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600.7 - The Ordinance Regulating Traffic and Parking On the Campus of Winston-Salem State University

University Group Policy #600.7

I.  Policy Statement

This Ordinance defines the general operations and policies for traffic and parking on the campus of Winston-Salem State University (hereinafter referred to as University or WSSU). Parking on WSSU is a privilege. The provisions set forth in this Ordinance are designed to ensure the safety and protection of all users of the system.

II.     Definitions

The words and phrases defined in this section have the meaning indicated when used in this Ordinance, unless the context clearly requires another meaning:

  • “Assigned parking” means customers must park in parking areas designated by their permit. Assigned parking is from 7:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday unless designated otherwise by the Chancellor or his designee.
  • “Bicycle” means every device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, and supported by either two tandem or three wheels, one of which is sixteen inches or more in diameter. “Abandoned bicycles” are those which have not been moved from the same location for a period of two weeks or longer.
  • “Booting” means to immobilize a vehicle through the use of a device designed to be attached to the rear tire/wheel that renders the vehicle inoperable.
  • “Campus” means all property that (i) is owned or leased in whole or in part by The State of North Carolina, (ii) is subject to the general oversight of the Board of Trustees of Winston-Salem State University, and (iii) is located within Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina.
  • “Campus Safety Committee” means the hearing body that consists of university and students representatives that addresses appeals of traffic offenses committed under this Ordinance.
  • “Chancellor” means the Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University or designee.
  • “Guest” means any individual that is invited to come to campus by Faculty, Staff or student for the sole purpose of conducting official university business such as guest speaker/lecturer.
  • “Moped/Motorbike” means two-wheeled vehicles that are self-propelled by means of motor. As of June 1, 2015, the State of North Carolina issued a bill that requires citizens to register these vehicles with the Division of Motor Vehicle and be issued a valid license plate that is operated on North Carolina roads.
  • “Motor vehicle” means every licensed vehicle that is self-propelled and every vehicle designed to run upon the highway that is pulled by a self-propelled vehicle. This includes automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and any other licensed, motor-powered, passenger-carrying device.
  • “Open parking” means customers with a permit may park in any non-resident parking area during designated open parking times. Open parking times are from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. each weekday and every weekend unless designated otherwise by the Chancellor or his designee.
  • “Park” means to leave a motor vehicle unattended by any person authorized to, or capable of, moving it immediately upon the direction of a law or traffic enforcement officer. Notes in vehicles, activated hazard lights, or a running engine do not render the vehicle “attended.”
  • “Parking meter” a device used to collect money in exchange for the right to temporarily park without a parking permit or having your vehicle registered.
  • “Passport Parking/(Pay by Phone)” Passport Parking is designed to provide more short-term parking options for those who do not need to be on campus all day such as visitors and part-time students. WSSU launched Passport Parking in two sections of campus. They are Zone 85 with 41 numbered spaces located in Lot E behind K. R. Williams Auditorium and Zone 86 with 25 spaces located in Lot R behind the Thompson Center.
  • “Parking Permit” means any identification assigned by the Winston-Salem State University Department of Public Safety that is to be displayed to verify a legally parked vehicle on the campus.
  • “Repeat Offender” any customer who has received 3 or more citations within an academic semester is considered a Repeat Offender. Repeat Offenders will forfeit their parking permit and lose their parking privileges for the remaining academic semester.
  • “Scofflaw” describes any customer or vehicle that has three or more unpaid parking citations.
  • “Tow” means to remove a vehicle through the use of a vendor/tow company.
  • “Visitor” means any individual other than a student or employee of Winston-Salem State University that is on campus to conduct any personal or non-personal business.
  • An “abandoned motor vehicle” is one that has been removed to a storage area pursuant to authority granted in this Ordinance and has remained in said storage area for longer than thirty days.
  • A “derelict vehicle” is a vehicle (1) that has an expired registration and the registered and legal owner no longer resides at the address listed on the last certification of registration on record with the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, (2) that has major parts removed so as to render the vehicle inoperable and incapable of passing inspections as required under existing standards, (3) that has the manufacturer’s serial plates, vehicle identification numbers, license plate numbers, and any other means of identification removed so as to nullify efforts to locate or identify the registered and legal owner, (4) for which the registered and legal owner of record disclaims ownership or releases his/her rights thereto, or (5) that is more than twelve years old and does not bear a current license as required by the Department of Motor Vehicles. (6) Has flat tires or has not been moved due to mechanical problems for two weeks.

    Any proceeds from the sale of a derelict/abandoned motor vehicle, after costs for removal, storage, investigation, sale, and satisfying any liens of record on the vehicle have been deducted there from, shall be held by the University for thirty days and paid to the registered owner upon demand. If the owner does not appear to claim the proceeds within thirty days after disposal of the vehicle, the funds shall be deposited in the Department of Public Safety Parking Trust Fund, and the owner’s rights therein shall be forever forfeited.

    No person shall be held to answer in any criminal or civil action to any owner or other person legally entitled to the possession of any abandoned, lost, or stolen motor vehicle for disposing of the vehicles as provided in this section.

III.    Guidelines

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IV.    Roles and Responsibilities

Regulating: Delegating of Authority

  • The Chancellor is authorized to adopt and promulgate such rules and regulations and to establish such administrative procedures as he/she may deem necessary or advisable for the administration, interpretation, and enforcement of this Ordinance.
  • The Chancellor may delegate administrative responsibilities imposed on him/her by this Ordinance to the Director of Public Safety and other officers of the University that the Chancellor may choose.
  • The Department of Public Safety operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. In-office customer service is available from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on University- recognized holidays. Regulations may be enforced at any time deemed necessary by special event activities or other circumstances.

V.     Applicability

This policy is applicable on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

Responsible Division: Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff

Authority: Board of Trustees


  • Adopted June 10, 2016

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