The College is partnering with Enterprise on a car share program. Faculty, staff, and students 18 and older are able to rent a car. Two cars are available in the parking lot south of Campus Safety. You must complete an Enterprise application in advance and pay a $25 membership fee (refunded on your first rental) to become a CarShare member. Allow 5-7 business days for your account to be approved and activated.
Students may request (and pay for) transportation for authorized trips (see below).
Some types of student transportation may be paid for by College departments and organizations such as student affairs; academic departments; the Wilson Center; and the Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS). Please be sure to follow the department’s request procedures.
Students may submit a request for a car and driver during the semester for a range of authorized uses. Authorized uses include:
medical appointments (also see “Medical Transportation” below for additional details)
student organization travel for College-related activities—such as conferences, meets, tournaments, etc., (not personal use)—that have been sponsored and funded by the Student Government Association
Students may submit a travel request by filling out the form found below in the “Requests, Cancellations, and Billing” tab, with a minimum of 24-hour notice, and, if approved, the associated charges will be billed directly to the student’s account.
Service, Interview, and Career-Related Travel Needs
Only Grinnell College-certified student drivers, faculty, and staff are permitted to drive carpool vehicles. You can request a certified driver if needed when you request a vehicle.
Cancel any requests through FM. If you have requested a driver, cancel at least two hours in advance of the driver departing the safety office or you will incur a two-hour minimum driver charge
Billing rates are as follows:
Vehicle: $0.40 to $0.50 per mile depending on what is needed and available
Driver: $16.00/hour, with a minimum 2-hour charge
FM bills only to the following:
a department sponsoring the event under budget code
SGA budget code
the student requesting the authorized service (billed to student account)
If two or more requests for travel are submitted that could be combined, the cost may be shared down to a minimum cost of $30 per request.
For example, if a group of three students requested travel to an Iowa airport, the cost might be $100. If a group of 2 students requests travel to the same airport at a similar time, they may be assigned to the same vehicle and driver. Each group would be charged $50.
Drivers — faculty, staff, or certified students — must:
Strictly follow all College rules and state laws relating to driving any vehicle on public roads.
Agree that driving a Grinnell College vehicle is a privilege that can be revoked at any time.
Enforce the rule that seat belts will be worn by the driver and all passengers at all times.
Abstain from intake of any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs while driving and at least 8 hours prior to driving a College vehicle.
Enforce the rule that no alcoholic beverage will be consumed in Grinnell College vehicles by any passenger.
Pick up the vehicle no more than 15 minutes before the scheduled beginning of the trip.
Return the vehicle to the Security parking lot immediately following the trip and by the scheduled return time (safety permitting). Notify Facilities Management if you will be late.
Return the vehicle cleaned of all trash. A trash receptacle is located in the Security parking lot.
Return the vehicle with a full tank of gas. There is a WEX fuel card in the key wallet, to be used at any fuel station.
Return credit cards and vehicle keys to the security office and record the beginning and ending mileage.
Be responsible for and immediately pay all parking tickets, traffic violations, and fines.
Immediately report any accident to Facilities Management.
Carry your driver's license whenever operating a College vehicle.