The Biola University Department of Campus Safety has the responsibility and authority to administer the traffic policy for the institution and to control traffic and parking on campus accordingly. The California vehicle code confers the right to Biola University to control traffic and parking on campus. All individuals who register a vehicle with Campus Safety or operate a vehicle on the Biola campus shall abide by the rules set down by this vehicle code and the regulations of the California vehicle code.
California law requires that every owner and driver of a motor vehicle in this state maintain financial responsibility through liability insurance coverage. Any other means of financial responsibility must be approved by the department of motor vehicles. Anyone who registers a vehicle or drives on Biola property must meet this requirement.
Biola University does not assume responsibility for any damage to a vehicle due to theft, vandalism, flood, fire, or accident.
A parking permit does not guarantee or reserve a place to park. It does give license to drive and park on Biola property in the manner prescribed by this Vehicle Code. Parking permits are required at all times for vehicles parked on Biola property. These privileges may be revoked at any time at the discretion of the university.
The university reserves the right to close any campus parking area when it is necessary for maintenance, safety, or to meet special needs. When possible, notices will be posted indicating the closure.
The privilege to operate or park a vehicle on campus may be suspended to preserve the safety of the campus at the discretion of the chief of campus safety.
All vehicles parked on campus by students or employees must be registered with the Campus Safety department and display a valid permit at all times. Vehicles that are unregistered or do not display a permit are not permitted to park on campus. Visitors may obtain a permit free of charge from the campus safety office or at an entrance gate-house. After hours, visitors may obtain a one day permit at the communications center in Metzger hall. It is unlawful to forge, fabricate, or alter a parking permit. Parking permits are not transferable and may be used only by the driver and the vehicle they were issued to.
Permits must be displayed on the lower driver side exterior of the rear windshield while parked on Biola property. Permits on convertible vehicles, camper shells, etc. may be displayed on the driver side of the rear bumper. Permits must be removed from their backing and adhered directly to the window; they may not be taped or affixed by any other methods. Permits may not be transferred to another vehicle.
Permits must be displayed on the interior front windshield (driver side bottom corner). Permits must be clearly visible from the outside. Vehicles displaying a staff permit may park in any staff or student space/lot. Only regular employees may obtain and use a staff permit. Student employees may not use a staff permit to park on campus. Permits must be removed from their backing and adhered directly to the window; they may not be taped or affixed by any other methods. Permits may not be transferred to another vehicle.
Permits are required for visitors at all times. Permits are to be placed on the driver side dashboard. Visitors, vendors, and other special groups may obtain a visitor permit at no charge from the department they are visiting. Permits may also be obtained from the Campus Safety office or Entrance gatehouses during business hours. After hours, visitors may obtain a permit at the communications center In Metzger hall. Visitor permits are required for spaces marked "visitor." Visitors may also park in any unmarked space.
Special permits for large groups must be ordered through the "departmental parking permit request" form on myBiola a minimum of seven (7) business days in advance by university departments. Departments may also request parking reservations for special events through the "reserved parking request" form on mybiola a minimum of Two (2) weeks in advance.
Current and former students, alumni, and staff members do not qualify for visitor permits and may not park in visitor parking areas. Only visitors to the university displayed a visitor permit may park in visitor parking area.
Student, staff and alumni may obtain temporary permits for short-term use. Students who have not purchased a parking permit can obtain a temporary permit for the occasional use of a vehicle at a pro-rated charge (which will be billed directly to the student's account.)
Temporary permits valid for up to one month may be obtained from the campus safety office. The communications center and gatehouses issue temporary permits valid for one day only.
Alumni parking permits are only issued to Biola graduates with a valid alumni ID card. A permit may be obtained from the Campus Safety office during business hours.
Use of an alumni parking permit by a current student is not permitted and will result in fines and the revocation of parking privileges.
If a parking permit is lost, a lost/stolen permit report must be completed before a replacement will be issued. A nominal replacement fee will be assessed for lost permits. A false report will result in disciplinary action and a fine. Recovered permits must be returned to the Campus Safety office.
An unregistered vehicle may be subject to a check with the California Department of Motor Vehicles or other agency, or towing from campus. If a university student or employee has an unregistered vehicle on campus, he / she will be responsible for all costs involved in towing charges, and the cost of verification of ownership through the appropriate agency. Any previously unbilled citations may be billed to the student 's account. Faculty and staff members may also be held responsible for any previously unbilled citations.
When selling a vehicle that has a Biola parking permit, the original owner must notify the Campus Safety office within 5 working days. If not, any citations received are the responsibility of the owner. If the vehicle is cited while under operation of a person other than who it is registered to, the driver of the vehicle will be held responsible.
Curbs are stenciled to designate parking restrictions where they are present.
|Faculty/ Staff||"Faculty/Staff Only" stenciled on gray curb or wheel stop. Vehicles must display a faculty/staff permit to park in spaces designated "faculty/staff only" from 7:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday.|
|Visitor Parking||"Visitor" stenciled on gray curb or wheel stop. Vehicles must display a visitor permit to park in spaces designated "visitor" from 7:00am-5:00pm, Monday – Friday.|
|Green Curb||Temporary parking. Time limit is 30 minutes unless otherwise specified by sign or curb stenciling.|
|White Curb||Passenger loading/unloading only. Time limit is 5 minutes. Vehicle may not be left unattended.|
|Yellow Curb||Passenger or equipment loading/unloading only. Time limit is 20 minutes. Vehicle may not be left unattended.|
|Red Curb||Emergency vehicles only. No parking or stopping at any time. Red curbs are not for loading/unloading vehicles.|
|Plain Curb||Open parking (any Biola permit).|
Note: Consult the following section, "Lot Designations & Restrictions," and / or posted signs.
The following is a listing of parking lot designations and restrictions. Restrictions are enforced 7:00am-5:00pm, Monday - Friday. "Open" indicates that spaces are available for any vehicle displaying a valid Biola permit. "Staff" and "Visitor" indicates that some spaces in the lot are restricted.
|Lot B||Open Parking & Staff Parking|
|Lot C||Open Parking & Staff Parking|
|Lot D||Visitor Parking Only (plus two 30-minute spots)|
|Lot E||Open Parking|
|Lot F||Staff Parking only|
|Lot G||Open Parking|
|Lot H||Open Parking & Staff Parking|
|Lot I||Open Parking|
|Lot J||Open Parking & Staff Parking|
|Lot K||Open Parking|
|Lot L||Open Parking|
|Lot M||Open Parking|
|Lot N||Open Parking & Staff Parking|
|Lot O||Staff Parking only|
|Lot P||Open Parking|
|Lot R||Open Parking & Staff Parking|
|Lot S||Open Parking|
Parking at Biola-owned off-campus apartments used for Student housing is by permit only. These permits are issued at no charge. Off campus parking permits are not valid for On-campus parking.
Vehicles may not be stored on campus property without prior written approval from Campus Safety. Persons wishing to store a vehicle on campus must:
Failure to obtain permission will result in fine(s) and / or towing of the vehicle from Biola property.
Motorcycles and other motorized vehicles are subject to all regulations in this code.
* California vehicle code 406(b) – a "motorized bicycle" is also a device that has fully operative pedals for propulsion by human power and has an electric motor that meets all of the following requirements:
No person shall park or store a trailer upon any street, parking lot, or parking structure on campus except for the purpose of loading and unloading unless given permission by the chief of campus safety. Departmental trailers must be registered with campus safety and display a current Biola parking permit.
Privately owned golf carts or similar vehicles may not be driven or kept on campus.
Motorized scooters may not be driven or kept on campus.
The use of a motor vehicle at Biola University must be considered a privilege with accompanying responsibilities. The safety of our campus community and the University‘s relationship with the La Mirada community are influenced by our driving choices. Inappropriate or reckless driving may be subject to disciplinary proceedings and/or the removal of on-campus driving privileges.
Speed limits on campus roads are posted and will be enforced. Further, all California driving codes are in effect on campus and will be enforced, including observance of stop signs, pedestrian right-of-way, etc.
As a safety and security precaution, vehicles (including motorcycles) may not be covered by tarps or covers at any time.
Vehicles that are inoperable or are not properly registered with the DMV will be considered abandoned after a period of three weeks from their date of discovery. These vehicles may be fined and/or towed at the owner 's expense. Inoperable vehicles may not be stored on campus.
Any vehicle that is left on Biola property longer than 72 hours without a valid permit and/or prior approval to park will be considered abandoned and may be removed from campus at the owner 's expense.
Auto work of any kind is not permitted on campus.
Along with fines, violations are traditionally assigned point values. If a person accumulates a given number of points during an academic year, a mandatory meeting may be scheduled with the chief of Campus Safety. Failure to cooperate with a scheduled meeting may result in the loss of parking or driving privileges, or towing and storage of the vehicle at the owner's expense.
|— Up to 10 mph over limit||$60.00|
|— 11-15 mph over limit||$75.00|
|— 16-20 mph over speed limit||$85.00|
|— 21 mph + over speed limit||$95.00|
|Failure to Obey Official Parking Sign||$35.00|
|Failure to Stop at a Posted Sign||$50.00|
|Failure to Yield to Pedestrian/Vehicle/CS||$100.00|
|Illegal Parking in Designated Space||$35.00|
|Misuse of Permit||$100.00|
|Overtime in a Timed Zone||$35.00|
|Passing a Moving Vehicle||$55.00|
|Permit Improperly Displayed||$35.00|
|Permit not Displayed||$35.00|
|Placing Previously Issued Cite on Vehicle||$100.00|
|Reckless Driving/Misuse of Vehicle||$110.00|
|Red Zone/Fire Lane/Fire Hydrant||$100.00|
|Staff in Visitor Space||$35.00|
|Student in Faculty/Staff Space||$35.00|
|Student in Visitor Space||$35.00|
|Unsafe Vehicle Equipment||$40.00|
|Vehicle Gate Violation||$100.00|
Disabled parking: blue handicap spaces with a sign posted are for handicap parking only, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Handicap parking is authorized in parking spaces with the international symbol of access, next to a blue curb and blue handicap spaces only. A valid Biola parking permit is required for parking on campus, including disabled parking.
Excessive speed: the maximum speed limit on campus is 15 miles per hour. The fine amount is determined by the speed in excess of the speed limit (see fine schedule in the table above).
Failure to obey official parking sign: all vehicles must abide by official parking signs. These include temporary parking signs/cones/barricades/tape used to designate temporary parking conditions.
Failure to yield to a pedestrian/vehicle/CS: all vehicles must yield to approaching pedestrians, other vehicles when merging into traffic, or a Campus Safety official when necessary. Vehicles must yield to a Campus Safety patrol unit's lights and/or siren.
Helmet violation: motorcycle operators must wear a helmet at all times.
Illegal parking: vehicles must occupy only one space at a time and park within spaces designated by the appropriate color of curb, lines, or parking bumpers. Vehicles may not park along the curb boundaries of parking lots or on sidewalks. Vehicles may not park in Front of entrances to sidewalks or driveways.
Illegal parking in designated space: vehicles may not park in specially designated spaces without the appropriate permit. This includes, but is not limited to spaces designated as RD/RC, Rancho/Professional Building, Campus Safety, etc.
Obstructing traffic: there is no stopping, standing, or parking in a way that prevents another vehicle from moving or hinders the normal flow of traffic allowed.
Overtime in timed zone: 30 minutes is the maximum Time permitted in a green zone unless otherwise specified. Yellow loading zones have a 15 minute maximum time limit. White loading zones have a 5 minute maximum time limit.
Passing a moving vehicle: with the exception of passing a university cart or a bicycle that has acknowledged your Intentions to pass and there is no oncoming traffic, passing a moving vehicle is never permitted on campus roads.
Permit Expired: vehicles must display a current parking permit.
Permit improperly displayed: all parking permits must be properly displayed. The proper placement for all permits is as follows:
|Student Permits & Faculty/Staff Permits:||Display on the exterior rear window - lower driver side. For vehicles without a rear window, or when the permit may be obscured in this location the permit should be displayed on the rear bumper - driver side. Permits must be affixed using the adhesive backing and may not be taped or displayed inside the vehicle.|
|Alumni Permit:||Display on the rearview mirror.|
|Temporary (paper) permits:||should be displayed on the exterior Rear window (lower driver side) or bumper (driver side) as necessary.|
Permit not displayed: all vehicles parked on campus must display a valid parking permit.
Placing previously issued cite on vehicle: a previously issued citation shall not be placed on a vehicle to give the appearance that the vehicle has already received a citation.
Reckless driving / misuse of vehicle: vehicles driven In an unsafe manner including, but not limited to, driving outside of established traffic lanes or off-road and speed in excess of 25 MPH over the posted limit, Are considered reckless. Misuse of vehicle includes, but is not limited to, use of a vehicle for other than its designed purpose that is deemed unsafe, operation in prohibited areas, transport of too many passengers or in the bed of a pick-up truck, overloading a vehicle, and towing of items or persons outside the provisions established by law.
Red zones / fire lanes / fire hydrants: a vehicle may not stop or park in a red zone or fire lane at any time, whether the vehicle is attended or not. Red zones are for the use of emergency vehicles only and may not be blocked.
Skateboard violation: Riding skateboards/skates/longboards is not allowed at any time on the property of Biola University. Note: Skateboards/skates/longboards operated by students or staff members may be impounded for the safety of the community.
Staff in visitor space: staff/faculty may not park in visitor spaces between the hours of 7am and 5pm (weekends and holidays excepted).
Student in faculty/staff space: students may not park in staff/faculty spaces between the hours of 8am and 5pm (weekends and holidays excepted).
Student in visitor space: students may not park in visitor spaces between the hours of 7am and 5pm (weekends and holidays excepted).
Unsafe vehicle equipment: all vehicles on campus must comply with state safety regulations. If a citation is issued to a vehicle for unsafe vehicle equipment, the owner must show proof of repairs within two weeks of the issue date of the citation. Failure to do so may result in suspension of parking and driving privileges.
Vehicle gate violation: attempting to open, raise, alter, avoid, or otherwise circumvent entrance gate arms or other motorized vehicle gates is prohibited. When entrance gate arms are down, all drivers must swipe their Biola ID card or stop at the gatehouse before entering campus.
Failure to obey official parking sign: officially posted signs shall supersede any prior zone or curb designation.
Failure to stop at a posted stop sign: all vehicles must come to a complete stop at all posted stop signs (sign posts and painted on road surface) on campus.
The following fine schedule will be enforced for all violations:
|1st offense||Scheduled base fine|
|2nd offense||Scheduled base fine|
|3rd offense||Scheduled base fine plus $20.00|
|4th offense||Scheduled base fine plus $30.00|
|5th offense||Scheduled base fine plus $40.00|
Citations may be appealed online here.
Appeals must be made online within 14 days of the date that the citation was issued. Contact the Campus Safety office at (562) 903-4877 with any questions.
Results of the appeal will be mailed to campus boxes from campus safety within 10–15 business days of filing the appeal.
Citations may be appealed online here.
Please click here to appeal your citation online. Appeals must be made online within 14 days of the date that the citation was issued. Contact the Campus Safety office at (562) 903-4877 with any questions.