lot that corresponds to their parking registration category.The categories are:
    • Faculty/Staff/Contractors Only (General parking after 5 p.m. and on weekends; no overnight parking.)
    • General Parking (All student and employee stickers; overnight parking allowed unless otherwise signed.)
      Please refer to the Parking Areas Map for your assigned parking lots.
  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.
  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.

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.

5. Fines

  1. Fines will be billed to the students' accounts or employees' payroll records.
  2. Types and amounts:
    • Failure to register any vehicle or properly display a current decal results in a $75 charge. After three such citations, the vehicle may be towed at owner/operator expense.
    • General parking violations are subject to a charge of $30.
    • Citations for moving violations such as speeding, failure to stop for a stop sign, right-of-way violations and operating a vehicle in a reckless/negligent manner will be charged at $40 for each violation.
    • Citations for parking in fire lanes and handicapped-only spaces will be charged at $100 and are subject to citation from the Spokane County Sheriff ($450); vehicles in violation will be subject to immediate towing at owner/operator expense.

6. 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. Vehicles must be registered for appeals to be considered.
  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 when abuse of these privileges has occurred. 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.

This policy is subject to change.