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Parking Policies

Parking and Traffic Guidelines

General Information:

  1. Anyone operating a vehicle on campus is responsible for being familiar with and complying with all parking and traffic regulations.
  2. University Center Rochester assumes no responsibility for or damage to any vehicle or its contents at any-time while it is operated or parked on UCR campus.
  3. Drivers shall follow the University parking and traffic regulations and drive safety.
  4. Drivers shall give pedestrians the right of way at all times.
  5. University Center Rochester reserves the right to ticket, at the owner’s expense, any vehicle in violation of established parking regulations.
  6. Parking is only allowed in designated parking lots or at parking meters.Parking on grass anywhere on campus is not allowed.

Policies and Services

Gravel Lot Parking Rules: Where parking spaces are not established with painted lines, drivers must park directly in front of the designated cement barriers. Drivers also must park inside the sign at the end of each parking row stating “no parking,” located in the Gravel lot by the Main Campus Building. Vehicles may not be parked in the grass or along side the outline of the lot.

Handicap Parking/Special Permits: In compliance with MN Statute 169.346, use of handicap parking stalls is restricted only to those vehicles with a state issued handicap license plates or display a state issued certificate. Quick errands, deliveries, or drop offs are not a valid excuse for parking in or obstructing handicap stalls. Minnesota State law requires handicap parking stalls be enforced on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week including holiday periods. Violators will be ticketed. For students, faculty or staff who are temporarily disabled, a temporary disabled permit is available in Health Services, located in the Main Campus Building. See Health Services for special restrictions. Special permit parking is designated for students or employees needing more convenient parking for health or other reasons.

Metered Parking:

If problems arise with a parking meter, please contact UCR Security at 507-285-7262 or stop into the UCR Security office, located in EA101 immediately with your license and meter numbers and location of the meter. Without this information you may be responsible for any citation received. Parking meters are monitored and enforced 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Fridays all year long.

Battery Jump Start Service:

Stakeholders (Students, Staff, Faculty, visitors) will need to contact UCR Security at 507-285-7262 (7262 if calling from internal phone) regarding the need to have their vehicle jump started.  UCR Security will contact a towing service and request they respond to the designated parking lot where the vehicle is located.

THERE IS NO CHARGE for this service. This service is provided by RCTC Student Senate.

Door Unlocking Service:

Due to liability concerns we are not able to provide this service. UCR Security can assist in contacting a towing agency, however, the cost for the unlock is the responsibility of the stakeholder.

Repairs/Maintenance of Personal Vehicles:

Repair/maintenance of personal vehicles is prohibited on campus grounds because of hazardous waste regulations.

Towing Procedure:

This procedure established the University Center Rochester’s guidelines for towing a motor vehicle off campus by a towing company.

All parking fines and charges for towing and storage are the responsibility of the owner/driver of the vehicle. University Center Rochester assumes no responsibility for damages to the vehicle either during towing or storage.

University Center Rochester has the right to tow illegally parked vehicles as the situation warrants. Security will make every attempt to contact the owner of the vehicle before it is towed however any vehicle parked in violation of the parking regulations is subject to towing without notice. Vehicles will not be towed without the authorization of the Director of Security. Vehicles may be towed for the following reasons:

  • Parking in areas which create a danger to safety and welfare of persons and property (i.e., fire lanes, service areas, traffic lanes, walkways, etc.)
  • Abandoned vehicles.
  • During heavy snowfall and, if necessary, for snow removal.
  • Emergency situations determined by UCR Security or emergency personnel.
  • Unauthorized parking in spaces reserved for those with special needs, or blocking wheelchair access to sidewalks.
  • Blocking loading zones or other vehicles.

Staff/Guest/Visitor Parking:

Guest and visitor parking is available in every lot on UCR Campus. UCR Guest Permits allow the vehicle to park in any staff lot, student lot, or at the parking meters without paying. Visitor passes are available from the Business Office located on the 1st floor of Student Services room SS150. The far eastern portion of the East parking lot (space east of the concrete divider) and the most southern part of the West lot (space south of the concrete divider) has been designated for Faculty and Staff parking only. Anyone without a staff permit that parks in the designated staff parking is subject to a citation. Staff parking lots are monitored and enforced from 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. After 5:00 p.m. the Staff lots are open to students and visitors.

Faculty and staff pay a parking fee based on their status as employees. Students pay a parking fee based on the number of credits they enroll in. Employees who are also students at one of the UCR partner institutions will combine their employee and student rates, but at no time pay more than the full time parking fee.

NOTE: The West parking lot at Heintz Center that was originally designated as Staff and Visitor parking and is now open to students. Staff and Visitors may park in Heintz Center’s East or West lots.

Participants and Spectators of Events Held on Campus:

All participants and spectators of events held on UCR Campus must follow all parking and traffic regulations and drive safely.

Enforcement and Penalty:

Ticketing Vehicles: UCR Security reserves the right to ticket at the owner’s expense, vehicles which are parked on campus in violation of any rule as established in the current UCR Parking and Traffic Guidelines handbook. The presence of a correctly filled out and issued parking citation is considered to be prima facie evidence that a violation of parking regulations has occurred.

Violations Missed; Uneven Enforcement: The fact that a person parks in violation of any law, policy or regulation and does not receive a citation does not mean that the law, policy or regulation is no longer in effect. Using emergency flashers does not allow drivers to illegally park their vehicles anywhere (i.e. handicap stalls, fire lanes, etc.)

To ensure that parking citation payment records are up to date, all fines and penalties are to be paid to the Cashier’s Office located on the first floor of Student Services, in the Main Campus Building. You can also mail payments with ticket to Cashier’s Office, 851 30th Ave. SE, Rochester, MN 55904.