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NSU Parking and Traffic Regulation

NSU Broward County and Tampa Bay Campuses

This regulation is applicable to all persons who operate or park a motor vehicle on NSU Broward County and Tampa Bay Campuses. Every motor vehicle parked on University property must maintain a valid paid permit or "pay to park" using PayByPhone or pay at multi-space meters. All County traffic and parking ordinances which are not in conflict or inconsistent with NSU regulations shall extend and be applicable to the University’s The NSU Public Safety Department is responsible for reporting violations of university motor vehicle regulations to Nova Southeastern University officials. Florida laws pertaining to the operation of motor vehicles are enforced by the local police department, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Miami-Dade Police, and the Florida Highway Patrol.  Violations of university motor vehicle regulations will be controlled by the agency with jurisdiction.

Other NSU Campuses

This regulation is applicable to all persons who operate or park a motor vehicle on NSU Campus. Every motor vehicle parked in any parking lot or parking garage on University property must maintain a valid permit.  All County traffic and parking ordinances which are not in conflict or inconsistent with NSU regulations shall extend and be applicable to the University’s campuses. The NSU Public Safety Department is responsible for reporting violations of university motor vehicle regulations to Nova Southeastern University officials.  Florida laws pertaining to the operation of motor vehicles are enforced by the local police department, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Miami-Dade Police, and the Florida Highway Patrol.  Violations of university motor vehicle regulations will be controlled by the agency with jurisdiction

Familiarity with Parking Policy

All faculty, staff and students of the University and/or any operator of a motor vehicle visiting the University are expected to be familiar with and abide by these rules at all times. The fact that a person does not receive a citation for noncompliance of any portion of the parking code does not mean or imply that the rule is not in effect.  The responsibility for obtaining knowledge of all applicable rules rest with the motor operator and/or parking permit owner.

Disclaimer of Liability

The University assumes no liability for vehicles parked or operated on University property. The issuance of a permit does not guarantee space availability at a preferred location.

Definitions

  • License Plate Recognition
    Nova Southeastern University utilizes license plate recognition hardware and software (LPR) for parking systems management and parking enforcement.
  • Registration of Motor Vehicles
    Vehicles used by members of the faculty, staff, students, (full or part-time), and outside contractors who park on campus must obtain a parking permit for any vehicle parked on campus. NSU Broward County and Tampa Bay campuses will have a paid parking permit to park, or “Pay to Park” using the PayByPhone application or pay at the multi-space meters. Parking permits are available at the Fort Lauderdale Campus One Stop Shop located at the Horvitz Administration building, The Terry Building and At the Tampa Bay Campus. The acquisition of a parking permit only authorizes the parking of a vehicle on campus. It does not establish a designated parking space. A vehicle parked in any unauthorized area is in violation of the regulations in this document.
  • Visitor
    A visitor is someone who is not directly affiliated with Nova Southeastern University.  Spouses and children of faculty members, staff members and students are considered to be affiliated with Nova Southeastern University and thus are not included in the definition of a visitor.
  • "Pay to Park" Parking  
    Non-NSU patrons and visitors coming to campus must “pay to park” at any open surface lot or parking garage.  “Pay to park” can be done by using the PayByPhone application or using the multi-space meters at selected locations, including the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center parking garage. There are two parking meters near the elevators in the southeast corner of the first floor.

Parking Facilities

All parking lot entrances in the University parking system are identified by informational signage that a permit is required, a representational color identifying which permits are allowed.  Absence of signage does not imply that Nova Southeastern University parking policy is not in effect. Parking facilities are enforced 24/7/365.

No Back-In Policy

All vehicles parked on NSU campus must abide by the ‘head-in only’ rule to ensure that the license plate is facing the road and can be read by the License Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras. Vehicles displaying either an official State-issued front license plate may reverse into parking spaces. Reversing into a parking space without the front plate option will result in the issuance of a ‘no back in violation’ citation.

Parking Permits

Review parking permit types and their associated fees to park on the NSU main campus in Fort Lauderdale / Davie, Florida.

Restricted Areas

  1. Gated areas: To park in any gated area, you must have and present a valid NSU Campus Card (SharkCard) to the electronic access control card reader. NSU campus cards are available through Campus Card Services.  Call (954) 262-8929 for information.
  2. Wherever signs and road markings prohibit parking.
  3. Designated spaces, except where otherwise authorized.
  4. Fire Lanes in any managed or owned properties of the University.
  5. Visitor, client, and patient parking spaces.
  6. All disabled parking spaces (unless displaying state issued permit and/or issued plate).
  7. Sidewalks, walkways, lawns, or other cultivated areas such as gardens.

Parking and Traffic Policy

Review NSU parking and traffic policies that relate to all administrators, faculty, staff, students, contractors or vendors, and visitors/guests of the University.

Enforcement

Failure to abide by any of the provisions of these regulations shall be considered a university parking infraction. The University may enforce university parking infractions through use of warnings, citations and fines, vehicle immobilization, towing and any other means authorized by statute.

Permit Policy

Review the NSU Permit Policy and learn how to obtain your parking permit for your vehicle.

Payment of Fines

Parking and traffic violation(s) payment of fines information for all administrators, faculty, staff, students, contractors or vendors, and visitors/guests of the University.

Citation Appeal Process

Parking citations issued by the NSU Public Safety Department are valid unless determined otherwise. NSU parking citations can be appealed through the NSU Division of Parking Enforcement. Review the Citation Appeal Process.

Revocation

The university reserves the right to revoke any on-campus parking and driving privileges for the following reasons:

  1. Violations in excess of five per semester or seven per year
  2. Use of fraudulent permits
  3. Creating a nuisance or causing property damage while making repairs to vehicles on campus
  4. Causing other property damage
  5. Becoming either verbally or physically abusive, threatening, or assaulting any Public Safety officer during the performance of his/her duties
  6. Inappropriate operation of any motor vehicle on campus that is a detriment or safety concern to the campus community
  7. Payment of parking citations may not void the revocation decision.

Towing

A vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense after parking citations have been issued to the vehicle and remain unpaid past the deadline for payment.

The following are also subject to be towed from campus at the owner’s expense:

  1. Vehicles that are not properly permitted
  2. Vehicles with unpaid parking fines
  3. Vehicles with payment past due
  4. Vehicles with the parking privilege revoked
  5. Vehicles otherwise in violation of university parking policies
  6. Vehicles blocking a driving lane, fully or partially restricting passage
  7. Vehicles blocking another parked vehicle, fully or partially restricting passage or exit

The towing of a vehicle from the campus may occur any time a vehicle has no parking permit. All towing enforcement for regional campuses must be referred to the local campus director, the operations administrator, or their designee, who will work with the Public Safety Department on appropriate action.

Valet

Complimentary valet parking is available for NSU students and employees who are Sanford L. Ziff Health Care Center and Dental Clinic patients. Valet tickets will be validated in the doctor’s office, and tickets that are NOT validated will be assessed a flat fee of $20 (fee subject to change).

Rideshare

NSU students and faculty and staff members who utilize rideshare services or receive deliveries must direct them to designated rideshare areas or appropriate facility receiving areas.

Golf Carts

Individuals utilizing golf carts on NSU property are expected to operate them in a safe and courteous manner..  Golf cart operators found in violation of these safety procedures and/or misusing golf cart equipment may be subject to disciplinary action, including being prohibited from operating a golf cart on NSU property. This policy will be enforced by NSU Public Safety and the local police.

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