The LeTourneau University Police Department is authorized by the State of Texas and LeTourneau University to function as a fully empowered law enforcement agency in accordance with the provisions of the Texas Education Code. The Police Officers of the Department are duly sworn Peace Officers in and for the State of Texas and, as such, bear all the rights, authority, responsibilities, protections, powers and privileges of their sworn office. These sworn officers serve the University alongside the traditional Guards that have provided service and safety for the community for over forty years. Combined as an integrated and well-trained agency it is our goal to ensure safety during your educational experience at LeTourneau University. We are committed to the ideals of community oriented policing guided by the principles of the scriptures and empowered by the University so that we may continuously strive to meet the goal of a safe and secure campus through training and quiet preparedness.
All personnel within the University Police Department, whether on or off-duty, in plain clothing or in uniform, are empowered to enforce the regulations of the University by issuing citations or initiating other corrective, investigative or restorative measures.
The following regulations are designed to (a) promote the safety and convenience of LeTourneau University students, employees and visitors, (b) provide access for emergency equipment and (c) facilitate University functions. All vehicle regulations apply to traditional students, Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) students faculty members and staff of the University as well as contract and sub-contract employees or vendors operating on University property. These regulations are in effect and enforced 24-hours a day throughout the year, both during and between academic terms.
Remember all LeTourneau University rules governing the use and operation of vehicles on campus as well as all State laws are enforceable under the authority of the University Police Department UPD)
Persons having questions related to these or other regulations should contact the Chief of University Police at (903) 233-4441.
Chief of Police LeTourneau Police Department
LeTourneau University is a WALKING-CAMPUS, therefore campus community members are required to walk to classes and other campus commitments from parking areas that are specifically assigned for the individuals particular type of campus registration decal. Motor vehicle traffic should be kept to the minimum possible in order to promote the safety of our pedestrian population. Pedestrians and bicyclists should be given right-of-way however it is imperative that pedestrians and bicyclists not assume that such right-of-way is being given by an approaching motorist.
All members of the LETU community (student, faculty, staff, contract/vendor personnel) are required to register their vehicles with UPD. Registration decals are provided by UPD at no charge. Fees and fines may be assessed to any vehicle owner for failure to register. Additional fines will be assessed if the vehicle remains unregistered. Registration decals are distributed at all student registration functions, EDGE and Preview events, as well as daily from the UPD Offices. Registration may be completed in person at UPD or online at: www.letu.edu, under the tab Forms and Publications or www.letu.edu/opencms/opencms/_Student-Life/campus-safety/index.html
There are appropriate forms available for students vehicles as well as faculty/staff-owned vehicles. New employees are provided an opportunity to register vehicles during new employee orientation. Online registrations will be received by University Police via email. They will be processed and a decal will be mailed to the applicant via campus mail.
Every vehicle owner/operator is personally responsible for maintaining their vehicle registration current with respect to the information contained in the registration.
All vehicle registration decals issued by UPD must be displayed on the vehicle to which it is assigned. Decals are not transferrable.
All cars, trucks and motorcycles must be maintained in safe working condition in compliance with the original manufacture specifications. Vehicles may NOT be altered so that they are substantially reduced in ability to protect the occupant/operator/rider. All lights, signals, warning devices, and drive/braking systems must be fully operational. All motorized vehicles (regardless of type of motor/engine) must be covered by a liability insurance policy in compliance with Texas State law, regardless of the state of license plate registration. Vehicles not in such working order may be removed from campus at the owner's expense after reasonable opportunity has been given to make appropriate repairs to the vehicle.
Every operator of a motor vehicle on the LeTourneau University campus must have in their possession, a current and valid State issued drivers license for the type of vehicle being operated. Every community is required to display, upon demand of a UPD Officer or Guard, their drivers license.
Texas State law requires that every motor vehicle be covered by a liability insurance policy (minimum). All vehicles operated on LeTourneau University property must have such an insurance policy. The driver of a vehicle is personally responsible to be able to show, upon demand of any UPD Police Officer or Guard , current, valid liability insurance coverage.
There is limited space on campus for utility/moving trailers, other towed vehicles. University Police and Student Affairs will identify a location on campus where these items may be stored for a fee.
All vehicles must be parked on a paved surface and within the confines of a single parking space. Vehicles with a trailer attached are considered to be two units of traffic and may occupy two adjoining parking spaces.
Parking in Handicap parking areas without proper handicap credentials displayed inside or on your vehicle is a violation of State law as well as University rules. This will be strictly enforced. Handicap parking areas may NOT be used as a loading area for loading or unloading cargo from any vehicle unless it is properly marked with handicap credentials and being used in support of a handicapped person.
Some areas are marked by signage that indicates that it is prohibited to park in that immediate area. All such signage indicating a prohibition to park in an area refers to BOTH sides of the street on which it may appear and includes an area of at 100 feet on either side of the sign indicating the prohibition.
Certain parking areas are reserved for various reasons. This may include guest parking, specific types of customers or utility or other University vehicles. Only the specified persons in the reserved parking signage may park in such reserved areas.
Vehicles may only be operated or parked on paved surfaces. Vehicles may park on grassy or dirt areas only at the direction of UPD personnel or by signage authorized or placed by UPD personnel. Special events which require vehicle operation on grassy or dirt areas must obtain approval through the Chief of Police at least one business-day in advance of the event.
Each vehicle is assigned to a color coded parking area according relationship and status with the University
All LETU community members must park on parking lots assigned for their particular decal, Monday through Friday from 7am until 5pm.
No lewd, obscene or offensive items (as deemed by University Police or a Student Life representative) may be attached to or displayed on your vehicle in any way that is visible to the community at large.
Any vehicle that is inoperable and/or out of current State registration and/or out of current motor vehicle inspection may be deemed as a junk vehicle. No junk vehicles may be parked, stored or abandoned on campus. The University reserves the right to remove inoperable vehicles from campus at the owner's expense, after prior notification to the owner's last known address. Junk bicycles will be disposed of. All costs incurred in removing junk vehicles from the campus will be transferred to the owner.
Major vehicle repairs which require a vehicle to be disabled must be completed within 48 hours. Oil changes may NOT be done on any campus parking lot or other area not specifically and permanently designed to ensure the safe and authorized collection of used automotive fluids. Some repairs may be done at the Automotive Society in accordance with the clubs rules and fees. You can contact the Automotive Society at (902) 233-6461 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vehicles larger than a one-ton pickup truck are prohibited from parking on any campus parking lot without permission of the Chief of Police. Commercial vehicles contracted for delivery, construction, demolition, etc. have been approved for the purpose of fulfilling their contracts with the University.
Motor-Homes and Travel Trailers: Persons desiring to bring a motor home or travel trailer to campus are encouraged to make reservations at one of the nearby recreational vehicle parks. If arrangements cannot be made, operators of such vehicles must make arrangements prior to arrival at the campus through University Police Department. Operators of such vehicles will be provided information as to where they may park and what services and limitations they may expect. University Police may be contacted 24/7 at 903-233-4444. During normal business hours the administrative offices may be contacted at 903-233-4440.
All persons residing in such vehicles for the term of their visit will:
Off-road Vehicles: Operation of moto-cross, dirt-bikes, and ATVs is prohibited on campus. These vehicles are not equipped to be legally operated on the streets and no campus facility exists where they may be used for their intended purpose. Such vehicles may be kept on campus provided they are properly registered with UPD in accordance with the Vehicle Registration requirements.
All operators and riders on motorcycles, motor-scooters, mini-bikes, go-carts and any other similar type vehicle are required by the University to wear a D.O.T. approved safety helmet at all times while operating the vehicle on University property.
Go-carts and other similar types of vehicles may not be operated on campus roadways, sidewalks or landscaped areas. If such a vehicle is kept on campus it must be properly registered with UPD in accordance with the Vehicle Registration requirements.
Vehicles that do not have functioning headlights, tail lights and turn signal lights may not be operated on LeTourneau University properties during any hours of darkness or diminished light.
Drivers may not carry passengers in their vehicle in such a way that would restrict the mobility or vision of the driver, so as to endanger any occupant, passer-by or other vehicle or property.
Campus roadways are not constructed for three lines of traffic. All campus roadways are considered to be no passing areas. Drivers shall not pass moving vehicles which are traveling in the same direction on University roadways. Slow moving vehicles, such as golf carts or maintenance equipment, are encouraged to pull to the right side of the roadway, stop and allow traffic to pass safely.
Utility/maintenance roads and paths are off-limits to all but fleet and/or contractor vehicles on official business of the University. Some sidewalks are constructed in such a way as to permit utility vehicles to be operated on them, however they are not to be used as roadways or parking facilities for routine motor vehicle traffic without the express permission of the Chief of Police.
The maximum posted speed limit on campus is 20MPH. The speed limit on Harris Drive is 15 MPD due to this being a family housing area. Speed limits are strictly enforced by RADAR.
Stop signs and stop lines are purposefully placed at intersections and driveways on the campus and require a complete stop.
All right-of-way issues defined by Texas State law are applicable and enforceable by UPD uniformed personnel. Reckless Driving: Operation of any type of motor vehicle in such a way as to endanger persons or property who may be in the immediate area of or come into the path of a driver is regarded as reckless driving.
LeTourneau University ascribes to a policy of abstinence from the use of alcohol and illicit drugs as well as from the abuse of prescribed medication. Persons found to be operating a vehicle while violating this policy may be disciplined under the authority of the Student Affairs Department. All persons suspected of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be thoroughly Violations of the rules of the University and the laws that govern vehicle traffic in the State of Texas are enforced by the LeTourneau University Police Department.
Most traffic violations are considered to be violations of University rules rather than of State law, however certain violations, may be filed with local courts:
Disciplinary fines and/or actions by the University do not preclude the filing of charges with the Municipal Court of the City of Longview or Gregg County District Attorneys Office.
This does not represent a comprehensive list of offenses that may be enforced by UPD. All Sate laws and City ordinances may be enforced and fines may be assessed by the Chief of Police. # Violation Fine
Citations issued by University Police Officers and Guards may be delivered:
Once the citation has been mailed, it is considered to have been delivered and is the responsibility of the registered owner of the vehicle.
The recipient of a citation may contest the charge and/or fine by:
The outcome of any student hearing for a traffic or parking violation may be made by: