(Revised July 14, 2003)
The following are the parking
and traffic regulations for the campus and facilities of Central Connecticut
State University. These regulations have been developed by the Central
Connecticut State University Parking & Traffic Regulations Panel (hereinafter
called the Panel), and are authorized by the president.
The authority of the president and the Panel stems from Connecticut
General Statute’s § 10a-92.
The traffic regulations of the city of New Britain, the town of Newington, and
the state of Connecticut may apply to some areas of the campus and will be
enforced where applicable.
Authority for the enforcement of these regulations rests with the director of
public safety and/or his or her agents.
PARKING AND TRAFFIC REGULATIONS
Statutes § 10a-92 specifies that a committee shall be appointed “...to
establish parking and traffic regulations...(and that the committee) may
prohibit, limit or restrict the parking of passenger vehicles, determine speed
limits, restrict roads or portions thereof to one-way traffic and designate
the location of crosswalks, ...order to have erected and maintained signs
designating such prohibitions or restrictions, and impose a fine upon any
person who fails to comply with any such prohibition or restriction.” Accordingly,
the Panel is designated to carry out this mandate and shall do so by
developing changes to these regulations, subject to approval by the president.
The panel shall also advise the president on physical improvements or
alterations to existing parking facilities, suggest new University parking
facilities, review and comment to the president on
plans for new parking facilities or changes in existing facilities, and
address other issues presented by the president for consideration.
Membership: The director of public safety or his/her designee shall chair the
Panel. The president shall appoint eight (8) additional members to the Panel
in accordance with the listing below:
Teaching Faculty: Two Members; Indefinite Terms
Administrative Faculty: One Member; Indefinite Term
Classified Employees: Two Members; Indefinite Terms
Student Representative from the Inter-Residence Council: One Member;
One Academic Year
Student Representative from the Commuting Population: One Member; One
Parking Appeals Committee: One Member; Term of Office
Effective Period: The regulations contained herein are in effect around
the clock and throughout the year, including periods of recess and
Only the Director of Public Safety and/or the Director’s
designated agent has the authority to suspend all or part of these
regulations, when to do so is in the best interest of public safety.
Any significant suspension of regulations, either in terms of scope or
duration, will immediately be reported to the president, and when practicable
to the Panel.
These regulations are applicable to all that operate,
park, and/or own motor vehicles on the campus of CCSU.
All roadways within the confines or perimeter of the
University are deemed to be highways under 14-1 (34) of the Connecticut
General Statutes and all Connecticut Motor Vehicle laws are applicable upon
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Campus: All property owned
by or under the control of Central Connecticut State University.
Any University actions to deal with unforeseen
events that pose an immediate threat to the well being of the community or
create a risk for substantial interference with University business.
Fraudulent Registration: Fraudulent registration is defined as any
attempt to obtain or use any University parking decals or hangtag under false
pretenses. Fraudulent registration also refers to the creation or use of any
counterfeit parking decals or hangtags.
Improper use of Hangtag:
Includes the loaning of a valid hangtag or decal to one not otherwise
authorized for its use.
Any vehicle so defined by Section 14.1 of the
Connecticut General Statutes.
Owner: The owner of the
vehicle, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Registrant: The student,
faculty member, or staff member to which a parking permit has been issued.
This also refers to any co-registrants, for example, a registrant’s
spouse who is also employed at the University.
Snow or Ice Emergency: A situation in which weather conditions require
snow removal and/or sanding operations on the campus.
Under such conditions, parking may be banned in all open lots.
Valid Permit / Valid Decal: A valid parking permit refers only to one
of the permits referenced below (Section 4) that is current and has not been
Visitor: The term visitor
is used in its normal sense and includes vendors conducting business with the
University. Students, faculty and
staff are not visitors for purposes of these regulations.
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REGISTRATION & PERMITS
All vehicles operated or parked on the campus at
any time must display valid CCSU registration decals or hangtags. This applies
equally to visitors and all members of the University community -- whether
their association is full or part-time -- including University administrative
and teaching faculty, staff members, and students.
It also applies to all employees of vendors who will be using parking
facilities on an ongoing basis.
Alternate Vehicle: In the event a registrant must use another vehicle,
e.g., one that is not registered with the University Police Department, the
individual must obtain a temporary parking permit from the Campus Police to
avoid penalties. This same process is necessary for hangtag users who fail to
transfer the hangtag from one vehicle to another. Failure to do so will render
the registered owner liable for all campus parking violation notices issued.
Fraudulent Registration or Improper use of Hangtag:
Either of these
acts may result in the loss or alteration of parking privileges on the
University campus. These acts may
also result in the towing of the fraudulently registered vehicle and the
application of such criminal sanctions as are authorized in the Connecticut
Types of Permits:
Student Parking Permits: All students, graduate and
undergraduate, full and part-time, commuters and residents, are required to
obtain parking permits from the University Police for any vehicles that will
be operated or parked on campus. The registrant must present the vehicle
registration certificate, his or her driver’s license, and his or her valid
University identification card at the time of registration. Students may only
park in lots designated for "STUDENT PARKING."
Vehicles parked in student parking lots that do not bear a valid
student parking decal, or faculty/staff hangtag may be ticketed and/or towed
at the owner's expense.
Faculty/Staff Parking Permits: Faculty and staff members must
register individually with the University Police, rather than by vehicle.
Any vehicle owned or operated by a faculty staff member must display
the hangtag issued to that faculty or staff member. Only one hangtag will be
issued for each faculty or staff member
parking on campus. The faculty/staff parking hangtag entitles ONLY the
registrant to park in all designated faculty, staff and student parking areas
and any other legal parking areas that are not otherwise restricted.
NOTE: Graduate Assistants
and student employees are ineligible to receive these permits and must apply
for Student Parking Permits. Cars
parked in lots designated for faculty/staff parking that do not display a
valid hangtag may be towed.
Parking Permits from all other Connecticut State University system
institutions shall be honored on this campus.
Medical Permits: Students that suffer from a temporary physical
condition necessitating special parking arrangements may obtain a Medical
Parking Permit from the University Police Dept.
The permit authorizes the student to park in any faculty, staff or
student parking area -- for a
period not to exceed 6 weeks (renewable). A physician's statement specifying the nature and duration of the
disability must accompany all requests for Medical Parking.
NOTE: Medical permits do
not authorize parking in handicapped spaces or reserved spaces. (See
Handicapped Permits below.)
Handicapped Permits: Either of the below listed Handicapped
Parking Permits entitles the bearer to park in all spaces reserved for
handicapped parking and in any legal parking space (except for Reserved
spaces) in all parking lots, as long as they are physically able to exit the
vehicle within the confines of the designated space.
person, with a temporary disability, who requires special parking may obtain a
Connecticut Temporary Handicapped Parking Permit and Impairment Certificate
for a modest fee from the State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as
authorized under Section 14?253a of the Connecticut General Statutes and
Public Act 86?103. These forms are available at the University Police
Dept. and the permits are issued on the spot at the DMV (after required
signatures are obtained).
Permanently disabled students, faculty or staff members
with severe mobility problems may obtain State Handicapped Parking Permits
from the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.
Visitors: All visitors and guests must register with the University Police
Department prior to parking on campus. A
temporary parking permit will be issued. Similarly, vendors will be issued
special temporary Vendor permits.
deemed appropriate, Campus Police may allow other departments to issue Visitor
parking permits. Visitors should park in designated “visitor parking”
spaces, if spaces are available.
Lost Decals or Hangtags: Lost or stolen decals or hangtags must be
reported to the University Police Department immediately.
The purposeful false reporting of any incident to the police (including
the loss or theft of hangtags) is punishable under Connecticut law.
Transfer: Registration decals are issued for specific vehicles.
They are not transferable. Hangtags,
on the other hand, are issued to the individual and shall be displayed on the
vehicle currently in use on the campus by the registrant.
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RESERVED PARKING POLICIES
Reserved parking for Davidson Hall is at the discretion
of the office of the president.
Charter Oak State College (COSC): COSC, located on property owned
and/or under the control of CCSU, has approximately thirty (30) parking spaces
directly in front of its facility. These
parking spaces represent an eastward expansion of the existing Manafort Lot.
All COSC spaces will be reserved as follows:
described by appropriate signs, a number of spaces will be reserved for
particular individuals on the COSC staff at all times.
spaces in the COSC lot are reserved for COSC before 5:00 PM and on Saturdays.
of parking within the COSC area will be upon complaint.
Reserved Parking Spaces for Individuals: Only those persons holding the
rank of Dean or above, as well as the Director of Public Safety and those
public safety personnel approved by the Director (Police Lot only), are
entitled to individual reserved parking spaces.
Additionally, other individuals previously granted this privilege
retain the privilege until they are no longer in their positions.
At that time, these parking spaces shall revert to “general”
parking. No other individual
reserved parking spaces will be authorized.
Reserved Parking (Other): The Panel is empowered to assign reserved
parking to accommodate certain vehicles (e.g. mail trucks) so long as there is
a demonstrated need and the accommodation does not result in reserved parking
for an individual in circumvention of Section 5.3.
Requests must be made in writing to the Director of Public Safety and
will be considered at the next regular Panel meeting. The Panel will be
extremely conservative in granting these requests.
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General: The University Police may grant requests for special event
reserved parking requiring twelve (12) or fewer parking spaces.
The president must approve requests for a greater number of reserved
Large Scale Events: Events
scheduled by the president, as well as other large scale events scheduled
through the chief administrative officer, will be coordinated by event
sponsors with the University Police.
Notice to University Community: Whenever time permits, the University
Police will notify the campus community via electronic mail or notices at
least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the function or event.
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PARKING & TRAFFIC
It is the responsibility of each vehicle registrant and vehicle
operator to know these regulations and comply with them. The responsibility to
find a valid and lawful parking space rests with the vehicle operator. A lack
of adequate parking space shall not constitute an excuse for violation of
The registrant is responsible for all campus parking violation notices,
fines and penalties. In the case
of vehicles not registered with the University Police Department, or in the
case of fees not paid by the registrant, all campus parking violation notices,
fines and penalties are the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle.
Towing Expenses: Unless specifically stated otherwise in the applicable
section, all expenses related to the towing of vehicles, and any storage
charges, are the responsibility of the registrant. If unpaid by the
registrant, such charges become the responsibility of the owner. Illegally
parked vehicles may be towed without notice to the operator, registrant or
Insurance: All vehicles operated on the campus, whether registered with
the state of Connecticut or not, must meet or exceed the minimum state
requirements for insurance coverage.
Liability: The University is not responsible for any vehicle or its
contents while being operated or parked on University property.
Overnight Parking: Overnight parking is permitted.
Vehicles may park in any lot, in any unreserved legal space (except at
Davidson Hall and the Police Lot) after 10:00pm, but must be removed before
6:00am (except on Saturdays or Sundays) or be subject to towing. Caution! Overnight parking
between November 1 and April 15 should be restricted to parking garages.
The use of open lots is strongly discouraged because of winter weather.
All persons parking in open lots overnight during this period do so at
the risk of being towed without notice.
State Laws: All provisions of the "Connecticut Motor Vehicle
Laws" are applicable on all campus roadways, driveways, parking lots and
other parking facilities. All
vehicles parked on the campus must bear valid and lawful state vehicle
registration plates. Vehicles
parked in violation of this regulation may be towed at the owner’s expense
and subjected to additional enforcement action as well.
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Parking Violation Notices: All parking violations are subject to fines
in accordance with the following schedule:
displaying a University Parking Permit - $5.00
Ban – Tow - $5.00 (in addition
to towing fees levied by the contractor)
in a Faculty/Staff Lot without Proper Permit
Lane – Tow Zone - $25.00
Parked (Includes all other violations of these regulations) enumerated herein)
of Safety Rules related to Skateboards, Rollerblades, Roller-skates, Bicycles
and Mopeds - $25.00
Failure to Display Permit:
A valid registration decal or hangtag must
be displayed on the vehicles at all times.
All registration decals should be affixed on the driver’s side of the
front window of the vehicle and must be clearly visible from the outside.
Hangtags are to be hung from the rear view mirror.
Parking while Snow Ban in Effect: In anticipation of snow, or because
of snow or icy conditions, it may become necessary to clear all parking lots
(regardless of lot designation) to facilitate snow and/or ice removal
operations. Whenever it
becomes necessary to institute such a parking ban, the police will make
reasonable attempts to notify registrants.
These reasonable attempts will include notices via electronic mail or
postings and direct notification of residence hall directors. No further
notification efforts are required
any time during snow removal operations, the snow removal crew chief may
determine that one or more vehicles are impeding snow removal operations.
Upon such advisement by the crew chief, the police will tow the
vehicle(s) at the owner's expense. If
time permits, the police may attempt to notify the registrant in advance of
towing, but are under no obligation to do so.
Parking in a Faculty or Staff Lot without a valid Faculty/Staff Permit:
In addition to ticketing, vehicles parked in violation may also be towed
All vehicles parked or operated on University property must bear valid
state vehicle registration plates. Vehicles
in violation of this regulation may be TOWED at the owner's expense.
An infraction notice or summons may also be issued.
Position: All parked motor
vehicles must be in such a position as to be within the marked boundaries of
the parking spaces. Vehicles may
not occupy more than one parking space.
Hazardous Parking: Vehicles may not be parked in such a manner as to
constitute a serious hazard or interfere with or otherwise impede the flow of
vehicles, pedestrian traffic, or block or interfere with access to any
facility. Vehicles parked in
violation of this regulation may be TOWED at the owner's expense.
Vehicles may not be parked on University property
when the mechanical condition of the vehicle threatens public safety. Vehicles
may not be parked on the campus for the purpose of being mechanically
repaired, altered or adjusted. Minor
emergency repairs do not constitute "mechanically repaired" for the
purpose of these regulations. Vehicles
in violation of this regulation may be towed.
Vehicles may not park in a parking space marked "RESTRICTED,"
including handicapped, reserved or assigned parking spaces unless authorized
to do so by appropriate parking permit. This
violation may result in a vehicle being TOWED at the owner's expense.
Note: At the discretion of
the police, those parked in spaces marked “handicapped” may be issued a
state infraction (in place of a campus parking ticket), may be towed, or both.
Vehicles may not be parked on the grass, sidewalk, walkways, or unpaved areas.
Unauthorized vehicles may not be parked in lots reserved for faculty and
staff. Vehicles in
violation of this regulation may be TOWED at the owner's expense, without any
Vehicles may not be parked in any area marked "LOADING ZONE" except
for the purpose of loading and unloading.
No vehicle shall be parked in a loading zone for a period longer than
is necessary to accomplish the loading and unloading and shall display the
car’s emergency flashers. Vehicles
in violation of this regulation may be TOWED at the owner's expense. (Passes
are available at the Campus Police Department)
Postings: Vehicles may not be parked in violation of any posted
regulations of the CCSU Police Department.
No vehicle may be operated or parked on any
University roadway, driveway, parking lot or other parking facility, when that
vehicle contains explosives, radio active materials or chemical substances
that have been defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation as
will be TOWED at the owner's expense.
Campus Speed Limit: Vehicles shall be operated on campus and adjacent
city streets at the posted speed limits.
Vehicles shall not be operated on any campus roadway at a speed more
than fifteen (15) mph.
Vehicles shall not be operated on lawns, unpaved areas, sidewalks or walkways.
This provision does not apply to emergency vehicles, University service
vehicles, or vehicles operated by contractors on campus with permission.
Vehicles shall not be operated on any campus roadway, driveway or parking lot
or other parking facility so as to threaten or endanger the safety of others.
Prohibited Vehicles: Snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles, including
three and four wheel vehicles, shall not be operated anywhere on University
properties or roadways except by emergency personnel.
Fire Lanes and Tow Zones: Vehicles may not be parked in any area marked
"FIRE LANE" or "TOW ZONE," or identified by yellow
curbing. Vehicles parked in
violation of this regulation will be TOWED at the owner's expense.
All Other Violation Notices: Penalties for any municipal and
Connecticut State parking and moving violations are determined according to
city or state ordinances. Depending on the severity of the violation, the
owner/operator of a vehicle may be issued an Infraction Notice instead of a
University parking ticket. The
fines on an infraction are pre-determined by state law and are not
Refusal to Pay Fines: Failure
to respond to reasonable notice and to arrange for payment of outstanding
fines shall be considered a refusal to pay fines, is a separate offense, and
shall result in the towing (from University property) and impoundment of any
vehicle owned or operated by the responsible party.
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Payment of Fines:
All fines levied in connection with violations of
these regulations must be paid within ten (10) days of receipt of a violation
notification or the amount due will double automatically.
Withholding Transcripts and Ineligibility to Register for Classes:
Registrar may refuse to allow class registrations until all fines have been
paid in full.
Collections and Summonses: If the fine remains unpaid, the matter will
be turned over to a collection agency. If
the matter remains unresolved, additional action may be taken through the
issuance of a State Infractions Notice, enforceable through State Courts.
Revocation of Parking Privileges: Central Connecticut State University
reserves the right to refuse, reject, alter
or revoke campus parking privileges in instances of repeated abuse of these
regulations, or a refusal to pay fines. This authority is specifically
designated to the Director of Public Safety.
All such decisions may be appealed to the Parking Violations Appeals
Payments: All campus parking violation notices must be paid in person
or by mail to the University Cashier's Office, Monday through Friday between
the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Checks
should be made payable to CCSU. Cash
payments will be accepted only at the Cashier's Office.
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The University reserves the right to remove or impound
any or all vehicles parked in violation of those regulations that contain a
State Laws: Vehicles parked on University property in violation of
Connecticut State Traffic Regulations that authorize towing may be TOWED.
Authority to tow a vehicle rests with the Director of Public
Safety and/or his or her designated agent.
Damage: The University assumes no responsibility for any damage, actual
or alleged, resulting from towing. Any
such damage is the responsibility of the towing contractor.
Emergency Operations Towing: The
University reserves the right to tow any vehicle that interferes with or
obstructs emergency operations. These vehicles will be towed at the expense of
the University unless the registrant has been contacted, is available to
remove the vehicle and refuses to do so. If circumstances permit, a reasonable
effort will be made to locate the operator of the car in advance of towing.
For purposes of this regulation this definition does not include Snow and Ice
Emergencies that are covered in section 8.2.2.
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Campus Parking Violation
Notices: All University parking violation notices may be appealed to the
University Parking Violations Appeals Committee.
Appeal forms are available at the University Police Department.
Note: All fines must be
paid in full before the Committee will consider an appeal. The appeal form
must be filed within ten days of the issue date of the violation.
Other Violation Notices:
Municipal parking violations may be appealed to the municipality through the
process noted on the violation notice. Infraction
notices require a mail-in plea to the Centralized Infractions Bureau in
accordance with the instructions on the infraction notice.
A Misdemeanor Summons requires a court appearance at the designated
Persons complaining about, or who appeal the issuance of, a campus parking
ticket will routinely be referred to the Appeals Committee.
However, in extreme cases, the Director of Public Safety is empowered
to void campus parking tickets when he or she deems it to be in the best
interest of the University.
Appeals of Towing Fees:
Towing fees are not subject to the appeals process. The Director of Public
Safety will process a refund only when a vehicle has been unlawfully towed.
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SKATEBOARDS, ROLLERBLADES, ROLLER-SKATES, & MOPEDS
- Skateboards: No person shall ride or operate a skateboard within
or upon properties owned, leased or under the control of Central Connecticut
State University, including but not limited to buildings, mall and plaza
areas, sidewalks, streets, alleys and parking facilities.
- Rollerblades & Roller-Skates:
No person shall ride or operate roller-skates or rollerblades upon
properties owned, leased or occupied by Central Connecticut State University,
except in a prudent and careful manner, with reasonable regard for the safety
of the operator and other persons. Roller-skating
and rollerblading is specifically prohibited within the parking garages of the
- Bicycles: Except
for bicycles operated by employees of the CCSU Police Department in the
performance of duty, the operation of bicycles within parking garages and
other CCSU buildings is prohibited.
operators are reminded that while riding on roads or highways they are to keep
to the right side of the roadway and that they are subject to the same traffic
regulations governing the operation of vehicles (e.g., stop signs, traffic
lights and one?way street designations).
person shall ride or operate bicycles upon properties owned, leased or
occupied by Central Connecticut State University, except in a prudent and
careful manner, with reasonable regard for the safety of the operator and
Security: No bicycle or moped may be
parked in any University building, nor shall any moped or bicycle be chained,
tied, or affixed in any manner to a railing adjacent to a sidewalk or stairs
leading to a building or any other portion of the building that is used for
entrance or egress. The University
reserves the right to remove any bicycle/moped parked in this manner and shall
have the right to cut or physically remove any locking device attached to the
bicycle/moped in order to remove it for the safety of pedestrians and/or
violation of State fire codes.
University assumes no responsibility for replacement of any locking device,
nor does the University assume any responsibility for real or assumed damage
to bicycles/moped during removal/storage operations.
Warning Devices: All bicycles should be equipped with a horn or bell
while being operated on campus. Bicycles
being operated during the hours of darkness must also be equipped with a light
on the front of the bicycle and a reflector on the rear.
Mopeds: For the purpose of these regulations, "mopeds" shall
follow the same rules as bicycles. However,
the operator must be at least 16 years of age and possess a valid operator's
In lieu of or in addition to the fines cited in section 8.1 above, any
one found damaging University property as a result of violating these policies
may be charged under applicable State Statutes.
Violators who are not affiliated with the University as students or
employees may be charged with a trespassing offense under applicable State
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Right of Way:
Pedestrians have the right-of-way on sidewalks, parking lots and all
other areas on the interior of the campus.
However, pedestrians shall grant the right of way to emergency
Pedestrians shall be responsible to use sidewalks and
marked crosswalks wherever possible and shall abide by the Connecticut General
Statutes regarding use of the sidewalks and roadways.
Prohibitions: Skateboarding, rollerblading and similar activities are
prohibited on University owned roadways, parking lots, garages and those
roadways owned by the City of New Britain, Town of Newington and State of
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No person shall throw, scatter, spill, place or
cause to be blown, scattered, spilled, thrown or placed or otherwise dispose
of any litter upon public or private property in this state.
When any such material or substances are
thrown, blown, scattered or spilled from a vehicle, the operator thereof shall
be deemed prima facie to have committed such offense.
Fines: Any person who violates any provisions of this section shall be
fined in accordance with the applicable state statute.