To ensure the health and safety of students and staff, Parking Services askes that
those needing assistance with parking, contact Parking Services by phone (573-651-2310)
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If Parking Services is unable to assist you by one of those
avenues, we will schedule a time for you to visit the office in person and meet with
a representative. When visiting Parking Services in person, please wear a mask and
practice social distancing.
OUR CAMPUS PRACTICES SOCIAL DISTANCING AND WEARS FACE COVERINGS TO PROTECT OTHERS.
Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people whether you are inside
Do not gather in groups.
Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings on and off campus.
Wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be practiced or during prolonged
close contact with others. The cloth face covering is not a substitute for social
If you are waiting in line at an office or dining hall, keep a 6-foot distance from
the person in front of you.
You may apply two ways for your permit, on-line through your portal or by contacting
Parking Services by phone or email. Please apply using only one method. Commuter
permits will be mailed to the address on file with the University. Resident permits
will be mailed to the student's on campus address.
The preferred form of application is on-line through your University portal. To access
the permit application:
1. Sign into your Southeast portal at https://portal.semo.edu 2. Click the Student SS tab 3. Click the link: “Click here to open My Southeast Self-Service” 4. Click: “Southeast Student Processes" 5. Click “Parking Services” 6. Click "Request Permit”" 7. Select applicable semester from the dropdown menu 8. Click “Continue” 9. Click: “Purchase Parking Permit” 10. Follow on screen instructions
If you do not have access to the internet or need assistance in applying for your
parking permit, you may contact Parking Services by phone at 573-651-2310 or by email
at email@example.com and a staff member will assist you with your application.
Parking Services does not accept payment for parking ticket fines or parking decal fees. Ticket fines and decal fees may be
paid in person at the Cashier’s office in Academic Hall Room 018, by mail, or on-line.
For further information regarding payment contact Student Financial Services at 573.651.2253
or visit their web site at https://www.semo.edu/sfs/options.html
Parking Customer Service operates during the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday
through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Friday.
All vehicles parking on campus must register with Parking Services and must display
a University parking permit.
Any tickets issued to a vehicle with a permit are the responsibility of the permit
Parking permits are current through the academic year of issue.
In the event that a student or faculty/staff member should need to drive a vehicle
other than the one with the parking permit, a temporary permit must be obtained from
Parking Services for a fee of $1 per day or $5 per week and display it from the rearview
mirror of the other vehicle.
Vehicles that will be parked on campus temporarily, less than two weeks, and no prior
permit has been purchased may receive a temporary permit for perimeter parking. The
cost of the permit is $1 per day or $5 a week. Only two of these permits may be requested
in a semester.
Parents, relatives and visitors are encouraged to obtain a visitor’s pass from Parking
Services. The permit is free. Students may be assessed parking fines received by parents
or relatives. Parents or relatives should bring the ticket they receive to Parking
Services before leaving campus.
Parking at the Student Recreation Center is by permit only. Student parking is available
for any permit, two hour maximum, in designated spaces.
If the vehicle displaying the original parking permit is damaged, sold or traded,
the original permit must be removed and returned to Parking Services to receive a
free replacement permit. When removed, prmits are designed to shred, the shreds should
be returned. Failure to return the original permit will result in the appropriate
semester permit fee being charged.
All parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day,7 days a week 365 day a year.
Violators receiving in excess of 5 University parking tickets are subject to towing
or booting of the vehicle.
Students who graduate or transfer in December, student teach during the Spring semester
or do not return after a completed fall semester, may return their permit between
November 16, 2020 and December 11, 2020 for a 50% credit. Permits will not be accepted
for credit after December 11.
Only vehicles displaying state issued disabled license plates or hang-tag may park
in disabled spaces. Pursuant to parking policy, faculty, staff, and students must
display the standard decal or hang tag in addition to the disabled license plate or
disabled hang-tag when parked on campus. If marked disabled spaces are full, parking
is available in any regular parking space with a University permit and a state disabled
license plate or hang-tag.
Visitors and Parents
Parents, Relatives and Visitors are encouraged to obtain a visitor’s pass from Parking
Services. This is a free permit.
Students will be assessed parking fines received by parents or relatives. Should this
occur the parent or relative should bring the ticket to Parking Services immediately.
Visitors are encouraged to obtain a visitor parking permit from Parking Services when
Permits may be requested over the phone or through email so that they may be prepared
and ready for pick up on arrival.
Departments requiring permits for their visitors should send request via email to
Abandoned/Disabled Vehicles – Any motor vehicle in a condition that precludes its use on any public street or
highway parked in the same location for more than 72 hours.
Employee – Any individual employed by the University other than those classified as student
Parked/Parking – To put or leave a vehicle for a time in a certain location with or without the
occupancy of the driver.
Parking Lot – Any place or area set aside, marked, posted or intended for parking.
Parking Permit – That object, either hangtag or decal, which identifies a motor vehicle as one that
is authorized for parking on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Decals
are permanently affixed to the driver’s side rear window on the outside of the window.
Registration – The recording of a motor vehicle with Southeast Missouri State University Parking
Services for a parking permit that authorizes a motor vehicle for parking on the campus.
Student – Those persons pursuing ANY course of study at Southeast Missouri State University,
other than those persons classified as University employees.
Visitor – Any person who is not an employee or student of the University.
Motorized Scooter/Motorcycle – Pertains to all motorized scooters, mopeds, motor bikes, motorcycles or other two-
or three-wheeled, motor driven vehicles, herein referred to as motorized scooters/motorcycles.
ALL vehicles that park on Southeast Missouri State University property must display
a current parking permit.
Vehicles without appropriate parking permits will be ticketed, towed and/or booted.
Any tickets issued to the vehicle with a permit are the responsibility of the permit
Registrants agree to follow all parking rules and regulations.
Southeast Missouri State University bears no responsibility for any damage to vehicles
parked on University-owned parking lots or local streets.
All registration information is verified. False information will be corrected and
appropriate parking assigned.
Only one permit type may be displayed on a vehicle at any time.
Parking permits are current through the academic year of issue. (August-August)
Application for parking permits can be made online on https://portal.semo.edu beginning in July for the fall semester. Preferred parking is assigned through a
Temporary or Special Permit– In the event that a student or faculty/staff member should need to drive a vehicle
other than the one with the parking permit, a temporary permit must be obtained from
Parking Services for a fee of $1 a day or $5 a week and display it from the rearview
mirror of the other vehicle.
Temporary parking is assigned based on the lot for which the purchased permit is valid.
If a car will be parked on campus temporarily and no permit has been purchased, parking
will be restricted to perimeter lots only.
Permit Return– Permits may be credited according to the following criteria:
1. A student withdraws from school during the period established in the University
refund schedule. Refunds will be based on the University refund schedule.
A student graduates after a completed fall semester.
A student does not return for a spring semester after a completed fall semester.
The permit must be returned during finals week of the fall semester
The student must remain active during the entire fall semester
If you meet one of the listed criteria, contact Parking Services
Damaged, Sold or Traded Vehicles – If the vehicle displaying the original parking permit is damaged, sold or traded,
the original permit must be returned to Parking Services to receive a free replacement
permit. When removed, permits are designed to shred; the shreds should be returned.
Failure to return the original permit will result in the appropriate semester permit
fee being charged for a replacement permit.
Preferred parking is assigned through a seniority-based lottery system.
5% Commuter Sophomores; 4% Resident Hall Sophomores
1% Resident Hall Freshman
The lottery opens for application in July and remains open for four weeks.
Preferred parking is assigned through the lottery only.
Preferred Commuter parking is available to those students who do not live in residence halls and have
completed 30 or more credit hours.
Preferred Resident parking is available to students living in residence halls. LaFerla residents must
complete 30 hours of course work to eligible for preferred parking.
Preferred parking permits will be distributed while availability remains.
When preferred parking is no longer available, perimeter parking will be assigned
and the applicant’s name placed on a waiting list. Waiting list assignments will be
made only for those students who have purchased perimeter parking and meet hour requirements.
Students are only permitted to be on one preferred permit wait list.
Should additional preferred parking become available, recipients will be contacted
from the waiting list. Students are contacted using their University Email.
Once preferred parking is assigned, a student may not exchange the permit for a different
preferred type unless they switch residence halls or move off/on campus. Once it has
been assigned, the permit is valid for that preferred group only and perimeter lots.
If a preferred parking lot is full, alternate parking is in any perimeter lot.
The cost of preferred parking permits are:
Fall, Spring and Summer - $190
Spring and Summer - $143
Perimeter Parking Permits
Perimeter parking is available to:
Commuter students with 29 or less completed cumulative hours.
Students who applied for preferred parking but were denied.
Students who choose it.
Students who choose perimeter parking may park in any of the lots designated as any
Perimeter parking lots are serviced by a shuttle. All University shuttles are accessible
for people with disabilities.
The shuttle makes regular stops between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each weekday.
An evening shuttle will make daily stops in the lots from 4:30 p.m. until 2 a.m.
All University shuttles are accessible for people with disabilities.
The cost of perimeter parking permits are:
Fall, Spring and Summer - $140
Spring and Summer - $105
Summer - $79
Evening Only Permits
Evening Only permits may be purchased by:
Students attending only evening classes.
Students who choose to park on campus only after 2:30 p.m.
Evening Only permits are valid between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. in any preferred
commuter lot and between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. in employee lots at academic
buildings. Parking in employee parking lots near residence halls is prohibited.
The cost of an evening only permit is:
Fall, Spring and Summer - $75
Spring and Summer-$56
Evening Only permits may park in preferred commuter and perimeter lots during the
Disabled Parking Permits
Only vehicles displaying state issued disabled license plates or hangtags may park
in disabled spaces.
Faculty and staff must display a current employee permit or hangtag, in addition to
the disabled license plate or disabled hangtag when parked in disabled spaces.
Students must display a perimeter parking permit in addition to the disabled license
plate or disabled hangtag when parked in disabled spaces.
All disabled parking request are determined by physician statement on the form that
is required by the state licensing agent.
Both permanent and temporary disabled plates and hangtags must be coordinated through
the state licensing agent.
Applicants must provide state receipts of license to verify hangtag use.
Disabled permits are issued pursuant to RSMO 301.142.1 and Cape Girardeau city ordinance.
Disabled spaces are illustrated on the map by the wheelchair symbol.
In the event disabled parking is not available, individuals may park in the next available
legal parking space with the exception of metered spaces and those spaces signed as
Additional disabled spaces are located at the Transit Nexus, off New Madrid Street.
The shuttle service is an accessible route to the entire campus, as well as the River
Hash marks next to handicap spaces are part of the adjacent handicap parking space,
are not intended for parking and are meant for accessible ramp access
Employee Parking Permits
Employee parking is available in lots identified by faculty/staff signs.
Permits are issued based upon verification of faculty or staff status.
Employee permits should not be given to family members or loaned to students for parking
Early College Credit
Perimeter parking is free and will be valid for the class time plus 40 minutes, in
perimeter lots only, for a single semester.
Preferred parking may be purchased at a cost of $95 and will be valid for the class
time plus 20 minutes; in assigned lots near class, for a single semester.
Yellow parking blocks and curbs are NO PARKING ZONES.
Red curbs are fire lanes - NO PARKING ZONES. TOW AWAY ZONE.
NO PARKING is allowed on the grass, in or blocking driveways or on sidewalks.
Lot Use and Limits - Preferred Commuter lots are reserved for students with a preferred commuter permit
specific to its lot from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. After 2:30 p.m., preferred commuter
lots become available to any student permit. At 5 p.m., Faculty/Staff lots at academic
buildings become available to any student permit until 7 a.m. Preferred Resident and
Faculty/Staff lots/spaces at residence halls are reserved, as posted, 24 hours a day
Parking Meters May be used by faculty, staff, students and visitors to the University. A permit
is not required; however, the meter must be paid. Time limited parking meters are
used as permit only spaces after 5 p.m.
Residence Life maintains parking meters. Broken meters should be reported to Residence
Life at 573.651.2274 or to Parking Services at 573.651.2310 and the information will
be forwarded to Residence Life.
Special Use Parking
Parking lot 1-22 across from Southeast Bookstore is 2-Hour parking for visitors to
the University. Additional visitor parking is available in lot 1-8 in front of Houck
Parking lot 5-3 at the Student Recreation Center is by permit only. Student parking
is available to any permit for a 2-hour limit in designated spaces. Community members
and University employee parking is available for a 2-hour limit in designated spaces.
During Show Me Center events, the lot is closed and is not available for Recreation
Weekend Resident Hall Parking - Parking lot 1-10 at Broadway and Henderson and parking lot 3-9 at Towers Garage
become available for any permit and visitors on Fridays at 5 p.m. through Sundays
at 5 p.m.
Transitway is restricted to University shuttle buses, emergency vehicles and University service
vehicles. Tickets, tows and/or notices to appear before student conduct will be issued
for unauthorized driving on the transit way.
Penalties – Parking violations are described below. NOTE THE INCREASED PENALTY FOR SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT VIOLATIONS.
2ND PLUS VIOLATION
Vehicle Not Registered
Parked in Reserved Lot/Space
Parked in Yellow Zone
Parked in Fire Lane (Tow)
Parked in Handicap** (Tow)
C & I Driving/Wrong Way
Driving Unauthorized / Restricted Drive
Permit not Properly Displayed
Not Parked in Assigned Lot
Parked in Preferred w/o Preferred Permit
*Crosswalk, Driveway, Sidewalk, Grass, Not a Parking Space, Expired Meter, Time Limit
Parking **Disabled space without a permit, Disabled space without occupant with disabilities ***Lost/Stolen Permit, False Permit, SFS, Unidentified, Excessive Violations, Revoked/Suspended
The appeal process is the means by which students, faculty and staff contest parking
Tickets must be appealed within 15 days of the ticket date, online at ‘My Southeast.’
Appeal hearing dates are scheduled monthly.
Violation fines are charged to the appellant’s account.
A ticket pending appeal is not excluded from payment.
Appeals found in the appellant’s favor will be credited to the account
Questions about or help with online appeals should be referred to Parking Service
All improperly parked vehicles are subject to boot or tow at the discretion of parking
Vehicles may be booted or towed for lost or stolen permit, false permit, non-payment
of fines, unidentified operator or excessive violations.
Booting and towing fees are the owner’s expense.
The University is not responsible for any damage incurred during booting or towing
of the vehicle.
Be ridden in a safe manner with the riders observing the University speed limit of
Park in designated motorized scooter/motorcycle parking areas or in any designated
vehicle space that is valid for the purchased permit.
Display a valid University parking permit that is affixed on the front fork, fender
or windshield. The permit number must be visible from the front of the motorcycle.
Motorized Scooters/Motorcycles may not:
Be ridden on sidewalks, Transitway, service roads, private drives, lawns or green
Be parked or stored in any University building.
Be ridden in any way that may endanger pedestrians or used to take “short cuts” through
Park in such a manner as to prevent automobiles from parking, i.e., parallel to the
curb or between two parked cars.
Park on sidewalks, Transitway, service roads, private drives, lawns, green spaces
or adjacent to any building unless a designated motorized scooter/motorcycle parking
area exists there.
Motorized Scooter/Motorcycle permit:
Permits are available to faculty, staff and students.
Permits are available as a regular parking permit option for faculty/ staff and students
at the cost of:
Fall, Spring and Summer - $75
Spring and Summer - $56
Summer - $42
Permits are available as an additional or upgrade parking permit option for faculty/staff
and students when a regular permit for a motor vehicle has been purchased during the
same academic period at a cost of:
Fall, Spring and Summer - $25
Spring and Summer - $15
Summer - $5
Permits must be displayed on the front fork, fender or windshield. The permit number
must be visible from the front of the motorcycle.
Failure to register motorized scooter/motorcycle will result in University parking
citations when appropriate and/or impounding or towing when necessary.
Citations and impounding will be issued using current University parking policy and
City Ordinance 4390 - On Nov. 16, 2012 the City of Cape Girardeau established operational requirements
for scooters, mopeds and motorized bicycles with engines 50 cc and below. The ordinance
is applicable within the city limits of Cape Girardeau. Southeast Missouri State University
adopted and enforces the same ordinance regarding scooter, mopeds and motorized bicycles.
Requirements - To lawfully operate a scooter, moped or motorized bicycle within Cape Girardeau’s
city limits and on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, the requirements
listed below must be met. Violations of these requirements may result in a maximum
fine of $500 and 90 days in jail per incident and/or University disciplinary action.
Valid driver license
Only one person; no passengers
Insurance required; must carry proof
Driver must remain seated
Drive on streets with 35 mph or below speed limit
Obey all road rules
Maintain a working headlight, taillight and turn signals
Bicycle Parking - Bicycles shall be parked, locked in a bicycle parking rack. Bicycles shall not
On a sidewalk, at a tree or post, on a lawn, next to a building, in a roadway or locked
to a chain bordering a lawn except inside a chained bicycle enclosure.
Blocking or obstructing any entrance, exit, ramp or breeze way.
In any campus building except in a designated storage area.
In a parking area designated for motor vehicles.
In other than an upright position.
Taking more than one parking space at a bicycle parking rack.
In areas other than those permitted or will be subject to removal.
Bicycle Operation and Obedience to Traffic Laws and Safety - Every person operating a bicycle on University property shall do so in obedience
to all municipal and state traffic regulations, including:
Practicing courteous, defensive riding, giving consideration both for pedestrians
and for conditions that require traveling at safe speeds and having their bicycles
under control at all time.
Wearing a professionally rated and approved, properly-fitted bicycle helmet.
Wearing light colored clothing after dark.
Riding single file.
Not carrying passengers or heavy, bulky items.
Always assuming that cars do not see you.
Using standard and clear hand signals.
Always locking your wheel and frame to a bicycle rack.
When riding between sunset and sunrise, bicycles should be equipped with and have
an operating front white lamp and a rear red reflector or lamp.
When riding between sunset and sunrise, each pedal should be equipped with a reflector
that can be seen from both the front and the rear of the bicycle for a distance of
200 feet after dark.
When riding between sunset and sunrise, bicycles should be equipped with side reflectors
towards the front and rear, visible at night in reflected light for a distance of
500 feet. The reflector to the rear of the center of the bicycle must be red in color;
the reflector to the front of center must be amber or yellow in color.
Yielding to pedestrians in all situations of conflicting bicycle/pedestrian traffic.
Theft Prevention - Each year several hundred dollars worth of property is lost to bicycle thieves.
In any case of theft, the manner in which the bicycles were locked should not be a
contributing factor. It is important to lock bicycles appropriately and perhaps even
more importantly, choosing a quality locking device may prevent theft of your bicycle.
Choosing a Lock - Unfortunately thieves are getting smarter and any lock is not enough. University
Police recommend U-Locks with a bend in it to prevent the use of prying tools. This
is a valuable addition to the lock and is not used on all U-Lock systems. The extra
money spent on a good lock could save you hundreds of dollars in your investment.
You may have to pay a few dollars more for a quality lock, but preventing bicycle
theft is worth it. A good padlock should have at least a 7/16” hardened alloy steel
shackle. If the steel is hardened, the “hardened” will be stamped on the shackle.
Choose a cable or chain at least six feet in length, so you can secure the frame and
front wheel around an object. If you elect to use a chain, remember the heavier the
better. Thicker steel links (3/8” or better) provide greater resistance to cutting
or prying. If you select cable, inspect it closely and make sure you do not have a
thicker vinyl coating than steel.
Securing Your Bicycle - The number one thing that you can do to protect your bicycle from theft is to lock
it up. Bringing it inside or just leaving it for a minute while you run inside is
likely to cost you your bicycle. When you do secure your bike, make sure that you
secure it through the frame and front wheel. If you have a quick release front tire,
lock that up also. Remember to lock it to something worthwhile. For a quality lock
to work, it has to be attached to a secure object. Many sign posts can easily be removed
from the ground; railings can easily be cut. Make sure that you record the serial
number and model of your bicycle. This is extremely important and could determine
if you ever get your bicycle back once it has been stolen. Always report a theft of
any kind to the University Police, including bicycle thefts. Doing so increases chances
of the recovery and return to owners of many bicycles that are reported missing or
Changes in University Parking Regulations will be officially announced in University
media and will become effective the date of announcement. Any recommendations regarding
changes may be referred to the Parking Manager.
Mailing Address One University Plaza, MS 7275 Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
Parking Services is open between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through
Thursday, and from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday during the fall and spring
semesters. Operating hours during breaks and summer sessions are from 8:00 a.m. until
4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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