Pursuant to the provisions of the Texas Education Code, Hardin-Simmons University has promulgated these regulations to the operation and parking of vehicles on the grounds, streets, drives, alleys, and other institutional property of Hardin-Simmons University. These regulations are to ensure the safety of all persons who use the campus and provide for optimum use of limited parking facilities. The regulations apply on all parts of the campus throughout the day and night and are supplementary to all existing federal, state, and city laws pertaining to our University. The Board of Trustees of Hardin-Simmons University are authorized to employ police personnel to carry out provision of Section 51.212 of the Texas Education Code. Hardin-Simmons University Police Officers are licensed as Texas Police Officers and are vested with all the powers, privileges and immunities by the state. They are also afforded police officer status as defined in Article 2.12 of Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
Individuals found on University premises or using its services may be requested to furnish proof of identification to police officers. Entering or remaining on University property without legitimate business may subject the individual or individuals to be arrested for criminal trespassing if they refuse to leave when directed to do so by a police officer or any other person legally authorized by virtue of their employment to act on the behalf of Hardin-Simmons University (Texas Penal Code Section 30.05).
Any holder of a concealed handgun license issued by the state of Texas or any other state will be subject to arrest if he or she enters into any building on the property of Hardin-Simmons University or is in attendance at all sports and special events held on HSU property, and is in possession of any handgun or firearm (Texas Penal Code Section 30.06).
This campus is a weapons free area except to the extent allowed under applicable federal and state law. Any weapon confiscated from resident hall rooms will be released upon the discretion of the Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, Police Chief, Housing Director or Resident Hall Director. Weapons may be stored at the Hardin-Simmons University Police Department.
All students, faculty, and staff must comply with the regulations governing motor vehicles and bicycles set forth by the University. Such agreement is implied by the actual operation of a vehicle on the Hardin-Simmons University property. While the University will make every effort to protect vehicles on its property, the University (nor its officers or employees) cannot assume any responsibility for the care or protection of any vehicle or its content.
All motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles operated or parked on HSU property by any University employee, contract employee (ABM or ARAMARK), or currently enrolled student must be registered with the HSU Police Department and must properly display a valid permit on said vehicle.
University employees and students will be allowed a grace period of five business days in which to register their vehicle or bicycle beginning with the first day of class of each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II). Any citation issued after the expiration of the fifth day will not be subject to dismissal.
Any motorized vehicle or bicycle that is operated on campus, must display a valid permit. Should the need arise in which a student or employee is required to operate a replacement, loaned, or leased vehicle on campus a temporary permit (free of charge) must be obtained for said vehicle within 24 hours. A first citation issued to any unregistered vehicle defined herein will be dismissed and considered a warning citation. Any subsequent citation issued to the same vehicle 24 hours or more after the first citation will not be subject to dismissal.
Visitors are defined as guests and other individuals visiting the campus on University business attending public functions, visiting the University library, attending sporting events, etc. Faculty, staff, students, their family members and friends, or other students who use a vehicle that has not been registered at HSU are not considered visitors. Other complimentary faculty, staff or students regularly assigned to work at HSU are not visitors. Guests who use the registered vehicle of a student, staff or faculty member are subject to the same parking limitations as the registrant and must park according to the decal. ACU, McM, Patty Hanks School of Nursing, Abilene and Cooper High School and Cisco Junior College students are not considered visitors while taking classes.
Attention: Student dependents of current HSU faculty and staff are not authorized to use faculty/staff parking spaces while attending class or while working at HSU. If a student is using his or her parent's vehicle that has been issued a faculty/staff permit, he or she must park in his or her respective designated area (commuter or resident parking).
Exceptions: Areas specifically marked "Faculty," "Staff," and/or "Visitors" may be used by anyone between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. However, citations will be issued in these zones between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Appeal to the Chief of Police for reconsideration.
If verbal reconsideration is denied, a traffic appeal form may be filled out and submitted to the Vice President for Student Life who will call a meeting of the Student Traffic Committee to consider the case.
The Student Traffic Committee is composed of five members. The Chairman and two members are chosen by the Vice President for Student Life and two members are chosen by the student body President. The committee serves as an advisory board to the Chief of Police and functions as the traffic court for student appeals.
The HSU Police Department has six direct dial safety telephones on campus. These telephones are in service 24 hours a day and are designed to enhance the safety and security of the HSU community. However, personal safety is an individual responsibility and pre-planning and common sense are the best defenses.
The telephones are in well lighted areas. To activate the telephones, push the button and hold it for two full seconds, then talk directly into the box. Complete operating instructions are posted at each site. Locations of the phones are:
These telephones are intended to be used in contacting HSU Police Department for immediate assistance when there is a problem or potential danger. Pranks, hang-ups, harassment, or other other abuse though the use for these telephones is a violation of state law and university policies.
Some intended use of the telephones are:
Due to the complexity of locking hardware installed on most newer-model vehicles, University Police do not offer vehicle unlocking services.
As an alternative program, the following services are available:
2200 Hickory, Abilene, TX, 79698
Operator: (325) 670-1000
Campus Police: (325) 670-1461