Student Handbook 2020-2021

Parking, Traffic Laws, and Vehicle Regulations

All state and municipal laws pertaining to ownership and operation of a motor vehicle must be observed. Speeding and reckless driving are not permitted on campus or on the neighboring streets. Because such activity endangers the safety of students, pedestrians, children, pets, and bicycle riders, violators are subject to severe disciplinary penalties as well as referral to the Yates County Sheriff’s Department or New York State Police.

Speed Limit

The speed limit on all campus drives and in all College parking lots is 10 mph.


Limited parking facilities dictate that all members of the College community park in designated areas and adhere to no-parking restrictions as marked throughout the campus. Vehicles may not be parked or driven on lawns, grassy areas, or on campus sidewalks. Violators are fined and may be charged for any damage. Violators are also subject to being towed away at the owner’s expense.

All motor vehicles must be registered with campus safety before or immediately after it has been brought onto campus. Campus safety issues temporary parking permits.

Violations of parking, traffic, and/or registration regulations result in fines as outlined in the parking regulations. Repeated violations could result in the removal of registration privileges and/or the removal of the vehicle from campus at the owner’s expense. Appeals of motor vehicle violations are handled by the director of campus safety and the appeals committee.

Motorcycles and motorbikes may not be parked or driven on lawns, grassy areas, or on campus sidewalks. Violators are fined and charged for any damage to the grass. Violators are also subject to being towed away at the owner’s expense, or a boot may be placed on the vehicle. Motorcycles, motorbikes, and other vehicles with gas engines may not be parked within College buildings.

Bicycles are not to be parked within College buildings except in approved storage areas in residence halls and in student rooms. Vehicles illegally parked are removed at the owner’s expense.

Campus Parking Management Plan

2018-2019 Keuka College Campus Parking Management Plan

Revised Summer 2018. Effective Aug. 22, 2018

The following policies and regulations have been adopted to maintain a safe and orderly movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on campus and are fundamental to the comprehensive parking management plan of Keuka College.

Policies, Procedures and Regulations

  1. Drivers must use authorized parking spaces and lots, obey instructions from Campus Safety officers and comply with all provisions of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic code as well as the Keuka College Campus Parking Management Plan.
  2. Keuka College reserves the right to have a vehicle removed (towed) from College owned and/or controlled property at the driver's expense with a requirement of advanced notification.
    1. Vehicle owners, who are notified and move their vehicle, thereby avoiding a tow, more than two times may be towed without a third attempt to contact.
    2. Towing for failure to pay fines:
      1. Violators that, despite attempts to collect, accumulate $150 or more in unpaid fines/fees will have their parking privileges revoked, thereby subjecting their vehicles to towing. Fines must be paid within 7 calendar days.
      2. Violators that have received 3 written notices over 3 months and do not pay their fines/fees regardless of the total dollar amount will have their parking privileges revoked thereby subjecting their vehicle to towing.
      3. Parking privileges will be revoked for violators who fail to pay any outstanding fines 105 days after a citation was issued. Vehicle will be subject to tow.
      4. There will be an email and/or text message from Campus Safety notifying the violator of the revocation of parking privileges before a vehicle will be towed.
      5. A person who has had parking privileges revoked will have 5 business days upon receipt of notification from Campus Safety to pay their outstanding fees/fines in full or make arrangements for an acceptable payment play before a vehicle is towed.
      6. Parking privileges will be restored when fines/fees have been paid in full or a satisfactory payment plan has been set up with Student Accounts.
  3. Parking rules and regulations are in effect from the first day of classes through graduation and are enforced 24-hours/day, 7-days/week.
  4. The speed limit on campus is 10 mph.
  5. No overnight parking in Visitor spaces. Overnight is defined as 12 a.m to 6 a.m. any day of the week.
  6. Removal, damage to, or possession of any official traffic control device (e.g. safety cones) may result in disciplinary action, revocation of parking privileges, criminal charges, or all of the above.
  7. Parking on campus is by classified lots.
  8. The inability to locate a parking space in a student’s designated parking area will not be considered a valid defense for a violation of any Keuka College parking policy or regulation.
  9. Vehicles may not park in areas/spaces that are reserved for specific purposes (e.g., handicap, fire personnel, loading docks, service vehicles). An exception will be made during student move-in/out days in the designated fire lane between Ball and Harrington halls but only on the precondition that the vehicle not be left unattended. Second offenses result in towing.
  10. Parking is not permitted on lawns or in fire lanes, driving lanes, intersections, and 15-feet from a fire hydrant
  11. Driving on campus sidewalks and lawns is prohibited. Only emergency, commercial delivery vehicles on official business, and College service vehicles are permitted access to the sidewalks and lawns. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Campus Safety Office for special events.
  12. Short-term parking is available in designated areas for loading or unloading vehicles, picking up or discharging passengers, or making quick deliveries. Short-term parking spaces are limited to 10 or 15 minutes (refer to posted signs) and four-way flashers must be on. Short- term parking will be strictly enforced.
  13. All vehicles parked on campus must be legally registered in a U.S. state or a Canadian province as well as being currently registered for parking at the Campus Safety Office. Any vehicle considered to be abandoned, improperly registered, or does not display a valid Keuka College parking decal will be subject to being issued a Parking Violation Notice (PVN) for the first offense. A second PVN issued to the same vehicle after 24 hours from the first PVN for any of the violations mentioned above may result in towing at the owners expense. A vehicle is considered “abandoned” when the last known registered owner has, for cause, been sent a certified return receipt letter notifying that person that they have 30 days to remove the vehicle.
  14. On occasion, the College may close portions of parking lots due to weather or to accommodate visitors to sports or special events. The College will provide the College community with advance notice and parking instructions by signs, email, and/or other appropriate announcements.
  15. Any requests for temporary suspension of the above policies and regulations to accommodate a special event must be made in advance to the Director of Campus Safety.
  16. The College reserves the right to permanently or temporarily modify these policies and regulations in the best interests of the campus community.
  17. Keuka College does not assume any responsibility for any loss or damage to your personal vehicle while it is parked or driven on college property. This includes loss or damage caused by falling ice or snow falling trees, limbs or other wind-blown objects; malicious mischief, vandalism or theft; damage caused to your vehicle because you hit College property, including curbs, barriers, speed-bumps or other objects; damage caused by towing or booting an illegally parked vehicle; damage caused by persons or vehicles unknown whether the possibility of such an event is warned against or not. Keuka College will be responsible for ‘at-fault’ accidents between its vehicles and personal vehicles. Should you be involved in an ‘at-fault’ accident, contact Campus Safety to fill-out an accident report.
  18. Parking spaces outlined with white paint are designated for student parking and yellow painted spaces are designated for faculty/staff and visitor parking. Commuter Parking lots are for Commuter students only. Strong Apartment lots are for Strong Apartment permits only. Keuka Park Apartment lots are for Keuka Park Apartment permits only.

After Hours Open Parking

The College allows for after-hours parking in most faculty/staff lots from 5 p.m.- 7 a.m. Monday thru Friday and 5 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday with the following caveats: Lots L, O, and X are closed to student parking at all times. Violators will be ticketed.

Snow Emergency Parking Rules

Keuka College may declare a snow emergency in order to clear parking lots and access roads. If a snow emergency is declared, the Keuka College community will be instructed by signs, email, and/or other appropriate announcements where to park vehicles to allow plowing operations to proceed unimpeded. Clearing snow into large piles may result in the partial loss of some parking spaces. Do not park in a space if doing so will block a driving lane, sidewalk, or intersection. Failure to comply with snow emergency directives may result in vehicles being towed at owner’s expense.

Disabled Vehicles

If a vehicle becomes disabled and necessitates it being parked in a non-designated space/lot, the student responsible for the vehicle must immediately notify the Campus Safety Office of the make, model, license number, and location of the vehicle as well as the reason for parking in a non-designated space/lot. The student responsible for that vehicle must make arrangements to move /tow vehicle within 24 hours. The Campus Safety Office provides a free battery jump service upon request. Vehicle lockouts will be referred to local vendors or, in cases of an emergency, the Yates County Sheriff’s Office at 536-4438.

Violations and Fines


  • Unauthorized Parking Lot
  • No Parking Zone Violation
  • No KC Parking Decal or Pass
  • Expired KC Parking Decal or Pass
  • Parked in Closed Reserved Lot for Event
  • Blocked Driveway / Walkway
  • 10 Minute Parking Space Violation
  • Parked on Lawn / Off Pavement
  • Parking Decal Location Violation
  • Visitor Parking Space Violation


  • Parked in Admissions Visitor Space


  • Fire Lane Violation
  • Fire Hydrant Violation 20'
  • Handicap Space without Valid Permit

Fines must be paid at the cashier’s office located in Ball Hall or online at Violations issued to vehicles not having a Keuka College registration will be billed to the registered owner.

Important Notice

The Campus Safety Office may employ various means of enforcement to maintain compliance with parking policies and regulations including, but not limited to: ticketing, change of registration status, permanent revocation of parking privileges, booting, disciplinary action, or towing at owner’s expense. In addition to the above means of enforcement students may be contacted directly to move improperly parked vehicles whenever they are discovered by the Campus Safety Office regardless of the time of day. 


Parking violation appeals must be filed within seven days of the date on the violation notice. Appeal forms are provided by the Campus Safety Office, located at 132 Central Ave. When filing an appeal at the Campus Safety Office, please attach the original Violation Notice along with supporting documents to be considered by the Appeals Administrator. Parking appeals will NOT be accepted for consideration after seven days from the date written on parking violation notice, no exceptions. Appeals are reviewed by the appeals administrator. Notice of parking appeal decisions will be made to the appellant by email within seven days from date the appeal was submitted. Be advised the following appeals will be denied immediately as they are not acceptable defenses:

  • Student in the Visitor Lot
  • Student without a valid parking registration for the semester
  • Never received the ticket
  • Did not know the Parking Rules
  • Only parked a few minutes
  • Lot was full
  • Was late/weather was bad
  • Had my flasher on
  • Picking up/dropping off friends/books/labs etc.
  • Someone else was using my car
  • Inability to pay fine
  • My co-worker/friend told me I could park there
  • Repeat violations/multiple violations for same type

Did You Know?

  • Regardless of where they live, your family can subscribe to NIXLE and can be kept aware of emergency events on campus.
  • There is at least one Campus Safety officer on duty around the clock every day of the year.
  • There is a fire and crime log available for your review at the Campus Safety Office and Keuka College website.
  • Campus Safety will provide you with a security escort anywhere on campus upon request.

Parking Decals and Permits

A Keuka College parking decal or permit is required for all vehicles parked on campus by students, staff, faculty, and overnight guests. Any vehicle that does not properly display a valid Keuka College parking decal may be issued a Parking Violation Notice. Student vehicle registration decals are valid for the school year. Any change in vehicle information or license plate numbers must be reported to the Campus Safety Office immediately. There are no refunds for the parking decal fees at any time for any reason. The parking decal must be affixed using the adhesive side of the decal. The decal may not be affixed with tape or in any other way. The decal placement will be as follows: the left rear window of passenger vehicles and four-door pickups; a two-door pick-up must have the decal placed on the rear window on the driver’s side. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of Campus Safety.

When applicable, parking permits may be placed on the dash board and the information on the permit must be clearly visible from the outside. Temporary parking permits are issued for a period of up to 10 days one time, per person, per semester. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Permit and Decal Distribution

Faculty and Staff Parking Decals may be obtained in the Campus Safety Office at any time of day, 24 /7.

Student Parking Decals may be obtained from the Campus Safety Office after the student has registered their vehicle and had made payment online at Payment can also be made at the cashier's office, and then the decal may be obtained from the Campus Safety Office upon presentation of the cashier's receipt, and Keuka College ID. Student parking is not allowed in visitor spaces on campus at any time.

Official Visitor Permits for persons on “official college business” are available through the Campus Safety Office. Official visitor permits are valid in visitor spaces or faculty/staff designated lots and must be displayed on the vehicle’s rear view mirror so that it is visible form outside the vehicle.

Temporary Parking Permits for students, faculty, and staff are available through the Campus Safety Office and intended for short-term use while the person’s Keuka College-registered vehicle is unavailable. Temporary parking permits are subject to the same restrictions as the person’s parking status on campus. Temporary parking permits must be displayed on the dashboard so that it is visible from outside the vehicle.

Handicap Permits By law Keuka College does not issue handicap parking permits. A government issued Handicap Permit or Registration is valid in any handicap-designated space on campus. If a handicap-designated space is unavailable, parking in the closest available appropriate space is permitted.

Guest Parking Permits for relatives and guests of students may be obtained from the Campus Safety Office any time and allow for parking in V-lot only 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday (other times V or C-lots only). Guest permits are not valid in visitor parking spaces anywhere on campus. Guest permits are issued for a maximum of three days in a ten (10) day period per guest. (Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Director of Campus Safety) The student host is responsible for all of his or her guest’s violations and fine assessments. The guest permit must be displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard so that it is visible from outside of the vehicle.

  • Parking permits are color- coded so that the decal color corresponds with the designated parking lot classifcations.
  • Decals for vehicles brought on campus after January 1 may be purchased at a prorated fee.
  • Permits must be affixed to the vehicle immediately and placed on the outside of the rear-most side window on the driver’s side. Any lost decal must be replaced with a new decal, free of charge.
  • Note: There is no overnight parking on Lake Ave. and North Ave. Parking on Lake and North avenues is enforced by New York State Police and the Yates County Sheriff Department.
  • Decals will be replaced at no charge for change of vehicle, replacement of window, change of status, etc. The old decal (or pieces) must be submitted with an application for a replacement decal. (To remove an old decal, tape over it and then scrape it with a single edge razor or window scraper.)
  • Affixing a decal or using a permit in any vehicle other than the one to which it was issued is a violation and will result in a fine and/or revocation of parking privileges.

Open Parking Applies to Faculty and Staff Lots ONLY

Students—Please remember that open parking is available seven days a week from 6 p.m-6 a.m. and applies only to faculty/staff lots. Students must stay in their designated student lots.

Please refer to the following schedule:

  • Mondays 6 p.m. start ends Tuesday at 6 a.m.
  • Tuesdays 6 p.m. start ends Wednesday at 6 a.m.
  • Wednesdays 6 p.m. start ends Thursday at 6 a.m.
  • Thursdays 6 p.m. start ends Friday at 6 a.m.
  • Friday–Sundays 6 p.m. starts on Friday and ends Monday at 6 a.m.

Important Phone Numbers

  • CAMPUS SAFETY EMERGENCY (non-campus phone) (315) 279-5911
  • ALTERNATE (315) 694-0268
  • CAMPUS SAFETY EMERGENCY (campus phone) x5911
  • CAMPUS SAFETY ADMINISTRATIVE (non-campus phone) (315) 279-5250
  • CAMPUS SAFETY ADMINISTRATIVE (campus phone) x5250
  • EMERGENCY MESSAGING HOTLINE (315) 279-5999 (for information updates on campus emergencies)