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Campus Safety

The safety and security of the students, staff and faculty of Spring Arbor University is the top-most priority of SAU’s Campus Safety Department, and they take pride in what they do.

In fact, Spring Arbor is ranked #7 on the list of Michigan’s 50 Safest Cities and #21 on their list of 100 Safest Small Towns in America. SAU’s safe and secure campus allows students to thrive and grow with confidence.

Spring Arbor University campus

Campus Safety Services

Our Campus Safety team provides a variety of services, including:

  • Response to calls for service
  • Door and vehicle unlocks
  • Dead battery jumpstarts
  • Transporting students for inclement weather or safety concern reasons
  • Coordinating parking for special events on campus
  • Conducting semi-annual fire and safety drills
  • Providing security for special events on campus
  • Continuous threat assessment and monitoring

RAVE Emergency Alerts

Register your email and current mobile phone number in the RAVE Emergency Alert System to receive emergency alerts from SAU. If RAVE does not immediately populate after clicking on the link, search for “Spring Arbor University.”

Meet Our Team

Scott Krebill is the Director of Campus Safety at Spring Arbor University (SAU), and is the Director of Safety and Security for Jackson First Church of the Nazarene (JaxNaz). Scott has over 26 years of combined law enforcement and firefighting experience in Jackson, Michigan along with 17 years experience as a Field Death Investigator for the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office. Scott received training and certification in the Suspicion Indicators Recognition & Assessment program (SIRA™), an innovative behavior detection and security interviewing program developed by the Israeli Security Agency (ISA). Based on this specialized training, Scott designed a church specific, proactive program that also includes the Christian values of hospitality and kindness. His system is used every day at SAU and has proved effective for over five years at JaxNaz. In addition to his position at SAU and JaxNaz, Scott consults with schools, businesses, churches, and works with insurance agencies. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Development from SAU, a certified Professional Emergency Manager through the Department of Homeland Security Division of the Michigan State Police, the Christian Emergency Network (CEN) Safety & Security Officer for the state of Michigan, and is a certified NRA firearms instructor.


Q : Do I need a permit?
A : Yes. ALL vehicles on campus must be registered temporarily or annually.

Q : How do I obtain a permit?
A : Permits are obtained by requesting through the SAU Parking Portal. Resident students, staff, and faculty will receive their permits through campus mail. Permits for commuters and apartment students are sent to their mailing address.

Q : How do I get a temporary permit?
A : Temporary permits are obtained through the SAU Parking Portal. Individuals should select the corresponding TEMPORARY permit. They are free and valid for one week. Once registered, temporary permits need to be printed out and placed on the dashboard of the vehicle. Campus Safety does not issue temporary permits from the Campus Safety Office.

Q : How do I pay a ticket?
A : ALL tickets must be paid within 10 days of the date issued. All payments are made at the Business Office through Cashnet. You may pay in cash during regular Business Office hours. Payments are not accepted at the Campus Safety Office.

Q : How do I appeal a ticket?
A : All tickets are appealed online through the SAU Parking Portal. NO APPEALS are accepted through email OR in person at the Campus Safety Office. You have 5 days to appeal a ticket. If not appealed it will be final, and the fines will be transferred to your student life account. All appeals are final.

Q : Where do I park?
A : Students are assigned parking locations by residency and class status. Please refer to the guidelines included with your parking permit. You may also look at the parking map located under the tab below.

Q : What if I change my vehicle or need to upgrade my permit status during the school year?
A : You must apply for a permit and register your vehicle. You will NOT be charged for your second permit. Please email Campus Safety with the details why you upgraded or changed vehicles to assure you will not be charged.

Q : How do I register more than one vehicle?
A : Students are allowed ONE vehicle on campus at a time. Your primary vehicle is charged the $50 annual permit fee. Each additional vehicle will be charged a $25 annual permit fee.

Q : What if I have a guest come to campus for a night/weekend?
A : Students will need to register their guest’s vehicle and apply for a temporary permit under their account. Students are not charged for guests and the permit is valid for one week. Print out the temporary permit and place it on the dashboard of the vehicle. Guest vehicles must be parked in the General Student Parking Lot.

Q : What do I do if I have a crash/accident in a parking lot on campus?
A : Contact Campus Safety to file a Private Property Crash Report.

Parking Map

SAU Campus Parking Lot Map

Parking Policy

A valid permit is required to park on campus.

Residents/Commuters: The sticker is to be placed on the driver’s side rear bumper. Only one permit can be displayed at a time. All past permits must be removed, or the current permit must be affixed over the old one.
Visitors/Guests: Place a temporary permit on your driver side dash while visiting campus. These permits are available to the resident or department you are visiting. If you have any questions, please contact Campus Safety at 517.750.6911.
Faculty/Staff: Must display a valid hang tag on the rearview mirror.
Temporary permits: Temporary permits can be accessed through the portal by clicking on “My Parking” and selecting a temporary permit for your specific need. Place temporary permit on driver-side dashboard.
Motorcycles: Valid SAU permit must be placed on the front windshield or left side of the gas tank.

Parking and operating a motor vehicle on the SAU campus is a privilege, not a right.
• All vehicles on campus must be registered with the Campus Safety Department and must display a valid parking permit or temporary permit.
• Vehicle registrants and operators must comply with all regulations regarding registration, parking, and operation of vehicles as published in the Student Handbook, the campus safety webpage, and parking inserts.
• Parking is on a “first-come, first-served” basis. If you are a Junior or Senior and your designated lot is full, you are required to park in the overflow parking located in the
Sophomore and Freshmen lots.
• It is the responsibility of all SAU students, facility/staff, and visitors to park in the lined spaces in the appropriately designated lots. Vehicles found in violation of these policies
may be ticketed or towed. Vehicle registrants are responsible for all fines and fees associated with policy enforcement.
• All students and faculty/staff are responsible for knowing the campus vehicle rules and regulations.
• Campus Safety reserves the right to revoke driving privileges of any SAU community member that is found in violation of the parking regulations. Charges and towing fees will be applied to the owner’s account.
• Individuals with excessive parking tickets and/or unresponsive to Campus Safety efforts for accountability will be engaged through the University discipline process (through Student Development and Success for students, or through HR and supervisors for employees).
• Anyone using a borrowed or stolen parking permit will be issued a fine of $100 and may be charged for theft of the permit.
• Campus Safety reserves the right to temporarily close any parking area and to secure the various parking lots for special events.
• There is no parking at any time in the Kresge Student Center circle drive.
• All loading/unloading parking is to be used for 15-30-minute temporary parking only (as indicated on the sign) and the vehicle’s flashers must be on.
• All non-resident lots are closed 2 – 7 am.
• Commuters may use the East Fieldhouse lot (between the MAC and the track) for parking overnight.
• Students and faculty/staff are responsible for any parking violations received by their visitor/guest.
• No parking on grass.

Driving Privileges are Subject to Revocation for the Following Reasons (including, but not limited to):
• Falsifying information when applying for parking and driving privileges.
• Falsifying or stealing a permit.
• Loaning a registered vehicle or permit to an ineligible person, or having a vehicle registered for an ineligible person.
• Reckless and irresponsible driving on campus property.
• Repeated violations of the parking policy.
• Parking an unregistered vehicle on campus for an extended period of time.
• Removal, attempted removal, or damage to a Campus Safety immobilization device (could also include an additional $100 fine).

SAU does not assume responsibility or liability from theft or damage to any motor vehicle or bike parked on University property. Vehicle owners are expected to carry their own insurance to cover losses.

Vehicle Registration
• Registration is required for ALL University students (residential and commuter) and personnel who plan to park on campus.
• All vehicles parked on campus must be registered. Resident students are only permitted to have one car on campus at a time. If a student gets a new vehicle during the year, their permit information must be updated immediately to prevent a parking violation.
• Students and faculty/staff are allowed up to 2 permits per year.
• Parking permits will be charged to student accounts.

• Sign into the SAU Parking Portal and click on Vehicle Permits from the bottom menu.
• Agree to the Parking Regulations and Legal Liabilities Statement.
• Enter your vehicle information (license plate number, make/model, cell phone, and address).
• Print off the temporary parking permit and place on your dashboard until you receive your parking permit in the mail.
• You should receive your permit(s) in campus mail within 5-7 business days.

• First Vehicle: $50/Year
• Second Vehicle: $25/Year
• First Replacement: Free
• Second Replacement: $15
• 7-Day Temporary Pass: Free (only 2 per semester)
• Visitor Permit: Free (only 2 per semester for each visitor)

Motorcycles must park in regular parking spaces or in the hashed line areas that are not: fire lanes, handicap spaces, or wheelchair access sites. Motorcycles must not block any pedestrian walkways. Please contact us for designated parking zones.

Mechanical Problems
Vehicles parked illegally or overnight due to mechanical problems must be reported immediately to Campus Safety. If the issue is not reported, a violation may be issued.
Campus Safety is available 24/7 to assist students with jump starts, unlocking vehicles, and tire inflation. The owner of the vehicle must be present during these services and show proof of ownership upon access to vehicle.

Ticketing and Appeals
• Ticket(s) must be paid within 10 days of the issued date. Ticket(s) not paid within 10 days will be charged to the Student Life account.
• All tickets not paid after 10 days are final and cannot appealed or voided out.
• Ticket appeal must be filled out online and submitted within 5 business days of the violation. After the 5-day period, no appeal will be considered.
• Make sure all information and ticket number is correct before submitting form. All appeals must be submitted online; no appeal will be heard verbally or through email.
• Failure to comply with the above guidelines will result in the automatic denial of your appeal request.
• All denied appeals must be paid within 10 days of the ticket’s issued date.
• If the appeal is approved, the ticket(s) will be voided out in the parking system and no further action is required.
• All appealed decisions are final.

Booting and Towing
Spring Arbor University reserves the right to immobilize, boot, or tow any unauthorized vehicle in violation of any parking policy at any time without notice. Towing is managed by Jimmie’s Towing Service of Jackson, Michigan. Vehicle owners are required to pay the towing company fee, often $125 or more, plus any storage fees. Booting is performed by SAU Campus Safety and the charge for removal is $50.
• After 3 tickets per semester, a warning is sent requesting a face-to-face meeting.
• After 5 tickets per semester, the vehicle will be booted.
• Violation(s) after a vehicle has been booted will initiate towing and a review of the operator’s driving privileges.
• Vehicles on campus without a permit or after October 1 will be booted for noncompliance.

A vehicle may be immobilized or towed for violation of the parking policies, including but not limited to, the following:
• Blocking a fire lane or fire hydrant
• Parking in or blocking a space reserved for individuals with disabilities without the proper plate or placard
• Parking in a manner that presents a danger to life or property
• Blocking a roadway, pedestrian walkway, or ramp for people with disabilities
• Parking on a pedestrian walkway or vehicle travel lane
• Excessive parking fines
• Failure to comply with registration requirements
• Repeated violations
• Noncompliance with parking lot closures or temporary restrictions
• Parking on a campus lawn
• Booted vehicles that have not been addressed and resolved by the vehicle’s operator within 3 days

Pay all outstanding fines and the boot removal fee of $50 at the business office during normal business hours and contact Campus Safety to show the receipt of payment. The boot will then be removed from your vehicle.

To view a detailed list of charges in these accounts please follow these steps:
• Log into SAU Parking Portal
• Click on Parking Tickets in the bottom menu.
• Follow prompts.

If you would prefer to use cash, please go to Student Financial Services located in Dietzman Hall to make your payment. Cashier hours are from 8 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

If you have any other questions regarding how to make payment,
please contact Student Financial Services at 517.750.6420.