Public Safety Regulations


Statement of General Policy

  1. Dalton State College parking and traffic rules were recommended by the Student Traffic Committee and adopted by the Student Affairs Council.
  2. For the purpose of these regulations a motor vehicle includes automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, motor scooters, motorbikes, and other motor powered vehicles.
  3. The term “students” includes all who attend classes at Dalton State College including students from any other school holding classes on the Dalton State College campus.
  4. The term “visitor” includes any person other than faculty, staff, or a student parking or driving an unregistered vehicle on campus.

Motor Vehicle Registration

  1. All faculty, staff, and student motor vehicles must be registered for campus parking and a current decal must be displayed in the proper location.
  2. Registered vehicles must be covered by liability insurance and drivers must have a valid driver's license to operate a vehicle on the Dalton State College campus.
  3. Temporary permits may be obtained for a two-week period from the Public Safety Office at no charge. These should be received immediately upon arrival on campus.
  4. Parking in marked Handicapped spaces requires a permit from the Georgia Department of Public Safety or a Handicapped tag.

General Rules

  1. The registrant of a motor vehicle is held responsible for the safe, prudent operation, and proper parking of his/her vehicle regardless of who may be the operator.
  2. Curbs painted yellow are NO PARKING AREAS.
  3. Parking against the flow of traffic is PROHIBITED.
  4. Students leaving vehicles on campus after school hours must notify the Public Safety Office or vehicle will be subject to towing.
  5. NO vehicles will be backed into parking spaces.
  6. NO vehicles will pull through spaces
  8. Speed limits are as posted.
  10. Decals are not transferable.
  11. NO student parking in front of the Westcott Building at any time.
  12. Parking at Mashburn Hall Student Housing requires a Resident Decal.
  13. NO Exiting from the parking lots by way of marked Entrances.
  14. NO Entrance to lots by way of marked Exits.
  15. Any vehicle parked on walkways or grass areas without permission from the Public Safety Office or Officer will be towed at owner's expense.
  16. All vehicle accidents on campus must be reported to the Public Safety, 706-272-4461.  A Public Safety Officer will conduct an investigation into the accident.  The same applies to accidents of bodily injury.
  17. Neither Dalton State College nor any of its employees assumes any responsibility or liability for the loss from theft or damage due to vehicles parked in the parking areas.
  18. Music from within vehicle must not be audible more than 100 feet from vehicle, or cause disruption to campus.
  19. Vehicles must not be operated at speeds that are unreasonable given conditions that are present such as; traffic congestion, pedestrian traffic, weather, etc.

Penalties and Fines for Violations

All fines must be paid at the Business Services Office located in the Westcott Building.

The right to appeal will be forfeited after FIVE days of school. All appeals must be submitted online. The form can be found on Student Life's website under the "forms" tab.

Failure to pay fines approved by the Traffic Appeals Committee will result in withholding of Grades and/or of Transcripts to other institutions or agencies; or may hinder registration.

Penalty Fee
1. Failure to Display Parking Permit/Improper display$10.00
2. Unregistered Vehicle in Residential Area$10.00
3. Parking on White Lines/Yellow Lines$10.00
4. Parking in Reserved Spaces; Faculty, Visitors$20.00
5. Backing into Parking Spaces$10.00
6. Pulling through Parking Spaces$10.00
7. Impeding the Free Flow of traffic$10.00
8. Entering through Exit Only (or Exiting through Entrance)$10.00
9. Stop Sign Violation$10.00
10. Loud Music from Vehicle$10.00
11. Parking in an Unauthorized Area$10.00
12. Parking in Handicapped Spaces$30.00
13. Speeding$10.00
14. Reckless Driving$20.00
15. Parking Against Flow of Traffic$10.00

Traffic Appeals Committee

The Traffic Appeals Committee is comprised of five student representatives appointed annually by the Student Government Association. The Committee meets on an as needed basis to hear and determine the outcome of appeals. All appeals must be submitted online. The form can be found on Student Life’s website under the “forms” tab or at:


All decisions are emailed out via the student’s DSC email account.

Georgia Seat Belt Usage Information

Dalton State will comply with and enforce the state laws of Georgia to ensure student safety. They are as follows:

OCGA 40-8-76 - Safety belts required as equipment; safety restraints for children four years of age.

Children aged eight or younger riding in a passenger automobile, van, or pickup truck while vehicle is in motion on a public road, street, or highway of Georgia are required to be restrained in a restraining system appropriate for such child's height and weight and approved by the US Department of Transportation. Any such child weighing at least 40 pounds may be secured by a lap belt when the vehicle is not equipped with a lap and shoulder belt, or not including the driver's seat the vehicle is equipped with lap and shoulder belts that are being used to restrain other children.  Any such child should be secured in a rear seat unless children are occupying those seats. Child restraining systems must be installed properly in the vehicle. A child's guardian may obtain a physician's written statement that a medical condition prevents the child from being restrained is acceptable.

OCGA 40-8-76.1 - Use of Safety Belts in Passenger Vehicles

For this code section "passenger vehicle" means every motor vehicle, including, but not limited to, pickup trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles, designed to carry ten passengers or fewer and used for the transportation of persons; provided, however, that such term shall not include motorcycles; motor driven cycles; or off-road vehicles or pickup trucks being used by an owner, driver, or occupant 18 years of age or older in connection with agricultural pursuits that are usual and normal to the user's farming operation. Each occupant of the front seat of a passenger vehicle shall, while such passenger vehicle is being operated on a public road, street, or highway of this state, be restrained by a seat safety belt approved under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208.

For more information please contact:

  • Dalton State Public Safety Office at (706) 272-4461
  • Governor’s Office of Highway Safety at (404) 656-6996

First Aid - Accident Procedures

The following procedures have been revised and are recommended in case of any accident or emergency situation relating to health on the campus of Dalton State College.

In case of minor cuts, scratches, etc., first aid kits are located in all campus buildings.

In case of an accident of a more serious nature, faculty, staff, and students are requested to:

  1. Not move the patient.
  2. Immediately notify the Department of Public Safety at Ext. 4461.

The Public Safety Officers will then make a determination of the best course of action regarding the patient’s health and safety.

An appropriate accident/incident report must be completed and filed with the Director of Public Safety/Security for record keeping and verification.

Students requiring medical attention must defray their own expense.

It is recommended that each faculty member at the beginning of each term offer students a chance to inform the faculty member, or Disability Support Services in confidence, of any medical problem such as seizures, for example, that may affect the student in class.

Children on Campus Policy

Child care facilities are not available on campus. The institution is not responsible for children. Children must not be left unsupervised on campus. Children are not permitted to accompany students to classes, laboratories, seminars, etc.

In patrols of the buildings, if unattended minor children are found in the hallways or campus grounds, Public Safety will complete the following:

  1. Have the child assist them in locating the parent.
  2. Officers will interrupt the class in a professional manner and request the parent to step out of the classroom. The parent will be instructed to take immediate care and control of their child. Officer will complete a Miscellaneous Incident Report titled Unattended Child.
  3. In situations where the parent is not attending class, and is not in the immediate area, Officers may be required to bring the child to the Public Safety Office until the parent can be located. A Miscellaneous Incident Report or other reports will be completed per the Officer’s determination.
  4. Children may be on campus accompanied by their parents for short, infrequent visits. However, children may not remain with the parents for extended periods of time as they may interfere with the performance of the employee/student and may compromise the safety of the children. Should this instance occur, the parent will be instructed to take the children home.