Seattle University has established the following regulations to govern parking and traffic on campus. Permission to park or operate a motor vehicle or bicycle upon Seattle University property is governed by these regulations, is a privilege granted by the Administration of the University, and does not ensure regular availability of a parking space.
The objectives of these regulations are:
A. To protect the community and manage traffic.
B. To assure access at all times for emergency equipment.
C. To minimize parking and traffic disturbances during class hours.
D. To facilitate the work of the University by assuring access to its vehicles and by assigning the limited parking space for the most efficient use.
E. To conform with the land use requirements as promulgated by the Seattle Municipal Code and the Washington State Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law.
Parking Services and Public Safety Staff are duly appointed representatives of Seattle University and have authority to enforce all parking and traffic regulations on university property. Parking Services and Public Safety Staff are given powers of citation and impoundment and shall execute the powers of enforcement as granted by this regulation and the Administration of Seattle University.
The authority and powers conferred upon the Director of Public Safety and Transportation shall be subject to delegation by that individual to his/her staff members.
The University Administration or its appointed representatives reserves the right to revise these regulations, including the fee, fine, and penalty schedules.
Seattle University is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Seattle University does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical handicaps on the administration of its parking and transportation programs. Inquiries relating to these policies may be referred to the Director of Public Safety.
The Public Safety Department is authorized to erect signs, barricades and other structures and to paint marks and other directions upon the streets and roadways for the regulation of traffic and parking upon University property. Such signs, barricades, structures, markings and directions shall be so made and placed as in the judgment of the Public Safety Department will best accomplish the objectives of these regulations.
The Public Safety Department shall designate parking areas, zones and reserved areas, for the regulation and fulfillment of the parking needs of the university community. The Public Safety Department shall designate and mark areas and spaces with numbers, signs, and/or lettering to delineate user types and valid permits. The Public Safety Department reserves the right to change designators and assignments which will promote the objectives of this regulation.
No person without authorization from the Director of Public Safety or his/her designee shall remove, move, deface, or in any way change a sign, barricade, structure, marking, or direction so placed, or previously placed for the purpose of regulating traffic or parking. Authority to make permanent changes of this nature must be obtained from the Director of Public Safety or his/her designee. Authority to make temporary changes of this nature with respect to parking areas or streets and roadways must be obtained from the Director of Public Safety or his/her designee.
Motor vehicle access is limited to university parking lots and direct access routes to those parking lots. Access to pedestrian malls is absolutely restricted and permission to operate a motor vehicle within the campus pedestrian malls must be obtained from the Public Safety Department.
No vehicle or bicycle shall be operated on the campus roadways, parking lots, or malls at a speed in excess of 5 miles per hour or such lower speed as is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances.
The operator of a motor vehicle, bicycle, skateboard, etc. shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping, if need be, to yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian. No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a motor vehicle, bicycle, etc. which is so close that it is impossible for the operator to yield.
Overnight parking of occupied vehicles, including motor homes, campers, trucks, cars, etc. is generally not permitted. Short-term occupancy may be authorized for special needs.
A. University vehicles (including motorized wheeled equipment) are allowed access to all campus parking lots and pedestrian malls to carry out necessary functions.
B. When parking on the malls all vehicles must not block disabled access (curb cuts, etc.) to the sidewalks or buildings. Vehicles should not park on the sidewalks or in front of building entrances except for the loading or unloading of heavy items requiring close proximity to the buildings. Vehicles shall be moved immediately upon completion of the delivery or pickup. If vehicles require extended parking on the malls, the vehicles must be parked in areas removed from normal pedestrian traffic as much as is practical.
C. When parking all vehicles, ensure that brakes are properly employed or equipment choked to prevent accidental movement or rolling.
Skateboards and roller skates may be ridden on campus for the purpose of transportation. Skateboards and roller skates may only be ridden on the campus pedestrian malls. Do not use skateboards or roller skates on campus roadways which enter/exit parking facilities, concrete pedestrian areas , sidewalks, building ledges, or in buildings, etc. At all times pedestrians have the right-of-way. Skateboards and roller skates are to be used in a slow and safe manner at all times. Recreational/ trick/ stunt riding is prohibited on campus property.
A. No person shall drive any vehicle, nor shall any person stop, park, or leave any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon the campus or property of Seattle University without a valid permit (or permission) issued by the staff of Public Safety pursuant to the authority granted by the University Administration.
B. Permission to drive on campus or to park thereon shall be shown by display of a valid permit. Access to a campus mall or street does not, in itself, constitute permission to park in a designated parking area.
C. A valid permit is defined as:
D. Parking permits are not transferable, except as provided for in these regulations.
E. The University reserves the right to refuse the issuance of a parking permit and associated privileges.
A. Authorized parking areas on the Seattle University campus are specifically signed and striped.
B. Parking in areas not delineated by two parallel white lines specifically designed for a vehicle is strictly prohibited even if no sign or lot painting exists to that fact.
C. No vehicle shall be parked:
D. No vehicle shall be parked in any designated parking area without a permit for that area.
Drivers of motor vehicles shall obey regulatory signs which are posted by the University consistent with the Parking and Traffic Regulations of Seattle University. Pedestrians and operators of vehicular and non-vehicular modes of transportation shall comply with directions issued by members of the Public Safety Department in the assignment and use of parking space and in the collection of parking fees.
No vehicle shall be parked so as to occupy any portion of more than one parking space or stall as designated within a parking area. The fact that other vehicles may have been so parked as to require the vehicle parked to occupy a portion of more than one space or stall shall not constitute an excuse or defense for a violation of this section.
During special occasions causing additional heavy traffic and during emergencies, the Director of Public Safety is authorized to impose additional traffic and parking directions for the achievement of the specified objectives of these regulations.
Seattle University and its employees shall not be held liable for any loss or damage to vehicles or contents of vehicles due to theft, fire, impoundment, or other causes while parked on Seattle University property
No person shall stop, stand or park any vehicle so as to obstruct traffic along or upon any street, sidewalk, pedestrian pathway, parking exit, or parking stall, or otherwise prevent the normal flow of all forms of traffic.
A. The registered owner of a vehicle parking within Seattle University parking lots is responsible for all violations of these regulations by that vehicle.
B. No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first:
A. For the purpose of these regulations, motorcycles, motorized bicycles and scooters are considered to be motor vehicles and are subject to all traffic and parking rules and regulations.
B. Motorcycles, motorized bicycles and scooters must be parked in designated areas only.
C. Motorcycles, motorized bicycles and scooters are not permitted on pedestrian pathways, sidewalks, in or near buildings and their entrances or in any pedestrian areas.
The bicycle management program is intended to provide rider safety, to safeguard property, and to encourage an alternative means of transportation. With safety as the primary focus, bicycles must be kept out of buildings, away from building exits; and they must be parked away from paths and sidewalks. To prevent bicycle theft, all bicycle owners are encouraged to register their bicycles, free of charge, at the Campus Public Safety Department Office.
Bicycles shall be parked in designated areas in racks. At no time shall a bicycle be parked in a building, near a building exit, on a pathway or sidewalk, in planted areas or chained or otherwise secured to trees, lamp standards, handrails, sign posts, etc. Except for bicycle racks adjacent to the residence halls, bicycle racks located in other campus areas are for temporary parking and are not be used for overnight storage.
Bicycles may be ridden in areas authorized for motor vehicles or on campus malls, yielding at all times to pedestrian traffic. All bicycle riders are encouraged to follow bicycle safety rules, as applied to public streets.
A. Bicycles parked in violation of these regulations will be subject to impoundment by the University.
B. A bicycle abandoned or parked on University land for three days or longer is subject to seizure and impound by the University. A bicycle will not be considered abandoned when the owner/operator is unable to remove it and so notifies the University Public Safety Department.
C. Bicycles secured to trees, lamp standards, sign posts, handrails, etc. are subject to immediate impoundment.
D. Impounded bicycles will be stored by the University Public Safety Department. Bicycles will be released during business hours and upon presentation of proof of ownership and payment of a $5.00 fine. Owners of impounded bicycles, if registered or otherwise identifiable, will be notified as soon as reasonably possible after impoundment and must reclaim the bicycle within fifteen (15) calendar days. Bicycles unclaimed after sixty (60) calendar days will be subject to sale at a public auction conducted by the Seattle Police Department. The University and its officers, employees, and agents shall not be liable for loss or damage of any kind resulting from such impoundment or storage.
The Department of Public Safety is authorized to issue permits to drive and/or park on University property. All outstanding parking violation penalties must be satisfactorily settled before a parking permit may be issued or renewed.
Each faculty, staff and student may be issued a single permit. This permit is only transferable between vehicles registered to the individual.
The person to whom a permit is issued shall be responsible for compliance with these rules and regulations involving the vehicle(s) for which the permit was issued.
The vehicle permit shall be displayed affixed to the driver's side lower portion of the windshield of the vehicle and shall be visible at all times. As an alternative, both card and decal type permits may be displayed on the dashboard as long as they are visible through the driver's side lower portion of the windshield. The area designator (numeral, letter or combination of) will be affixed to the vehicle permit. Motorcycle, scooter, and mopeds do not receive permits. Permits and area designators that are not displayed in accordance with the provisions of this section are not valid and vehicles displaying them improperly are subject to enforcement action. Expired permits must be removed before affixing the current permit.
The purpose of the carpool program is to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles (SOV) on campus. Carpool parking permits are for sale at a reduced rate and convenient on-campus parking is available.
A. Two or more Seattle University community members constitute a valid campus carpool. All carpool teams must arrive on campus with at least two members of the team.
B. Each carpool team member who will drive will be issued a permit for their vehicle. At NO time, however, shall more than one vehicle in a carpool team park without obtaining a single occupancy vehicle permit for that day. Vehicles with single occupancy vehicle permits will not park in spaces designated for carpools.
C. In the absence of a carpool partner (illness or in-availability), an exception will be allowed only one day per week. A temporary pass (single occupancy permit) for the day can be obtained at the University entrance located at 12th Avenue and East Marion Street. Vehicles with these temporary passes may not use designated carpool spaces or lots that day. If special circumstances occur please contact Parking Services at 206.296.5995.
A. Disabled Parking spaces are provided within the University parking lots in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Primary disabled spaces are found in the Visitor lot located adjacent to the University Entrance. Additional space is available in the 11th & East Cherry Garage.
B. Vehicles parking in disabled spaces (including State Disabled Permit holders) must possess a University regular or temporary permit. Disabled permits may be obtained from the Department of Public Safety office after proper authorization for the permit has been obtained.
C. Authorization to park in University disabled spaces requires presentation of a valid State Disabled Permit and/ or medical recommendation for a temporary (no longer than 3 months) disabled permit. If the medical condition will persist more than 3 months, then the individual must obtain a State Disabled Permit.
Upon probable cause to believe that a violation of these regulations has occurred, an appropriate summons or parking/traffic violation notice may be issued by the Public Safety Department setting forth the date, the approximate time, the locality, and the nature of the violation. Such citation may be served by delivering or mailing a copy thereof to the alleged violator, by attaching or affixing a copy thereof to the vehicle or bicycle allegedly involved in such violation or by placing a copy thereof in some prominent place within such vehicle. Service by mail shall be accomplished by placing a copy of the citation in the mail addressed to the alleged violator at the address shown on the records of the Office of the Registrar, the Human Resources Office or Academic Personnel Records for that person, or any other last known address of that person.
Every person in whose name a vehicle is registered (licensed) shall be responsible for any parking violations of said vehicle and for all offenses other than moving violations under these regulations. It shall be no defense that said vehicle was illegally parked or used by another, unless it be shown that at such time said vehicle was being used without the consent of the registered (licensed) owner thereof: Provided, that the lessee of a commercially rented or leased vehicle alone shall be responsible for any parking of such vehicle and for all violations of these regulations committed while the vehicle is being leased or rented, if the registered (licensed) owner of such vehicle furnished the Public Safety Department with a copy of the renting or leasing contract stating the name and address of the renter or lessee.
A. The parking violation notice issued pursuant to these regulations shall advise the alleged violator that he or she may elect either to pay and forfeit the fine applicable to the violations charged or to contest the matters through the Public Safety Department by writing an appeal.
B. If the alleged violator chooses to forfeit the fines he or she may do so by mail, forwarding the appropriate amount by check or money order or by bringing such amount in cash to the Department of Public Safety. Such forfeiture shall constitute a waiver of the right to contest.
C. If the alleged violator chooses to contest, he or she may do so by contacting the Parking Office in writing within 5 days of receiving the citation.
D. If an alleged violator has received one or more parking violation notice(s) and has neither paid the fines nor sent a written contest, the Parking Office may suspend parking privileges. Suspended parking privileges may result in immediate impoundment if the vehicle is found parked on campus.
Upon showing of good cause or mitigating circumstances, the Director of Public Safety or his/her designee may impose a lesser fine than those established in these regulations, or may suspend the fine.
A. Any parking fine which, without lawful excuse, is unpaid for a period of time in excess of the time specified for payment, will constitute a delinquent and unpaid debt due and owing Seattle University in full and may be processed for collection in accordance with applicable statutes and University procedures.
B. If a parking permit holder refuses or fails without lawful excuse to comply with a final judgment of the Public Safety Department, the Director of Public Safety may notify the individual concerned that his or her failure to comply constitutes grounds for recall of his or her parking permit as provided for in these regulations, and/or may subject his or her vehicle to impoundment as provided for in these regulations. If there is no response to this notice, a parking permit holder's parking privileges shall be revoked by the Director of Public Safety, and the vehicle may be subject to impoundment if found parked on University property.
C. In the cases where parking privileges are revoked, refunds for the remaining portion of a paid parking permit will be issued after all unpaid fines have been deducted.
Any vehicle with one or more outstanding parking violations is subject to impound upon any subsequent parking violations.
IMPOUNDMENT OF VEHICLES
Any vehicle parked upon Seattle University property may be subject to impoundment for cause as specified under these regulations. The University and its officers, employees and agents shall not be liable for loss or damage of any kind resulting from such impoundment.
Citation Notices shall clearly indicate that failure to respond by either payment of the fines or a written contest will result in a judgment against the owner and that failure to comply with an order of the Public Safety Department will subject the vehicle to impoundment if it is found parked on University property.
A vehicle may be impounded without reasonable attempt having been made to notify the owner of the possibility of this action only in the following circumstances:
A. The vehicle has no current registration with Seattle University and is found parked during regulated hours on Seattle University property without proper display of a valid parking permit;
B. The vehicle is found parked in a designated disabled parking space without a valid Seattle University Disabled Parking Permit;
C The vehicle is found parked blocking a driveway, entrance, exit, fire hydrant, in a loading zone, in a no parking area, in an impound zone, on a landscaped area, in a prohibited area, fire zone, or restricting University activities;
D. The vehicle is parked on a campus street or mall without proper authorization;
E. The vehicle is found to be improperly parked;
F. The vehicle is found to be parked in a reserved space.
A vehicle not subject to impoundment under Seattle University Parking Regulations may be impounded after notice of such proposed impoundment has been securely attached to and conspicuously displayed on said vehicle for a period of twenty-four (24) hours prior to such impoundment when such is abandoned for 24 hours or longer.
A. The following descriptions provide brief summaries of specific violations of the provisions of these regulations.
B. The Director of the Public Safety and Transportation may provide clarification on specific violations to meet the objectives of these regulations.
A. The fines or penalties which may be assessed for violations of these regulations are those detailed below:
B. Additions or other changes to this list will be published as needed and will be available in the Public Safety Office.