TAMHSC Parking & Traffic Procedures by campus (PDF documents):
|Bryan Campus||(979) 436-9000|
|Dallas Campus||(214) 828-8335|
|Houston Campus||(713) 677-7464|
|Round Rock Campus||(512) 341-4901|
|Immediate Police Response||911|
* When using a campus phone, dial 8 for an outside line.
It is important to notify TAMHSC Security of all 911 calls so that they may direct emergency personnel to a speciﬁc location on campus.
The Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) enforces parking and trafﬁc procedures to regulate and control parking, trafﬁc and the use of parking facilities. These measures also provide jurisdiction over offenses. This document contains information applicable to any person who walks, drives or parks a vehicle on any TAMHSC campus.
These procedures are supplementary to local ordinances and statutes of the state of Texas, which govern pedestrians, motor vehicles and bicycles.
The operation of a motor vehicle or bicycle on a TAMHSC campus is a privilege. All faculty, staff and students must have a parking permit for motor vehicles on campus.
The TAMHSC is not responsible for ﬁre, theft, damage to, or loss of any vehicle parked or operated on any TAMHSC campus. No bailment is created by granting any parking or operating privileges regarding a vehicle on any property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the TAMHSC.
The TAMHSC security and parking ofﬁcer’s duties include but are not limited to
- Facilities security
- Providing escort to vehicles after sundown.
- Communications support.
- Providing control for special events.
- Enforcing parking rules and procedures.
The Texas Education Code Sec. 51.202 provides the TAMHSC with the authority to regulate parking and vehicle operations on the campus. The TAMHSC reserves the right to enforce parking and trafﬁc procedures by
- Issuing TAMHSC citations and collecting applicable fees/penalties.
- Towing vehicles that interfere with movement of trafﬁc or block a sidewalk, ramp, loading dock, entrance, exit, ﬁre lane or aisle.
- Suspending or revoking permits.
- Barring the readmission and withholding grades, degrees, refunds and ofﬁcial transcript of any student for nonpayment of outstanding charges.
- Enforcing disciplinary action against employees or students who fail to abide by these procedures
- Denying parking permits to those with unpaid charges.
- Towing vehicles at the owner’s expense when a vehicle has accumulated three or more unpaid citations and/or charges of $100.00 or more.
Proof of the fact that any parking trafﬁc control device, sign, parking meter, signal or marking was actually in place shall constitute as ofﬁcial and resulting consequences shall apply.
Parking Permit Instructions
A parking permit is required at all times to park on TAMHSC campuses in Bryan, McAllen, Round Rock and Temple.
TAMHSC parking permits must be hung from the review mirror. If a vehicle does not have a review mirror that ﬁts the design of the tag, it is to be placed in a sleeve and attached inside the passenger side windshield. These sleeves are available upon request. Motorcycles may park only in designated areas.
Parking permits must be purchased from the TAMHSC parking website.
TAMU Parking Notes
Faculty and staff who work on the Texas A&M University (TAMU) campus must purchase a permit from TAMU Transportation Services. To park on the TAMHSC campuses, you must display the TAMHSC overlay permit. This free overlay permit must be displayed with a valid TAMU permit at all times.
Obtain the TAMHSC permit at the TAMHSC Parking Website.
TAMU Visitor Permits
Current TAMU visitor permits are valid on TAMHSC campuses. If you need to park in a speciﬁc area of TAMU, purchase the temporary permit from TAMU Transportation Services. These will be valid in “Any Valid Permit” lots which can be accessed via the Texas A&M Transportation maps page.
TAMU Business and Campus Permits
The TAMU business permit will no longer be available to TAMHSC personnel. Departments must purchase TAMU business permits from TAMU Transportation Services and check permits out to employees on an as-needed basis. These permits are not available for individual purchase.
TAMU Night Permits
TAMU night permits are valid with the TAMHSC overlay between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Handicapped parking permits are required in all areas designated by the handicap signage. All vehicles parking in “Reserved” parking must display a proper permit and be authorized by the owner of the space; violators are subject to citation and towing. Bicycles are not allowed in buildings; bicycle racks are provided on each campus.
Parking Permit Costs
|Parking Permit Options||Rate|
|24-hour Reserved Numbered Space*||$534/year|
|Temporary Permit||$5/day, $20/week, $30/month*|
|* Reserved Number spaces are only available to directors and above
** Motorcycle permits are $44/year if an annual permit (either campus) is also purchased. This half-price offer is for both TAMU and TAMHSC permits. For example, if you purchase a TAMHSC annual permit, motorcycle permits for both TAMU and TAMHSC would be $44 each, for a total cost of $88 to park on both campuses.
General Parking Notes
- Students and part-time faculty do not have reserved individual spaces in garages.
- Parking assignments are made based on date-of-hire and taken in sequential order as spaces become available.
- The parking manager makes all parking space assignments; no one else can promise availability or time frames.
- There is no gender-based preferential treatment in assignment of spaces.
- All people parking on TAMHSC property are required to pay established fees.
- All people parking on TAMHSC property who violate rules or do not pay established fees are subject to citation, ﬁne, towing or loss of parking privileges.
- The TAMHSC does not assume any liability for loss caused by damage, ﬁre, theft or any other peril. The TAMHSC does not assume any liability for loss caused by damage, ﬁre, theft or any other peril.
- The TAMHSC is currently experiencing a shortage of spaces.
- Depending on the campus, new hires (faculty and staff) could experience a waiting period for assigned parking.
- New employees are expected to have purchased a proper permit by their second day of employment. Display receipt on vehicle dashboard until permit arrives in the mail.
- Visitor parking is for visitors to the TAMHSC campus. These spaces are not intended for short-term parking for those who have valid permits
- Visitor parking is valid for a maximum of two hours. Parking over two hours will require a daily temporary permit
- Vehicles towing trailers must be pre-approved before parking on any campus.
- Recreational Vehicles (RVs) must be pre-approved before parking on any campus.
- Citations for ‘No Valid Permit’ will be excused if a valid permit was owned at the time of the citation. With the third citation, it will be cited as ‘Failure to Display a Valid Permit’ and cannot be appealed
- Vehicles with three or more outstanding citations or an account balance of $100 or more are subject to towing at the owner’s expense, even if legally parked. If towed, the vehicle will be impounded until the balance is paid in full
- Students who have an outstanding balance may have a block placed on their record until the balance is paid. This block will impact graduation, registration, receipt of grades and receipt of transcripts
- Citation ﬁnes will escalate at 30 days ($15) and at 180 days ($30) making a $40 citation cost $85 if left unpaid.
Responsibility for Permits
The individual who obtains a parking permit will be responsible for parking violations by any vehicle bearing the permit. Permits may not be resold or transferred between individuals.
Parking and Driving Offenses
Parking violations are $40 with the exception of handicapped spaces, ﬁre lane violations, property damage or displaying a forged, altered, lost or stolen permit, which are higher. Vehicles parked illegally in a handicapped space, ﬁre lane or with a forged, altered, lost or stolen permit are subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Criminal charges may also be ﬁled on those displaying a forged, altered or stolen permit.
Citations paid within 14 days will be lowered by $10 per citation. All ﬁnes not paid within 30 days will be assessed a $15.00 fee. After 180 days, a $30.00 fee will be added.
$40.00 for parking violation
After 30 days $40.00 ﬁne + $15.00 late fee = $55.00
After 180 days $55.00 ﬁne + $30.00 late fee = $85.00
Parking Citation Appeals
All parking citation appeals must be submitted online within 14 days of the date issued (no appeals will be accepted in person or over the phone). Appeal decisions will be notiﬁed via email.
No appeals will be accepted after 14 days. If the appeal is denied, you will have to pay the citation in full or the entire amount due if the ﬁne is lowered. If a second appeal is requested, you must pay the amount of the citation prior to the appeal being heard.
There must be substantial and valid evidence that the parking violation was not committed or that it occurred due to circumstances beyond the customer’s control. Appeals that are vague or incomplete will be rejected.
The appeal will dispose of a case by one of the following:
- Upholding the charge(s) completely
- Upholding the charge(s) but reducing the ﬁne.
- Dismissing the charge(s) completely.The following are NOT valid reasons for an appeal
- Lack of knowledge of the regulations, for example, new to campus or have not reviewed regulations.
- Other vehicles were parked improperly
- Only parked illegally for a short period of time.
- Stated failure of parking ofﬁcer to ticket previously for similar offenses
- Late to class or appointment.
- Inability to pay the amount of the ﬁne.
- No other place to park.
Vehicles must be parked completely within the marked boundaries of the parking space at all times. Do not park in a manner that obstructs walkways, ramps, loading docks, marked crosswalks or inﬂicts damage to shrubs, trees, grass, grounds or structures. Additionally, no vehicle may park on any unmarked or unimproved ground area that has not been marked or designated for parking. The fact that other vehicles are parked improperly shall not constitute an excuse for parking beyond the marked boundaries of the parking space.
Posted signs, whether permanent or temporary, must be obeyed at all times and take precedence over painted curbs and pavement markings.
On occasion during the year, certain parking lots may be closed upon recommendation of the Parking Manager and approval by Administration.
The speed limit in all parking lots and service drives is 15 mph unless otherwise speciﬁed.
Pedestrians must obey all trafﬁc control devices and signs. They have the right-of-way at marked crosswalks, intersections or sidewalks. Pedestrians shall yield right-of-way to vehicles when crossing at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection. No person shall stand in roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.
If a vehicle becomes inoperable while on the TAMHSC campus, the driver must notify the Department of Security & Parking. Our ofﬁcers will render assistance or authorize temporary parking. Temporary parking shall not exceed 24 hours without receiving further authorization. The vehicle must be parked so that it does not create an obstruction or hazard.
Always close the windows, lock your car and pocket the key. Never leave an ID tag on your key ring. If your keys are lost or stolen, a thief could locate your car or home. If you have to leave a key with a parking attendant, leave only the ignition key.
If your car, truck, or bike is stolen or tampered with, report it to TAMHSC security immediately or the local police department. Quick action can help recover your vehicle.
You are responsible for the security of your vehicle. If you leave your vehicle unattended and unlocked for any reason, you are inviting trouble. On average, it takes less than 60 seconds for someone to enter an unlocked vehicle and take something.
Protect Your Property
Theft is the most common campus crime. Typical targets are purses, wallets, books, instruments and tools. Anything that might be of value to someone else can be a target of theft.
What can you do to help?
- Mark your items with name, driver license number or other personal identiﬁer.
- Record serial numbers for valuables.
- Use locks on drawers and lockers.
- Don’t leave valuables unattended.
- Develop a network of friends to look out for each other’s property (your own crime watch group).
- Keep everything of value out of sight or in your vehicle trunk.
- Don’t leave important papers or credit cards in the glove compartment.
- Engrave cellphones, CD players or stereo equipment with your driver’s license number. Mount securely or store out of sight
- Be proactive.
Protect Your Campus
Always report suspicious activity to a security ofﬁce.