STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE AT BUFFALO
§ 562.1 General statement of policy.
The operation of a motor vehicle on the property of the State University College at Buffalo is covered under section 360 of the Education Law, which authorizes the State University to adopt and make applicable to its campuses any and all provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. The following regulations have been developed and are enforced to provide for the safety and convenience of students, faculty, employees and visitors upon the State University College at Buffalo campus. (Notice: The regulations are strictly enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months a year.)
§ 562.2 Registration.
(a) No person, including students, members of the faculty or staff, shall park a motor vehicle, motorcycle or moped of any kind or description on premises or property under control of the State University College at Buffalo unless such motor vehicle, motorcycle or moped is properly registered with the college. Personnel employed by off-campus agencies who are assigned to the college as a regular work location should also register their vehicles and comply with all motor vehicle regulations.
(b) A registration decal will be issued and must be affixed to the vehicle in accordance with instructions in section 562.3 of this Part. Upon completion of the vehicle registration form and payment of the required fee(s), a registration decal shall be issued.
(c) Such registration shall be valid as indicated by the expiration date on the registration decal, and shall be conditioned upon remaining enrolled at the college if a student, or upon continued employment at the campus if a faculty or staff member or other person assigned to or using campus facilities.
(e) Faculty, staff and students are required to produce an official college identification card and a vehicle registration in order to obtain a permit. There will be no exceptions to this rule. All others, such as campus visitors and/or guests, should be prepared to show vehicle registration and a personal driver's license when obtaining a permit.
(g) No person shall provide any false or misleading information, whether by act or omission, when applying for any registration or permit pursuant to this Part, or when otherwise required or requested by a college official to provide information concerning the operation or parking of a vehicle on the campus premises and grounds.
§ 562.3 Permits.
(g) Should a permit become mutilated or obliterated in any way, a new permit must be obtained from the student accounts office. Evidence of the mutilated permit must be presented for replacement. A fee, as approved by the chancellor, or designee, shall be charged for any replacement permit.
Staff parking permits are valid in all staff and student/staff lots. Under no circumstances shall a faculty or staff member register a motor vehicle owned, operated or controlled by a student. Student use of staff parking permits is prohibited, and such violation will result in tagging and towing or immobilizing of the vehicle.
Student use of temporary parking permits in staff or visitor lots or in lots/spaces other than student lots is prohibited, and such violations will result in tagging and towing or immobilizing of the vehicle.
(k) An "ADMINISTRATION" parking permit shall be issued to all management/confidential personnel and others designated by the Vice President for Finance and Management. These permits are valid in the designated lots and all staff and student/staff lots.
(l) New York State municipal parking permits for persons with disabilities are not issued by the college. The college does, however, honor all municipal parking permits for persons with disabilities. Staff and students with municipal parking permits for persons with disabilities may not park in designated visitor's lot or any other special designated reserved parking spaces. Only persons with municipal parking permits for persons with disabilities may park in areas designated spaces for persons with disabilities. Persons who possess a valid New York State license plate for persons with disabilities or a valid permit issued by a municipality in accordance with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles guidelines for persons with disabilities may park in areas designated for persons with disabilities. All vehicles parked on campus also must display a valid Buffalo State College parking permit.
(m) A "VENDOR" parking permit shall be issued to all vendors required to service college facilities and operations. Vendor permits are valid in Cleveland Hall Circle load zones for one- half hour maximum, or in any staff or student/staff lot.
(n) A "GENERAL RESERVE" parking permit shall be issued to individuals designated by the Vice President for Finance and Management and is valid in specifically designated areas of lots D and D-2 or in any staff or student/staff lot.
§ 562.4 Parking lots.
(a) Parking fees as approved by the chancellor, or designee, shall be charged for motor vehicles parked within designated lots, consistent with applicable collective bargaining agreements and in accordance with guidelines established by the chancellor or designee. Such guidelines shall provide that the determination of the amount of the fee be substantially based on an analysis of the costs attributable to the operation and maintenance of the parking facilities owned and operated by the College at Buffalo.
(b) No person shall park a vehicle in any area except those areas specifically designated as motor vehicle parking lots or spaces. Where campus parking areas have been designated respectively for students, staff or visitors, as the case may be, no motor vehicle shall be parked in a designated parking area other than the parking area to which such registrant or visitor has been assigned. Special parking provisions may be granted in extraordinary circumstances by the university police chief or designee.
(c) All lots designated A, B, D, F-1, H, S-1, T and U are for staff and faculty use only, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Student use of these lots is permitted from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday through Sunday. Lot W is designated for staff and faculty use only between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
(d) All lots designated S and S-2 are for faculty and staff use only between the hours of 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. Student use is not permitted at any time in prohibited areas such as Upton East, Bacon Lot, Bengal Mall or areas designated specifically for university police, maintenance or any other specific designation.
(l) For the purposes of snow removal, repair and maintenance of lots and roadways, no parking will be allowed on roadways or in parking lots from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. except where specifically designated by a sign for overnight parking.
(m) Metered spaces on campus are for use by visitors to Buffalo State College. Parking at the meters is restricted to a maximum of two hours at a fee as approved by the chancellor or designee. Any parking beyond the stipulated maximum will constitute a violation regardless of time remaining on the meter. Parking at a meter indicates acceptance of the meter regulations.
§ 562.5 Driving and parking regulations.
(a) No person shall drive a vehicle on college streets, roads or highways at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. The maximum permissible speed is 25 miles per hour on all roadways of the college.
(d) No person shall park a vehicle on the premises of the university in such manner as to interfere with the use of a fire hydrant, fire lane or other emergency zone, create any other hazard or unreasonably interfere with the free and proper use of a roadway or pedestrian way, walkway, driveway or parking area. Specifically, no parking is permitted:
(e) Any area of the campus that has been closed off by the use of barricades or other traffic control devices shall not be entered by any vehicle except those authorized by the university police department.
§ 562.6 Motorcycles and mopeds.
Parking for motorcycles and mopeds is prohibited anywhere on campus except the designated motorcycle parking areas located in lots D and S-1 and in lots A and A-1. Motorcycles and mopeds parking anywhere else will be tagged.
§ 562.7 Towing and immobilizing.
The university police department may authorize the towing away or immobilizing of vehicles parked in violation of the rules and regulations of the college. Any expense involved in removal or immobilization of vehicles, such as towing and storage charges, will be the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle. Fines for mini-tow voilations will be in addition to fines for violations issued for no parking 1am - 6am when the vehicle must be moved for the purpose of snow removal.
§ 562.8 Abandoned vehicles.
§ 562.9 Enforcement of rules and regulations.
The university police officers of the college have been empowered to enforce traffic and parking rules and regulations. Tickets will be issued to all vehicles which are not registered with the college and to vehicles which are in violation of campus parking and/or traffic regulations.
§ 562.10 Temporary parking permits.
(a) In the case of special visitors and/or groups of visitors (i.e., conference participants), appropriate arrangements can be made for temporary parking privileges. Applications must be made in advance with the events management office or the parking services office.
(d) Persons whose physical infirmities necessitate special consideration may obtain a temporary MEDICAL parking permit valid in any staff or student parking area for a period of time not to exceed two weeks. Any person with a medical condition exceeding this period of time will be encouraged to apply for a municipal persons with disabilities parking permit if a resident of New York State. Certification of need must be obtained from the person's physician and submitted to the director of parking services, or designee, for consideration and appropriate action. Medical permits are not valid in any legal handicapped space on campus.
§ 562.11 Maintenance, special events and emergencies.
(a) Instructions relative to temporary parking restrictions to facilitate snow removal, cleanup, maintenance and repair will be forthcoming from time to time from the university police department as the need arises.
(c) For certain college events, parking may not be limited to parking lots. Specific roads and/ or areas not otherwise used for parking may be designated for parking by the university police department.
§ 562.12 Inoperative vehicles.
(a) If a vehicle becomes inoperative for any reason and it is parked in violation of this Part, it is the responsibility of the owner/operator to make immediate arrangements to remove it. Vehicle breakdowns may not be accepted as an excuse for being illegally parked.
§ 562.13 Security.
§ 562.14 Changes or special instructions.
§ 562.15 Traffic control.
§ 562.16 Responsibility, penalties, and fines for violations.
(a) Responsibility. The individual in whose name the motor vehicle is registered with the college, and/or the owner thereof if the motor vehicle is not then registered with the college, shall be responsible for any and all penalties and fines for violations, and for any and all liability or damage claims, resulting from the possession, operation and/or parking of the motor vehicle on the premises of the State University College at Buffalo.
(b) Penalties. Violators of any of the campus traffic and parking rules and regulations will be subject to the issuance of a ticket returnable as directed in section 562.17 of this Part, and also administrative late payment fee(s) if fine is not paid within the prescribed time(s). If the college parking ticket is not paid within the prescribed period of time, a late fee, as approved by the chancellor or designee, will be imposed for the additional processing. Any person who violates any applicable section of the Vehicle and Traffic Law shall be punished in any court having jurisdiction. Unpaid fines shall be deducted from the salary or wages of an offending officer or employee of the university. In the case of students, grades, transcripts and registration may be withheld until all fines are paid.
(c) Violators with 10 or more parking violations may be subject to revocation of the campus vehicle registration decal and a loss of parking privileges for the balance of the academic year or from future campus vehicle registration until such parking ticket fines along with administrative late payment fees are paid.
(2) For violation of a fire lane or fire hydrant the penalty shall be a $35 fine.
(3) For violation requiring a mini tow the penalty shall be a $50 fine. This fine is in addition to a fine of $25 for violation of parking in a no parking 1am - 6am lot.
(4) For all other violations the penalty shall be a $25 fine.
§ 562.17 Complaints, hearings, appeals.
(2) The complaint shall indicate the amount of the fine assessable for the violation, and advise that if the person charged does not dispute the violation, fines may be paid at the student accounts office of the campus within a period to be prescribed by the college council.
(3) The complaint shall recite that a hearing may be requested within a period of time as prescribed by the college council after service of the charges by appearing in person at the parking services office.
(4) The complaint shall recite that, should the alleged violator fail to appear at the time fixed for the hearing or should no hearing be requested within the period as prescribed by the college council in paragraph (3) of this subdivision, the complaint is proved and shall warrant such action as may then be appropriate.
(5) Three or more unanswered complaints in an 18-month period by the same person, regarding violations of a campus parking rule, shall result in a referral to the New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for review in considering the renewal of an operator's license and/or a motor vehicle registration, and the imposition of a fee as approved by the chancellor, or designee, to meet the administrative costs of such referral.
(b) The chief administrative officer shall designate a hearing officer or board, not to exceed three persons, to hear complaints for violation of campus traffic and parking rules and regulations enforceable on campus. Such hearing officer or board shall not be bound by the rules of evidence, but may hear or receive any testimony or evidence directly relevant and material to the issues presented.
(c) A request for a hearing for a violation must be made in writing with the parking services office, provided the request is filed within the prescribed period of time as designated on the ticket. Should there be no request during this time period, the complaint is proved and will be considered a denial.
(d) Each request will be reviewed by the hearing officer or parking appeals board which includes a student, faculty or staff representative, and administrator. This board will meet when necessary to hear requests.
(e) After such review, or not later than five days thereafter, such hearing officer or board shall file a report. A notice of the decision shall be promptly transmitted to the violator. The report shall include: