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Motor Vehicle Regulations

Safe Driving

The main campus of Bethel University is highly residential, home to more than 1700 students. Drivers must remember to drive in a safe and cautious manner and always be ready to yield to pedestrians. Bethel has established the speed limit on campus to 20 mph. Officers may pull a vehicle over for speeding, failure to yield (at either an intersection or to a pedestrian) or general wreckless driving (such as driving on walking paths, car surfing, weaving through driving lanes, etc).

General Parking Guidelines

In general, vehicles may only be parked in a designated parking space. A vehicle is considered parked if it is left unattended for any amount of time. This policy applies especially to fire lanes, which are designated with signage. These areas will be strictly enforced. Any violation of these areas will result in towing. Please consider that when you park in these areas, you put the residents of that entire building in jeopardy of not receiving proper emergency response. If you must unload in a fire lane please contact security and safety to receive permission. The following is a brief overview of the entire motor vehicle regulations

Overnight Parking

There are certain lots on campus closed to overnight parking (West, East, SRC, Ona Orth, Seminary Faculty). All vehicles parked overnight need a parking permit. An officer can issue an overnight permit at your vehicle. Hosts should be present with their guests in order to get an overnight permit. To request one, please call 651-638-6400

Parking for People with Disabilities 

Use of a handicapped parking space is restricted to only those vehicles with a state-issued handicapped license plate or that displays a state-issued certificate. Quick errands, deliveries, or drop-offs are not valid excuses for parking in or obstructing handicapped spaces. Minnesota state law requires enforcement of handicapped spaces on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week, including holiday periods. Bethel University is not authorized to issue temporary handicapped permits. Individuals with temporary disabilities should apply for a handicapped parking certificate

Reserved Parking

Spaces marked with a sign designating a personal name, department, visitor, or number are considered reserved parking spaces. Unauthorized vehicles parked in these spaces are subject to immediate immobilization or towing.

Parking Over Breaks, Holidays, and Studying Abroad

Some lots may close over extended holidays. Any unauthorized vehicles may be towed at the owners expense. Residents with a current parking permit that are leaving a vehicle for a short period of time are advised to leave a set of keys to the vehicle with a trusted individual. In event of lot closures (e.g., snow emergencies) the trusted individual can then move the owner's vehicle. If leaving a vehicle on campus, the registered owners are still liable for any and all towing charges incurred, even if they are in another country. Please make advanced plans for these situations.

Please contact the Office of Security and Safety for more information regarding parking over breaks and holidays.

Motorcycle and Bicycle Parking

Motorcycles and mopeds can park on sidewalks and designated parking areas so long as they are not blocking a building exit. Owners are urged to apply for a free permit so they can be contacted if needed without having to tow the motorcycle.  Bicycle racks are provided in several areas around campus. Bicycles are not to be parked in the buildings or locked to anything other than a bicycle rack. Failure to comply with these regulations will result in your bicycle being impounded by Facilities Management.

Disabled or Abandoned Vehicles

Should a vehicle become disabled, immediately notify the Office of Security and Safety at 651.638.6400. Otherwise, the car may be subject to ticketing, immobilization, and/or towing.

Violation Notices

Vehicles that are found in violation of the motor vehicle regulations will be given a Motor Vehicle Violation Notice. There may be a citation fee associated with the violation notice based upon a graduated fee schedule determined by the offenders violation history. Violations must be appealed within 30 days if there were extenuating circumstances surrounding the violation. The Parking Appeals Committee reviews all motor vehicle violation appeals.