Rider University has more than 5,000 motor vehicles on its campuses every day. For reasons of safety, convenience, orderly traffic and parking, the Department of Public Safety enforces the following regulations. These regulations apply to all members of the community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and guests at all times.
Please note that the operation of a motor vehicle on campus is a privilege which may be withdrawn by the University for failure to comply with these regulations.
Please also note that the University assumes no responsibility for the care of, protection of, or damage to any motor vehicle or its contents at any time it is operated on, parked on, or removed from University property.
General Parking/Traffic Regulations
- The speed limit on both campuses is 15 miles per hour.
- Every vehicle on either campus must be properly registered through the Department of Public Safety. Altered or fictitious registration may result in a disciplinary action for violating Section 1.1, ‘Personal Misrepresentation’ of the Student Code of Social Conduct.
- Students who operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner or who fail to adhere to traffic regulations for moving vehicles may face disciplinary action for violating Section 2.3, ‘Reckless Endangerment’ of the Student Code of Social Conduct.
- A vehicle may be ticketed for the same violation at the same location only once per shift (midnight to 8:00 A.M.; 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.; 4:00 P.M. - midnight).
- Any individual who has accumulated 5 or more traffic violations of any type during an academic year subjects their vehicle to loss of driving/parking privileges for any traffic violation thereafter. Additional consequences may include parental notification and disciplinary action for violating Section 2.5, 'Failure to Comply' of the Student Code of Social Conduct.
- Parking in areas that hinder access to buildings, block entrance/egress through building doors or in front of fire hydrants is prohibited. Parking on the grass, grounds and sidewalks is also prohibited. All areas in Lawrence Township adjacent to the University are off limits for parking.
- Students may request permission in advance with Public Safety to temporarily park in violation of traffic regulations while loading or unloading personal belongings during times other than openings, closings, semester breaks or holidays. Once permission is granted, students must load or unload as quickly as possible. Either a valid driver must be with the vehicle at all times or the driver must provide immediate contact information (i.e. location, cell phone number) to Public Safety prior to loading or unloading.
- Visitors are required to obtain a visitor’s parking permit from the Department of Public Safety and display it on the driver’s side of the dashboard. These permits may be obtained any time. Failure to obtain a permit may result in ticketing.
Community members are responsible for informing their visitors/guests of all parking and traffic regulations. Visitors who violate traffic regulations are subject to fines as applicable. Students are responsible for traffic or parking violation fines incurred by their visitors. A request to remove the visitor’s fines or information from the student’s record can be made to the Department of Public Safety.
- Both registrant (community member) and driver are responsible for adherence to all parking and traffic regulations. Therefore, any resulting penalties and restrictions may apply to both. If a parking ticket is issued, the community member shall be held responsible when:
- The vehicle is registered with Public Safety to that member.
- The vehicle is registered with MVC to an individual with the same home address as the member.
- The vehicle is registered to a place of business which has in its employ an individual with the same home/local address as the community member and who has been designated as the person ‘assigned’ to the vehicle.
- The vehicle is not registered with the Department of Public Safety but has been identified as operated by the community member.
- Operators of motorcycles are subject to the same regulations that govern other motor vehicles. When operating motorcycles on campus, the driver and passenger are required to wear safety equipment in accordance with New Jersey state law.
Motorcycles, motor bikes or motor scooters may not be driven on pathways or off road areas. These vehicles may park in stalls specifically designed for them or in all other parking spots. Under no circumstances may they be stored in or parked adjacent to campus residences or other buildings.
- Any motor vehicle that has not been driven for 10 consecutive days may be considered an ‘abandoned’ vehicle. The owner may be subject to ticketing and disciplinary action, specifically Section 2.5, 'Failure to Comply' of the Student Code of Social Conduct.
- In the event that a vehicle becomes disabled in a restricted area, it is the responsibility of the operator to contact the Department of Public Safety immediately. Failure to do so may subject the owner to ticketing and disciplinary action, specifically Section 2.5, ‘Failure to Comply’ of the Student Code of Social Conduct.
- Reasonable attempts will be made to notify owners whose vehicles are parked in normally authorized locations but have become off-limits due to weather related or other emergencies. In the event the owners cannot be notified, the vehicles may need to be towed.
- Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are only for Electric Vehicle charging. Only current Rider faculty, staff and students who have created an Electric Vehicle charging account and have registered their Electric Vehicles are permitted to use Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. Parking a non-electric vehicle in an Electric Vehicle charging spot may subject the owner to ticketing and disciplinary action. You may view the Electric Vehicle Policy here (PDF).
Traffic Violations and Fines
|15 Minute Violation||$10|
|Fire Zone Violation||$50|
|Parking on Roadway||$40|
|Parking/Driving on Grass||$10|
Traffic Ticket Appeals
If you believe that a ticket may have been inappropriately issued, you may seek to have it reviewed administratively. This review is initiated by completing a Traffic Ticket Appeal Form which must be submitted via email within fifteen (15) days of the issuing of the citation. All reviews are conducted by a Traffic Ticket Review Board comprising representatives of the student body and staff. The decision of the Board is final and is communicated via Rider email to the person making the appeal.