The Department of Public Safety provides escorts, twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week, for community members to and from university owned property. Escorts can be requested by calling Public Safety at 610-796-8350 (please program number into cell phone for quick reference). To ensure your safety, please call Public Safety for an escort on foot or in a vehicle if for some reason you believe you may be in danger or require assistance on campus or university properties.
Shuttles are run by the Alvernia Facilities Department, however Public Safety will provide transportation from any area of Alvernia University whenever the shuttles are not running or are unavailable. Transportation will include but not limited to all parking lots, Upland Center, Ken Grill, Angelica, P.E.C., and Student Center. To call for a transport locate any call box on Campus and press the black call button or call Public Safety directly at 610-796-8350 (please program number into cell phone for quick reference)
Property turned into Lost and Found is entered into a Public Safety logbook. If you are missing property, please do one of the following:
Retrieving Lost Property:
If it belongs to you, you may come to our office located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center to recover it.
If you have located property that does not belong to you bring it to Public Safety and a small form will be filled out as to where and when it was recovered.
The owners of any recovered property (such as ID’s) that has an identifying feature (e.g. their name) will receive an e-mail or phone message notifying them that we have their property. They will then come in and retrieve their property.
Parking permits can be obtained from the Public Safety office 24/7. You are required to appear in person with your vehicle registration card and complete a parking permit application. Our office is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. Students are only allowed to register (2) vehicles on campus. The cost of registration and application is free, you will be assigned a parking lot and will only be allowed to park in your assigned lot.
Parking and Vehicular Safety Policy
All motor vehicles parked on campus or at a designated remote parking area must display a current Alvernia University parking permit. A valid state vehicle registration card must be presented at Public Safety in order to obtain a parking permit. Parking permits are issued at the Public Safety Office, located 2nd floor of the Student Center.
Location of Parking Permit
The color-coded parking permit must be affixed to the front windshield on the inside lower right passenger side. The windshield must be clean, dry, and relatively warm (above 50º) for the sticker to firmly attach.
Temporary Parking Permits
A temporary parking permit is required for unregistered vehicles being parked on campus. Temporary parking permits may be obtained in the Public Safety Office.
Designated Student Parking
According to Pennsylvania law, handicap spaces are reserved at all times. Cars parked illegally will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.
No one is permitted to park along the sides of roads or in areas marked as fire lanes. Cars illegally parked will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.
The speed limit on campus is 15 miles per hour.
Fines will be accessed dependent upon violation and will range from $25 to $50. Violations include:
Any student receiving 7 (seven) or more tickets in any given school year (paid or unpaid) will forfeit their designated sticker and privilege to park in their originally assigned lot/area. Student will have to turn in their original sticker and will be assigned a “Habitual Violator” sticker (white and blue lines) and will be required to park at Ken-Grill parking area. Any ticket received after receiving the “Habitual Violator” sticker, the fine will be doubled for all violations and vehicle may be immobilized at time and place of violation by use of “Boot.”
The Public Safety Department will utilize the process of immobilizing (booting) vehicles that are in violation of the parking rules and regulations. While vehicles can be booted for many reasons, the following is a short list for some of the most common infractions that cause a vehicle to be booted:
Once a vehicle is booted, it is issued a ticket and a $50.00 booting fee. The boot fee must be paid before the boot is removed from the vehicle. Individuals whose vehicle has been booted must make contact with the Public Safety Department for boot removal. Do not attempt to move a vehicle that has been booted. Moving the vehicle backwards or forwards may cause damage to the vehicle. Any person who tampers with or damages a boot will be responsible for any and all damages to University property. If your vehicle has been booted, please take the time to read any warning notices that are applied to your vehicle and take the appropriate corrective action.
Vehicle Towing and Removal
The Public Safety Department also reserves the right to arrange to tow, at owner’s expense, any vehicle when the location of the vehicle presents a hazardous or emergency situation and the owner cannot be located. Below is a short list of several other common infractions that cause a vehicle to be towed:
Violations and Unpaid Fines
Responsibility for Violations
The student in whose name the vehicle is registered on campus is responsible for any penalties arising in connection with the possession or operation of the registered vehicle.
Students who choose to appeal their violation may obtain an Appeal Form from Public Safety. Completed forms, including the reason why the appeal is being made, must be returned to the Public Safety Office within five (5) days of the ticket date. A plea of ignorance of the Alvernia University Parking Policy will not be accepted as an excuse for violation.
Alvernia University assumes NO LIABILITY for theft or damages to vehicles parked on premises