Parking Services

Parking and Traffic Regulations

Below are the Rules and Regulations authorized by University policy. Revised May 15, 2020
I. Authority

A. Pursuant to the authority granted by S.B. 162 of the 60th Legislature, now incorporated into the Texas Higher Education Code, Subchapter "E", paragraph 51.201 - 51.211, Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi, a member of the Texas A&M University System, is promulgating these regulations pertaining to the operation and parking of vehicles on property of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

B. All laws of the State of Texas, ordinances regarding traffic in the City of Corpus Christi, and rules and regulations of the University are in effect 24 hours a day. The fact that a violation notice is not issued when a violation occurs does not imply that the regulation or law is not in effect.

C. Each vehicle operator is responsible for knowing and following the laws and regulations in force.

D. The legal speed limit on the Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi campus is 20 miles per hour, unless otherwise posted. Speed limit on the University parking lots is 10 miles per hour.

E. The University Police Department has the authority to enforce these regulations, including the right to impound vehicles for specific violations. The owner or operator of an impounded vehicle must pay the cost of impounding and storing the vehicle, in addition to any outstanding violation charges.

II. General Provisions

A. The control of motor vehicle traffic on campus is a necessary part of the efficient operation of the university. Parking regulations inform motorists where they may park rather than list every space where it is improper to park.

1. Parking and Traffic laws are enforced 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

2. Parking spaces for the physically handicapped are reserved 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

3. Faculty/staff spaces reserved parking are reserved 24 hours per day/365 days. (or as posted).

4. Unauthorized vehicles shall be subject to impoundment at the owner's expense in addition to citations incurred.

B. The operation of a motor vehicle on the Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi campus is a privilege granted by the University rather than a right.

C. To park on campus vehicles must be registered in the TAMU-CC Parking Portal or with ParkMobile with the exception of Weekends starting Friday 8 P.M. until Monday 8 A.M. and University recognized holidays.

D. On special occasions and in emergencies, the University Police Department may temporarily close any campus parking area or facility or limit parking and traffic as required by circumstances.

E. The University assumes no responsibility for the care and/or protection of any vehicle or its contents while the vehicle is operated or parked on campus. However, every effort will be made by University Police officers to protect all vehicles and property. All vehicle operators should lock or otherwise secure their vehicles while unattended.

F. All faculty, staff and students operating a vehicle on University property shall have a valid drivers license. The vehicle shall have proper license plates. All motorists must have proof of liability insurance for their vehicle as required by state law.

G. All thefts, accidents, and offenses that occur on campus should be reported immediately to the University Police Department.

H. The University reserves the right to wheel lock, impound or remove any motor vehicle from the premises of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi at the owner's expense for any of the following reasons:

1. Parking unauthorized vehicle in a handicap space.

2. Receiving five or more outstanding traffic or parking citations per semester.

3. Failure to display a current valid vehicle license plate.

4. Parking in a manner dangerous to vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

5. Parking in, stopping in, or or otherwise blocking a fire lane.

6. Parking with disregard to official barricades or traffic cones.

7. Parking on any lawn, sidewalk, or in any area that restricts vehicle or pedestrian traffic.

8. Endangering any life or property (e.g. leaking gasoline).

9. Obstructing any emergency vehicle or equipment.

10. Blocking access to any building, loading zone, reserved area, barricades, or maintenance equipment.

11. Parking or storing a non-operating vehicle on University premises. (Vehicles may not be stored in the parking garage).

12. Vehicles may not be backed into spaces within the Bayside Parking Garage, as this practice in a confined area is a hazard.

13. Failure to obey the lawful verbal order of a University Police Officer, Security Officer, or a Kiosk attendant.

I. Valet Parking:

Valet parking is authorized on campus as the University is self-insured.  Community Outreach and UPD Parking will be the point of contacts for Valet Parking on the campus.  Community Outreach will coordinate contracting of service,  and notify UPD Parking.  Parking office will contact vendor(i.e. Harbor Parking) and request specifics with regard to function, date/time/location and requirements and offer recommendations based on event.  UPD will assign and block a designated area for Valet parking of vehicles 24 Hours prior to event, or as dictated by campus activities.

The vendor is responsible for control of the parking area,  effective upon start of operation, until completion.  University Police should be contacted for problems that occur. Contact number.  361-825-4242.

UPD will furnish parking materials, i.e.. cones and traffic devices as necessary. A minimum charge of $ 35.00 per hour will be assessed for initial set up/take down of parking equipment.  This fee will be included within contract coordinated by Community Outreach.

Parking area authority remains with University Police Department to make changes in order to maintain safety and or correct traffic conditions on campus.

 

III. Definitions

A. Campus includes all property owned or controlled by Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi.

B. Motor vehicle includes automobiles, buses, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, motor scooters, motorbikes and mopeds.

C. TAMU-CC Parking Portal refers to the site where your electronic permit can be purchased. We are no longer are utilizing hangtag's. Vehicle registration required when parking on campus.

D. Impound includes immobilization, towing, removal, and storage of a vehicle.

E. Visitor is an individual with no affiliation, association, or relationship with Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi as a student, faculty member, staff member, or employee, or as determined by the University Police Department. Visitors may find suitable parking designated on the map in this folder or utilize the ParkMobile App.

F. Full-time Faculty includes those whose contract has been processed through the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and who are assigned a full time faculty position with the University. This shall exclude all individuals employed under graduate study status. Such positions as teaching assistant, graduate assistant, lab instructor, or grader do not qualify for this classification.

G. Full-time Staff are employees who are employed for twelve (12) month period at forty hours a week. This shall exclude individuals employed under temporary, part-time, or work study status.

H. Administrators are the President, Vice President, and Deans of the University.

I. Position Reserved Spaces are assigned only to the President, the Vice Presidents, and Academic Deans, and others as determined by the VP for Finance & Administration.

J. Disabled or physically handicapped is defined as a person having demonstrated bone, joint, muscle, or nerve defects involving either the lower spine, pelvis, or lower extremities, or other conditions warranting a medical certificate of disability.

K. Legal Parking Space is a designated vehicular parking area approximately marked by paint striping.

 

IV. Traffic and Parking Regulations

The campus map in this folder shows the location of various parking zones. Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and others, are required to have their vehicle registered through the TAMU-CC Parking Portal or ParkMobile. The purchase of and issuance of motor vehicle registration permit does not guarantee a parking space nor does the absence of a parking space constitute a valid justification for violation of these regulations.

Each driver is responsible for his/her vehicle in the area for which they park.

All visitors are directed to utilize the ParkMobile App, No smartphone? 877-727-5953 Surface Lot Zone: 4510 Parking Garage Zone: 4513 . 

Security and Information Kiosks are located at Island Boulevard and Sand Dollar Boulevard for your convenience and assistance with parking information.

 

A. Registration of Vehicles

1. All faculty, staff, and students, full or part-time, undergraduate or graduate, who expect to park a vehicle on University property, regularly or occasionally, are required to register those vehicles within the TAMU-CC Parking Portal . All student on or before classes begin each semester. All vehicles must be registered. Faculty/Staff vehicles are registered on a yearly or 9-month basis beginning September 1 each year. Vehicle owners and operators may purchase permits through the TAMU-CC Parking Portal . Students may purchase permits via their S.A.I.L. account through the TAMU-CC Parking Portal .

2. A parking permit is not a guarantee of a parking space. Each vehicle operator is responsible for finding a legal parking space. Lack of space is not a valid excuse for violation of any parking regulation.

3. When a person is charged with violation of any provision of these regulations, proof that the vehicle was, on the date of the offense bearing a valid university parking permit is prima facie evidence that the holder of the epermit committed the violation. However if the vehicle does not bear a valid parking permit, proof that the vehicle, on the date of the offense alleged, was owned by an individual is prima facie proof that the owner committed the violation.

4. If a student, faculty, or staff has the same family name or home address as the registered owner of a vehicle for which a violation notice has been issued, the violation notice and accompanying violation charges will be recorded in the student, faculty, or staff member's name.

5. Individuals with unpaid violation charges recorded in their names are ineligible to receive a parking permit until those charges have been paid.

6. A parking permit may not be purchased for an individual who is ineligible to receive a permit. The University will suspend for one year the parking privileges of anyone who violates this regulation. In addition, the University will require that the individual possessing the permit return it to the University immediately.

7. Staff, Faculty, or Administrators will be allowed one or more parking permit per fiscal year. The  epermit may be utilized on any vehicle, which is registered with the University Police Department, only one vehicle under the epermit is permitted on campus.

8. It is the driver's responsibility to notify the University Police Department when an emergency makes it necessary to operate a non-registered vehicle on campus. The driver must add the vehicle to the Parking Portal prior to parking the vehicle on campus.

9. The registrant of the vehicle is ultimately responsible for its safe operation, proper parking and payment of violations regardless of who may be the driver or operator.

  C. Refund of Vehicle Registration Fees 

Refunds may apply to unused permits which are not mutilated, refunds are sent out fully before the 12th class day. Persons should request refunds at University Police. A refund will not be processed at anytime after the 12th day, unless a withdrawal from the University has taken place.  A check for the refunded amount or Higher one card posting will be completed within 30 days. The refund schedule is as follows.

1. Withdrawing prior to the first regularly scheduled class day ..100%

 

D. Types of Special Permits

1. Handicapped Permits

Employee, Agency, and students are eligible to receive handicapped permits subject to the following requirements or restrictions.

a. Temporary Permits: The applicant must obtain a written verification of handicapped status, which includes the expected period of disability. This must be signed by a physician and will be valid for a maximum period of 6 weeks.

b. To request a permanent handicapped and temporary handicapped exceeding six (6) months, the person must obtain a State of Texas handicapped permit from any County Tax Assessor. The applicant must have a valid parking permit on his or her vehicle, and the vehicle must display The State of Texas handicapped permit.

c. Handicapped permits are valid only for a limited time as defined at the time of issuance. The university may withdraw a temporary handicapped permit at any time.

d. Vehicles displaying a handicapped permit may park in any handicapped parking space. Any other vehicle parked in any handicapped space may be fined and/or impounded.

e.Disabled Veteran: University general parking permit may be issued free of charge with, presentation of state vehicle registration citing Disabled Veteran. Individuals desiring garage permit Will be assessed the fee difference of general to garage permit. Parking Specialist approval required.

2. Temporary Permits

A. Seminars and Meetings: Department heads may request temporary epermits from the University Police Department. Participants involved in seminars, meetings, or courses must notify of vehicle information. A list should be forwarded to the Parking Control Supervisor, University Police showing the course, location, estimated attendance, and inclusive dates at least one week prior to the beginning of the meeting. 

F. Vehicle registration

Vehicles should be registered through the TAMU-CC Parking Portal

V. Parking Violations and Fines: CITATIONS WILL ONLY BE PROCESSED AT UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPT, NOT THE SANDDOLLAR OFFICE.

A. No on-street parallel parking is permitted regardless of color of the curb.

B. No parking is permitted in red curbed areas at any time.

C. Parking is prohibited in all campus driveways. Vehicles found there will be subject to fines, wheel locks or impoundment.

D. Schedule of Penalties

violations table

Violation

Amount

Loading Zone

$25.00

Failure to Register Vehicle

$25.00

Parking in excess of time limit (posted/metered)

$25.00

Speed in excess of 10 MPH in a Parking Lot 

$50.00

Transferring citation to another vehicle

$50.00

Failure to remove citation after changing locations or Failure to display a valid license plate, motor vehicle registration and/or vehicle inspection sticker on a parked vehicle 

$50.00

Parking/Storing a non-operating vehicle on campus

$50.00

Reserved Space Without Permit 

$75.00

Reserved space-Parking outside of area designated for a specific permit

$75.00

Disregarding a traffic control device 

$75.00

Parked in a Fire Lane 

$150.00

Disregarding lawful order of Campus Police Officer

$200.00

Blocking access to a Handicapped space

$500.00

Handicapped Zone Without Permit 

$500.00

Note: 1. Vehicles receiving 5 or more unpaid citations will be subject to booting or towing.

 

VI. Violator's Obligation

A. All penalties for those violations must be paid at the Business Office during normal business hours or through TAMU-CC Parking Portal .

B. The penalties assessed for violations constitutes an indebtedness to Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi. Anyone failing to pay them is subject to disciplinary action, impoundment of vehicle, or withholding of grades and /or transcripts. In addition, referral may be made to the Dean of Students.

VII. Appeals Procedure

Appeals must be made to the Campus Parking Appeals Judicial Committee within Fourteen (14) calendar days of the citation. Persons making an appeal should follow these procedure:

A. File an appeal online under the University Police Department web site.

 B. Appear before the Parking Appeals Committee at the time the case is scheduled for hearing.

C. If the appeal is denied, the fees must be paid within fourteen (1) calendar days after the date of the ruling, otherwise a late fee will apply.

D. Failure to appear before the Appeals Board will result in the original fee being assessed.

E. If the appeal is denied, the full amount of the citation will be valid for payment.

 

VIII. Enforcement

All University Police Officers are duly Commissioned Peace Officers of the State of Texas.

The University Police Department is authorized to issue two (2) types of citations for violations of University parking and traffic laws.

A. University Violation Notices - those handled by the university, subject to university administrative violation charges and a right to appeal within the university.

B. Court Appearance Citations - those handled by the University Police but constituting a summons to appear in either the Corpus Christi Municipal Court or a Justice of the Peace Court.

IX. Responsibility

All students, faculty, and staff are responsible for following the regulations printed  in this folder.

X. Identification

Upon request of a University Police Officer or Security Officer, any individual is required to furnish proper identification.

 Alan A. Gutierrez, Chief of Police, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

University Police Department