Parking Rules & Regulations
Additionally, University Police has the authority to enforce Georgia's Motor Vehicle Code at all times. See, O.C.G.A., Title 40, §§40-1-1 ff.
All faculty, staff, currently enrolled students, visitors, and service providers who intend to park on the Columbus State University main campus or the RiverPark campus are required to register with Parking Services. Failure to register a vehicle could result in a citation being issued. Students taking only online classes and who visit either campus must have their vehicle registered upon arrival and have a valid CSU parking permit.
The following information may be helpful with CSU campus parking but only serves as a general overview. Please consult the Parking Code for the full list of rules and regulations governing parking at Columbus State University. You may also want to consult our campus maps. If you have questions regarding any of these policies, please call University Support Services at 706-507-8203.
- Parking is at the risk of the driver. The University does not carry insurance for damage or loss to vehicles or contents. We recommend that individuals:
- Avoid leaving valuable items in vehicles.
- Call University Police (706-507-8911) to report damaged or stolen property.
- Pay attention to warning signs and park away from athletic fields and unlit areas.
- Vehicles not parked in appropriate spaces or illegally are subject to ticketing, booting, and/or towing. Anyone accumulating four (4) or more outstanding parking citations is subject to having his/her vehicle immobilized or towed. All fines must be paid before the release of the vehicle. The vehicle operator/owner is responsible for all towing and storage fees.
Permissible Parking/Operations on Campus
- Bicycles: Bicycles are not allowed in buildings and must be chained to a bike rack and not chained to stairs or handrails on campus. Parking is prohibited from obstructing walkways, railings, doorways or ramps intended for use by pedestrians or persons with accessibility needs.
- Non-motorized vehicles (i.e. skateboards) are prohibited on university streets, sidewalks, buildings, and lawn areas and should only be operated during daylight hours. Non-motorized vehicles are allowed in parking lots away from parked vehicles.
- Motorcycles: A motorcycle is defined as a motorized vehicle with an engine size of 50 ccs. or greater. The certificate of origin must state, "Manufactured for lawful highway use." Parking permits are still required for motorcycles. Motorcycles must park in a regular parking space and the same manner as an automobile or in a designated motorcycle parking area. Two motorcycles may park in one vehicle parking space. Motorcycles are prohibited from driving on sidewalks.
- CSU Motorized Carts: Parking is prohibited on landscaped and lawn areas and in front of electrical transformers and other equipment that could require immediate access.
- Vehicles designed for living or sleeping: Overnight or extended parking of campers, vans, buses, etc. utilized as living and sleeping quarters within the university's boundaries is not permitted.
- Loading/Unloading: Special parking permissions may be granted by Parking Services for short periods for loading and unloading. The maximum length of this time is 15 minutes. Service spaces are limited to use by university service vehicles and contractors/vendors on official business and are not valid spaces for loading/unloading.
- University Service and Police/Emergency Vehicles: Police and/or service vehicles may stop or park irrespective of the parking regulations while performing necessary official business. Service vehicles may not be left unattended blocking a fire hydrant, traffic flow, or access for persons with accessibility needs.
Parking is Prohibited
- Vehicle parking or standing is prohibited on campus in areas not specifically designated for parking. Parking areas within the university's campuses are marked. Any area not lined as a parking space or designated with a parking sign is a NO PARKING area. The absence of a "No Parking" sign or curb marking does not mean that parking is permissible.
- Double parking or obstructing drives, walkways, doors, refuse containers, emergency responders, bus loading/unloading zones, or vehicles.
- Parking in a fire lane or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
- On sidewalks, landscape areas, ramps, and other conveyances that serve pedestrian traffic or serve as a means of egress from a building.
- On streets, driveways, and parking lot access points, unless in a designated parking spot.
- In any location or any manner, that would impede emergency responders.
Parking Area Color Coding and Designations
Green - Faculty/Staff Parking.
White - Open parking for all currently registered vehicles unless designated otherwise. This excludes the Main Campus Parking Garage; the main campus garage is exclusively for registered student vehicles.
Blue - Accessibility Parking. Individuals without special accessibility placards or plates are subject to citation and impoundment.
Visitors - Visitor parking. Faculty, staff, students and third-party employees and vendors may not park in designated visitor spaces at any time.
Electric Vehicle Charging Spaces - These publically available spaces are reserved for electric vehicles (EV) only. EVs must be in an active session connected to the charger to use the spaces. Any non-electric vehicles or EVs not in active session are subject to citations. EV spaces are located in the center section of the first floor of the parking deck, Lot 14 in front of University Hall, and at the Cunningham Conference Center. A valid parking permit and registration with Parking Services are still required.
If a vehicle becomes inoperable in an area other than an authorized parking area, the operator should notify Parking Services at 706-507-8203 as soon as possible along with the approximate length of time before the vehicle will be moved. Parking Services does not provide roadside assistance services. The owner is liable for all parking citations issued before Parking Services is notified. The time limit for vehicles inoperable or in visible need of repair on campus is 48 hours. After 48 hours, the vehicle will be towed from campus at the owner's expense.