The Reed College parking program has been developed to contribute to the safe, orderly, and efficient movement of vehicles and persons on campus.
The president of Reed College designates the community safety office to be responsible for the control and regulation of vehicles on college property. The director of community safety is charged with determining the methods used to enforce the college parking regulations. All community safety officers enforce the parking and traffic regulations of the college and provide related services for students, members of the faculty and staff, and other users of campus parking facilities.
Reed College encourages member of the Reed community to walk, bicycle, or use the TriMet bus or light rail system.
- Walk or bicycle to the college. Register your bike with Community Safety; if it is lost or stolen and then found by the Portland Police it will be returned to campus and we will contact you.
- Carpool. Close, convenient parking spaces are set aside for those members of the community who plan to carpool. You may request carpool stickers from the community safety office in 28 West.
Community safety officers issue citations for the following reasons:
- Parking in fire lanes.
- Parking in designated carpool spaces during the hours of 8 to 10 a.m. Monday-Friday.
- Parking in a loading zone.
- Occupying more than one space.
- Parking on grass or in "no parking" areas.
- Parking in other non-designated parking areas.
- Parking in a disabled parking space without displaying an Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) parking permit. This incurs a $50 fine, and the car may be towed.
All fines will be recorded in the business office and must be paid there. Parking fines issued to students must be paid before a college transcript will be released.
The community safety office, as designated by the college president, is responsible for the control and regulation of vehicles on all college property. The director of community safety is charged with determining the methods used to enforce the college parking regulations.
All appeals to a parking violation must be made to the director of community safety within one week of receipt of the citation. The appeal may be made in person (bring the citation with you), by email, or in writing. The appeal must contain the date, time, and location of the offense and outline the circumstances upon which the appeal is based. The director of community safety will notify the appellant of the outcome of the appeal.
It is strongly suggested that if you are an out-of-state student you visit an Oregon DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) office and pick up a driver's manual with Oregon state driving rules and regulations. Some rules you should know right away are as follows:
- Oregon requires the wearing of seat belts when operating or being a passenger in a vehicle. Failure to wear seat belts is a Class D traffic infraction (Oregon Vehicle Code 811.210).
- Oregon requires all vehicles to have liability insurance. Proof of insurance is required to be in the vehicle at all times. Driving while uninsured is a Class B traffic infraction (Oregon Vehicle Code 806.010). You can get an Oregon proof of insurance card from your insurance agent.
- Oregon allows the use of studded tires from November 1 to April 1.
- Oregon has an open container law. It is unlawful to drink any alcoholic beverage while operating a motor vehicle. It is also unlawful to possess any open or seal-broken container of liquor while operating a motor vehicle. This does not apply to containers stored in the trunk or an area of the vehicle not normally occupied by the driver or passenger(s). The open container violation is a Class B traffic infraction (Oregon Vehicle Code 811.170).
The following are examples of traffic infraction classifications and their fine amounts:
- Class A traffic infraction = $600 fine
- Class B traffic infraction = $300 fine
- Class C traffic infraction = $150 fine
- Class D traffic infraction = $75 fine
(Taken from ORS 153.610 and 153.615)
For those of you who like to speed and get the occasional ticket, you can use the above and figure out what you might pay:
- 1-10 mph over the posted speed limit = Class D traffic infraction
- 11-20 mph over the posted speed limit = Class C traffic infraction
- 21-30 mph over the posted speed limit = Class B traffic infraction
- 30 mph over the posted speed limit = Class A traffic infraction
Dedicated parking spaces are provided only for drivers with disabilities, college-owned vehicles, carpool vehicles, and vehicles on campus for a limited time. All other (non-restricted) parking is available on an equal basis to students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
All members of the community who drive to the campus should respect the following guidelines:
- College lots may not be used for the storage of any vehicle.
- Those who will not be using a vehicle for several days should refrain from parking in the east parking lot. Please let community safety know in which lot your vehicle is parked.
- We encourage faculty and staff members whose offices are in Eliot Hall and other buildings on the north or west areas of the campus to park in the north or west parking lots.
- Park in college lots and not on the streets surrounding the campus.
- Park only in designated parking areas and spaces.
Reed College reserves the right to tow a vehicle immediately and without prior notice or warning when a vehicle:
- Blocks a sidewalk, pedestrian walkway, driveway, or roadway
- Blocks another vehicle from entering or exiting a parking space, area of campus, or parking lot
- Is parked in a posted disabled or "tow-away" zone
- Is parked in or blocking a loading zone or service area
- Is left abandoned or unused on campus
- Belongs to violators who fail to pay or to make arrangements with the business office to pay fines
- Presents a hazard, or potential hazard, to the college or to the Reed community as determined by the director of community safety
Vehicle registration at Reed is free. The college encourages drivers to register their vehicles with the community safety office. This will allow us to attempt to find you if there is a problem with your vehicle or if it is about to be towed for a violation. Often the community safety office is unable to find the vehicle owner before a vehicle is towed because the owner failed to register. You may register your vehicle online with our Vehicle Registration Form (login required).
A parking violator will normally be issued two warning tickets and thereafter be fined $35 for each subsequent ticket given during that fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
Any vehicle that has accumulated more than seven parking citations (two warning citations and five or more fined citations) will be issued a final warning notice. Should the vehicle be parked illegally again, the community safety officer may have it towed from college property and impounded at the owner's expense.
After the seventh citation, an officer will issue a final warning, which consists of the following steps:
- A citation will be issued for the latest parking violation.
- A final warning form will be issued and placed under the windshield wiper and on the driver side window.
- A photograph will be taken of the vehicle with the citations to verify that the final warning was issued. The final warning notice and picture will remain on file in the community safety office.
- If the vehicle is parked illegally on campus after the final warning, the officer on duty may have it towed and impounded at the owner's expense.