5-8: Parking and Roadways

Policy Overview

This policy provides guidelines for the safe flow of traffic and reasonable access to Santa Fe Community College (SFCC or College) facilities for students, employees and the general public.

Scope and Applicability

This policy addresses College oversight of vehicular traffic, parking rules and parking areas, and roads on the SFCC campus and property. This policy applies to all SFCC students, employees and the general public. SFCC assumes no liability, expressed or implied, for any vehicle including but not limited to motorcycles, bicycles, non-pedestrian devices or any vehicle contents while being operated or parked on SFCC property.

Policy Statement

The Facilities and Operations Office plans for and oversees the use of vehicles, parking areas and roadways to maximize safety and traffic flow. In addition, it provides for and regulates parking areas for handicapped, car pools, green drivers, and others (NM Stat § 29-5-1 (1996 through 1st Sess. 50th Legis.))


  1. Car Pool Parking is designated for two or more individuals consistently commuting to campus together in one vehicle.
  2. Designated area or space is an area marked with signage which has a specific use.
  3. Green Parking is designated for low-emission and fuel-efficient vehicles as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), green vehicles include vehicles that function fully or partly on alternative energy sources other than fossil fuel or are less carbon intensive than gasoline or diesel.
  4. Permanent Disability is a physical condition, as certified by a physician, that remains unchanged and may include, but is not limited to, the use of a wheel chair, braces, walker, crutches, or other prosthetic devices and/or involves pulmonary, cardiovascular distress, an arthritic condition or orthopedic or neurological impairment.Reserved Parking is designated parking spaces that are clearly marked for a specific purpose.
  5. Temporary Disability is a medical condition, certified by a physician, for a limited period of time, and allows the person to utilized designated handicap parking.
  6. Vehicles includes but is not limited to cars, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, trailers, campers, etc.

Policy Process

  1. The Campus Safety and Security Office shall develop and publicize a plan for determining parking designation and the appropriate usage of roadways, parking, bicycle spaces and other designated areas.
  2. SFCC has established designated parking areas to accommodate special needs such as the handicapped, special recognition (i.e., commuter pools), and general parking.
    1. Parking for disabled individuals is first priority. Campus Safety and Security recognizes the standard “handicapped” permits issued by the State of New Mexico. Permits must be properly displayed in vehicles at all times while parked on SFCC property as required by state standards. (66-7-352.5 NMSA 1978).
    2. Parking in areas that have close proximity to campus buildings is clearly marked and reserved to support incentives and rewards such as Employee of the Month and green parking.
    3.  Overnight parking is prohibited unless approved by Campus Safety and Security.
    4. As part of SFCC’s environmental initiatives, the College has established a Carpool Parking Program open to students and employees. Campus Safety and Security administers and monitors the program. Permits will be issued to registered applicants on a semester‐to-semester basis.
    5. Reserved parking is available. To request a reserved parking space, applicants must submit the appropriate form signed by the supervisor to Campus Safety and Security.
    6. Bicycles are allowed in designated areas only. Owners must ensure bicycles are locked on bicycle racks when unattended. Bicycles, skateboards, roller-skates, wheelies, scooters, hover boards, in-line skates, and the like may be used only on campus streets. They are prohibited on sidewalks and other campus walkways.

Statement of Accountability and Responsibility

The President, through the Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer and the Director of Facilities, the Executive Director of Human Resources, the Student Affairs Officer, and appropriate departments, shall be responsible for enforcing parking and road policies. Campus Safety and Security officers have the authority to enforce the policy. The Facilities and Operations Office shall work with the different departments and offices to comply with this policy and to develop procedures that will enforce this policy regarding awareness, prevention, and remediation.


NM Stat § 29-5-1 (1996 through 1st Session 50th Legislature)
Policy 2-1 Student Code of Conduct
Policy 2-2 Student Corrective Action and Disciplinary Action
Policy 4-2 Employee Corrective Action and Disciplinary Action

SFCC Governing Board approval 11/18/2004, effective 01/01/2005
SFCC Governing Board Approved: 08 / 25 / 11
Revised and Governing Board approved: 8/24/16

Associated Procedures