Parking on Campus
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All motor vehicles parked in College lots must be registered with the Office of Campus Safety. Any unregistered vehicle parked on campus is subject to being ticketed and/or towed at the owner's expense. The City of Albion also prohibits overnight parking on all city streets, and the Albion Department of Public Safety issues citations to vehicles found in violatin of this ordinance.
Visitor Parking and Temporary Parking Permits
Temporary parking permits are available for students who have visitors on campus or who need to being a vehicle to campus for a short period of time. Students are allotted fifteen (15) days of free temporary parking per semester, with a charge of $5 for each day over this limit. Students are not permitted to obtain temporary parking permits for other students. Students are responsible for all parking citations received by their visitors. The Temporary Parking Permit Regulations are listed below.
Student Parking Information
- The permit fee for academic year 2013-2014 is $300 per year. Students assigned to park around the Dow Center are charged $280 per year. The fee for the permit is placed on student accounts after permits are picked up.
- Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors register for permits in the spring will register in the spring prior to for the upcoming school year, and may pick up their parking permit at Campus Safety when they arrive on campus for the fall semester.
- First-Year students register after they have paid their deposits, and permits and permits are distributed at Wesley Hall on move-in day. First-year students who come to campus prior to move-in day may pick their permits up at the Office of Campus Safety.
- All students are required to show their vehicle registrations when picking up their permit.
- Parking lots and areas on campus are the private property of Albion College. Unauthorized or unregistered vehicles are subject to being ticketed and/or towed from campus at the owners risk and expense.
- Except as described below, students may only park their vehicles in their assigned zones. It is never permissible to park in the Ferguson lot during normal business hours, and students who drive to class or other locations around campus are expected to park their vehicles in the street..
- Vehicles with valid permits may park in any campus lot from 5:00 p.m. Friday through 5:00 p.m. Sunday. The only exceptions to this are handicapped spaces, fire lanes, and any spot marked as reserved.
- Students who find that their designated parking area is full should immediately contact Campus Safety for directions on where to park. Students who do not contact Campus Safety are subject to being ticketed for parking in an unauthorized lot.
- Permits must be placed on the lower left side of the back window of the vehicle to which the permit is assigned by Campus Safety. Students must immediately notify Campus Safety if they change or replace the vehicle that they have registered with Campus Safety. Altering, forging, or fraudulently obtaining or displaying a permit is a violation of College policy, and is addressed through the College Judicial Process.
- Students may not give or sell their parking permit to another student without prior authorization of the Office of Campus Safety. Parking permits are only valid while students reside in College-owned housing. Students who move off campus may return their permits to Campus Safety for a refund of the remainder of the yearly fee. Once students move off-campus, their permits become invalid, whether or not they are returned to Campus Safety.
- Students who need to load or unload vehicles in an area where they are assigned to park should contact Campus Safety. Students will be given a reasonable time to load or unload vehicles. Students who do not Campus Safety prior to loading or unloading their vehicles are subject to being ticketed.
- Students wishing to appeal citations must do so within 14 days of the ticket issuance date. Appeal forms are available at Campus Safety.The Appeals Board, which consists of a faculty member, a non-Campus Safety staff member, and a student recommended by Student Senate, meets monthlyt to consider parking appeals. Their decisions are final.
- All visitors who park vehicles in campus lots must obtain a visitors permit from Campus Safety. Permits are available at the Office of Campus Safetyo 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
- Those who park vehicles in College-owned lots do so at their own risk. Albion College is not liable for any loss or damage of vehicles that are parked on College property.
- Flagrant violators of parking regulations may be referred to the College Judicial Process..
Citations issued for vehicles found parked in violation of the College parking regulations result in the following fines:
|No Parking Zone
|Parked on Grass
|No Valid Permit Displayed
|Handicapped Only Parking
Ticket Appeal Forms
Parking_Appeal_Form.pdf may be printed, filled out, and turned in to Campus Safety withing 14 days of the ticket issue date. Forms may also be picked up at the Campus Safety office.
Temporary Parking Regulations
- All vehicles parked in College-owned lots must be registered with the Office of Campus Safety and display a valid parking permit.
- All students are allotted fifteen (15) days of free temporary parking, which may only be used for their non-student visitors or for themselves. There is a charge of $5 per day for every day over this limit.
- Students may not obtain temporary parking permits for other students for any reason.
- Temporary permits are normally only issued for Lot 24, which is the fenced dirt lot near the Nature Center with the blue emergency phone at the entrance.
- Visitor parking spaces in the Ferguson parking lot and other lots on campus are designated for those who are doing business with the College and are only on campus for short periods of time.
- Vehicles with temporary parking permits may park in any campus lot from 5:00 p.m. Friday through 5:00 p.m. Sunday. The only exceptions are handicapped spaces, fire lanes, and parking spaces marked reserved.
- Students are responsible for all parking citations issued to vehicles for which they have obtained a Temporary Parking Permit.
- Know your emergency exits.
- Know where the extinguishers are in your residence hall and how to use them. Never play with extinguishers or tamper with the fire alarm system.
- A false alarm is dangerous, a felony, and will result in a minimum Status of Suspension, plus restitution and a $50 fine.
If the Fire Alarm Sounds...
1. The most important thing is getting out. Move quickly, but do not run. Do not stop to collect valuables. Use normal exits if you can, but under no circumstances should you use an elevator.
2. You must leave the building when a fire alarm sounds, even if you believe the alarm to be a false alarm. Do not reenter the building until given permission to do so by College officials.
3. Before opening a door, feel it near the top for heat. If it is cool, open it slowly. If smoke is present, close the door and use another route. Always close doors behind you to limit the spread of fire and smoke.
4. If you must go through heat or heavy smoke, remember that they rise. Crawl, keeping your face very close to the floor. This applies even when opening doors; stay low and reach up to turn the knob.
5. Once you're out, move well away from the building, and if a meeting place has been arranged, go there. Do not leave the scene, or you may be believed trapped in the building. Don't reenter the building under any circumstances unless you are officially told it is safe.
6. If you are trapped, stuff a sheet under the door to keep out smoke. Open a window slightly at the top and bottom to let air in, and yell for help. If there is a phone nearby, call Campus Safety (0911) and report your location. Jumping out of a window is an extreme and hazardous measure, to be considered only when you are in immediate danger.
Residents Hall Fire Safety
Fire Alarm and Evacuation Instructions:
- If you discover a fire or smoke situation, activate the fire alarm pull station and call, or have someone call, Campus Safety at x0911 or x1234.
- If you feel comfortable doing so, use a fire extinguisher to control or extinguish the fire while emergency personnel are in route to your location.
When The Fire Alarm Sounds:
- Close all windows but leave curtains and drapes open.
- Leave the overhead lights on.
- Before opening any door, feel the door. If it is hot, do not open it. If it is not hot open the door slightly. If you encounter heat or heavy smoke close the door and stay in the room.
- If you cannot leave the room, Open the window slightly and hang a sheet or other light colored cloth out the window to attract the attention of emergency personnel. If there is a phone in the room, call Campus Safety (1234) or the Albion Dept. of Public Safety (911) and report that you are trapped. Remain calm and give your room number and building location. Stuff towels, sheets or other similar materials under all doors leading into corridors. Stay close to the floor if smoke enters the room.
- If conditions allow you to leave the room, close, but do not lock the door and walk directly to the nearest exit and leave the building.
- If you are away from your room when the alarm sounds, do not return to your room, but leave the building via the nearest exit.
- DO NOT use elevators. If hallway and/or exit stairwells are not accessible because of heavy smoke, return to your room, close the door and follow the instructions given above.
- If you have exited the facility, stand clear of the building. Emergency apparatus may be maneuvering around the building.
- Follow directions of the fre and police personnel and never re-enter the building until they give permissions to do so.
Building Safety Features:
Stairwell fire doors should be kept closed at all times. During a fire the stairwells will provide a place of refuge and will protect you during your escape from the building. If the fire doors are left open, the stairwells will act as chimneys, rapidly spreading the fire and smoke throughout the building.
Each exit or exit access should be kept clearly marked with a lighted or fluorescent exit sign. You should familiarize yourself with all exit routes in your facility when you move in.
Fire alarm systems provide a rapid means of notifying all occupants of an emergency. Continued abuse of these systems creates a complacent attitude among the building residents which may result in injury or death when the alarm is ignored in an actual emergency situation. Fire alarm systems such as pull boxes and smoke alarms may not be tampered with or altered for any reason.
Multi-purpose ABC fire extinguishers are located throughout all the college buildings and residential halls for use by the occupants on most types of small fires.
When using a fire extinguisher use the P.A.S.S. method:
P - Pull the pin.
A - Aim.
S - Squeeze the trigger.
S - Sweep the fire.
Sun Lamps, Halogen Lamps, Hot Plates, Toaster Ovens, Electric Skillets, Rice Steamers, Woks, Indoor or Outside Grills, Space Heaters and other high powered electrical appliances are prohibited in dorm rooms. Items such as irons and hair dryers should be unplugged after use and not stored until they are cool enough to touch. To many appliances plugged into the same outlet or extension cord may cause an overloading of the circuit resulting in loss of power or possible fire.
Storage of bicycles, chairs, desks, trunks, etc. should not be stored in hallways, stairwells, or any place which would interfere with public access or exit areas of the building. These items left unattended in such areas are in violation of fire safety codes and will be removed by authorized personnel.
Open flames, candles, incense, charcoal grills, etc. are not permitted in any resident hall.
Flammable Liquids and Gasses:
Gasoline, paint, ether, propane or any other flammable liquids or gasses are allowed in any of the residential halls for any reason.
Fireworks, gunpowder or any other explosives are not allowed on campus under State Fire Codes and may not be stored on campus for any reason.
Elevators Are Hazardous to Use in Fires:
Elevators should not be used during an actual emergency. The elevator shaft could act as a chimney in transmitting heat and smoke from floor to floor. Also elevators may malfunction and stop at the floor involved in the fire, opening automatically, and exposing the passengers to heat and smoke.
The use of crepe paper, cloth, corn stalks, and bales of hay or other combustible materials for party decorations is strictly prohibited in residence halls.
All fire related incidents regardless of the severity should be reported to Campus Safety immediately. Any unsafe condition such as electrical problems, broken glass, broken handrails, broken or loose tile etc. should be reported to an R/D, R/A or facilities during the day and Campus Safety after hours.
Turning in a false alarm, tampering with fire equipment or discharging fire extinguishers is a criminal offense punishable by up to a $500.00 fine and up to six months in jail. These actions may also lead to a suspension or expulsion from Albion College as well as charges being accessed for any malicious damage.
Bring any deficiencies in fire protection and safety equipment to the attention of Campus Safety.