Registration for Parking Decal Distribution Lottery Opens July 9


New decals available for student parking at River Campus

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 20, 2007 — Southeast Missouri State University students may begin registering for 2007-2008 preferred, perimeter and evening parking permits beginning July 9 with a lottery system based on student seniority to determine distribution of the preferred decals.

Requests for priority parking will sort into four groups:

  • Students with 90 or more cumulative hours
  • Students with 60 to 89 cumulative hours
  • Students with 30 to 59 cumulative hours 

Currently, students with 29 or fewer hours are not eligible to participate in the lottery for preferred parking permits but should register for perimeter parking.

Registration for 2007-2008 parking permits will open at 8 a.m. July 9. 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 & Financial Services section.  

Students should apply using only one method. Regardless of which method a student chooses when applying, students who qualify and apply for preferred parking and who pay their account in full or who make the first payment toward their Installment Payment Plan (IPP) for the fall 2007 semester by 4 p.m. Friday, July 27 will then be placed in the lottery and sorted according to student seniority. 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 begin being mailed to students in the University’s billing on 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 2007-2008 year are $145 for preferred decals; $95 for perimeter decals; and $50 for evening only decals, which are valid after 1:30 p.m.

In addition, a new decal for the student parking lot at the River Campus has been established. A River Campus “preferred” decal will allow students to park in the River Campus “preferred” lot and in any “perimeter” student lot on the main campus. Students who have a “preferred” decal for the main campus may purchase a River Campus upgrade for their decal, which will allow them to park in the River Campus “preferred” lot in addition to the main campus, she said.

Rates will be $135 for “River Campus Preferred” decals and $25 for “River Campus Upgrade” decals.

Beth Glaus, manager of parking and transit, said a new shuttle route between the main campus and the River Campus will be implemented with the opening of the River Campus. In addition, she said, the River Campus will have spaces for handicapped, faculty/staff and student parking.   Shuttle service from the main campus to the River Campus will operate seven days a week. Weekday service will begin from the main campus at 7 a.m. with two buses continuing routes until midnight.  The last trip from the River Campus will leave at midnight.  Weekend service will begin from the main campus at 1 p.m. and continue until midnight.  The last weekend trip from the River Campus will leave at midnight as well.    Buses will leave the main campus from the Towers Complex, the Multi-Modal Transfer Facility and from the shuttle pavilion in front of Brandt Hall.  Additionally, buses will connect with Cape County Transit at Sprigg Street near William, and on Ellis at Broadway.  Students will be able to use the River Campus shuttle as transfer service to the Cape County Transit route for transportation to other areas of the city. 

Registration for parking permits will close at 4 p.m. July 27, and no additional preferred applications will be accepted until after the lottery is conducted. The lottery will be conducted Aug. 6, 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 is irrelevant as long as they apply before the system closes July 27,” 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 2007-2008 academic year.

Students can expect to receive their decals by Aug. 13.