About

Parking Enforcement

(last revised May 28, 2014)

Introduction and General Information

Alma College’s Campus Safety and Security services, provided by STT Inc., exist to provide a safe and secure environment for all to live, learn and work.

Campus Safety and Security facilitates the safe and orderly flow of traffic, ensures maximum use of parking lots, permits access for emergency vehicles and promotes pedestrian, cyclist and vehicular safety. It has been designated with the responsibility and authority to enforce all regulations below.

Campus Safety and Security reserves the right to issue citations, tow or immobilize—at the registered owner’s expense—any vehicle that is in violation of the established traffic and parking regulations. Furthermore, the college reserves the right to obtain vehicle registration information through the Michigan Department of State in order to identify unregistered vehicles on campus. All costs associated with this process will be assigned to the registered vehicle owner.

Campus Safety and Security reserves the right to request vehicles with issued parking permits to vacate the assigned lots or spaces for necessary parking lot maintenance/repairs and snow removal. Additionally, the college reserves the right to restrict and/or temporarily close any campus roadway or parking area for special events.

Alma College reserves the right to interpret these regulations and revise them—in whole or in part—as needed. The Campus Safety Manager, or designee, is authorized to temporarily suspend any provision(s) of these regulations if it is determined—with discretion—that such action is necessary to permit the proper conduct of college business.

All individuals operating a motor vehicle on campus are responsible for reading and adhering to these regulations.

Definition of Academic School Year

All citations will remain on file, which stays with the offender from the Fall Term through Winter Term of the Academic Year. Citations for an unregistered vehicle will remain in force unless a valid parking permit is purchased at full price if the vehicle is un-registered. Any person purchasing a permit at a reduced rate will still be responsible for paying citations received to date to clear his or her account. Parking citations that are issued to registered vehicles will remain on record for the entire academic school year, regardless of an offender paying all the outstanding citations.

Permit Requirements & Parking Lot Designations

All parking permits may be purchased and picked up at Facilities and Service Management.

All parking lots on campus are considered the private property of Alma College. All individuals wishing to park on campus must register their vehicle with the appropriate department (Campus Safety and Security Department, Facilities and Service Management or Admissions) and properly display a valid parking permit on the vehicle and abide by these regulations. Unregistered vehicles may be subject to fines.

Parking on college property is at the owner’s risk. Alma College assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to any vehicles parked on college property or for personal property left within, on or around such vehicles.

Revenues collected for parking permit fees contribute to the maintenance, improvements and additions to existing parking areas and the regulation of parking and traffic throughout campus.

Parking permits expire when:

  • Indicated by the end of date of Spring Term
  • Ownership of the vehicle changes.
  • Parking privileges are revoked.
  • State motor vehicle registration is cancelled or becomes invalid.
  • A student withdraws or graduates from Alma College.
  • A faculty or staff member is no longer employed by Alma College
  • The status of a student changes from resident to commuter or vice versa (permits may be exchanged at no cost to the student if a permit is available for parking)

Parking permits are issued for the exclusive use of the person applying for the permit.  Permits are not transferrable from vehicle to vehicle or person to person. The sale of permits to other individuals—as well as altering a valid permit or displaying a copied/ fraudulent permit—is strictly prohibited. Individuals who knowingly acquire, use or display a parking permit not consistent with their current status may be subject to citations, disciplinary action and/or revocation of parking privileges.

It is the responsibility of all permit holders to promptly notify Facilities and Service Management of any change(s) in name, address, telephone number, license plate number and/or make, model and color of their registered vehicle. When a vehicle change occurs, an equivalent replacement permit, valid for the same time period as the original, may be obtained from Facilities and Service Management at no cost in exchange for the original permit. If you are unable to return the original permit when the replacement is issued you will be charged the full price for the replacement permit but may submit your case to the Campus Safety and Security director or Vice President of Business Affairs, preferably with documentation, via email for review. You will be notified by the Director of Campus Safety or Vice President of Business Affairs of the decision by email.

Parking permits remain the exclusive property of Alma College.  As such, the college reserves the right to revoke parking privileges and to demand the return of any permit due to repeated and/or flagrant non-compliance with the Alma College Parking and Traffic Regulations.

Parking permits are designated for specific parking lots. Unless otherwise authorized in these regulations—or expressly approved by the Director, a supervisor, or a member of the administrative staff of Alma College Campus Safety and Security (STT Inc.)—students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to keep their vehicles in assigned lots at all times.

Types of Parking Permits 

Resident Student Permits

All students residing on campus are required to obtain a resident permit to park a motor vehicle on campus. Only one permit will be allowed per resident student. Vehicles must be registered with Facilities and Service Management in order to obtain a permit.  When registering a vehicle, residents are required to present an Alma College ID, valid driver’s license and current state vehicle registration.

Facilities and Service Management will distribute resident lot assignments according to students’ class standing and residence assignment on a first-come, first-served basis.

The fee for a resident permit is $200 for an entire academic year (Fall – Spring). The fee for a resident in Silver parking is $175 for an entire academic year (Fall – Spring). There will be no differentiation in permit fees for motorcycles and scooters/mopeds. Permit fees are non-refundable. Lost or damaged permits will be replaced at the full purchase price.

Additional Vehicles

When a student needs to operate an alternate vehicle s/he must obtain a temporary permit or replacement permit, depending on the length of time the alternate vehicle will be in use on campus. Resident students who drive more than one vehicle on an alternating basis will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and must contact Facilities and Service Management.

Required Permit Placement

Resident permits must be fully affixed to the inside surface of the lower driver-side corner of the front windshield with its original adhesive. The use of various adhesive tapes or temporarily attach the permit to the vehicle’s windshield is strictly prohibited.  A vehicle with an improperly affixed permit will be subject to citation.

Assigned Parking Lots

Unless otherwise authorized in these regulations—expressly approved by the Campus Safety and Security manager or any other administrative staff member of the Campus Safety and Security Department—residents are restricted to parking in their designated lots. Permit colors correspond with the following assigned lots:

  • Blue Resident Permit: Resident students with a valid blue permit may only park in the Rec Center Lot (#9) and Bruske Lot (#10).
  • Yellow Resident Permit: Resident students with a valid yellow permit may only park in the Mitchell Lot (#11 and #12).
  • Green Resident Permit: Resident students with a valid green permit may only park in the Gelston Lot (#13).
  • Brown Resident Permit: Resident students with a valid brown permit may only park in the Sorority House (807, 815, 817, and 819 Superior St., and 312 Harvard Ave.) and Fraternity House (313 Philadelphia St.) spots or in Philadelphia Lot (#14).
  • Black Resident Permit: Resident students with a valid black permit may only park in the Wright Hall Lot (#15) and Cedar Lot (#16).
  • Maroon Resident Permit: Resident students with a valid maroon permit may only park in the Center St. Lot (#17) and Residential Houses (701, 707, 715, 619, 611, 603, 517, 526, 405 Center St. 510 and 711 Mechanic St. 214 Cedar St. 209 and 327 Grant St.).
  • Silver Resident Permit: Resident students with a valid silver permit may only park in the Orchard Lot (#5), Iowa Lot (#6), Grant St. (#18), and Superior St (#19 and #20).
  • Magenta Resident Permit: Resident students with a valid magenta permit may only park in the Presbyterian Church Lot. 
  • Overflow Parking for Resident Students: If no parking spaces are available in a resident’s assigned lot, the resident MUST promptly notify the Campus Safety and Security Department and provide the officer with the following information: name, phone number, vehicle description (i.e. make, model, and color) and license plate number. The officer will ask the resident to report to the Campus Safety and Security Office to issue a temporary parking permit for an alternative parking spot until 12 p.m. Residents will be given authorization to park in the designated overflow parking lot by Campus Safety and Security. Overflow parking lots are as follows:
  1. Reid Knox Lot (#7 – Visitor Parking Spaces with a temporary hang tag from Campus Safety and Security).
  2. Heritage Lot (#1 – Spaces near the rail road tracks for East side campus residents.)

Authorization to park in an overflow lot is limited to 12 p.m. the next day or that day depending on when the temporary permit was issued. The resident is responsible for moving his/her vehicle back to the assigned lot as soon as spaces become available.

Commuter Student Permits

All students residing off campus are required to obtain a commuter student permit to park a motor vehicle on campus or park on the side streets as street signage dictates times of parking. Vehicles must be registered with Facilities and Service Management to obtain a permit. When registering a vehicle, commuter students are required to present an Alma College ID, Valid Driver’s License and current state vehicle registration. The fee for a commuter is $150 for an entire academic year (Fall – Spring). 

The following permit fee exception is in effect: Commuter permits for dual-enrolled students are free with the registration of the vehicle.

There will be no differentiation in permit fees for motorcycles and scooters/mopeds. Permit fees are non-refundable. Lost or damaged permits will be replaced at the full purchase price.

Additional Vehicles

When a student needs to operate an alternate vehicle s/he must obtain a temporary permit or replacement permit, depending on the length of time the alternate vehicle will be in use on campus. Commuter students who drive more than one vehicle on an alternating basis will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and must contact Facilities and Service Management.

Required Permit Placement

Commuter permits must be fully affixed to the inside surface of the lower driver-side corner of the front windshield with its original adhesive. The use of various adhesive tapes or temporarily attach the permit to the vehicle’s windshield is strictly prohibited. A vehicle with an improperly affixed permit will be subject to citation.

Assigned Parking Lots

Unless otherwise authorized in these regulations—expressly approved by the Campus Safety and Security Manager or any other administrative staff member of the Campus Safety and Security Department—commuters are restricted to parking in their designated lots.  Permit colors correspond with the following assigned lot(s):

  • Orange Commuter Lot: There is signage on campus off Grant Street coming into campus with Commuter Parking Only but there is no true parking lot at this time for commuters.
Faculty and Staff Permits

Faculty and staff members wishing to park on campus must have a current parking permit. Vehicles must be registered with Facilities and Service Management in order to obtain a parking permit. When registering a vehicle, individuals are required to present an Alma College ID, valid driver’s license and current state vehicle registration.

Faculty and staff permits are provided at no cost; however, lost or damaged permits will be replaced at a fee of $75. Any faculty or staff member with outstanding parking fines will not be issued a permit until fines are paid. Individuals may have a maximum of two (2) vehicles registered at a time, but only one of these vehicles may be on campus at a time.

Additional Vehicles

Faculty and staff members who drive more than one vehicle on an alternating basis may register for an additional permit for the second vehicle at no cost. Each permit must be registered to the vehicle on which it is displayed; both vehicles are not permitted on campus at the same time.

Required Permit Placement

Faculty and staff permits must be fully affixed to the exterior surface of the lower left corner of the back window. The use of various adhesive tapes to temporarily attach the permit to the vehicle’s window is strictly prohibited. A vehicle with an improperly affixed permit will be subject to citation. 

Faculty and Staff Parking Lots

Unless otherwise authorized in these regulations – or expressly approved by the Campus Safety and Security Department – staff members are restricted to parking in the following designated Red lots: Heritage Lots (#1 & 2), Hogan and Wilcox Lots (#3), Reid Knox Lot (#7), Hamilton Lot (#8), and Rec Lot (#9 – signage for staff).

Overnight Parking

Avoid parking overnight in Faculty and Staff Lots and Visitor Lots unless approved by Campus Safety and Security and Facilities and Service Management. This is especially important during the winter months to allow for snow and ice removal.

Temporary Permits

Temporary permits will be granted to any student, staff or faculty member who experience a temporary change in their primary registered vehicle (e.g., temporary use of a substitute or rental vehicle; awaiting the arrival of newly purchased license plates) for 48 hours or longer. Temporary permits will not be issued for longer than two consecutive weeks.

Temporary parking permits must be acquired for any vehicle that is being used on campus on a temporary basis. The temporary permit is free if the vehicle being registered is temporarily replacing a properly registered and permitted vehicle.

Temporary permits must be suspended from the rear-view mirror with the permit information facing forward the front windshield. Temporary permits are only valid when properly displayed; vehicles with an improperly displayed permit will be subject to citation.

Unless otherwise authorized in these regulations—or expressly approved by Facilities and Service Management or Campus Safety and Security—temporary permit holders are restricted to parking in the registered driver’s assigned lot. This designation will be displayed on the permit, along with the valid dates and vehicle description.

Visitor Parking

Visitors and guests coming to campus must register their vehicles with the following departments in reference to parking:

  1. Admissions: Request a permit from the staff member at the front desk of Reid Knox to park in the Assigned Visitor permit to be placed on the front dash of the vehicle of the Visitor Spot of Reid Knox (Lot 7) Parking spaces are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for daytime visitors.
  2. Smith Alumni House: You will receive a permit for Philadelphia Lot (#14 – Brown) marked spaces when you check in to your room.
  3. Gelston Guest Rooms: You will receive a parking pass at the Smith Alumni House when you check in. Passes should be placed on the dashboard near the windshield facing up and you should park in Lot 13 – Green marked spaces.
  4. For long-term visitation, Facilities and Service Management will issue Green Visitor Passes that should be placed on the dashboard near the windshield facing up for vehicles that are parked in the Heritage Lot (#1 – Red). The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  5. Hamilton Lot (#8) has visitor parking but is limited to 2-hour parking. No permit is needed.
  6. Campus Safety and Security will issue a Red Hang Tag for visitors that show up after business hours that are in effect up to 12 p.m. the next day or the same day depending on the time the visitor pass was issued. If the visitor wishes for a longer visit, the visitor will have to request a visitor pass from Facilities and Service Management.

All visitors will have to provide a driver’s license and vehicle’s state registration to obtain a permit.

Special Event Visitors

Alma College often hosts events open to the public, such as guest speakers, athletic events, etc. When these events are held in the evening or on a weekend, these visitors do not require a parking permit. For larger events occurring during the day, the department or organization planning the event must notify Campus Safety and Security and Facilities and Service Management as to where the guests/visitors may park.

Guests of Students

All guests of students planning to park a vehicle on campus must register for a Visitor parking permit at the Facilities and Service Management Office during regular business hours or the Campus Safety and Security Office after business hours with the sponsoring Alma College student. A valid driver’s license, state vehicle registration and the Alma College student’s ID card will be required at the time of registration. 

Students hosting visitors are responsible for familiarizing their guests with the Alma College Traffic and Parking Regulations. Visitors are required to abide by these regulations while driving or parking on campus. Students are responsible for their guests’ vehicles while on college property.

All visitors of Alma College students will be asked to park in the Heritage Lot (#1) near the railroad tracks. 

Guests of Departments or Staff/Faculty

College offices and departments hosting visitors are responsible for obtaining a parking permit for their guest(s) and familiarizing their guests with the Alma College Traffic and Parking Regulations. Guests are required to abide by these regulations while driving or parking on campus. Visitor passes can be obtained from the Admissions Office where visitor parking is located.

Special Permits

Alma College has blue hang tags labeled “SENIORS.” This is for senior citizens who may park in faculty and staff parking areas of Hogan/Wilcox (#3) for Senior Swim during normal business hours. To request one of these permits, contact Facilities and Service Management. These permits are to be hung on the rearview mirror facing out with the wording “SENIOR” on it.

Mobility-Impaired Parking

Persons with mobility impairments wishing to park in a handicap spot on campus property must display a valid, state-issued disabled license plate or parking placard are allowed to park in spaces designated for this purpose. A state-issued disabled license plate or parking placard is issued by one’s State of legal residence. Alma College does not grant any form of special permission or permit allowing a vehicle to park in a designated mobility-impaired space without the necessary and properly displayed license plate or placard. Citations will be promptly issued for all violations not adhering to these statutes by the Alma Police Department. If the vehicle remains present in the handicap spot for 24 hours, the vehicle will be ticketed again and will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Michigan residents with a qualifying disability are eligible for a disability license plate or parking placard. A qualifying disability is defined under Michigan law as blindness or any condition that significantly limits a person’s ability to walk or requires a wheelchair, walker, crutch or other assistive device. For more information, please call the Michigan Department of State Information Center at (888) SOS-MICH (767-6424).

Disability License Plate

Persons with a qualifying disability may apply for a disability license plate through the Michigan Department of State. To be eligible for a disability license plate, the condition must be permanent.

Permanent Disability Parking Placard (Blue Hanging Tag)

Permanent disability parking placards are blue and are valid for four years, expiring on the applicant’s birthday. To obtain a permanent placard, you must have a disability that is not expected to improve. A permanent placard may be obtained at any Michigan Department of State Branch Office. The application must be completed by the applicant and a physician, chiropractor, optometrist, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner.

Temporary Disability Parking Placard (Red Hanging Tag)

Temporary disability parking placards are red and are issued for one to six months. To obtain a temporary placard, you must have a disability that is expected to improve. A temporary placard may be obtained at any Michigan Department of State Branch Office. The application must be completed by the applicant and a physician, chiropractor, optometrist, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. Temporary placards cannot be renewed. If the placard expires and the disability still exists, a new application completed by a physician, chiropractor, optometrist, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner is required.

Request Not to Ticket

A Request Not to Ticket (RNTT) is a granting of verbal permission by the Campus Safety and Security Department to park a motor vehicle on campus property up to 12 p.m. the next day or that same day depending on when the (RNTT) was issued. Vehicle operators should contact Campus Safety and Security for Request Not to Ticket in the following circumstances:

Temporary Change in Registered Vehicle

Any student, staff, or faculty member who experiences a temporary change in their primary registered and permitted vehicle (e.g., temporary use of a substitute or rental) must contact Facilities and Service Management for a long-term Temporary Permit with the understanding that the operator has a valid permit to park on campus property and/or contact Campus Safety and Security after business hours to receive a temporary permit which will only be valid for one time only up to 12 p.m. the next day or that day depending on when the permit was issued.

Overflow Parking for Registered Students

If no parking spaces are available in a resident’s assigned lot, the resident MUST promptly notify Campus Safety and Security and ask for a Request Not to Ticket (RNTT). The resident will be asked to go to the Campus Safety and Security Office to request a temporary permit to park in the approved overflow lot. If the officer is unable to make contact in the office, the officer will request the following information: name, contact number, vehicle description (i.e. year, make, model, and color), and license plate number and permit year and permit number. Residents will them be given authorization to park in their designated overflow parking lot. 

Overflow parking lots are as follows:

  • Reid Knox Lot (#7 – Visitor Parking ONLY)
  • Heritage Lot (#1 – Red)

All overflow parking will be requested to be out of the overflow lots by 12 p.m. Failure to be out of the overflow lots will result in a parking citation.

The Campus Safety and Security Department will not grant a Request Not to Ticket (RNTT) to park in mobility-impaired spaces, fire lanes, walkways, sidewalks or in such a way that blocks/ impedes traffic.

General Parking and Traffic Regulations

Parking and traffic regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including periods when classes are not in session). All individuals operating a motor vehicle on campus should thoroughly read and understand the following regulations to avoid possible violations.

General Traffic Regulations

All persons operating a motor vehicle on campus are required to comply with the Alma College Parking and Traffic Regulations and the Michigan Vehicle Code.

The term “motor vehicle”  includes: automobiles, pickups trucks, station wagons, Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), motorcycles, mopeds and motorized scooters.

The following vehicles are not permitted on campus:

  1. Snowmobiles
  2. Off-Road Motorcycles
  3. All-Terrain Vehicles
  4. Privately owned and unauthorized golf carts and/or non-licensed vehicles (i.e. dune buggies and go-karts)
  5. Trailers (absent advance permission from the Director of Facilities and Service Management or the Vice President of Business Affairs)
  6. Recreational Vehicles (absent advance permission from the Director of Facilities and Service Management or the Vice President of Business Affairs).  All Recreational Vehicles must be self-contained as there are no hook-ups available.

Alma College is private property; therefore “thru” traffic is not allowed.

PLEASE NOTE: The use of animals for transportation means (e.g., horse-drawn carriages) is not permitted on the college campus (unless authorization is granted by the Director of Facilities and Service Management or the Vice President of Business Affairs).

All persons operating a motor vehicle on campus are required to observe and obey the 10 mph speed limit and all stop signs, regulatory postings and instructions of Campus Safety and Security Officers.

No motor vehicle shall remain stopped, parked, or standing—whether attended or unattended—upon a campus roadway in a position so as to obstruct the normal movement of traffic or in a condition so as to create a hazard to other traffic upon the roadway.

Vehicles may not be left idling on campus for longer than 5 minutes.  Vehicles exceeding the time limit may be cited.

Motor vehicles may only be operated on authorized roadways or in parking areas.

Operating a motor vehicle on campus while intoxicated or impaired by drugs or alcohol is illegal and strictly prohibited. The college reserves the right to contact local law enforcement agencies to enforce applicable laws.

All motor vehicle accidents occurring on campus must be reported promptly to the Campus Safety and Security Department at 989-463-7777. Accidents involving personal injury will also be reported to local law enforcement.

Pedestrians have the right of way at all TIMES!  Pedestrians are urged to use designated walkways and crosswalks to ensure their safety.

Sidewalks and walkways are restricted to pedestrian and motorized wheelchair use only.  Driving on sidewalks and walkways is prohibited with the following exceptions:

  1. Emergency vehicles responding to any occurrence where it is necessary to render aid or assistance to any individual(s) in jeopardy, or where a risk of substantial damage to property exists. Campus Safety and Security vehicles will be considered emergency vehicles when responding to these types of situations. 
  2. Facilities and Service Management vehicles are authorized to drive on restricted sidewalks as necessary to gain access to work sites for delivery of work-related materials. Service vehicles driving on sidewalks and walkways shall yield the right of way upon encountering pedestrian traffic.
  3. Campus Safety and Security may drive on any sidewalk and walkway at any time as may be necessary to provide service. Campus Safety and Security officers driving on sidewalks and walkways shall yield the right of way upon encountering pedestrian traffic.

General Parking Regulations

All motor vehicles operated on campus must be registered with the college. Unless otherwise authorized in these regulations—or expressly approved by Campus Safety and Security, Facilities and Service Management and/or other departments that issue visitor passes—all individuals using Alma College parking facilities MUST display the appropriate parking permit, properly affixed, at all times. Parking permits are designated for specific parking lots. Vehicles may be parked only in those parking areas authorized for that vehicle.

Vehicles may not be parked in any area other than one designated for parking (i.e. within the bounds of a defined parking space).

Parking on the grass, sidewalks or any other college grounds not designated as legitimate parking area is strictly prohibited.

Parking in loading dock areas—with the exception of maintenance and service vehicles—is strictly prohibited and will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Parking in fire lanes, garage entrances, dumpster areas, crosswalks and any temporarily barricaded areas is strictly prohibited.

Fire Lanes

 Fire lanes are areas – paved or unpaved – that permit fire equipment and other emergency vehicles to come as close to a building as possible.  Fire lanes are also areas within 15 feet around a fire hydrant or a stand pipe connection.

All access roads and campus walkways are—by definition—fire lanes. Neither parking nor standing is permitted in a fire lane. While the college will attempt to mark all fire lanes (e.g., painted yellow curbs and/or yellow diagonal lines), lack of such marking will not relieve a violator of responsibility for illegal parking.

Any vehicle parked in a fire lane is subject to towing at any time.

Prohibited Parking Areas

Parking is prohibited on all campus roads at all times.

Parking in spaces designated for the mobility impaired – without a state issued license plate or placard – is strictly prohibited.

Any vehicle failing to vacate assigned lots or spaces for necessary parking lot maintenance, repairs and/or snow removal will be subject to citation and vehicle removal at the registered owner’s expense.

Any area that has been closed off by the use of barricades, signs, cones or other control devices must not be entered.  Unauthorized entry of this area will be considered a violation subject to citation and vehicle removal at the owner’s expense.

The use of emergency hazard light (i.e. “flashers”) will not excuse illegal parking.

Parking Rules

A motor vehicle must be within the designated boundaries (i.e., painted lines) of a single parking space. The fact that other vehicles may be parked improperly does not constitute an excuse for parking any part of the vehicle outside the designated boundaries.

Motor vehicles may not double-park or park in any position which prevents adjacent vehicles from exiting their legal parking space.

Placing handbills, flyers or other advertisements on vehicles parked on Alma College property is prohibited unless approved by the Student Life Department.

Parking Infractions for Registered Vehicles (Valid Parking Permits)

These are vehicles with current and valid parking permits that are visible on the vehicle but have accumulated parking violations on Alma College property.

When a violator receives three (3) citations, the following procedure will commence:

  1. A warning letter from Campus Safety and Security will be sent to the violator in regard to the three (3) citations.
  2. The violator may appeal the ticket(s) within a 14-day time frame from when the ticket(s) were issued.
  3. If the violator fails to appeal the ticket(s) within the 14-day time frame, the ticket(s) will automatically be charged to the violator’s account.
  4. On the fourth ticket and without response to the warning letter, Campus Safety and Security will immobilize the vehicle, resulting in a $50 immobilization fee along with the $25 citation, for a total fee of $75.
  5. A letter will be sent to the violator indicating that the vehicle has been immobilized and the violator has one week to resolve the issue. At the end of the one-week time frame and with no response to the immobilization letter, the vehicle will be towed at the violator’s expense.
  6. Only when all citations and boot fees have been paid in full will Campus Safety and Security remove the immobilization boot from the vehicle.
  7. Vehicles that have been released from immobilization because citations are paid in full will then be placed on suspension, meaning that if there is another violation, the vehicle will be towed at the offender’s expense and the offender will lose parking privileges on campus.
  8. All immobilization (boot) removals will only be conducted during normal business hours Monday through Friday. No officer will remove an immobilization boot after hours without the approval of the director of Campus Safety and Security or the Vice President of Business Affairs.

Parking Infractions for Registered Vehicles (Valid Parking Permits)—Immediate Tow

These are vehicles with current and valid parking permits that are visible on the vehicle but whose operator has accumulated parking violations on Alma College property and is parking in areas that qualify the vehicle to be towed immediately and the operator to give up his/her parking privileges.

When a violator receives 3 citations, the following procedure will commence:

  1. A warning letter from Campus Safety and Security will be sent to the violator in regard to the 3 citations.
  2. The violator may appeal the ticket(s) within a 14-day time frame from which the tickets were issued.
  3. If the violator fails to appeal the ticket(s) within the 14-day time frame, the tickets will automatically be charged to the violator’s account.
  4. If a violator commits one of the below violations, it will result in an immediate tow instead of an immobilization, and the violator will give up his/her parking privileges on campus.
    • Fire lane
    • Loading dock
    • Handicap parking spot
    • Any marked or labeled parking areas that are enforced 24/7
    • Service drives
    • Parking on the grass
    • Double parking

Parking Infractions for Non-Registered Vehicles (No Valid Parking Permit)

When a violator has received three (3) citations, the following procedure will commence:

  1. A warning letter from Campus Safety and Security will be sent to the violator in regard to the three (3) citations.
  2. The violator has one week to respond to the letter.
  3. The violator may appeal the ticket(s) within the 14-day time frame from when the ticket(s) were issued.
  4. If the violator fails to appeal the ticket(s) within the 14-day time frame, the ticket(s) will automatically be charged to the violator’s account.
  5. On the fourth ticket, Campus Safety and Security will have the vehicle towed off campus.
  6. A letter will be sent to the violator, stating that his or her vehicle has been towed off campus property.
  7. Unregistered vehicles that have been towed will remain towed until the violator purchases a valid parking permit to park on Alma College campus property and all fines and fees are paid in full. The vehicle must be parked in its designated, assigned parking space.

Enforcement Considerations

All persons operating a motor vehicle on campus should anticipate and consider the following circumstances:

Vehicle Breakdown

In the event a vehicle breaks down while on campus, the driver must contact Campus Safety and Security immediately at 989-463-7777 and report the vehicle’s location, vehicle description, license plate number and the estimated time frame for repair/removal.

All reasonable steps should be taken by the driver to move the vehicle to an appropriate parking space. Campus Safety and Security cannot authorize a vehicle to remain parked in fire lanes, handicap spaces and/or in a manner obstructing traffic. The use of emergency hazard lights (i.e. “flashers”) does not excuse illegal parking. Failure to comply may result in a citation and/or towing of the vehicle at the owner’s expense.

PLEASE NOTE: Except under limited circumstances—and only with prior approval from the director of Campus Safety and Security, or the designee—repairs that will take longer than 24 hours to complete are not to be initiated on campus. 

Abandoned Vehicles

Alma College reserves the right to tow vehicles that remain on college property in an inoperative, derelict or abandoned condition for ninety (90) days and/or vehicles that are not in compliance with state regulations. Any vehicle parked on college property without a license plate and valid registration will be treated as abandoned and removed from campus. Reasonable effort will be made by Campus Safety and Security to contact the owner prior to removal. The cost of removal will be charged to the owner of the vehicle.

Neighborhood Parking

Alma College is dedicated to maintaining a positive relationship with its surrounding neighbors. Please respect the C\college’s neighbors by parking on campus rather than on city streets. If it is necessary to park on the city streets, please observe all regulatory signs and be considerate of the neighbors by not blocking driveways or compromising mail delivery and/or refuse collection. There must be 3 feet of clearance on either side of driveways and 50 feet of clearance before a stop sign.

Weekend/After Hours Parking

On the weekends and after business hours certain lots are open to parking for any vehicle.

  1. Weekdays (Monday through Friday) Red Lots (Reid Knox, Hogan, Wilcox, Heritage and Hamilton) Lots # (1, 2, 3, 7, and 8) are open. These Faculty and Staff lots are open to general parking from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.
  2. Weekends (Friday through Sunday) – All Student Lots are opened (Blue, Yellow, Green, Brown, Maroon, Purple, and Silver). All lots open at 5 p.m. on Friday and parking enforcement goes back into effect at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Vehicles that remain in these lots after the stated hours are subject to citation and/or towing at the owner’s expense.

Break Periods

Individuals not remaining on campus during break periods are encouraged to remove their vehicles from college property.

Special Parking Arrangements

At times, it may be necessary to restrict or alter parking on campus. Severe weather and/or college-sponsored events may require the relocation of parking resources at any given time.  In the event that lot designations must be changed, the Alma Community will be notified of these changes at the earliest date possible. The notification will take place via Alma College email. All students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to comply accordingly. Failure to comply with this request may result in citation and/or towing of the vehicle at the owner’s expense.

Winter Weather and Snow Removal

During the winter months it may be necessary to clear lots of all vehicles for snow removal. Individuals may be requested to temporarily change designated parking lot assignments to facilitate the removal process. All students, faculty, staff and visitors and expected to comply accordingly. Failure to comply with this request may result in citation and/or towing of the vehicle at the owner’s expense.

Violations and Fines

Persons not complying with the Alma College Parking and Traffic Regulations are subject to citations and assessment of appropriate fines and penalties.

The person in whose name a vehicle is registered—according to record maintained by the Michigan Department of State—is responsible for violations involving that vehicle, even when driven by other individuals.

Parking citations are placed on the windshield of the motor vehicle. Motor vehicles without windshields (e.g., motorcycles, motor scooters or mopeds) will have citations placed near the gas tank. Placement of the citation constitutes legal delivery. After placement is completed, the citation is the responsibility of the registered owner.

Motor vehicles parked illegally are eligible to be cited for the same violation after 24 hours have passed. Individuals cited for a violation who have moved their vehicle to another illegal space are eligible to be cited again immediately.

Citation fines are automatically forwarded to the Alma College Business Office for collection. Fines must be paid in person at the Alma College Business Office located in lower Hamilton. Accepted forms of payment are: cash and credit/debit card.

Unpaid parking fines are considered unpaid financial obligations to the college. Failure to satisfy any outstanding parking fines and penalties may result in complaints being issued against the registered owner of the vehicle through the Director of Residence Life or the Vice President of Business Affairs. All fines and penalties collected by Alma College are deposited in the college’s General Fund and redistributed by the college to defray the cost of updating and maintaining the parking lots and lighting on campus.

Monetary fines are itemized on all citations and are subject to change without notice.

Specific Infractions and Associated Fines 

Speeding/ Reckless Driving/ Failure to Stop

Individuals failing to follow the Alma College Speed limit of 10 mph or any of the other above driving policies (Reckless Driving and Failure to Stop) will be documented. An incident report will be processed, the proper officials will review the case and the offender may lose his or her driving privileges on campus property. Alma College Campus Safety and Security reserves the right to notify any local law enforcement agency to report to campus to enforce such traffic laws as needed as necessary.

No Visible or Valid Parking Permit ($25)

Individuals who fail to display a valid, current and properly affixed permit are subject to this citation. 

Parked in a No Parking Zone ($25)

Motorists may not park their vehicles in posted “No Parking” zones at any time. A No Parking Zone is defined as an area or space that—through the designation of signs, barricades, or cones—is unavailable for parking. Additionally, vehicles may not be parked on or in sidewalks, walkways, grassy areas, paths or wooded areas.

Dumpster and loading dock areas are used by college personnel on a daily basis. Vehicles that impede access to these areas are subject to citation or tow. 

Parked in Visitor’s Zone or Loading Zone ($25)

Certain lots and spaces on campus are specifically reserved for a group of people or one person in particular. These areas are designated with a “Visitor” sign or other signage.  The only vehicles that are authorized to park in these spaces are those that properly display a valid special permit.

Failure to display the permit will result in a citation.

Improper Parking ($25)

Vehicles parked outside of designated spaces and/or over boundary lines may be subject to citation.

Vehicles must be parked between painted parking space lines. Vehicles occupying more than one space may be subject to citation. Vehicles that are parked partly on pavement and partly on grass may also by subject to citation.

Handicap Area ($25)

Only those vehicles properly displaying a valid, state-issued license plate or parking placard (i.e. hanging tag) are allowed to park in a designated parking space. 

PLEASE NOTE: Campus Safety and Security Officers—as well as law enforcement (e.g., the Alma Police Department, Gratiot County Sheriff’s Department and/or Michigan State Police)—can issue citations for any disability parking violation. Municipal fines often exceed the cost of college fines. The college cannot void municipal citations, nor will it intercede on behalf of persons involved in disputes relating to alleged violations of municipal parking regulations. 

Fire Lanes ($25)

Fire lanes are areas—paved or unpaved—that permit fire equipment and other emergency vehicles to come as close to a building as possible. Fire lanes are also areas within 15 feet around a fire hydrant or a stand pipe connection.

All access roads and campus walkways are—by definition—fire lanes.  Neither parking nor standing is permitted in a fire lane. While the college will attempt to mark all fire lanes (e.g., painted yellow curbs and/or yellow diagonal lines), lack of such marking will not relieve a violator of responsibility for illegal parking.

Any vehicle parked in a fire lane is subject to towing at any time.

Parked in Unauthorized Area ($25)

Parking permits are designated for specific parking lots. Unless otherwise authorized in these regulations—or expressly approved by Campus Safety and Security—students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to keep their vehicles in their assigned lots at all times. Failure to do so may result in a citation being issued.

Improperly Affixed Permit ($25)

Permits must be properly affixed to the vehicle. All staff and faculty permits must be placed on the back exterior window in the lower left corner. All residents and commuters must be placed on the inside of the vehicle on the driver-side lower left corner of the windshield. All permits must be placed using the self-adhesive already on the sicker. The use of tape is prohibited.

Other – Parked on Grass/ Double Parked ($25)

Any violation or other infraction not specifically covered by the aforementioned categories.

Immobilization of Vehicle (Boot Fee) ($50)

When a registered violator receives three (3) or more tickets the violator will receive a warning and on the next violation (ticket #4) the registered violator’s vehicle will be immobilized with the $50 Immobilization of Vehicle (Boot Fee) and a $25 regular ticket, equalling $75 overall.

Fraudulent Permits ($200)

When a violator is observed with a fraudulent parking permit, the offender will be issued a $200 citation for the violation.

Definition of Fraudulent Parking Permits:

  1. Making a fake parking permit and using it as a parking pass.
  2. Receiving a parking pass from another operator concluding at an end of a term without paying for a parking permit.
  3. Tampering with a “Temporary Parking Permit” (Extending the date and year).
  4. Stealing other parking permits (Faculty/Staff or Student) permits is also prohibited.
  5. On the conclusion of the citation, the offender is to turn over the fraudulent parking permit to Campus Safety and Security and then purchase a parking permit if one is available, at Facilities and Service Management. If a permit is not available, the vehicle is not to be parked on campus property.

If the offender fails to comply in turning over the fraudulent permit, on a 2nd offense, the vehicle will be towed off campus property immediately.

Vehicle Towing & Immobilization Policy

Alma College reserves the right to tow or immobilize (i.e. “boot”) – at the registered owner’s expense – any vehicle that is in violation of the established parking and traffic regulations.

Towing Policy

Vehicles are subject to citation and towing—without notice—by a local towing agency for the following reasons:

  1. Parking in such a way as to constitute a hazard to vehicular and pedestrian traffic or to the movement or operation of emergency equipment. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following areas: fire lanes, traffic lanes and sidewalks.
  2. Parking in such a way that restricts access to service areas, loading docks and Dumpsters.
  3. Parking in handicap-designated spaces without a state-issued disabled license plate or placard for 24 hours, or blocking handicap access will result in immediate tow.
  4. Abandoned vehicles (vehicles are considered abandoned after remaining immobile or inoperable for 90 days).
  5. Failure to immediately move a vehicle upon notification from Campus Safety and Security.
  6. Emergency situations deemed necessary for the safety and welfare of the Alma community.
  7. Registered Valid Parking Permit Violators: On the fifth ticket, Campus Safety will have the vehicle towed off campus after the immobilization of the vehicle and/or the one-week notice of the vehicle immobilization letter.
  8. Non-Registered Non-Valid Parking Permit Violators: On the fourth ticket, Campus Safety will have the vehicle towed off campus. When the vehicle is in violation concluding the first tow, the vehicle will be towed until it receives a valid parking permit to park on Alma College campus property.
  9. Handicap Parking Violators: Concluding 24 hours from when the first ticket was issued, the vehicle in violation will be issued a second ticket and will then be towed off Alma College campus property.
  10. Marked Tow Away Zones (Loading Docks, Fire Lanes, and Other Marked Tow Zones): Campus Safety and Security enforces all marked tow-away zones. Any vehicle observed in a marked tow-away zone will result in a parking ticket and immediate tow without notification. Fines and towing costs are the responsibility of the registered vehicle owner. The towing agent is responsible for the safe transport of towed vehicles. Alma College assumes no responsibility for damage to any vehicle as a result of towing.

Vehicle Immobilization Policy

Vehicles are subject to citation and immobilization (i.e. “booting”)—with notice—by Campus Safety and Security for the following reason:

  1. A valid registered vehicle has received 3 or more parking citations.

In the event that the vehicle is immobilized (i.e. “booted”), a notice will be affixed to the vehicle (usually on the driver’s-side window) advising the operator to contact Campus Safety and Security. Immobilization devices may only be removed by Campus Safety and Security. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MOVE THE VEHICLE. Alma College assumes no responsibility for damage caused if the vehicle is moved while the immobilization device is in place. Additionally, the unauthorized removal or attempted removal of the device will be the responsibility of the registered vehicle owner. Alma College assumes no responsibility for any damages that may result from placement and/or removal of any immobilization device.

In order to have the immobilization device removed, violators will be required to pay all outstanding fines and the $50 immobilization fee. Payment must be made at the Alma College Business Office located in lower Hamilton.

PLEASE NOTE: After a registered vehicle has been immobilized, the next offense will be result in a vehicle tow and the registered owner will lose his/her parking privileges.

Ticket Appeals

All citations may be appealed within 14 days from the date that the ticket was issued.

  1. Appeal times will be Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon, or by appointment in the Campus Safety and Security Office in the Reid-Knox Building.
  2. Ticket appeals will be reviewed and a letter will be sent to the violator via email, noting whether the appeal was approved or denied.
  3. After the decision, Campus Safety and Security will notify Facilities and Service Management which tickets may be voided and which tickets should be posted to the violator’s account.
  4. If the violator fails to appeal the ticket(s) within the 14-day time frame from which the ticket(s) were issued, the tickets will automatically be posted to the account of the violator.
  5. All fines and fees can be paid at the Business Office located in lower Hamilton.
  6. Campus Safety and Security has a two-week time frame to reply to appeals.

Revocation of Campus Driving & Parking Privileges

The use of a motor vehicle on college property is a privilege, not a right. Alma College has the authority to revoke or restrict the campus driving and parking privileges of any person—at any time—for just cause relative to violations of any and all parking and traffic regulations. Campus driving and parking privileges are commonly revoked for the following reasons:

  1. Committing an egregious traffic violation, including but not limited to: speeding; reckless driving or otherwise operating a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the safety and welfare of others; driving on sidewalks, grass or other non-roadways; operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or impaired; etc.
  2. Accumulation of five (5) parking citations for registered (valid) permit vehicles or four (4) parking citations for non-registered (not-valid) permit vehicles.
  3. Intentionally altering and displaying a copied/fraudulent parking permit.
  4. Selling or transferring a parking permit for display on a vehicle other than that for which it was registered.
  5. Use of lost or stolen permit.
  6. As a result of disciplinary hearing or sanction(s) imposed by the Director of Campus Safety and Security, Student Judicial Board, Student Life, Department of Human Resources and or direct supervisors of departments.

Revocation or restrictions will be determined by the Alma College Director of Campus Safety and Security and/or the Vice President of Business Affairs.

Individuals receiving written notice will have two (2) weeks to appeal this decision by setting up an appointment with the Vice President of Business Affairs to defend their campus driving and parking privileges. Individuals failing to make the appointment forfeit their right to appeal.

Individuals found driving or parking on campus following revocation of such privileges will be subject to additional fines and vehicle immobilization (“boot”) or tow. Continued violations may also result in complaint issued against the registered owner of the vehicle through the Director of Resident Life, Provost, Vice President of Business Affairs, etc.