Statement of Policy
A Northwest Missouri State University parking permit
is required to park on campus. The purchase and display of a valid parking permit
does not guarantee the holder a specific parking space. It is the sole
responsibility of the vehicle driver to locate a valid parking space. These
regulations are applicable to all members of the University community, which
shall include but is not limited to, Northwest students, faculty, staff,
visitors, and vendors. Parking enforcement is conducted 24 hours a day, 7
days a week, 365 days a year.
- A vehicle is defined as a motorized means of transportation that is licensed by the state (if applicable) and must adhere to all state and campus regulations. Vehicles may not drive on sidewalks unless approved by University Police.
- Anyone who utilizes University
parking facilities, including but not limited to, faculty, staff and students,
must have a current Northwest parking permit visible and properly displayed and
shall be responsible for the registered vehicle and any citation(s) issued to
- If a vehicle receives a
citation while parked on the Northwest campus and it has not been properly
registered, the owner of that vehicle shall be responsible for the citation as
well as a surcharge for a license plate check with the Department of Motor
- The University shall assume no
liability or responsibility for any vehicle parked on campus property.
- Motorcycles and scooters are
subject to the regulation governing motor vehicles.
- The owner of a disabled vehicle
located in a parking lot shall notify the University Police Office within 30
minutes of the disability or the vehicle is subject to be towed and/or ticketed
at the owner's expense. The owner of a disabled vehicle parked improperly shall
be responsible for moving the vehicle within 24 hours. A disabled vehicle on
the roadway must be moved as soon as a wrecker or other appropriate means can
- Any repairs made to vehicles
which will create a nuisance, safety hazard, or cause property damage shall not
be performed on campus. Violators are subject to revocation of parking
privileges and permit.
- Commuter students or employees
who wish to register more than one vehicle shall be issued a hangtag. Multiple
permits will not be issued, except with motorcycles or apartment permit holders.
- Anyone who needs temporary
parking for a trailer should contact University Police to make appropriate
- A red curb and/or sign
designates a loading zone. All loading zones have a 15-minute parking
limit. Curbs painted yellow are no parking zones. Docks are
not for general loading and unloading; they are designed for commercial
- Warning violations will be
issued the first week of classes of each trimester to vehicles without permits
and that have not been previously issued a parking citation. Exceptions are handicap
spaces, loading zones and unauthorized parking areas.
Northwest parking permit is required in order to utilize University parking
- A vehicle shall be registered
to one person only.
- Unless specific arrangements
have been made with the appropriate department head, no student or employee
shall utilize his or her personally owned vehicle for University business.
- Visitors wishing to park on
campus shall, upon arriving on campus, obtain and display a visitor permit.
Visitor permits are available at Admissions in the Mabel Cook Admissions and
Visitors Center, Student Services Center on the first floor of the
Administration Building, and University Police in the Support Services
- Whenever possible, the host,
whether student, faculty or administrator, should obtain visitor parking permits
- University Police shall provide
visitor permits to event coordinators when requested. An event coordinator
should contact University Police for specific instructions at least two weeks in
advance of the event.
Operation of Vehicle
- Observe all campus traffic and
parking signs. Posted signs shall supersede this written policy.
- The maximum speed limit on
campus is 20 mph and 15 mph in parking lots. Violators are subject to
- State and city motor vehicle
and traffic laws are included in the University's motor vehicle regulations
governing the use of vehicles on the University's campus.
- No one is permitted to drive
around or over any barricade erected to control traffic or parking, or to
alter, deface, remove or destroy any traffic or parking control device.
- A vehicle operator shall comply
with instructions given by a University Police Officer (voice, gesture or
- Vehicles shall not be parked
against the flow of traffic.
- Resident student parking is
permitted only in areas designated as "resident student parking". A resident
parking permit is required in those areas. A resident is defined as a student who
is assigned to University housing.
- Resident parking is restricted
24 hours a day and a resident parking permit shall be required.
- Commuter student parking is
permitted only in areas designated for "commuter student parking". A displayed
permit is required in these areas. A commuter student is defined as a student who
resides off campus and commutes to the University for classes.
- Faculty/Staff & Commuter
student parking is restricted 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday unless
- Faculty and Staff parking is
permitted only in areas designated as "Faculty and Staff parking". A
faculty/staff permit is required in these areas.
- Only vehicles with a state
issued handicap license plate or hangtag shall park in designated handicap
spaces. A Northwest parking permit is also required.
- Visitor parking is designated
for visitors only from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday unless otherwise
posted. Any vehicle with a non-visitor permit displayed shall not park in visitor
parking and shall be subject to citation for parking in an area designated for
- If a Northwest student who
resides in University housing is a member of the immediate family of a
Northwest employee with a faculty/staff permit, he/she may not park that
registered vehicle in resident student areas.
- No vehicle shall display more
than one current parking permit, unless owner resides in Northwest apartment
- Only those designated people
will use spaces that are specifically designated by a sign. These areas shall
be reserved 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Motorcycles and scooters are allowed to park on campus in parking stalls that are specifically designated by signs for motorcycle and scooter parking only and must have a valid campus permit. Motorcycles and scooters are defined as vehicles and therefore may not park on curbs, sidewalks, around handicap stalls, curb cuts or in any place that obstructs the flow of vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
- Lot 59 (located Northwest of
the football field) is restricted for home football games. Vehicles not moved
the evening before all home games will be towed.
All Northwest parking permits are available at the Student Services Center, located on the first floor of the Administration Building. Temporary and visitor parking permits are also available at University Police, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- All academic permits expire on August 31 of each year. If employment or resident status changes prior to August 31, the permit holder shall be responsible for returning the permit to the Student Services Center to exchange for an appropriate permit or refund (pro-rated). For example, if an employee terminates his/her full-time employment, but maintains enrollment as a student, the employee permit shall be returned to the Student Services Center and exchanged for a student permit or refund.
- If your student status changes at any time through out the academic year, you may exchange your current parking permit free of charge at the student services desk in the Administration Building to reflect your change in status.
- No refunds will be issued for parking permits reported lost or stolen. The permit owner shall be responsible for purchasing a replacement permit. Lost or stolen permits shall be reported immediately to University Police. Failure to properly report a lost or stolen permit could result in the owner of the permit being responsible for any or all citations issued to the permit.
- No one shall register a vehicle on campus belonging to another individual without permission of the legally registered owner of the vehicle.
- A parking permit shall only be displayed on the vehicle to which it is registered.
- Parking permits not properly displayed in the vehicle shall be subject to citation for failure to properly display a permit.
- Students who work part-time for the University as staff members are not entitled to a staff permit.
- Anyone who is not a University student or employee who utilize the Fitness, Aquatic, Recreational Centers, Owen's Library or who participates in a non-credit class and wishes to use University parking facilities must purchase a temporary permit to park on campus.
- University parking facilities are restricted to use by those who participate in University functions or activities during restricted hours.
- Temporary permits are valid for a maximum 2 weeks at a time and visitor permits are valid for a maximum 3 days at a time unless otherwise specified by the University Police.
- Anyone who is not a University
student or employee who utilize the Fitness, Aquatic, Recreational Centers, or
Owen's Library and wishes to use University parking facilities must purchase a
temporary permit to park on campus.
- Anyone who is not a student or
employee who participates in a University non-credit class and wishes to park
on campus must obtain a temporary parking permit.
- University parking facilities
are restricted to use by those who participate in University functions or
activities during restricted hours.
- Temporary permits are valid for
a maximum 2 weeks at a time and visitor permits are valid for a maximum 3 days
at a time unless otherwise specified by the University Police.
Display of Permit in Vehicle
- Parking permits are to be
completely affixed to the lower portion of the right front windshield
(passenger side) in plain view, with the permit number visible, and by means of
their own adhesive.
- Motorcycle and scooter permits
are to be affixed to the right front fork or fender of the vehicle, in plain
view, with the number visible.
- Hangtag and visitor permits
shall be hung on the rear view mirror of the vehicle being used that day with
the information clearly visible through the windshield.
- Temporary hangtag permits shall
be displayed on the rear view mirror when using University parking facilities
with the information clearly visible through the windshield.
Replacement of Parking Permits
- A permit holder who becomes
ineligible for parking privileges must remove the permit and provide it to
When transferring a vehicle,
before a no-charge replacement permit will be issued, the old permit must be
presented at the Student Services Center in the Administration Building. If you
are unable to recover the permit for any reason, any of the following will be
accepted as proof the permit is not recoverable:
- a copy of the bill of sale
- transfer of title
- accident report indicating the windshield was damaged or the vehicle was
- any other appropriate
Payment of Fines
- Fines shall be paid to the
Bursar's Office in the Administration Building.
- All citations issued are
subject to billing through the Bursar's Office.
- Failure to pay fines may result
in withholding of transcripts, class registration, and/or formal collection
- If a visitor, student, staff,
or faculty member believes the citation was issued in error, he/she has the
right to appeal to the Traffic and Parking Appeals Committee. This appeal must
be received in University Police within 5 days of receipt of the citation or
billing notice (issued by the University Bursar's Office). Late appeals shall
not be considered, except for extenuating circumstances. Appeal forms are
available at University Police or the Student Services Center or online at the
University Police website. The appellant shall be notified in writing of the
- The Director of University
Police shall suspend or revoke a driver's parking privileges when violations
exceed 12 during the permit year (Sept. 1- Aug. 31).
- All revocations made by the
Director of University Police shall be effective for the remainder of the
permit year in which the revocation order is issued, or as otherwise noted.
- Student Affairs may revoke
parking privileges through the Student-Faculty Discipline Committee.
- Payment or appeal of any
traffic citation does not exempt one from the standard revocation procedure.
Towing and Immobilization Policy
Vehicles may be towed or
immobilized for the following reasons:
- parking on campus after a
permit has been revoked
- accumulation of 12 or more
violations per vehicle within the permit year
- blocking fire lanes or fire
- obstruction of pedestrian or
traffic lanes or creating a hazard
- abandoned vehicle
- blocking loading zones
- blocking or impeding snow
- parking in a handicap
- parking in a reserved or
blocked off area
not displaying proper campus