Public Safety Officers are authorized, by the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), to perform parking enforcement on COCC property (ORS 341.300). Officers may issue written warnings or citations. Additionally, Public Safety Officers are authorized by ORS 341.300 to impound vehicles which violate campus regulations, at the vehicle owner's expense. The Campus Public Safety Department enforces parking regulations in partnership with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and has access to DMV records.
Public Safety Officers are statutorily authorized to perform traffic enforcement on
COCC property, as stated by ORS 341.300. Officers may legally obtain driver identification, vehicle identification, and verification
of insurance information. There are a variety of traffic enforcement actions which
an Officer may take, including (but not limited to) issuing a warning, issuing a citation,
trespassing a driver or passenger, and/or revoking campus driving privileges.
Policies and Regulations
COCC has established policies and regulations to maintain a safe campus. These policies and regulations are grouped into four main catagories: vehicle regulations, student policies, resident policies, and general policies. For questions regarding student policies, please contact the Office of Student Life. For questions regarding resident policies, please contact the Office of Residence Life. For questions regarding vehicle regulations and general policies, please contact the Campus Public Safety Department. Public Safety Officers have the authority to enforce all campus policies. COCC also recognizes the violation of any Oregon law (Oregon Revised Statute) and/or federal law, while on campus, as a policy violation.
The Citation Appeals Committee has the responsibility of hearing and judging all COCC citation appeals. If you believe you received a citation in error, or there were extenuating circumstances which should be considered, you have the right to appeal your citation. Appeal forms are available at the Campus Public Safety Office in the Boyle Education Center, the Information Booth in the Boyle Education Center, the ASCOCC Student Government Office in the Coats Campus Center, and at the Cashier Station in the Boyle Education Center. The appeal form may also be downloaded and printed below.
- Get a Citation Appeal Form from one of the previously listed locations, or download and print the form here.
- Complete the form. Incomplete forms will not be considered.
- Attach a legible copy of the citation to the appeal form.
- Keep a photocopy of the citation and appeal form for your records.
- Bring the completed appeal form to the Campus Public Safety Office, located in the Boyle Education Center, during normal business hours.
- The Citation Appeals Committee will review all appeals received. If you wish to be present for the hearing, indicate so on your appeal form.
- The Citation Appeals Committee will notify you by mail of their decision within 2 weeks (14 days) of review.
- 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.\
- Unpaid citations will prevent student registration, and are referred to the State of Oregon Department of Revenue for collection. Initial citation amounts may increase upon adoption by a collections agency or the State of Oregon.
- All fines must be paid at the Admissions and Records Office, located in the Boyle Education Center, during regular business hours, or by mail.
- The Citation Appeals Committee's decision is final.
For questions regarding the citation appeal process, please contact the Campus Public Safety Department at (541) 383-7272.