Parking and Transportation Services
The Harding University Parking Office was established in 2005. The purpose of this office was to effectively manage the University’s parking resources in a way that benefits the entire campus community. The Parking Office also strives to balance the parking demands of faculty, staff, commuter students, residence students and visitors in fair and equitable manner. Unlike many universities, Harding has more available parking spaces on campus than registered vehicles. All questions regarding parking issues or citations should be directed to the Manager of Parking and Transportation Services.
In the fall of 2008, the Parking Services Office also assumed responsibility for the University’s fleet vehicles. “Transportation” was added to the official title, and the office is now known as the Parking and Transportation Office. Any campus department or organization wishing to utilize university transportation may make reservations through the Parking and Transportation Office.
Harding University permits all students to have and drive automobiles on campus and in the community under certain conditions and exceptions as cited below.
Vehicle Registration Website: harding.thepermitstore.com
All students enrolled at Harding University (full- or part-time; professional, graduate or undergraduate; living on- or off-campus) and their spouses must register their vehicles.
- All vehicles driven on the University’s campus must be properly licensed and registered with the Office of Parking Services.
- All students, faculty and staff members who own one or more vehicles are required to register their vehicle(s) and correctly display a valid parking permit.
- Permits must be affixed to the vehicle in the manner in which they were designed by the manufacturer. This will constitute the final phase of vehicle registration. The permit must be correctly affixed to avoid penalty.
- Specific registration instructions can be found at the link below. Annual auto registration - $29.
- Students who change vehicles during the school year must transfer their permit by affixing the permit to the new vehicle and updating the vehicle information online. Students should contact the Office of Parking Services for any assistance with the transfer of vehicles, if needed.
- The Office of Parking Services may utilize online resources to identify the owners of unregistered vehicles. Unregistered student-owned or student-driven vehicles may be registered by the Office of Parking Services and all applicable fees and fines will be applied to the student’s account. Unregistered vehicles which accrue a minimum of five (5) citations may be towed at the owners expense.
- Students who falsify registration information are subject to disciplinary action.
- Physically disabled persons who are connected with the University and who suffer a permanent or temporary physical disability may apply at the Office of Parking Services for special parking consideration.
- Faculty, staff and students who have a motor vehicle registered and for some extraordinary circumstance find it necessary to operate and park an unregistered vehicle on campus may obtain a temporary permit without cost for a period of no longer than two weeks from the Office of Parking Services.
- Students bringing trailers to campus must gain permission from the Office of Student Life. Upon approval, the trailer must be registered with the Office of Parking Services and a specific parking area will be designated at that time.
- Students may not store or drive golf carts or all terrain vehicles (ATVs) on campus without prior approval from the Office of Student Life.
Rules and Regulations
- Every person operating a vehicle on campus is held responsible for acquainting him- or herself with and obeying the parking regulations of the University.
- Vehicles must be parked in designated slots.
- Vehicles are considered parked when left unattended.
- Citations are written 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Citations may be written hourly for any offense. For example, if a vehicle is parked illegitimately in a handicap slot, it is subject to a ticket every hour (also see towing policy).
- Reserved slots are restricted 24-hours a day.
- Visitor slots are reserved for non-university affiliated visitors and are reserved 24-hours a day.
- Faculty and Staff parking is reserved Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
- Students may park in faculty and staff parking Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and on weekends.
- Loading zones are designated for the loading and unloading of vehicles close to the respective building. Drivers will be given 15-minutes to load or unload their vehicle and will be expected to move their vehicle to a legitimate parking slot.
- Service Zones are for maintenance and emergency vehicles only. Students are not permitted to park in these areas.
- Overnight parking (curfew to 7 a.m.) is NOT allowed on the north side of campus and where otherwise posted.
- Double parking is not permitted on the campus at any time.
- Parking is prohibited in the following areas:
- All areas not distinctly designated as parking areas
- Service lane zones and roads
- Traffic lanes within parking lots
- On the grass or sidewalks
- On a pedestrian crossing
- Students driving vehicles with faculty/staff stickers are required to park in student parking.
- Handicap parking will be enforced according to state and federal regulations.
- When leaving campus for school trips or vacations, leave your vehicle parked in student parking (not in areas designated as “No Overnight” parking). If leaving the vehicle on campus for an extended period of time, please contact the Office of Parking Services.
- If you park illegally because of car failure, notify the Office of Parking Services immediately. You will be required to move the vehicle within 24 hours unless other arrangements are made with the manager of Parking Services.
To contest a parking citation, an appeal must be submitted within 10 days of the citation issue date to the Traffic Appeals Committee at harding.thepermitstore.com. The Appeals Committee is composed of Harding University faculty and staff members. Committee members review each appeal and make their decision based on the information contained in the appeal as well as information from the citation itself. When there is a question about an appeal, members of the committee may consult with the Manager of Parking Services to find a resolution. The decision of the Traffic Appeals Committee is final.
While any citation may be appealed, certain types of appeals are less likely to be successful, such as:
- Parking in a handicap slot without having a legitimate handicap permit or parking in a handicap loading zone.
- Parking in "No Parking" or "Reserved" areas, even for short periods of time with the appeals based on the rationale, "I was only there for a few minutes".
- Parking in staff or reserved slots because there was no convenient parking available.
- Ignorance of parking rules and regulations, "I didn’t know I couldn’t park there".
The University reserves the right to remove by impounding any vehicle parked in such a way as to constitute a serious hazard or any vehicle that impedes vehicular or pedestrian traffic movement, the operation of emergency equipment, the making of essential repairs and services, or for other cogent reasons, such as failure to properly register the vehicle, excessive parking violations or abandoned vehicles. Owners of such vehicles will be required to pay all costs involved in removing, impounding or storing such vehicles.
Penalties for Each Violation
- Parked in a handicap slot or blocking a handicap ramp $50
- Vehicle not registered or Registration permit not visible $34
- Parked in a staff slot or reserved slot $18
- Parked in a service zone $18
- Not parked in a designated slot $18
- Blocking traffic flow or double parked $18
- Parked in a loading zone over 15 minutes $18
- Parked in a time zone over 15 minutes $18
- Blocking pedestrian traffic flow $18
- Parked in a no parking zone $18
- Parked in a no overnight parking zone $18
- Parked in Motorcycle parking$18
- Parked in a Fire Lane $18
- Parked on the grass $18
Pay Citations either online or at the Business Office.
Fines will be turned over to the Business Office after 10 days with a $5 late fee and forfeit of appeal.
Fleet Vehicle Usage Requirements
- Fleet Vehicles are available for all departments and University sanctioned organizations, usually identified by a valid University expense account.
- Drivers must complete the online Driver Training.
- Fleet drivers must submit a Driver Questionnaire, Driver Information & Release Form to the Parking & Transportation Office.
- Drivers of the fleet buses must have an Arkansas CDL with the proper endorsements and documented the license with the Parking & Transportation Office.
Procedure for Fleet Vehicle Use
- Download the Vehicle Request Form and return the completed form by email or fax to the Parking & Transportation Office.
- Vehicles are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Actual vehicle assignment is generally determined by distance traveled.
- Keys may be picked up at the Public Safety Office usually within 24 hours of departure.
- Immediately after return, the keys and completed Travel Log must be returned to Public Safety after the vehicle is refueled and cleaned.
Vehicle Usage Fees
- The daily rental rate for vans is $15.
- The daily rental rate for buses is $35.
- Departments are responsible for all fuel expenses.
- Failure to refuel a vehicle may result in an additional $25 charge.
- Failure to cancel a reservation in a timely manner will result in usage fees being charged to the user.
Transportation Request Form (Word)
Vehicle Travel Report (Word)
Driver Training (online)
Driver Questionnaire (PDF)
Driver Release Form (PDF)
Trip Calculator (Excel)
Bus Load Plans (PDF)
Van Load Plan (PDF)