Motor Vehicle Regulations
Students are reminded that all motor vehicles must be registered with the University. It is the operator’s responsibility that registered vehicles have the validation tag affixed to the vehicle in a visible, prescribed manner. Vehicle registration is accomplished in advance by mail or by filling out an application at the Police and Security Department.
All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the University motor vehicle regulations received at registration and found herein and operate their vehicles with caution and good judgment. Validation tags are valid only for areas designated as student parking. Faculty, staff, and visitor areas are not for student parking. It should be noted that careless operation, driving at an excessive speed, driving while under the influence of alcohol, or driving on any campus grounds other than campus roads are among the more serious abuses of the motor vehicle code and are not tolerated. The maximum speed limit on campus roadways is 15 m.p.h. Parking in any University cross-walk is prohibited. Wittenberg is a walking campus with limited parking space. Parking on campus is a privilege closely regulated by the University. Traffic and parking violations are cause for University disciplinary action. Regulations are enforced by the Security Department. Legal parking areas for students are the lot at Ferncliff Hall, the lower end of Ward Street, the non-designated section of East Campus Drive below Myers Hall, the lot at Tower and Firestine, and the lot at the Benham-Pence Student Center. Students may also park in any legal spot on city streets. There are no other legal parking spaces on campus either signed or unsigned. Parking regulations are enforced in the following manner: vehicles parked illegally receive citations; vehicles receiving more than one citation for the academic year may be towed whenever found in violation. The fee associated with recovering towed vehicles is separate and unrelated to University fines. Fines assessed by the University are credited to the bill of the offender. Extended non-payment or non-identified vehicles are still subject to the total fine when identified. These fines are placed on the student bill and, if not taken care of, can delay graduation or prevent registration. It is the responsibility of students who operate and own vehicles to ensure that their vehicle is parked legally on campus. Loaned vehicles are the financial responsibility of the owners and no differences in enforcement are shown to multiple offenders who claim their car was not within their control. Visitors are required to follow the same regulations as their relatives or sponsors. They are expected to obey parking regulations just as are other members of the University community. Persons with a temporary handicap may receive a special parking permit to cover the period of their disability by applying directly to the Director of Security. Non-traditional students attending night and weekend classes may park in areas designated for their use.
Only citations issued in error, to the wrong party, or in verifiable emergencies are considered for review by the Director of Security. Financial hardship is not a cause for review. This review must occur within five working days of the violation. Citations are not reviewed outside the five day time frame. Violations not subject to the appeal process include unsafe operation of a motor vehicle and fire lane occurrences.