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Parking permits for students and employees for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available for purchase. You will need your vehicle license plate information to obtain a permit as well as make, model and year of your vehicle.
- Students - Please see your Carroll email account for directions on how to log in with your Carroll ID number to purchase a permit. Once your permit is purchased, permits will be available to pick up during the Thursday, Aug 18th, and Friday, Aug 19st, of New Student Orientationin the O'Connell Hall lobby OR during the first week of classes in the Student Life Office (O'Connell 208).
- Employees - Please see your Carroll email account for directions on how to log in with your Carroll ID number to obtain your permit. Permits will be available to pick up after Monday, August 15th and through Friday, Aug 26th in the Student Life Office (O'Connell Hall 208).
Vehicle Use and Parking Regulations
These regulations are designed to foster the responsible and safe use of vehicles and parking lots at Carroll College. Students and employees are expected to familiarize themselves with all vehicle use and parking regulations. As parking on campus is a privilege and not a right, failure to comply with Carroll vehicle use and parking regulations may result in fines, towing, wheel-locking, or denial of parking privileges. Carroll College assumes no responsibility for any vehicle or its contents while operated or parked on campus. Carroll College has a limited number of parking spaces available on college property for students and employees.
Important Reminders for 2016-2017:
- There are a limited number of “A” permits available for residential students that are 24-hour a day reserved parking spaces. You must live in that area to be eligible to purchase one, and they are first-come, first-serve until they are gone.
- “B” lots, Faculty/Staff lots, Reserved spaces (other than those marked 24-hours), and the Pay Lot are monitored from 7am to 5pm on the weekdays.
- The parking lot down by the PE Center, which has over 200 spaces, does not require a campus permit and is a great option for free parking for students, faculty and staff who do not wish to purchase a permit.
- Please note that the speed limit on all campus roads is 15 mph. Vehicles reported for speeding will be ticketed.
- If you are stopping somewhere to load/unload a vehicle (less than 15 minutes) please use your hazard lights to indicate you are just stopping by and you will not be ticketed, regardless of the lot, as long as you are not in a fire lane or a handicap spot.
- People who have a reserved space (either an “A” permit or a Faculty/Staff named space) are not allowed to park in other spaces during the day, as they are then taking up 2 parking spaces. Vehicles found in violation will be ticketed.
- We understand that not everyone who comes to campus will have a pass. Visitors may park in the Pay Lot from 7am to 5pm Monday-Friday. After hours, visitors may park in any lot except for “A” lots. For special circumstances, anyone who needs a visitor pass, or a one-time use pass for those who normally commute by other means may come talk to Student Life for a pass or option that will meet their needs.
All motorized vehicles on the Carroll College campus are required to have a parking pass (this includes all vehicles, motorcycles, scooters, etc.)
There are several options of parking on the Carroll campus:
- “A” lots (Trinity, Guadalupe, St. Charles, Campus Apartment lots) – passes for these lots cost a little more that our other parking passes, but are allocated on a 1:1 ratio with the number of spaces to help accommodate our on-campus residents who want to ensure they always have a spot to park close to where they live. These spaces are reserved 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK for those who hold passes in their specific A lot. A permits are offered at the beginning of each academic year to residents who live on campus, and then to other students on a first-come, first-serve basis until they are sold out.
- "Faculty/Staff" lots, or "F/S" lots – passes for these lots are only allocated to the faculty and staff members of Carroll College. Tenured faculty or administrators at Director-level or above have reserved spaces, and, unless marked as reserved 24 hours, the rest of the F/S parking is open to anyone with a F/S parking pass from 7:00am-5:30pm, Monday through Friday. (Those with F/S parking passes may park in B parking spaces if F/S lots are full)
- "B" lots – passes for B lots are for commuter students, and is not guaranteed. If all B lot spaces are taken, overflow parking may be found in the PE Complex or on city streets. THOSE WITH “B” PARKING PERMITS MAY NOT PARK IN “A” LOTS AT ANY TIME!
- Pay Lot – there is a Pay Lot located on the southwest corner of campus for visitors or overflow parking. Anyone parking in this lot, even with a current Carroll parking permit, must pay for parking (.25 per hour).
- Free Lot – for students who don’t want to pay for parking, Carroll does offer free parking on campus in the PE Complex parking lot at the northwest corner of campus. This parking lot is less than 10 minutes from anywhere on campus, and can be a good option for those that don’t drive often, or don’t want to pay for premium parking closer to buildings. Even if you plan to use the Free Lot for parking, we request you still register your vehicle with student life, in case we need to contact you about moving your vehicle for special events. During football season, it is required that all vehicles be moved out the lot during home games or the vehicle will be subject to being towed. THIS IS THE ONLY FREE PARKING ON CAMPUS FOR FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS.
Registration of Vehicles
All students and employees must register any motor vehicle to be used on campus by purchasing a parking permit for the vehicle. Students, faculty and staff are expected to reserve/purchase their parking permit online at the beginning of each academic year. Registration is not considered complete until the rear view mirror hanger is in place. The parking permit ceases to be valid when a student/employee is no longer enrolled/employed at Carroll College.
Use of Vehicle
- All state laws, city ordinances and college regulations will be enforced on all Carroll College property.
- The speed limit on campus streets or parking lots is 15 mph.
- Vehicles are restricted to designated roadways. Vehicles driven on any grassed area on campus will be cited for reckless driving and subject to fines and restitution.
- Motor bikes, motorized cars and bicycles must be operated in a responsible manner on campus streets or parking lots. No wheeled vehicles are to be driven on any grassed area on campus with the exception of emergency vehicles, Facilities vehicles and the cart used by Athletic Training.
Parking of Vehicle
- Vehicles must be parked in a designated parking spot, marked with white lines and/or a parking pylon made out of cement or wood (St. Charles "B" gravel lot).
- Vehicles must be parked in such a way that they do not occupy more than one space. Violators will be ticketed.
- Vehicles must not be parked in fire lanes, crosswalks, handicapped parking slots, or in areas marked with yellow curbing. The college reserves the right to assess fines, use a wheel lock, or tow and impound vehicles at the owner’s risk and expense.
- Vehicles that are parked in an unloading zone must have their hazard lights on and are limited to 15 minutes.
- Vehicles may only park in a service drive if the vehicle is a service vehicle or Facilities vehicle.
- Parking for motorbikes must be in automobile parking slots. Parking for bicycles is limited to designated areas.
- Parking spaces for large trucks, camper trailers and pickup campers that extend beyond the dimensions of the vehicle are provided only in the north lot of the PE Center on a temporary basis no longer than one week.
- Any vehicle parked so as to constitute a hazard or interfere with college operations may be towed away and impounded at the owner’s risk and expense.
- At the end of each semester and at the conclusion of the summer session, all student vehicles must be moved to designated break parking or the vehicle will be considered abandoned. The vehicle will be towed and impounded at the owner’s risk and expense.
- Campus drive from the Fortin Science Center to the Corette Library (on Learning Street), the Corette Library Parking Lot, and the B spaces on Hunthausen are available for daytime parking only (with a permit) from 7am-Midnight.
Night and Weekend and Visitor Parking
All vehicles may park in any Faculty Staff lot or B lot from 5:00pm-7:00am on weekdays, or anytime on holidays or weekends without a permit (with the exception of the B parking on Learning Street which is restricted form Midnight-7am every day due to safety reasons).
Visitors to our campus may utilize one of the visitor spots around O’Connell Hall, or may secure a visitor’s pass in the Student Life Office, O’Connell Hall 208 for other parking on campus. Visitors may also utilize the Pay Lot during the weekdays, 7:00am-5:00pm, at their convenience.
Students and employees may be requested to remove their vehicles from designated parking to provide special event parking on campus. For example, event parking is offered for home football games and all vehicles must be cleared from the north, northeast and south PE Center parking lots by posted times on Friday prior to a home game. Event parking may also be requested for the Campus Center parking lot. Failure to remove a vehicle for event parking will result in the vehicle being towed and impounded at the owner’s risk and expense.
Q. I have a B permit, but sometimes I can’t find a parking spot when I come to school. Where can I park?
A. If you can’t find a spot in a B lot, then you will have to park down in the PE Complex Free Lot, or on a city street, unless you prefer to pay to park in the Pay Lot at your convenience. If you are coming to school at a “busy” time of day, such as around 10am, you may need to plan to park in an alternative location.
Q. Can I park in a reserved spot if it is not currently assigned to a faculty or staff member?
A. Only those with F/S parking permits are allowed to park in any Faculty or Staff parking spots, including those reserved for tenured faculty or administrators. If a spot is not currently assigned to a specific faculty or staff member, it is still considered F/S parking.
Q. What if I am injured or sick and need to park closer to my classes temporarily?
A. Any special circumstances should be directed to the Student Life Office in O’Connell 208, or (406) 447-5457 where we will work with you to accommodate any special needs.
Paying for Parking Permits
We now take credit cards online only for parking permits, but are still only able to accept cash or checks and they are not available over the phone (you must register online regardless of payment method). License plate number, year, make, model and color of vehicle, and contact phone are required to purchase the permit. Purchase a permit online.
You will also need to visit this website for appealing any citations. As noted on the citations, you have 10 days from the day the citation was issued to appeal the citation.
All parking rules and regulations are available in the student handbooks you will soon be receiving. The handbook is also posted online on the Student Life page. Please see the Student Life Office if you have any questions on parking.
Vehicle Parking Violations
Violation of Carroll vehicle use and parking regulations may result in fines, wheel-locking, or towing and impounding the vehicle at the owner’s risk and expense, and disciplinary action.
To support responsible use of a vehicle and campus parking, the first five vehicle or parking fines during an academic year will be issued at the posted amount. The 6th ticket and above during the academic year will be issued at the amount of $50 per ticket. Excessive parking tickets (10 ) may result in the loss of parking privileges on campus for the remainder of the academic year and possibly permanent loss of parking privileges. The posted amounts for the first 5 tickets issued during an academic year are:
Offense - Minimum Amount
- Illegal Parking (Incorrect lot) - $20.00
- Failure to Display Parking Permit - $20.00
- DMV Check to Identify Vehicle - $25.00
- Failure to Register Vehicle - $30.00
- Driving/Parking on Sidewalks/Grass - $35.00 plus damages
- Reckless Driving - $50.00 and up
- Falsifying or Altering Permit - $50.00
- Wheel Lock Removal or Towing - $50.00
- Any Ticket After 5th Ticket - $50.00
- Emergency Fire Lanes $50.00
- Handicapped Parking $100.00 plus any fees assessed by the City of Helena
- Blocking Emergency Vehicles $200.00 plus any fees assessed by the City of Helena
Fines are to be paid online within 10 business days of the time the ticket is issued or the fine will be charged to the student account. In addition to being fined, employees may be subject to discipline for violation of these regulations up to and including termination. Parking ticket appeals must be submitted in writing to the Student Life Office within 10 business days of the time the ticket is issued and will be reviewed by the Director of Community Living.
Minimum fines assessed may be increased or additional disciplinary action may be imposed by the Director of Community Living depending on the severity of the situation.
Parking in faculty and administrator reserved parking spaces is limited to those vehicles assigned to those parking spaces. Students are not allowed to park in areas reserved for employees. Vehicles registered to students that are parked in employee lots will be ticketed and may be towed and impounded at the owner’s risk and expense.
Loading and Unloading
Vehicles that are temporarily parked next to a building in order to unload a vehicle must use their hazard lights or the vehicle will be ticketed.