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35. Motor Vehicles and Bicycles

(Revised: 1999)


The University Police Department is responsible for the rules concerning moving vehicles and bicycles on university property. Transportation Services is responsible for the rules concerning vehicles and bicycles that are parked on university property.

35.1 Motor Vehicles

All motor vehicles must display a valid university parking permit before they may be parked on university property, with the exception of those parked in visitor pay areas and 30-minute spaces, which do not require the display of any type of permit.

Permits are obtained from Transportation Services. All motor vehicles on university property must be operated in accordance with the university rules and appropriate Texas motor vehicle laws.

Illegal parking may result in the vehicle’s being ticketed or impounded in a secure lot. Vehicles with excessive violations may be towed and impounded even if they are parked in the legal space at the time of the tow. Students with delinquent citations may be blocked from registration, transcripts, etc. Citations not paid within 10 working days will be billed on the student’s fee statement. If the account is not cleared, the Fiscal Department will block for nonpayment.

When, in the judgment of Transportation Services, a student’s failure to comply with appropriate parking rules becomes a breach of discipline, that office shall refer the student to the Department of Student Life. At such time, a student may have his or her permit revoked and be prohibited from parking on the campus for the remainder of the year. Additional rules entitled Motor Vehicle Rules are published and distributed by Transportation Services on an annual basis. Vehicle operators are required to comply with all published parking or traffic rules.

35.2 Bicycles

All bicycles should be registered with Transportation Services. Bicycles can be marked with an identifying number by the University Police Department to ensure proper return if recovered after theft or confiscation due to illegal parking or abandonment. All bicycles on university property must be operated in accordance with university rules and appropriate Texas motor vehicle laws.

After the close of the spring semester, all bicycles will be removed from the residence hall bicycle racks, except those racks specifically designated for storage during the break between semesters. Bicycles that appear to be abandoned in the racks or near other campus buildings or parking lots will be impounded by Transportation Services. In cases that result in the removal of the chain/lock, the owner will absorb the cost of replacement.

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