About: The Public Safety Department of Truett-McConnell College exists to ensure faculty, staff, student, and campus safety throughout the school year. It is only through cooperation that the Public Safety Department and its employees can best serve the campus.
Automobile Policy: Students are allowed to operate automobiles on campus, provided they comply with vehicle regulation, parking and other regulations as determined by the Vice President for Student Services. A full description of automobile regulations may be found in the Student Handbook. Students must show valid driver's license and proof of insurance when registering vehicles.
The student in whose name a permit is issued is always responsible for the operation and parking of his or her vehicle, regardless of who is actually driving it. This does not absolve the driver from blame if he or she is anyone other than the normal operator or owner in whose name the vehicle is registered.
Every person who operates a vehicle on the campus of Truett-McConnell College is required to obey all city ordinances and state laws relating to the operation, insuring, and registration of motor vehicles. A citation will be issued to anyone who violates any such law or ordinance, or any regulation of Truett-McConnell College. Each violation will result in a $25.00 fine unless otherwise noted. These fines will be added to the student’s bill through the Business Office.
- Failure to register a motor vehicle on the first day the vehicle is on campus.
- Failure to display a permit.
- Improperly displaying a permit.
- Displaying more than one permit.
- Parking in a space reserved for another class of permit. The faculty and other restricted areas
in front of the Miller Building, adjacent to the bell, are never available to students.
Exceptions: After 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. each day and during officially scheduled school breaks (as recognized on the academic calendar), students may park at the pool, at the Nix Student Center, in the commuter lots near the Driskell Building, faculty parking between the gym and the chapel, and Cofer Library as space permits.
- Parking in a space marked “Handicapped” or “Visitor.”
- Parking in any space where parking is prohibited by signs or yellow or red curbs.
- Parking in a space marked “Reserved.”
- Parking on grassy areas.
- Blocking a driveway or an entrance/exit space of any building, including the gymnasium entrance and residence hall walkways.
- Double parking.
- Blocking another vehicle.
- Parking in more than one space in marked parking areas.
- Parking between the Miller Building and the Otwell and Merritt Residence Halls (fire lane).
- Parking on President’s Drive is prohibited at all times.
- Parking in the President’s parking spot in front of the Miller Building.* (This parking spot is reserved twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week.)
* $75 fine for this violation.
- Driving in excess of speed limit.(15 m.p.h. campus-wide)
- Driving in a careless, reckless, or imprudent manner. ($50.00 fine)
- Failure to stop at stop sign.
- Permitting careless, reckless, or imprudent behavior by passengers. This shall include riding on the outside of the vehicle, riding in the trunk of a vehicle, or hanging out of a vehicle. ($50.00 fine)
- Riding a motorcycle without a helmet. (Driver or Passenger)
- Driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
- Driving across any grass or sidewalk.
- Operating or occupying a moving motor vehicle without wearing a seatbelt.
Public Safety officers are authorized to issue citations for violations or turn incidents over to local law enforcement. Motor vehicle privileges will be suspended for any person who receives more than three citations during an academic year.
Download the student parking map.
Residence Hall Safety
Lock your door when you leave your room, even if you will be gone only for a minute. It takes only about 8 seconds for someone to walk into an open room and remove an item. Notify Public Safety promptly of any suspicious persons loitering in the vicinity of your building or room. Never leave purses, wallets, jewelry and other valuables unattended in laundry rooms, showers, or lobby areas. Mark your valuables for identification purposes.
Safety In Your Car
You should always lock your car. Leaving your vehicle unlocked is an invitation for someone to remove your personal belongings. When you are walking to your car, you should have your keys in hand so that you don’t have to linger before getting in, especially at night. You should always check the back seat of your car before getting in.
Safety Outside and at Night
Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace on the side of the road facing traffic. Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible. Never work alone in an office or classroom at night. Arrange a buddy system with someone with whom you work or study. If you should ever feel you are in danger, attract attention any way you can. Do not be reluctant to scream.
Student Access to TMC Property
Buildings on the TMC campus will be open to students according to a regular schedule. During residence hall quiet hours, students will be allowed to gather only in places and in manners that do not disturb residents. For safety and security concerns, students will not be allowed in remote areas of campus after dark. Public Safety officers have the authority to declare any area of campus unsafe and to further restrict access as necessary.
Campus Security: Truett-McConnell College provides security services for students:
- Single Entry / Exit Point
- Security Phone Line answered 24 hours a Day (ext. 186)
- Gated Entry Beginning 6pm Nightly
- Traditional Residence Halls have 24 hour electronic lock down