Parking and Traffic Regulations

Students are responsible for knowing the following:

Following is a summary of the parking and traffic rules and regulations. The complete rules and regulations are available on the Campus Safety Department webpage and in the Campus safety Office (located in the Facilities Management building)

Parking Permits

All vehicles parked on campus must properly display an Occidental College parking permit. Temporary permits are available for short-term use. Departments, groups, or individuals sponsoring activities during the regular workweek that involve off-campus guests must make advance arrangements for parking and temporary permits with Campus Safety.

Any vehicle left unattended and without a valid Occidental College parking permit will be considered abandoned after 30 days and may be towed and impounded at the owner's expense. Any vehicle obstructing the free flow of traffic, blocking properly parked vehicles, parked on a fire road, or damaging the physical grounds or property of the College may be towed immediately at the owner's expense. The College and its employees will not be held liable for loss or damage to any vehicle required to be towed or stored. Any vehicle found parked in handicapped parking spaces and not displaying a Department of Motor Vehicles issued handicapped placard or special license plate may cited by Campus Safety and/or the Los Angeles Department of Parking Enforcement and/or towed at the owner's expense.

Everyone operating a vehicle on campus is required to comply with the Occidental College Parking and Traffic Regulations, the California Vehicle Code, and Los Angeles City parking enforcement regulations. The absence of posted signs or vandalized signs does not constitute a valid excuse for unsafe driving or inappropriate parking on campus.

Driving on Campus

In order to provide a safer environment, all students, faculty, and staff members are asked to follow these rules when driving on campus:

  • The speed limit on campus is 15 miles per hour;
  • The speed limit in our neighborhood is 25 miles per hour;
  • Obey all posted stop signs by making a complete stop;
  • Pedestrians always have the right of way; stop at all crosswalks and watch for pedestrians;
  • All state and local driving laws will be enforced, including the recognition of all posted signs regarding speed, right of way, direction of traffic and stop signs;
  • All accidents involving personal injury, property damage or hit-and-run must be reported immediately to Campus Safety.

Quad Parking/Traffic

Parking and drive-through vehicular traffic are not permitted in the Quad area without permission from Facilities Management.

Citation Appeals Procedure

The Occidental College parking citation program is administered by Passport Parking. Parking citation appeals must be filed online through Passport Parking. The website is listed on the citation. Appeals must be received within 14 calendar days from the date issued. Late appeals will not be considered. Appeals are presented to the Parking Citation Appeals Committee. This Committee meets once a month. The decision of the Committee is final.

If costs are incurred by the appellate during the appeal process, the costs are not reimbursable by Campus Safety or Occidental College. Only three types of appeals will be considered: an appeal based on unclear regulations; an appeal based on unclear parking lot lines or curb paint; and/or an appeal based on circumstances which made the violation necessary and unavoidable.

The following reasons will not be accepted for an appeal: (1) ignorance of the regulations (2) lack of parking spaces in a preferred location (3) violation of California Vehicle Code (e.g. parking in handicapped space without permit, parking in fire lane).  Appeals based on merits or perceived faults in the current regulations will not be considered.  The appellate will be notified of the results of the decision via email.

Liability

When you are issued a parking registration permit you have entered into a contract with Occidental College. The Board of Trustees, its administration, or other employees are not and shall not be liable under any circumstances for loss or damage to vehicles or contents thereof parked on College property by fire, theft or any other cause whatsoever not arising directly from the negligent acts of the Board of Trustees or its employees acting within the scope of their employment.

For more information on these policies, please visit the Campus Safety website.

 

Last updated July 21, 2017