Parking & Motor Vehicle Regulations

Parking Regulations

The campus parking regulations for 2017-18 are outlined on the pages of this Web site for your information and future reference. Each member of the Hartwick community should be aware of the regulations, as they are enforced to keep the campus safe and accessible to students, visitors, faculty, and staff.

First-Year Student Parking Policy

Hartwick College first-year students are not eligible to bring their motor vehicle to campus during their first academic year on campus. This includes students who have enough credits to be considered sophomores at any time during their first academic year.

Rationale

An initiative of Hartwick College’s strategic plan is to create a more pedestrian-friendly, residential campus. This, together with the construction of a new residential hall, has significantly reduced the number of available parking spots.

Reducing the number of motor vehicles on campus, strengthening the variety and number of activities available to students, and offering alternative methods of transportation are some of the approaches identified to address this initiative.

Limiting parking privileges to upperclassmen and non-traditional or commuter students affords residential first year students with more opportunities to focus on academics and integrate themselves into the campus community by encouraging them to take full advantage of the on-campus activities designed with their needs and interests in mind.

Alternative Transportation

A number of options exist for first year students and other students without cars on campus. Hartwick College’s location is ideal for walking, bike riding and the use of Oneonta Public Transportation (OPT).

  • Buses – Oneonta Public Transportation (OPT) buses travel throughout the City of Oneonta, including the stores, restaurants, bowling alley and movie theater on Oneonta’s Southside. Hartwick students can use OPT within the City of Oneonta free of charge at any time by showing their WickIt Card (College ID). The bus stop is just off campus on Center St and Church St. More information about OPT can be found here: http://www.optrides.com/ 

First Year Student Parking Policy Frequently Asked Questions

Why are first-year students unable to bring cars on campus?
First-year residential students live in residence halls with meal plans, and on-campus employment options are readily available. First-year students are supported by a wide array of activities in their residence halls and elsewhere on campus. We want you to stay on campus so you can become a vital and enthusiastic part of the campus community and benefit from all that the College has to offer. National research indicates that resident college first year students who have cars on campus have lower GPAs in their first year than those who do not have cars. They are also less involved than students without cars, as indicated by the number of clubs and organizations that they join.

If I come in with enough credits to be classified as a sophomore, will I be able to bring a car?
No. This policy has nothing to do with credit hours earned, but rather has to do with “first-year” admission status. For parking purposes, a first-year is defined as a student who is in their first year of college regardless of any incoming advanced credits. 

Is obtaining an off-campus job or internship, or participating in community-based service learning opportunity grounds for an appeal? 
No, however, there are a variety of internships on campus and accessible by public transportation.  The Center for Professional, Service and Global Education (PSGE) is a great resource for students who are looking for internships. Stop by the PSGE Center to learn about searching for internships in WICKworks, the online internship database, and to get tips for applying for off-campus part-time jobs.

If students choose to work during their first-year, the College encourages students to work on-campus or obtain a job close to campus. Visit the Work Study Job Board for a list of available on campus positions.

Can I bring a car anyway and park it somewhere else?
We ask that students comply with the spirit of this policy by not bringing cars to campus with the expectation that they can be parked on the streets or in public areas off campus. Since Hartwick College is located in a residential area, there is very limited parking available off-campus. Most public parking garages and lots are at least a 15-minute walk from campus, and most do not allow 24-hr parking.

I’m a first-year student, but I plan to live off campus with my family and commute. Can I park my car on campus?
Yes. A commuter student is exempt from this policy and should park in designated commuter parking spots using their commuter parking tag.

Will medical exceptions be considered?
Yes, see below for more information about Medical Parking Waiver Exceptions.

Will any exceptions other than medical be considered?
On a limited, case-by-case basis, first-year students who require a vehicle for off-campus participation in their major/academic program, such as Nursing, may be considered. Only extreme cases where no other possible means of transportation exists will receive consideration.

What if I have guests visit me?
Visitors are required to obtain a visitor parking pass at the Campus Safety Office, Dewar Union 3rd floor, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or when visiting overnight. Visitors may park in designated areas in either Upper Binder Lot or Lower Yager Lot only.

Are exemptions to this policy granted?
Although infrequent, an exemption may be made on a case by case basis,  The following link contains information about applying for a waiver: First Year Student Waiver Request Form

Illegally Parked or Operated Vehicles

To ensure accessibility and safety, there is a zero-tolerance policy concerning illegally parked or operated vehicles. This means that all such vehicles will be ticketed. Anyone receiving six tickets in the course of an academic year, whether paid or unpaid, will lose their on-campus driving and parking privileges for the remainder of that academic year.

Lost Parking Privileges

Owners of vehicles who have lost their parking privileges and who illegally bring a vehicle onto campus will be ticketed and the vehicle towed.

Parking Decals for Student Vehicle Registration

Upper-class students are allowed to register a vehicle on campus. First year students are not allowed a vehicle on campus.

There will be a $50 registration fee for all students. Please reference the following link for pre-registering vehicle information: 

2017-2018 Student Vehicle Registration Form

Students, faculty, and staff vehicles must have a current parking decal properly displayed on the vehicle in order to legally park on campus

  • Student decals dated 2017-18
  • Faculty/Staff (including Aramark) decals dated 2016-18

Faculty/staff decals cost $50 for a three-year period. Please reference the following link for pre-registering vehicle information: Staff/Faculty Vehicle Registration Form (pdf document).

Decals may be obtained at the Office of Campus Safety with proper ID and the vehicle registration presented during normal business hours.

Some faculty or staff may qualify for a waiver or reduction in the parking fee. These are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Visitors and Admissions Parking

The parking spaces behind Bresee and Clark are designated Visitor & Admissions Parking. These spaces are intended for visitors to our campus or the Admissions Office. Members of the College community (faculty/staff/students) are not permitted to park in these spaces from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Appeal Process

Hartwick College has an appeal process to contest parking violations. An appeal must be submitted to Campus Safety via an online Vehicle Violation Appeal Form. Requests must be submitted within five business days from violation date to be deemed valid for review.

Commuter Parking

Commuter students my park in Miller Court Lot(across from Elmore Field), Upper Binder, Lower Yager and in the General Lot between the Johnstone Greenhouse and New Residence Hall.  Commuter students may not park in lots designated for residential students.

Loading Zone Behind Clark Hall

No parking is permitted in the designated truck delivery spaces behind Clark Hall closest to Shineman Chapel.

Where Can Students Park?

Students may park properly registered vehicles…

  • Residential students (those who live in on-campus housing) may park in any lot designated for residential students. These lots will be color-coded with a red sign.
  • Commuter/off campus students may park in Miller Court Lot(across from Elmore Field), Upper Binder, Lower Yager and in the General Lot between the Johnstone Greenhouse and New residence Hall. Commuter students may not park in lots designated for residential students.
  • Visitors may park in the visitor’s lot behind Bresee/Clark Halls, the Miller Court Lot (across from Elmore Field) or Upper Binder Lot.
  • Employees may park in all lots designated Faculty/Staff or General Parking.

Towing Vehicles

The College reserves the right to remove by towing, at the owner’s expense, any vehicle that is not registered or that is parked in violation of campus parking regulations. This includes vehicles parked on campus lawns or grass areas, as well as any vehicle parked in fire lane areas or blocking exits. This also includes any and all vehicles that have received a total of six traffic violations during the full academic year. This applies to the total number of paid and unpaid violations received per vehicle and/or operator. All persons shall be prohibited from leaving unattended vehicles on any campus roadway or drive at any time. These vehicles will be towed.

When a tow truck is called, regardless of whether it is present or not, the vehicle operator will be held responsible for compensating the tow truck driver. When a tow truck is called, regardless of whether it completes the tow or not, the registered vehicle owner will be held responsible for the towing charge.

Employee Parking Fee Reduction Request

Who is Eligible:

Reductions/waivers in the parking fee are considered on a case-by-case basis. Following are groups who may qualify for a reduction:

  • Individuals whose employment is scheduled for one year or shorter, such as adjunct faculty and assistant coaches.
  • Departing employees: If an employee plans to leave the College (they have submitted a resignation) within six months of the date they need to purchase a new decal, they are eligible for a waiver. If it is up to 1 year, they are eligible for a reduction.
  • New employees: If an employee is hired within six months of the expiration date of the current parking decal (example: hired September 2016, decal expires December 31, 2016) they are eligible for a waiver for the remainder of the current vehicle registration period; if hired within one year, they are eligible for a reduction.

Process to Obtain a Reduction/Waiver:

If a College employee believes he/she is eligible for a Parking Fee reduction/waiver, he/she should contact their Divisional Vice President and request a reduction/waiver.

The appropriate Vice President will consider the request and, if approved, will issue a signed Parking Fee Reduction/Waiver form to the employee.

If a Reduction is approved, the employee shall forward the signed form, together with the reduced fee and other necessary documents as described on the Staff/Faculty Vehicle Registration Form, to the Cashier’s Office, Bresee Hall where a receipt will be issued. All documents are then forwarded to the Campus Safety Parking Services Office for issuance of the parking decal.

If a Waiver is approved, the employee shall forward the signed form, together with other necessary documents as described on the Staff/Faculty Vehicle Registration Form, to the Campus Safety Parking Services Office for issuance of the parking decal.

Refunds:
Refunds of parking fees will not be considered or approved.

Motor Vehicles Regulations (including Operating Regulations)

The Campus-Wide Speed Limit is 15 MPH
  • The Office of Campus Safety is charged with all campus parking and traffic control. Traffic regulations apply to all persons using Hartwick College facilities. All vehicles must be registered with the campus safety office and have a current valid state registration decal properly displayed at all times. Decals are available at the Office of Campus Safety.
  • Operators wishing to register a vehicle must present a valid license, current registration, and college ID to Campus Safety.
  • All vehicles must be registered in the state of the license issuance. The individual in whose name the vehicle has been registered will be responsible for all violations of said vehicle.
  • No unregistered motor vehicles are permitted on Hartwick College property, including, but not limited to, snowmobiles, ATVs, etc.
  • In emergency or other special situations, the Director of Campus Safety shall have the right to implement different regulations depending on the circumstances. Information will be disseminated via email or other means of communications. In the event that the City of Oneonta declares a snow emergency, individuals who have lost their parking privileges may park on campus, but only in the lower Yager or Upper Binder lots. They must remove their vehicles when the emergency is over.
  • All motor vehicle operators must possess a valid state license. The operator of a motor vehicle on the Hartwick College campus must possess her or his license at all times when operating any motor vehicle. Failure to present a valid state license to any safety officer upon request may result in issuance of a summons for unlicensed operation.
  • All students, employees, and visitors shall adhere to all signs on the campus and comply with the directives of campus safety officers at all times. At the request of the campus safety officer, a student or employee shall present her or his College identification card, driver’s license, vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance identification card. The campus safety officer may, at her or his discretion, retain the identification and submit the same to the Office of Campus Safety.
  • Only authorized College-owned vehicles are permitted on the Table Rock/Strawberry Field areas. All others will be ticketed and towed away at the owner’s expense.
  • The Director of Campus Safety or his/her designee shall have the authority at all times and particularly in situations involving unusual crowds, snow removal, building construction, or emergencies on the campus, to park and route traffic as seems best to meet the situation. In these circumstances, the Director of Campus Safety or designee shall have the authority to decide and publicize by appropriate notices, signs for directions and regulations as deemed necessary to regulate traffic control.
  • No persons shall alter, deface, move, obstruct, or interfere with any traffic or control sign on the campus.
  • All guests of Hartwick College students shall conform to these regulations. It is the responsibility of any person with a guest to have them register their vehicle with the Office of Campus Safety, or dispatch desk after normal business hours, and display a guest pass on their vehicle. Hosts are responsible for any parking violations of their guests.
  • Under the College’s Vehicle Use Policy, all employees, students, and volunteers are required to complete a driver authorization form prior to driving a college vehicle OR a personally-owned or rental vehicle on college business or for a college related activity. Once driver authorization is granted, drivers must sign the Vehicle Use Policy and return it to the Dispatch Desk Dewar Union.

Motor Vehicle Operating Regulations

  • All vehicles shall be operated in compliance with the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law, and ordinances of the City of Oneonta in addition to Hartwick regulations.
  • All vehicles will be operated at a speed reasonable and prudent under existing conditions. MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT OF 15 MPH WILL NOT BE EXCEEDED ANYWHERE ON CAMPUS.
  • At all times, operators of vehicles on the campus will yield the right of way to pedestrian traffic.
  • Any and all accidents involving a motor vehicle on campus must be reported to Campus Safety immediately at 607-431-4111.
  • Hartwick College will not be held liable for any theft or damage to cars parked or being driven on the campus, unless the damage resulted from the negligence of a College employee operating College-owned equipment, moving College-owned property, or operating a College-owned vehicle, or an accident involving a College employee operating a College-owned vehicle. In the instance of damage resulting from an action of a College employee as noted, an incident report should be filed by either the employee or vehicle owner immediately with the Office of Campus Safety.
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