The College has adopted regulations pertaining to campus traffic and parking in order to provide safety and security to the college Community and facilities, and to minimize disturbances and congestion.
To accomplish these goals, it is necessary for all students, faculty, and staff to become familiar with the regulations and abide by them. The regulations are applicable to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Anyone who receives a cumulative of four unpaid violations may be subject to having their registration and decals to operate a vehicle withdrawn.
All vehicles are required to display current decals in the bottom left hand corner of the front windshield. Vehicles that do not have decals are subject to being towed at owner’s expense. The purchase of a decal does not guarantee one a parking space. Department of Public Safety is responsible for the enforcement of these regulations and all records of parking registration and violations are maintained in the Department of Public Safety.
Driving a motor vehicle is both a privilege and a responsibility and to this end the College reserves right to regulate the use of all vehicles on the campus and to forbid the use of a vehicle by a student, faculty or staff member, administrator of visitor or whose conduct in an manner indicates he/she is not complying with established rules and regulations.
Furthermore, it is a violation of College policy to willfully refuse to obey an lawful order given by the Department of Public Safety officers or any law enforcement officer.
- Motor vehicles driven on campus shall be operated in a safe and courteous manner at all times.
- The College does not assume any responsibility for damages and/or theft of any motor vehicle or its contents while it is driven or parked on the campus.
- Any accident on the campus involving a motor vehicle must be reported to Campus Security immediately, regardless of the extent of damages involved.
- Vehicles will be operated only upon street, drives and designated parking lots. Any person driving a vehicle recklessly will be in violation and may be fined or, as the case may be turned over to civil authority.
- The speed limited on campus is 20 miles per hour.
- Driving or parking on grass, walkways or in "no-parking" zones is prohibited (such as fire, reserved, loading, ect.).
- All traffic signs must be observed.
All regulations are in accordance with the law and campus policies and ignorance of any regulation is not an acceptable excuse for any violation.
Students, faculty, and staff must park in their assigned lots at all times.
- Resident students must park in resident student lots only.
- Nonresident students (commuters) must park in designed lots only.
- Faculty/staff who have authorized parking space should always use that space only.
- Faculty/staff must park in designated lots only.
The names of parking lots will assist in the location of assigned vehicles, for example, Commuter Parking Lots or Residential Parking Areas. Each lot will be properly marked. There are a total of 17 lots which include the two lots assigned to the Health/Wellness Center. The estimated number of cars that can be assigned to the parking lots is approximately 800.
The parking lots are assigned as follows:
- Lot A – The front of Brownlee Hall
- Lot B – The east side of Brownlee Hall
- Lot C – Berkshire A
- Lot D – Berkshire B
- Lot E – The area directly in front of Holmes Hall
- Lot F – The area across from Holmes Hall
- Lot G – The area at the north end of Holmes Hall on the side of Ballard Hall
- Lot H – The area on the northwest end of Renner Hall
- Lot I – The area directly in front of Kincheloe Hall
- Lot J – The area behind Kincheloe Hall
- Lot K – The area at the southwest end of A.A. Branch Hall
- Lot L – The area between Blackmon Administration building and the Southeast end of A.A. Branch Hall
- Lot M – The area in front of Trio building
- Lot N – The area on the west end of the Health/Wellness Center
- Lot O – The area on the south end of Blackmon Administration building
- Lot P – The area in front of Blackmon Administration building and in front of the Alumni House
- Lot Q – The area behind Warren Hall
- Lot R – The area behind the north end of the Health/Wellness Center
- Lot S – The area directly in front of the Robert O. Wilder Building, adjacent to the "rock garden" is designated for visitor’s parking only.
- Lot T – New Women Residence Hall
Vehicle Registration Forms:
- Students, faculty, staff, and maintenance personnel who operate a motor vehicle regularly or occasionally on the campus of Tougaloo College are required to purchase and display a current registration decal.
- Registration decals may be obtained in the Department of Public Safety Office, located in Jamerson Hall from 8am. – 5pm, Monday through Friday. Decals may also be purchased during the fall registration.
- Persons registering vehicles must show proof of insurance which includes the expiration date
- Faculty, staff, and students must register their vehicles by the first Monday in September.
- The person to whom a vehicle is registered is responsible for payment of all violation notices issued to that particular vehicle.
- Failure to register a vehicle constitutes a violation of these regulations and can result in the vehicle being towed from campus at the owner’s expense.
- Fulltime employees and students must purchase decals which expire July 31st. Faculty/Staff decals are $25 and Student decals are $10.
- Motor vehicles driven on campus shall be operated in a safe and courteous manner all times.
- The College does not assume any responsibility for damages and/or theft of any motor vehicle driven or parked on the campus.
- Any accident on the campus involving a motor vehicle must be reported to campus Security immediately, regardless of the extent of damages involved.
- Vehicles will be operated only upon roadways, drives and designed parking lots. Any person driving a vehicle recklessly will be in violation and may be fined or, as the case may be turned over to civil authority.
- The speed limit on campus is 20 miles per hour.
- Driving or parking on grass or walkways is prohibited.
- All traffic signs must be observed.
- Pedestrians at crosswalks have the right-of-way over motor vehicles.
Reasons for having a vehicle towed at the owner’s expense include, are not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Unregistered vehicle
- Parking in unauthorized or undesignated parking spaces
- Creating a traffic hazard
- Parking in a yellow-curbed or painted area
- Parking in a handicap space
- Parking in a safety zone
- Parking in a construction or maintenance zone
Tougaloo College reserves the right to revoke a student or faculty/staff permit for excessive unpaid violation notices. The vehicle will be towed from campus at the expense of the owner. The College assumes no responsibility for vehicles damaged as a result of towing.
Vehicles that have been left unauthorized for a periods of at least 2 weeks and show no sign of being used will be considered abandoned. The owner will be notified to remove such vehicle from the college. Failure of the owner to remove said vehicle within 10 days after the notice is sent will result in Campus Security towing said vehicle at owner’s expense.
Violations and Penalties
Parking fines – All fines are to be paid at the Cashier’s window in the Blackmon Administration Building. They include, but are necessarily limited to the following:
- False registration - $100
- Altered Parking Permit - $100
- Operating a vehicle on campus without a decal - $50
- Failure to stop for signs - $25
- Unauthorized parking - $25
- Parking against the flow of traffic - $10
- Obstructing traffic - $20
- Parking on the grass - $50
- Handicap area - $50
- Blocking sidewalk - $25
- Improper display of decal - $25
- Greater than safe speed - $50
- Safety zone violation - $50
To appeal a Vehicle Violation Notice, you must submit in writing to the Dean of Students, a request of appeal within 10 days of the notice date. The appeal will be heard by the Traffic Committee.