Parking Rules & Regulations
The Parking Code is in effect at all times.
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, 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, display a current CSU hang tag, or follow the procedures found in Visitor Registration.
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 (706-568-2022) to report damaged or stolen property.
- Pay attention to warning signs and park away from athletic fields and unlit areas.
- Handicapped parking permits are issued by the state and displayed per state statute.
- 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 prior to 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 disabilities.
- Non-motorized vehicles (i.e. skateboards, not bicycles) 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 cc. or greater. The certificate of origin must state: Manufactured for lawful highway use. A special decal will be issued for motorcycles. Motorcycles must park in a regular parking space and in 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 lots in accordance with the other sections of this code. Cart spaces that have been constructed for this purpose. Parking is Prohibited: On landscaped and lawn areas. 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 of time for loading and unloading. The maximum length of this time is 15 minutes. Service spaces are limited to use by the university service vehicles, personal vehicles with valid permits, and contractors/vendors on official business.
- 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 or traffic flow or access for persons with disabilities.
Parking is Prohibited
- On sidewalks, 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 designated parking spots.
- In any location, or in any manner, that would impede emergency responders.
- In any location that would impede the normal operations of the campus, including bus loading/unloading zones.
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 active session connected to the charger to use the spaces. Any non-electric vehicles or EVs not in active session are subject to citation. 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.
If a vehicle becomes inoperable in an area other than an authorized parking area, the operator should notify Parking Services at 706-507-8206 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 a visible need of repair on campus is 48 hours. After 48 hours, the vehicle will be towed from campus at the owner's expense.