Warnings and Citations

Student failure to follow the motor vehicle rules and regulations will result in a warning and/or citation. When an infraction has occurred, the student will receive notification of the violation through their Kenyon email account and a hard-copy ticket will be placed on their vehicle. 

Any of the following violations can result in fines, College judicial action, or both. In addition to College fines and sanctions, violations of state law or local ordinance may be prosecuted separately. Failure of the driver to know the parking regulations will not serve as a defense for any parking violations.  Failure to find a legal parking space does not excuse a violation.

Parking Violations 

  • Fire Lanes: Fire lanes must remain clear at all times. In an event of an emergency, emergency vehicles must have access to an area.  The violation fine for the first nine (9) tickets for fire lanes and/or parking in a handicapped space is $50 per violation. At ten (10) tickets and beyond the fee will be $100 per violation and the motor vehicle parking permit will be suspended.
  • Handicapped Parking: Parking in any handicapped area without proper documentation is prohibited. Violations of such prohibited areas carry a fine of $50 for the first nine (9) violations and then $100 for the tenth (10) violation and vehicle suspension.
  • Restricted Parking: Parking in any area other than your assigned lot constitutes parking in a restricted area. This also includes parking in the faculty/staff parking areas, AVI parking areas, and visitor lots and spaces.  
  • Failure to Park Properly: Lots are marked with lines to accommodate the maximum number of vehicles. Parking over marked lines constitutes a violation of the section.
  • Lawn Areas: Violations of this type will not only result in appropriate fines but possible fees for any damage to the lawn area could be assessed.
  • Improper Storage or Parking or Motorcycles or Mopeds: It is against Fire Safety rules and regulations to store any motorized vehicle in a residence hall. All motorized vehicles are to be registered and parked in designated areas.

Moving Violations

  • Excessive Speed: Violations of this type on campus may result in charges of endangering behavior and in the Village of Gambier may be enforced by local law enforcement.
  • Speed Excessive for Conditions: When inclement weather or other conditions require reduced speed for safe operation, violations may be issued at the discretion of the Office of Campus Safety
  • Failure to Drive on Roadways: All motor vehicles are to be operated only on designated roadways.
  • Reckless Operation: No person shall operate a vehicle on any street or roadway without due regard for the safety of persons or property.
  • Passengers Over the Legal Capacity: No vehicle shall be operated with more passengers (including the driver) than available restraints in that vehicle. Motorcycles, mopeds, etc. shall carry no more than two passengers (including the driver).
  • Riding Outside of a Motor Vehicle: All persons in a moving motor vehicle shall remain properly seated at all times. No person shall ride outside of the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle, e.g. in the hatch area, trunk, or bed of a pickup truck unless seated on the cargo deck of the truck, or properly restrained in a commercially installed seat with restraints.
  • Evading Any Bump or Speed Barricade: Barricades are installed for purposes of safety and are to be recognized as such. Evading, driving around, driving over, or moving any barricade, gate, or traffic control device unless specifically directed by a Safety Officer or Law Enforcement Officer is strictly forbidden.
  • Regulatory Signs: All regulatory signs must be obeyed. All vehicles must come to a COMPLETE STOP at all stop signs.
  • Driving Under the Influence: No person shall operate any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drug abuse. State laws will also be enforced where applicable.
  • Open Container in or on a Vehicle: No open alcohol containers are permitted in or on any motor vehicle whether or not that vehicle is being operated.
  • Failure to Maintain Control: No vehicle shall be operated without reasonable control.
  • Driving Without Proper and Current State and/or College Registration and Current and Valid Operator's License: All vehicles must display current and valid registration(s). All operators of motor vehicles shall have valid and current operator’s licenses, and shall present said license upon request of a Campus Safety Officer or Law Enforcement Officer.
  • Improper Backing: All vehicles shall be backed with due regard for the safety of persons and property.
  • Attempting to/Eluding Law Enforcement or Safety Personnel: No person while in or on a vehicle or foot upon exiting said vehicle, shall attempt to elude any Campus Safety Officer or Law Enforcement Officer. 
  • Littering from a Vehicle: No items may be thrown, dropped, tossed, or otherwise discarded from any vehicle. Violation of this regulation may also incur applicable state and local fines.

Registration Violations

  • Unregistered Vehicle: All student, faculty, staff, and administrative personal vehicles are required to be registered within 24 hours of arriving in Gambier. If you preregistered online you need to acquire your parking decal within 24 hours of arriving in Gambier. The fine for failure to register a vehicle is $250.
  • Failure to Maintain Proper State Registration and Financial Responsibility: All vehicles must properly display a current state vehicle registration, and the owner must maintain proper insurance coverage.
  • Failure to Display Kenyon Parking Decal: All registered vehicles must properly display a Kenyon
    College parking decal. The parking permit must be displayed on the right rear bumper or lower right-hand corner of the rear windshield of the vehicle.

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Fines

Fines for citations are based on the number of violations a student has accrued in an academic year.  The fine amount increases as the number of violations increases. Warnings are no-fine violations but are included in the tier count for violations accrued and may cause the violation fine to be increased.  If over ten violations are accrued, the vehicle permit will be suspended.

Unregistered vehicle:  The fine for an unregistered vehicle violation is $250 regardless of the number of violations accrued. In the case of repeat unregistered violations, the Office of Campus Safety reserves the right to place a parking boot upon the motor vehicle until proper registration is completed. Removal of the boot will be completed by the responsible party, with the oversight of a Campus Safety Officer. 

Fire Lane fines: The violation fine for the first nine (9) tickets for fire lanes and/or parking in a handicapped space is $50 per violation. At ten (10) tickets and beyond the fee will be $100 per violation and the motor vehicle parking permit will be suspended.

Handicap Parking: Violations of such prohibited areas carry a fine of $50 for the first nine (9) violations and then $100 for the tenth (10) violation and vehicle suspension.

Any other violations, besides fire lane, handicapped or unregistered will be fined based upon the number of violations the individual has accrued:

• $15: 1st and 2nd violations
• $25: 3rd and 4th violations 
• $50: 5th through 9th violations 
• $100: 10th violation and above

Once the tenth (10) violation is issued, the motor vehicle will be subject to having a parking boot placed upon it by Safety Officers.  Removal of the boot will be completed by the responsible party, with the oversight of a Campus Safety Officer.  Once the tenth (10) violation is issued, the motor vehicle parking permit will be suspended, and the vehicle must be removed from campus for the remainder of the year without exception. 

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Billing

Although all fines will be applied automatically to the student tuition/account and will show up on the monthly billing invoices, a fine can be paid directly at the Accounting Office in the Eaton Center, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed on the noon hour).

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Suspended Vehicles

Upon the issuance of the tenth (10) violation the motor vehicle will be suspended and must be removed from campus for the remainder of the academic year. Permission to register a vehicle for the following academic school year will be denied if a vehicle had been suspended during the previous year.

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Appeals

  • Warnings are no-fine and cannot be appealed. 
  • If a student wishes to appeal a parking citation, they may do so online. The appeal must be completed within three (3) days of citation issuance.   
  • When completing the online appeal, the student will refrain from including any identifying information to ensure a fair and impartial review of the appeal. 
  • The Parking Appeals Review Committee (PARC). PARC consists of two students and one faculty/staff member.  All decisions are final.  All traffic citation appeals are handled strictly by this board — there is no other recourse. 
  • Responses to all appeals are sent via email.

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