Shepherd University (SU) is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all individuals who participate in SU programs and activities can work together in an atmosphere free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. SU strictly prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and all forms of sexual harassment, discrimination and misconduct.
SU is committed to fostering holiness in the lives of our students, faculty and staff. This includes issues of sexuality. Scripture is clear that any sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a women is sin and not to be pursued. Students who engage in sexual activity, even consensually, outside the bonds of marriage, are acting in a manner that violates student conduct standards as described in the student handbook. When a member of our community sexually violates another, SU is committed to pursuing investigation and disciplinary actions according to Title IX regulations and delineated in the following policy for sexual misconduct.
All members of the SU community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. When an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate administrator’s attention, protective measures will be taken to reasonably ensure that such conduct ends and is not repeated. Remedial measures will be taken to reasonably ensure that the effects on the reporting party and community are remedied, including serious sanctions when a responding party is found to have violated this policy. This policy is intended to define community expectations and establish procedures for determining when those expectations have been violated.
SU uses the preponderance of the evidence (also known as “more likely than not”) as the standard of proof for whether a violation occurred. In campus resolution proceedings, legal terms like “guilt,” “innocence,” and “burdens of proof” are not applicable, but SU never assumes a responding party is in violation of the university policy. Campus resolution proceedings are conducted to account for the totality of all evidence available, from all relevant sources.
TITLE IX ADMINISTRATOR / DEPUTY COORDINATORS
The Shepherd University’s Title IX Administrator oversees compliance with all aspects of the Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Administrator reports directly to the Vice President for Business Affairs and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Questions about this policy should be directed to the Title IX Administrator.
Anyone wishing to make a report relating to discrimination or harassment may do so by reporting the concern to
the Shepherd University’s Title IX administrator or one of the Deputy Coordinators listed in this policy:
Shinhyae Hong, Director of Human Resources; Title IX Administrator; Clery Act Administrator
Office of Human Resources: 3200 N. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065 Phone: (323) 550-8888 (ext. 8003)
Depending on the reporting party’s affiliation with the university, a specific Title IX Deputy will be assigned to oversee the investigation.
Title IX Deputy Coordinators for undergraduate and graduate student (or applicant) reporting party:
Byungrin Han, Dean of Student Affairs
3200 N. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065 Suite
Phone: (323) 550-8888 (ext. 8116)
Title IX Deputy Coordinator for The Master’s College and Seminary faculty, administration and staff:
Shinhyae Hong, Director of Human Resources; Title IX Administrator; Clery Act Administrator
Office of Human Resources: 3200 N. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065 Phone: (323) 550-8888 (ext. 8003)
Anonymous reports can be made by reporting parties and/or third parties by emailing: TitleIXAdministrator@shepherduniversity.edu. Note that anonymous reports may prompt a need for the institution to conduct an inquiry.
Individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination also always have the right to file a formal grievance with government authorities:
San Francisco Office Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education 50 Beale Street, Suite 7200 San Francisco, CA 94105-1813 Telephone: (415) 486-5555 Email: email@example.com
OVERVIEW OF POLICY EXPECTATIONS WITH RESPECT TO PHYSICAL SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
As previously stated, consensual sexual activity is in violation of our doctrinal commitments and standards of student conduct; however, for the purposes of this policy a description of Consent is provided.
Consent is sexual permission. Consent can be given by word or action, but nonverbal consent is not as clear as talking about what you want and what you don’t want sexually. Consent to some form of sexual activity cannot be automatically taken as consent to any other form of sexual activity. Previous consent does not imply consent to sexual activity in the future. Silence or passivity—without actions demonstrating permission—cannot be assumed to show consent. Consent, once given, can be withdrawn at any time. There must be a clear indication that consent is being withdrawn. Additional guidance from the State of California is provided within the California Crime Definitions section of this policy on “Consent.”
Additionally, there is a difference between seduction and coercion. Coercing someone into sexual activity violates this policy in the same way as physically forcing someone into sex. Coercion happens when someone is pressured unreasonably for sex.
Because alcohol or other drug use can call into question the capacity to consent, sober sex is less likely to raise such questions. When alcohol or other drugs are being used, a person will be considered unable to give valid consent if they cannot fully understand the details of a sexual interaction (who, what, when, where, why, or how) because they lack the capacity to reasonably comprehend the situation. Individuals who consent to sex must be able to understand what they are doing. Under this policy, “no” always means “no,” and “yes” may not always mean “yes.” Anything but a clear, knowing and voluntary consent to any sexual activity is equivalent to a “no.”
OVERVIEW OF POLICY EXPECTATIONS WITH RESPECT TO CONSENSUAL RELATIONSHIPS
There are inherent risks in any romantic or sexual relationship between individuals in unequal positions (such as teacher and student or supervisor and employee). These relationships may be less consensual than perceived by the individual whose position confers power. The relationship also may be viewed in different ways by each of the parties, particularly in retrospect.
Consensual romantic or sexual relationships in which one party maintains a direct supervisory or evaluative role over the other party are unethical. Therefore, persons with direct supervisory or evaluative responsibilities who are involved in such relationships must bring those relationships to the timely attention of their supervisor, which will likely result in removing the employee from the supervisory or evaluative responsibilities, or shifting the student out of supervision or evaluation by someone with whom they have established a consensual relationship. This includes Resident Advisors (RAs) and students over whom they have direct responsibility. While no relationships are prohibited by this policy, failure to selfreport such relationships to a supervisor as required can result in disciplinary action for an employee as specified in the employee handbook.
FEDERAL COMPLIANCE OBLIGATIONS
The Shepherd University is required to operate in compliance with applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and regulations in conducting its programs and activities and in its employment decisions. Such laws and regulations include, but are not limited to:
1. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color and 67 national origin in the programs and activities of the College. This policy of non-discrimination also complies with the Internal Revenue Service Revenue Ruling 71-447 required to maintain the College’s tax-exempt status.
2. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on sex, race, religion, color or national origin.
3. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of its programs and activities.
4. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336), the purpose of which is to afford the disabled equal opportunity and full participation in life activities and to prohibit
discrimination based on disability in employment, public service, public accommodations, telecommunications and transportation.
5. The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, which prohibits age-based discrimination against persons of all ages in programs and activities of the College.
6. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, which prohibits discrimination against persons aged 40 and over regarding employment decisions.
7. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)), which requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The Clery Act is tied to an institution’s participation in federal student financial aid programs and it applies to most institutions of higher education both public and private. The Clery Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education.
8. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex (including sexual harassment) in programs and activities of the College. Title IX is enforced by the Office for Civil Rights.
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)
As a religious educational institution, Shepherd’s is exempted from certain provisions of the above laws and regulations relating to discrimination on the basis of religion.
FEDERAL CRIME DEFINITIONS:
For the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, such statistics shall be compiled for the campus Annual Security and Fire Safety report (Clery Act report) in accordance with the federal crime definitions used in section 4002(a) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.
Domestic Violence (42 USC § 13925): The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.
Sexual Assault (42 USC § 13925): The term “sexual assault” means any nonconsensual sexual act proscribed by Federal, tribal or State law, including when the victim lacks capacity to consent.
Dating Violence (42 USC § 13925): The term “dating violence” means violence committed by a person
(A) Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim, and
(B) Where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
(i) The length of the relationship
(ii) The type of relationship
(iii) The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
Stalking (42 USC § 13925): The term “stalking” means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to
(A) Fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or
(B) Suffer substantial emotional distress.
CALIFORNIA CRIME DEFINITIONS:
This section is included to provide community members with State of California laws related to sexual misconduct, including but not limited to, the definition of consent in relation to sexual offenses, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Consent: Consent is an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.
Consent is voluntary. It must be given without coercion, force, threats, or intimidation. Consent means positive cooperation in the act or expression of intent to engage in the act pursuant to an exercise of free will.
Consent is revocable. Consent to some form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity. Consent to sexual activity on one occasion is not consent to engage in sexual activity on another occasion. A current or previous dating or sexual relationship, by itself, is not sufficient to constitute consent. Even in the context of a relationship, there must be mutual consent to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be revoked at any time. Once consent is withdrawn, the sexual activity must stop immediately.
Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated. A person cannot consent if s/he is unconscious or coming in and out of consciousness. A person cannot consent if s/he is under the threat of violence, bodily injury or other forms of coercion. A person cannot consent if his/her understanding of the act is affected by a physical or mental impairment.
Consent in California Penal Code includes: “For the purposes of this policy, the age of consent is consistent with 261.5 PC. Additional information on ‘consent’ may be found in 261.6 PC and 261.7 PC, for purposes of prosecution under 261 PC, 262 PC, 286 PC, 262 PC, 288a PC, and 298 PC.”
Domestic Violence: This is defined as using force or violence against an adult or a minor who is a spouse or former spouse, cohabitant or former cohabitant or someone with whom the abuser has a child, has an existing dating or engagement relationship, or has had a former dating or engagement relationship. Domestic Violence in California Penal Code includes: 243(e)(1) PC; 273.5 PC; 262 PC; 422 PC; 273d PC; 273a PC; 368 PC.
Dating Violence: Under California law, dating violence is covered by the definition and statutes of domestic violence when the act constitutes a crime and is committed by a person in an “intimate relationship” with the individual. Dating Violence in California Penal Code includes: Refer to Domestic Violence laws.
Sexual Assault: This occurs when physical sexual acts are performed without the consent of the other person or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity. The activity or conduct may
include physical force, violence, threats, intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person’s intoxication or incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol, or taking advantage of the other person’s incapacitation (including voluntary intoxication). Sexual Assault in California Penal Code includes: 243.4(d)(1) PC; 243.4(a) PC; 261 PC; 261.5 PC; 262 PC; 266c PC; 289 PC; 286 PC; 288(a). A conviction of sexual assault may result in the requirement to register as a sex offender under 290 PC for the rest of one’s life.
Stalking: This is behavior in which a person repeatedly engages in conduct directed at a specific person that places that person in reasonable fear of his or her safety or the safety of others. Punishment ranges from misdemeanor to felony offense. Stalking in California Penal Code includes: 646.9 PC.
ADDITIONAL SEXUAL MISCONDUCT OFFENSES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Sexual Harassment Policy
Shepherd’s policy is to maintain a working and learning environment free from the sexual harassment of its students, employees, and those who apply for student and employee status. Any behavior determined to constitute sexual harassment will be viewed as neither complimentary nor humorous, and will be subject to disciplinary action.
Shepherd recognizes that the perception of sexual harassment is often subjective and that the circumstances surrounding the conduct, as well as its pattern, frequency, and severity, need to be considered to assess the behavior. Although statistical analysis has shown sexual harassment is usually committed by an individual in a position of power or influence, it can also occur between any two individuals regardless of gender, employment status, work relationship or academic association. Sexual harassment may be verbal, graphic, written or physical in nature, each of which may be grounds for disciplinary action.
Shepherd defines sexual harassment in the following manner:
1. Sexual harassment includes such behavior as sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed towards an employee, student or applicant. For example:
• Making unsolicited written, verbal, physical or visual contact with sexual overtones. (Written examples: Suggestive or obscene letters, notes, invitation. Verbal examples: Derogatory comments, slurs, jokes, epithets [name-calling]. Physical examples: Assault, touching, inappropriate embracing, impeding or blocking movement. Visual examples: Leering, gestures, display of sexually suggestive objects in pictures, cartoons, or posters.)
• Continuing to express sexual or amorous interest after being informed that the interest is unwelcome. (Reciprocal attraction is not considered sexual harassment.)
2. The conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with a student’s academic performance, forming an intimidating, hostile, offensive or otherwise unpleasant learning environment, or adversely affecting any student.
3. The conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an employee’s work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or otherwise adverse working environment.
If a student believes that he or she has been sexually harassed, he or she should provide a written complaint to the Dean of Student Affairs as soon as possible after the incident. If an employee believes that he or she has been sexually harassed, he or she should provide a written complaint to the Director of Human Resources as soon as possible after the incident. This complaint must include details of the incident or incidents, names of the individuals involved and names of any witnesses. The University will immediately respond to any written and signed complaint.
Sexual Misconduct Policy
If the University determines that sexual harassment did occur, action will be taken in accordance with the circumstances involved. Any administrator, faculty member, staff member or student determined by this investigation to be responsible for sexual harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, termination, or legal remediation. Those parties directly involved will be notified in a timely fashion regarding the results of the investigation. The University strongly encourages students to immediately report all incidents of harassment listed in this policy. The University will not retaliate against anyone for filing a complaint nor tolerate or permit retaliation by administration, faculty, staff or fellow students.
If a student feels that the above stated policies regarding sexual harassment have not been carried out, he or she is encouraged to follow the procedures set forth in the grievance policy.
Campus Safety Codes
The Campus Safety Codes is the Campus Safety Department (CSD) student and staff guide to motorist and personal safety at Shepherd University.
Campus Safety Purpose
Campus Safety seeks to provide secure and comfortable community by our:
– Professionalism: To excel as a capable and skilled security team
– Customer Service: To excel as a courteous and friendly security team
– Effectiveness: To excel as a competent and efficient security team
Important Contact Information
– Life Threatening Emergencies: 911
– Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, non-emergency: (213) 229-1700
– Los Angeles County Fire Station 50: (213) 485-6250
– Non-Life threatening Emergencies: (213) 839-4495
– General Responsibility: Faculty, staff, students, and guests of the campus community have a responsibility to obey these policies. Please educate invited guests on important regulations. All campus community members are expected to drive with due care for the safety of pedestrians and other motorists at all times and follow the rules of the road related to safe operation of motor vehicles as contained in the State of California Vehicle Code (CVC).
– Authority of Campus Safety Officer: Students and staff are expected to follow instructions by campus safety officers (CSO) in relation to all life and safety protocols.
– Permit Requirement: All vehicles parked on campus by faculty, staff or students must display a valid parking permit issued by parking controls office.
– Park at own risk: Shepherd University is not responsible for damages to a motor vehicle due to accident, criminal action, sporting event, or natural disaster. Park at own risk on the property.
– Ticketed Offenses: Any violation of these policies may result in a fine.
– SU ALERT: In the event a significant emergency occurs or a timely warning is needed for the campus, an announcement will be paged on buildings by campus safety to communicate important instructions on how you should respond.
– Campus Safety Information: All incoming students and employees are provided with a campus safety information about security and our campus. If you are a new student or employee and did not receive the information from Human Resources or orientation, please visit our website for the information at: http://www.shepherduniversity.edu/main/about_us/campus-policies/
– Crosswalks: Please be courteous and cross the streets around campus using the designated crosswalks. Do not step over walls or walk inside planters.
– Fire Alarms: If a fire alarm sounds, all faculty, staff, students and guests are required to immediately evacuate the building using the nearest exit. You may only reenter the building after the alarm stops sounding. Please remember to assist injured or handicapped persons at such times. Failure to leave a building during a general fire alarm is serious and will result in disciplinary action.
– Title IX Compliance: The Director of Human Resources is the institution Title IX Administrator. The Dean of Students Affairs serves as Deputy Coordinator for the student body, and the Director of Human Resources serves as Deputy Coordinator for employees. Please take the time to review the sexual misconduct policy at: http://www.shepherduniversity.edu/main/about_us/campus-policies/ Employees should review the administrative handbook for regulations related to sexual harassment. An online training is available from the Human Resources Department on the topic of sexual harassment.
– Clery Compliance: The Director of Campus Safety publishes Shepherd University Annual Crime and Fire Safety report which contains important security policies and crime statistics related to the Clery Act. You may view the annual crime and fire safety report on the campus safety web page: http://www.shepherduniversity.edu/main/heoa/
– Earthquake: In the event of an earthquake, please get under a solid object and “duck, cover, and hold,” until the shaking stops. Please do not run immediately outside after an earthquake, as injuries may occur from falling debris from buildings. Anticipate a potential aftershock after the earthquake.
– Lost/Found Depository: No person is obligated to take charge of a lost item, but if you do please take reasonable steps to inform the owner, if know, or bring it to a Campus Safety depository, listed below:
o Main Lobby Depository: Any lost items may be dropped off in the white container located in the main lobby at Shepherd University. This container may be checked before and after chapel by students or staff for lost items or anytime the lobby is open. The chaplain may dispose of any items left in this container after 90 days. Any lost items stating identification, cash, money of any type, debit/visa, jewelry, or electronics (computers, phones) will be taken reasonable steps to inform the owner, if known. These items may dispose after 90 days by the Campus Safety Department but we do not return property to the finder.
– Drones or Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS): The use of drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is currently regulated by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Until further risk analysis can be conducted by institution all recreational and commercial use of drones and UAS on the property is prohibited, except when approved by the Office of Campus Safety.
– Student Prepaid (1~4 months) Permit: If you regularly bring a vehicle to campus you must register your vehicle and purchase the permit at the Parking Controls Office. All prepaid permits must be affixed to the inside of the windshield on the lower left corner. Please ensure it is not upside down and can be read from outside the vehicle (not in the tint).
– Student Temporary Permit: Students who bring a vehicle to campus without a prepaid permit must stop by the main lobby and obtain a temporary permit. Each temporary permit is valid for one day. Temporary permits must be displayed on the driver’s side of your vehicle dashboard with the expiration date visible and hand over to the guard shack on leave.
– Student/Staff Motorcycle Permit: Permits for motorcycles are supposed to be affixed to the left outside fork. If the permit is not visible on the fork as you pass the guard shack you may be asked to stop and identify yourself. Temporary passes must be applied for but do not require display.
– Faculty/Staff Permit: Faculty and staff must register motor vehicles brought to campus and display a parking permit. You may receive registration form and drop the form off with Parking Controls Office to receive a parking permit. If you are using an unpermitted vehicle, you may need to request a temporary permit.
– Guest Permit: Guests may receive a permit from the department where they had meeting with and hand over to guard shack on their departure.
– Exchange/Transfer of Permit: Each permit is assigned to a specific vehicle. Do not transfer permits between vehicles but apply for a new permit free of charge.
– Permit Tampering: Do not alter your parking permit in any way, copy it, or give it to another student.
– Parking Space: You may only park between the two white lines of a single parking space. If you do not fit in a specific parking space because of a large vehicle you must find a different one.
– Double Parking/ Parking Obstruction: Do not double park or stop as to obstruct other motorists.
– No Street Parking & Adjacent Store Parking Around Campus: Parking on the streets and adjacent store around the campus is strictly prohibited. Campus Safety does not place “no parking” signs on every side street. The campus is not responsible for any vehicles towed/fined/stolen/damaged due to parking on the street or adjacent store parking lots.
– Signs / Pavement markings / Painted curbs / Cones or Safety Devices: You must obey all posted signs, pavement paint, painted curbs, and cones or safety devices.
– Moving Cones / Safety Devices: Do not move any cone or safety device without campus safety authorization.
– Special Events: Campus Safety may alter regular traffic patterns and change/restrict normal parking rules to accommodate any event.
– Student Parking: Students may park in any parking space that is not marked (with sign or paint on the asphalt) as reserved, staff, and visitor or designated for an individual, department or event.
– Staff/Reserved Spaces: The parking spaces marked “reserved” or “staff” are designated for Master’s faculty/staff between Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
– Visitor Parking: Visitors have marked spaces on the campus. If the visitor parking space is full, they may also park in any student space during regular business hours.
– Operations Personnel Parking: Campus safety and operations staff may park contrary to the parking rules.
– Inoperative Vehicles: Non-operational motor vehicles may not be parked on campus beyond a week in which they stopped working.
– Wrecked Vehicles: Motor vehicles involved in a collision may not to be brought back to the property. We do not want wrecked cars with leaking fluids towed back to the property. Campus Safety reserves the right to tow any car left on the campus in a dangerous condition without notice at owner expense.
– Painted Curbs: Red curbs represent a fire lane. Do not leave a car unattended in a fire lane. Blue curbs represent a handicap space and may not be parked in by anyone but those displaying valid state handicap placards. Do not park temporarily to load/unload in a disabled space. Yellow curbs represent a timed parking zone (20 minutes).
– Unattended Vehicle: Do not leave the engine running on an unattended vehicle.
– Automotive Work /Car Wash: Motor vehicle maintenance and washing is not permitted in campus parking lots.
– Campus Speed Limit: The campus wide speed limit is 5 mph.
– Reckless Conduct/Speeding: Do not “peel out” on campus or otherwise drive at an unsafe speed. Reckless behavior of any kind is strictly prohibited.
– Headlights Required: After dusk and during rain or fog motorists must use headlights.
– Sound Amplification Devices: Sound amplification must not be heard outside your vehicle from 50 feet away. This is a public nuisance.
– Motorcycle Helmet: Driver and passenger shall wear a lawful helmet when riding a motorcycle.
– Non-Motorized Skateboards, Long Boards, Scooters, Skates and other similar forms of transportation: Skate boards, Long boards, scooters, skates and other similar non-motorized, nonelectric, human powered forms of personal transportation may be ridden with caution on campus sidewalks but only for the purpose of transportation without compromising the safety of pedestrians. Riders are responsible for maintaining a safe speed and distance on the sidewalks from the buildings and pedestrians. These forms of transportation may not be ridden on benches, decks, ramps, or stairs. The general rule is to keep all wheels in contact with the pavement at all times. Unsafe speed, or performance of tricks and the obstruction of vehicular or pedestrian traffic on or around campus will not be tolerated. Skateboarding and other similar forms of transportation is prohibited on all driveways, in all campus parking lots and on any of the adjacent roadways.
– Motorized Skateboards, Scooters, Skates, Bicycles and other similar modes of personal transportation: Motorized scooters and other motorized vehicles not defined by the state of California as a ”motor vehicle” or “motorcycle” (and thus not subject to the provision of those codes for financial responsibility, registration, and license plate requirements) is prohibited from use on campus property. This includes, but is not limited to: motorized bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and other similar vehicles. All other “motor vehicles” and “motorcycles” subject to the provisions of financial responsibility, registration, and license plate requirements, may be operated on campus driveways and in parking lots when properly registered and permitted with campus safety.
– Personal Electronic Transportation Devices: The use of electric or electronic hover boards, swag ways, IO Hawks, Skywalkers, and similar self-propelled or self-balancing types of motorized devices, electric scooters or skateboards, not deemed a “motor vehicle” or “motorcycle” by the state of CA (see above policy), is prohibited and may not be ridden anywhere on campus. Hover boards and similar selfbalancing boards in particular must not be stored, plugged in, or charged in any of the campus buildings due to the potential fire hazards outlined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Hover boards found in campus buildings are subject to confiscation and will subject the owner to a fine.
– Bicycles: Bicycles must be ridden with due care, with the flow of traffic in obedience to all CA laws related to traffic signs (entrance/exit, stop signs, do not enter, etc.). Pedestrians always have the right of way on campus. Do not leave a bicycle inside buildings, on a stairwell, or leave it within an area that hinders the flow of pedestrian or motorists. Use nearby bicycle racks if available, otherwise lock it out of the way of pedestrians and it is recommended that you lock your frame with a steel U Type lock (not your front wheel) to the bicycle rack. Bicycle thefts do occur on campus.
– Bicycle Registration: Faculty, staff, and students may register their bicycles at no charge and receive a permit to display on the left front fork. This is not required but may assist us with reuniting you with your bicycle if lost or stolen.
– Storage of personal forms of transportation (over summer break): There is no storage of bicycles and other personal forms of transportation on campus over the summer break. All these forms of transportation left on the campus over the summer will be treated as abandoned property and will be donated to charity or destroyed.
– Transport in Truck Bed: Riding in the bed of a pickup is prohibited.
– Overloading a Vehicle: Students may not transport more persons in a motor vehicle than is safe or seatbelts legally accommodate.
– Texting/Talking on phone while driving: Motorists are prohibited from driving on campus while talking or texting on a cell phone unless using hands free devices. Do not text and drive on campus.
– Seat Belts: It is recommended that everyone use a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.
– Finals Week: Normal Parking rules apply.
– Shepherd’s Holidays/No Class: Normal parking rules apply.
– Requirement for Registration/Insurance: Motor Vehicles must maintain valid state registration and insurance coverage.
– Requirement for Driver’s License: Motor vehicles may only be operated with a valid driver’s license that matches the vehicle classification.
– Registered Owner Responsibility: If the operator of a motor vehicle committing a violation is not known the registered owner in our database is responsible for all tickets. In cases involving a parked car in violation of the vehicle code, the registered owner in our system is ticketed.
– Ticket: Campus Safety Department exercises regular enforcement of the Campus Safety Codes on all properties of Shepherd’s.
– Student Ticket Appeal: The ticket will be placed on the vehicles violating the parking regulations. You may appeal to Campus Safety Department by submitting a written statement with your name, date/hours of your ticket received, and signature. Please allow one business week for the appeal to be investigated. If necessary, you may receive a call for hearing. If you do not appeal within 7 business days after receiving the ticket, the fine will be placed on your student account.
– Staff Ticket Appeal: Staff receiving tickets should view them as written reminders of the vehicle code. Please take note of the correction requested, but no fines and/or appeals are necessary. Thank you for your cooperation.
– Appeal Consideration: Appeals are evaluated by CSD leadership and decisions are based on the totality of the circumstances, as follows:
o The objective regulations of the codes and all subsequent updates
o The objective nature of the basis of the appeal
o The relative clarity of the codes in question
o The relative clarity of the parking lines, signs, or curb paint in question
o The subjective tone/approach of the appeal.
– Appeal Recommendations:
o Unclear regulations, parking lines or curb paint
– An Appeal should not be made on the following basis:
o Merely avoiding the necessary monetary consequences
o Unfamiliarity with the campus safety codes or parking regulations
o Unnecessary failure to make appropriate arrangements
o Previous violations of a rule not resulting in citation
o What is obvious and self-evident
– Appeal Decisions: Decisions on appeals are emailed to the student’s email and all appeals are final.
o Ticket Upheld – the ticket is upheld and the final fine must be paid in full within finance office. Unpaid parking tickets will be billed to your student account or mailed to your residence.
o Ticket Voided – No fine is required and will not count toward multiple offenses.
o Warning – No fine is required and it will count toward multiple offenses (additional fines for third citation in one semester for certain offenses).
– Permit Violations $20
– Staff/Reserved Space $20
– Visitor Parking $20
– No Parking Zone/Undesignated Area $20
– Obstructing Traffic/Impeding Flow of Traffic $20
– Failure to Obey a Posted Sign/Safety Device $20
– After Hours Building Violation $20
– Fire Lane / Red Zone $35
– Failure to Obey Officer $35
– Vehicle Abandonment $50
– Handicapped Zone $50
– Reckless Conduct/Speeding $50
– Permit/Ticket Tamper $50
– Life/Safety Equipment Tamper $50
– All other code violations $20