Parking and Traffic Regulations
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 any sports and special events held on HSU property, and is in possession of any handgun or firearm (Texas Penal Code Section 30.06).
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, McMurry, Patty Hanks School of Nursing, Abilene High School, 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).
- Parking decals must be properly displayed. Place parking decal on the rear window bottom left side (driver’s side) affixed to the outside of the window. Taping the decal on the inside of the vehicle rear window is not allowed. Do not alter the parking decal.
- All parking decals are numbered and color coded for parking restrictions. Resident or Commuter are noted on the parking decal.
- Monday through Friday, 7:30 am- 5:30 pm, Residential students need to park in appropriate Residence Hall & UP Apartment parking lots and in the open lots. Open lots are defined on the map with the color tan. These parking lots are also defined with signs designating the decals allowed in those parking lots.
- Additional parking is available in the “Open Parking Lots”. These include: Sandefer Fieldhouse parking lot, Cowboy Band Hall, Intramural Field, Simmons Street parking lot, Skiles parking lot, and Dyess Welcome Center parking lot.
- Open parking is available to students, faculty, and staff on weekends and after 5:30pm until 7:30am on weekdays. No parking is allowed in red zones, handicap, President, Vice Presidents, Dean, Residence Hall Directors, or Reserved or Rental spaces at any time.
- Students residing off campus (commuters) receive a gold hanging decal and may park in any parking spaces marked “commuter”, “com/vis”, where signs indicate gold decals, or any of the open parking lots listed above.
- Adjunct decals: Grad students, from all Universities, will receive a Commuter hanging decal and will adhere to the parking regulations of commuter parking. Visiting Professors that teach a class at HSU will receive a Commuter hanger and will be required to park in commuter parking during business hours.
- Motorcycle and bicycle decals are required. Bicycles will be identified by the serial number located on the underside of the bike between the pedals. Bicycles are required to be parked in the bicycle racks provided. Motorcycles may park in commuter spaces and spaces marked “Motorcycle”.
- The first hanging decal and first bicycle decal are free to all students. Any additional decal will be at the cost of $5.00 each.
- Registration decals from McMurry, ACU, Abilene High School and Cooper High School, HSU and Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing are honored at all schools. Parking regulations will differ on each campus. Students are therefore advised to check with campus police to clarify issues regarding parking & vehicle regulations on each campus.
- Students, faculty, and staff must display their parking decal from the rear window of their vehicle in the bottom left corner (driver’s side) affixed to the outside of the window.
- The parking decal must be displayed within 24 hours of receiving it.
- In case of a citation, the student that corresponds to the parking decal will be charged, even if someone else was driving the vehicle.
Students from HSU, McMurry, Cisco, Patty Hanks School of Nursing, Abilene & Cooper High School or ACU receiving citations must satisfy those citations on the campus where the citation was issued.
In addition to the citation and fine system for traffic and parking violations, the following conditions could result in a vehicle being towed off campus at the owner’s expense:
- Five or more citations within a semester or summer period.
- Blocking a handicapped space, fire lane, roadway, alley, building exit or entrance.
- Parking in an area designated as a tow-away zone.
- Vehicles banned from campus by appropriated authority as a result of disciplinary action.
A schedule of charges and fines is on the back of the issued citations. If a citation is not appealed within 5 days, the citation will be posted to the student’s account.
Persons receiving a citation which they believe is unjust may:
- 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 Dean of Students 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, two members chosen by the Dean of Students, and two members 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 seven 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:
- Northwest Side of Simmons Parking Lot
- Northeast Corner of Dyess Welcome Center
- Northeast Corner of Ferguson Resident Hall
- Southwest Corner of Arts and Sciences Annex
- Inside Physical Therapy Building on the Northside
- Behrens Hall and Lange Hall Parking Lot
- East Side of Weight Room of Sandefer Field House
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:
- To report a physical assault or perceived danger
- To report suspicious people or vehicles on campus
- To report accidents
- To report fires
- To call for police escort (University Police Officers will provide after hours escorts for students, faculty, staff and visitors to any campus building, campus parking areas or residential halls. Emergency escorts may be provided to off campus housing and the Grape Street Athletic Complex.)
This service is available for vehicles which are on Hardin-Simmons University properties. The complexity of locking hardware on vehicles, availability of an officer, and their ability to unlock vehicles will be the determining factor on whether or not a vehicle can be unlocked.
As an alternative program, the following services are available:
Spare vehicle keys will be stored in a secure area located at the campus police office. It is strongly recommended that students, faculty, and staff provide the police office with a duplicate vehicle key. All keys are returned upon request. Keys will be kept for one school year. If you want your spare key kept longer, contact HSU Police Department at: 325-670-1461
If a key is not stored in the campus police office, two local companies are available to offer assistance. The companies charge from $25 to $50, and there is often a half hour to two hour wait for their service.
Those companies are:
O’Bar Wrecker Service (AAA Service) – (325) 673-4581
Abilene Pop-A-Lock – (325) 677-2600