Vehicle Registration and Parking On Campus

Vehicle Registration

Please register your vehicle on line when you register for classes. There is a $20.00 fee for a parking sticker for each car you want to park on campus. If you can’t do it when you register for classes or if your car situation changes during the school year, you can register your vehicle online. Once this form has been completed, Sue Vander Laan in the Dean of Students Office (104Eb in the Student Center) will put a parking sticker in your box in the Student Center. You must have a sticker on your car in order to park on campus. If you don’t, you will get a ticket.

If you are an on-campus housing resident (Burton Street only) you will receive a grey sticker for your vehicle(s). This means you may NOT park on campus during the day. After 5:30 p.m. it is allowed.

If you are a non-resident (live off campus) you will receive a green sticker.

Seminary Lot Parking Regulations

  1. On-campus housing resident students may NOT park on campus during the day. After 5:30 p.m. it is permitted.
  2. Non-resident students may park in the upper seminary lot adjacent to the East Beltline, the Prince Conference Center parking lot, and the west college parking lot off Burton Street, just west of the main college entrance. Simply use the college entrance off Burton Street and turn left into that lot. There are usually open spots, especially near Burton Street. Park near Burton and use the sidewalk to the seminary. It’s only a 3 minute walk.
  3. Students may NOT park in the circular parking lot adjacent to the seminary building. These spaces are for faculty/staff parking only. There are 49 spaces in this lot. There are 53+ faculty and staff, plus service vehicles, which need to park in these spots. If you are driving a car with a staff sticker (i.e. your spouse works at the college or the seminary) please do not park in the staff parking area. Your classmates will see you parking there and not understand why you can and they cannot.
    EXCEPTION – students may park briefly in the staff/faculty parking area to pick up food on Monday or Wednesday at lunch time when the Idema Food Pantry is open.
  4. If students choose to remain in the seminary building after 2:00 a.m. to study, and if they have a vehicle parked in the seminary lot, they must contact Campus Safety Dispatch at 526-6452 and provide their vehicle information so they will not be ticketed.

On Campus Parking Regulations

  1. ANY vehicle parked on campus must display a current Calvin parking permit, which will be a decal or mirror hangtag.
  2. Parking decals must be fully affixed in the lower passenger-side corner of the windshield with its own adhesive. Motorcycles must display decals on the right front fork. Mirror hangtags must be hung on the rearview mirror with the permit information toward the windshield.
  3. If you have any vehicle for a short period of time, you must obtain a temporary parking permit. During business hours at the seminary, go to Sue Vander Laan in the Dean of Students Office (104Eb in the Student Center) or the Campus Safety Office located in the Mail and Print Services Building. After hours, call Campus Safety Dispatch at 526-6452. Dispatch is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  4. Read the signs posted in parking areas and at the entrances of parking areas. Be aware that some parking areas are designated for specific purposes, individuals, or times, and your permit will limit which lots you may park in.
  5. Unless you have the proper state-issued permit, NEVER park in a space reserved for the handicapped. Since illegally parking in one of these spaces is a violation of State Law, you may receive a traffic violation from Campus Safety and/or the Grand Rapids Police Department.
  6. Any vehicle parked in posted short term parking areas must be occupied or have lights on. Four-way flashers or parking lights are acceptable. The maximum time allowed in short term parking areas is posted on signs at the area.
  7. If your vehicle breaks down and will remain in an area where it could receive a traffic violation, you must immediately contact Campus Safety Dispatch day or night and inform them of the situation. Campus Safety Dispatch can be reached at 526-6452. The maximum allowable time given to rectify a vehicle problem that causes your vehicle to be parked in an improper location is three days.
  8. If you lend your vehicle to another person, you will still be held responsible for all traffic violations issued to your vehicle. If you sell your vehicle, you should remove your Calvin parking permit.
  9. Driving on pathways is prohibited except in special cases with pre-approval from Campus Safety or a Resident Director. The driving regulations and requirements of the Michigan Vehicle Code apply to all driving on campus. Traffic Violations may be issued by Campus Safety to vehicles, whose drivers disregard stop signs, posted speed limits or operates a vehicle in a careless or reckless manner. All Traffic Accidents should be reported to Campus Safety.
  10. Take time to read the complete parking/driving regulations online. All persons operating vehicles are responsible for reading and adhering to these regulations.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT PARKING OR DRIVING ON CAMPUS OR IF YOU HAVE REASON TO APPEAL A TICKET YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE CAMPUS SAFETY OFFICE LOCATED IN THE MAIL AND PRINT SERVICES BUILDING AT 526-6451 (X66451 FROM ON CAMPUS). THE DESK IS OPEN FROM 8:00 am TO 5:00 pm, MONDAY—FRIDAY, CLOSED ON WEEKENDS.