Parking & Motor Vehicles

In order to establish and enforce rules governing parking on campus, please read all rules carefully as they apply to all members of the college including faculty, staff, students and visitors.

 

Registration/Decals

All vehicles on campus are required to be registered with Public Safety. In order to register a vehicle, one must provide the license plate number, make and model of the vehicle that will be used on campus. Parking decals are required to be placed in the bottom left corner of the rear windows on all vehicles registered with Public Safety. Decals are $5 per year and are charged directly to the Thomas account associated with the vehicle.

 

Student Parking

All residents parking on campus should use the lot at which they reside (GPH residents should park in front of the GPH residence halls or in the parking lot located at the south end of the Administration Building; Village and Bartlett residents students should park in the Village/Bartlett lots). Commuters should use the commuter parking lots located on the North end of the Administration Building.  Any student who has questions on where to park should contact Public Safety at extension 399.

 

Faculty & Staff Parking

The Faculty and Staff parking lot is located in back of the Administration Building.

 

Parking Fines

Please contact Public Safety at extension 399 for any questions regarding fines and fees on parking.


Safe Winter Driving Tips

  • Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights – even the hood and roof – before driving.
  • Pay attention. Don’t try to out-drive the conditions. Remember, the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
  • Watch for slippery bridge decks, even when the rest of the pavement is in good condition. Bridge decks will ice up sooner than the adjacent pavement.
  • Don’t use your cruise control in wintry conditions. Even roads that appear clear can have sudden slippery spots and the short touch of your brakes to deactivate the cruise control feature can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Don’t get over confident in your 4×4 vehicle. Remember that your four-wheel drive vehicle may help you get going quicker than other vehicles, but it won’t help you stop any faster. Many 4×4 vehicles are heavier than passenger vehicles and actually may take longer to stop. Don’t get over confident with your 4×4 vehicle’s traction. Your 4×4 can lose traction as quickly as a two-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Don’t pump anti-lock brakes. If your car is equipped with anti-lock brakes, do not pump brakes in attempting to stop. The correct way is to “stomp and steer”.
  • Look farther ahead in traffic than you normally do. Actions by cars and trucks will alert you quicker to problems and give you that split-second extra time to safely react.
  • Remember that trucks are heavier than cars. Trucks take longer to safely respond and come to a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them
  • Go slow! Drive according to conditions.
  • Leave plenty of room for stopping.
  • Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.

 

Snow Removal Protocol

It’s that time of year when snow will soon be covering the ground. In order to assist the maintenance staff with clearing snow from campus, we need everyone’s cooperation.

The following protocol will be in effect immediately for the removal of snow in Thomas College parking lots.

Note: Public Safety will post signs on days when vehicles need to be moved. The signs will be placed on the GPH doors, Bartlett Entrance door and Townhouse 5 Door. Public Safety will also send an e-mail to all resident students.

Staff & Guest Parking Lots
Buildings and Grounds will clear these lots by 7:30am.

North Lot
Buildings and Grounds will have this lot cleared between 6:00am-7:30am.
(No overnight parking in this lot)

South Lot
Vehicles must be out of unplowed sections by (9:30am).

GPH Lot
Vehicles must be removed from this lot by (10:00am).

Village and Bartlett Lots
Vehicles must be removed from these lots by (12:00pm).

Townhouse Lots
Vehicles must be removed from these lots by (2:00pm)

Reminders:
Vehicles not removed at the appropriate time will be fined ($50.00)

Please use caution, parking lots are closed to foot and vehicle traffic when Maintenance is plowing. When possible, use walkways instead.