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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 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. 

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 at a non-metered location 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 can be purchased online through NSU's Parking Portal. 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.
  • Daily or monthly permits. You can purchase daily and monthly permits online through NSU's Parking Portal. Daily permits are $5/day per vehicle and monthly permits are $16.67/month per vehicle.

Parking Facilities

All parking lot entrances in the University parking system are identified by informational signage that a permit is required for NSU affiliates and for Non-Permit vehicles they must pay to park at any open surface lot or parking garage.  Absence of signage does not imply that Nova Southeastern University parking policy is not in effect Parking facilities are enforced 24/7.

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.

Restricted Areas

  • 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.
  • Wherever signs and road markings prohibit parking.
  • Designated spaces, except where otherwise authorized.
  • Fire Lanes in any managed or owned properties of the University.
  • Future Shark Visitor, client, and patient parking spaces.
  • All disabled parking spaces (unless displaying state issued permit and/or issued plate).
  • Sidewalks, walkways, lawns/grass, or other cultivated areas such as gardens.

Enforcement

Violations. 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.

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

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.

The following are basic rules of operating and maintaining golf carts used for work transportation on the campus of Nova Southeastern University.

  1. Golf carts should be operated on campus roadways. Sidewalks should be used only where roadways and/or parking lots are not available, and then only to the nearest adjacent street or parking lot.
  2. On the Campus of Nova Southeastern University, the pedestrian always has the right-of-way. Operators of golf carts will permit this right-of-way.  If the golf cart is being operated on a sidewalk, the operator will pull off of the sidewalk to pass the pedestrians or stop the unit when approaching pedestrians until they pass.
  3. Most of the golf carts used on this campus are designed to carry a driver and one passenger. Some “tram” type carts carry multiple passengers.  No golf cart is to be operated with more passengers than seating is provided for.
  4. All occupants in the golf cart shall keep hands, arms, legs and feet within the confines of the golf cart at all times when the cart is in motion.
  5. Drivers should never back up a golf cart without making sure there are no people or obstructions behind the cart.
  6. Drivers should never shift gears while the vehicle is in motions.
  7. A golf cart should be operated on campus at a speed equivalent to a well-paced walk and no faster than 15 mph. This maximum speed may be subject to the terrain over which the cart is being driven; the weather conditions; and the total weight of the golf cart, passengers, and any equipment being carried.
  8. Golf cart operators shall possess a valid driver’s license and observe all Florida vehicle traffic laws such as lane travel, stop signs, legal passing of other vehicles, etc.
  9. Avoid operating a golf cart on landscaped lawns.
  10. Reduce speed to compensate for inclines, pedestrians, and weather conditions.
  11. Maintain adequate distance between vehicles and pedestrians.
  12. Approach sharp or blind corners with caution and reduce speed.
  13. Use extreme care at building entrances and upon entering/exiting enclosed areas.
  14. Do not park on any area that has pavers.
  15. Use parking areas posted for golf carts, areas on sidewalks that are not in the main stream, or a services parking space.
  16. Never leave the keys in the golf cart when the cart is unattended.
  17. When the golf cart is not in use, the operator must place the golf cart control lever in the park or neutral position, removed and secure the key, and set the parking pedal brake.
  18. When the golf cart is not in use, including overnight, the unit will be secured with a chain and lock or other equivalent locking mechanism. The steering wheel must be chained to a fixed post on the cart to prevent the wheel from turning.
  19. No personally owned golf carts are allowed on any NSU campus.
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