Traffic & Parking Regulations

Under the provisions of Chapter 115D-21 of the General Statutes of North Carolina, RCC's school resource officers as well as other local or state law enforcement agencies can enforce the traffic regulations of the College. All of the provisions of Chapter 20 of the General Statutes relating to the operation of motor vehicles on the highways of the state of North Carolina shall apply to the streets, roads, alleys, and driveways on the RCC campus. Any person violating any of the provisions of the state traffic laws (Chapter 20 of the General Statutes) on the streets, roads, alleys, and driveways on the RCC campus may, upon conviction, be guilty of a state traffic offense, not just a campus traffic policy.

Parking control will also be the responsibility of RCC's school resource officers.

In addition to the provisions of Chapter 20 of the General Statutes, the following rules and regulations are applicable to the parking lots on the RCC campus.

Speed Limit

The speed limit on any street, road, alley, driveway, or parking lot on the campus is 10 miles per hour.

Other Traffic Regulations

Other regulatory signs are posted on campus and can be enforced under the provision of NC traffic laws by any local or state law enforcement official.

No reckless driving of any type will be tolerated on campus.

Temporarily parking close to a building is allowed by staff or faculty for loading and unloading purposes. A loading/unloading permit should be displayed or the vehicle is subject to towing. Department heads will have a loading/unloading permit for their employees to use.

RCC assumes no responsibility for damage to any vehicle while parked, towed, stored, or operated on the campus, or for the contents of vehicles on campus.

Parking Zones

Parking is allowed only in lined parking spaces.

The following colors are used to designate parking:

  • Yellow is reserved for faculty & staff. (The first five spaces of the main faculty/staff lot in front of the AE Building are reserved for official RCC vehicles only.)
  • Blue is reserved for handicapped parking (with an approved NC handicap tag and an RCC handicap tag).
  • Green is reserved for visitors.
  • White is reserved for student parking.
  • Red will be used to mark fire lanes and fire hydrant zones and other no parking zones. Fire lanes and fire hydrant zones are considered immediate towing zones.

Parking Permits

RCC charges a $5 parking fee per student per semester. The fee will be collected from all curriculum students, except students enrolled in eligible high school programs and students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses. A parking permit (hang-tag) is required for each vehicle owned by an RCC employee (faculty and staff) and curriculum students. Parking permits will be color-coded to match the color of parking spaces in which that vehicle is authorized to park. Staff/faculty parking permits should be turned in with other school property upon the termination of employment.

Handicapped Parking

Due to the ease of unauthorized use of state-issued handicap parking tags, an RCC handicap tag will also be required. Hang-tags shall be attached to the rear view mirror as designed.

Parking in a handicap parking space will be ticketed under the provision of North Carolina Laws and is subject to fines by the city, county and or state.

Overflow Parking

The overflow parking lot can be accessed by following the designated overflow parking signs.

Parking Penalties

Penalties for violations of the parking policy will result in a "warning ticket" on the first and second violation. However, a third parking violation by the same vehicle will result in towing. The parking violation period will run each academic year from August to July.

Warning tickets may be issued for:

  • Parking in a staff/faculty space without the proper hang-tag displayed.
  • Student vehicles parking in the visitor parking spaces.
  • Parking over the parking space lines.
  • Parking in the grass, in any area that is not a designated parking spot, or in any area that is marked as "No Parking."
  • Any other unsafe or inappropriate parking.

The vehicle owner is responsible for any warning tickets placed on their vehicle, regardless of who is operating the vehicle at the time the violation occurs. The owner is also responsible for any cost or legal actions if the vehicle is towed.

Immediate Towing Violations: Vehicles may be towed immediately for blocking a fire hydrant, fire lane, driveway, street, road, alley or parking spaces on campus that would cause a delay of emergency vehicle access or cause any other safety hazard. Fire lanes will be marked with the lettering "Fire Lane" and a fire hydrant zone is defined as the area extending 15 feet on each side of a fire hydrant.

When a vehicle is towed, the officer will attempt to notify the owner where the vehicle is located and the procedures to reclaim it. If the owner cannot be located, the officer will notify the owner by telephone or mail. The notification will include information about the appeals of impoundment. All appeals of impoundment and towing will be heard by a Randolph County Magistrate, as required by General Statute 20-219.11.

Appeals

Appeals of parking penalties shall be submitted in writing to the director of safety and emergency preparedness or the office of the vice president of administration within 3 business days of the warning. Forms to appeal a parking penalty can be obtained at the Information Desk. A decision will be given in writing within 5 business days after the receipt of the appeal.