Vehicle & Parking Information

Concordia University Texas Campus Police

Parking Policies and Procedures

Online Parking Permit Application   (Must be completed using Internet Explorer ONLY)

Complete all required fields in the form. Bring your driver's license and your proof of current liability insurance coverage to the Campus Police Office to obtain your parking permit.

 

Online Appeal Application

All parking citation appeals must be filed within 10 business days of the citation date. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

Parking Procedures

The general procedures for parking, operation of motor vehicle, walking and skateboarding/rollerblading at Concordia University Texas (CTX) were developed to provide as equitable an assignment of privileges as possible, and maximum use of all areas consistent with the best interest of the entire population at the university, including employees, students, and visitors.

Being at CTX is a privilege, not a right.  Visitors, students, faculty and staff are expected to be familiar with and to abide by these procedures.  The responsibility for obtaining knowledge of all parking policies and procedures rests on the individual and is not the responsibility of the university. Interim amendments to these procedures will be posted online as soon as possible.

Texas laws governing the use of motor vehicles on campus are effective at CTX. In addition, CTX assumes no responsibility for the care and/or protection of any vehicle or its contents while the vehicle is being operated or parked on university property.  However, an effort will be made by the CTX Police Department (CTX PD) to protect all vehicles, property of students, and the university.

CTX is not responsible for bodily injury resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle, rollerblading/skateboarding, bicycling, or walking while on university property.

 

Parking Authority and Control

The CTX PD is the parking authority for all university property. The Chief of Police is responsible for establishing procedures for the use of any parking area on university property or for any university property that could be used for parking, even if not specifically designated for parking. Such areas include, but are not limited to, athletic fields, driveways, loading areas and lawns.                     

The university reserves the right to remove and impound any abandoned motor vehicle, any vehicle with no license plates, or any vehicle parked in such a way as to constitute a serious hazard to vehicles or pedestrian traffic or to the movement and operation of emergency equipment. The owner will be responsible for charges in removing, impounding and storing of any towed vehicle.

Operating or parking a motor vehicle may be prohibited under emergency and/or other law enforcement operational necessities.  It shall be prohibited for any person to violate police instructions related to this section.  In such circumstances, a citation will be issued for violators.

Parking Procedures are in effect 24/7/365.  

 

Definitions

  • University property: is interpreted to include all properties under the control and jurisdiction of the Board of Regents of CTX.
  • Campus area: refers to all university owned or controlled property, whether on the main campus or off-campus.
  • Motor vehicle: is interpreted to include automobiles, buses, trucks, motorcycles, motorbikes, motor scooters and mopeds.
  • Other vehicles: include any mechanism or device that can be used for the transportation of passengers or cargo. This definition includes, but is not limited to, bicycles, skateboards, roller-skates and in-line skates.
  • Visitors: is defined as anyone who is not enrolled in classes or works for the university, and who is not otherwise affiliated with the university in any way.
  • Parking permit: is defined as any hang-tag, decal or emblem authorized or issued by the CTX PD to allow the user to park within the CTX Parking System.
  • Parking zone: refers to a series of parking areas in which a particular permit is valid.
  • Parking Space: is defined by two (2) white parallel stripes or one white parallel strip and a curb.

 

 General Procedures

  • Barricades: Disregarding official traffic control device is strictly prohibited. This includes driving around, moving or running over traffic control devices.
  • Bicycles: All people who operate a bicycle on university property, regularly or occasionally, are required to register the vehicle with the CTX PD and are required to display the current parking permit.
    • Texas Law guarantees bicycle riders on roadways the same rights as motorists, and shall be subject to all the duties applicable to driver of motor vehicles.  Bicyclists are reminded that sidewalks are for the primary use of pedestrians. Cyclists should use caution and courtesy when riding on the sidewalks.
    • Obtaining a Bicycle Parking Permit: Bicycle Parking permits at CTX are free.  To obtain a bicycle parking permit you must have the following information and go to CTX PD office (D-124):
    • Displaying a Bicycle Parking Permit: Bicycle parking permit must be clearly legible and properly displayed from the front spook of the bicycle at all times while on university property.
    • Location to Park a Bicycle: Bicycles are required to be parked at bicycle racks provided on campus.  Bicycles are prohibited from being secured from being secured to any tree(s), shrubbery, sign post, building or etc.
    • Bicycle left on University Property: Any bicycle left on university property during the summer will be considered abandoned, unless prior arrangements have been made with CTX PD.  Bicycles left on campus will be confiscated and replacement locks or storage fees will be the responsibility of the owner.  After 90 days the confiscated bicycles will be sold.
      • Name
      • Address
      • Cell Phone Number
      • Email
      • Brand of Bicycle
        1. Model
        2. Color
        3. Serial Number
        4. Male/Female Frame
        5. Wheel Size
        6. Any Identifying Features

Parking permits are available at the CTX PD located in Building D-124 and lobby hours at the CTX PD are Monday – Friday 8a-6p.

  • Citation Violation Appeals: Faculty, staff, and students have the right to appeal any parking violation issued on university property except for the below reasons.  Chief of Police or his designee has the right to deny, approve, or adjust any parking appeal.

Appeals based on any of the following will not be accepted:

      1. The duration of time spent in appeal.
      2. Time of day or night the citation was issued.
      3. The parking lot was full.

An appeal form may be filled out online or in person at CTX PD (CTX) within ten (10) business days after a citation has been issued.  Appeal can be submitted online at http://www.concordia.edu/page.cfm?page_ID=2685 .

A citation is not excused on the plea that another person was driving the vehicle at the time the vehicle was cited.

  • Golf Carts or Cushman’s: Privately-owned golf carts, Cushman’s or other slow moving vehicles are not permitted on university property.
  • Motor Vehicle Parking Permits: All administration, faculty, staff, student (full- or part-time) and visitor who operate a vehicle/motorcycle on university property, regularly or occasionally, are required to register the vehicle with the CTX PD and are required to display the current year parking permit.

 Parking permits are the property of CTX and must be returned to CTX PD on request. 

A parking permit is no guarantee of a parking space near the place where one works, resides or attends class.

  •  Obtaining a parking permit:  Parking permits at CTX are free.  To obtain a parking permit you must have a valid driver’s license and current insurance.  Parking permits are available at the CTX PD located in Building D-124 and lobby hours at the CTX PD are Monday – Friday 8a-6p.
    • Valid Faculty, Staff and Student Parking Permit:
      • Fill out the form completely and then come into the CTX PD located in D-124 with the following
        • Valid Driver’s License
        • Proof of Insurance
        • Receive a current parking permit.
    • Vistor Parking Permit: A visitor parking permit will be issued to any visitor to the University by showing CTX PD a valid driver’s license at the front gate.
    • Temporary Parking Permit: If you forget your permit or vehicle is un-operational you can obtain a temporary parking permit from the CTX PD located in D-124.  You must have the following to obtain a temporary parking permit:
      • A valid faculty, staff or student parking permit
      • Driver’s license
      • Proof of Insurance on current vehicle

All parking permits, registration forms, and related documents are available in at the CTX PD located in Building D-124 or online at www.concordia.edu/police.   CTX PD office hours are Monday – Friday 8a-6p.

Student not living on campus and owning two or more vehicles can obtain a Student Parking Permits for each vehicle.

  •  Classification and Displaying of Parking Permit:
    • Lot A Parking Permit- This permit is for director level or above and can park in any lot except for handicap, fire lanes, red zones, or visitor parking.  Lot A parking permit must be clearly legible and properly displayed from the rear-view mirror of the vehicle at all times will on university property.    
    • Lot B Parking Permit- This permit is for the rest of the Faculty/Staff and allows them to park in any lot except parking lot A, red zones, handicap or visitor parking.  Lot B parking permit must be clearly legible and properly displayed from the rear-view mirror of the vehicle at all times will on university property.
    • Lot C Parking Permit- This permit is for commuter students and only allows them to park in parking lot C.    Lot C parking permit must be permanently affixed to the lower passenger side windshield on the inside of the vehicle.  Taping or propping up of a parking permit is not considered to be permanent. 
    • Lot D Parking Permit- This permit is for residence hall students and allows the owner to park in either parking lot C or D.  Lot D parking permit must be permanently affixed to the lower passenger side windshield on the inside of the vehicle.  Taping or propping up of a parking permit is not considered to be permanent. 
    • Visitor Parking Permits- This permit is only for visitors as defined above.  Visitors to CTX are available at no charge and may be obtained at the front gate. Visitors may park in any designated parking lots on campus except for handicap, fire lanes, or red zones.  Visitor parking permit must be clearly legible and properly displayed from the rear-view mirror of the vehicle at all times will on university property.   
    • 15 minute Parking Permit- This permit is for students who need to obtain a temporary parking permit, but currently do not have a permit for the vehicle they are driving.  This permit is issued at the front gate, so students can park, then walk to the CTX PD office, obtain a temporary parking permit, and return to their vehicle displaying the parking permit on their dashboard.  The 15 minute parking permit is only good for 15 minutes.  15 minute parking permits must be clearly legible and properly displayed from the dashboard of the vehicle at all times will on university property.   
    • Temporary Parking Permits- This permit is for faculty, staff, or students driving a different vehicle (than the vehicle currently permitted with the university) to campus.  Temporary permits are only issued to those persons who currently have a valid parking permit and are only issued to another vehicle.  Temporary permits are available for a period of two weeks.  Temporary permits can be obtained at the CTX PD at D-124. Temporary parking permits must be clearly legible and properly displayed from the dashboard of the vehicle at all times will on university property.   
    • Handicapped/Disabled Placard or plates - State of Texas Handicap permits or placards are available through your County Tax Assessor office. Legally issued and valid handicap placards or license plates are required for vehicles to legally park in campus handicapped spaces. CTX Police will not issue “temporary handicapped” permits.
  •  Lost or Stolen parking permit: In the event that a parking permit is lost or stolen, it should be reported immediately to the CTX PD. Failure to report a lost or stolen parking permit will result in responsibility for all fines assessed against the permit until the time the permit lost or stolen was reported to CTX PD.

Displaying a lost or stolen permit or a falsely made or altered permit, or using a permit which had been issued to another person will result in a fine and/or loss of parking privileges on university property. 

  •  Falsification of Parking Permit Information: Falsification of information on a vehicle, motorcycle, or bicycle registration will result in a fine and/or loss of parking privileges on university property.
  • Open Parking: After 4:30pm, vehicles can park in any lot, but are required to have a valid parking permit.  Vehicles must be parked in a defined space and are not allowed to park in handicap (unless they have appropriate state issued handicap placard or plates), fire lanes, red zones, or visitors parking spaces.

Vehicles that park in a lot after 4:30pm must move vehicle by 6:00am the next day or be held accountable for any citation(s) issued to the vehicle.

  • Parking Privileges:
    • Parking privileges may be temporarily suspended at any time to accommodate special events or other needs of the university.
    •  Parking privilege may be suspended due to excessive fines and unwillingness to follow parking procedures.
    • Responsibility for finding an authorized parking space within the zones designated by the permit rests with the motor vehicle operator.
    • All vehicles must park within a defined parking space (as defined above). Parking wholly within the marked parking space is required at all times.  Those vehicles parked beyond the boundary will be considered not parked completely in the space and subject to parking violations.
    • Any vehicle parked parallel on a roadway must face the direction of authorized traffic movement.  The fact that other vehicles are parked improperly will not constitute an excuse for improper parking of any vehicle.
    • Parking a vehicle in any place that will create a traffic hazard or obstruct access is prohibited and may result in the vehicle being cited or towed.
  • Parking Violations
    • Parking In Handicap Space/Zone                     ($100)
    • Parking in Fire Lane                                       ($100) 
    • Vehicle Parked in incorrect parking lot                ($50)
    • Expired parking permit                                     ($50)
    • Parking in Visitor’s Zone                                   ($20)
    • Vehicle blocking driveway or access                    ($75)
    • Vehicle parked on a sidewalk                            ($75)
    • Vehicle on grass or non-paved area                   ($75)
    • Failure to display permit                                   ($20)
    • Failure to park in a single space                        ($50)
    • Reuse of citation                                             ($20)
    • Parking in 15-minute zone                               ($25)
    • Cycle Bicycle not parked in designated zone       ($20)
    • Disregarding Stop Sign                                     ($25)
    • Improperly affixed or mutilated permit               ($20)
    • Failure to park in designated space                    ($20)
    • Removing/disregarding barricade or barrier          ($25)
    • Blatant disregard to parking procedures               ($50)
  • Parking Violation and Responsibility of Parking Permit Owner: Students receiving a parking violation may pay the violation at Student Central located in building C. 

 The fact that a citation is not issued when a vehicle is illegally parked does not mean or imply that the procedure is no longer in effect.

 The person in whose name the parking permit is issued will be held responsible for that vehicle and the violations issued to it.

  • Pedestrians: Pedestrians have the right-of-way at marked crosswalks, in intersections, and on sidewalks extending across a service drive, building entrance, or driveway. Pedestrians crossing a street at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on the street. No pedestrian shall stand on the traveled portion of any street, alley, or driveway in such a manner as to obstruct or prevent the free flow of traffic.
  • Recreational Vehicles: Recreational vehicles are prohibited from overnight parking or camping on campus without prior authorization and permit issued by the CTX PD. RV’s may only be parked in areas designated by the CTX PD.
  • Rollerblade or skateboards: Rollerblade or skateboards are allowed on university property.  Rollerblade or skateboards will not be permitted on or in buildings, on rails, steps, retaining or landscape walls, benches, handrails, etc.  Rollerblade or skateboard personnel must yield the right of way to pedestrian and vehicular traffic at all times.
  • Sidewalks: The use of campus sidewalks by motor vehicles other than authorized emergency/facilities management vehicles for driving or parking is strictly prohibited.

Motorcycles, motor scooters and mopeds (gas or electric) are not to be operated or parked on sidewalks for any reason. Electric mobility devices used by disabled or handicapped persons are exempt from this procedure. Parking or operating a motorcycle on a sidewalk is cause for a citation/fine and immediate revocation of the campus parking permit privileges.

  • Speed limit:
    • The speed limit for all vehicles in a parking lot is 10 MPH.
    • A 15 MPH speed limit will be enforced for vehicles traveling on any street through university property.
  • Stalled or Disabled Motor Vehicles: The owner/operator of a vehicle which becomes stalled or disabled on any part of the university parking system must notify the CTX PD immediately. Otherwise, the owner/operator will be held accountable for any citation(s) issued to the vehicle or for any impoundment or towing related fees.

  • Trailer: Trailers, whether towed by a vehicle or parked independently, are prohibited from parking on university property without prior permit and permission from the CTX PD. Trailers may be required to park in designated areas only.

 

Any questions or concerns about these procedures can be directed to CTX PD located at D-124 or by email at campuspolice@concordia.edu

This page was last updated on Sep. 12, 2014.
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