These regulations apply to all persons operating motor vehicles at Reinhardt University and become part of the terms and conditions accepted by all persons permitted to operate motor vehicles on campus. Students, faculty and staff shall not operate or park any motor vehicle on campus unless qualified to do so under applicable State law and RU regulations. For the purpose of these regulations, a “motor vehicle” is a conveyance with two or more wheels propelled by an electric or fuel-burning motor.
In order to facilitate a safe and orderly flow of traffic on campus, Reinhardt University adopts in full all the statutes and provisions of OCGA, Title 40, Article 10, regarding “Stopping, Standing and Parking.” When appropriate, curbs may be painted yellow to designate restricted parking as set forth by Georgia law; however, the lack of yellow curbing or restricted parking signs is not a defense for those charged with violations of State or campus parking regulations. Parking or driving is not permitted on the grass, on sidewalks, in driveways or any other area not designated for parking or driving.
Parking on the Reinhardt Waleska Campus is either designated for visitors or requires the display of a valid permit. The responsibility for finding a legal space rests with the motor vehicle operator. Inability to locate a convenient parking space is not a valid reason for violating parking rules and regulations. Please refer to the campus parking map for exact locations of specific parking permit designations.
All University faculty, staff, dining facility employees, students, part-time employees, contractors, vendors or others who regularly park vehicles on Reinhardt property must register their vehicles with Public Safety and display a valid parking permit when parked on campus. The parking fee allows each student two parking decals during the academic year. Any additional decals will be $15 each. Resident students are only allowed one registered vehicle on campus. Faculty and staff who use more than one vehicle may register the vehicles with Public Safety and they will be issued a valid permit for those registered vehicles. Registration can be accomplished in person at the Public Safety office or online with the decals then obtained at the Public Safety office. Decals are not mailed.
1. Reserved parking areas include but are not limited to “faculty and staff reserved” lots, loading zones, visitor spaces and other areas marked reserved for specific persons or functions. Depending on campus activities, Faculty and Staff parking lots will revert to open parking after 5 PM on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays until 6 AM in the morning, when Reserved Status will re-apply and be monitored for violations. This open parking status will not apply to designated spaces, handicap spaces, fire lanes, loading/unloading, and service vehicles. Generally, loading zones are reserved for University vehicles and other authorized vehicles on official business. Drivers of private vehicles may use loading zones during actual loading and unloading of heavy or bulky material (30 minutes or less) with four-way flashers activated. After the car has been unloaded or loaded, the individual needs to move the vehicle to a legal parking space. Faculty, staff, and students may not park in parking areas reserved for visitors.
2. Public Safety will vigorously enforce Georgia’s “Parking Law for Persons with Disabilities” in accordance with OCGA 40-6-226. Drivers of vehicles parked in spaces designated for persons with disabilities must have a valid license plate or display, on their dashboard (in full view) or hung from their rear view mirror, the official permit issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles for persons with disabilities.
3. Students with unpaid fines will be subject to the following sanctions: holds on release of records and degree conferral, and/or referral to outside collection agencies. Please note that if you have a HOLD on your records you must contact the Business Office to get a list of all outstanding fees and fines. Payments are to be made in the Business Office located on the main floor of the Administration Building. Your hold will only be released by the Business Office once a payment is made. A HOLD will NOT be released unless the above procedure is followed.
4. Parking at the Waleska Post Office by students, faculty or staff for the purposes of conducting business with Reinhardt University or attending class is prohibited. Violators are subject to receiving a citation.
5. Parking at the Welcome Center (old bank building) is reserved for Visitors and Faculty/Staff only.
6. The parking areas behind the Paul Jones/Smith Johnston Halls, the Administration Building, the Hasty Student Center, around the Dobbs Building, and in front of the Lawson-Tarpley Buildings are reserved for Faculty and Staff only. All others who park in these reserved areas are subject to receiving a citation.
7. Visitors and guests must register their vehicles and receive a Temporary Parking Permit which will be valid for a set period of time. Decal holders who drive on campus in a vehicle without a decal (rental car, leased vehicle, borrowed) must apply for a Temporary Parking Permit at the Public Safety office. Visitors dining at the Gordy Center are exempt from this requirement. Driver is to provide a vehicle description, location where the vehicle will be parked, and expected time frame the vehicle will be on campus. The Temporary Parking Permit will be hung from the rear view mirror with the verbiage facing the front windshield.
8. Students are responsible for having the correct parking decal. If a student changes from resident to commuter, commuter to resident, or resident to a different resident they must apply for a new parking decal. Only one current parking decal will be displayed on a vehicle.
9. All RU students, regardless of campus location, must have a parking decal issued from the Public Safety office, located in the East Apartments, on the Waleska main campus. You may go on-line and register for a parking decal. Students not on the main campus will be registered as commuter students.
NOTE: Occasionally, a driver will park illegally and then put an old or misappropriated citation on his or her windshield in an attempt to beguile officers into believing s/he has already received a ticket. In an effort to discourage such behavior, owner/operators of such vehicles are subject to judicial disciplinary action, towing of vehicle and/or revocation of parking privileges.
The decision to impound a vehicle will not be undertaken lightly; however, an illegally parked vehicle may be impounded without notice, and at the owner's expense, if it presents a hazard to motorists or is obstructing traffic. Other vehicles subject to immediate impoundment include, but are not limited to, those parked in marked "Tow Away Zones," those parked in spots reserved for specific persons, vehicles that are abandoned or obviously inoperable and vehicles parked on campus during a suspension period. If a vehicle remains in the same space without being moved or is obviously disabled for a period of seven consecutive days without the owner/operator contacting Public Safety with a date the vehicle will be moved; Public Safety will attempt to contact the owner and the vehicle is subject to impoundment.
Although the University assumes no liability for damage or losses incurred as a result of such impoundment, Reinhardt Public Safety officers shall attempt to inventory the contents of impounded vehicle(s) in order to account for any and all valuables contained therein. No officer shall attempt to gain entry for inventory purposes; however, when said vehicle(s) are locked with all windows secured. The legal owner of the vehicle is responsible for all towing and storage charges pertaining to the impoundment.
Reinhardt utilizes Mauldin Body Shop, Inc. of Canton for impoundment services. Their address is: 143 Butterworth Road, Canton, GA, their phone number is 770-479-4851. They maintain 7-day a week business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; however, impounded vehicles may be retrieved 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling their number.
The impoundment fee charged by Mauldin Body Shop, Inc. is within the limits set by the GA Public Service Commission 515-16-15-.03(2) in accordance with GA law, OCGA Sec 44-1-13 which is currently a minimum of $125. If the owner of a vehicle arrives before Mauldin Body Shop has left the premises with the vehicle, they will release the vehicle to the owner once the owner produces the ignition key; however, the owner will be required to pay an operator fee of $50. If the owner/operator is unable to produce the ignition key or the operator fee, the vehicle will be towed to the impound lot.
The pink copy of the Inventory Sheet will be given to the owner/operator of the impounded vehicle after ownership (ignition key) of the vehicle is produced or the owner/operator comes to the Public Safety Office and verifies ownership. The owner/operator of the impounded vehicle must have the pink copy before Mauldin Body Shop will release the vehicle. The owner/operator may retrieve the pink copy of the impound sheet from Reinhardt Public Safety at any time by contacting the Public Safety Office to arrange to pick up said sheet.
Parking Violation Fees
|1. Parking in Fire Lane/Zone||$150.00|
|2. Parking In Handicap Space/Zone||$150.00|
|3. Decal Displayed Improperly||$25.00|
|4. Failure to display current decal||$50.00|
|5. Parking in Reserved Space (Faculty/Staff/President)||$50.00|
|6. Parking in Yellow Curb/Zone||$50.00|
|7. Parking in Roadway||$50.00|
|8. Parking on Sidewalk/Grass||$50.00|
|9. Parking in Visitor Space/Zone||$50.00|
|10. Parking out of designated lot||$50.00|
|11. Parking in Loading/Unloading Zones||$50.00|
In the event a driver who receives a parking citation wishes to appeal the citation based on valid exigent circumstances, he or she may do so by following these procedures:
The Parking Appeal forms are located at the Public Safety Office, located in the East Apartments. The violator has seven calendar days from the date of the citation to complete the appeal form at the Public Safety Office in order for the appeal to be considered by the Parking Appeals Committee. The citation fine is automatically sent to the Business Office for accrual to your account. The Appeals Committee regularly reviews appealed citations to determine whether to approve, reduce, or deny the appeal. The Parking Appeals Committee’s decision is FINAL and BINDING. If the Committee elects to reduce or dismiss your citation, your account will be credited for that amount. This Committee is composed of (3) staff and (3) students. The violator will be notified by student email of the decision of the Parking Appeals Committee.
Note: The Lack of Knowledge of the Reinhardt University Parking Regulation is not a valid reason for an appeal of a parking citation. The Director of Public Safety may deny an appeal that is submitted with no valid reason; before being submitted to the Parking Appeals Committee.