Whether you're a resident on campus needing a place to park your vehicle full-time, or a commuter needing a spot for class, Southeast offers lots and permit options to accommodate you.

Students can purchase a permit starting their freshman year. Permit availability is based on a number of factors including credit hours earned and the campus members role on campus. 

Frequently asked Questions

  • Parking Customer Service operates during the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the regular semester. Hours during University breaks are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • All parking on campus is by permit only. Any vehicle that parks on campus must register with Parking Services and display a SEMO parking permit.
  • All parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 day a year.
  • Parking permits are valid for the academic year they were issued. The academic year begins in August, so parking permits remain valid through August of the following year. 
  • 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 beginning December 1, for a 50% credit. Permits will not be accepted for credit after January 1.
  • Parking at the Student Recreation Center also requires a valid SEMO permit.


  • 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 the website.
  • Tickets issued to a vehicle with a permit are the responsibility of the permit holder, regardless of who drove the vehicle.
  • Violators receiving 5 or more University parking tickets are subject to towing or booting of the vehicle.
  • University parking tickets may be appealed online using Banner Self Service. It is recommended that students contact Parking Services about their ticket before appealing online. There may be circumstance in which the ticket can waived without the need to appeal

Temporary Permits 

  • If you drive a vehicle to campus that is not the vehicle with the parking permit, a temporary permit is required to avoid unnecessary tickets. Visit Parking Services to pick up a temporary permit. The fee is $1 per day or $5 per week. Temporary permits can be issued for up to 2 weeks at a time.
  • Parents, relatives and other visitors are encouraged to get a visitor’s pass from Parking Services. The permit is free and can be made in advance by contacting Parking Services. Students may be assessed parking fines received by parents or relatives. Parents or relatives should bring any tickets they receive to Parking Services before leaving campus.

Replacing a Permit 

  • If the vehicle with the original parking permit is damaged beyond repair, or sold or traded, the original permit should be removed and returned to Parking Services. A free replacement permit will be issued upon return of the original permit.
  • If you cannot retrieve the permit from your old vehicle, you will need to provide other documentation showing you no longer have access to the vehicle/permit. This can include a Bill of Sale, paperwork from a dealership showing you traded in your old vehicle for your new one, or a Total Loss Statement from your insurance.
  • You can still receive a new permit if you do not have your old permit or any documentation, however you will be charged the current semester price for the type of permit you will be replacing.

Disabled Parking Spaces 

  • State issued handicap license plates or placards are required to park in handicap
    accessible parking spaces. Faculty, staff, and students with state issued handicap license
    plates or placards must also display a SEMO permit when parked on campus. If marked
    handicap accessible spaces are full, parking is available in any regular parking space.
  • When you first receive or renew your disabled parking placard, you must present your
    SEMO ID, your placard, and the receipt you received from the Licensing Bureau to
    Parking Services. This Information will be added to your parking record. The receipt for
    disabled parking must be presented when requested to validate a placard.

Parking Permit Return Policy

  •  If you will not be returning for the Spring Semester (i.e., Graduating, Student Teaching,
    Transfer Institutions), contact Parking Services during finals week to fill out a Permit
    Rejection Form. You may then remove your permit from your vehicle and return it to
    Parking Services for a 50% credit. The cutoff date to return your permit is January 1st.
    We will no longer accept any returns after this date.
  • If you are not graduating, student teaching, or transferring, you may only return your
    permit within the first four weeks of classes. You must contact Parking Services to fill
    out a Permit Return Form. Refund amounts are:
    • Week 1: 100% Refund
    • Week 2: 70% Refund
    • Week 3: 60% Refund
    • Week 4: 50% Refund
    • Week 5+: No Credit Given
      • Please Note: If you return your permit because you received perimeter parking, you will
        be removed from any Preferred Parking waitlist you were on.

Parking Meters

  • You do not need to have a permit to park at a meter, however the meter needs to be paid. Prices vary between meters and locations on campus, so be sure to put in enough money for how long you need to park your vehicle.
  • If a meter is broken/non-functional, it is treated as a regular parking space in that parking lot. For example, if there is a meter that is broken in a Faculty/Staff lot, that space becomes a Faculty/Staff space. If you park there with any permit other than a Faculty/Staff permit, you can receive a citation. The same rule applies to student permit parking lots.
  •  If you park at a functional meter, pay for your time and return to a non-functional meter and/or citation, please contact Parking services for assistance.

  • 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 they arrive.
  • 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 parking@semo.edu.

  • Appeals are adjudicated based on the violation, parking regulations and the narrative provided by the appellant. Narratives should be concise, professionally written, and fact based.
  • Tickets may be appealed online within 15 days of the ticket date using the portal.
  • After 15 days, tickets are not eligible for appeal.
  • Appeal hearing dates are scheduled monthly beginning in September and continuing through May.
  • Summer hearing dates are scheduled as needed.
  • Violation fines are charged to the appellant’s account.
  • If the account bill is due before the hearing date, it must be paid to avoid late fees.
  • Appeals found in the appellant’s favor will be credited to the account.
  • The Appeals Board is comprised of faculty, staff, and students appointed by their representative groups and are independent from Parking Services.
  • Appeals are considered based on violation, parking regulations and explanation provided by the appllant.
  • All appeals decisions are final.

How to Appeal a Parking Citation  

  1. Go to https://portal.semo.edu
  2. Log in to your portal account
  3. Click the Student/Employee tab
  4. Click the link: “Click here to open My Southeast Self-Service”
  5. Click the link: “Click on this link to access your self-service page…”
  6. Click: “Students/Employee Processes”
  7. Click “Parking Services”
  8. Select the current semester from the dropdown menu
  9. Click “Submit”
  10. Click “Outstanding Parking Citations”
  11. Select the ticket by marking the bubble before the ticket number
  12. Enter appeal in the “Appeal Comments” box
  13. Click “Appeal Parking Citation”

View Penalties

Vehicle and Motorcycle Regulations

  • All regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, every day. 
  • The speed limit on campus is 15 miles per hour, except where otherwise posted. 
  • Cheney Drive – Enter from Henderson (Restricted). 
  • Parker Drive between Cheney Hall and Towers (Restricted). 
  • Towers exit ramp, off Sprigg Street (One-way).
  • Greek Drive – Enter from New Madrid at Henderson (One-way).
  • Parking Lot 1-23 Dearmont Circle – Enter from eastbound Normal Avenue (One-way).
  • Entrance to Faculty/Staff Parking Lot 4-14 (One-way). 
  • Academic Drive - Enter from N. Henderson (One-Way). 
  • Any other location designated by one-way signs. 
  • Grey concrete parking blocks represent parking spaces in gravel parking lots. 
  • 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 p.m. After 2 p.m., preferred commuter lots become available to any student permit. At 4 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. 
  • Broken meters should be reported to Parking Services at (573) 651-2310. 
  • 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 Field House 
  • 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 Center parking 
  • 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 on the penalties page. Note the increased Penalty for Second and Subsequent Violations. 
  • The appeal process is the means by which students, faculty and staff contest parking tickets. 
  • 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 

Vehicle Tow 
  • All improperly parked vehicles are subject to boot or tow at the discretion of parking enforcement personnel. 
  • 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.

Parking Maps

Southeast has parking lots across campus. Find the right permit for you with our interactive parking map.

Parking Application 

You can apply two ways for your permit, online 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 online 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 parking@semo.edu and a staff member will assist you with your application. 

(573) 651-2310
(573) 986-6187
Emergency Operations
(573) 651-2547
1401 N. Sprigg
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7275
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701