Parking Rules and Regulations

Also see: Parking Rules and Regulation Booklet (printable PDF)

I. General Statement
  1. All students and staff who intend to operate motor vehicles on campus are required to register them and permanently affix a registration permit to the rear exterior driver’s side window or driver’s side bumper.

  2. For the purpose of these regulations, the term “motor vehicle” includes automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, motor scooters, motor bikes, and any other motor-powered vehicles.

  3. COCC assumes no responsibility for care and/or protection of any vehicle or its contents at any time during which it is operated or parked on the campus or other College property. Vehicles should be locked when parked on campus. Valuables (handbags, wallets, stereo & camera equipment, phones, etc.) should not be left in plain view inside the vehicle.

  4. The individuals to whom the permit is issued or registered shall be responsible for all parking/traffic violations of the vehicle regardless of who is operating the vehicle. The permit holder shall advise all drivers of the vehicle the policies of the College regarding campus traffic and parking — particularly where the vehicle is authorized to park.

  5. A bona fide visitor is any person other than staff or students, parking a non-registered vehicle on campus. At no time are staff and students considered visitors for purposes of parking a vehicle on campus.

  6. All state and local laws governing movement, operation, and parking of vehicles shall apply on College property. On special occasions and in emergencies, parking and traffic limitations may be imposed by the College as required by the conditions which prevail.
  7. Vehicle Accidents:
    All accidents involving moving vehicles which occur on College property must be reported immediately to the Department of Campus Public Safety.

  8. Speed Limit:
    The speed limit on campus and on College Way is 20 miles per hour. This regulation is strictly enforced by the Department of Campus Public Safety on campus and by the Bend Police Department on College Way. The speed limit in parking lots is 10 miles per hour.

  9. Speed Inhibitors:
    Reduce speed when negotiating speed bumps.

  10. Parking and Traffic Enforcement Authority:
    Authority to establish regulations covering the policing, control and registration of motor vehicles is found in ORS 341.300.

  11. Abandoned Vehicles:
    Vehicles remaining on College property more than 48 hours may be removed at owner’s expense. If a vehicle becomes inoperable, or to request permission for parking overnight, on campus notify the Department of Campus Public Safety at 541-383-7272.

II. Parking Areas

  1. Available Parking Space:
    The registration of a motor vehicle does not insure availability of parking, but it does grant the privilege of parking in a specified area when space is available. A map indicating parking areas is on pages 4 and 5. The responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the motor vehicle operator. Lack of space is not considered a valid reason for violation of parking regulations. Parking is allowed in designated spaces only.

  2. Guest Zones:
    Guest zones are available at Boyle Education Center Lot G1 and Metolius Lot B14. Guests parking on campus need to display a valid Guest Parking Permit from a College department office. Guest permits will be displayed on the driver’s side of the vehicle dashboard. Campus visits by 20 or more guests should be reported to the Campus Services office prior to their arrival. A guest is a person who is not a student, staff, or faculty member.

  3. Staff and Student Parking Areas:
    These parking areas are indicated by parking signs and by designations on the campus map. Each person driving a vehicle on campus is responsible for becoming familiar with the map and the proper parking areas. Students are excluded from parking in any lot, area or space unless it is designated for students.

  4. Loading/Unloading:
    Faculty parking areas may be used by vehicles to temporarily park while loading, if not blocking driveways or other vehicles. Loading/unloading is limited to 10 minutes. Persons using these areas must leave flashing lights on to indicate loading to the traffic officer. Vehicles used for loading/unloading without the use of flashers and/or exceeding 10 minutes will be cited.

  5. Residence Hall (Juniper Hall) Parking:
    Reserved parking is available for Juniper Hall residents at the rear (east) of the building. Residents should obtain a special student parking permit stamped with the letter “J” to park in this area. Juniper Hall residents may not park in Lot B7 or B8 (between Grandview Hall and Juniper Hall) unless snow conditions are such that it prevents access to the rear of the residence hall. All Juniper residents parked in the B7/B8 lot must move their vehicles as soon as roadway conditions allow for safe travel to their designated lot. This takes the space of visitors and other students who cannot park behind the residence hall.

  6. Additional Restricted Parking Areas:
    1. Along curb areas anywhere on campus other than designated parking spaces.
    2. Fire Zones, no parking zones, zones for disabled parking, red curbs and yellow curbs.
    3. Non-designated parking areas (non-paved or graveled areas, landscaped areas, painted walkways, etc.).
    4. Other illegal parking as designated on the campus map or by signs and painted areas.
    5. No parking on roadways or natural areas.

  7. College Way:
    College Way is a city street and is governed by city traffic laws. Citations received for violations on College Way are payable to the City of Bend Police Department. Reduce speed when negotiating speed bumps on College Way. Pedestrian zones are restricted 24 hours a day..

  8. ADA Parking:
    ADA spaces are available for anyone with state disabled license plates/state ADA parking permit when used lawfully. Vehicles displaying these plates/permits must be driven by the disabled person or have the disabled person as a passenger. These vehicles are subject to the same parking rules and regulations when not parked in a parking space/area designated for disabled persons or other parking as authorized by the state of Oregon 

  9. Carpool Parking:
    Reserved carpool parking spaces are available for anyone who registers with the program through the Department of Campus Public Safety. When parked in a designated carpool space the vehicle must be registered through the Department of Campus Public Safety’s carpool program, registered with a valid and properly displayed Central Oregon Community College parking permit, and at least two people must arrive in the car at the time it is parked in the carpool space. Carpool spaces in staff parking lots reverts to regular staff parking, when the space is open, after 9:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.

  10. Bicycle Parking:
    Bicycle racks are provided at the following locations:
    • Metolius Hall, north of parking lot
    • Health Careers Center
    • Ponderosa Hall
    • Science Center
    • Mazama Recreation Center
    • Pioneer Hall
    • Boyle Education Center
    • Pence Hall
    • Library
    • Culinary Institute

    No permit is required, but licenses for theft prevention are recommended and may be obtained from the City of Bend Police Department.

  11. Motorcycle Parking:

    A limited number of motorcycle parking spaces are available at:
    • Metolius Hall
    • Alpine Way
    • Newberry Hall
    • B6 parking lot
    • Grandview Hall
    • B9 parking lot
    • Ponderosa Hall
    • B15 parking lot

  12. Vehicle maintenance in the parking lots is not permitted.

  13. COCC is not permitted to provide unlocks.

  14. If you have special parking needs on a short- or long-term basis, please notify the Department of Campus Public Safety.

  15. Overnight parking, other than for Juniper residents, is not permitted, unless authorized by the Department of Campus Public Safety.
  16. Vehicles may not be parked on any roadway, or outside of a marked stall in parking lots unless indicated.

III. Registration/Permits

  1. Staff and students must register all vehicles brought onto campus.

  2. Permits for students are free and may be obtained at the following locations: inside of the Boyle Education Center; Admissions and Records, the Information booth, Department of Campus Public Safety or Redmond and Madras campuses. All permits, including faculty, may be obtained at the Department of Campus Public Safety, Boyle161.

  3. New license numbers obtained for vehicles already registered shall be reported to the Department of Campus Public Safety office within three working (3) days after placing the new plates on the vehicles.

  4.  Location of Permit:
    Permits are to be permanently affixed to the exterior of motor vehicles so that they are clearly visible on the left rear bumper or window. Motorcycles and motor scooters must have the permit permanently affixed in such a manner that it can be easily seen. (Note: permits may later be removed with a hair dryer or cleaning solution.)

  5. Failure to display a parking permit and the improper display of permits constitutes a violation by the operator of the vehicle. Taping or clipping of the permit to the vehicle is not considered as being permanently displayed.

  6. Should a parking permit become mutilated or obliterated in any way, a new vehicle permit must be obtained.

  7. Parking permits are not transferrable from person to person nor vehicle to vehicle. If a vehicle is sold, traded or becomes inoperable, it is important to remove the permit and contact the Department of Campus Public Safety for a new permit within 24 hours.

  8. Registering your vehicle not only is required but helps College personnel monitor who parks on the campus, which contributes to the safety of everyone on campus. Also, should there be an emergency with your vehicle or if you need  to be contacted, you can be located through your parking permit.

  9. Carpool parking permits are available through Campus Public Safety for individuals participating in the carpool program. These permits must be used in conjunction with a valid Central Oregon Community College parking permit properly displayed and there must be a minimum of two riders in the vehicle when parking in a designated space.

  10. Temporary permits are available for visitors, staff or students when not using a permitted vehicle. Contact Campus Public Safety for further details.

  11. Limited duration ADA/ALL Lot permits may be issued by the Campus Public Safety department. Please contact Campus Public Safety for further details.

IV. Carpool Rules and Regulations 

  1. Purpose:
    Central Oregon Community College has established a carpool program to provide incentives to faculty, students, and staff that choose to carpool to campus. The carpool program will aid in the reduction of the College’s carbon footprint while lessening the financial burden of commuting. In addition, the carpool program is designed to reduce overcrowding in staff, student, and visitor lots, as well as minimizing campus traffic and congestion. All persons both registered and participating in the carpool program are expected to understand and follow the Carpool Rules and Regulations in addition to COCC’s Parking Rules and Regulations located at

  2. Establishing a Carpool:
    Members are responsible for finding their own carpool partners. Every carpool – consisting of two or more members - must select a coordinator responsible for establishing and organizing their individual carpool.  This person will serve as the point of contact for Campus Public Safety.

    Each Carpool group must submit a completed Carpool Parking Permit Agreement to the Office of Public Safety before hang tags (permits) will be issued to the participants, and before the participants may use the reserved Carpool spaces on campus.

    Registered carpool participants transporting two or more registered carpoolers may park in any reserved Carpooling space on any of the COCC campuses. The reserved Carpool spaces are reserved for registered carpoolers from 7am to 9:30am. Any Carpool space that remains vacant after 9:30 a.m., reverts to a COCC permitted space that can be used by any employee for the remainder of the day.

  3. Regulations:
    When parked in a designated carpool space the vehicle must be registered through Campus Public Safety’s carpool program, registered with a valid Central Oregon Community College parking permit, and at least two people must arrive in the car at the time it is parked in the carpool space.  In the event a participant is traveling singly, the carpool permit and parking space are not valid.

  4. Traveling Alone:
    In the event that a Carpool participant does not meet the minimum requirement of two people sharing in their commute on any given day, the participant is not permitted to park in a reserved Carpool space. Using the hanging tag to park in a carpool space when traveling alone defies the spirit of the program and is grounds for immediate loss of privileges and subsequent parking fines 

  5. Appeals of citation:
    In the event that a participant receives a parking ticket, the participant has the opportunity to fill out a citation appeals form located at Campus Public Safety.

V. Disciplinary Action

  1. Citations will be issued for failure to comply with these regulations.

  2. The Registrar will be asked to withhold registration materials or transcripts of students who have failed to meet their financial obligations to the College, including non-payment of traffic and parking citations. Unpaid accounts may also be sent to the Oregon Department of Revenue for collection.

  3. Impounding and Towing:
    A vehicle owner/operator who receives three (3) traffic/parking citations, paid or unpaid, within the academic year is subject to impoundment or towing of the vehicle and may not be allowed to park on campus for the remainder of the year. Vehicles are towed away at the expense of the owner/operator. The owner/operator may also be subject to a student conduct hearing.

  4. Payment and Appeal of Citations:
    All penalties for violations must be paid at Admissions and Records, Boyle Education Center. Citations become delinquent seven (7) working days after issuance. Violators may mail payment (ticket must be included) for fines directly to the Cashier, Boyle Education Center, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR   97703. Fines may be reduced if paid within seven (7) working days by $5 per citation.

VI. Appeals of Citations

  1. All COCC citations issued to persons may be appealed to the Citation Appeals Committee. City citations must be appealed to the Bend Municipal Court.

  2. Appeals of Citation:
    The Citation Appeals Board has the responsibility of adjudicating most (city citations excluded) traffic, parking, and policy citation appeals. If you believe the citation you received was unfair, or that there were extenuating circumstances which should be considered, you have the right to appeal your citation. Appeal forms are available at the Department of Campus Public Safety; the ASCOCC Student Government office in the Coats Campus Center; or the Admissions and Records office or the information booth, located in the Boyle Education Center. Forms may also be obtained online by visiting the Department of Campus Public Safety and online at

Appeals Procedure is as follows:

  1. Obtain an official appeals form at one of the previously listed offices.

  2. Fill it out completely.  Incomplete forms will not be considered.

  3. Attach a legible copy of the citation to the appeals form.

  4. Keep a photocopy of the citation and the appeals form for your own records.

  5. File the completed appeal forms at the College information booth or the Department of Campus Public Safety located in the Boyle Education Center.

  6. COCC’s Citation Appeals Board will review all appeals received. If you wish to be present, indicate so on your appeals form, and the appeals board will set up an appointment.

  7. The Citation Appeals Committee will notify you by mail of their decision within 2 weeks (14 days) of review.

  8. You are encouraged to pay your fine within seven days of issuance in order to take advantage of the reduction in charges ($5 off total citation). If your appeal is approved, your payment will be refunded by the cashier.
  9. All fines must be paid or resolved prior to registration periods or you will not be allowed to register for the following term.

  10. All fines must be paid at the Admissions and Records Office, Boyle Education Center, during regular business hours or by mail.

  11. The Citation Appeals Committee decision is final.

VII. Special Information

  1. If, at anytime, you have questions about parking rules and regulations contact the Department of Campus Public Safety at 541-383-7272.

  2. Winter driving on ice and in snow can be a real challenge on COCC’s campuses. The Department of Campus Public Safety has information about winter driving that may help you.

  3. This is your campus, and we want your experience here to be a pleasant one. Please report any suspicious activity and any safety hazards immediately. We ask for your participation in keeping a safe campus. In an emergency, remember to always call 9-1-1 first.

  4. Time mismanagement is one of the primary reasons for illegal parking on campus. Please allow enough time to find a legal parking space. Being late is not considered a valid reason for violation of parking regulations.

  5. Vehicles towing trailers (i.e. flatbed, campers, boats, etc.) or oversized vehicles may park only at the northern-most end of Cascades Hall and Library lots (Lots D4 and C6 on the enclosed map).

  6. All traffic must yield to Campus Public Safety vehicles when their emergency lights are on.

  7. All staff and students are required to obtain college issued, picture identification. Identification cards may be obtained at the information booth in the Boyle Education Center and Building 3 on the Redmond Campus.

VIII. Abridged Conduct Policies and Regulations

  1. Weapons
    No weapons. Firearms and dangerous weapons are prohibited on campus, including in vehicles. [per ORS 161.015(1)(2), ORS 166.360, ORS 166.370.]

  2. Enforcement of Smoking Policy
    Campus Public Safety Officers are authorized under College policy to enforce smoking restrictions on College property. Smoking is permitted only in parking lots or designated areas and must be at least 25 feet from any building.  Citations may be issued for violations of this policy. E-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and any other forms of nicotine are prohibited.

  3. Alcohol
    Alcohol is not permitted anywhere on campus unless authorized by the Office of the President.

  4. Traffic, Parking and Policy Enforcement
    Campus Public Safety Officers are empowered under authority of the Oregon Revised Statutes and Central Oregon Community College Board Policies to enforce parking, traffic and policy violations. Enforcement may include issuance of a citation with monetary fine. Listed below are the College’s parking, traffic and policy sections that are enforced with the authority to issue monetary fine citations. Please be familiar with these important rules as well as the College’s Student Code of Conduct when on College property.

  5. Fireworks
    Fireworks are not permitted anywhere on College Property.

  6. Pets on Campus
    Pets are not allowed anywhere on campus, including in vehicles. Certified service animals and animals authorized through the Veterinary Technician program management are exempt. If you do not have current state issued service animal credentials and are in need of having a pet on campus for medical purposes, you may submit a request for approval through the Office of Disability Services, located in the Boyle Education Center (541) 383-7583.

  7. Bicycles
    May not be ridden on pathways, hallways or corridors.

  8. Skateboarding, Rollerblading and Roller-skating
    Not allowed to be used anywhere on College property.

  9. Snowboards / Skis
    Not allowed to be used anywhere on College property.

  10. Disc Golf Course
    All policies and regulations of the College apply to the Disc Golf Course including, but not limited to: No pets, no alcohol and no weapons. The Disc Golf Course may also have seasonal closures due to fire conditions. Persons on the course during closed periods are subject to citation.

  11. Sales on College Property
    Sales of any materials by persons, businesses or groups other than COCC departments or authorized sellers is prohibited.  Contact the Department of College Relations to request approval for sales of items on College property (541) 383-7596.

  12. Distribution of Solicitation Materials
    Solicitation materials may not be distributed on campus, or placed on vehicles, without approval of the Department of College Relations (541) 383-7596. 

IX. Reporting a Traffic Accident or a Crime

Reporting incidents that occurred on campus to the appropriate authorities is important and will help Campus Public Safety to identify concerns on campus, improve safety and continue to keep our College community safe.

  1. Traffic Accidents
    If there are injuries requiring immediate medical attention, dial 9-1-1, then report to Campus Public Safety at (541) 383-7272.

    If there are no injuries and the vehicles may be moved without the assistance of a tow truck, pull the vehicles to the side of the road and allow traffic to flow freely.

    Report the incident to Campus Public Safety who will dispatch an officer for a report. A copy of the report may be obtained from the Campus Public Safety Department by the involved parties after 3 business days.  Contact the Campus Public Safety Department at (541) 383-7272 or visit us at Boyle Education Center, room 161. Persons requesting a copy of the report must provide proof of identity.

  2. All Other Crimes and Incidents
    Keep safe and do not put yourself in danger! Serve as a good witness when possible and report any crimes, suspicious happenings or incidents immediately to the Department of Campus Public Safety (541) 383-7272.  If there is a crime in progress and/or persons in danger dial 9-1-1, then call Campus Public Safety (541) 383-7272. You may also notify Campus Public Safety via one of the Code Blue Emergency towers or emergency phones located throughout campus.

  3. Lost or Found Property
    The lost and found department is located in the Coats Campus Center. Contact the Office of Student Life or a building attendant to obtain or search for found property. If reporting missing, stolen or lost property, contact the Department of Campus Public Safety at (541) 383-7272.

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