6200P Parking and Traffic (Procedures)

Original Date: 6/11/1992 * Last Revision Effective: 8/4/2020
Policy Contact: Vice President, Administrative Services

Purpose

The following procedures are established to meet the requirements for implementing policy #6200 Parking and Traffic.

In case of conflict among the provision of the motor vehicle and other traffic laws of the state of Washington or the traffic code of the City of Bellevue and the Bellevue College parking and traffic regulations, the provisions of the state of Washington motor vehicle laws shall govern.

Procedures

Allocation of Parking Spaces

Parking on campus shall be allocated by the vice president of administrative services (VP AS) or their designee consistent with the objectives of these regulations. The VP AS or their designee is further authorized to designate and mark the various parking areas on the campus with numbers or titles or both; and is authorized to reserve certain areas for vehicles displaying special permits.

Enforcement

The VP AS is responsible for parking and traffic management on campus. The VP AS delegates authority to enforce all college parking and traffic rules and regulations to Bellevue College (BC) Public Safety.

The authority and powers conferred upon the director of public safety by these regulations may be delegated to subordinates.

Parking Fees

Parking fees may be adopted by the board of trustees.

Liability

Except for college-owned and/or –operated vehicles, the college assumes no liability under any circumstances for vehicles on college properties.

Parking Permits

No person shall park or leave any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon the campus of Bellevue College during the hours published on the public safety webpage without properly displaying a valid Bellevue College permit, with the exception of electric vehicles (EV) noted below. Valid permits include:

  • Disability placard;
  • Government agency license plate;
  • Current student or faculty/staff permit displayed in accordance with instructions below; or
  • Temporary permit authorized by public safety and displayed in accordance with instructions.

Electric vehicles may park at designated charging stations without a parking permit so long as they are actively charging.

The college reserves the right to refuse the issuance of a parking permit.

Authorization for Issuance of Permits

The VP AS or their designee is authorized to issue all Bellevue College parking permits.

Special Permits

Special permits are valid only in the areas specified, on the date(s) and/or times specified on the permits, and must be displayed in accordance with instructions below.

  • Carpool permits. Carpool permits may be issued to faculty, staff, or students. All members of the carpool must appear in person when applying for the permit. One permit will be issued by public safety for each carpool. This permit shall only be used among the registered members of the carpool. Carpool permits must be displayed in accordance with the instructions provided with the permit. Carpool vehicles must also display a regular student or faculty/staff permit.
  • Disabled parking permits. Only vehicles displaying a valid state of Washington placard or license plate may park in spaces designated for the disabled. Vehicles with disability placards or plates may park in any areas designated for parking.
  • Smart Way permits. Only vehicles displaying a valid student or staff/faculty parking permit and a low emissions fuel efficient (LEFE) permit issued by public safety may use LEFE stalls. Permits will only be issued to vehicles certified as LEFE by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Daily and hourly permits. Daily and hourly parking permits may be issued through public safety-authorized distribution points.
  • Guest permits. Public safety has authority to issue temporary permits or special reserved permits to guests as directed by president’s cabinet or if issuing such permits enhances the operation of the college.
  • Special events. Public safety and the events office assist college departments that sponsor functions such as conferences, seminars, dinners, and similar events, in arranging reserved parking and direction signs as appropriate. Requests for such assistance must be received by public safety with at least 10 days advance notice.

Display of Permits

Permits issued by Bellevue College shall be displayed in accordance with instructions issued with the permit. Permits not displayed in accordance with the provisions of this section shall not be valid and vehicles displaying the improperly placed permit shall be subject to citation.

Responsibility for vehicles

The person to whom a permit is issued is responsible for the vehicle in or upon which the permit is displayed. They shall be held responsible for all violations of these rules and regulations charged to that vehicle. However, the operator of a vehicle will not be held relieved of responsibility for violating any traffic rule or regulation simply because they are not also the permit holder.

Transfer Of Permits

With the exception of carpool permits, parking permits are not transferable between individuals. Permits may be moved between vehicles to which the permit is registered. If a vehicle is sold or traded, a replacement permit will be issued to the permit holder.

Replacement Permit

Lost, stolen or destroyed permits may be reissued through an appeal as authorized by the director of public safety.

Refunds

In cases where a permit is no longer needed, permit holders may request a partial refund from public safety using the appeal form on the public safety webpage. Refund amounts will be based on the following:

  • Parking permit fees will be refunded at 100 percent less $5 when the appeal is received by the fifth instructional day of the quarter.
  • Parking permit fees will be refunded at 50 percent when the permit is received by the sixth instructional day through the twentieth calendar day of the quarter.
  • Parking permit fees will not be refunded after the twentieth calendar day of the quarter.

Permit Revocation

Parking permits are the property of the college and may be revoked by the VP AS or their designee for any of the following reasons:

  • the purpose for which the permit was issued no longer exists;
  • a permit is used by an unauthorized individual;
  • falsification on a parking permit application;
  • counterfeiting or alteration of permits;
  • repeated violation of parking and traffic regulations; or
  • failure to comply with a final decision of the citation review committee or appeal authority.

Parking permit revocations may be appealed to the director of public safety.

Parking and Traffic Rules

Students, staff, and faculty may obtain parking on campus to the extent that spaces are available as follows:

  • Student daytime parking is limited to areas designated student parking.
  • Staff/faculty daytime parking is limited to areas designated staff/faculty parking.
  • Temporary parking permit validity is limited to the areas designated in the issuance of the permit.
  • After hours parking requires a parking permit; however, lot restrictions may be removed or reduced (with exception of special reserved spaces, fire lane, disabled parking, etc.).

Lot designations by permit type are published on the public safety webpage and on the parking map; and are issued with the permit. Special instructions on lot designation by permit type may be issued by the VP AS or their designee.

Parking within designated spaces

  • No vehicle shall be parked on the campus except in those areas set aside and designated as parking areas.
  • No vehicle shall be parked so as to occupy any portion of more than one parking space or stall as designated within the parking area. The fact that other vehicles may have been so parked as to require the vehicle parked to occupy a portion of more than one space or stall shall not constitute an excuse for a violation of this section.
  • No vehicle shall be parked at any time in campus roadways, fire lanes, bus zones, loading zones, or service driveways; or on sidewalks; or in the landscaping except emergency vehicles and designated service vehicles.

Idling

Engine idling is prohibited in no parking zones on campus. “Idling,” the running of an engine that supplies the motive power for a vehicle, when not for the purpose of moving the vehicle with the normal flow of traffic on a street or roadway, may create a health risk when near an intake valve.

Motorcycles, bicycles and scooters

  • Motorcycles, bicycles, and scooters are for the purpose of these regulations considered to be motor vehicles and are subject to all traffic and parking rules and regulations controlling other motor vehicles.
  • Motorcycles and motorized scooters must be parked in designated areas.
  • Motorcycles and motorized scooters are not permitted at any time on paths, sidewalks, or authorized bicycle or pedestrian areas, or in buildings at any time.
  • Bicycles shall be parked in designated areas only and are not permitted in buildings with the exception of those that are brought inside by the owner to be locked in an office. Improperly parked bicycles may be impounded and a citation and/or a fine imposed upon the owner. Public safety patrol bicycles are exempt.
  • No bicycles or foot-propelled devices shall be operated on campus walkways, corridors, hallways, or in buildings unless their use is required as part of the educational process in an authorized program with the exception of designated emergency or campus operations vehicles.

Speed
Vehicles shall be operated on the campus at a speed no greater than 20 miles per hour or such lower speed as is reasonable and prudent in the circumstances.

Pedestrian’s right of way
The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to pedestrians. Pedestrians shall use sidewalks where sidewalks are provided.

Report of accident or theft
Within 24 hours, the operator of any vehicle involved in an accident on campus resulting in injury or death of any person or damage to either or both vehicles shall report such accident to public safety. This does not relieve any person involved in an accident from their responsibility to file a state of Washington motor vehicle accident report.

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors should report any vehicle thefts or property theft out of a vehicle to  public safety.

Special parking and traffic regulations
During periods of heavy traffic or emergencies, the director of public safety or their designee are authorized to impose additional traffic and parking regulations.

Exceptions to parking and traffic restrictions
The regulations governing permits and parking within designated spaces shall not apply to the drivers of state-owned vehicles operated by Bellevue College in the performance of assigned functions.

Traffic Citations

Upon reasonable cause to believe that a violation of the parking and traffic rules and regulations has occurred, the VP AS and/or public safety may issue citations by affixing a copy in some prominent place or delivering by mail or electronic communications.

Fines, penalties and impounding

  • The current schedule and fines for parking and traffic violations shall be published by the college and made available for review on the public safety webpage.
  • An individual receiving a parking and traffic citation must pay all fines listed on the citation or envelope notice by the deadline on the citation or envelope.
  • If any citation remains unpaid after the deadline issued on the citation or envelope or after any appeal, Bellevue College may take additional actions including, but not limited to:
    • withholding refunds;
    • impounding the violator’s vehicle;
    • denying future parking privileges, whether student or faculty/staff;
    • refusing to issue keys to students, faculty, or staff; or.
    • sending the account to collections.
  • In addition to imposing fines, the VP AS and the director of public safety or their designees are authorized to impound, immobilize, and take to such place for storage as the director of public safety or their designee selects, any vehicles parked on college property in violation of these regulations, with the following stipulations:
    • The expenses of impounding, immobilization, and storage shall be charged to the owner or operator of the vehicle and must be paid prior to the vehicle’s release.
    • The college shall not be liable for loss or damage of any kind resulting from impounding, immobilization, or storage.
    • Impoundment of a vehicle does not remove the obligation for any fines associated with the violation(s).
    • Grounds for impounding vehicles shall include but not be limited to the following:
      • blocking a roadway so as to impede the flow of traffic;
      • blocking a walkway so as to impede the flow of pedestrian traffic;
      • blocking a fire hydrant or fire lane;
      • creating a safety hazard in the opinion of a public safety officer;
      • blocking another legally parked vehicle;
      • parking in a marked “tow away” zone.
  • An accumulation of traffic violations or severe infractions by a student or employee will be cause for disciplinary action, and the VP AS or their designee may initiate disciplinary proceedings against such students or employees.

Appeal of fines and penalties

The VP AS or their designee has authority to waive a fine or reduce a citation to a warning under certain circumstances (e.g. in emergency situations or if a violator cited in a disabled space can provide an appropriate ADA permit).

Right to appeal. Anyone who receives a citation for an alleged violation of BC parking and traffic regulations has the right to appeal.Appeals are submitted through the online permit system; appeal forms can be found the the public safety webpage. Appeals must be submitted by the deadline listed on the citation or envelope.

If the alleged violator has pays the fine(s) associated with the parking and traffic citation, they forfeit the right to appeal the citation.

Bellevue College Citation Review Committee

Appeals shall be considered by the citation review committee, which is made up of one student, one faculty representative and one classified staff representative. (Note: an exempt employee may substitute for a classified staff or faculty member for no longer than 120 days while an appropriate classified staff or faculty member can be identified.) The citation review committee shall hold hearings regularly throughout the academic year. The committee shall consider each appeal on its merits based upon the parking and traffic regulations. Appellants shall be notified of the hearing dates and shall be sent written notification of the committee’s decision.

The citation review committee may uphold, reduce, or waive the fine(s) associated with a parking and traffic citation. Any fine(s) still levied against the appellant must be paid within fifteen (15) calendar days after the date of the hearing unless the appellant wishes to pursue a second-level appeal. Non-payment after fifteen (15) calendar days may result in any of the college actions listed above. Fines for appeals not considered within 60 days of the appeal request shall automatically be considered waived.

Second level appeal. An appellant who is not satisfied with the decision of the citation review committee has the right to a second-level appeal before the institutional hearing officer appointed by the president of Bellevue College. The appellant must contact the institutional hearing officer within fifteen (15) calendar days after the citation review committee hearing to request a second-level appeal. The institutional hearing officer shall notify the appellant of their decision in writing. The institutional hearing officer’s decision is final.

Any appellant who has paid the fine(s) confirmed or set by the citation review committee has forfeited the right to a second-level appeal.

Definitions

Board

  • The board of trustees of Bellevue College, Community College District VIII, state of Washington.

Campus

  • Any or all real property owned, operated, controlled, or maintained by Bellevue College, Community College District VIII, state of Washington.

Carpool

  • Faculty, staff, or students who commute to the college in the same vehicle in a group number  determined by the VP AS.

College

  • Bellevue College or any additional community college hereafter established within Community College District VIII, state of Washington, and collectively, those responsible for its control and operations.

Faculty members

  • Any employee of Bellevue College, Community College District VIII who is employed on a full-time or part-time basis as a teacher, counselor, librarian, or other position for which the training, experience, and responsibilities are comparable as determined by the appointing authority, including administrative appointment.

Foot propelled device

  • Wheeled devices including but not limited to skateboards, roller skates, roller blades, etc., designed or used for recreation and/or transportation purposes.

Public Safety Officers

  • Employees of the college accountable to the vice president of administrative services and responsible for campus security, safety, and parking and traffic control.

Staff

  • The administrative and classified members employed by the college.

Student

  • Any person enrolled in the college.

Vehicle

  • An automobile, truck, motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle, both engine-powered and non-engine-powered.

Visitors

  • Persons who come onto campus as guests or who lawfully visit the campus for purposes in keeping with the college’s role as an institution of higher learning in the state of Washington and are neither employees nor registered students of the institution.

Relevant Laws and Other Resources

Revision History

Original 6/11/1992
Revisions 1/11/2004; 5/10/2005; 5/21/2009; 11/30/2011; 9/17/2012; 5/13/2015; 8/4/2020

Approved By

President’s Cabinet

Last Updated August 6, 2020