Appendix J: Motor Vehicle Regulations

Every residential and commuter student may have a motor vehicle (vehicle requiring a state license) at Hampden-Sydney College, provided it is properly registered with the Campus Police Department and is operated in accordance with existing College Regulations.


It is mandatory that your vehicle be registered each academic year with the Campus Police Department. When you register at matriculation or at the Campus Police Department in Gilkeson House, you will be issued a decal with a unique registration number. This decal must be displayed in the bottom right-hand corner of the rear window of your vehicle. It is a violation to fail to display your decal and you will be ticketed.  A student who brings a vehicle to campus after matriculation must register his vehicle within 48 hours after bringing it on campus. Failure to register your vehicle within this time limit is a violation of these Regulations.  

Parking Registration Fee

The parking registration fee is $260 for the entire academic year and applies at the beginning of the first semester to every student living on or off campus. Students must notify the Business Office, either at matriculation or by going by the office at the Cabell House before the start of classes, if they did not bring a vehicle on campus and they do not plan to bring a vehicle on campus during the semester or academic year.  No refund is made for any reason after the start of classes, even if a student elects not to bring his car back during the semester or academic year.

The second semester parking/registration fee is $130 for students who did not register a vehicle for the first semester, announce in advance that they need only one semester to complete their graduation requirements, participate in an approved off-campus study program, or attend second semester only.

Fines and Penalties

Violation of the Parking Regulations will result in a $25 fine for the first offense; $50 fine for the second offense; $75 fine for the third offense; and $100 fine for the fourth offense.  Also on the fourth violation, the vehicle will be immobilized and all fines outstanding must be paid prior to releasing the vehicle. A fifth parking violation is considered habitual and will result in a $250 fine; in addition, (i) the vehicle will be towed from campus at the violator's expense; (ii) the violator will not be allowed to operate a vehicle on campus for the remainder of the academic year; (iii) the violator's parents will be notified; (iv) and the Office of Dean of Students will be notified for additional action. If you wish to file for an appeal of a parking ticket, you must pay your fine first at the Business Office. If your appeal is granted, your fine will be refunded.

In addition, violations of Administrative Motor Vehicle Regulations (failure to register, failure or improper display of registration decal) will result in a $75 fine for each offense.

Immobilization (booting)

The Campus Police Department utilizes a "boot" to immobilize your vehicle for certain parking offenses. Motor vehicles are subject to being booted on the fourth parking violation (in addition to the $100 ticket). Motor vehicles are also subject to being booted (in addition to a $25 ticket) on the first violation in the following areas:

  • Areas marked by yellow curbs
  • Faculty/staff parking areas from 7:30 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday
  • Graham Hall Circle (Guest Parking) from 7:30 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday

If your motor vehicle is immobilized, you must pay the accompanying ticket or tickets before the immobilization device will be removed. Tickets can be paid in the Business Office from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. The Business Office will issue a receipt which must be presented at the Campus Police Department and an order will be issued for the removal of the immobilization device by the first available police officer at a time when this action does not conflict with other duties.

  • Unauthorized removal of an immobilization device is a larceny and will be prosecuted as such.
  • Intentional damaging of an immobilization device is vandalism and will be prosecuted as such.


  • Students are responsible for knowing parking regulations as described in The Key.
  • Students, faculty, staff, and guests are required to park in designated parking areas from 7:30 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.  Any vehicle may be parked in any parking area from 5 PM to 7:30 AM, Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays and Sundays (except during special events, in which case prohibited areas will be marked with temporary signs).
  • Added September 30, 2015, Campus Police
    If someone gets a parking ticket while using a student's car, that person should pay the fine.  However, the registered student is responsible for all tickets issued to a vehicle.  You must see that the person who borrowed your car reports the circumstances to the Department of Campus Police and pays the fine in the Business Office.  If the matter is not made clear and the fine is not paid, you will be billed, and it will go on your record.  If a boot is involved and the fine is not paid by the person who borrowed your car, you must pay the fine at the Business Office before the boot is removed by an officer.  If agreed upon between the two, the owner of the vehicle and the borrower of the vehicle may come to the Department of Campus Police to fill out a form that will put the ticket in the borrower's name and remove it from the record of the owner.
  • The College's parking area plan is in effect during the academic year as well as during examination periods, reading days, May term and throughout the summer.
  • Signs, curbs and pavement markings serve only as a reminder to students and to regulate the actions of guests. The absence of signs, curbs and pavement markings does not modify nor does it nullify any parking regulation stated in The Key.

Parking Areas

Parking areas on campus are designated by color. Motorists are authorized to park in their designated area, only.

  • Students Parking Areas - designated by red signs
  • Faculty & Staff Parking Areas - designated by blue signs and/or curbs
  • Guest Parking Areas - designated by white signs and/or curbs and pavement markings
  • Open Parking Areas - designated by blue/white/red signs
  • Short Term Parking Areas - designated by descriptive language sign

Student Parking Areas (RED)
A student must park in any designated student parking area regardless of his place of residence, on or off campus.  

Faculty and Staff Parking Areas (BLUE)
Faculty and staff must park in designated areas near their office buildings. Faculty and staff may park in any other faculty and staff parking area on campus, away from their office spaces, to conduct official College business in another office.   

Guest Parking (WHITE)
All of Graham Circle is reserved exclusively for guests from 7:30 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Students, faculty, and staff parking on Graham Circle from 7:30 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday, will have their vehicles immobilized and ticketed.  Guests may also park on the east side of College Road in the area designated one-hour parking and in all Open Parking Areas.  The parking lot at Crawley Forum and the lot at Kirby Field House are open for guest parking, although not specifically marked as such.  Guests* are those neither enrolled nor employed by the College who are on campus for a short period (less than one business day) on specific business or for a meeting or event.  This includes customers of the Post Office, College Store, Graham Hall coffee shop, and Tiger Inn. Guests are expected to obey all College Motor Vehicle Regulations and are subject to ticketing and/or towing. *This definition of a Guest is for purposes of the College parking plan. It does not change the official Hampden-Sydney College Visitor Policy.  

Open Parking Areas (BLUE/WHITE/RED)
The parking spaces along Atkinson Avenue adjacent to College Church are Open Parking Areas and are available to faculty/students/staff/guests. This is not for all-day parking; rather, it is designed for faculty or commuter students to attend a class and then leave or for those who have transitory business in one of the nearby administrative buildings and then leave. The Bortz parking lot, farthest from the back of the library, is an Open Parking Area available to faculty/students/staff/guests who are visiting the Library. This is not for all day parking.   

Short Term Parking Areas (hazard lights must be on)
Short Term Parking Areas are available on the west (fence) side of College Road south of Memorial Gate and on the east (Atkinson) side of College Road near Cabell House for faculty/staff/students/guests making brief visits to offices in the central campus. These spaces are clearly marked with descriptive signs. Those who park their vehicles in these spaces may visit or conduct business at the Post Office, College Store, Graham coffee shop, Business Office, and Atkinson Hall. Short Term Parking Areas allow vehicles to park up to 15 minutes or 1 hour. Vehicles in Short Term Parking Areas without hazard lights flashing are in violation of these Regulations.

No Parking At Any Time

Parking is prohibited in certain areas to promote pedestrian and vehicular safety and to enhance the aesthetics of the campus. These are the areas on campus where parking is prohibited:

  • On lawns or playing fields
  • On Via Sacra, except during designated special events.
  • On College Road, southbound.
  • The entire length of Athletic Center Drive from College Road at the main gate to the Kirby Field House parking lot. (Athletic Center Drive from Atkinson Avenue the Kirby Field House parking lot is designated student parking.)
  • The parking area between Crawley Forum and Hampden House
  • The semi-circular drive in front of Hampden House, which is reserved at all times for meeting and event parking.
  • The area adjacent to the Post Office loading dock. This is only for delivery vehicles or emergency, service or maintenance vehicles. College staff picking up and delivering mail from offices are authorized to use this area.
  • All designated Loading Zones.
  • On the driveway leading to Gilkerson House (Campus Police Department)
  • The service road/fire lane in front of Dickinson, Johnson and Cox Halls.
  • The area behind Johns Auditorium. This is only for delivery vehicles or emergency, service or maintenance vehicles.
  • On the concrete pad in front of Crawley Forum. This area is for loading and unloading.
  • College road during snow emergencies, when all student vehicles must be parked in student designated areas or off the roads until all State and College roads are clear.

Other Parking Guidelines

  • Special Events: During special events, parking may be allowed in areas where parking is normally prohibited. At those times, notification will be made by e-mail, signs will be posted or police personnel will direct you.
  • Disabled Vehicles: Student vehicles that become disabled when not parked in a student parking area must have a signed note of explanation on the vehicle with date and time. They must be moved within 24 hours or they will be considered illegally parked and will be subject to ticketing and towing at the owner's expense.  Students may request additional time from the Campus Police Department for extenuating circumstances.  Notify the Campus Police Department at x6164.
  • Motorcycles: Motorcycles should not be parked on the lawn, under porches or colonnades, or taken into residence halls or any other building. They should not be operated on walkways or on the lawn or fields. Motorcycles found in buildings will be confiscated by the Campus Police Department. 

Temporary Use Permit

For students who need to have a vehicle at the College for only a short time, the Campus Police Department will make available a temporary parking permit, free of charge. The time limit for this permit is two weeks and you must follow student parking regulations.  Students are allowed three permits per year, never in succession.  

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped parking spaces are available in designated areas.  Motor vehicles parked in handicapped spaces without a state handicapped or H-SC temporary medical parking permit will receive a parking ticket.  

When a student is unable for medical reasons to walk great distances, he should go to the Wellness Center where the medical staff can issue a temporary medical parking permit. This hanging tag, which must be properly displayed, will allow him to park in handicapped spaces, as well as any student, faculty, staff or guest parking spaces.   

Opening and Closing of School

On the days at the opening and closing of the first and second semesters and during breaks, vehicles are NOT to be driven or parked on any walkways, lawns, or grass areas at any time. Parking is prohibited near fire hydrants or in fire lanes.

Appeal Process

 In an effort to provide due process to the Parking Management Program, the College has established a parking ticket appeal process.  The Parking Appeals Committee will review the appeal form to determine if the ticket was issued in accordance with parking regulations as stated in The Key. The Committee does not adjust established fines or recommend alternative means of payment.

  • Filing an appeal: Once you have paid your fine for a parking ticket, you may file an appeal.  Appeals must be filed within 10 days of the ticket's issue. Appeal forms are available in the Campus Police Department or use the online Parking Ticket Appeal Form
  • Review of your appeal: Your completed appeal form will be reviewed by the Parking Appeals Committee. They will notify you of their decision. If your appeal is granted by the Committee, you will be reimbursed for your fine.