Apr 06, 2020  
2011-2012 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2011-2012 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Traffic and Parking

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General: The purpose of these policies shall be to facilitate the orderly and efficient flow of traffic on the Northeast State campus, to provide a safe atmosphere for both pedestrians and motor vehicle operators, and to provide order with regard to parking within limited space.

Registration of Automobiles/Permits/Decals

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(a) All motor vehicles used on Northeast State Campus by students, faculty, staff or other employees must be registered with the College as required by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The annual registration period begins September 1, and extends through August 31 of the following year. Hang tags will be available for issue August 1 of each year.

(b) Procedure:

     1. Students taking one or more courses will be issued a parking hang tag by the Office of Police and Safety upon presentation of current fee receipt and completion of the campus vehicle registration form. This form will include name, social security number and address of the applicant and the make, model, color and license number of the vehicle(s).

     2. A campus access fee will be assessed each term for each student and employee. This fee will be assessed in addition to maintenance and registration fees. Employees will be assessed a campus access fee each year. One parking hang tag will be issued to each student and employee at no cost. A second parking hang tag may be requested by students or employees at an additional charge as set forth in the other fees and charges recommended by the college and approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents in accordance with TBR Guideline B-060:VIII:B(2). Replacement tags are available at no cost.

(c) All vehicles parking on Northeast State property must have a current parking hang tag.


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(a) Parking Zones:

   1. Student parking is permitted only in designated areas.

   2. Staff parking areas are reserved for staff.

   3. Visitor parking areas are reserved for visitors only.

   4. Disabled parking areas are reserved for vehicles displaying a State or Northeast State-issued Disabled Hang Tag. Students, staff, and faculty seeking a Northeast State Disabled Hang Tag must register with the campus police office.

   5. All parking should be done in such a manner as not to interfere with general traffic flow nor impede another properly parked vehicle. Parking on grass is prohibited.

   6. Parking on weekends and after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays is permissible in all lots except those designated as disabled, fire lanes and 24 hour Faculty/Staff.

   7. Visitors and guests receiving citations should return them to the director of Police and Safety.



(a) General Policies:

   1. The speed limit for all vehicles is 15 m.p.h.

   2. Pedestrians always have the right of way.

   3. Vehicles must come to a complete stop at stop signs.

   4. Loading zones are reserved for 20 minute loading and unloading only.

   5. Unnecessary noise from horns or mufflers is prohibited.

   6. Parking is permitted only in areas designated for parking.

   7. The institution reserves the right to tow any vehicle that is improperly parked.

   8. Vehicles parked in fire lanes and loading zones will be towed at owner’s expense. Fire lanes are designated as all curbed areas adjacent to any building on campus.

   9. Accidents must be reported to campus police.

   10. Littering of parking areas is prohibited.

   11. Loud disruptive music is prohibited.

   12. Students, staff and faculty are not permitted to park in any space designated for visitors.


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(a) Fines:

   1. The fine for parking and registration violation:

        - First……………………………………….$10.00

        - Second…………………………………..$15.00

        - Third………………………………………$25.00

        - Fourth and each subsequent ticket..$50.00

   2. The fine for disabled parking violations is established by statute, and will be adjusted and published as needed to remain in compliance with State law.

   3. Speeding or reckless driving………….$50.00

(b) Payment of fines:

     1. Fines are payable to the Northeast State Business Office. Normal Business Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fines may be paid by mail.

     2. Non-payment of fines will result in an encumbrance of the student’s records, preventing release of transcripts and/or grade reports. Further registration of Northeast State will be prohibited until fines have been satisfied.


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  (a) Student Traffic Court:

   1. The Northeast State Student Traffic Court hears student appeals of traffic violations evolving from the violation of the Traffic and Parking Policies on the campus.

   2. The Student Traffic Court shall have a residing Chief Justice, an Associate Chief Justice, and a maximum of four (4) Justices selected from the student body by a Selection Committee through an application and interview process. The term of appointment for Justices will be for no more than four (4) semesters or until the date of their graduation unless otherwise prohibited.

   3. The Selection Committee appointing the Justices shall consist of a student representative from the current Student Traffic Court, the director of Student Life, the director of Police and Safety, and the vice president for Student Affairs or his/her designee.

   4. The Chief Justice, in consultation with the director or Student Life, shall set the dates of Traffic Court hearings and notify the Student Justices.

   5. The administrative advisor to the Student Traffic Court shall be the director of Student Life or his/her designated representative.

   6. The Chief Justice shall be responsible for keeping Court records.

(b) Appeals Function:

   1. The Northeast State Student Traffic Court shall hear only student cases which are contested. Students may choose to contest citations through the Student Traffic Court’s online appeal process or by requesting an in-person hearing before the Student Traffic Court. Appeals should be filed within 45 calendar days of the citation’s date of issue. [Exception: Citations for parking in a disabled parking zone must be appealed to the vice president for Business Affairs through the director of Police and Safety within 45 calendar days.]

   2. Students submitting an appeal via the online appeal system will receive a decision from the Student Traffic Court within ten (10) working days. Students requesting an in-person hearing will be notified within five (5) working days of a scheduled hearing date. The scheduled hearing will be held within ten (10) working days of the request for hearing.

   3. Student Justices receiving citations may contest the citations before the Student Traffic Court, but they may not participate as a Justice in the proceeding.

   4. The decision of the Student Traffic Court shall be final. An appeal will not be granted on the basis that a student disagrees with the court’s decision. The vice president for Student Affairs may approve a rehearing of a case upon presentation of new significant or substantiated allegations of due process violations. Such evidence must be presented to the vice president for Student Affairs along with a written request to rehear the case within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of the original verdict.

   5. If a student elects to schedule an in-person hearing and fails to appear before the Student Traffic Court, absent good cause, the right to a hearing is forfeited and the charges and fine affixed.

   6. Parking and traffic violation cases involving employees may be appealed to the vice president for Business Affairs.

This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.05 Traffic and Parking. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy, and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History- Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.


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Visitors are always welcome on the Northeast State campus. Areas for visitor parking are clearly marked. Visitor passes are available in the office of Police and Safety. Visitors who receive citations should return the citation to the office of Police and Safety.


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