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Traffic Rules & Regulations

Regulations approved by the board of trustees, as well as all state of North Carolina highway and motor vehicle provisions of Chapter 20 of the General Statutes, apply to College of The Albemarle (COA) campus streets, roads, alleys and driveways on a 24-hour basis and for operators of all vehicles, public or private.

Vehicle operators will comply with the lawful instructions of any campus security officer and all traffic signs in accordance with the provisions of these regulations. The responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the motor vehicle operator. Lack of space is not considered an excuse for violating parking regulations. COA isn’t 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 a copy is not an excuse for violation of the policy. All vehicles on campus need to be properly registered and display a parking decal, available at the cashier for a nominal fee.

Smoking or the use of tobacco products while on campus is prohibited, including while in a parked car.

In addition to the standard fines imposed for traffic code violations, the following penalties may also be imposed:

  • All of the provisions detailed in North Carolina General Statute 115D-21 and Section 20.
  • Inability to register for classes for the next semester if you owe fines from the previous semester.
  • Withholding of transcripts and denial of graduation if you fail to pay fines.
  • Delinquent fines will be added to your financial account, and you won’t be permitted to re-enroll until fines are paid.
  • Towing laws are enforced at the owner’s expense.

Security officers are empowered to issue citations for parking violations, 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 officers will assist in reporting acts involving any loss or damage, but are prevented by the law from taking investigative or punitive action.

Individuals who disrupt the educational process, endanger someone else or fail to identify themselves will be directed to leave the campus. If a person refuses to leave, a second-degree trespass warning will be administered. Further refusal to leave the campus will result in police notification and the filing of trespass charges.