Driving Policies and Procedures

Student Vehicles on Campus

  • Day students and domestic boarding juniors and seniors may bring a car to campus. COVID NOTE: After arrival on campus, these boarding juniors and seniors must turn in their keys to the Dean of Students.
  • International students may not keep a car on campus or in the surrounding area.
  • All cars must be registered with the Assistant to the Academic Administrators as soon as the car arrives on campus.
  • All cars must be parked in the gym parking lot (the school assumes no responsibility for theft or damage to vehicles). 
  • Special parking rules apply to seniors and proctors. They are allowed to park in the Wade Hall parking lot and only past room #25 in Simmonds Hall moving towards Fire Tower Road.
  • Cars can only be used with parent/guardian permission or permission granted by the AOC or TIC.
  • Cars may not be loaned to other students.
  • Cars cannot be moved from one parking lot to another.

Both day and boarding students parking anywhere else on campus or found driving their car from one lot to the other, at any time, may lose driving privileges. 

COVID-19 NOTE: Because the SAS campus will have restricted access during Phase 2, most driver and rider policies do not apply. Boarding students may not leave campus, except under the direct supervision of a faculty or staff member. Day students must leave campus after their last scheduled obligation, and they may not return to campus at other times, including weekends.
The following policies only apply under normal circumstances.

Driving and Riding Privileges

Driver/Rider Permission allows boarding juniors and seniors to leave campus bounds after they have received permission from the TIC or AOC, provided the driver and/or rider both have permissions on file.

Sophomores and freshmen are not allowed this permission and must call their parent/guardian each time they wish to ride in another student’s car.

Driving
  • A day student who has a grade less than a 70 at the end of the quarter may only drive to and from school. This includes Afternoon Programs.
  • If a SENIOR is on the Honors or High Honors List, they may drive Upper School students who have the special privilege to leave (ride) to appropriate destinations on the Mountain (see Short-Term Check outs) provided that all students follow the proper check out procedure.
  • If a JUNIOR is on the High Honors List, they may drive without passengers to appropriate destinations on the Mountain, provided they follow the proper check out procedure.
  • FRESHMEN and SOPHOMORES do not have permission to drive during the school day or to drive other boarding students at any time. This includes going to Afternoon Programs. 
Riding 
  • If a SENIOR has no grade less than a 70, they can leave (ride) campus on the Mountain during the school day (8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and weeknights Sunday-Thursday 5:30-7:00 p.m., provided the student follows the proper check out procedure.
  • If a JUNIOR is on the High Honors List, they may leave (ride) campus on the Mountain during the school day (8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and weeknights Sunday-Thursday 5:30-7:00 p.m., provided the student follows the proper check out procedure and is riding with a senior who has the privilege to drive.
  • If a FRESHMAN or a SOPHOMORE is on the High Honors List (and with parent/guardian permission), they may leave (ride) campus on the Mountain during the school day (8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., but not on weeknights) provided the student follows the proper check out procedure and is riding with a senior who has permission to drive.
  • FRESHMEN and SOPHOMORES do not have rider’s/driver’s permission and must call a parent/guardian to ride/drive in a vehicle with another student.

Parents/guardians should notify the school if they do not want their child riding with adults (including other parents) in the community.

Driving On and Off the Mountain

On the Mountain 

If a senior or junior has rider’s permission on file and the driver has driver’s permission on file, they may ride in cars to destinations on the Mountain.

Off the Mountain

To drive and ride off the mountain, parent/guardian consent must be communicated for both the rider and driver for every request (NO BLANKET PERMISSIONS ACCEPTED). 

Driving Expectations

Students are expected to accept this privilege with maturity and responsibility by adhering to all of the following conditions:

  • Parent/guardian permission (for seniors and juniors) must be received in writing for both driver and rider.
  • If, in the opinion of the school, a student’s general driving performance is considered dangerous, the school reserves the right to deny or revoke driving permission.
  • When transporting students, drivers must go directly to the allowed destination either in Monteagle, Midway, or Sewanee and remain there until leaving to return to campus. Failure to comply with these boundary restrictions will result in suspension of the riding and driving privilege and a bounds violation.
  • When day students are transporting boarding students, school rules apply for both.

Loss of Driving Privileges

Students may lose driving privilege if they disobeys check out rules, drives a vehicle at inappropriate times, drives a vehicle with improper passengers (including transporting students from one campus location to another):

1st offense: Loss of driving privilege for one week

2nd and 3rd offense: Loss of driving privilege for one month

4th offense:  Loss of driving privilege for remainder of the year

WHOM TO CONTACT

Main Number 931.598.5651*
Weekend/Union 931.598.5653*
Administrator-on-Call 931.636.4720

*Links to dial-by-name option and emergency contact

For general new and returning student concerns, student activities, and travel, contact:
Geoffrey Smith
Dean of Students 

GENERAL QUESTIONS
Shawna Midgett
Asst. to the Academic Dean

ACADEMICS
Kelley Black
Associate Head of School/Academic Dean

Rachel Malde
Middle School Coordinator 

ADMISSION
Derek Perkins
Director of Admission & Financial Aid

ATHLETICS
Rob Zeitler
Director of Athletics

COVID ISSUES
Dan Monahan
COVID Coordinator

HEALTH SERVICES
Melissa Gilliam
Director of the Health Clinic

RELIGIOUS LIFE 
Molly Short
Chaplain

COMMUNICATIONS/WEBSITE
Sherri Bergman
Director of Communications & Marketing