Traffic and Parking Violations

EMU parking regulations apply to any person parking a motor vehicle on Eastern Mennonite University property. Violators will be subject to fines as presented. Ignorance of a regulation is not grounds for cancellation of a fine.

A motor vehicle means any motor vehicle requiring state registration and licensing for operation on a public road or highway.

EMU assumes no responsibility for the safety or security of personal motor vehicles or their contents while on campus, nor for the driving practices of individuals. The individual in whose name a motor vehicle is registered shall be totally responsible for that vehicle while it is on campus.

Campus traffic regulations

Driving on the grass, sidewalks or other areas not designated for vehicle traffic is prohibited.

Motorcycles must comply to standard muffler requirements to eliminate excessive noise. Motorcycles are not to be driven on sidewalks or on the grass. They must follow all regulations expected of car owners and are not to be parked on the sidewalks by the dormitories or in buildings for any reason. Failure to comply may result in removal by impounding the motorcycle at the owner’s expense.

Failure to register your vehicle

Failure to register a vehicle results in a $60 fine. (If this is your first offense, complete the registration within seven days of receipt of the violation and the fine will be waived. You will still be required to pay the $60 annual registration fee.)

On your third offense of failing to register your vehicle, your car will be towed and impounded at your expense. Call 540-433-2241 (business) or 540-282-7285 (cell) to contact the contracted towing company.

Parking for fuel efficient and low emitting vehicles

In the Woods Dorm area, parking spaces with green signs labeled “Fuel Efficient and Low Emitting” vehicles typically will mean either hybrid or all electric vehicles. These spaces provide for a LEED credit, which helped our university secure gold certification for Cedarwood dormitory.

Review the list of LEED-approved vehicles that may park in these spaces (PDF)…

Other fees and violations

There is a $100 fine for parking in a handicap zone and parking in a fire lane or within 15 feet of fire hydrant or connection. (Under state statute, you also risk being towed on the first offense for these violations.)

Additional fines of $50 will be assessed for: wrong parking lot, parking in a loading zone, parking on grass, sidewalk or crosswalk, blocking alley or driveway, double parking, or for parking motorcycles in buildings or out of designated spaces.

There is a $15 fine for a parking permit that is improperly displayed.

Traffic violation fines will be placed on the violators EMU personal account.

Submit the parking citation appeal form (PDF) to appeal the fine. The appeals committee will make a decision within 30 days.

Harrisonburg Police Department

Incidents referred to Harrisonburg Police Department for prosecution:

  • Accidents involving a licensed vehicle
  • Vandalism or theft involving a vehicle
  • Parking in bicycle lanes on Park Road
  • Reckless driving
    • Excessive speed on campus streets
    • Driving on pedestrian walkways
    • Driving on lawns or athletic fields

There are no exemptions for tickets issued by Harrisonburg Police Department.

EMU reserves the right to remove or to have removed by impounding or immobilizing any vehicle which is parked in violation of EMU regulations. The owners of such vehicles will be required to pay all costs of removing, impounding or storing such vehicles.

On your third offense for failing to register your vehicle, it will be towed and impounded at your expense. You may also call the towing company at 540-434-4448 or 540-432-7362 (After Hours). Or you may contact the police department non-emergency number at 504-432-4436.