STATE UNIVERSITY AT BINGHAMTON
§ 566.0 Traffic regulations on State-operated campuses.
(a) The New York State Education Law authorizes the State University to adopt and make applicable to its campuses any and all provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Further, the university may develop its own rules to cover special campus circumstances.
(b) The new legislation provides that violation of any such statute or rule shall be punishable as provided in the adopted provision. That is, a campus- created rule might be administered by the institution itself. Violations of provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law made applicable to the campus would be adjudicated by the magistrates' court having territorial jurisdiction over the campus and/or personal jurisdiction over the defendant.
§ 566.1 University regulations.
Subdivision 1(c) of section 362 of the Education Law empowers the university to develop its own rules regarding traffic and parking not inconsistent with the Vehicle and Traffic Law. These may include the assessment of an administrative fine upon the owner or operator of vehicles for each infraction. Violation of university regulations is prejudicial to the common interest of all who operate motor vehicles on the campus and may result in fines or in the loss of parking privileges. These rules and regulations replace all prior orders which established traffic regulations on the grounds of State University of New York at Binghamton, Town of Vestal, Broome County.
§ 566.2 Application of regulations.
The rules and regulations adopted and promulgated by the State University at Binghamton council and set forth in this Part are effective throughout the year, from September 1st to August 31st, including all recess and intersession periods. They apply to students, employees, faculty and staff of the university, and all other persons who operate or park or whose vehicles are operated or parked at any time on the grounds of the university, including visitors, officers and employees of other agencies whose vehicles are operated and parked regularly on the grounds of the university. The Vehicle and Traffic Law shall apply upon such premises notwithstanding any references in such law to public highways, streets, roads or sidewalks. No person shall drive a vehicle on university 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, but in no event shall a person drive a vehicle in excess of 20 miles per hour unless a different speed is authorized and indicated by the university.
§ 566.3 Campus registration of motor vehicles.
(a) No vehicle may be operated or parked on the grounds of the university without a valid State registration and without displaying a current campus vehicle registration permit, as provided in this section, and upon payment of an annual vehicle registration fee as approved by the chancellor or his designee, unless the vehicle is not subject to such regulations.
(3) The owner of the vehicle must be covered by effective public liability insurance in accordance with the minimum amounts required by New York State law. Such insurance must cover any liability incurred while the vehicle is driven either by the registrant or by someone with the registrant's explicit or implicit permission.
(d) If anyone who has registered a vehicle acquires an additional or different vehicle, he must register it within 48 hours of its acquisition. If a new license plate number is obtained for any vehicle, the Public Safety Office must be notified within five days of the new license plate number being displayed.
(e) Vehicle registration permits must be permanently and entirely affixed and displayed when they are issued and as the university indicates. The person to whom a permit is issued is responsible for any parking violations of the vehicle. Taping and other temporary adhesion is not permitted. If the vehicle is sold or if student and/or employee status within the university is terminated, it is the owner's responsibility to remove the permit.
(f) Faculty and staff vehicles. Upon completion of the vehicle registration form and payment of the required fees, a vehicle registration permit is issued to faculty members and employees of the university, including but not limited to the affiliates of the Research Foundation, SUNY Foundation and those companies contracted to provide food, bookstore, vending and child care services who have fulfilled the conditions set forth in this subdivision.
(g) Student vehicles. All students are required to register motor vehicles annually with the university and must do so within the time designated for academic registration at the beginning of the fall term. Students who enter the university at the beginning of the spring or summer term must obtain a campus vehicle registration permit upon entering. Students who reenter the university after a period of absence must obtain a campus vehicle registration permit upon reentering. Students who do not own, maintain or operate motor vehicles that must be registered for a campus vehicle registration permit at one of these times, but who later acquire a vehicle or otherwise become subject to campus registration requirements, must complete their vehicle registration within 48 hours after becoming so subject. Freshmen who reside in university residence halls are not permitted to register or park a vehicle on campus.
(i) Fees. Vehicle registration permits will be provided only after the appropriate fee, as approved by the Chancellor or designee, has been paid. This fee is applicable to all permits issued during the year September 1st to August 31st by the University Traffic Bureau. There is a fee for any replacement permit.
§ 566.4 Visitors.
(a) A visitor is any individual other than a student, an employee of SUNY- Binghamton, the Research Foundation, the SUNY Foundation or those companies contracted to provide food, bookstore, vending and child care services.
(c) No cars will be allowed to enter the campus between the hours of 12 midnight and 5 a.m. without a current campus vehicle registration permit and/or parking permit. A permit may be picked up at the information booth on Bartle Drive between 12 midnight and 5 a.m.
(d) Visitor parking may be restricted to specific lots as determined by the chancellor or designee. Any visitor who parks a vehicle on campus must make proper reimbursement to the university at a rate as approved by the chief administrative officer or designee.
§ 566.5 Parking regulations.
(a) Vehicles may be parked on the campus only when displaying a current university parking permit, as provided in these rules and regulations and on payment of a university parking fee, approved as to amount, by the Chancellor, or a designee, unless the vehicle is not subject to such regulations and, if parked, is in a paid lot, at parking meters or in the parking garage.
(d) Parking in the following places is prohibited at all times: on a sidewalk or crosswalk, on the grass or lawn, in front of a driveway, doorway or steps, within an intersection, on the roadway side of any vehicle which is stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street or roadway whether it is parallel or at an angle to the curb or edge, in all areas which are marked restricted, and in all service driveways, loading zones and associated turn-around areas unless special arrangement has been made through the Public Safety Office. Parking is prohibited outside the confines of any specifically lined or designated space in the parking lot. Parking is not permitted at any area designated by yellow curbs and/or yellow diagonal hash marks on the pavement. Also, no person shall park his vehicle on the grounds of the university in such a manner as to interfere with the use of a fire hydrant, fire lane designated by yellow curb and/or permanent markings, or other emergency zone, create any other hazard, or unreasonably interfere with the free and proper use of the roadway.
(e) University parking permits must be displayed as the university indicates in vehicles parked on campus. The person to whom a parking permit is issued is responsible for any parking violations attributed to the parking permit. There is a fee for any replacement parking permit. Ownership of the parking permit is not transferable.
(4) Motorcycle and moped parking. The sidewalk on the northeast side of the University Union facing the quadrangle, designated areas in loading dock of the Engineering Building and Administration Building, and a section in front of Gym West have been set aside for motorcycle and moped parking.
(5) A special paid parking lot is located south of the Main Library and West Drive. No person may park a vehicle in the paid lot without making proper reimbursement to the university at a rate as approved by the Chancellor, or designee.
(7) The following lots are reserved for commuters only Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. No overnight parking in these lots 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. daily: Rafuse, Fine Arts East, Fine Arts West, Cleveland, College-in-the- Woods North, College-in-the-Woods East, Delaware Hall, Johnson-O'Connor, Gym East, Digman Hall.
(8) The following parking lots are snow removal lots. No parking 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. November 15-March 30: Administration, Rafuse, Fine Arts East, Fine Arts West, Lecture Hall, Cleveland, College-in-the-Woods North, College-in-the- Woods East, Delaware Hall, Johnson-O'Connor, Gym East, Gym West, Bunn Hill Access, West Access (north of walkway barrier), Digman Hall, Decker School of Nursing, Infirmary, Paid Visitors Lot and Library Tower.
(i) Special parking is available on campus for people with impaired mobility. Parking spaces reserved for this purpose are designated by the international access symbol painted on the ground, and/or signage labeled "disability parking." To apply for disability parking authorization on campus, an individual must contact the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office. A medical form will then be mailed from this office to the physician familiar with the applicant's condition. The SSD coordinator will review the returned medical form, in consultation with the Medical Director of the University Health Service, and approve or deny the application. Individuals whose applications are approved will receive a special permit when registering their vehicle with the Traffic Office.
(iii) SUNY Binghamton has a two-tiered disability parking system. Individuals judged to have severe mobility handicaps are granted authorization to park in specifically designated disability parking areas at the very center of campus. Individuals judged to have moderate mobility handicaps are granted authorization to park in other nearby areas reserved for disability parking. Wheelchair spaces, clearly marked by signage are, of course, reserved only for individuals using wheelchairs.
(11) The parking garage is located between Administration and Fine Arts buildings. No person may park a vehicle in the garage without making proper reimbursement to the university as approved by the Chancellor, or designee. Annual, fall, spring and summer garage parking permits are available at University Traffic Office, Administration Building, G-42, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at a fee as approved by the Chancellor, or designee.
(g) Fees. University 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 State University at Binghamton.
(h) A complete list of campus rules and regulations consistent with the Vehicle and Traffic Law relating to parking, vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and safety is on file with the Office of the Secretary of State, the office of the clerk of the Town of Vestal, and in the office of the Director of Public Safety. The list may be reviewed within the normal business hours of these offices.
§ 566.6 Motorcycles, mopeds, motorscooters, motorbikes and snowmobiles.
(b) Licensing. The law concerning motorcycles includes motorbikes and motorscooters and provides that any New York State driver's license--whether new or renewal--issued after October 1, 1964, must have a special motorcycle endorsement if the driver operates a motorcycle or class A moped, and a valid drivers license if a class B or C moped.
(c) Enforcement. Anyone driving a motorcycle who does not have a motorcycle endorsement on their license or a class B or C moped with a valid drivers license may be arrested as an unlicensed driver. Anyone who allows the use of their motorcycle by a driver who does not have a motorcycle endorsement may be arrested for permitting unlicensed operation of the vehicle. Snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles may not be operated on university grounds without specific permission from the Public Safety Office.
§ 566.7 Enforcement and penalties.
(a) A complaint regarding any violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, or any traffic ordinance applicable on such premises shall be processed in accordance with the requirements of applicable law. A violation of any section of the Vehicle and Traffic Law shall be a misdemeanor or traffic infraction as designated in such law, and shall be punishable as therein provided. Such laws adopted by State University of New York above shall be enforced in any court having jurisdiction.
(1) Violations of the provisions of the university rules and regulations relating to the display of current vehicle registration permits and university parking permits which lead to a summons are subject to the following schedules of fines and penalties:
(iii) Vehicle may be towed away at owner's expense. (If a vehicle is towed to another location on campus a currently valid driver's license and insurance card must be checked by the Public Safety Office before vehicle may be claimed.)
(2) Tampering with, fraudulent use of, or counterfeiting of campus vehicle registration permits and/or parking permits, or any other unauthorized use of permits, or obtaining a permit by giving false information:
(3) Those entering the campus confines between the hours of 12 midnight and 5 a.m. without a current campus vehicle registration permit and/or parking permit may be subject to prosecution for trespass.
(c) Violations of parking regulations. Violations of the provisions of this Part relating to the parking of vehicles on the grounds of the university (except violations of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law which apply to parking) which lead to a complaint issued by the Public Safety Office and returnable as specified on the complaint, are subject to the following schedule of fines and penalties:
(e) Unpaid fines. The university may withhold unpaid fines from employees' pay-checks and/or revoke parking privileges. All unpaid and unappealed student parking violations are entered on a delinquency list eight days after issuance. Grades, transcripts, and permission to register in courses may be withheld until fines are paid. All other violators may have parking privileges revoked. In all cases, a vehicular wheel immobilized may be applied to render the vehicle inoperable. The wheel immobilizer will not be removed until unpaid violations and a service charge in an amount as determined by the Chancellor or designee are paid.
(ii) 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 must be paid within seven days of receipt of violation at the Traffic Office, G-8, in the Administration Building.
(iii) The complaint recites that an appeal on a disputed violation may be requested, in writing, within 30 days after service of the charges by obtaining an appeals form from the Traffic Office, G-8, Administration Building, or such other place as may be designated by the council. Written appeals of parking ticket(s) submitted in person to the Public Safety Office within eight calendar days of ticket issuance will not be placed on the delinquency list unless they are disapproved by the Parking Appeals Board.
(iv) The complainant shall recite that should the alleged violator fail to appear at the time fixed for the hearing or should no hearing be requested within a 30-day period prescribed by the college council in subparagraph (iii) of this paragraph, the complaint is proved and shall warrant such action as may then be appropriate.
(2) 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 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.
(3) At the conclusion of the hearing 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:
(g) Freshmen who reside in university residence halls and who illegally park a vehicle on campus may be fined in an amount approved by the Chancellor or designee in conformity with section 560.3 of this Title.
§ 566.8 Appeals.
(a) Parking appeals must be made in writing to the parking appeals board within 30 days of the notice of violation; after that time appeals are not accepted. Forms may be obtained for this purpose at the Public Safety Office. A notice of the decision of the parking appeals board is transmitted to the appellant.
(c) At the conclusion of the hearing on a written appeal, a personal appeal may be arranged by calling the Traffic Office. A personal appeal must be arranged within seven days of receipt of the written appeal adjudication.
§ 566.9 Regulatory signs.
(a) The maximum speed limit at which vehicles may proceed on or along all roadways on the grounds of the State University of New York is 20 MPH, unless a different speed is authorized and indicated by the university.