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The Department of Public Safety & Police is responsible for enforcing traffic laws and parking regulations at the Arnold campus and the Arundel Mills parking lot. These regulations are designed to protect the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Maryland’s Vehicle Law, Rules of the Road – Title 21, Section 101.1(2) states that a person who uses a motor vehicle on community college property must obey the rules of the road as if they were on a highway or roadway in the state of Maryland.

DPSP can issue citations for violations of:

  1. College Parking Regulations.
  2. Maryland Vehicle Law.

View the official Traffic & Parking policy.

General Rules

All drivers must:

  • Operate and park their vehicles in a safe manner.
  • Properly display valid parking permits on their vehicles (faculty/staff only).
  • Park only in marked spaces and within the boundary of the parking space.
  • Notify the Department of Public Safety and Police immediately if their vehicles becomes disabled and remove that vehicle as soon as possible. An abandoned vehicle will be removed at the owner’s expense.
  • Obey all college traffic and parking regulations. Those who do not may lose their right to park on campus.
  • Yield to pedestrians.


During weekday business hours, student parking is permitted in any space in lots A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and M, excluding:

  • Those areas posted or marked as reserved for the physically disabled, loading zones, visitor and motorcycle parking
  • Those areas marked by cones or other temporary markings as being reserved
  • Those areas posted or marked as reserved for faculty/staff spaces
  • Those areas having blue painted curbing, red painted curbing, lot entrance signs and/or stenciled writing on the pavement

After 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, parking is allowed in faculty/staff parking spaces. Parking is allowed in all reserved parking spaces all day Saturday and Sunday, except those designated for the physically disabled or as loading zones.

Handicapped-Accessible Parking

The number of handicapped-accessible parking spaces on campus is limited. Do not use a handicapped-accessible parking space unless you have a permit issued in your name. Maryland law requires all persons having a permit to display it on the rear-view mirror, and to carry with them the application for the permit.

The law and college policy give a police officer, or any other person authorized by a political subdivision the authority enforces, to enforce this. College Public Safety and Police officers have the right to ask anyone parked in a disabled space to show the application for the permit. If you cannot produce the application, or the application is in someone else's name, the officer will advise you to move your vehicle from the space. Any person who violates the provisions of this section of the motor vehicle law is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine.

Temporary handicap parking permits can be obtained through Public Safety and Police for students, faculty or staff who have physical disabilities but lack state-issued license plates or hang tags. A physician's written statement will be required.

Parking Permits

Students are not issued parking permits.

Faculty and staff must properly display current parking permits on the vehicles they park at the college each day. Faculty and staff permits are available in the Public Safety and Police office. The cost of replacement is $10.

All lost, stolen or destroyed permits must be reported immediately to Public Safety and Police. If you find a permit you had reported lost or stolen, return it to Public Safety and Police. Such permits are considered revoked; a vehicle may be ticketed and towed if it displays a revoked permit. The college reserves the right to revoke/recall a parking permit at any time.

Faculty/staff permits must be hung and displayed from the rearview mirror, with the number facing forward and clearly visible through the windshield.

Temporary permits must be displayed on the driver's side front corner of the dashboard.

For a motorcycle/moped, affix the parking permit to any conspicuous area of the vehicle.

AACC faculty and staff can download a parking permit form, complete it and submit it to the Department of Public Safety and Police via email or interoffice mail.

Violations and Fines

Violations Resulting in $15 Fine

  • Parked on the grass
  • Parked over the line (marked boundary) of a parking space
  • Littering

Violations Resulting in $35 Fine

  • No valid permit displayed
  • Displaying an expired, lost, stolen or revoked permit
  • Illegally parked in a space designed for the physically disabled
  • Illegally parked in a reserved or faculty/staff space
  • Parked in a loading zone or fire lane
  • Parked or driving on a walkway
  • Blocking a fire hydrant
  • Parked in area designated no parking at any time
  • Disregarding one-way sign
  • Exceeding posted speed limit
  • Failure to yield to a pedestrian
  • Driving in an unsafe manner
  • Failure to stop at a stop sign
  • Driving or parking against traffic flow
  • Failure to drive on the traveled portion of the roadway
  • Crossing a double yellow line to pass
  • Unattended motor vehicle left in operation
  • Obstructing traffic
  • Failure to park in a designated parking space
  • Parked at a yellow curb

Violation Resulting in $50 Fine

Violation of the AACC Campus Smoking Policy

Payment and Penalties for Traffic and Parking Violations

Fines must be paid within 28 calendar days of the issuance of the violation. A late penalty of $10 will be assessed beginning the 29th day. This late penalty will be assessed every 14 days until the fine has been paid or a maximum fine of $100 has been reached.

All payments must be made at the Cashier’s Office, Student Services Center Room 120. You can reach the cashier's office at 410-777-2236.

All grades, transcripts, and diplomas will be withheld until the fines have been paid.


AACC citations can be appealed within 14 days from the date the citation was issued. The appeal will be reviewed by the DPSP appeal’s officer. After the appeal is evaluated, a final decision of either “Granted” or “Denied” will be electronically submitted to the email address provided on the appeal form.

If an initial appeal is denied, you may file a second and final appeal to the Traffic Appeal Committee. This appeal must be in writing and received in the DPSP office within 14 calendar days from the date of the initial denial email. A copy of the denial email must accompany the second appeal.

If the committee denies your appeal, you have 14 calendar days from the date of the second denial letter to pay the fine or late fees will be added. If not paid, a “Business Office Hold” will be placed on the student or employee account. Final authority rests with this committee.

You may submit a citation appeal by completing a Campus Visitor Appeal online, or returning it to the college office location that you received the citation. The college office will then forward it immediately with an explanation to the Public Safety and Police Office.


The college reserves the right to remove any vehicle found on campus that is:

  • Blocking a fire lane or hydrant.
  • Blocking a road, driveway, loading zone, or trash dumpster.
  • Parking in a reserved space.
  • Parking in a driveway.
  • Using a permit that has been reported lost or stolen.
  • Illegally parking in a disabled area.
  • Illegally parked in such a way as to constitute a hazard to vehicular and pedestrian traffic or to the movement or operation of emergency equipment.
  • Considered abandoned per Maryland Vehicle Code § 25-201 – meaning it has been on private property for more than 48 hours without consent of the owner or person in control of the property.


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