The control of traffic on campus is a necessary part of the efficient operation of the College. All members of the College community are urged to familiarize themselves with these regulations and to cooperate in respecting them.
The policies and regulations contained herein are given the effect of law by Senate Bill 162, 60th Legislature, 1967, of which Section 2 is quoted in part below:
Each governing board of the State institutions of higher education of this state is hereby authorized to promulgate rules and regulations for the safety and welfare of students, employees, and property and such other rules and regulations as may be deemed necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act and the governance of the respective instructions, providing for the operation and parking of vehicles upon the grounds, streets, drives, and alleys or another institutional property under its control.
Kilgore College is a "Parking by Permit Only" campus. The operation of a motor vehicle or bicycle on college property is a PRIVILEGE granted by the college and is not an inherent right of any faculty/staff member, student, or visitor. All faculty/staff, students, and visitors who park on college property must have a valid Kilgore College issued parking permit or temporary parking permit.
The college assumes no liability and/or responsibility for damage to or theft of any vehicle parked or driven on campus. The college assumes no responsibility or any duty to protect any vehicle or its contents at any time the vehicle is operated or parked on the campus. No bailment is created by granting any parking or operating privileges regarding a vehicle on any property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the college. These regulations are in effect at all times on college property. Controlled parking areas include all parking lots on campus. Signs or pavement markings have been placed to designate these parking areas.
ARTICLE 1: AUTHORITY
SB 162 of the 60th Legislature now incorporated into the Texas Higher Education Code Subchapter E, paragraph 51.201-51.221.
ARTICLE 2: LAWS
State laws, city ordinances, and College rules and regulations (adopted by the Board of Trustees) are applicable and may be enforced on the College premises and referrals made to the appropriate court of jurisdiction.
ARTICLE 3: VEHICLE REGISTRATION
SECTION A - All vehicles, as defined by state law, operated on College premises must be registered with Kilgore College and the permit must be properly displayed.
SECTION B - Employees have ten (10) business days to register their vehicle upon commencement of employment or following the acquisition of a replacement vehicle if said vehicle will be operated on campus. Students have ten (10) business days - beginning on the first official class day of any semester - to register their vehicle.
SECTION C - The person who owns or registers a vehicle on campus is responsible for that vehicle and all parking violation citations issued thereto. If the person operating the vehicle is other than the registrant when the violation is committed, both the driver and the registrant may be cited.
SECTION D - The operation of motor vehicles on the premises of Kilgore College will be restricted to campus drives and parking lots unless special permission is granted by the Kilgore College Police Department for a specific purpose.
SECTION E - Citations received for any violation stated herein could result in the loss of parking privileges on the premises of Kilgore College unless the fines are paid within ten days, excluding holidays, weekends, and appeal processes.
SECTION F – Registration is for 12 continuous months, beginning on Sept. 1.
SECTION G- Vehicles may be registered during regular class registration at the registrant's respective campus. Employees, students, and visitors shall register their vehicles at either the police department on the Kilgore Campus or the police department on the Longview campus.
ARTICLE 4: TYPES OF PERMITS
SECTION A - Permits are issued to full-time and part-time faculty and staff members for their use exclusively. Permits are marked Employee (E). Employees may park in employee (E) and commuter (S) parking areas.
SECTION B - Permits are issued to Residence Life students and are marked Resident (R). The coloration of these permits changes on a yearly basis to reflect an academic year. These permits allow a driver to park in the residential lots (R) only.
SECTION C - Permits are issued to Commuter students and are marked Student (S). The coloration of these permits changes on a yearly basis to reflect an academic year.
SECTION D - Permits are issued to Authorized visitors and are marked Authorized (A). This permit allows a driver to park in employee (E), commuter (S), and resident (R) parking areas.
SECTION E - All of the above permits become void on the effective date of any status change of the individual if the new status is not eligible for the original-type permit issue.
SECTION F - Temporary parking permits are issued to campus visitors who temporarily utilize a vehicle not registered with Kilgore College.
SECTION G - Between the hours of 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., Student and Resident drivers may park in the Employee parking areas.
ARTICLE 5: VISITOR PERMITS
A visitor shall be defined as anyone who has no affiliation, association, or relationship with Kilgore College as a student, faculty member, or employee, or as determined by the Chief of Campus Police.
SECTION A - Visitors are required to register the motor vehicle that is to be operated on the premises of Kilgore College. Visitors must obey traffic and parking regulations as a condition of remaining on the premises of the College.
1. Visitor Permits: Temporary Visitor Permits are issued on a temporary basis and expire on the date and time indicated on the permit. The expiration date and time will be determined at the time of the permit's issuance.
SECTION B - Department heads may request visitor permits from the Campus Police Department of their respective campus and dispense the permits to the people involved in short-term visits to the College for events such as meetings and seminars. A list should be forwarded to the Campus Police showing the course, estimated number attending, and inclusive dates at least one week prior to the beginning of the short-term visit.
ARTICLE 6: REGISTRATION FEES
A student is allowed one parking permit at no cost. There is a $25.00 per permit charge for students who need additional permits. There is no charge for faculty and staff members who register a vehicle.
ARTICLE 7: DISPLAY OF PERMIT
SECTION A - The parking permit must be properly displayed at all times while the vehicle is on college-owned property. Parking permits must be clearly visible and cannot be obscured in any way.
SECTION B - The correct way to display a parking permit is by hanging the permit from the vehicle's rear view mirror, facing the front of the vehicle, clearly visible through the front windshield.
SECTION C - Motorbikes, motorcycles, and motor scooters will have the parking permit affixed to the vehicle's gas tank, front forks, or a location easily seen.
SECTION D - Parking permits may not be altered in any way.
ARTICLE 8: HANDICAPPED PARKING
Those persons permanently disabled and who are confined to wheelchairs, or who have severe paralytic issues, should seek the issuance of a handicapped parking placard or license plates with the assistance of a physician. Persons who have either a handicapped placard or license plates may park in any parking space designated for handicapped vehicle parking.
ARTICLE 9: PERMIT ASSIGNMENT AND ENFORCEMENT
Traffic and parking regulations are enforced whenever Kilgore College Police officers are present on campus and on duty. The purchase or issuance of a motor vehicle registration permit does not guarantee a parking space on the premises of Kilgore College, nor does the absence of a parking space or inclement weather constitute a valid justification for violation of traffic and parking regulations. The mere fact that citations are not issued for an offense does not indicate that the regulations have been modified excluding that offense.
ARTICLE 10: SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND EMERGENCIES
On special occasions and in emergencies, parking and traffic limitations may be imposed by an officer of the Kilgore College Police Department or an employee of the Kilgore College Physical Plant, as required by conditions that prevail.
ARTICLE 11: TRAFFIC AND PARKING VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES
The following are acts that constitute a violation of the traffic and parking regulations of Kilgore College and the fines that pertain to each:
PARKING is defined as "parking, stopping, or standing."
SECTION A - Regulations which are unique to this institution:
Failure to register a vehicle and display current permit
Improperly displaying a permit
Parking disregarding barricades, traffic cones, or traffic control devices
Parking in an area not specifically designated as a parking space, to include, but not limited to:
Lawn, grassy area, and turf
Sidewalks and/or crosswalks
No Parking Zones
Loading Zones (when not loading/unloading)
Blocking a drive/alley
Parking in Fire Lanes
Area not striped as a parking space
Transferring citation to another vehicle
Failure to remove citation
Parking/storing a non-operating vehicle
Parking/storing trailer or boat
Parked facing traffic flow
Parking in authorized or restricted area without appropriate permit
All violations under Section A are a fine of $35 each.
Parking in or blocking handicap space or ramp carries a fine of $200.
SECTION B - Registration enforced and not covered by this publication:
All other laws regulating traffic within the State of Texas as defined within the State Traffic Code.
All regulations embodied in the ordinance of the city in which the campus is located governing and regulating traffic.
NOTE: Violations of the above-listed Kilgore College Traffic and Parking Regulations which also constitute a violation of state law or city ordinance may be cited in the Justice of the Peace Court or Municipal Court located in the county having jurisdiction. A citation to court may be issued instead of a Kilgore College citation. In any event, persons receiving a citation shall comply with the instructions on the citation or with an officer’s lawful directions.
ARTICLE 12: PROCEDURES FOR RECIPIENTS OF CITATIONS
SECTION A - Students, faculty, staff members, and visitors receiving a Kilgore College Police parking citation have ten (10) business days from the date of issuance to pay the corresponding fine or request an appeal. Fines shall be paid at the Business Office (Cashier) of the respective campuses.
SECTION B - An appeal may be filed online using the KC Citation Online Appeal Form found at www.kilgore.edu/kcpd.
1. Appeal Process - If an appeal is submitted, an Appeal's Committee consisting of two (2) taff/faculty/administrators, two (2) students, and a chairperson selected from Administration. The Appeals Committee shall, under normal circumstances, be assembled once per month to hear appeals. The decision rendered by this Appeals Committee shall represent the final authority for traffic and parking violation grievances at Kilgore College.
SECTION C - Students with outstanding and overdue traffic and/or parking regulation violations are reported to the Vice President of Student Services, the Business Office, and the Admissions and Records Office. The citations must be paid in full as a condition of re-entry into academic study or to receive any permanent academic record.
SECTION D - Faculty and staff members with overdue traffic and/or parking regulation violations will be reported to the Director of Human Resources. Failure to pay fines by the following semester may result in the loss of driving and parking privileges on campus until the citations are paid in full.
SECTION E - The following conditions are enforced for those persons receiving multiple parking citations on a per-semester basis:
First offense: Fee based on violation (see Article 11).
Second offense: Fee based on violation (see Article 11).
Third offense: Fee based on violation (see Article 11), plus student referral to the Vice President of Student Development for possible disciplinary action.
Fourth offense: Fee based on violation (see Article 11), plus student referral to the Vice President of Student Development for possible
disciplinary action (to include possible suspension of the violator's driving privileges on campus).
5. Fifth offense:
Students: Fee based on violation (see Article 11), plus student referral to the Vice President of Student Development for possible disciplinary action and removal of the vehicle from the campus at the owner's expense.
Employees: Fee based on violation (see Article 11), plus referral to employee's supervisor and removal of the vehicle from the campus at the owner's expense.
Visitors: Fee based on violation (see Article 11), plus removal of the vehicle from the campus at the owner's expense.
ARTICLE 13: REMOVAL OF VEHICLES FROM THE COLLEGE PREMISES
SECTION A - The shift commander of the Kilgore College Police Department may have vehicles removed from the premises of the College at the owner's expense for the following reasons:
1. Five or more traffic rules and regulations violations per semester.
2. Displaying a lost or stolen permit on a vehicle.
3. Displaying an unauthorized permit on a vehicle.
4. Parking a vehicle on campus after driving/parking privileges have been denied.
5. Failure to display current valid license plates.
6. Parking, stopping, or standing in any Fire Lane.
7. Parking disregarding barricades or traffic cones erected by the Police Department or Physical Plant.
8. Parking on any lawn, sidewalk, or in any area that is restricted vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
9. The vehicle is endangering life or property (i.e. vehicle on fire, leaking fuel, etc.).
10. The vehicle is an obstruction to any emergency equipment.
11. The vehicle is blocking access to any building, loading zone, reserved area, barricades, or maintenance equipment.
12. A motor vehicle is parked in an area with "NO PARKING" signs or markings or an area not striped for parking.
13. Failure to obey the order of a Kilgore College Police officer.
14. Parking on a non-paved (grass or grounds) area.
15. A motor vehicle is parked in violation of the parking regulations and is blocking another vehicle to the point where the other vehicle is unable to move.
ARTICLE 14: BICYCLE REGULATIONS
SECTION A - Students, faculty, and staff members riding bicycles on the premises of Kilgore College are subject to all State laws pertaining to bicycles.
SECTION B - Additional Traffic and Parking regulations:
No bicycle will be ridden on sidewalks, walkways, lawn, or in any building, unless expressly approved for bicycle traffic by the Kilgore College Police Department.
Bicycles may not be tied, locked, or secured in any way to permanent fixtures, to include: a. Trees, shrubs b. Handrails c. Walk guardrails d. In or on any walkway
Bicycles secured to any permanent fixtures may be removed at the owner's expense.
Bicycles will not be taken into any building unless approved by both the Kilgore College Police Department and the department head in charge of the building.
Violators of the above regulations shall be identified and disciplinary actions will be taken. Necessary removal of a bicycle from the premises of Kilgore College shall be accomplished at the owner's expense.
ARTICLE 15: PEDESTRIAN REGULATIONS
SECTION A - Pedestrians on the premises of Kilgore College must not endanger their safety or constitute an unreasonable impediment to lawful vehicular traffic by crossing streets at other than authorized lanes or by willfully walking on or congregating in the streets.
SECTION B - Pedestrians will avoid walking across any area(s) not designated for pedestrian traffic.
ARTICLE 16: PARKING ZONE MARKINGS
SECTION A - All "No Parking" zones shall be marked with a sign or by yellow paint applied to the street or curb or both.
SECTION B - All "Fire Lanes" shall be marked with a sign or by red paint applied to the curb or street and stenciled "No Parking Fire Lane" or combination thereof.
SECTION C - All "Handicap" zones and parking spaces shall be marked with a handicap sign and have the curb marked with blue paint or handicap symbol or combination thereof.
SECTION 17: MOTORCYCLE PARKING
Areas are available in certain lots for motorcycle parking and motorcycles should park in these areas. Automobiles are prohibited from parking in designated motorcycle parking areas. Motorcycles may occupy automobile spaces if all motorcycle parking is full.