Dallas Baptist University's parking and traffic regulations are established to ensure the safety and well-being of all persons who enter the DBU campus. Accidents, thefts, and any suspicious activity should be promptly reported to the Campus Security Department at 214-333-5305. The Department is licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Private Security Bureau and reserves all the rights and privileges thereof.
All persons who use University parking are required to register their vehicle(s) with the Campus Security Department. Enforcement of parking regulations begins with the first day of class. Securing a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space nor does the lack of a parking space constitute valid justification for violating parking regulations.
Permits are issued to faculty, staff, and students. Commuter students are defined as those students who reside off campus. Residence Hall students are defined as those students who reside in one of DBU's Residence Halls. Apartment/Townhome/Brownstone students are defined as those students who reside in Colonial Village or Williamsburg Village.
Access to handicapped parking is permitted only with a valid handicapped license plate or a temporary handicapped hangtag issued by a government agency or DBU's Office of Student Affairs or Campus Security Department. The handicapped person must be the primary driver to access handicapped parking spaces. Parking in or blocking a designated space without proper authorization will result in a citation. Illness or temporary injury is not a valid reason for use of these spaces.
Vehicle registration is limited to street-legal, insured vehicles. All individuals driving on the DBU campus must hold a valid driver's license from a state within the USA. Drivers must also hold the State of Texas minimum vehicle liability insurance. Drivers driving non-registered vehicles must acquire a temporary parking hangtag from the Campus Security Department. Temporary hangtags are valid for a period not to exceed 30 days and may be renewed upon approval by the Director of Campus Security.
Failure to observe traffic signs, speed limits, and general driving regulations may result in a violation citation.
Parking violations and improper operation of a vehicle will subject the driver/owner of the vehicle to sanctions, including, but not limited to, fine, immobilization boot, towing the vehicle, and/or loss of on-campus parking privileges. Warnings may be given during the first two weeks of a long semester, but no warnings are given after this time. Violation citations, with assessed fines, will be given on the first two offenses. A third violation will result in use of an immobilization boot, which requires immediate payment of the boot fee and associated other fines. Subsequent violations may result in towing and impoundment of the vehicle (at the owner's expense) and/or suspension of on-campus parking privileges.
Major vehicle repairs may not be conducted on campus. Vehicles with excessive mud dropping from the vehicle may be subject to citation. Vehicles may not be washed on campus due to environmental regulations.
Vehicles may be towed or impounded at the expense of the driver/owner when vehicles are found in unauthorized parking areas. Unauthorized parking areas include, but are not limited to, fire lanes, reserved or restricted parking spaces, or if your vehicle is blocking entrances, exits, loading docks, or other vehicles. Vehicles that are no longer operable, or those preventing the effective operation of the University, are also subject to removal.
Appealing a Citation
Any person receiving a citation from the Campus Security Department may submit an appeal. Appeals must be submitted using the "Citation Appeal Form," available in the Campus Security Department or online at www.dbu.edu/security. Appeals must be submitted within ten business days of the citation issue date in order to be considered by the Citation Appeals Committee. Consideration of an appeal is limited to mitigating circumstances only. Failure of the vehicle owner to know and/or understand parking regulations is not a cause for appeal. Appeals will be reviewed within two weeks of appropriate appeal submission. Appeal decisions will be communicated by mail.
The Campus Security Department strives to provide the best possible protection for vehicles parked on the DBU Campus. However, DBU is not responsible for missing or damaged property. When a vehicle is parked in any lot, all valuables should be locked in the trunk or secure location, and the vehicle should be locked at all times with the windows rolled to the top.
A visitor is defined as a person who will be on campus for a short period of time and is not an employee or student of DBU. Visitor parking is provided on the southwest side of Blackaby Hall. Visitors to Colonial Village or Williamsburg Village must park in the lower lots. Students who receive visitors to campus will be responsible for any parking violations of their guests.
Vehicles parked along curbs or sidewalks may not be backed in. Vehicles parking in spaces other than along curbs or sidewalks may pull through, but not back in.
The Campus Security Department offers motorist assistance if the vehicle is located on campus. Assistance is provided 24 hours a day by contacting the Campus Security Department at 214.333.5305 or by visiting the office in the lower level of the Patty and Bo Pilgrim Chapel.
Shuttle services are provided 24 hours a day to aid disabled individuals. The Patriot Shuttle Service provides service to all campus community members throughout the day and evening during the fall and spring semesters. Officers also offer the services of an escort to and from a campus community member's vehicle parked on campus. Contact the Campus Security Department at 214.333.5305 for assistance.
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