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Parking

Welcome to Estrella Mountain Community College

Parking is offered to EMCC students, faculty and staff free of charge. All students, faculty and staff who park on campus are required to have a valid parking decal displayed on the lower left hand side of their windshield. On motorcycles, the permit can be placed on the front fender or fork. The permit issued by Estrella Mountain Community College, may also be registered at any Maricopa Community College.

Regulations

The operation and parking of a motor vehicle or non-pedestrian device on campus is a privilege granted by the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board and is revocable at any time.  All state laws governing the movement and operation of  motor vehicles are adopted by the Governing Board for the control of vehicles on college property. This authority is given to the Board in ARS §15-1449. The Maricopa County Community College District assumes no responsibility for damage to any vehicle and/or for any loss from any vehicle while it is being operated or parked on college property.

Authority of Enforcement

The enforcement of all rules and regulations governing the operation of vehicles and non-pedestrian devices shall be carried out by the Public Safety Division under the direction of the Commander of Public Safety under Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) 15-1449 - Control of vehicles and nonpedestrian devices on community college property by district board; sanctions; compliance with emissions inspection; definition.

Lack of familiarity with these rules and regulations does not constitute a defense for failure to comply. It is the responsibility of the operator and/or that person responsible for the vehicle to operate safety that vehicle in full compliance with these regulations.

Upon receipt of a college parking vehicle permit, it shall be presumed that a permit holder has a complete understanding of these regulations.

A full disclosure of all parking/traffic regulations is available for inspection in the Public Safety Office.

Vehicle Compliance

A college employee or student who operates or parks a motor vehicle on college property must sign an affidavit at the time of registration that the vehicle complies with (ARS) §49-542 and (ARS) 15-1449 relating to vehicle emission testing. Vehicles which do not comply with (ARS) §49-542 and (ARS) 15-1449 will not be granted a permit.

Parking Permits

All college students and employees who operate a motor vehicle on college property are required to register their vehicle, secure and display a current parking permit on the vehicle. If you have a current parking permit from another MCCCD campus it may be registered at this campus using the existing permit number.

You can register for a parking permit at the Public Safety Office.There is no fee for the parking permit.

  • Multiple Vehicles: Employees or students who use more than one vehicle must obtain a permit for each vehicle.
  • Permit Display: College parking permits must be affixed to vehicles in the following manner.
  • On autos/trucks, all permanently affixed permits shall be placed on the lower left front windshield (driver's side).
  • On motorized cycles, the permit shall be affixed where it can be seen without difficulty on the front fender or fork.

The college reserves the right to deny the issuance of a vehicle parking permit to any person with an indebtedness to the college arising from the parking or operation of vehicles on campus property until the indebtedness is paid in full; such person shall be denied the privilege of operating and parking his motor vehicle on college property. The action, however does not relieve any person of any sanctions contained in this publication.

Traffic Regulations

  • Driving motor vehicles, motorized cycles, and bicycles on pedestrian paths and sidewalks is prohibited.
  • The maximum speed limit in all college parking lots is 15 mph.
  • All accidents involving vehicles which occur on college property must be reported to the Public Safety Office.
  • All state laws governing the movement and operation of motor vehicles are adopted by the Governing Board for the control of vehicles on college property.

Bicycle Regulations

  • Bicycle parking is restricted to the racks provided.
  • A bicycle parked on a sidewalk or at an entrance to or in a building, or secured to a tree, light pole, sign post, or any other unauthorized area shall be subject to impoundment.
  • Bicycles must comply with Arizona traffic laws and campus traffic regulations. Every bicycle used from dusk to dawn must be equipped with white headlight and a red rear reflector. (ARS §28-922).

The college maintains the right to cut locks, chains, and/or cables for the purpose of impounding any bicycle parked or stored in violation of these regulations at the owner's expense.

The college reserves the right to limit or prohibit the use of skateboards, skates, rollerblades, horses or other non-pedestrian devices.

Parking Regulations

  • Parking is restricted to vehicles displaying the appropriate permit.
  • An area posted with short-term parking limits may be used for the purpose of conducting short-term business in the facility it primarily services.
  • Parking a vehicle in a designated parking space which displays a disabled parking sign, a painted disabled insignia or both, without a current disabled parking permit issued by the State of Arizona is prohibited. These areas are reserved twenty-four (24) hours a day.
  • No-parking zones: entrances to buildings, driveways, in front of garbage dumpsters, barricades, fire lanes and fire hydrants is prohibited.
  • Driving into or parking in any area not designated for use or closed by the use of barricades, chains, or other vehicle control devices is prohibited.
  • Parking a vehicle in such a manner as to impede or obstruct properly parking/moving vehicles is prohibited.
  • Parking a bicycle or motorized cycle in areas other than those designated for such parking is prohibited.
  • Where parking stall lines are marked, operators must park their vehicles within the stall lines. Parking outside such stall lines is prohibited. In diagonal spaces, vehicles must be parked facing toward the center line. (No pulling through or backing into spaces is permitted.)
  • Temporary absence of a sign at the entrance of a parking area does not signal the removal of restrictions or reservations upon that area. If reservation hours are altered or restrictions are changed, notices will be posted and the change will be effective immediately.

Sanctions

$25.00  Parking in an unauthorized parking area.
$15.00  Parking by a college employee or student in a visitor area.
$15.00  Obstructing a properly parked/moving vehicle.
$15.00  Parking on or blocking a pedestrian path.
$15.00  Parking outside stall lines.
$15.00  Parking beyond posted time limit.
$15.00  Pulling through or backing into an angled space
$15.00  Improperly displaying a parking permit.
$25.00  Removing a barricade or failure to obey vehicle control device.
$50.00  Parking in a Fire Lane.
$50.00  Violating disabled parking stall or access.
$30.00  Failure to register a vehicle and display a parking permit.
$50.00  Displaying an altered or substituted permit.
$50.00  Falsifying information on registration application.
$15.00  Other ( I.E. Expired parking permit)

Employees and students violating traffic regulations are also subject to institutional discipline, vehicle towing and impoundment, withdrawal or suspension of parking privileges, encumbrances of records, or both, and oral or written reprimand.

The Public Safety Commander and all College Police Officers have full peace officer authority, including arrest authority under Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) Title 13-3883 and as further defined by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board. The College Public Safety department's Police Aides have no arrest authority except those granted under ARS 13-3884.

All fines are doubled if not paid within fifteen (15) working days.

Habitual or Aggravated Violations

  • Habitual or flagrant disregard of vehicle control regulations by students is grounds for suspension or expulsion from the institution.
  • Habitual or flagrant continued disregard of parking relations by a college employee may affect the individual's salary and continuation of employment (ARS §15-1449C).
  • If a person fails to respond to a notice of violation of a parking and traffic regulation, a report may be sent to the appropriate Vice President or Director for action.

The Public Safety Commander and all College Police Officers have full peace officer authority, including arrest authority under Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) Title 13-3883 and as further defined by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board. The College Public Safety department's Police Aides have no arrest authority except those granted under ARS 13-3884.

Procedures for Hearings and Appeals

When a notice of violation of the Parking and Traffic Regulations is issued, the recipient shall either pay the penalty directly or request and opportunity to be heard before the College Parking and Traffic Appeals Officer.

  • Payment: All monetary penalties shall be paid to the cashier in the college business office. Payment may be made by mail or in person. Mailing instructions and penalties are listed on the notice. No violation will be considered cleared until the correct amount has been paid. If a violator loses the copy of the notice, information concerning the notice must be obtained from the Public Safety Office.
  • Unpaid Notices: A citation unpaid after fifteen (15) business days following the day the notice was issued shall be considered delinquent and doubled, unless a request for a hearing has been made to the Parking and Traffic Appeals Officer within this period.

The Maricopa District utilizes a registration hold system to enforce academic and fiscal responsibilities. A hold prevents a student with unpaid notices from registering for classes and from receiving copies of transcripts and records. This hold is released only upon payment of delinquent notice(s) at the college business office. Delinquent citations held by a college employee may affect salary and continued employment (ARS §15-1449 C). If a person fails to respond to a notice of violation of a parking and traffic regulation, a report may be sent to the appropriate dean or director for action.

Appeal
A person who receives a College parking or traffic violation notice may appeal the notice in the following manner:

  • Request for Hearing: An individual may request a hearing by filing a form obtained from the Public Safety Office within ten (10) business days after the issuance of a citation. The form may be left at the Public Safety Office or sent through the mail.
  • Citation Appeal Form (pdf download)
  • Failure to Appeal: Failure to submit an appeal request before the end of the above business day appeal period shall not be eligible for a hearing and relinquishes the right to further appeal.
  • Establishment of Hearing: Upon receipt of a request, the Parking and Traffic Appeals Officer will schedule a hearing and notify the appellant of the date and time to appear (written appeals are accepted). Failure to appear or submit a written appeal by this scheduled hearing shall result in confirmation of violation, forfeiture of penalties paid and waiver of further right to appeal. The Parking and Traffic Appeals Officer may confirm, reverse or modify the citation and penalty.

College Appeals Board
A person who receives an unfavorable decision from the Parking and Traffic Appeals Officer may appeal that decision to the appeals board which is composed of representatives of faculty, staff and students. An appeal is subject to the following conditions being met:

  • An official appeal form may be filed with the Parking and Traffic Appeals Officer. Forms are available in the Public Safety Office.
  • A decision is subject to consideration by the appeals board only after a sum equal to the amount of the penalty has been paid and the receipt is attached to the appeal.
  • Such appeals must be filed within (10) business days after the date of the parking appeals officer's decision.

The Parking and Traffic Appeals Officer will schedule a hearing with notice to the appellant to appear and be heard if he/she so chooses. At the hearing, the board may either approve or reverse the decision of the Parking and Traffic Appeals Officer or modify the sanction. A refund of the payment in accordance with the decision will be processed for the appellant by the college business office.

Judicial Review
Any person who has received an unfavorable administrative ruling from the appeals board has the right to have the ruling reviewed by the Maricopa county Superior Court in accordance with the provision of Title 12, Chapter 7, Article 6, Arizona Revised Statues. This judicial review process is at the expense of the plaintiff.

The Maricopa County Community College District and the State Board of Directors for Community Colleges reserve to amend these regulations at any time to promote and ensure fair and safe usage of that property and facilities under the control and jurisdiction of the college.

Notice of change(s) will be published in the local campus media and will be effective immediately.