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Traffic Rules and Regulations

All of the provisions of Chapter 20 of the General Statutes relating to the use of the highways of the State of North Carolina and the operation of motor vehicles thereon shall apply to the streets, roads, alleys and driveways on the campuses of the college along with other rules and regulations approved by the Board of Trustees.  These rules and regulations shall apply on a 24-hour basis to operators of all vehicles, public or private, while on the campuses of the college.

The operator shall comply with the lawful instructions of any campus security officer and all traffic signs in accordance with the provisions of these regulations.  The responsibility of finding legal parking space rests with the motor vehicle operator.  Lack of space is not considered an excuse for violating of parking regulations or reserved spaces.  The College shall be responsible for ensuring that the necessary signs are erected and maintained to carry out the intent of these regulations.

A copy of the Traffic and Parking Policy is included in the student handbook.  Failure to obtain such a copy is not, however, an excuse for violation of the policy.

All vehicles to be operated on campus must be properly registered and display a parking decal.  Students will be accessed nominal parking fees.  Decals are available from the cashier.

In addition to the standard fines imposed for violations of the Traffic Code, the following penalties may also be imposed:

• All of the provisions detailed in North Carolina General Statute 115D-21 and Section 20.
• The college shall prohibit a student from registering for classes for the next semester if the student owes fines from the previous semester.
• The college shall withhold transcripts and deny graduation for students for failure to pay fines.
• Delinquent fines will be added to the student’s financial account with the college.  The student will not be permitted to re-enroll until fines are paid.
• The towing law is enforced at the owner’s expense.

Security officers are empowered to issue citations for violators of parking regulations and to stop and identify all persons on campus.  COA is not responsible for the loss or damage of private vehicles resulting from theft, vandalism, or accidents.  Security offices will assist in reporting acts involving any loss or damage but are precluded by the law from taking investigative or punitive action.

Individuals who disrupt the educational process, endanger someone else, or fail to identify themselves shall be asked or directed to leave the campus.  If a person refuses to leave, the second-degree trespass warning will be administered, and failure will result in the Police Department being notified to respond to the campus.  Trespass charges will be filed.

It is also against college policy to smoke or use tobacco products while on campus.  This includes in a parked car.

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