Lawrence Technological University offers open and free parking on paved, lighted lots. However, all faculty, staff, and students are required to register their vehicles and obtain a parking permit. The presence of the required parking permit allows campus safety officers to easily identify whether or not a vehicle belongs to someone in the University community and hence belongs on the campus. The enforcement of parking regulations is not an attempt to restrict community life; rather it is aimed toward public safety and the elimination of hazardous situations.
Enrollment as a member of the University community presumes an implied consent of compliance with Lawrence Tech Parking and Traffic Regulations. It is the responsibility of all individuals who operate or maintain vehicles on the Lawrence Tech campus to be aware of these regulations and to abide by them. In the case of guests on campus it is their host’s responsibility to ensure that their guest drives and parks responsibly on University property; hosts should be aware that they may be subject to sanctions for their guests’ infractions. The ability to drive and park on Lawrence Tech property is a privilege granted by the University, not a right, as provided in Public Act 300 of 1949, Michigan Vehicle Code, section 257.607, titled Realty Owners’ Regulation of Traffic on Private Property. Those failing to adhere to the policies and regulations, or demonstrating dangerous, reckless, or willful and wanton disregard for the public’s safety, are subject to the loss of these privileges and other disciplinary sanctions as provided in the Student Code of Conduct. Vehicle operators are also subject to the laws of the state of Michigan while on University property. Drivers of vehicles on University property must produce identification upon request of a Campus Safety officer and must heed the directions of those officers.
All faculty, staff, and students who wish to use motor vehicles on campus must complete an application to register the vehicle and obtain a parking permit. Applications and permits are available on a 24-hour basis from Campus Safety by calling 248.204.3945. Anyone wishing to register a vehicle on campus must present:
• a Lawrence Tech ID card
• a valid operator’s license (if requested).
Permits must be displayed as instructed.
Occasional Guests or Visitors
Occasional guests or visitors who come to campus to attend various functions are not required to register their vehicles. They may park in any available parking space or in a “Visitors” parking space for up to six hours. Departments may request visitor hang tags for scheduled guests or vendors from the Department of Campus Safety.
Occasional guests or visitors who receive a parking violation notice in error are requested to give the violation notice to their University host who in turn should forward it to the Department of Campus Safety. The University host should provide their name and campus extension and should request an “administrative void” of the violation notice.
Those members of the University community who are observed parking routinely in spaces reserved for visitors will receive a violation notice and are subject to disciplinary sanctions through the Student Code of Conduct.
Any student receiving more than four violation notices during an academic year will be subject to disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, which may include a review of driving and/or parking privileges, possible additional fines, and the revocation of driving or parking privileges on University property.
Non-Waiver of Enforcement
The failure of the University to insist upon strict compliance with any regulation in any one or more instances shall not be interpreted as a waiver of future enforcement of any such regulation. All regulations shall remain in full force and effect. Rain, inclement weather, time of day, or parking lot capacity does not alter any of the provisions of these regulations.
Owner’s/Driver’s Assumption of Risk
All motor vehicles are operated and/or parked on University property at the owner’s/driver’s risk. The University assumes no responsibility for any damage sustained or any loss by fire, theft, accident, towing, vandalism, or any other peril.
1. The maximum speed limit on campus is 15 miles per hour. No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any street, roadway, or parking lot on University property in a reckless or unsafe manner; or at a speed greater than 15 miles per hour; or at a speed that is not reasonable and proper for conditions; or without due regard to pedestrian traffic, weather, or the conditions of the street, roadway, or parking lot.
In defining reckless driving, Lawrence Tech has adopted the language in Public Act 300, Michigan Vehicle Code, Section 257.626, titled Reckless Driving on Highways, Frozen Public Lake or Parking Place:
Sec. 626. (a) Any person who drives any vehicle upon a highway or a frozen public lake, stream or pond or other place open to the general public, including any area designated for the parking of motor vehicles, within this state, in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.
2. Drivers of vehicles shall not operate a vehicle while intoxicated or visibly impaired while on University property. In defining operating while intoxicated or visibly impaired, Lawrence Tech has adopted the language in Public Act 300, Michigan Vehicle Code, Section 257.625, titled Operating Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated; Operating Motor Vehicle when Visibly Impaired:
Sec. 625. (1) A person, whether licensed or not, shall not operate a vehicle upon a highway or other place open to the general public or generally accessible to motor vehicles, including an area designated for the parking of vehicles, within this state if the person is operating while intoxicated. As used in this section, “operating while intoxicated” means any of the following:
(a) The person is under the influence of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or a combination of alcoholic liquor and a controlled substance.
(b) The person’s ability to operate the motor vehicle is visibly impaired due to the consumption of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or a combination of alcoholic liquor and a controlled substance.
3. Drivers or passengers 21 years of age or older shall not possess any open intoxicant within the vehicle while on University property, regardless of whether the vehicle is parked or moving. Open is defined as a broken seal or lid on the container.
4. Drivers and/or passengers under the age of 21 shall not possess any intoxicant either open or unopened within the vehicle while on University property, regardless of whether the vehicle is parked or moving.
5. Drivers or passengers regardless of age shall not possess any illicit or controlled substance or drug paraphernalia within the vehicle while on University property, regardless of whether the vehicle is parked or moving.
6. Pedestrians have the right of way on campus. Any vehicle that fails to yield the right of way and stop for pedestrians crossing a street at a properly marked and posted crosswalk may receive a violation notice. A pedestrian has the right of way once he or she has stepped onto the street from a sidewalk, curb, or the side of the road.
7. All accidents involving a motor vehicle on campus must be reported to the Department of Campus Safety.
8. Motorists involved in accidents must stop and provide identification.
In defining parking, Lawrence Tech has adopted the language in Public Act 235 of 1969, Section 257.941, titled Control of Traffic in Parking Areas:
Definitions. Sec. 1. As used in this act: (a) “Parking area” means an area used by the public as a means of access to and egress from, and for the free parking of motor vehicles by patrons of a shopping center, business, factory, hospital, institution, or similar building or location.
All valid parking spaces on University property are marked on the pavement. All parking lots are designated on the campus map. The use of the parking lots and parking spaces is subject to the following provisions:
1. All vehicles parked on campus are required to display a valid parking permit registered to said vehicle by the Department of Campus Safety. An exception is made for the vehicles of occasional guests or visitors parked in unreserved parking areas or areas designated for visitor parking.
a. Each parking lot has Carpool parking spaces posted. Only those individuals who are authorized to park in Carpool parking spaces may do so.
b. Individuals who certify that they will only park in Carpool parking spaces for vehicles that contain two or more non-residential students or members of the University community may obtain a Carpool parking hang tag at no charge and by completing a registration form. Hang tags are valid for one year from the date of issue. Vehicles not displaying a hang tag will receive a University violation notice for parking in a no parking area.
c. No vehicles may be parked in Carpool parking spaces between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., seven days per week. Any vehicle parking in a Carpool parking space after 11 p.m. will receive a University violation notice for parking in a no-parking zone.
2. Handicap-designated parking spaces are posted. Only those individuals with state-issued handicap parking permits or plates are permitted to park in these spaces. Vehicles parked in a posted handicap space that fail to display a valid hang tag or plate, or if the hang tag or plate is registered to someone other than the driver of that vehicle, will be issued a State of Michigan Uniform Law Citation for the civil infraction of parking in a posted handicap parking space.
3. No parking is allowed in posted fire lanes. Depending on the severity of the violation or the existence of prior violations, vehicles parked in posted lanes may receive either a University violation notice or a State of Michigan Uniform Law Citation for the civil infraction of parking in a posted fire lane.
4. No vehicle may be parked so as to obstruct access to fire hydrants or fire department standpipes.
5. In consideration of public safety, vehicles shall not be parked beyond the end of marked rows or in the driving area of parking lots. These areas are to be kept unobstructed so as to allow for the unhampered access of emergency service vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks.
6. Other “no-parking areas” are color coded with yellow hatching, curbing, and/or signs where possible. No one may park in these areas.
7. The absence of a “No Parking” sign does not imply that parking is permitted in a non-designated area. Parking is specifically not permitted on roadways, access drives, service roads (such as in the Quad area), around parking lot islands, or in parking lot ingress or egress drives.
8. No parking or operation of vehicles is permitted on grass, curbed areas, driveways, fire lanes, or walks on any part of the campus without the permission of the Department of Campus Safety. Exceptions: service, emergency, and maintenance vehicles during the performance of University-related duties and off-road vehicles specifically permitted to test and operate on the grounds of the University in conjunction with an academic endeavor. All other provisions of these regulations, including but not limited to reckless driving and observing pedestrian right of way, apply to the excepted vehicles.
9. No vehicle shall park, stop, or stand in an active traffic lane, roadway, or pedestrian crossing area on University property.
10. No vehicle shall be parked so to prevent pedestrian or vehicular ingress or egress to or from building doors, overhead or garage doors, or any other doors, loading docks, truck wells, and/or offloading areas.
11. Drop-off zones or areas are provided to allow the University community to unload bulky or heavy items. These are designated as “15-minute Parking” only. Drop-off zones or areas are located:
a. Lot G on the Ten Mile Road side or south side of the Engineering Building near the Engineering high bay entrance area. Blue hatched parking space.
b. In front of the University Technology and Learning Center, in the circular drive only.
c. In the circular drive area located between the Buell Management Building and the Science Building, south of Lot C.
d. The south side of Housing-North, indented curb area.
e. The north side of Housing-South, spaces signed as loading.
12. Only University-authorized vehicles may park in spaces designated “Authorized Parking Only.”
13. No parking is allowed in the area between the west side of the University Technology and Learning Center and the south side of the Architecture Building, commonly known as the “pit area.”
14. Immobilized vehicles or vehicles in need of repair may be continuously parked on University property for up to 24 hours in an unrestricted parking space. After 24 hours the vehicle must be removed or towed from University property. Drivers/owners are responsible for cleaning up fluids or debris left by their vehicles.
15. Operational vehicles, including those of visitors or guests, parked on campus due to carpooling or the use of mass transit to attend an event, may be left on campus up to one week. However, prior to parking the vehicle the driver must contact the Department of Campus Safety and provide the driver’s name, the vehicle’s description, license plate number, location, a contact phone number, and the duration of time that the vehicle will be left on campus.
16. No vehicles are to be parked on University property without valid and current license plates.
17. Residential students must instruct their guests to park in unrestricted parking spaces in the parking lots and not in spaces designated for visitors. Owners of guest vehicles parked on University property for more than 24 hours must contact the Department of Campus Safety and provide the driver’s name, the vehicle’s description, license plate number, location, a contact phone number, and the duration of time that the vehicle will be left on campus.
18. Visitors may park in a “Visitors” parking space for no more than eight hours. Overnight or extended parking beyond eight hours is not permitted.
19. No automotive repairs may be performed in campus parking lots. University-related academic or community endeavors are excepted.
20. No unauthorized solicitation, notice for the sale of goods or services, or informational flyers or notices may be distributed or placed on the windshields of vehicles in University parking lots unless approved in advance by the Office of the Dean of Students.
21. No vehicle shall be parked so as to occupy two or more parking spaces.
22. The University may designate parking areas for oversized vehicles or vehicles parked overnight.
23. A vehicle shall be considered abandoned when in the judgment of Campus Safety the vehicle constitutes a blight, has been parked on University property for a prolonged period of time, and presents one or more of the following conditions: is clearly in need of repair; does not display a valid Lawrence Tech parking permit; does not have license plates; or does not have current plates.
The University reserves the right to have any vehicle physically removed (towed) or intentionally immobilized at the owner’s/driver’s expense as provided under Michigan Public Acts 493, 494, and 495 of 2004 if:
• In the opinion of Campus Safety, the vehicle appears to be abandoned.
• The vehicle is parked in such a manner as to create a hazard to other traffic or is obstructing a road, service drive, loading zone, fire hydrant, fire lane, or parking area.
• The vehicle is improperly parked in an area designated as a towing zone.
• The driver of the vehicle has had his/her driving privileges suspended or revoked.
• The vehicle is being driven by a visitor who, because of repeated traffic violations, has been warned not to operate a vehicle on University property.
• The vehicle is double-parked.
• The vehicle is parked on a lawn, landscaped area, sidewalk, or other area not set aside for parking.
• The vehicle is parked in violation of lot signs that identify specific designated parking areas.
• The operator is using a parking permit decal registered to another vehicle.
• A vehicle not displaying a handicap parking permit or license plate issued by the state of Michigan is parked in a handicap-designated space.
• The vehicle is subject to the registration requirement but has not been registered to operate or park on University property.
Appeal of Parking and Traffic University Violation Notices
Due to the severity of the offense, some violations cannot be appealed. These include reckless driving, having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, a minor in possession of alcohol in a vehicle, driving while intoxicated or otherwise impaired, and having drug paraphernalia in a vehicle. The Department of Campus Safety shall refer these violations to the Office of the Dean of Students for consideration as a Student Code of Conduct violation or may contact the Southfield Police Department for investigation.
Any person receiving a violation notice for lesser offenses has the right to appeal. The appellant shall have 15 calendar days to request an appeal, after such time all appeal rights are terminated. Contact the Department of Campus Safety at 248.204.3945 to file an appeal.
District Court Citations and Fines
Lawrence Tech Campus Safety officers are empowered by the 46th District Court, Southfield, Michigan, to issue State of Michigan Uniform Law Citations for handicap parking space and fire lane infractions. Hearing dates, appeal time frames, and fines are subject to the rules of the District Court. Upon receiving a State of Michigan Uniform Law Citation the recipient should immediately contact the court:
46th District Court
P.O. Box 2055
26000 Evergreen Road (at Civic Center Drive)
Southfield, MI 48037-2055
Fines for University Parking and Traffic Violations
After the 15-day appeal period, the Department of Campus Safety will post the fine appropriate to the violation to the pertinent student account in the Banner system without any additional notice to the student. The yellow copy of the University violation notice serves as confirmation of a pending fine. Questions about fines should be directed to the Department of Campus Safety, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Business Services is unable to answer questions regarding violation fines. Non-timely payment of fines may result in the imposition of a late fee. These fines are in addition to any other fines or sanctions that may be imposed by any other jurisdiction.
Banner uses the following codes to correspond to University violation notices:
Failure to display a valid parking permit or failure to register a vehicle, per violation issued
All violations cited in the parking section of these regulations, except parking in a handicap space (see District Court Citations and Fines)
Moving violations other than reckless driving (P005) or alcohol violations (P006)
Alcohol in open container, minor in possession of alcohol, driving while intoxicated or impaired; drug paraphernalia in vehicle*
Failure/refusal to produce identification upon request of campus safety officer; failure/refusal to heed directions of campus safety officer
Cost to remove vehicle boot/immobilization device, vehicle towing
P0011-B Set by towing contractor
Costs associated with towing a vehicle in addition to the fine
*Referred to the dean of students as Student Code of Conduct violations.