Traffic & Parking Regulations

A. General

  1. The purpose of these regulations is to reduce traffic congestion, facilitate orderly parking, and safeguard the college community members and guests. The New York State Motor Vehicle and Traffic Law is also in full force and effect on the campus. The Monroe County Parking Program establishes fees and fines for parking on the campus.
  2. All motor vehicles parked on lots owned by Monroe County and held in trust for Monroe Community College must be registered with Parking Services, or park at a parking meter. Parking at a meter with a valid parking registration still requires payment for time at a metered space. A fee is charged for each vehicle registered, and may be requested when registering for classes on a semester basis.

B. Driver Responsibility

  1. Finding Authorized spaces - Drivers are responsible for finding an authorized parking space. Lack of space, mechanical problems, inclement weather or tardiness do not justify parking violations.
  2. Space Availability - A valid parking registration does not guarantee the holder a parking space but only an opportunity to park within a specified area or areas.
  3. Parking Registration - parking registration signifies an individual has been granted the privilege of parking on campus property.
  4. Multiple Vehicles - All vehicles that may be driven to campus would need to be registered on your "My Parking Account". Multiple vehicles under your "My Parking Account" may not be on campus at the same time.

C. Parking Regulations (Vehicle subject to ticketing)

  1. In general it is prohibited to park:
    1. without a valid vehicle parking registration except at designated student parking meters.
    2. in reserved spaces without the proper parking registration/authorization.
    3. in "NO PARKING" areas.
    4. in a handicapped space without a valid handicapped permit displayed.
    5. blocking fire lanes, fire exits or within 20 feet of a fire hydrant.
    6. in loading zones unless actually loading/unloading with proper authorization
    7. on the sidewalk, crosswalk or parking lot driveways.
    8. on campus roadways except at unexpired meters (non-metered spaces require proper vehicle registration/authorized location or area).
    9. on or over painted lines in parking areas.
    10. outside of striped parking stalls.
    11. at an expired meter.
    12. in areas where parking registration is not valid.
    13. in the administrative/visitor's lot if you are a registered student or an employee without an assigned space.
    14. or leave a vehicle on campus between the hours of 12 am and 6 am without authorization from the Public Safety Department.
    15. in any area in which the parking of the motor vehicle may impede ingress to or egress from any building by any pedestrian or authorized vehicle.
  2. Adding additional vehicles for students as your own vehicles is forbidden.
  3. Motorcycle parking is provided in parking lot M year round. Motorcycles should be parked in this area.
  4. The Department of Public Safety is authorized to restrict use of parking spaces on a temporary basis to accommodate special meetings, activities or construction.
  5. All registered vehicles listed on your "My Parking Account" during the current semester is responsible for parking violations.

D. Vehicle Operations

  1. No vehicle shall be operated:
    1. at a speed in excess of 30 miles per hour, or where otherwise posted at a speed in excess of such posted speed limit and/or
    2. in a reckless or careless manner or a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing and/or
    3. with disregard to any traffic sign, signal, and/or pavement markings and/or
    4. on any sidewalk, pedestrian walkway or lawn.
  2. Effective September 2003, a Fine-Based Violation of the Vehicle Traffic program was implemented. Penalties for these violations were established which includes fines of $60.00, $120.00, $150.00 and disciplinary referrals.

E. Violations

  1. General

    Listed below are penalties for violating the Monroe County Parking Program at Monroe Community College parking regulations. Failure to pay any citation will result in your vehicle being towed or impounded and preclude you from receiving your diploma until all fines have been paid. Additionally, a hold will be placed on your student records/transcripts for any outstanding fines owed to the college.

    Parking regulations are in effect 7 days a week, year round, including break weeks, holidays and weekends. Scheduled enforcement is listed on all parking lots throughout the campus. Parking regulations related to resident housing restrictions are in effect and are located in the housing handbook.

    Public Safety and the Parking Office may issue citations at other times as deemed necessary to provide a safe and orderly environment. The College is under no obligation to mark all areas where parking is prohibited. It is the responsibility of the vehicle operator to park in accordance with the regulations. Lack of signs does not imply lack of enforcement.

    Citations issued for parking violations identify the type of violation and the amount due. Students are employees who accumulate parking violations without making payments are subject to immobilization and/or placement with a collection agency. Violations issued to unregistered vehicles belonging to immediate family members of a current or former employee or student are the responsibility of a current or former student or employee.

    All violations are valid and must be paid unless they have been adjusted through the appeals process. Do not delay taking immediate action on a citation. Contact the Parking Office immediately for clarification of a violation and the next steps to be taken. Any citation not appealed within 15 days of the citation date is deemed valid and must be paid. All rights to appeal a citation are null and void after 15 days. Constant violation of rules and regulations may result in the following:

    • Withholding of transcripts
    • Denial of diploma
    • Towing/impounding of the vehicle
    • Disciplinary action via Student Services

    Note: Checks are payable to Monroe Community College. Include the violation number and/or your Student ID Number on the check to insure proper credit. Fines mailed should be sent to Monroe Community College, Monroe County Parking Program, 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, N.Y., 14623-5780.

  2. Violations
    1. Restricted Space Violation - $75
      1. Handicapped space
      2. Fire zone
    2. Sign violations - $45
      1. Bus stop
      2. Tow-away zone
      3. Reserved spaces
      4. No parking
      5. Loading zone
    3. Obstructions - $45
      1. Obstructing traffic
      2. Blocking driveway
      3. Blocking intersection
      4. Blocking dumpster
      5. Double parking
      6. Blocking crosswalk
    4. Careless Parking - $45
      1. On or along roadways or driving lanes unless directed to do so
      2. Not parked within marked space
      3. On sidewalk
      4. On grass unless directed to do so
    5. Registration Violations - $25
      1. Not registered
      2. Registration not valid for area
      3. Illegal registered vehicle
      4. Expired parking registration
    6. General - $25
      1. Expired meter (with or without a valid parking registration)
      2. Overnight between 12 A.M. and 6 A.M. unless approved in advance by the Public Safety Department
    7. Immobilized/Booted Vehicle - $50.00

  3. Penalties for Non-payment of Fine

    Failure to pay fines within the time frames listed below will lead to increased penalties

     

    Initial Fine $25.00 $45.00 $75.00
    After 15 days $35.00 $55.00 $95.00
    After 60 days $55.00 $75.00 $115.00
    After 75 days $75.00 $95.00 $135.00

     



    An additional charge of $5.00 will be added to each unpaid ticket after 90 days and will result in the account being forwarded to a collection agency. A hold will be placed on the student's account for transcripts and receiving diploma until balance is paid in full.

 

F. Removal and Impoundment

  1. Parking Enforcement and the Public Safety Department are authorized to remove, impound or immobilize motor vehicles from/on college property at the owner's/operator's expense under the following circumstances:
    1. Vehicles parked illegally in fire lanes, handicapped, within 20 feet of hydrants, posted no parking, tow-away zones, in possession of an altered or stolen parking permit, and any area in which the vehicle may impede entrance to or exit from any building, grounds or roadway by any pedestrian or authorized vehicle.
    2. Unregistered, uninsured or abandoned vehicles
    3. For safety reasons, including snow removal
    4. Any vehicle with one or more unsatisfied parking citations charged against it
  2. Impounded vehicles will be held until all outstanding citations and charges have been satisfied. Impounded vehicles will not be left on campus overnight and will be towed off campus for safekeeping at the owners/operators expense. After 24 hours, storage charges will apply.

G. Parking Appeals Process/Procedure

The goal of the appeals process is to provide members of the college community with a way to resolve contested parking citations. The appeals process has been designed to:

  • provide information and assistance for the appellant
  • evaluate the effectiveness of campus parking regulations, signage and enforcement efforts and suggest ways to improve them
  • modify the behavior of repeat offenders

Filing an Appeal

Appeals for both parking violations and Vehicle&Traffic law violations must be submitted in writing. Required documentation to appeal a handicap violation must include:

  • photocopy of (valid) handicap hangtag
  • photocopy of individual's driver's license

Appeals related to the Vehicle&Traffic Laws violations of expired registration and inspection do not need to appear before the Appeals Board if you adhere to the following procedures:

  • Expired Registration - vehicle must be registered with the DMV within 15 calendar days of the date on the ticket in order to submit an appeal. You must provide proof of registration with the appeal.
  • Expired Inspection - vehicle must be inspected within 15 calendar days of the date on the ticket in order to submit an appeal. You must provide proof of inspection with the appeal.

Individuals who appeal all other violations of the Vehicle&Traffic Laws must appear in person before the Appeals Board. An appearance date will be assigned accordingly. You must appear on the scheduled hearing date and be prepared to pay the fine on the same day should the appeal be denied. A $15.00 surcharge will be assessed if full payment is not received the same day. Failing to appear for a scheduled appeal date shall be considered a plea of guilty.

In the case of both parking violations and Vehicle&Traffic law violations, your appeal must be submitted or postmarked within 15 calendar days of the date on the ticket. If the 15-day deadline is not met, your appeal will not be reviewed and any further right to appeal forfeited.

Only the operator of the motor vehicle who incurred the violation may appeal and/or appear in person to contest a violation.

Except in rare and unusual circumstances, the only proper basis for an appeal is evidence which suggests the cited regulation was not violated. Excuses such as "I didn't think it was a violation," "I didn't mean to do it," or "I saw other vehicles parked the same way" are not valid and will not be considered.

It is strongly encouraged that the appellant include supporting evidence such as documentation and/or statements from witnesses. In the absence of supporting evidence, the Appeals Board or Appeal Administrator are strongly inclined to accept the validity of the ticket as written.

Examples of defenses that are NOT grounds for appeal include:

  • student in the Visitor Lot/Visitor Metered Spaces
  • student without a valid parking registration for the semester
  • never received the ticket
  • did not know the parking rules
  • only parked a few minutes
  • parking lot was full
  • was late/weather was bad
  • had my flashers on
  • picking up/dropping off friends/books/labs etc.
  • someone else was using my car
  • inability to pay fine
  • co-worker/friend told me I could park there
  • repeat violations/multiple violations for same type

The Appeal Administrator has the authority to dispose of a case by:

  • upholding the charge(s)
  • upholding the charge(s) with a reduced
  • reducing the charges to a lesser offense
  • dismissing the charge(s)

The Appeal Administrator's decision will either be emailed or mailed to the appellant. The decision of the Appeal Administrator and/or Appeals Board is final.

If an appeal for a parking violation is denied, the fine must be paid within 15 calendar days of the decision, or late charges will be imposed.

Individuals who appeal a Vehicle&Traffic Law violation must appear in person on the scheduled hearing date and be prepared to pay the fine on the same day should the appeal be denied. A $15.00 surcharge will be assessed if full payment is not received the same day. Failing to appear for a scheduled appeal date shall be considered a plea of guilty.

Tickets related to the impoundment and/or immobilization of vehicles CANNOT BE APPEALED.

H. Parking for Persons with a disability

  1. Disabled college community members with mobility impairment should contact the Public Safety Office in Building 1 room 102, extension 2700 or 2900 for special permits and specific parking instructions.
  2. Handicapped parking is restricted to the exclusive use of vehicles displaying a valid handicapped permit and a valid parking registration (unless parked at a meter). Unauthorized vehicles are subject to ticketing and towing at the owners expense.

 


 

Damon City Campus Student Parking

Students taking classes at the Damon City Campus who use Brighton campus facilities must park at designated student parking meters on Arts Lane, register at the Pay-by-Plate stations located at the entrances of Building 4 and Building 10 or purchase parking for the Brighton Campus.