The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Nashville Fire Protection Laws and insurance regulations as well as general safety precautions make parking and traffic control on campus a necessity. Written regulations and appropriate signage are established to facilitate traffic flow, control parking and protect fire lanes and unloading areas as are designated. Regulations and procedures have been developed for using a motor vehicle on campus. Details are furnished here on the Public Safety Web Site and later in a printed brochure and both student and employee handbooks.. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Safety office at (615-329-8777).
Registration of Motor Vehicles
All members of the Fisk University community who park on campus are required to register their vehicles with the Public Safety Department and display a current registration permit, if they plan on either driving or parking on campus property. If a member of the Fisk University community drives a vehicle on campus, it must be registered with either a permanent or temporary registration decal.
Registration decals will be distributed at the time of registration/validation in person and in the Public Safety office. Students who will not be using a vehicle on campus and/or plan to park off campus should also complete the appropriate portion of the same form and return it to the Public Safety Office. Faculty and Staff should register their vehicles through the Auxiliary Services Office located in Carnegie Hall. Persons choosing not to register their vehicles for campus parking must still abide by all "off campus" parking regulations as listed below.
Fisk University Parking
All members of the Fisk University community who drive and/or park on campus are required to register their vehicles with the Public Safety Department and to display a current, permanent or temporary registration decal. Additionally, students who use a vehicle, but plan to park off campus should also register their vehicle with the Public Safety Department and indicate this fact on the form provided.
A valid driver’s license and proof of insurance are required to obtain a registration decal. Registration decals are distributed at the time of registration/validation.
Parking or driving an unregistered vehicle on campus is considered a violation of University policy for which the University may issue a citation or tow the vehicle at the owner’s expense.
Vehicle Use on Campus
If a Public Safety officer is on duty at any entrance onto the campus to control traffic for an event or otherwise direct the flow of traffic, drivers must stop or slow down enough to be acknowledged and identified before continuing.
The maximum speed limit on University property is 15 miles per hour. Vehicle operators must have their vehicles under control at all times regardless of their speed to avoid collision or endangering others well-being. Vehicle operators who fail to control their vehicle, who endanger others, or who have the potential to endanger others while operating a vehicle are subject to being held accountable for reckless driving. Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol on campus is strictly prohibited and the University may refer the matter to the Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County Police Department for appropriate handling by that agency. Driving is permitted only on designated, surfaced drives on campus. No vehicles are allowed on grass, lawns, or fields without special permission which shall be obtained in advance and in writing from the Public Safety Department.
No Parking Areas
Areas behind Spence Hall, between Spence Hall and Shane Hall and on Meharry Street provide access to campus buildings for emergency vehicles and must remain open. Fire lanes provide routes of egress to open areas from many of the campus buildings in case of fire or other emergency and must be kept absolutely free of parked vehicles at all times. If an area is not marked as a parking space, it is considered a violation of University policy to park in the space and any vehicle parked in such a space will be cited accordingly. The University reserves the right to tow any vehicle parked in n area that is not marked as a parking space at the owner’s expense.
Fire lanes are currently designated as all roads throughout the campus. Persons who park in these areas are not only in violation of Fisk University parking regulations, but of the City of Nashville Ordinances as well. Violator’s vehicles will be towed by the City of Nashville in addition to a citation from the Nashville Police Department and Fisk University. Fisk University’s Public Safety Department may issue a citation for any car parked in a fire lane and it reserves the right to tow the vehicle at the owner’s sole expense.
All legal parking areas within University property are clearly indicated as such both onsite and in University publications. Parking in areas other than those properly lined as parking spaces is a violation of University policy and will be cited accordingly. Parking along curbs, unless clearly marked as a parking space or unless otherwise authorized is strictly prohibited, except on public roadways where appropriately marked. The University reserves the right to tow a car parked in an illegal area at the vehicle owner’s expense.
Visitor parking is considered "reserved" twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Areas designated as visitor parking are strictly reserved for visitors to the campus only. Unauthorized parking in a visitor’s space is a violation of University policy. Any vehicle parked in an unauthorized space will result in a citation and the University reserves the right to tow any such vehicle.
Reserved Parking spaces are premium paid slots and any car parked in a reserved space will be cited and may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Off Campus Parking and other Violations of Parking Violations
While parking on campus is recommended, those who choose to park on streets near Fisk University should be aware of restrictions imposed by both the City of Nashville and also those regulations held by Fisk University. Use of emergency flashers does not justify parking in violation of regulations and is not an appropriate cause for an appeal. Use of flashers does not legitimize a violation of parking regulations. Time elapsed is not an element of a violation. Violating a parking regulation "for only two minutes to run inside" is not a defense to the violation.
University Fines (Charged to Student Accounts)
The following are the current fines which the University may impose for parking violations. If a student incurs a fine, that fine will be charged to the student’s account.
- No Registration on file: $25.00
- Parking in a Fire Lane: $50.00
- Parking in an Unmarked Space: $20.00
- Blocking Drive/Parked on Grass: $20.00
- Parking in a Reserved Space: $50.00
- Parking in a Handicapped Space: $100
- All other Offences: $20.00
- 1st Offence: Ticket/Fine
- 2nd Offence: Ticket/Fine
- 3rd Offence: Ticket/Fine/Tow*
*The University reserves the right to tow any vehicle at the owner’s expense, regardless of the number of offenses a person has committed, if any.
After receiving a third parking citation and any reoccurring citation, the responsible party will be subject to Disciplinary Sanction by the University Judicial Board.
Parking Citation Appeal
In accordance with Fisk University Policy, any person who is issued a parking citation by the University has ten (10) calendar days to appeal the citation. If any person feels he or she was issued a citation in error, he or she may complete an Appeal Form and return it to the Public Safety Department within ten (10) calendar days. Parking Appeal Forms are available online or in the Public Safety Department.