Specific College regulations, in addition to state and local traffic laws, apply to all persons operating a motor vehicle at the College.
Any operation of a motor vehicle that endangers the safety and well-being of people or property will not be tolerated on Colby property. Any violation of Maine’s motor vehicle laws involving alcohol will be reported to the police department. Additionally, students driving in this manner are subject to disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion.
The parking control program is intended to maintain a reasonable measure of parking control on campus to ensure safety and security for all members of the Colby community, to keep fire lanes clear at all times, and to provide for a neat and attractive campus by forbidding parking on the sides of roads, on walks, and on lawns. All campus roadways are considered fire lanes unless otherwise posted.
Colby security officers will monitor parking lots frequently. Only those officers have the authority to enforce College parking regulations. They will issue tickets for the following violations:
- Parking in a handicapped zone
- Parking off pavement
- Not observing night parking procedures
- Parking in a fire lane
- Blocking traffic
- Exceeding posted 10-mph zone
- Parking on a walkway
- Unauthorized use of designated space
- Lack of a parking permit
- Parking in a loading zone
- Parking in a no-parking zone
- Reckless driving
- Other violations
Each ticket is a $25 fine, and each person can accumulate no more than five violations per academic year. Parking privileges will be revoked after this point and further disciplinary action may be taken including fines for “failure to comply.” Any violation may result in towing. The cost of towing must be paid by the vehicle owner and is determined by the towing agent.
All tickets either must be paid or appealed within 10 days. After 10 days the right to appeal is forfeited. Fines are to be paid to the cashier in the Business Office. Appeal forms and procedures are available through the Department of Security in Roberts Building. If a ticket is not paid within 10 days, the Business Office will proceed to collect the delinquent bill through approved channels.
Students are responsible for all tickets and fines to their vehicles regardless of who used or parked the vehicle.
All vehicles that park in any Colby parking lot must have a “Campus Parking Control” permit or an approved visitor’s or temporary permit. All permits are free through the Department of Security. Any vehicle parked at Colby without such a permit may be towed at the owner’s expense. Permits may be picked up at the Security Office.
All commuter and resident students are given red parking permit stickers. Faculty and staff are given blue parking permit stickers. All parking permits must be displayed as designated by the Department of Security. The student lots on campus are across from Coburn and Woodman on Mayflower Hill Drive, the four lots west of the Hillside complex, and the Roberts Building lot. Curbs painted gray indicate no-parking areas, from which parked cars may be towed.
Vehicles parked in such a way as to impede fire trucks or other safety apparatus will be towed at the expense of the owner.
Motorcycles and mopeds may not be placed or stored in or under residential or academic buildings.
The student in whose name a vehicle is registered will be responsible for any liability or damage claims arising in connection with the possession or operation of the motor vehicle. Colby is not responsible for any thefts or damage that may occur to an automobile while it is parked on campus. Security officers do their best to watch for suspicious activities in the parking facilities, so students should not be annoyed if a security officer questions them for wandering around a parking lot looking for their car. There are a few things that students can do to prevent problems or aid in rectifying them:
- Always lock your car.
- Keep a spare set of keys in a secure place away from the car.
- Report parking violations to the Department of Security.
- Report all accidents and thefts to the Department of Security.
- Be sure car stereos are locked in the car and do not leave valuables in the car.
- Call the Department of Security about bad ice spots or other physical problems.
- Keep speed under 15 miles per hour around campus. Speeding could result in disciplinary action at the College including suspension and/or referral to local authorities.
Vehicles will be towed if they are blocking fire lanes, are parked illegally in a handicapped zone, or if the driver has accumulated multiple tickets and/or other violations. All towing fees are set and administered by the towing agent. Towing agents may also impose a storage fee on vehicles removed from campus and not claimed within 24 hours. This is an additional charge. All towing and storage fees are the responsibility of the vehicle owner.
Because of the potential for severe weather conditions and snow accumulations there is a winter parking ban in effect on the Colby campus from November 15 to April 1. This means overnight parking is not allowed on any roadways or in faculty/staff parking lots. At midnight, all vehicles must be parked in designated student parking lots only. This ban is in effect during all weeknights, weekends, holidays, and vacations throughout the winter parking ban period. All violators will be towed away at their own expense.