In order to facilitate a safe and orderly parking system at Bethel University, the Department of Safety and Security has adopted procedures and policies which are in effect year-round. Drive safely.
Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. The inability to find satisfactory parking does not excuse illegal parking or parking in an area for which you are not designated. Ignorance of these regulations, weather conditions, convenience, etc. is not an acceptable defense for violations. It is the responsibility of all students, staff, and faculty to learn these regulations. Failure to adhere to all parking and vehicle registration regulations will result in a citation.
Bethel University bears no responsibility for the safety and protection of vehicles or their contents while parked or operated on the campus. The owner of the vehicle shall assume responsibility for all losses or damages that may occur.
All staff/faculty and student vehicles parked on Bethel University controlled property are subject to search if probable cause exists. A vehicle search of this type is a campus matter and does not require a search warrant. At least two security officers will conduct the search, and illegal items may be impounded. Campus vehicles are not exempt from search and seizure from authorized civil authorities with proper search warrants. The operator of the vehicle will be present while the search is conducted.
The maximum speed limit on campus is 20 MPH unless posted otherwise.
When registering a vehicle for parking, please refer to the following outlined policies that apply to all students, faculty, and staff of Bethel University.
- There is no charge to register for a parking permit.
- All motor vehicles on campus must be registered with the Department of Safety and Security.
- To register for a parking permit, print and fill out one of the forms provided below and bring it to the Security Office located in the Vera Low Center.
- All motor vehicles must have a minimum of liability insurance, as required by Tennessee State Law. Valid proof of insurance must be provided upon registration to receive a parking permit.
- All old parking permits should be removed, and only the most current permit should be displayed.
- Chick-fil-A parking is reserved for patrons only.
- Those with temporary disabilities or special circumstances with proper physician documentation may apply for a temporary parking permit. Temporary permits must be hung from the rear-view mirror and are valid only on campus.
On-Campus Resident Students
- An on-campus resident's parking permit is based on his/her dormitory.
- All dorm residents must go to the Security Office at the start of each semester to verify housing and receive a permit.
- Any student that changes dormitories/moves off-campus during the semester must notify the Security Office for an updated parking permit.
- Dormitory residents must park their vehicles at their residences or in an Open/Overflow parking lot Monday-Friday, 8 AM-3 PM.
- Dormitory residents are prohibited from parking in Chick-fil-A parking at all times.
- Dormitory residents are prohibited from parking in commuter lots Monday-Friday, 8 AM-3 PM.
- Student permits must be affixed to the rear windshield in the lower-left corner.
- Vehicles with dark window tints or removable tops may place the permit on the front windshield in the lower-left corner.
Faculty & Staff
- Faculty & Staff must hang the parking permit placard from the interior rear-view mirror.
- Faculty & Staff may transfer the permit between vehicles without needing to register the change.
- Faculty & Staff parking areas are designated for these individuals only between Monday-Friday, 8 AM-3 PM.
Violations and Penalties
Violations include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The vehicle is not registered.
- Permit not displayed, not properly affixed, or multiple permits.
- Violating restricted parking hours (Monday-Friday, 8 AM-3 PM).
- Parking on the grass, in fire lanes, bus lanes, or ‘No Parking’ zones.
- Parking in a visitor or reserved space.
- Parked over the line or occupying more than one space.
- Double parking or blocking a vehicle.
- .Blocking access to a dumpster
- Impeding or blocking traffic, the roadway, a sidewalk or crosswalk, access to building entrances and exits, or handicap ramp
- Parking on shoulder of Bethel Court (gold posts by Odom Hall).
- Parking in a designated handicap parking space without a valid plate or placard or parking in such a manner that it restricts or could reasonably restrict a disabled person from entering or exiting their vehicle while properly parked in a handicap space.
Penalties for the above violations include the following:
- Parking violations are $15.00 per violation.
- Fines are billed to student accounts and payable in the Student Billing office in the Vera Low Center.
- Once a citation has been processed, and the fine has been placed on the student's account, it cannot be removed until it has been paid.
- Students with unpaid fines will have a hold placed on their account and will be unable to register for classes, receive transcripts or other pertinent documentation until all fines have been satisfied.
- Repeat offenders or anyone committing a single egregious offense may be referred to the Dean of Student Development for disciplinary action.
- Bethel University reserves the right to tow or place a wheel lock on any vehicle at any time at the owners’ expense for illegal parking, excessive parking violations, or unpaid fines.
- Parking citations can be appealed through the Department of Safety and Security. An appeal must be made within 14 calendar days of the date on the ticket.