A vital piece of the parking enforcement program is to identify vehicles that are unknown in the campus parking system or have received repeated parking citations. A “boot” list shall be maintained in the Public Safety Office, to include the switchboard, at all times. When a vehicle is placed on the boot list and Mount Mercy has a record of the owner of the vehicle, a notice that the vehicle is on the boot list will be sent to the owner by U.S. Mail at the last known address of the owner. All safety assistants are expected to actively search for vehicles on the list during their assigned shift. If located on university property, a vehicle on the list may have a vehicle immobilizer or “boot” placed on its tire until the person responsible for the vehicle has resolved all parking violations. Vehicles on the boot list may be booted at any time including on the weekends. The weekend is defined as after 4:30 pm on Friday until 8 am Monday.
When the boot is placed on the vehicle, a bright orange notice will be placed on the windshield to notify the drive/owner of the boot placement. Damage or theft of a boot will be billed to the violator. Removal of the boot by the Department of Public Safety is contingent on payment of all outstanding fines, payment of a boot removal fee and receipt of valid Mount Mercy University parking registration. The Vice President for Enrollment and Student Life or the Director of Public Safety may authorize the removal of a vehicle immobilizer based on extraordinary circumstances.
Unknown Owner: A vehicle which does not carry a valid Mount Mercy parking registration and has received 3 or more unpaid parking citations which have not been addressed or appealed will be booted. The Public Safety Office will determine when a vehicle should be booted and update the boot list.
All fines are collected by the Business Office between the hours of 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. The receipt for payment provided by the Business Office must be provided to the Department of Public Safety prior to removal of the boot.
If a vehicle is booted after hours or on the weekend and the Business Office is closed the Public Safety Department may accept payment to remove the boot providing the following guidelines are followed:
Cash Payments: If a payment is made in cash the following procedure will be followed:
The Vice President for Enrollment and Student Life or the Director of Public Safety reserves the right to tow any vehicle on Mount Mercy University property when the towing is reasonably necessary to protect Mount Mercy property or promote safety. Vehicles of repeat violators of Mount Mercy regulations with unresolved violations may also be towed. Owners or operators of the vehicle that is towed are responsible for all towing costs.