Vehicle Operations

Regulations Governing the Operation of Motor Vehicles

Vehicles parked in violation of these regulations are subject to towing at the owner's expense and without prior warning.

Obedience to a Traffic Control Official: Penalties

No person shall fail or refuse to comply with any order or direction of a Campus Security Officer or Parking Lot Attendant engaged in directing traffic on any University owned or controlled street or parking lot. Vehicles parked in violation of this regulation are subject to towing at the owner's expense and without prior warning.

Violations  Fines 
Failure to obey a traffic control officer  $50 

Obedience to a Traffic Control Device

The driver of a vehicle shall obey all traffic control devices, which shall include all officially posted signs and/or painted markings; placed on the surface of a curbing or the pavement of any University owned or controlled street, sidewalk or parking lot.

Violations  Fines 
Failure to obey a traffic control device  $50

Removing or Driving Through Barricades: Penalties

No person shall remove or drive through any barricades, cones or similar type traffic control device that has been placed upon a University owned or controlled street or parking lot.

 Violations Fines 
Removing or driving through a traffic control barricade  $100 

Stop Signs: Penalties

The driver of a vehicle shall completely stop their vehicle before entering any intersection where official stop signs have been erected. After stopping the driver of the vehicle shall yield right-of-way to all other vehicles already in motion in the intersection or so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

 Violations Fines 
Failure to stop at a stop sign  $50 
Failure to yield at a stop sign  $50 

Reasonable and Prudent Speed Penalties:

No person shall drive a vehicle upon any University owned or controlled street or parking lot at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances, conditions and actual and potential hazards then existing. The prima facie speed limit in any University owned or controlled parking lot is ten (10) miles per hour.

 Violations Fines 
Driving a vehicle at an unsafe speed $50 
Driving a vehicle in excess of ten (10) miles per hour in a parking lot  $50 

Excessive Acceleration: Penalties

The driver of a vehicle shall not purposely or inadvertently cause their vehicle to accelerate at such an excessive or rapid rate of speed so as to spin or squeal the tires of such vehicle, or cause their ability to control such vehicle to be impaired to any appreciable degree.

Violations  Fines 
Excessive Acceleration  $50 

Reckless Driving: Penalties

It shall be deemed reckless driving for any person to drive or operate a vehicle in a careless or wanton manner without regard for the safety of persons or property while on the University campus.

Violations  Fines 
Reckless Driving  $100 

Prohibited Operation of Motor Vehicles or Motorized Play Vehicles: Penalties

No person shall operate any motor vehicle, motorized play vehicle or golf cart at any time, except in compliance with the direction and/or approval of a Campus Security
Officer, on any sidewalk, pathway or other areas intended for pedestrian use, upon any parkway, grass or any unpaved portion of University property. For the purpose of this regulation motorized play vehicle is defined as any go cart, scooter, skateboard or any other motorized vehicle that is self-propelled by a motor or engine and is not classified as a licensed motor vehicle in the State of Oklahoma.
This regulation does not apply to University service vehicles, motorized wheelchairs, tractors, or lawn and garden equipment.

Violations  Fines 
Operating a vehicle on a sidewalk or pedestrian pathway  $25 
Operating a vehicle on the grass or unpaved portion of campus $25

Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident: Penalties

The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident on University property that results in property damage or injury shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the accident scene as practical and take reasonable steps to locate and notify the owner or person in charge of the property and/or vehicle of the fact of the accident, their name and address, registration number and insurance information. If said person cannot be identified the accident should be immediately reported to the Campus Security Office (631-5555). The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident who fails to meet the requirements as set forth under Oklahoma State Law is guilty of leaving the scene of an accident. Persons violating this regulation will be referred to the Dean of Students, Director of Personnel Services or the Office of the Provost, depending upon if the violator is a student, staff member or faculty member. Disciplinary action taken for these referrals will be handled in accordance with the respected provisions and policies of each individual department. This violation is also subject to ticketing and/or arrest by the City of Tulsa.

Bicycle, Skates, Roller Blades and Skateboards

All bicycle, skates, roller blades and skateboard regulations are in effect at all times and apply to all students, faculty and staff who park or ride any of the above mentioned transportation methods on University of Tulsa owned or controlled parking lots, streets or property.

  • Yield the right of way to any pedestrian
  • When crossing a university controlled parking lot or street shall yield the right of way to all traffic.

Bicycle Registration Violations

All students, faculty and staff must register their bicycle with the University and obtain a registration sticker.  The registration sticker must be attached and displayed on the main frame below the seat post.

Bicycle registrations are valid indefinitely.  If you have previously registered, still own and display a bicycle displaying a TU bike permit, registration continues to be honored.  Registrations are not transferable.

Any bike parked on TU campus not displaying a sticker and properly registered may be impounded at Campus Security.  Bikes without stickers that are impounded and not claimed within 10 calendar days will be turned over to Tulsa Police Department as abandoned. 

Counterfeiting, altering, defacing or transferring the registration sticker to another bike or person and/or giving false information in any application or in a hearing is a violation of the Student Conduct Code.

Violations  Fines  Violations  Fines 
Failure to register or display a bicycle registration sticker  $5  Counterfeiting, altering, defacing or transferring a bicycle registration sticker to another vehicle  $50 
Falsifying information to obtain a bicycle registration sticker  $50     

Parking and Securing of Bicycles

Bicycles may only be stored or parked in student rooms, apartments and bike racks located near each building.  Bicycles that are stored in student rooms and apartments will not be placed in areas where they may constitute a hazard.  This includes hallways, lounges, breezeways and stairwells.  Bicycles that are parked or stored at outside bike racks must be secured with a security device designed to prevent theft.

Bicycles may not be parked in a manner as to interfere with life safety zones such as a fire hydrant, fire lane or other emergency zone; or on any service drive, building entrance, driveway, walkway ramp, emergency telephone apparatus or any other passageway to which emergency equipment may need access.  Bicycles may not be parked, chained or otherwise attached to trees, plants or other living objects, railings, fences, posts signs or trash receptacles.  Bicycles may not be parked on the grass or in any other area that is under cultivation.

Bicycles parked in violation of these regulations or in a manner such as to constitute a safety hazard may be impounded by Campus Security Officers.  The registered owner of any impounded bicycle will be emailed requesting that they pickup their bicycle at the Security Office.  If the registered owner does not claim the bicycle within 15 calendar days, it will be turned over to Tulsa Police Department as abandoned.  Bicycles without stickers are impounded and not claimed within 10 calendar days will be turned over to the Tulsa Police Department as abandoned.

Violations  Fines 
Failure to properly secure a bicycle  $5 

Riding on Sidewalks

Whenever a person is riding a bicycle or traveling by means of skates, rollerblades or skateboard on any sidewalk or other areas intended for pedestrian use, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian.

Any person riding a bicycle or traveling by means of skates, rollerblades, or skateboard that is about to enter or cross a University-controlled parking lot or street shall yield the right of way to all traffic.

Violations  Fines 
Failure to yield to a pedestrian  $5 
Failure to yield while exiting a sidewalk or bikeway  $5 

Abandoned Bicycles

Abandoned bicycles and those bicycles left on campus at the conclusion of the spring semester will be impounded by Campus Security Officers.  Bicycles that are impounded and not claimed within 10 calendar days will be turned over to the Tulsa Police Department as abandoned.