East Stroudsburg University’s Police and Security/Parking Departments work together to support the mission and vision of the University by providing the best possible support to its students, faculty, staff and visitors. By maximizing the use of campus parking lots and providing safe and clean parking, both departments can provide the University community with an orderly environment in which to conduct its business and studies. The University Police and Security/Parking Departments are responsible for enforcing campus Parking and Traffic Guidelines, which are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, throughout the calendar year.
The authority to regulate traffic and parking comes from Title 18, Section 7505 (Violation of Governmental Rules Regarding Traffic) of the Consolidated Pennsylvania Statutes, which allows each Commonwealth agency to promulgate rules and regulations governing both parking and vehicular traffic on properties under the jurisdiction of that agency. Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Act 188, Section 20-2006-A (13.1) authorizes the University to set the amounts for fines for violations of rules respecting the use, parking and operation of motor vehicles on system facilities, which may be established to exceed the amounts which municipalities are authorized to assess for such offenses under 75 Pa.C.S. Such fines are used to offset the cost of maintaining the University’s parking system, including parking lot maintenance, signage and equipment.
The University and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania assume no responsibility or liability for loss or damage to any motor vehicle or its contents parked or driven on campus property. The University Police shall have the authority to temporarily close or restrict parking or traffic flow on the ESU campus. This includes but is not limited to special events, snow removal and athletic contests.
It should be noted that Title 75, The Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, is enforced on all properties of the University and that all roadways are considered highways for enforcement purposes. The Vehicle Code defines a highway as “The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. The term includes a roadway open to the use of the public for vehicular travel on grounds of a college or university or public or private school or public or historical park.”
The University Police Department is open 24 hours daily; however, normal business hours for the Police Department and Security/Parking Office are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Parking, for the purposes of these guidelines, is defined as leaving a vehicle without a driver in attendance regardless of the time period involved.
The Chief of University Police and/or the Director of Parking and Transportation reserve the right to revoke or suspend a person’s parking privileges based on cause. The Chief or Director may also provide the name of any student charged with ten parking/moving violations in any semester to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for disciplinary action.
The operation of a motor vehicle on this campus is a privilege, and the University reserves the right to restrict, suspend or revoke this privilege for just cause. Failure to have read the guidelines governing all motor vehicles on the campus of East Stroudsburg University shall not constitute a valid excuse for non-compliance.
Registration of a vehicle in no way guarantees that a parking space convenient for the individual will be available. Consider giving yourself extra time as the responsibility for finding a legal space rests with the motor vehicle operator. Extra time to walk or ride the shuttle bus may be necessary. Being prepared to spend an additional 10 to 15 minutes getting to your destination once you arrive on campus may help you be on time and less stressed.
Lack of a parking space close to your destination, mechanical problems, inclement weather or other problems do not justify parking violations.
Students, faculty and staff members are responsible for parking tickets issued to vehicles they register for a parking permit. When the vehicle is not registered, the University will assign parking tickets to a student, faculty or staff member for vehicles registered in his/her name or to his/her family.