Campus Policies & Regulations

Campus Policies & Regulations

Traffic & Parking

Drivers of all vehicles operated on campus roadways are subject to the regulations in the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code and enforced by University Security, Pennsylvania State Police, and the Upper Saucon Township Police in whose jurisdiction the campus is located. Drivers not obeying the laws may be cited by any of these agencies.

If you drive a vehicle to Penn State Lehigh Valley, you must obtain and properly display a FREE PARKING PERMIT. Failure to comply may result in a parking ticket and/or a penalty. Applications for the parking permit are available at reception.

Failure to pay the penalty can result in loss of registration privileges at all campuses of the University and/or other disciplinary action. It is your responsibility to be familiar with the regulations. Read this before attending the first day of classes.

Permit Regulations

  • Parking permits must be visibly displayed on the rearview mirror with the front side facing out whenever parked on campus.
  • Permits are transferable and can be used on any vehicle the student may be driving.
  • Students may register more than one vehicle; however, only one permit will be issued.
  • The reception desk must be notified within 24 hours of any change in registration information: vehicle, address, or license plate, etc.
  • University parking/traffic violation fines are payable only in the buursars office.

General Vehicle Provisions

  • All vehicles on campus must be registered with the security office. Permits must be renewed each academic year. Permits can be obtained at the security office or at the reception desk.
  • Vehicle is meant to include automobiles, trucks, panel vans, and any other motor-driven vehicle.
  • Any vehicle parked on the Lehigh Valley campus will be parked at the risk of the owner.
  • The University reserves the right to tow any illegally parked vehicle at the owner's expense.
  • Registered students, faculty, and staff are never considered visitors, and any vehicle operated by a registered student will be ticketed if parked in a designated visitor's parking area.
  • University regulations and the Motor Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are enforced and in effect at all times on the Lehigh Valley campus.

Parking and Traffic Regulations

  • Pedestrians shall have the right-of-way at all times.
  • The speed limit on all University roads is 15 m.p.h.
  • Students may not park in areas reserved for faculty, staff, or visitors—Lots, or in the service drive.
  • Staff, faculty, and students will be permitted to unload and/or load university materials at the building service area for a maximum of 15 minutes with vehicle hazard lights flashing.
  • Operating or parking vehicles on grass areas, or walkways designed for pedestrian use, is not permitted.
  • Areas not specifically lined for parking should be considered a fire lane or no parking zone; e.g., along the side of any road, driveways, or walkways on campus.
  • Only vehicles bearing official handicapped or disabled veteran license plates, or handicapped placard, may park in marked handicapped spaces.
  • University medical permits do not authorize the use of handicapped access.

Medical Permits

  • Medical permits will be approved through the campus nurse's office located in Health Services on the 2nd floor.
  • NO permit will be issued without consulting with the campus nurse.
  • Health Services hours: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Medical permits are issued for special area parking with an expiration date on the permit.
  • All medical permits must be displayed on the front dashboard of the medical permit holder's registered vehicle.
  • Medical permits are for the exclusive use of the party to whom issued. The medical permit shall be clearly visible for the security officer to see.

Use of a Substitute Vehicle

  • On occasion it may be necessary for a student to drive a vehicle to campus that has not been registered for parking.
  • All parking rules and regulations are still in effect.
  • Additionally, you should transfer the permit issued to the regularly used vehicle to the substitute vehicle.
  • If the permit is not placed in the substitute vehicle, the operator must report to the receptionist desk as soon as he/she arrives in order to report the vehicle temporarily being driven on campus.
  • The substitute vehicle permit shall be displayed on the driver’s side of the dashboard in plain view.
  • If the operator follows this procedure, he/she will insure that a ticket is not issued for operating an unregistered vehicle.
  • Faculty, students, and staff operating substitute vehicles are not permitted to park in visitors' spaces.

Parking violations and penalties

  • No current parking permit displayed - $10.00
  • Faculty/staff Lot or service drive - $10.00
  • Handicapped space without handicapped plate/permit - $25.00
  • Parked in "No Parking" zone or along yellow curb - $10.00
  • Parked outside lines - $8.00
  • Parked on lawn or in orchard - $10.00
  • Parked in Visitor's Space - $10.00

Moving violations

  • Speeding - $20.00
  • Reckless operation - $20.00
  • Failure to give right-of-way to pedestrian - $20.00
  • Failure to stop at stop sign - $20.00

Where do I pay a traffic fine?

A student's account (Lion Path) will be charged for violations on vehicles displaying a current parking permit. Payment can be made in person at the Bursar's Office, room 107, 8am - 4pm, or by mail at the address listed on the ticket.

Loss of permit

Students may lose parking or vehicle operation privileges and face disciplinary action for repeated or severe violations of parking and operating regulations.

Appealing Parking & Traffic Violations

An appeal to a parking or traffic violation notice (ticket) can be made by a recipient of such notice by obtaining an appeal form from the business office.

The completed appeal form is then referred to the parking appeals committee for adjudication. All decisions of the appeals committee are final.

Alcohol & Drugs

It is illegal for anyone under 21 to possess, consume or tranport liquor, malt, or brewed beverages, or to furnish alcoholic beverages to minors, according to the Pennsylvania Crime Codes and University Policy. Upper Saucon Township Police will charge offenders according to state laws and file Disciplinary Referrals to Residence Life and/or Judicial Affairs. If Upper Saucon Township Police charge any minor (under age 21) with “Underage Consumption or Possession,” they are required by law to notify the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the minor charged.

It is illegal for anyone to possess, use or sell any drug or item deemed to be illegal in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code’s “Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.” Upper Saucon Township Police will charge violators according to state laws and file Disciplinary Referrals to Judicial Affairs. Upper Saucon Township Police also enforce the local police ordinance, which makes it a summary offense to sell or possess drug paraphernalia (pipes, bongs, etc.) which is used or intended to be used with any substance classified as illegal.

Bicycles & Skateboards

See Residence Life Policy: University Policy SY16 >>

Firearms 

University policy prohibits the possession, carrying, or use of any weapon, firearm, explosive, firework, or paintball device in any campus building or facility or in any vehicle on campus. Storage of any of the aforementioned anywhere on campus is also prohibited. University Security has no facilities available to store any weapon, firearm, etc. Refer to University Policy SY12 for definition of terms pertinent to this section.

Pets

Pets are not allowed in buildings except for seeing eye dogs and for approved educational needs.

Smoking

Penn State Lehigh Valley is a SMOKE FREE campus. Smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited in all buildings and at principal building entries. To prevent possible fires, please dispose of cigarettes in designated receptacles.