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Student Vehicles Policy

The use of a motor vehicle at Pepperdine University must be considered a privilege with accompanying responsibilities. The safety of our campus community and the University's relationship with the Malibu community may be improved or hampered by the thoughtfulness or lack thereof displayed by those who drive.

The California classification for a motor vehicle is applicable at Pepperdine; motor vehicles include all types of vehicles, motorcycles, scooters, and mopeds. Drivers and owners are responsible for knowing and obeying the laws governing vehicles in California and the special rules related to the Malibu campus. The policies can be found on the Public Safety website. The driver of a vehicle on campus is always responsible for his or her actions and for adhering to applicable vehicle regulations. The registered owner of a vehicle is held responsible for any violations of the regulations, even though that registered owner may not be its driver.

Any person who has a motor vehicle on campus, including motorcycles and scooters whether licensed for street use or not, must register the vehicle with the Department of Public Safety and properly display the vehicle registration permit on the lower left corner of the windshield. Permits on motorcycles, scooters, or bikes should be placed in a visible location. Failure to register a vehicle on campus will result in a citation, fine, and possibly further disciplinary action. The University requires all vehicles on campus to be covered by public liability and property damage insurance. This insurance must be maintained at all times the vehicle is used on campus. Vehicle registration must be renewed annually.

Under certain circumstances, vehicles on campus may be accessed and the contents inventoried. These circumstances include but are not limited to: vehicle impound or relocation; retrieval of University property; vehicles containing a lost, stolen, fraudulent, or altered permit or pass; using another person's permit; or vehicle is involved in suspicious or criminal activity.

Visitors must obtain a visitor pass at a security booth before parking on campus. Students bringing a car other than the one registered must obtain a Temporary Student Parking Pass at the booth. This temporary pass must be obtained from the Department of Public Safety for vehicles that will be used for a specified period of time. Students should not request visitor passes.

Gated parking lots are reserved for faculty and staff. Parking regulations are available at the time of vehicle registration. These instructions designate appropriate areas for student parking. It is the student's responsibility to park only in appropriate areas, even when an unauthorized area is accessible.

All traffic and parking regulations must be obeyed. Violators are subject to a fine for each offense, vehicle immobilization, relocation, and/or impound. Repeated violations will become part of the student's disciplinary record in the Office of Community Standards and may result in the loss of campus parking privileges and disciplinary action. The speed limit on campus is 25 mph, with the exception of parking lots and the residential area and roundabout intersections. Students who are documented for reckless driving will face disciplinary action. Reckless driving is defined as "any person who drives any vehicle on campus with a willful disregard for the safety of persons or property as illustrated by, but not limited to, the following:

  • Excessive speeds of 20 mph or more over the posted speed limit of 25 mph on campus streets;
  • Excessive speeds of 15 mph or more over the posted speed limit of 10 mph or under;
  • Failing to stop at a posted stop sign while pedestrians are in a crosswalk;
  • Failing to stop at multiple stop signs;
  • Driving at high speeds on sidewalks and endangering pedestrians;
  • Driving or parking on the wrong side of the street, forcing oncoming traffic to take evasive action.

Bicycles are permitted on campus and students who ride them are expected to obey the rules of courtesy and to give pedestrians the right of way. Bikes are not permitted inside buildings or on sidewalks or walkways.

Motorcycles, scooters, or any other motorized vehicles are restricted to public roadways and parking lots and are not permitted on the walks or fields of the campus. Riding skateboards, roller skates, scooters (e.g., "Razors") and roller blades is prohibited anywhere and anytime on campus. Motorcycles must be registered with the Department of Public Safety and have a permit prominently displayed.

Pepperdine University is not responsible for damage to any vehicle or accessory articles left in it, or for the theft of or fire in any vehicle, or for injury to any person in or by that vehicle. Gasoline for motor vehicles may not be stored or kept on campus.

Pepperdine University Parking and Traffic Regulations are adopted by the Board of Regents pursuant to California Vehicle Code Section 21113(a). Unless otherwise provided for by these regulations, all of the provisions of the California Vehicle code relating traffic upon the highways shall be applicable on Pepperdine University property. For a full explanation of all vehicle regulations, refer to the parking and traffic regulations available when registering for your parking permit and available on the Department of Public Safety website. Citations are viewable online at pepperdine.thepermitstore.com approximately twenty-four hours after a citation is issued. The recipient may pay or submit an appeal by entering the vehicle license plate number or citation number. Citation appeals may not be considered after ten days. Please read the reverse side of the citation thoroughly to verify your eligibility to submit an appeal.