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Campus Safety & Security

Parking Guide

Welcome to the Parking Services Section. If you intend on bringing a vehicle onto campus--as a visitor conducting business, or as a returning, or prospective student registering--there are some parking regulations you will need to be aware of (select the links below).

Statement of Policy
Parking Permits

Visual Campus Map


La Sierra University owns and occupies 300+ acres. The University’s right to control traffic and parking on its campus is given by the California Vehicle Code (CVC). The University Patrol has the responsibility and authority to administer the traffic policy of the University and to control traffic accordingly.

The operation of a motorized vehicle on campus is a privilege granted by the University and is not a right of any employee, student, or visitor. La Sierra University Vehicle Code (LSVC) rules and regulations are designed to aid the flow of traffic, provide the maximum amount of parking possible, and to make the streets safe for vehicles, pedestrians, residents, and children playing on campus.

Statement of Policy

All individuals registering a vehicle with the University Patrol, or operating a vehicle on University property, must agree to:

  • Obey all University policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Pay all fees and fines assessed for violation of these codes.
  • Protect and hold harmless the University and its students, officers, and employees from all claims from injuries to any persons or damage to property by reason of operation of this vehicle or any vehicle on campus.
  • Maintain licenses, registration, and Liability and Property Damage Insurance for vehicles as required by law.
  • The individual who initially registers the vehicle will be held responsible for it, even if the vehicle is not currently registered, unless s/he shows proof that the vehicle was sold.

In addition:

  • Any expenses incurred by this department pertaining to vehicles on campus will be the responsibility of the permit holder, registered owner or violator with charges.
  • La Sierra University neither warrants the safety of vehicles nor assumes the responsibility for loss due to theft, vandalism, accident, or damage while the vehicle is on University property.
  • Parking, policy, and moving violations may be issued at the time of the infraction and posted on the vehicle, or mailed to the violator.
  • If an individual signs a release agreement form for a certain vehicle, s/he will be held responsible for any fines or citations pertaining to that vehicle.

Parking Permits

Where to obtain parking permits

All vehicles parked on campus and university housing are required to display a current La Sierra University parking permit. Applications for parking permits, throughout the year, may be obtained at the University Patrol Office, Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., except during holidays. After LSU patrol business hours, a visitor permit may be obtained at the Security Kiosk at the main LSU gate. With that permit you may park in North or South Pierce Street or M-Lot only. When parking in the Handicap spaces, persons with physical disabilities will be asked to display a valid state disability placard or license plate in addition to a University permit. All fees or fines that are paid in coins must be rolled. A new academic full year begins during the Summer Quarter immediately following graduation in June. All full year stickers will be issued at the end of graduation unless a new one is issued for the next academic year.

Parking permit fees

$20 per quarter for non-full time students.

Students and employees at Raley Estates, Sierra Vista Apartments, Walnut Grove Apartments or any other university housing must register their vehicles with University Patrol. They must also operate their vehicles in accordance with the regulations specified in their housing contract. Vehicle must be operational.

Display of parking permits

The permit holders are responsible for assuring that permits are displayed properly.

All permits must be displayed hanging from rear view mirror with registration facing out. If the vehicle does not have a rear view mirror, or if tinting prevents the decal from being visible, the permit must be placed inside the car window on the driver’s side of the front dash. In this case, the permit cannot lie flat and needs to be fully visible from at least ten feet in front of the vehicle. Parking permits are not transferable from one vehicle to another vehicle without prior approval from University Patrol.

Restricted lots

N-lot, K-lot, H-lot, and P-Lot are all restricted lots and require an administration, faculty, or staff parking permit. If you park illegally in these areas, additional violations may be assessed.

A-lot visitor parking by Sierra Towers may not be parked in by Sierra Tower residents.

M-lot is leased out by the University as a “Ride Share lot.” It is also a overflow student parking lot.

Students who park in the Convenience Center parking area to attend classes must be currently registered with LSU Patrol.

Temporary paid parking, visitor parking

A temporary parking permit may be obtained at the Security office located in Calkins Hall. This permit must be displayed on the front dashboard on the driver’s side or hanging from the rear view mirror. This permit can only be used to park in the assigned lot. All vehicles may be parked in timed lots without a permit, but must not exceed the time. There are no reparks in a timed lot.

North and South Pierce Street parking areas are three hour parking lots and are for the convenience of visitors and vendors. There is one hour visitor parking in C-lot, located in front of the Commons, and A-lot, located along the drive going into Sierra Towers. C-lot remains an hourly lot after the posted time if the vehicle is currently unregistered with Security department. All time limited areas are enforced seven days a week, 24 hours each day.

When an unregistered vehicle is parked overtime in a timed parking space, the vehicle may receive a citation for “failure to register," and "for parked overtime.”



Citations will be issued 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without warning to any person, for violating University Patrol Parking Policy. Citations will also be issued for the following:

  • Failing to register vehicle with LSU Patrol
  • Driving recklessly or speeding through campus.
  • Parking in red zones, walkways and grass areas.
  • Blocking other vehicles on roadways or creating a hazardous condition.
  • Parking in Handicapped spaces or designated visitor spaces without proper authorization.
  • Parking overtime in timed spaces.
  • Driving on sidewalks/footpaths or landscaped areas without prior authorization from the University Patrol.
  • Failing to stop at any of the stop signs on campus.
  • Parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
  • Parking in an unmarked area or occupying more than one space.


Any vehicle that has two or more citations or the VIN number covered and no license plate number, may be cuffed at owner’s expense. The initial Cuffing Fee is $25, and $10 is added for every subsequent day that the cuff remains on the car.

A vehicle that is cuffed may be towed if the person responsible for that vehicle does not come in to take care of the car cuff as soon as possible. The owner will be responsible for towing fees and storage.

If your vehicle has been cuffed and the appeal date has not passed, you can appeal the citations. However, you must pay the fine to have the cuff removed. A refund will be given, if the appeal is approved, without a refund charge.


Illegally parked vehicles that are on University property may be towed without prior warning. This includes vehicles parked at student housing.

A vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense in the following cases:

  • Being parked, abandoned, disabled, or creating a safety hazard in any way.
  • Being parked illegally in handicapped spaces.
  • Blocking access or parking in areas marked “Vehicle Will Be Towed”.
  • Parking in red zones.
  • Having two or more citations.
  • Not coming in to the Security office immediately after vehicle has been cuffed.

Student parking permits
All students, including residence hall students, must have a parking permit, including a current quarter sticker and current assigned lot sticker. Students must park only in their assigned lots between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. However, issuance of a permit is not a guarantee that a parking space will be available. If your assigned lot is full, you may park in M-lot, which is the overflow parking lot. Students may park in any space within the lots except those specially marked, such as handicapped, service vehicles, staff, and nurse spaces. Residence hall students must park in the lot assigned for their residence. An additional residence hall sticker should be obtained from the dormitory dean and displayed on the student parking permit.

Administration, faculty and staff parking permits
All administrators, faculty, and staff members are required to obtain a parking permit from the University Patrol Office. A proper permit will allow the aforementioned to park in any lot. Contract teachers will be assigned a special parking permit and allowed to park in designated locations.

Temporary parking permits
Temporary parking permits for special circumstances may be obtained at the University Patrol Office. A temporary parking permit can be purchased for $1.00 per day or $5.00 per week.

Appeal process
If you decide to appeal a citation, you can fill out a form at the University Patrol office. The appeal goes before a group of university staff and students. You will receive a notice in the mail with a new due date if your appeal is not approved. Your appeal may be approved and the fine reduced. The fine may be increased if other violations are discovered in the appeal process. If you do not turn in the appeal before the due date, you give up your right to appeal the citation. You have one week to appeal a citation from the date the ticket was written.

Refunds, lot changes and permit replacements: only pertaining to part time students.
If you no longer desire parking privileges and a refund is due, there will be a $5.00 charge for the refund and a charge for time elapsed between the date the permit was issued and the date refund was given ($5.00 per week, or $1.00 per day). All refunds are credited to your account. If there is a balance on your account, the credit will be applied.

If you cannot bring your decal in because it has been lost or stolen, there will be a $10.00 replacement fee. No refund will be issued on lost or stolen permits.

Refunds, lot changes and permit replacement

If you no longer desire parking privileges and a refund is due, there will be a $5.00 dollar charge for the refund and a charge between the date it was issued and the date refund was given.

If you can not bring your decal in because it may be lost or stolen, you will be charged for the full amount of registration to replace it. No refund will be issued on lost or stolen permits.

Anti-theft/burglar alarms
Vehicle Anti-Theft/Burglar Alarms must reset automatically within five minutes of activation. Non-resetting vehicle alarms may result in immediate towing. Activated alarms that interfere with classes, office business, or facility events are subject to immediate towing. In residential areas, during the hours of darkness, a third resetting false alarm during the same night may result in the vehicle being towed.

Schedule of fines
All citations must be handled within one week of issuance. Either the fine must be paid or an appeal form completed. At the end of one week, if the fine has not been paid or appealed, a $15.00 late fee will be added, and the full amount will be charged to your university account and/or may be sent to a collection agency and/or may have an academic hold placed in your name. If sent to a Collection Agency, there will be an additional processing fee of up to $75. Below is a list of the most common fines:

  • Handicapped spaces.................$75
  • Failure to register ....................$25
  • Blocking access areas and/or
          No Parking zones ..............$25
  • Employee Restricted Parking.....$25
  • Moving violations ....................$25
  • Parking violations ...................$15

Any non-registered vehicle that is driven on campus and receives a citation will be subject to a DMV search and an additional $5.00 charge.

Anyone who transfers, tampers with, or alters a parking permit will receive a $100.00 fine.

Ignorance of regulations or lack of parking space will not be considered a defense for violations.

Parking patrol officers are not expected to find, read or follow notes of explanation, or to accept money.


  • All provisions of the California Vehicle Code are applicable on University property except as modified by the LSUVC.
  • Posted signs shall be obeyed at all times.
  • Traffic Control Signs shall not be evaded by driving to the right of the sign, nor off the designated roadway.
  • The speed limit on campus is “No Faster Than Is Safe.” It is never safe to travel faster than 15 MPH on campus.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way over vehicles when crossing roadways within marked crosswalks, at unmarked crosswalks, at road intersections, and within parking lots.

Contact Us

Campus Safety & Security

La Sierra University

4500 Riverwalk Parkway

Riverside, CA 92515



951.785.5222 fax

Office Location:

Calkins Hall

Front Lobby

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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