Registration for Parking Decal Distribution Lottery Now Open

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

June 16, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University students may begin registering for 2009-2010 preferred, perimeter and evening parking permits beginning July 8 with a lottery system based on student seniority to determine distribution of the preferred decals.

Requests for preferred parking will sort into three groups:• Students with 90 or more cumulative hours • Students with 60 to 89 cumulative hours • Students with 30 to 59 cumulative hours 

Registration for 2009-2010 parking permits will open at 8 a.m. July 8. At that time, students may apply online, or they may complete a standard paper application (received only in their billing statement packet).

Students may register online at http://portal.semo.edu. The parking application is in the Parking Services link, accessible from the Student Processes section.

Students should apply using only one method. Regardless of which method a student chooses when applying, students will be placed in the lottery and sorted according to student seniority. They also must pay their account balance by 4 p.m. Friday, July 31. Balances should be either paid in full, covered by guaranteed financial aid, or enroll in and make the first payment toward their Installment Payment Plan (IPP) for the fall 2009 semester.  Payment may be made by mail; online access, using a checking account through a secured system via My Southeast; or in person at the Cashier’s Office.

As in past years, paper applications will be included in the University’s billing packet which will begin mailing to students approximately July 9. Completed paper applications with payment will be accepted by mail or in person at the Cashier’s Office in Academic Hall.

Parking fees for the 2009-2010 year are $155 for preferred decals, $105 for perimeter decals, and $55 for evening only decals, which are valid only after 1:30 p.m.

River Campus “preferred” decals, which allow students to park in the River Campus “preferred” lot and in any “perimeter” student lot on the main campus, are $135. Students who have a “preferred” decal for the main campus may purchase a River Campus upgrade decal, which allows them to park in the River Campus “preferred” lot in addition to the main campus. “River Campus Upgrade” decals are $25.

Registration for parking permits will close at 4 p.m. July 31, and no additional preferred applications will be accepted until after the lottery is conducted. The lottery will be conducted Aug. 10, during which the priority decals will be assigned as follows:• 55 percent will be distributed to students with 90 or more hours.  • 30 percent will go to students with 60 to 89 hours.  • 15 percent will be distributed to students with 30 to 59 hours.

“Because distribution of the preferred decals will be based on a lottery, the time at which a student applies does not affect their chances of getting preferred parking as long as they apply and make appropriate payment before it closes July 31,” Glaus said. Students applying for preferred permits who are not drawn in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list if they choose to do so. This choice is made by accepting a perimeter parking permit if a preferred permit is not available. Students will be placed on the waiting list for their first choice lot based upon cumulative hours. While on the waiting list, these students will receive a perimeter decal and become eligible for preferred parking from the waiting list as space becomes available. Students applying for preferred permits who are not drawn in the lottery and who declined a perimeter parking permit will not be placed on a waiting list and, therefore, will not be eligible for a preferred permit for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Commuter students can anticipate receiving their decals beginning Aug. 17. Resident students can pick up their decals at the Parking office, D-wing, Dearmont Hall, when they return to campus for the fall semester, or at the Show Me Center, during residence hall move-in on Thursday, Aug. 20.

Glaus says motorcycles and motorized scooters also must be registered with parking permits which may be purchased for the entire academic year or for the fall, spring or summer semester only. Permits for motorcycles and motorized scooters registered in addition to or along with a motor vehicle will be sold at a reduced/upgrade rate. 

Parking Decal Rates for motorcycles and motorized scooters are as follows:–Fall, Spring, Summer, $50–Fall or Spring only, $25–Summer only, $10

Parking Decal Rates for motorcycles and motorized scooters registered in addition to a motor vehicle are as follows:–Fall, Spring, Summer, $25–Fall or Spring only, $10–Summer only, $5

Glaus says owners of motorcycles and motorized scooters may register for permits online at My Southeast or at Parking Services.  Permits registered online must be picked up at Parking Services in Dearmont Hall.

Operators of motorcycles and motorized scooters must obey all traffic regulations and be ridden in such a manner that the rider’s or pedestrian’s safety is not threatened, Glaus said. Parking permits for these vehicles must be affixed on the front fork, fender or windshield of the vehicle, with the number visible from the front of the motorcycle.  Failure to register motorcycles or motorized scooters will result in University parking tickets when appropriate or impounding when necessary, she said. Current parking policy and violation fines will be used for ticketing and/or towing and at the owner’s expense. 

Motorcycles and motorized scooters with parking permits may park in designated motorcycle/motor scooter parking areas, according to Glaus. They may not be ridden on sidewalks, transit ways, service roads, private drives or lawns or green spaces or be ridden in any way that may endanger pedestrians or used to take shortcuts through unauthorized areas, she said.  Glaus added that they may not be parked on sidewalks, transit ways, service roads, private drives, lawns, green spaces or parked adjacent to any building unless a designated motorized scooter/motorcycle parking area exists there. They may not park in such a manner as to prevent automobiles from parking, such as parallel to the curb or between two parked cars or parked or stored in any University building or room, she said.