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Parking and Traffic Rules

These regulations are prepared and distributed to assist those who plan to operate and/or park motor vehicles on Grand Canyon University property, or property that has been secured by Grand Canyon University for the purposes of providing parking availability. There is a continuing effort to provide the highest level of service ensuring the safest and most efficient use of university parking resources.



The responsibility of obtaining knowledge of all laws and regulations in force rests with the motor vehicle operator. Students, faculty and staff are expected to be familiar with and abide by these regulations. The fact that a violation notice is not issued when a vehicle is illegally parked does not mean or imply that the regulations or laws are no longer in effect. Handicap and fire lanes will be enforced 24 hours a day by Public Safety and the Phoenix Police Department.

Students can expect reasonable privacy of their vehicles and personal property contained therein when they park on campus. However, GCU public safety officers may access and inspect student vehicles without permission when reasonable suspicion exists that a violation of university regulations or federal, state or local laws may be taking place, or has taken place, in the vehicle  

All ordinances of the City of Phoenix, Arizona, related to traffic which are not in conflict with or inconsistent with these regulations, are made a part thereof and are enforceable as provided herein.



Grand Canyon University assumes no legal responsibility or liability for any theft, loss of property, vandalism, accidents or damages while the vehicle is on any university controlled property. The Department of Public Safety strongly recommends and encourages the removal of all items of value from your vehicle to help in preventing theft or loss of property.

Anyone who operates a vehicle on Grand Canyon University campus or properties under its control for educational or residential purposes agrees to:

  • Obtain, read and abide by the Grand Canyon University Parking Rules and Regulations.
  • Possess a current and valid driver license from his/her respective state.
  • Maintain current licenses, registrations and insurance for his/her vehicle(s) per his/her state's requirements.
  • Pay all fines and fees resulting from any violations of the Grand Canyon University Parking Rules and Regulations.
  • Protect and hold harmless the university, its students, officers and employees, from all claims of injuries to persons or damages to property resulting from operation or parking of the vehicle.


Reservation of Space

Grand Canyon University reserves the right to set aside areas for special events, i.e., concerts, athletic events, parades, funerals, etc., in all parking areas of the university campus. The university further reserves the right to temporarily block certain areas of street and/or parking lots in order to facilitate repairs to same, without notice to the general public.


Parking Requirements

These Parking and Traffic Regulations are effective August 26, 2013, and are subject to change at any time. All vehicles operated on Grand Canyon University campus by students, faculty and staff must properly display a current Grand Canyon University parking permit on the inside of the windshield on the driver's side. Safety regulations are enforced twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. Registration for a parking permit does not guarantee available parking. The responsibility of finding a legal parking space rests with the vehicle operator. A lack of space where one would like to park is not a valid excuse for violating any parking regulation. The use of emergency flashers or personal dash placards (notes) does not allow anyone to park illegally. Vehicles parking in such a manner will be subject to receiving a citation.

Parking regulations will be enforced as follows:

Resident students
- From Sunday at 6 p.m. to Friday at 6 p.m.
Non-resident students - Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Handicapped Accessible Parking

In order to provide access to buildings and facilities for individuals with disabilities, parking rules shall allow for the following exception. Vehicles displaying a current GCU-issued handicapped parking permit will be allowed to park in any open designated handicapped space, regardless of posted parking lot designation. Handicapped parking permits may be obtained by contacting the GCU Student Disability Services office and providing appropriate documentation that supports a handicapped parking status. More information regarding accommodations for disabled students.

Handicapped spaces are indicated with the handicapped symbol in the space and also have a handicapped parking sign in front of the space. Access spaces are indicated by yellow lines in front of ramps on the sidewalks or next to handicapped spaces, to give disabled individuals adequate room. Persons parked in handicapped spaces without the appropriate GCU-issued parking permit are subject to the fines as outlined within. Please notify the GCU Public Safety Office at 602-639-8100 when a disabled space is occupied by an unauthorized vehicle. Handicapped parking regulations are enforced at all times, including weekends as posted on signs.



  • Standard rules of the road for the city, county and state will be observed on campus.
  • Zone Enforcement Hours are 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Safety regulations as well as Handicap regulations are in place at all times.
  • For 2014-15 resident students, non-resident students and evening and cohort students, permits will be in effect for fall, spring and summer terms.
  • Driving or parking in a transit lane, parking at a yellow curb, yellow line, fire hydrant and handicapped accessible sidewalk is prohibited at all times and will subject vehicle to impoundment by Public Safety. 
  • LOADING AND SERVICE ZONES: Parking is restricted to delivery service and vendor vehicles for the purpose of loading and unloading only. Individuals needing to temporarily park their personal vehicle in a loading zone must first obtain permission from the Public Safety office. 
  • Vehicles should be parked within a designated white lined parking space. 
  • Permits are only valid when your university status corresponds with your parking permit zone. It is the responsibility of the holder to notify Campus Operations with changes in campus status. 
  • The speed limit is 15 mph, except where otherwise posted. Additional reductions in speed may be necessary in areas of vehicular and pedestrian congestion or during inclement weather. 
  • Parking on the grass, sidewalks, crosswalks and loading zones is prohibited. 
  • Motorists must yield to pedestrians in designated crosswalks. 
  • Motorcycles, bicycles and other vehicles are subject to the same traffic rules, and are to move in the same direction on the same side of the street as other vehicles. They must not use sidewalks or lawns. 
  • The University assumes no liability for damages to vehicles operated or parked on campus. Any such damage is a risk assumed by the owner as operator of the vehicle. 
  • Trailers, boats, campers and similar non-motor vehicles are prohibited from parking on campus.
  •  Inability to find a legal parking space will not be accepted as a defense for violations. 
  • A faculty or staff member may not register for a permit for the purpose of being used by a student. 
  • Failure to display a current parking permit while on campus will result in the issuance of a parking citation.
  • Vehicles not displaying a license plate and/or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) are subject to wheel lock or impoundment.
  • Non-registered vehicles with three unpaid citations are subject to wheel-lock, towing or impoundment. All charges, including tow charges and outstanding fines, must be paid before the vehicle is released.
  • Parking permits may be transferred between vehicles; but the information about the new vehicle must be submitted to Campus Operations at the time of the transfer. A parking permit which does not correspond to the vehicle on which it appears is subject to forfeiture.
  • Vehicles left in parking lots without a valid permit or receipt are subject to impoundment, per University towing policy.
  • Vehicles impounded and not claimed within 30 days are subject to State of Arizona abandonment code. 
  • Parking permits will be refunded at full cost if returned to the Campus Operations office no later than the close of business, the second Friday of the term. 
  • NO refunds will be given for Parking Permits after close of business, the second Friday of the term. 
  • A Student that desires to purchase a parking permit after the beginning of the term will be required to obtain the permit on-line or at the Campus Operations office. No discount is available for permits purchased after the start of the term.
  • It will be the purchaser's responsibility to report permits as lost in the mail that are not received within 10 business days from the date of purchase. Failure to report your permit lost may result in you receiving parking citations and being required to purchase another permit at the current cost.