Transportation and Parking Services
Parking

Parking Regulations

  • I. Campus Parking & Traffic Regulations

    A. PREAMBLE

    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 the following regulations. Parking is a privilege granted by the Administration of the University, and does not ensure regular availability of a parking space.

    B. OBJECTIVES OF PARKING AND TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

    The objectives of these regulations are:

    1. To protect the community, manage traffic and regulate parking.
    2. To assure access at all times for emergency responders and equipment.
    3. To minimize parking and traffic disturbances during class hours.
    4. To facilitate the work of the University by assuring access to University owned vehicles and by assigning limited parking spaces effectively.
    5. To conform with the land use requirements as promulgated by the Seattle Municipal Code and the Washington State Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law.

    C. AUTHORITY OF PARKING SERVICES AND PUBLIC SAFETY STAFF

    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 authorized to issue citations and impound vehicles and shall execute the powers of enforcement as granted by these regulations and the Administration of Seattle University.

    D. DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY

    The authority conferred upon the Director of Public Safety and Transportationto enforce these regulations may be delegated by the Director to his/her staff members.

    E. REVISIONS OF THESE REGULATIONS

    The University Administration or its appointed representatives reserves the right to revise these regulations, including the fee, fine, and penalty schedules.

    F.

    Seattle University is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Seattle University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, Political ideology or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran 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. Back to top

    II. Parking Facilities

    A. REGULATORY SIGNS, MARKINGS, BARRICADES, ETC.

    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. The Public Safety Department will place or make signs, barricades, structures, markings and issue directions that best accomplish the objectives of these regulations.

    B. PARKING PERMITS, DESIGNATORS, AND ASSIGNMENTS

    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 identify areas to be marked and spaces to be numbered, signed, and/or lettered to delineate user types and valid permits required. The Public Safety Department reserves the right to change designators and assignments, which will promote the objectives of this regulation.

    C. CHANGES TO SIGNAGE

    No person without authorization from the Director of Public Safetyor 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 or permission to make any temporary or permanent changes of this nature must be obtained from the Director of Public Safety or his/her designee. Back to top

    III. Operation of Vehicles on Campus

    A. VEHICLE ACCESS

    Motor vehicle access is limited to University parking lots and direct access routes to University 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.

    B. SPEED

    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.

    C. PEDESTRIANS---RIGHT-OF-WAY

    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.

    D. OVERNIGHT PARKING OF OCCUPIED VEHICLES

    Overnight parking of occupied vehicles, including motor homes, campers, trucks, cars, etc. is generally not permitted. The Department of Public Safety may authorize short-term occupancy parking for special needs.

    E. UNIVERSITY VEHICLES

    1. University vehicles (including motorized wheeled equipment) are allowed access to all campus parking lots and pedestrian malls to carry out necessary functions.
    2. 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.
    3. When parking all vehicles, ensure thatbrakes are properly employed or equipment chocked to prevent accidental movement or rolling.Back to top

    IV.Use of Skate Boards & Roller Blades (Skates) on Campus

    A. SKATE BOARDS & ROLLERBLADES/SKATES

    Skateboards and roller blades/skates may be used on campus for the purpose of transportation. Skateboards and roller blades/skates may only be ridden on the campus pedestrian malls. Skateboards or roller blades/skates are prohibited 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 blades/skates are to be used in a prudent and safe manner at all times. Recreational/ trick/ stunt riding is prohibited on campus property.Back to top

    V. Parking Vehicles On Campus

    A. PERMIT REQUIRED FOR VEHICLES ON CAMPUS

    1. No person shall operate 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.
    2. Permission to operate a vehicle on campus or to park thereon is granted 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.

    B. VALID PERMIT DEFINED

    1. A current date/period vehicle permit and area designator, issued by the Department of Public Safety and properly registered and displayed in accordance with rules and regulations.
    2. A temporary permit authorized by the staff of Public Safety, and displayed in accordance with instruction on the permit.
    3. A parking permit issued by a gate attendant or dispersed by a parking permit machine, and displayed on the vehicle in accordance with instructions.
    4. Parking permits are not transferable, except as provided for in these regulations.
    5. The University reserves the right to refuse the issuance of a parking permit and associated privileges.

    C. DESIGNATED AND ASSIGNED PARKING AREAS

    1. Authorized parking areas on the Seattle University campus are specifically signed and striped.
    2. 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.
    3. No vehicle shall be parked:

    a. At any place where official signs prohibit parking.

    b. Within ten (10) feet of a fire hydrant.

    c. At any place not specifically marked for parking.

    d. Along red or yellow painted curbing - denoting a fire/emergency vehicle zone.

    4. No vehicle shall be parked in any designated parking area without a permit for that area.

    D. REGULATORY SIGNS AND DIRECTIONS

    Drivers of motor vehicles shall obey regulatory signs that are posted by the University and 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 spaces and in the collection of parking fees.

    E. PARKING WITHIN DESIGNATED PLACES

    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.

    F. SPECIAL PARKING AND TRAFFIC

    The Director of Public Safety is authorized to impose additional traffic and parking directions during special occasions and during emergencies in order to achieve the specified objectives of these regulations.

    G. LIABILITY OF UNIVERSITY

    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.

    H. OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC PROHIBITED

    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.

    I. PARKING---OPERATOR'S RESPONSIBILITY

    1. The registered owner and/or an individual on record with the University having a vehicle parked within any Seattle University parking area is responsible for all violations of these regulations by that vehicle.
    2. No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first:

    a, Stopping the engine, locking the ignition and removing the key; and

    b. Effectively setting the brake and transmission to prevent movement of the vehicle.Back to top

    VI. Freshman Parking Policy

    Freshmen resident students are not permitted to bring cars to campus for the duration of their freshman year (fall through spring quarters). This policy does not apply to non-traditional freshmen or freshmen living off-campus.

    Definition: A Residential Freshmen is a student living on campus who is in their first year of college. Non-traditional freshmen are 21 years or older.

    Pre-college credits, advanced placement credits, and the like are not relevant to this policy. Any credit awarded for coursework taken prior to high school graduation, or during the summer following graduation, does not change a student status as a freshman or first year college student.

    Students entering their second year at the University are eligible to purchase a parking permit even if they have not completed enough credits to obtain sophomore standing. They are no longer considered first year college students. Students who begin as freshman in the spring or winter quarter of an academic year are permitted to purchase a permit for the following fall quarter, even though they may not have accumulated sufficient credits to attain sophomore standing.

    A. Rationale

    An initiative of the Seattle University's Transportation Management Plan (TMP) is to increase the use of alternative methods of transportation by university community members. It is also a goal that a growing commuter population of students, faculty and staff are provided efficient on-campus parking accommodations. This is a consistent challenge that is continually monitored and managed as on-campus parking at Seattle University is extremely limited.

    B. Interpretation and Enforcement of this Policy

    The Department of Public Safety and Transportation will not sell parking permits to resident freshmen, and other members of the community who are eligible for parking permits will not be allowed to purchase one for resident freshmen. Attempts to do so may result in having any future parking privileges of both parties revoked.

    C. Exceptions

    An extremely limited number of exceptions to this policy may be granted on a quarterly basis with restricted petition deadlines established during the year. Students who can demonstrate a compelling need or who would suffer undue hardship due to the restriction on residential freshman cars can petition for a waiver. Waivers are reviewed by the Director of Public Safety and Transportation (DPS) or an appointee and will be kept to an absolute minimum.

    Waiver requests must be approved prior to bringing the vehicle to campus. If approved, the student will be able to purchase a parking permit for each quarter of the remaining academic year. To submit a request for a waiver, students must complete the online waiver request form (see link below). Submit waiver requests to parkingservices@seattleu.edu. After the waiver request deadlines, the application process is closed and no further waiver requests will be accepted for review.

    It is vital to provide the necessary documentation at the time of the request. Decisions are usually available 1 week after the request deadline. All materials including Waiver Request Form and supporting documents must be submitted to DPS by the designated due date to be considered. After assessing required documentation, the Director of DPS or an appointee may grant a waiver based on space availability and level of hardship. Decisions determined by the Director or designee are FINAL.

    Submitting a request for a waiver does not guarantee approval nor should acceptance of the request by DPS be construed as a commitment to approve the waiver. It is important to note that no student under consideration for an exception should bring a vehicle to campus until approval to purchase a residential permit has been granted.

    Exceptions are granted for the following reasons: 1) off-campus, part-time employment (at least 20 hours per week) not reasonably accessible by a local Mass Transit Service, 2) medical reasons, 3) extenuating family circumstances or 4) University obligation or commitment. It is the student's responsibility to provide the necessary documentation that positively demonstrates the need for the request. Specific information for each exception is listed below:

    1. Requests for exception based on part-time employment should be submitted online once employment has been secured.

    Approval will be granted upon successful verification of off-campus employment and schedule meeting the minimum 20 hours per week requirement. The Executive Director of DPS or an appointee reserves the right to verify continuation of employment throughout the academic year. Decal holders are responsible for ensuring that the most current employment information is on file. Updated information may be provided via an electronic document emailed to parkingservices@seattleu.edu. Failure to provide updated information may result in suspension or loss of privileges. Petitions for approval are not automatic and are generally given only when a student's transportation circumstances cannot be accommodated by a local Mass Transit Service. Freshmen are strongly encouraged to find employment either on campus or in the local community. Appeals will be granted in this category on a very limited basis. Appeals should include a signed, notarized letter on company letterhead from employer stating days and hours of employment. The letter shall include the employer's telephone number. A current payroll stub may also be required.

    2. Requests for exceptions based on medical reasons (physical disability or illness)

    of the student requiring transportation off campus should be submitted online and must provide the necessary documentation to positively prove the need. Students requesting a waiver in this category must register with the Office of Disability Services prior to submitting waiver request. Petitions for approval are not automatic and are generally given only when a student's medical appointments cannot be accommodated by a local Mass Transit Service. Medical reasons require a letter from a licensed physician indicating a legitimate medical need. This letter should explain in detail the nature of the problem, the reason(s) for the student to have ready access to their own transportation and the time-frame being projected for this need.

    3. Requests for exceptions based on extenuating family circumstances

    requiring transportation off campus should be submitted online and must provide the necessary documentation to positively prove the need. Petitions for approval are not automatic and are generally given only when a student's family circumstances cannot be accommodated by a local Mass Transit Service.

    4. Requests for exceptions based on University obligation or commitment

    requiring transportation off campus should be submitted online and must provide the necessary documentation to positively prove the need. University obligations or commitment reasons require a letter from a University sponsor/coach/instructor indicating a legitimate need. This letter should explain in detail the nature of the problem, the reason(s) for the student to have ready access to their own transportation and the time-frame being projected for this need. Petitions for approval are not automatic and are generally given only when a student's transportation circumstances cannot be accommodated by a local Mass Transit Service. Academic - requires a legitimate written justification from faculty member stating the reason for exception and must include description of approved off-campus credit-bearing program.

    Other exceptional circumstances are at the discretion of the Executive Director of Public Safety and Transportation.

    Introduction: Resident Parking Waiver Petition Form

    Students who wish to petition for a waiver may do so by completing and submitting a Resident Freshman Waiver Petition Form (see below) and other supporting documents. Documents must be submitted to the Department of Public Safety and Transportation (DPS) or may be sent electronically to ParkingServices@seattleu.edu. Submitting a request for a waiver does not guarantee approval nor should acceptance of the request by DPS be construed as a commitment to approve the waiver.

    Students who can demonstrate a compelling need or who would suffer undue hardship due to the restriction on residential freshman cars can petition for a waiver. Waivers are reviewed by the Executive Director of DPS or an appointee and will be kept to an absolute minimum.

    Waiver Request Deadlines

    Fall Quarter September 23

    Winter Quarter January 10

    Spring Quarter April 4

    It is important to note that no student under consideration for an exception should bring a vehicle to campus until approval to purchase a resident decal has been granted. Please allow one (1) weeks for the approval process.

    Rationale: Resident Freshmen Parking Waivers

    An initiative of the Seattle University's Transportation Management Plan (TMP) is to increase the use of alternative methods of transportation by university community members. It is also a goal that a growing commuter population of students, faculty and staff are provided efficient on-campus parking accommodations. This is a consistent challenge that is continually monitored and managed as on-campus parking at Seattle University is extremely limited.

    Definition

    A Resident Freshmen is a student living on campus who is in their first year of college. Non-traditional freshmen are 21 years or older. Non-traditional freshmen do not fall under this policy.

    Please direct all inquiries regarding the status of your appeal to: ParkingServices@seattleu.edu.

    Waiver Request Exceptions

    • Off-campus employement (minimum 20 hours)

    • Medical - Documented medical condition

    • Extenuating Family Circumstances

    •University Obligation or Commitment

    Waiver requests must be approved prior to bringing the vehicle to campus. If approved, the student will be able to purchase a permit for the academic year. To submit a request for a waiver, students must complete waiver petition form.


    After the waiver request deadlines, the application process is closed.

    Submit waiver requests to the Public Safety office located in USB 102 or to ParkingServices@seattleu.edu.

    DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:

    1. Off-campus Employment -Waivers will be granted in this category on a very limited basis. Waivers should include a signed, notarized letter on company letterhead from employer stating days and hours of employment. Letter shall include employer's telephone number. A current payroll stub may also be required. Students must show 20 hours/week of regular, scheduled employment.
    2. Medical reasons - requires a letter from a licensed physician indicating a legitimate medical need. This letter should explain in detail the nature of the problem, the reason(s) for the student to have ready access to their own transportation and the time-frame being projected for this need.
    3. Extenuating Family Circumstances - requires a legitimate written justification stating the reason for exception and all supporting documentation to positively establish your case.
    4. University Obligation or Commitment – requires a letter from a University sponsor/coach/instructor stating the University obligation. Such obligations include athletic, band, internship, class participation off campus, etc.Back to top

    Freshman Parking Waiver Form

    VII. Parking Scooters and Motorcycles on Campus

    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.Back to top

    VIII. Bicycle Parking and Riding On Campus

    A. REGISTRATION

    1. 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 required to register their bicycles, free of charge, at the Campus Public Safety Department Office.

    B. PARKING AREAS

    1. 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 to be used for overnight storage.

    C. AREAS OF OPERATION

    1. 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 to follow bicycle safety rules and regulations in accordance with state codes.

    D. ENFORCEMENT

    1. Bicycles parked in violation of these regulations will be subject to impoundment by the University.
    2. An unregistered 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.
    3. Bicycles secured to trees, lamp standards, sign-posts, handrails, etc. are subject to immediate impoundment.
    4. 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. A payment of a $15.00 fine for violations will be satisfied before bicycles are released. Owners of impounded bicycles, if registered or otherwise identifiable, will be notified as soon as reasonably possible after impoundment. Bicycles unclaimed after (90) calendar days will be subject to disposal. The University and its officers, employees, and agents shall not be liable for loss or damage of any kind resulting from such impoundment and storage.Back to top

    IX. Issuance of Parking Permits

    A. AUTHORIZATION FOR ISSUANCE OF PERMITS

    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.

    B. TRANSFERABLE PERMITS

    Faculty, staff and students may be issued a single permit. This permit is only transferable between vehicles registered to the individual.

    C. VEHICLE AND DRIVER'S LICENSES REQUIRED

    1. Any applicant for a permit must possess a current, valid driver's license. The vehicle for which he or she seeks a permit must also be currently licensed and registered.
    2. Persons who do not have the regular use of an automobile will not be eligible for permits, except in cases involving physical disability. Such applicants shall set forth in writing their arrangements for transportation to and from campus.

    D. RESPONSIBILITY OF PERMIT HOLDERS

    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.

    E. DISPLAY OF PERMITS

    1. A 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. 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.
    2. Motorcycle, scooter, and mopeds do not receive permits.

    F. TIMES AND DATES PERMITS ARE VALID

    1. Decals

    a. Quarterly & Semester permits are valid from the beginning to the end of the quarter or semester as indicated on the permit and include the quarter or semester break directly following.

    b. 9 Month Permits are valid from the beginning of Fall quarter until the end of Spring quarter and the break immediately following for the academic year printed on the permit.

    c. Yearly permits (ie. Annual Employee permit) are valid from the beginning of Fall quarter through the end of Summer quarter including the break immediately following for the academic year printed on the permit.

    2. Designators

    1. Employee Designators (A) are valid from 6 AM until 12 Midnight. Temporary overnight parking must be arranged with Public Safety.
    2. Jesuit Designators (J) are valid 24 hours a day.
    3. Student day designators (D) are valid from 6 AM until 12 Midnight.
    4. Student evening designators (E) are valid from 3 PM until 12 Midnight.
    5. Student resident designators (R) are valid 24 hours a day.
    6. Carpool designators (C) are valid from 6 AM until 12 Midnight.

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    X. Issuance of Carpool Permits

    A. 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.

    B. 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.

    C. Each carpool team will be issued a permit valid for carpool parking. Vehicles with only one occupant do not qualify as a valid carpool and the driver must obtain a single occupancy vehicle permit for that day. Vehicles with single occupancy vehicle permits will not park in spaces designated for carpools.

    NOTE: We currently have employee carpool and Student carpool. The rules are slightly different. Employees each get a carpool-parking pass. Students get one parking pass to share. Each student is given an single occupant vehicle (SOV) card for the quarter or Semester equivalent to one day per week.

    D. 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.Back to top

    XI. Issuance of Disabled Parking Permits

    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.Back to top

    XII. Enforcement of Parking Regulations

    A. PROCEDURE

    1. 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. A citation may be served by delivering or mailing a copy to the alleged violator, or by attaching or affixing a copy to the vehicle or bicycle involved in the violation or by placing a copy 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.

    B. REGISTERED OWNER RESPONSIBLE FOR ILLEGAL PARKING

    1. 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 is not a defense that a vehicle was illegally parked or used by another, unless it is proven that at the time of the violation the vehicle was being used without the consent of the registered (licensed) owner (vehicle is reported stolen): 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.

    C. ELECTION TO FORFEIT OR CONTEST

    1. The parking violation notice issued pursuant to these regulations shall advise the alleged violator that he/she may elect to pay and forfeit the fine applicable to the violations charged, or contest the matters through the Public Safety Department by writing an appeal.
    2. If the alleged violator chooses to forfeit the fines he/she may do so by mail, forwarding the appropriate amount by check or money order or by bringing such amount in cash or credit card to the Department of Public Safety. Such forfeiture shall constitute a waiver of the right to contest.
    3. If the alleged violator chooses to contest, he/she must do so by contacting the Department of Public Safety in writing within 5 days of receiving the citation or by submitting an appeal on line through the Department of Public Safety web site at - www.seattleu.edu/safety/
    4. If an alleged violator has received three 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.

    D. MITIGATION AND SUSPENSION OF PENALTIES

    1. Upon showing of good cause or mitigating circumstances, the Director of Public Safetyor his/her designee may impose a lesser fine than those established in these regulations, or may suspend the fine.

    E. ENFORCEMENT OF JUDGMENTS BY THE PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT

    1. 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.
    2. 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/her failure to comply constitutes grounds for recall of his/her parking permit as provided for in these regulations, and may subject his/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.
    3. 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.

    F. PARKING VIOLATIONS---REPEAT OFFENDERS

    1. Any vehicle with three or more outstanding parking violations is subject to impoundment upon any subsequent parking violations.Back to top

    XIII. Impoundment of Vehicles

    A. IMPOUNDMENT OF VEHICLES

    1. 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. A Public Safety officer may take custody of a vehicle and provide for its prompt removal to a place of safety under the following circumstances;

    a) When a vehicle is unattended upon University property where the vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic or jeopardizes community safety.

    b) When a vehicle is unattended at the scene of an accident on University property or when the driver of a vehicle at the scene of an accident is incapable to decide upon steps to be taken to protect his/her property.

    c) Whenever the driver of a vehicle is arrested on University property, taken into custody by police and is incapable of deciding upon steps to be taken to safeguard his/her property.

    d) Whenever a vehicle is parked in a stall or space that is clearly marked for the disabled (R.C.W. 46.61.581) and that vehicle does not have a special license plate, card or decal indicating it is being used to transport a disabled person.

    e) The vehicle is parked in a tow away zone or reserved parking space and it is in the best interest of the University to remove the vehicle immediately.

    f) The vehicle is obstructing 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.

    g) Junk vehicles standing on University property in violation of nuisance or litter laws.

    h) Vehicles which, have removed, defaced, covered, altered, obliterated, or destroyed serial numbers in an attempt to conceal or misrepresent the identity of the vehicle.

    2. 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.

    B. IMPOUNDMENT OF ABANDONED VEHICLES

    1. Abandoned Vehicle defined

    a. Any vehicle that has been left on University property for 72 hours without being moved.

    2. A Public Safety Officer identifying an abandoned vehicle shall make a reasonable effort to contact the owner in order to give the owner the information on the sticker. If telephone or personal contact is made with the registered owner, or if extenuating circumstances exist, the vehicle may be impounded twenty-four hours after the sticker was attached. Otherwise, it will be our policy to give the registered owner five days to move the vehicle. Additionally, we will attempt to notify the registered owner with an "Unauthorized Vehicle Notice" postcard. Back to top

    XIV. Violation Summaries

    A. The following descriptions provide brief summaries of general violations of the provisions of these regulations.

    1. Failure to Transfer a Valid Permit to a second registered vehicle is when a permit holder does not transfer the movable permit to the vehicle they park on campus. This violation is most frequently cited as; 'parking with no valid permit displayed'.
    2. Improper Display of Permit is when the permit is not displayed on the lower portion of the driver's side windshield or is not visible on the driver's side dash board of the vehicle.
    3. Obstructing Traffic is when a vehicle is parked in such a manner as likely to impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic, such as when a vehicle is parked at the end of a row in a space not designated for parking and may interfere with vehicle's turning into or out of the row or may interfere with the visibility of a vehicle turning into or out of a row, or when a large vehicle attempts to park in a compact vehicle stall and the vehicle protrudes into the traffic way in such a manner as to impede a driver's visibility or a vehicle's free and easy passage through the traffic way.
    4. 'Occupying More Than One Space' is when a vehicle is not parked between the lines delineating a parking space and protrudes into an adjacent space.
    5. Parking in a Restricted Space is when a vehicle is parked in a space that is restricted to specific type of permit such as a University vehicle, reserved space, or Jesuit vehicle.
    6. Parking in a Prohibited Area is when a vehicle is parked in a place where parking is not permitted such as on a campus mall without a valid mall permit, within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, blocking a crosswalk, on a planted area, in a space or area that is posted as no parking, in a passenger load/ unload area, at a campus mall entrance, in a passenger load/ unload only zone and/ or any other area not specifically designated for parking.
    7. Parking out of Assigned Area is when a vehicle is parked in an area not assigned for that permit. Examples are student permit in a visitor space, a non-resident permit parked after midnight, an evening permit parked before 3:00 PM, or a non-carpool permit parked in a carpool lot or space.
    8. Parking Over Permitted Time Limit is when a vehicle is parked longer than is allowed by either the permit the vehicle is issued or the space where the vehicle is parked. Examples are vehicles with a permit to park 15 minutes who park longer than 15 minutes; a second example is a space designated as a 10 minute loading zone and a vehicle is parked longer than 10 minutes.
    9. Parking With No Valid Permit Displayed is when a vehicle is parked without a valid permit displayed on the vehicle. This includes vehicles with no permit and expired permits parked anywhere on Seattle University or university parking areas.
    10. Parking with altered permit: Vehicle is parked with valid Carpool SOV card, 5-Day Supplemental, Temp/Intermittent Permit or ORCA Flex Pass but pass has been altered (dates erased, information modified, details crossed out).
    11. Parking Outside Cycle Area (Motorcycle or Bicycle) is when a motorcycle or bicycle is parked outside those areas specifically designated for motorcycle or bicycle parking. This includes cycles parked in a vehicle parking space.
    12. Parking While Privilege Suspended is when a vehicle registered to or operated by any person whose parking privilege has been suspended, is parked anywhere on Seattle University or in any University parking area.
    13. Parking in Space Designated for Disabled is when a vehicle is parked in a space designated for disabled persons, without a valid Washington State or Seattle University disabled parking permit. Vehicles with valid Washington State Permits but no university permit will be cited for parking with no valid permit displayed.
    14. Use of Stolen Permit: Vehicle is parked or stopped at SU with stolen permit on or in vehicle. Stolen permits have been acquired in manner other than permitting process.
    15. Unauthorized use of the Carpool Permit or Parking Lot is arriving without a carpool partner more often than allowed by regulation, and/ or more than one vehicle of a carpool parked on campus at a time without a single occupancy vehicle permit. It includes all violations of the carpool regulations or agreement.

    B. The Director of the Public Safety and Transportation may provide clarification on specific violations to meet the objectives of these regulations.Back to top

    XV. Parking Fines Listing

    A. The fines or penalties which may be assessed for violations of these regulations are those detailed below:

    1. Failure to display/transfer a valid permit to a second registered vehicle $20.00
    2. Improper display of permit $20.00
    3. Obstructing traffic $30.00
    4. Occupying more than one space $30.00
    5. Parking in a restricted space $30.00
    6. Parking in a prohibited area $30.00
    7. Parking out of Assigned area $30.00
    8. Parking over permitted time limit $30.00
    9. Parking with no Valid Permit Displayed $30.00
    10. Parking with altered permit $30.00
    11. Parking outside cycle area (motorcycle or bicycle) $30.00
    12. Parking while privilege suspended $100.00
    13. Parking in space designated for disabled $100.00
    14. Use of stolen permit $100.00
    15. Unauthorized use of the Carpool Permit or Parking Lot, fine varies
      1. 1st Violation, $30.00
      2. 2nd Violation, $100.00
      3. 3rd Violation, Loss of Parking Privileges
       
    16. Abandoning Vehicle $200.00

    B. Additions or other changes to this list will be published as needed and will be available in the Public Safety Office.

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