University of Houston-Victoria
Policies

Campus Parking and Traffic Policy

Section: General Index: A-19

POLICY

The University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) has established this policy and associated procedures for the safety and security of the campus community as well as to manage limited parking resources for the benefit of all. All laws regulating traffic apply to the operation of vehicles within the property of the university. All university faculty and staff shall register their vehicles and properly display a valid parking permit. Students are authorized to park in any unreserved space without a permit. This includes any unreserved space on either UHV or The Victoria College parking lots. At the UHV campus, students may also park in certain reserved spaces when those spaces are not reserved.

Parking at the UHV campus is shared with The Victoria College. Parking and traffic regulations are enforced by UHPD Campus Police and Security (Campus Police) and The Victoria College Campus Police and Security who randomly patrol campus parking lots. Citations will result in various Sanctions and Penalties, including warnings, fines, towing and financial stops on student accounts. Review the Common Parking and Traffic Violations section for more information on common violation, which may warrant a citation.

It is unlawful for any person to park a vehicle on an institution of higher education except in a manner designed by the institution and in the spaces marked (51.205, Texas Education Code). Additionally, the university has authority to bar or suspend driving or parking privileges for rule violations (Section 51.207, Texas Education Code).

This policy establishes procedures specifically for the campus and student housing in Victoria. University employees and students conducting business at other off-campus sites, including The Victoria College and UHV-Katy are expected to comply with any parking and traffic policies at those locations.

  

PROCEDURE

Administration

Parking and traffic control on the UHV campus is administered through the Campus Police, Jaguar Hall, Room 1122.

Parking related inquiries at The Victoria College should be directed to College Central by calling (361) 485-6840.

 

Damages or Loss to Vehicles

The University of Houston-Victoria will make a reasonable effort to protect vehicles parked on the UHV campus by providing random security patrols of the parking lots. The university does not assume responsibility nor carry any insurance for damages or losses to vehicles or personal property. In the event of a theft or accident, drivers are strongly encouraged to immediately file a police report with Campus Police or the City of Victoria Police Department and to report the incident to Campus Security, (361) 570-4357 or email securityofficer@uhv.edu.

 

Where to Park on the UHV Campus

Please refer to the Campus Map for the location of UHV and VC parking lots.

 

Students

  • May park in any unreserved space on either the UHV or the Victoria College campuses.
  • May park in “white curb” reserved spaces ONLY if the space is clearly marked as being unreserved for portions of each day and the student is parking during the unreserved time. (Example: Parking in reserved space at 6:30 p.m. is allowed when space indicates reserved parking from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).
  • Are responsible for adhering to A-19, Campus Parking and Traffic Policy regulation.
  • Failure to have knowledge of the regulations will not be considered a valid appeal for a vehicle violation.

 

UHV Employees

  • With valid parking permits may park in any “white curb” employee reserved spaces in any UHV lot, including Parking Lot Q, T, and U.
  • May park in the shared UHV/VC parking lot “S” directly north of the University West building.
  • May park in any Victoria College or UHV student parking space. Whenever possible, employees should attempt to park in the UHV reserved spaces set aside for that purpose.
  • Employees are not permitted to park in any of the Victoria College reserved spaces with the exception of UHV/VC Library employees.

 

Officials from other UHS Components

  • Parking permits from other University of Houston components will be honored. UHS component visitors may park in any UHV reserved space, provided the vehicle is displaying a valid parking permit from the other UHS component.
  • May park in parking lot “T”, Special Events Parking, without a permit with the exception of reserved spaces.

 

UH Alumni or Students from other UHS Components

UH alumni or students from other UHS components may park in the following areas:

  • Parking Lot "T", Special Events Parking without a parking permit with the exception of reserved spaces

 

Campus Visitors

A campus visitor is defined as an individual who is not a student or employee of UHV or VC. Visitors include prospective students, guests, and persons from other UHS components, vendors and the general public. Visitors may park in the following areas:

  • Parking Lot "T", Special Events Parking without a parking permit with the exception of reserved spaces

 

Permits

University faculty and staff must register their vehicles and properly display a valid parking permit. Students, with the exception of those living in student housing, are not required to register their vehicles or display a permit. Vehicles are not considered registered until parking permits are properly displayed. A parking permit does not guarantee a parking space but allows an individual to park if space is available.

Before a permit is issued, employees will be required to:

  • Clear any outstanding parking/traffic fines
  • Provide license plate number and year/model/make and color of each vehicle for identification purposes.

To request a permit, with the exception of residence hall parking permits, apply online by using the Parking Permit Application form or request a permit in person in the Department of Business Services, University West building, Suite 107C.

 

Permit Placement

It is the permit holder's responsibility to display parking permits properly at all times while parked on campus.

Faculty and staff employee permits may be displayed in any of the following locations:

  • Hung from the rear view mirror with the permit number facing the windshield and clearly visible from the outside of the vehicle.
  • Applied to the rear bumper or to the back window glass on either the passenger or driver’s side.
  • Permits are required for non-motorized vehicles, motorcycles or scooters and must be clearly visible.

Student housing parking permits are to be displayed in the upper left portion of the rear windshield.

Student housing parking permit placement instruction will also be provided within the parking/traffic rules that accompany the permit.

 

Types of Permits Issued

Types of permits include:

  • Employee Parking PermitIssued only to UHV permanent employees including staff, faculty and adjunct faculty, unless noted otherwise below.
  • Student Housing Parking Permit – Issued to UHV students who are residing at a residence hall. Residence hall student parking permits are issued through the Department of Business Services, University West building, Suite 107C.
  • Temporary Parking Permit – Temporary parking permits may be issued to:
  1. Temporary employees, either on payroll or hired through an employment agency. A temporary permit will entitle these employees to park in any UHV reserved parking area.
  2. Employees driving a loaner or rental vehicle. A temporary permit will entitle employees to park in their normal designated parking areas.
  3. Campus visitors who will be on site longer than one (1) hour and to construction/service providers working on campus. A temporary permit will entitle campus visitors and construction/service providers to park in areas designated by the permit approver.
  • Disabled Parking Permit - UHV, as a state institution, follows the same guidelines as the State of Texas. For individuals with disabilities, application must be made through the individual's local tax assessor office for the specially designated state license plate or hanger, which displays the disabled symbol recognized throughout the State. Disabled parking permits must be prominently displayed.

 

Common Parking and Traffic Violations

At each campus location, rules, regulations and violations may vary. It is the driver's responsibility to be aware of each campuses parking and traffic regulations. Citations will be issued for parking in Fire Zone spaces, Handicap Parking spaces, or parking in Reserved spaces during restricted times. Additionally, citations will be issued for obstructing walkways or traffic flow, failing to stop at stop signs, failure to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and unsafe driving or activity which endangers others.

Common violations at the UHV campus include:

  • Expired parking permit
  • No permit, or permit improperly displayed or hidden from view
  • Unauthorized parking in restricted areas including:

Reserved (white curb) areas

Disabled (if not displaying State-recognized permit or license plate)

Fire Zone (red curb) or by a Fire Hydrant

Sidewalks, grassy or other non-designated parking

  • Failure to stop at a stop sign.
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Excessive speed. The campus speed limit is 20 mph.
  • Improper parking, not parked correctly in designated parking space.

 

Sanctions and Penalties

Fines - Traffic or parking citations may be cleared by paying a fine or successfully appealing the fine. The schedule of fines is based upon violations received each academic year (September 1st through August 31st) and is as follows:

 

Traffic or parking warning citation..........No Fine

Parking in reserved/no valid permit........$25.00

Obstructing walkway or traffic flow.........$25.00

Decal improperly displayed....................$25.00

Permit expired/no valid permit...............$25.00

Parking in handicapped.........................$50.00

Parking in fire lane...............................$50.00

 

Vehicles parked on the UHV campus in reserved spaces (including handicap, etc.) without a current decal will be identified through the Texas Department of Public Safety for ownership name and address. The cost of this additional step may be added to the parking violation charge.

 

Financial Stops - Students - Upon receipt of a parking violation, the Department of Business Services will place financial stops on the students’ account records through the Bursar’s Office for the violation. This action will cause future registration, transcript requests and other privileges to be denied pending payment of the fine or a successful appeal of the violation.

 

Suspension of Parking Privileges - Any individual receiving excessive parking and traffic citations, regardless of paid status, during an academic year (Fall through Summer) is subject to having UHV campus parking privileges suspended for a minimum of 30 days and up to the remainder of the academic year. The Campus Police Office will determine excessive citations based on the frequency and severity of parking and traffic violations.

 

Unpaid Fines – Employees - Prior to the end of each fiscal year, employees with outstanding violations may be notified by the Department of Business Services. If an employee does not pay, the cabinet-level supervisor will be informed. Non-payment may result in disciplinary action or other sanctions.

 

Towing - Vehicles of students and employees may be towed. Costs of towing and storage are the responsibility of the owner of the towed vehicle. The owner will also be responsible for any towing company response fee in the event that a tow truck has been dispatched, even if the vehicle has been removed by the driver prior to the response. The Security Office 361-570-4357 may be contacted for the name and telephone number of the towing company and location of the storage yard for vehicles towed.

 

As a matter of practice, the university will always attempt to contact the permit holder before towing. However, the university has the right to tow any vehicle without prior notification. Reasons for towing include:

  • The vehicle is parked or left unattended in any location that blocks or impedes traffic or causes other safety hazards;
  • The vehicle has significant leakage of oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze or fuel spilling unto the grounds;
  • The vehicle is abandoned or inoperable. Abandoned or inoperable vehicles are defined here as permitted or non-permitted vehicles left on campus more than 72 hours without prior notification to Campus Police;
  • The vehicle has four or more outstanding parking violations.

 

Where to Pay Fines

UHV Fines – Fines must be paid to the UHV Cashier, University West building, Suite 115. Fines may also be paid by mail by sending payment and a copy of the ticket to:

            University of Houston-Victoria

            Finance Department – Cashier Parking

            3007 N. Ben Wilson

            Victoria, Texas 77901-5731

 

VC Fines – Fines must be paid through College Central, which is located in the Administration I Building. Fines can also be paid by mail by sending payment and a copy of the ticket to:

            The Victoria College

            Payment Office

            2200 E. Red River

            Victoria, Texas 77901

 

Parking Appeal Procedures

Students or employees who receive a parking violation on the UHV campus have 30 calendar days from the citation date to appeal. Your right to appeal is lost after 30 days. Appeals submitted after 30 days will not be accepted. If appealing, do not pay the fine until your appeal has been considered.

  •  Appeal procedures apply to students and employees. (*)
  • For students, a financial stop will be placed on the student’s record and remain until the issue is resolved.
  • To complete an appeal, login to Parking Violation Appeal Request on You may choose to mail your documents or submit your documents electronically to Campus Police within 30 calendar days of the citation.
  • Additional documentation may be requested depending upon the nature of the appeal. Your appeal will not be considered until all required documentation is submitted.
  • The Appeals Committee generally meets on the first and third week of each month to review submitted parking violation appeals.
  • The committee will review appeals and notify the appropriate parties. If the appeal is not upheld, the fine must be paid.
  • All Appeals Committee decisions are final.

 

(*) NOTE:  Citations issued in error by the university may be voided at the discretion of the Campus Police.

 

Special Events Parking

Parking spaces for both employees and students are limited throughout the campus, especially at peak class load times. Parking Lot "T", at the east entrance and abutting Ben Wilson St., is mostly unreserved and available for special events, school buses, employees and students. No parking permit, either regular or temporary is required with the exception of reserved spaces. All special events sponsors should provide event visitors with a copy of a campus map and directions to designated parking lot(s).

 

Reserved Parking – University Functions

The intention of the following procedures is to limit reserved parking to infrequent functions that involve external representatives who contribute considerable time, effort and resources on behalf of the university.

Current campus parking areas are readily accessible to primary facilities with short walk distances involved. With few exceptions, visitors should routinely be directed to Parking Lot "T" where no permit is required, with the exception of reserved spaces, for such purposes. Guests with disabilities should be directed to the closest handicapped accessible parking.

Reserved parking is authorized for visitors and functions including but not limited to the following persons or events:

  • Regents (current and former)
  • UHS Chancellor and Vice Chancellors
  • Any UH Component President
  • State Elected Officials
  • Board of Regents Meetings
  • Quarterly President’s Regional Advisory Board Meetings

Special reservation of spaces is an exception approved by the President or a Vice-President.

When possible, arrangements should be made so that spaces are only reserved for the time needed. When an attendant is required, it will be sufficient for the attendant to be on hand for no more than 30 minutes before and after the event.

 

COMMENTS/QUESTIONS

Any questions and/or comments regarding this policy should be directed to the Business Services Department - Campus Safety, Health and Risk Management.

 

APPROVAL

Signature Obtained by: Robert K. Glenn, Ph.D., President

Signature Date: April 23, 2019

 

Next Review Date: April 23, 2022

Originator: Business Svcs - Campus Safety, Health & Risk Mgmt