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Parking and Traffic Enforcement

Parking and Traffic Policies are enforced to provide a safe and secure environment for the Vanguard Community. Parking violations include but are not limited to persons who park in unauthorized locations such as fire lanes, disabled parking without a valid DMV issued Disabled Parking placard, loading zones, and moving violations which place persons at risk of injury. If you would like to petition a parking citation, please visit www.vanguard.edu/parking. You have 7 calendar days to petition you citation.

Parking Permits

To purchase for your new permit please click here.

(vanguard.edu/parking) Be sure to have the following vehicle information: Make, model, color, year and license plate number. If you have a new vehicle without a license plate, please use the last 7 digits of the Vin (vehicle identification number).

Parking Fines

The following is a list of our current fine structure:

Improper parking /In road


15- minute parking violation


Loading zone violation


No parking permit


Fire lane violation


Disabled parking violation


Reckless driving (may include speeding)


Failure to stop


No parking zone


Designated reserved parking


Other: (as indicated by issuing Officer)


72- hour tow notice abandoned


If you pay the fee within 5 days, you'll receive a discount.

Safety Escorts

Campus Public Safety Officers will escort students and employees to and from any on campus location. Students with cell phones should program the Campus Public Safety phone number (714-966-6799) into their phone for easy access. Safety of the students and employees is a priority of the Campus Public Safety Department.

Door Lock/Unlock Services

Campus Public Safety recommends that students lock their rooms when they are not present and carry their keys with them at all times.

  • If you have been locked out of your room please contact your roommate to open your room.
  • If you can not find your roommate then contact your Resident Assistant.
  • If your RA is unavailable, please call Campus Public Safety at 714-966-6799 for an unlock.

You will be asked to show your student ID to verify that you have been assigned to the room before the officer will unlock the door. Unauthorized access to other students’ rooms is strictly forbidden. There's a $5 fee for room unlocks.

A person requesting access to a building / office must show their valid Vanguard University Identification Card to the Campus Public Safety Officer. Out of professional courtesy, Campus Public Safety Officers will not allow a professor or staff member access into the office of another Vanguard employee.

Departments must supply the Campus Public Safety Department a list, After Hours Access list, of students allowed into classrooms / offices for the purpose of work or class projects. Departments should include on the list approved access for Faculty / Staff into offices of other employees. It is the responsibility of the departments to keep the approval list up-to-date. All persons granted access into buildings / rooms are responsible to deny access to unapproved persons.

Departments are also responsible for locking and unlocking their offices/suites.

Crime Reporting

Campus Public Safety maintains the crime statistics for Vanguard University to comply with the 1990 Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Each year Vanguard publishes the crime statistics for the previous three years. A copy of the current publication may be obtained by here. Vanguard is a safe campus, however, if you are a victim of a crime we recommend filing a report with Campus Public Safety department, even if you do not intend to file a report with Costa Mesa Police Department. By reporting all crimes with Campus Public Safety we will be able to work with the Residence Life Department to appropriately resolve the crime.

Bicycle Registration

Students are required to register bicycles that are brought on campus. To register your bike, bring your bicycle to the Campus Public Safety Office, located in the Needham Chapel complex. An officer will help you fill out a form and provide you with a California Bicycle License. Bicycle licenses can also be obtained from the Costa Mesa Police Department: Monday-Friday 8 am-3 pm. Also, check out our Bike Theft Protection information.

Safety and Security Patrol

Vanguard is a private university. Therefore, all persons on the property should be able to demonstrate legitimate use of our facilities. Those unable to account for their presence on campus will be escorted off campus by Campus Public Safety personnel. Students, staff, and faculty should carry their ID cards always, and when practical, accompany their guests on the property.

Campus Public Safety will secure all buildings after business hours and maintain a watch overnight to secure against unauthorized use or access of the buildings. Those working or studying in University offices or classrooms after normal business hours will be asked to identify themselves to ensure legitimate use of VUSC property and facilities.

Each Department should construct and maintain a list of student workers or students given access to offices and classrooms after business hours and submit the list to the Campus Public Safety Department. Students not on the list will be asked to leave the building by the Campus Public Safety Officer. It is the responsibility of each Department to maintain the list for accuracy.

Safety Equipment Monitoring

Campus Public Safety monitors the fire suppression equipment in the residence buildings, Science Building, and Scott Academic Building, and monitors the security lights, parking lot lights, and sidewalk lights to make sure the students have a safe and secure path of travel.

Cooperation With Local Police, As Needed

Campus Public Safety works with the Costa Mesa Police Department in all criminal cases originating on VUSC property.

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found collection is now located in Campus Public Safety. Items are maintained for 30 days. Also, Campus Public Safety maintains a log of items found.

Quick Reference

  • The speed limit on campus is 15 MPH
  • All vehicles must be parked in a painted marked parking stall
  • All vehicles must be operational
  • Citations are accumulative and are tracked by Campus Public Safety.

Guest and Event Parking

Vanguard University requires a valid parking permit to be displayed at all times while parking on the Vanguard campus.


If you are an invited guest of the University and parking will be provided to you, please contact the person or department you will be visiting for a permit and parking instructions.

Students who invite family or friends to visit the university or intend to spend the night on campus please direct guest to use the visitor stalls located in front of Scott Academic Center. If stalls are full please direct them to purchase a day pass using the parking kiosks.

Displaying a valid parking permit does not guarantee one a place to park. If a parking space is not available in a preferred lot, you must find a valid parking space in another parking lot.

Event Attendees

If you are attending an event on campus, please consult with your event host for parking instructions. You must have a valid permit to park on campus.

Visitor Parking Stalls

Current and former students, alumni, and staff members do not qualify as a visitor and may not park in visitor parking areas. Only visitors to the university may park in visitor parking area displaying a visitor permit.

Newport Mesa Church: Green Designated Parking Stalls

Newport Mesa Church has GREEN designated parking stalls located in Lot D. These stalls are strictly for use by Newport Mesa Church members and staff only. Any Vanguard University students, staff, faculty member or visitor parking in these stalls will be ticketed for parking in designated stalls. Any member of the church or church employee, outside of normal church services or sanctioned church events, will be ticketed for parking on Vanguard University property without a proper permit, as required.


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Our mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for our students, visitors, faculty and staff. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate crime and safety hazards on campus. We do this by partnering with you in upholding all university campus rules, regulations and all applicable laws and ordinances. This partnership allows for a safe and secure atmosphere where students and employees are able to pursue their life’s goals.

Trained Officers

All Campus Public Safety Officers are trained and certified by the California State Bureau of Consumer Affairs as licensed Security Officers. Many of the officers have many years of experience in law enforcement / security operations.