Police & Parking

University Police: Committed to Safety

The Houston Baptist University Police Department is tasked with providing a safe and peaceful campus, free from fear or concern for one’s personal safety. Although this is a challenge in today’s society, our on-campus police are well equipped to meet this and other challenges. One of the major functions of the officers is to patrol the HBU campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week on foot, by bicycle and in marked Houston Baptist University Police vehicles.
 
In order to maintain peace and safety on campus, the HBU Police also rely on the awareness of every member of the HBU community. It is essential that you remain aware of your surroundings and report any unusual or suspicious activity. The officers would much rather respond to a call that turns out to be nothing than to write an incident report after a situation occurs in which they had no opportunity to intervene.
 
Functions of the University Police include, but are not limited to:
  • Responding to call boxes
  • Investigating all crimes reported on campus
  • Patrolling
  • Enforcement of local and state laws
  • Crime prevention
  • Parking permits and enforcement
  • After-hours gate access
 
Emergency Call boxes are strategically located across campus and ring directly to the University Police Department. Their locations are shown on the Campus Map.
 
Traffic and Parking

Houston Baptist University has adopted a parking and traffic program to create an orderly traffic flow and equitable parking conditions on campus. Your personal safety, the recognition of the needs of others, campus appearance and applicable laws were prime considerations in the formulation of these regulations. The program is administered by the Houston Baptist University Police Department. Some of those regulations are listed below:
 
Vehicle Registration
Anyone who operates a motor vehicle on Houston Baptist University property must register that vehicle. Motorized wheelchairs and authorized HBU vehicles and equipment are exempt. Short-term registration is available through the Police Department.
 
Parking Permits
Possession of a parking permit does not guarantee a parking place in a specific lot. To park on HBU property you must have a permit. Parking regulations apply 24 hours a day.
  • Parking permits may be obtained from the University Police Office or on HuskyNet
  • Parking Permit Fees
    • $100.00 - Fall, Spring and Summer semester
    • $75.00 - Spring and Summer semester
    • $40.00 - Summer semester
  • Visitor parking is available in several locations.
    Visitors may not exceed posted time limits. For example, you may not park in any space labeled “Short Term Parking - Limit One Hour” for more than 60 minutes. Failure to display either a permanent or temporary permit does not mean you may park in visitor spaces. License plate numbers of vehicles parked in visitor parking will be monitored. Citations for parking in a visitor space and failure to secure a parking permit will be issued to vehicles belonging to students or their families.
  • Handicap parking is available in designated parking spaces. Parking in handicap parking spaces is not allowed without the handicap permit. An HBU permit is not required where the vehicle is issued special handicap identification by the state.
  • No parking areas:
  • Loading dock behind the Anderson Student Center
  • Fire lanes
  • No parking zones
  • Grass
  • Sidewalks
  • Along curbs or any spot that would disrupt pedestrian or vehicular traffic
 
Emergencies
Emergency Call Boxes are located in lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.  
 
Parking Lots
The locations of campus parking lots can be seen on the Campus Map.

Special Areas  
  • Sharp Gym: Parking is restricted to special permits issued by the Athletic Director. All others are subject to towing.
  • Glasscock Center: Parking behind the Glasscock is restricted to maintenance personnel only. All others are subject to towing.
  • Loading Zones: These areas are reserved for loading and unloading objects into and from your vehicle. All loading zones are restricted to a maximum 20-minute time limit. Student or faculty usage requires prior approval from the University Police (281-649-3314). 
  • Bicycles and motorcycles must be parked in designated areas.
  • Residential college parking lots are restricted to residents who have secured a proper sticker authorizing the use of these lots.

Moving Violations
Sidewalks: Only emergency and HBU vehicles authorized by the University Police are permitted access to the sidewalks. Policies pertaining to vehicular use on sidewalks are in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Authorized vehicles parked on sidewalks must not obstruct sidewalks, stairways or handicap ramps. Vehicles using sidewalks must not exceed five miles per hour. All vehicles, except those on emergency calls, must yield right of way to pedestrians.
 
Additional Violations
  • Changing, damaging, or moving any traffic sign or signal on HBU property
  • Removing citations from other vehicles
  • Providing false information on vehicle registration documents
  • Disobeying traffic direction given by a police officer
  • Failure to obey traffic signs or barricades
 
There is a minimum fine of $25.00. Fines levied by citations must be paid within 10 working days. Failure to do so will result in doubling of the fine and a charge for the higher amount will be placed on the student or staff member’s account. All fines are paid in the Business Office.
 
Appeal Procedures
Any citation may be appealed by completing an appeal form in writing available from the University Police Department. Appeals must be filed within 10 working days of the issuance of the citation.
 
Appeals will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and further appealed to the Legal Counsel to the President or her designee. A 10-working-day grace period will be allowed for the payment of citations where the appeal is denied. The University reserves the right to withhold the issuance of grade reports and verification of enrollment or HBU transcripts until arrangements have been made with the Business Office for the payment of citations.
 
Enforcement
University Police Officers have the authority to issue citations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may receive a warning citation or a university citation. Both warning and university citations are recorded in the University Police Office. Citations can be issued for any of the following violations.
 
Fines For Violations:
Group A - Fine $100.00
Immobilizer (Boot) Repeat Offenders - Fire Lane/Zone, Handicap Zone, Unmarked Curbs

Group B - Fine $30.00
Faculty/Staff Restriction - proper permit not displayed

Group C - Fine $50.00
Loading Zone - blocking traffic flow
No Parking Zone - blocking two spaces
Parking on Grass and/or Sidewalk

Group D - Moving Violation
Reckless Operation - Fine $100.00
Speeding - Fine $75.00
Stop Sign - Fine $50.00
Wrong Way on One-Way Road - Fine $50.00
Driving on Grass
 
Towing
University Police Officers are authorized, with the approval of the Chief of Police, to have vehicles towed at the owner’s expense for the following reasons:
  • Vehicles which block the access or egress of others
  • Parking in one location in excess of 7 days
  • Parking of a non-conventional vehicle without the Chief of Police’s approval
  • Unauthorized parking in Handicap Zone
  • Excessive unpaid violations
  • Parking which creates a hazard