St. Cloud State University Policies & Procedures

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Current Status: Approved

Policy Type: All University

Effective Date: 05/08/2017

Last Updated: 03/08/2019

Applies To: Students, Faculty, Staff, Visitors, Contractors, Vendors

Responsible University Officer: Vice President for Finance and Administration

Policy Owner: Director of Emergency Preparedness & Transportation Services

Policy Contact: Director of Emergency Preparedness & Transportation Services

Rationale

The regulation of parking is a service to the University and is intended to protect pedestrian mobility; use available parking space in the best interests of the entire University; and maximize parking area consistent with the land needs for academic function, topography, financial feasibility, and maintenance of the natural beauty of the campus.

Policy

Any motorized vehicle operated on the property of St Cloud State University is subject to St. Cloud State University policies and procedures.  Motor vehicles parked on city streets within campus boundaries or adjacent to the campus are subject to the city parking regulations.

Campus lot parking is restricted to vehicles with current St. Cloud State University permits or where the pay-as-you-go fee has been paid. Permit holders shall park only in areas or spaces for which their permit is valid and must ensure their permit is clearly visible and displayed in accordance with the instructions issued by the Public Safety Department.

Parking is limited to areas designated for parking by signs or street/pavement markings, except when otherwise directed by a parking enforcement or law enforcement officer actively engaged in directing traffic on campus. In the absence of a sign at the entrance to a lot, refer to SCSU Campus Map located on the SCSU website to determine the regulations for that lot.

Permits are not valid in locations not designated for parking, in spaces designated for loading/unloading zones, metered areas, no parking zones, and fire lanes, and in areas where parking is in violation of city or state laws.

Motor vehicles parked in violation of these regulations may be fined, immobilized, towed, and/or impounded at the owners expense and risk, and will not be released until all unpaid parking fines, towing fees, and impounded fees (including daily storage/impound) have been paid.  

Parking enforcement is conducted year-round, 24 hours per day. Chalk marks or symbols placed on a motor vehicle by an officer may not be altered, erased, removed, or obliterated during a vehicle’s time in an occupied space.

The President of SCSU has the authority to waive permit requirements and collection of fees for public events when doing so would serve a significant public purpose, e.g. parking for voters when SCSU serves as a polling location.

Procedure

Parking Permits

Individuals parking a vehicle in identified campus parking lots must obtain and clearly display a valid St. Cloud State University parking permit. State Fleet vehicles are not required to display a parking permit; however, they are only permitted to park in Service Vehicle Spaces. For a list of all valid parking permits consult the Public Safety - Parking and Transportation website.

St. Cloud State University permits are required in all lots except when parked in:

  • The parking ramp using the pay-as you-go option
  • Metered spaces
  • Visitor parking lot using the pay station
  • Loading/unloading zones
  • Areas designated as public parking for a special event
  • Visitor/Guest parking spots in P-Lot (A Future Husky Permit from the Admissions Office is required for visitors. A Temporary Guest Permit from the President’s Office is required for the two reserved guest spaces.)
  • Visitor/Guest parking spots in R and K Lots (A Future Husky Athlete Permit from the Athletics Office is required for visitors.)
  • City street parking (city permit may be required)

Faculty, staff, and students must purchase permits online through the Parking and Transportation webpage. It is the purchaser’s responsibility to select the correct permit type. Failure to purchase the appropriate permit may result in delayed permit delivery or in parking citations.

Annual parking permits expire June 30th: New permits must be purchased and in place by July 1st. Failure to display a current parking permit can result in a parking citation.

Permit Fees, Payments, Refunds, and Returns– A full schedule of parking permit fees, payment options, and refunds is available on the Public Safety – Parking and Transportation website.  Permits must be returned in person at the Public Safety office for a refund to be issued. Retiree permits, as well as temporary and guest passes, are non-refundable.

Permits must be returned upon termination of employment. The balance owed on the permit will be billed to the employee for unreturned permits.

Lost, Stolen, or Fraudulent Permits– The University is not responsible for lost or stolen permits. Lost or stolen permits should be reported immediately. Citations issued prior to reporting the permit lost or stolen will be the responsibility of the permit holder. Replacement permits can only be purchased after completing and signing a form at Public Safety, as well as paying a replacement fee.

Any alterations of a permit will render it invalid. Ownership and use of parking permits are not transferable to any other person. Sharing a parking permit, regardless of the type of permit or decal, is prohibited and will result in a citation being issued.

Any vehicle displaying a lost, stolen, forged, shared or altered permit is subject to one or more of the following administrative actions through Public Safety:

  • A $200 fine for displaying a forged/altered permit or lost/stolen permit,
  • An immediate tow/impound of the vehicle,
  • A loss of parking privilege for the remainder of the academic year,
  • Other fines for any separate violation, and
  • Vehicle immobilization by a boot.

A fraudulent report may also result in criminal action, SCSU disciplinary action, and/or loss of parking privileges.

Additional Permit Information

Motorcycle Permits– All permit holders are eligible to receive one motorcycle decal at no charge each permit year or they can be purchased separately. Additional motorcycle decals can be purchased by permit holders (limit 2). Motorcycle decals must be affixed to the rear bumper in close proximity to the rear license plate in order to be considered valid. Any motorcycle parked on campus must be registered with SCSU Public Safety and display a valid motorcycle decal. Motorcycles are permitted to park in the hash marks of their assigned lot, providing they are not creating a safety hazard, parked in a no parking zone (indicated by a sign), parked in handicap hash marks, or blocking any roadway/walkway. This does not include metered or timed zone spaces. Motorcycles cannot be stored on campus during winter months.

Temporary Permits– Visitors may purchase temporary permits through Public Safety. These permits are valid only in the zones and on the dates indicated on the pass. Temporary permits are not to be resold, traded, shared, or gifted.

Guest Parking Passes– Campus visitors are subject to University parking regulations at all times and citations issued to a guest or visitor are considered valid.  Citations sent to Public Safety will not be waived simply because “guest” or “visitor” is written on them. It is the responsibility of the inviting student, faculty, staff, or department sponsor to clearly disseminate parking options and regulations to their guests.  Not doing so may subject the guest or visitor to fines for violations incurred.

Guests and visitors to campus may park in a designated visitor space, use a Pay-As-You-Go option, or obtain a parking pass (directly from SCSU Public Safety or the department in which they are visiting).  

Persons invited to campus by the President or other administrators for official SCSU business may obtain a pass for the guest spaces in P Lot or vouchers for the parking ramp from the President’s Office.

Departments may purchase one-day and weekly guest passes for individual guests or small groups of 4 or fewer vehicles.  For larger events on campus, departments should refer to the event parking procedures and fee schedule on the Parking and Transportation webpage. The event sponsor should also coordinate with the Parking and Transportation division of Public Safety and submit an Event Parking Request Form to Public Safety at least two weeks prior to the event.  If the event is approved, details on staffing, costs, and signage will be determined by Parking and Transportation and communicated to the department/event sponsor.

Vendors and consultants receiving payment for services that require them to be on campus should not receive an administrative or departmentally issued guest pass, rather they should purchase a guest permit directly from Public Safety.

Emeriti Permits– As a courtesy service, retired SCSU faculty and staff may be eligible for an annual parking permit at no charge. Eligible retired faculty and staff submit a SCSU Emeriti Parking Permit Application to Public Safety. Permits held by retired faculty and staff cannot be resold, traded, shared, or gifted.

Parking Lots and Spaces

St. Cloud State University parking lots are primarily for use by standard motorized vehicles such as cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, and motorcycles. No personal property or vehicles (including boats, trailers, motor homes, etc.) may be stored or parked on the campus without prior permission from SCSU Public Safety.  Such property or vehicles are subject to impoundment. Motor homes are not permitted to be parked overnight in any SCSU parking lots or zones under any circumstances.

Liability for Protection of Motor Vehicles– SCSU, its officers, and employees, are not liable for the care and/or protection of any motor vehicle or its content at any time while on/in any area subject to University jurisdiction. Theft or damage that occurs should be reported to St. Cloud State Public Safety Department.

Employee and Student Lots– Parking permits for employees and students are coded by letter designation. Permit requirements for each lot may vary by time of day. For a complete and most updated list of lot designations and permit required times, refer to the Public Safety – Parking and Transportation website.

Pay Lots– The four pay-as-you-go lots are Miller Pay Lot, South Pay Lot, ISELF Pay Lot and Husky Pay Lot.  The lots are enforced 24 hours per day/ 7 days per week.  Parking fees are collected immediately prior to the rental of the space.

Parking Ramp– The parking ramp generally serves students, employees and pay-as-you-go users.  The student resident permits are valid 24 hours per day/7 days per week via card swipe access. Commuting student and employee permits are valid from 7:00am to 3:00am. Student and employee evening commuter permits are valid Monday through Friday 3:00pm to 3:00am. A limited number of student resident and commuter parking permits are available.

Pay-per-hour parking is open on all levels.  The pay station is located in the level 1 elevator lobby. Payment methods include cash, credit card, and voucher.  If a student resident forgets their swipe card and pulls a ticket to enter the ramp, they will be responsible to pay-per-hour for that transaction. For pay-as-you-go pricing refer to Public Safety website – Parking and Transportation.

State Vehicles Only and 15 Minute Spaces– These spaces are marked by signs and enforced 24 hours per day/ 7 days per week.

Handicap Parking Spaces In compliance with MN Statute 169.346, use of a handicap parking stall is restricted to only those vehicles with a state-issued American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) certificate or hang tag, and/or license plates, in addition to an SCSU-issued disability permit. Vehicles with both the ADA insignia and a SCSU disability permit are authorized to park in any marked handicap parking space. If a hang tag is used the SCSU permit should be displayed in front of the ADA hang tag—visible from the front outside of the car.  All vehicles parking in a handicap parking space for more than four hours should display both the SCSU permit and the ADA hang tag.

Requests for ADA hang tag and/or license plate should be made to the Department of Vehicle Services.  Faculty, staff, or students who have a valid SCSU parking permit and request short-term (two weeks or less) handicap accessible parking must bring documentation of medical need from their doctor to SCSU Public Safety. SCSU Public Safety will issue a two-week temporary accessible parking pass at no additional charge. If the individual does not have a valid SCSU parking permit, he/she can purchase a temporary permit by the day or the week (up to two weeks) allowing for parking in an accessible zone.

If an individual with a valid ADA hangtag fails to display it resulting in a citation, Public Safety will reduce the citation to a No Permit Displayed citation one time during the permit year (July-June) after a citation appeal has been submitted. All future citations for this type of violations during the permit year will be considered valid and will not be adjusted.

Penalty for displaying a forged or altered handicap tag, or a handicap tag issued to another individual may result in a $200 fine and disciplinary action even if the tag is correctly displayed. If a handicap tag is found being used by an individual other than the Department of Public Safety’s Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) – issued owner, the handicap placard will no longer be valid on campus. Subsequent use of the placard on campus will result in a citation and possible impoundment, regardless of who is driving the vehicle.

Media Parking– Media are asked to contact Public Safety to make special parking arrangements for satellite trucks. News media is permitted to park on campus while displaying a valid SCSU vendor or temporary permit.  Permits are issued by the Public Safety Department for a lot near the location of the news story.  In the event of an emergency on campus (active threat, weather, etc.) an area for all media will be designated by University Communications.  During this time, vendor and temporary permits issued to media will not be valid.

Parking Citations, Fines, and Appeals                                                                                      

Warnings– Warning citations may be issued at the discretion of the issuing officer and will result in a record of a parking infraction.  Future violations of the same infraction incurred by the same vehicle may result in a citation that will not be waived, or other action taken by SCSU Public Safety. 

Warning citations do not require payment of a fee or post to an individual’s financial account.

Citations– The person in whose name a motorized vehicle is registered, at the time the citation is issued, or the person who normally operates that vehicle will be held responsible for all citations identified with the vehicle. If a parking permit is displayed, then the owner of the parking permit is responsible for that citation unless they have previously reported the permit lost or stolen. For a list of parking offenses refer to Public Safety website – Parking and Transportation.

A vehicle may be issued multiple citations and fines for multiple violations at one time. A vehicle may be issued additional citations for the continued noncompliance of parking policy, not to exceed one citation per four-hour period for the same violation. Frequent or recurrent violations may result in suspension of parking privileges. Any reduction of a citation will only occur through the appeal process.

Proof– It is impossible to determine whether or not a citation was on the vehicle when the owner returned. Therefore, SCSU’s record on file that a citation was issued constitutes sufficient evidence that a violation occurred at the location, date, and time referenced on the citation record and also that the permit holder was the user of the vehicle at the time of the violation.

When it is determined that a St. Cloud State student, faculty, or staff member (past or present) has the same address or last name as the registered owner of a vehicle with outstanding citations, a review will be performed to determine who is the responsible party. Based upon the information obtained from SCSU and the Minnesota Department of Vehicle Services, if the student, faculty or staff member is believed to be responsible the outstanding citations will be assessed to his or her campus account. Questions or appeals related to these charges are to be filed with the Parking Coordinator.

Fines– Citation fines may be paid online, in person, or by mail.  Violation notices (citation or statement) should accompany payment.  Payment is due upon issuance of citation.  It is the responsibility of all students, faculty, and staff to check his or her campus account for charges that may be present.  Failure of a citation to transfer to a campus account does not release the responsible party from liability of payment.

Vehicles with excessive violations may be immobilized until all fines are paid in full.  Vehicles may be immobilized when they exceed $90 in unpaid fines or at the time of the third citation and every subsequent citation or at the discretion of SCSU or Public Safety.

Individuals who park on campus after having their parking privileges suspended are subject to a citation and $100 fine each time their vehicle is found on campus, and their vehicle may be towed at their own expense.

Students with unpaid delinquent citations will be subject to a registration hold which means they will not be permitted to register or obtain or transfer records or diplomas. 

Faculty or staff with unpaid citations will not be permitted to purchase new permits.

An account with unpaid fines or other outstanding charges may be referred to a collection agency for collection.

Saint Cloud City ordinances cover moving violations on the University campus and may cover standing or parking violations on city streets within the SCSU campus. Payment of these citations must be done through the City of Saint Cloud and not through the University.

Parking Appeals

A parking citation may be appealed within 5 business days of the issue date of the citation. An appeal form may be obtained from the Public Safety office or via the Parking and Transportation website. Appeals that are submitted beyond the five business day period will not be considered. An appeal for citation issued in a pay-as-you-go lot should include also the receipt number. Appeals that contain inappropriate, crude, or threatening language may be subject to additional action under applicable harassment, code of conduct or behavioral policies.

Substantial and valid evidence that the parking violation was not committed, or that it occurred due to circumstances beyond the customer’s control must be present for an appeal. Valid documentation of the evidence must be provided within one business day of when the appeal is submitted. Any information provided in an appeal that is found to be false, will result in an automatic denial.

The following reasons are not valid as a basis for appeal:

  • Lack of knowledge  of the regulations, for example, new to campus or have not reviewed regulations;
  • Other vehicles were parked improperly;
  • Only parked illegally for a short period of time;
  • Stated failure of parking officer to cite previously for similar offenses;
  • Late to class or appointment;
  • Inability to pay the amount of the fine;
  • Incorrect advice from a friend, professor, department, or any other source; or
  • No other place to park.

All appeal findings and handwritten appeal responses will be distributed via e-mail within four weeks of appeal review meetings.  For SCSU students, faculty, and staff the notice will be directed to their official SCSU e-mail address.  Contact Public Safety if an appeal email is not received within the stated timeframe.

Other Parking Related Procedures

State Property– Any individual caught tampering with parking services property may be criminally charged and referred to the Office of Student Life and Development, SCSU Public Safety, or the individual’s supervisor.  This includes, but is not limited to, damaging parking signs, ramps, meters, visitor pay stations, or immobilization devices.

The SCSU Public Safety Parking Coordinator and/or the Office of Student Life and Development may exercise discretion to deal with special circumstances not covered by these regulations.  If the violation code does not match the committed offenses, Public Safety, or the issuing enforcement officer may amend the violation codes at any time.  Fines will only be reduced through the appeal process. 

Behavior– Verbal, including the use of threatening or vulgar language, or the physical assault of Public Safety officers or parking staff will not be tolerated.  Individuals engaging in this type of behavior are subject to the University disciplinary process, criminal prosecution, and/or loss of parking privilege.

Booting, Towing and Relocating Vehicles Vehicles may be towed from the campus when they have been immobilized for more than 24 hours. They may also be booted, towed, or relocated at any time for reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Displaying a stolen, altered, or counterfeit permit;
  • Causing a safety hazard or concern (fire lane/fire hydrant);
  • Blocking a roadway or driveway or otherwise interfering with efficient operation, traffic, or parking;
  • Parking in an area not specifically designated for parking;
  • Parking in a reserved space when the space is identified by signage;
  • Parking in a location or manner in violation of this procedure;
  • Failing to move a vehicle within reasonable amount of time after notification; or
  • Failing to pay fines.

All fines and charges for towing and/or storage fees are the responsibility of the owner/operator.

Abandoned Vehicles– A vehicle will be considered abandoned if it appears inoperable (i.e., flat tires, broken windows etc.) and has not moved for five or more days, regardless of valid license plate or permit.  Abandoned vehicles will be towed after a tow notification has been posted on the vehicle for 36 hours stating date by which vehicle must be moved, unless the vehicle is proven to be operable.

Snow Removal– Snow removal on campus and in campus parking lots is a joint effort between Facilities Management, SCSU Public Safety, and the campus community.

When alternate parking arrangements are necessary, such as to facilitate snow removal, instructions will be communicated to permit holders.  It is the permit holder’s responsibility to remain aware of these parking instructions.

Parking Lot Preemption (Special Event Parking) Parking & Transportation has the authority to temporarily reclassify the use of any University parking lot for event purposes in order to provide favorable parking near special events, enhance safety, and accommodate guests.  Information about such changes and alternate accommodations for faculty and staff with work-related parking needs will be communicated to the University community through signage and/or email notification. Lots reserved for an event (e.g., SCSU Athletics, concerts, etc.) are only to be used by those attending or involved with the event. Individuals who are on campus for purposes other than the event must seek an alternate lot where they are permitted to park, even if that individual has a permit that would normally allow them to park in the lot that is reserved.

Maintenance, Emergency and Special Needs– The University may close any campus parking area at any time for maintenance, safety, or to meet other special needs. Emergency personnel and emergency maintenance personnel performing duties may deviate from these regulations as required to conduct emergency activities prescribed by, or necessary to, the University. Personnel performing routine or scheduled maintenance may deviate from this policy and procedure only after obtaining prior approval from Public Safety.

Keywords

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Definitions

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

This Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.

Construction Employee

Any person employed by a company which is engaged in the construction, renovation, or repair to campus buildings or other facilities.

Contract Employee

Any person, not a student or employee, who renders on-campus services to St. Cloud State University through the provisions of a contact for services.

Employee

Any individual employed by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, its colleges and universities and the system office, including but not limited to all faculty, staff, administrators, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, residence directors and student employees.

Fire Lane

An area specifically designated by sign(s) and/or street markings containing the phrase “Fire Lane.” Fire Lanes are reserved for use by emergency vehicles for emergency access to campus facilities.

Immobilization (Boot)

A locking device applied to one or more wheel of a vehicle so it cannot be moved until enforcement staff removes the device.

Loading Zone

An area specifically designated by sign(s) and/or pavement marking with the phrase “Loading Zone” used to load or unload goods or to pick up or discharge passengers.

Maintenance Vehicle

A University motor vehicle used primarily to affect repairs and/or maintain campus buildings and facilities.

Motorized or Motor Vehicle

An automobile (e.g., car, truck, van, etc.), a motorcycle (e.g. motor-driven cycle, scooter, moped, etc.), or any other self-propelled vehicle designed for running on land but not on rails or water.

Parking and Transportation

A division of the SCSU Public Safety Department responsible for assisting customers with the purchase and distributing of parking permits, receiving parking fine payments, making parking arrangements for on-campus events, and maintaining parking permit records and citations. The department also provides for the maintenance and designation of campus parking facilities.

Parking Citation

A citation for violation of St. Cloud State University parking regulations and a notice of right to appeal within five business days of the date of violation.

Pay As You Go Parking

Parking spaces included in the parking ramp, visitor pay lots and metered parking.

Student

All Persons or group of persons who:

  1. Are enrolled in one or more courses, either credit or non-credit, through a college or university; or
  2. Withdraw, transfer, or graduate after an alleged violation of the code of student conduct; or
  3. Are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the college or university; or
  4. Have been notified of their acceptance for admission or have initiated the process of application for admission or financial aid; or
  5. Are not college or university employees and are not enrolled in the institution but live in a college or university owned or controlled residence hall.

Vendor

Any person, not an employee, student or contract employee, who provides sales and/or services to St. Cloud State University.

Visitor

Any individual other than a student, employee, construction employee, contract employee, affiliate, emeriti, or vendor who is on University Property.

Contacts

Responsible University Officer
   Trubacz, Joseph
   Vice President for Finance and Administration
 
jtrubacz@stcloudstate.edu
320-308-2286
Owner
   Furan Super, Jennifer E.
   Director of Emergency Preparedness & Transportation Services
 
jesuper@stcloudstate.edu
320-308-0922
Contact
   Furan Super, Jennifer E.
   Director of Emergency Preparedness & Transportation Services
 
jesuper@stcloudstate.edu
320-308-0922

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