Student Life

Guilford College Bookstore

Located in the lower level of Founders Hall, the Guilford College Bookstore carries textbooks for purchase or rent, apparel, supplies, technology and gifts. You can sell many of your books back – bring them (along with your valid school ID) into the store to find out what they’re worth.  

Bookstore Hours

Mondays & Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesdays & Thursdays 9 a.m .- 6 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bookstore closed on Sundays.


Bike Shop

Do you have a bike sitting in your garage that begs to be ridden but needs a few repairs? Want to rent a bike for a semester while you decide whether to buy one?

If you answered yes to either question, stop by The Bike Shop in the basement of Shore Hall. Operated by the Office of Sustainability, The Bike Shop is open Monday through Friday (see hours below) for rentals, discounted tune-ups and basic repairs.

Rentals: You can rent a bike for $1-3 a day, $5-15 a week or $50-100 a semester. All rentals include a lock to secure the bike and semester rentals include routine maintenance.

Tune-Ups and Repairs: The Bike Shop offers discounted tune-ups and basic repairs to Guilford College students, faculty and staff. We can fix your flat tires, worn or noisy brakes, and out-of-tune gears.

In addition to bikes, electronic waste is welcome too. Bring us your old batteries and devices that plug in or use a battery but don’t work anymore (cell phones, stereos, cameras, etc.). For more information email or call 336.316.2435 during the shop’s hours of operation.

Bike shop hours:

  • Tuesday:  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday:  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Campus Services

Information Technology

The Information Technology & Services (IT&S) Department helps students, staff and faculty navigate the many aspects of technology on campus, including:  

  • technical support,
  • computer and software guidance,
  • network/internet services,
  • wireless access,
  • multimedia setups and support,
  • website development and support,
  • remote access,
  • cable TV for all residence halls and alternative houses, and
  • computer labs.

Located in Bauman 101, you can reach email the Help Desk or by calling 336.316.2020 Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

P.E. Center

Guilford’s athletics complex includes the Armfield Athletic Center, home to our football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse teams; and the Physical Education Center, a $4-million complex housing the newly-opened Mary Ragsdale Fitness Area, locker room facilities, team rooms, new dance / yoga / Tai chi studio, an outdoor sand volleyball and basketball court and a fully equipped training room that was upgraded and expanded in 2004. Adjacent to the P.E. Center are tennis courts and the Alumni Gym.

We love our Quakers, and students can attend all athletic games for free.

Fall 2016 Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
  • Friday:  8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday:  12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday:  1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Fitness Center Policies

  • You must carry in the workout shoes that you will wear in Mary Ragsdale Fitness Area, RBFH and Alumni Gym.
  • Students cannot park in the three rows adjacent to the Alumni Gym Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Gate to gravel road next to baseball field is locked at 7:00 p.m. each night except on football game nights.
  • Everyone must have a workout towel with them while in the Mary Ragsdale Fitness Area.
  • P.E. Center tennis courts are open during operational hours of the P.E. Center.
  • Shirts/tops that cover the full torso, shorts or sweatpants and clean, closed-toe athletic shoes are required in all athletic venues.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in P.E. Center athletic venues except plastic bottles with screw-on tops
  • Guilford College is a tobacco product-free campus except for three locations as detailed online.
  • All dogs must be on a leash but are not allowed on any fields.
  • No pets are allowed in the P.E. Center except Sight dogs.

Fitness Center Contacts

  • P.E. Center manager and venue rentals and reservations: 336.316.2850
  • P.E. Center check-in desk and exercise studio reservation line:  336.316.2857
  • Mary Ragsdale Fitness Area desk:  336.316.2311


Parking & Traffic Information

Administrative office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Public Safety officers are on duty 24 hours a day and can be reached by calling 336.316.2909 (extension 2909 from any campus phone). All parking and ticket problems or concerns must be handled during normal business hours in the Office of Public Safety. All students and employees of the College are responsible for knowing, and adhering to, the policies outlined in this handbook.

General Policies

  1. Traffic and parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day throughout the calendar year, including all breaks, holidays and summer months. These regulations apply whether or not classes are in session.
  2. All Guilford College employees and students must obtain and properly display a current (Exp. Aug 15, 2017) parking permit for their vehicle(s) parked on the campus. 
  3. Students must obtain a current parking permit with an expiration date of Aug. 15, 2017. The cost of parking is billed to the student's account through the Office of Financial Aid. Students may only display their permits on the bottom left corner (exterior) of the rear windshield. Faculty/staff may display permit on bottom left corner (interior) of the rear windshield or front windshield if window tinting interferes with permit visibility. Faculty/staff parking permits do not expire and do not need to be renewed.
  4. A parking permit DOES NOT guarantee the holder a reserved space, only the opportunity to park within a specified area. Lack of space is not a valid excuse for illegal parking.
  5. A permit may only be affixed to the vehicle which it is assigned to. Permits are not transferable. A new permit is needed for any change in vehicle or license plates. Failure to do so may result in an unregistered vehicle citation.
  6. Temporary permits are available from the Office of Public Safety free of charge. A note affixed to the vehicle is not accepted as a temporary decal.
  7. Commuters may obtain both permanent and temporary permits in the Center for Continuing Education in Hendricks Hall. Vehicle information is required before being issued a permit.
  8. Spaces designated “handicapped” are for vehicles properly displaying an official handicapped-parking permit/hangtag by the Department of Motor Vehicles. A Guilford College parking permit is also required to park in these spaces.
  9. Parking is not allowed in handicapped spaces (without permit), fire lanes, loading zones, driving portion of road, sidewalks, in front of (or blocking) dumpsters, grassy areas, lake area, athletic fields and any other space not designated for parking. Any violation of these restrictions may result in the vehicle being towed.
  10. Vehicle repairs that create a nuisance are not permitted on campus. Any property damage caused by the making of any repairs is the responsibility of the person making such repairs.
  11. Any person experiencing difficulty with a vehicle that is disabled or malfunctioning must notify the Office of Public Safety at the time of the problem. The party calling may be required to furnish proof that the vehicle is actually disabled. Notes affixed to the vehicle are not acceptable.
  12. Written permission from the Director of Public Safety must be obtained before parking trailers or mobile campers on campus property.
  13. The speed limit on any Guilford College roadway or parking area is 20 miles per hour.
  14. Careless, reckless driving and/or speeding will not be tolerated and may result in judicial charges and/or the barring of the driver from operating motor vehicles on campus property.
  15. All motor vehicles must yield to pedestrians at all times.
  16. The Office of the President will issue black permits to special guests and trustees.
  17. Public Safety officers are not empowered to void a written citation.
  18. Commuter and residential students may park in faculty/staff spaces between 5:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays and between 5:30 p.m. Friday and 7:00 a.m. Monday.
  19. The loading zone behind Mary Hobbs may only be used for a maximum of 15 minutes and vehicles may not block the dumpsters or interfere with the flow of traffic.
  20. Visitor spaces are not to be used by faculty, staff or students for any reason.

Parking Locations

Residential Student Parking (Red permit)
  • Residential students may ONLY park in lots or spaces assigned to their permits, including the following lots: North and South Apartment lots, Milner lot, the row closest to English Hall and Bryan lot. Residential students may not park in alternative housing lots.
  • Students living in alternative housing (Pines, Cobb and Pope) will be issued a brown permit that will allow them to park in the spaces designated to their house, and in other residential lots.
  • Visitor spaces are not to be used by students for any reason.
Commuter/CCE Student Parking (Blue permit)
  • Commuter students may ONLY park in lots or spaces assigned to their permits, including the following lots: Binford/Hendricks lot, CCE/northwest lot, Bryan lot, Dana Auditorium lot and the lower level by the P.E. Center.
  • Visitor spaces are not to be used by students for any reason.
Faculty/Staff Parking (Green permit)
  • Faculty and staff may park in lots or spaces assigned to their permits as well as park in any residential or commuter lot as additional parking.
  • Faculty/staff may not park in visitor spaces for any reason.
Visitor Parking
  • Visitor spaces are not to be used by faculty, staff or students for any reason.
  • Frequent or overnight visitors are required to have a temporary parking permit. Students, faculty and staff can obtain these permits in the Office of Public Safety and are responsible for their guests.
  • The row closest to the New Garden Hall entrance is reserved for guests of the Office of Admission and may only be issued a permit by the Office of Admission.

Violations & Fines

All offenses warrant a fine (a portion of which is applied to the Student Loan Fund):

01 - Parking in a staff space without a permit $20 
02 - Parking in other reserved space or area
03 - Parking in a non-marked space
04 - Parking on the grass $25
05 - Blocking another vehicle  $25 
06 - Parking in a fire lane (towing enforced) $50
07 - Unregistered vehicle* $100
08 - Speeding/reckless driving $100 
09 - Parking in a handicapped space $250 
10 - Exceeding time limit $20
11 - Improper display of parking permit $20

*An unregistered vehicle is any vehicle not displaying a current parking permit, displaying a permit in an incorrect place or displaying a permit registered to another vehicle.

The Director of Public Safety reserves the right to tow a vehicle or revoke any on-campus parking and driving privileges for the following reasons: outstanding citations in excess of four (4) per academic year, use of fraudulent permits (permits issued to another vehicle or person), careless and/or reckless driving, causing property damage or verbal or physical abuse or threats directed at any Public Safety officer during the performance of his/her duties — which is a detriment or safety concern to the community.

Citations may be appealed for review by the Director of Public Safety if the contention is that the cited regulations were not violated.This is the only appropriate basis for an appeal. Appeals must be made in writing to the Director of Public Safety within fourteen (14) days of the date of the citation. Forms are available in the Office of Public Safety, or Telephone and email appeals will not be accepted.

Students with any unpaid citations will have a hold placed upon their account, will be unable to access grades and transcripts and will be unable to register for classes.

Students, faculty and staff are responsible for their visitors and will be held financially responsible for citations issued to them.

Towing & Wheel Boot Policy

Any Public Safety officer may order the towing or immobilization of a vehicle in violation of the following parking regulations on the Guilford campus:

  • Failure to respond to four (4) parking violations summons.
  • Parking an unauthorized vehicle in a HANDICAPPED, FIRE LANE or RESERVED space (including the President’s space).
  • Parking in the traveled portion of a roadway or in a no parking/tow zone.
  • Blocking a dumpster or otherwise interfering with waste removal.

Persons wishing to secure the release of a vehicle that has been booted or impounded should report to the Office of Public Safety between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Once fines have been resolved, the Office of Public Safety will release the boot. The cost to the owner of a booted car will be $45 plus all parking fines. The person has up to 48 hours to resolve all fines and citations. After 48 hours, the vehicle will be towed, incurring additional costs at the owner’s expense. If a vehicle has been towed, the Office of Public Safety will issue a Stored Vehicle Release Authorization Certificate, which the person will present to the towing company. The towing company will release the vehicle after collecting any accrued fees.

Abandoned or disabled vehicles are subject to towing at the owner’s expense, unless the owner notifies the Office of Public Safety in writing at the time the vehicle becomes disabled. Vehicles that do not have a current state-issued license plate or current Guilford College registration permit may be treated as an abandoned vehicle. The Director of Public Safety will determine whether a vehicle is disabled and allowed to remain on campus.

Bicycle, Motorcycle & Scooter Registration

Students are required to register their bicycles, motorcycles and scooters. Students will be given a registration sticker (free of cost), which must be prominently displayed. Bicycles, scooters or motorcycles found on campus without a registration sticker will be confiscated by the Office of Public Safety. Bicycles that are not secured to approve bicycle racks will also be confiscated. Confiscation incurs a $25 storage and recovery fee. Reimbursements will NOT be issued for locks removed or cut during the confiscation process. The Office of Public Safety is not responsible for any damages that occur during the confiscation or storage process. If confiscated items are not retrieved by the student within thirty (30) days, they will be donated to the Guilford College Bike Shop or a local charity. Disassembled bikes (or parts) will be removed. Scooters and motorcycles may NOT be driven on any sidewalks, but may be secured to approve bike racks. In keeping with North Carolina state law, operators and passengers of motorcycles/scooters must wear a safety helmet. Students may not leave bikes, motorcycles or scooters attached to bike racks beyond the end of the spring semester. Any bike left after the end of the spring semester will be confiscated. The only exception to this policy is for students returning for summer school. These students must arrange for their bike to be stored by security until they return for the start of their summer session.