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Driving Regulations on Campus

Standard rules of the road from the city, county, and state, as well as directive signs and instruction by officers directing traffic, will be observed on campus.

All motor vehicle operators must have in their possession a valid operator’s license and produce this item when requested by a Transportation Services employee or Public Safety officer. The speed limit on campus is 25 mph; however, any speed not safe for the conditions of the road, including vehicle and pedestrian congestion, will be enforced. Please observe no passing on campus.


All motor vehicles operated on campus must be registered with the Department of Transportation Services, in the Transportation Services menu in self-service Banner at https://portal.samford.edu. The appropriate vehicle registration decal shall be affixed to the inside front left corner of the windshield, on the driver’s side. Decals will be affixed by the adhesive on the decal and may not be affixed with tape or any other temporary means. No more than one current decal shall be affixed to any vehicle. The method of affixing decals on motorcycles will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Providing false information concerning the registration of a vehicle will subject the violator to disciplinary action.

All students are required to register their driving status in Banner, regardless of their possession or operation of a vehicle on campus. If a student is a Non-Driver, he or she is required to submit their status as a Non-Driver in the Transportation Services menu in self-service Banner at https://portal.samford.edu. A Non-Driver is identified as a current student, enrolled in classes, who is not in possession of a vehicle on campus, and does not drive a vehicle on campus. This includes borrowing, and sharing of vehicles. If a student is borrowing or sharing a vehicle with another person, he/she is not considered a Non-Driver.

Student decals cost $20.00 each for annual use. Replacement or additional decals cost $5.00 each. Decals are not pro-rated, and are not refundable once they have been signed out and received. Charges will be placed on the student’s account immediately upon registration in the student’s self service Banner account. All vehicle registration decals expire yearly on August 31st.

Parking Zones
Between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, parking by students is permitted only in the specific decal color zone. Other than these specific hours, parking spaces are open to all decals, except for spaces designated as reserved, fire lane, or handicap accessible. The specific decal color zones are determined according to the student’s housing assignment. If a student’s housing assignment changes, the student is required to complete the registration process again in Banner for their new decal assignment.

The following decals will be issued for the 2012-2013 academic year:

1. White Hang Tag: Full-time faculty and staff, part-time faculty and staff who are not students
2. Red Hang Tag: Contract employees
3. Orange Hangtag: Campus Dining employees
4. Blue Decal: Commuter students
5. Purple Decal: Residents of Central Campus
6. Green Decal: Residents of Beeson Woods
7. Yellow Decal: Residents of West Campus and Shelburne Lane

Visitor/Temporary Parking:
Temporary parking permits, for periods of less than 30 days and visitor parking permits are available at the HUB in the University Center. Casual visitors on campus may use the designated visitor parking located on campus.

Disability and Limited Mobility Parking:

Handicap spaces are available throughout campus and are mandated by the City of Homewood and the State of Alabama.

For instances where mobility issues are present, students should call the Public Safety office at 726-2020 for a transport on campus. For instances where a long-term mobility issues exist, students should contact the Department of Transportation Services for a temporary parking pass, before parking in an unauthorized area.


Traffic Violations:
Traffic violators are issued citations by Public Safety officers. Traffic violations consist of the following actions:

$50 Violation
Running a stop sign
Failing to stop for pedestrians
Wrong way on a one way street
Blocking or obstructing traffic
Driving/Parking on grass or sidewalk
Making illegal turn

$30 Violation
Unsafe vehicle operation

Parking Citations:
Parking violators are issued citations by the Department of Transportation Services. Parking violations consist of the following actions:

$100 Violation
(Handicap and fire lane parking violations are non-appealable, $100 fines. Regulations are mandated by the City of Homewood and the State of Alabama; they are not at the discretion of any department on campus to be voided at any time.)
Parking in Handicapped Space
Parking in Fire Lane

$50 Violation
No decal
Blocking trash dumpster
Blocking or obstructing traffic
Parking on grass or sidewalk
Parking in reserved space
Parking in unauthorized color zone
Parking in unmarked area
Parking on yellow curb

$25 Violation
Parking in loading/service zone
Visitor/15-minute zone

$20 Violation
Improperly Displayed Decal

$15 Violation
Parking on street
Double parking street/lot
Mutilated or defaced decal

Fines and Payment
Irrespective of the operator of the vehicle, the person in whose name the vehicle is registered is responsible for all parking and traffic violations. Student fines will be posted to the registrant’s account. A hold will place on the student’s account for all outstanding fines.

Payment options include the following:

1. Pay in person at the Bursar’s office.
2. Pay online via eBill link on Banner.

Towing/Immobilization of Vehicles

Samford University is private property and reserves the right to have unauthorized vehicles, abandoned vehicles or vehicles operated in violation of Samford University rules and regulations towed from the campus property at the owner's expense. Situations which may warrant towing of vehicles include, but are not limited to, the following: vehicle causing a safety hazard, obstructing traffic, blocking a fire hydrant, parking in a fire lane, parking in handicapped spaces, parking on yellow curbs, parking in loading zones or abandoned vehicles. Vehicles in persistent violation of traffic regulations are subject to towing and /or immobilization (wheel lock).