Motor Vehicles

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).
  • 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.