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  • All motor vehicles (automobiles, motorcycles and motorized scooters) must be registered with the Campus Safety Office immediately upon bringing the vehicle to campus. If you have completed your vehicle registration online, you are considered to have obtained your permit. However, your vehicle registration is NOT complete until the sticker is completely affixed to the motor vehicle, or the temporary permit is properly displayed in the vehicle. Failure to affix and display your permit properly after registering online is grounds for issuance of a traffic violation.
  • Registration fees for the 2014-2015 academic year are $150.00 for automobiles and $40.00 for motorcycles and motorized scooters. Registration fees will be prorated beginning in January 2015 and during second semester. The registration fee is not refundable, but special arrangements for a reduced fee for students only registered through first semester or through Interim can be made at the Campus Safety Office.
  • High school students who are dually enrolled at Calvin College must register and obtain a commuter student permit for their vehicle. They can obtain this permit for $5.00 at the Campus Safety Department.
  • Persons using more than one vehicle on campus must purchase a permit for each additional vehicle. The cost for a permit for a second vehicle is $5.00 provided only one of the vehicles is parked on campus at any time, otherwise the full permit fee will apply. If a motorcycle and automobile are both registered, the motorcycle would be considered the second vehicle. Proof of ownership will be required for students registering multiple vehicles. Students may not transfer parking permits to other vehicles or to other students. Students who knowingly acquire, use, or display a parking permit with false information will be considered to be engaged in fraudulent behavior and will be fined a minimum of $50.00. We reserve the right to refer violators to the campus discipline process for additional action.
  • Lost permits will be replaced at a cost of $25.00.
  • A permanent parking permit (decals) for an automobile must be fully affixed in the lower right (passenger side) corner of the windshield with its own adhesive backing. Decals on motorcycles and motorized scooters must be displayed on the right front fork. Students must acquire the appropriate permit corresponding to their status as either a commuter or a resident student on campus.

Temporary Permits

  • Temporary parking permits (mirror tag) must be acquired for any vehicle that is being used on campus on a temporary basis. The temporary permit is $1.00 per day or $7.00 per week, but it is free if the vehicle being registered is temporarily replacing a properly registered vehicle. The temporary permit must be acquired the day that use of the vehicle on campus begins, but if operation begins after regular business hours, the user must contact Campus Safety dispatch (night or day) to request permission to temporarily park without a permit until the next business day. There is a limit of receiving 10 temporary permits per semester in a school year.
  • Frequent visitors and overnight guests are required to contact Campus Safety to obtain a permit, free of charge. Overnight guests in the residence halls must park in the same overnight lots that resident students utilize.
  • Persons who knowingly acquire, use, or display a parking permit not consistent with their current status will be considered to be engaged in fraudulent behavior and will be referred to the campus discipline process.

Faculty/Staff Permits

  • Staff permits may be acquired for no cost. However, any faculty or staff member with outstanding fees for traffic violations will not be issued a permit until all fees are paid.
  • Children of faculty or staff attending Calvin must abide by student parking regulations, even when driving a vehicle with a staff parking permit. Any fees associated with traffic violations committed by a student driver will be placed onto the student’s miscellaneous account.

Where your permit allows you to park

  • The color of your parking permit decal designates where you may and may not park.
  • Students displaying a current green (commuter) parking permit may park in any area NOT posted for staff, visitors or reserved for special purposes. Students displaying a current green (commuter) parking permit may not park in lots posted “No Overnight Parking from 2am-6am" during the restricted time.
  • Students displaying a current red (Knollcrest East Resident) parking permit may park in the parking lots at Knollcrest East (Lots 17, 18, 19 and 20), or if these lots are full, in the parking lot adjacent to the DeVos Communication Center (Lots 14,15 and 16). Students displaying a current red permit may not park in the Fine Arts Center Parking Lot at any time and may not park in any of the other lots on the main campus between 7:30am and 5:30pm with the exception of the Southwest Lot and Track and Tennis Lot, where they may park. Students displaying a current red parking permit may not park in lots posted “No Overnight Parking from 2am-6am” during the restricted time.
  • Students who live in Bolt-Heyns-Timmer, Rooks-VanDellen or Schultze-Eldersveld, with vehicles displaying a current yellow parking permit may park in the East Beltline Parking Lot (Lot 13), adjacent to the Ecosystem Preserve or, if this lot is full, in the parking lot adjacent to the DeVos Communication Center (Lots 14, 15 and 16). Students displaying a current yellow permit may not park in the Fine Arts Center Parking Lot at any time and may not park in any of the other lots on the main campus between 7:30am and 5:30pm with the exception of the Southwest Lot and the Track and Tennis Lot. Students displaying a current yellow parking permit may not park in lots posted “No Overnight Parking from 2am-6am” during the restricted time.
    • Exception: Students with a yellow parking permit and a special permit issued by Residence Life may park in their designated parking spaces in the commuter lot (5) that are marked "Timmer Studio Apartment Parking Only."
  • Students who live in Boer-Bennink, Beets Veenstra, Noordewier-VanderWerp or Kalsbeek-Huizenga-van Reken, with vehicles displaying a current purple parking permit may park in the Kalsbeek Huizenga Parking Lot (Lot 8) or, if this lot is full, in the parking lot adjacent to the DeVos Communication Center (Lots 14, 15 and 16). Students displaying a current purple permit may not park in the Fine Arts Center Parking Lot at any time and may not park in any of the other lots on the main campus between 7:30am and 5:30pm with the exception of the Southwest Lot and Track and Tennis Lot. Students displaying a current purple parking permit may not park in lots posted “No Overnight Parking from 2am-6am” during the restricted time.
  • Students displaying a current silver (on-campus seminary housing resident) parking permit may park in the designated seminary housing parking at their complex. Students displaying a current silver permit may not park in the Fine Arts Center parking lot at any time and may not park on any of the other lots on the main campus between 7:30am and 5:30pm with the exception of the Southwest Lot and Track and Tennis Lot, where they may park. Students displaying a current silver parking permit may not park in lots posted “No Overnight Parking from 2am-6am” during the restricted time.
  • On campus students with motorcycle permits must park in the appropriate resident lot. Commuter students must park in a regular parking space where commuter parking is allowed or in the designated motorcycle parking area on the south side of the FAC Lot.

Campus parking map

General areas where you may not park

  • In posted short term parking lots without your lights on.
  • In posted short term parking lots longer than the posted maximum time limit.
  • In areas posted for staff between the times posted on the signs for that area, unless you are a staff member.
  • In any area posted for visitor parking.
  • In any area reserved for a special purpose which you do not qualify for.
  • In any space designated for the handicapped, unless you or your passenger have a state-issued handicap permit.
  • On a roadway, unless instructed to do so by authorized parking attendants retained by Campus Safety.
  • In any area posted no parking anytime.
  • In driveways, beside landscaped islands, on lawns, on walkways, or in any place not marked as a parking space.
  • In the neighborhoods adjacent to campus unless you reside at the residence where you park.
  • The use of emergency hazard lights (i.e. “flashers”) will not excuse illegal parking.

If your vehicle has mechanical problems

Vehicles parked illegally or overnight due to mechanical problems must be reported immediately to Campus Safety dispatch day or night at (616) 526-6452 or else a violation may be issued.

Campus Driving

  • The driving regulations and requirements of the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code shall apply to all driving on campus.
  • The posted speed limit on campus is 25 mph, unless otherwise posted.
  • Drivers must STOP at stop signs and YIELD at yield signs.
  • Drivers must YIELD to pedestrians in designated crosswalks as they have the right of way at all times.
  • Driving on walkways is only allowed if prior permission has been obtained from Campus Safety or from Residence Life staff.
  • If a driving infraction is observed by Campus Safety and attempting to make contact with the vehicle might jeopardize the safety of others, a college traffic violation may be mailed directly to the registered owner of the vehicle.
  • Traffic accidents occurring on campus must be reported to Campus Safety. Traffic accidents involving personal injury will also be reported to the police and Student Life Office.

Pedestrian Responsibilities

  • To ensure personal safety, pedestrians are required to use designated walkways instead of walking on the campus roadways.
  • Pedestrians should use Calvin's Crossing or other designated crosswalks to cross the East Beltline. Anyone who chooses to improperly cross the Beltline at other points will be subject to a $50.00 fine for their first offense and $100.00 for any subsequent violation.

Fines

The following fines will be levied for these offenses at the rate indicated:

  • No current parking permit $25.00*
  • Permit improperly or not displayed $15.00
  • General parking fines $15.00
  • Handicapped parking $50.00
  • Disregarding stop sign $15.00
  • Moving violations $15.00 + additional assessments TBD**

* The fine for first offense for no current parking permit received during an academic year will be waived if the vehicle is registered and the permit placed on the vehicle by the end of the next business day after the issue date on the violation. This waiver is only good if the person receiving the citation has not received a prior citation for any other parking or moving violations during the current school year.

** Factors that determine additional assessments are speed, recklessness or any damage done by the action of the vehicle/driver.

Payment of Fines

  • Fines for violations may be paid in person at the Campus Safety Office within seven calendar days of the violation.
  • Fines for violations not paid within seven calendar days will be charged to the student's miscellaneous account and will require payment at Financial Services.

Appeals

Appeals of violations must be submitted within seven calendar days of the date the violation was issued. The appeal must be written on a traffic violation appeal form, available at the Campus Safety Office or online. If it is determined that a violation was written in error, Campus Safety will revoke the violation. All other appeals will be forwarded to the traffic violation appeal board, which consists of students, staff, and faculty members who meet on a regular basis. The appellant will be notified by email of the board's decision, which is final. The fines for appeals which are denied or altered will be placed on account at Financial Services if the violations are more than 7 calendar days old.

Repeated Violations

Students who accumulate a total of eight violations during an academic year will receive notification that any fines thereafter will be doubled. Additionally, the matter will be referred to the Judicial Affairs office for possible further sanctions.

Rights and Responsibilties

  • All violations issued to a vehicle shall be the responsibility of the person in whose name it is registered with the college. All violations issued to vehicles not registered with the college will be assigned to the appropriate parties.
  • The college assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged vehicles or their contents, driven or parked on campus.
  • The college reserves the right to remove at the owner's expense unlawfully parked or inoperable vehicles left for extended periods of time. Vehicles without current license plates or without a current Calvin parking permit are subject to impoundment.
  • The college reserves the right to immobilize or impound a vehicle at the owner's expense when a vehicle has repeatedly been in violation of the parking regulations or whenever warranted by immediate circumstance. All towing and impound fees will be the sole responsibility of the vehicle owner.
  • The college reserves the right to use applicable means to identify the users of vehicles on campus. A fee of $35 will be assessed if Campus Safety is required to obtain state vehicle registration information in order to identify the registered owner or user of any vehicle on College property. A fee of $35 will also be assessed for the removal of an immobilization device from a vehicle.