Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions concerning parking on campus. If you have other questions, please feel free to contact the Parking Office during business hours at (507) 786-2972 or Public Safety at (507) 786-3666 after hours.

Q:  Is the Parking Policy in effect over the weekends? 
A:  Yes.  The parking policy is in effect year-round, even on the weekends!

Q:  I got back to campus late, after the Parking Office was closed, so I just parked by my Residence Hall for the night.  When I came out the next morning, I had a ticket!  What gives?!
A:  All vehicles parked on campus must display a current parking permit and be parked in their designated area. In this situation, call Public Safety (x3666) to meet with an officer and purchase a temporary permit. Temporary permits cost $20.00 for seven (7) consecutive days and the permit fee will be applied to a semester long permit if the student so chooses within the seven (7) day period.

Q:  My friend borrowed my vehicle, and wound up receiving a ticket on it.  What do I do?!
A:  It is the responsibility of the permit holder to be sure anyone using their vehicle parks the vehicle in the designated area based on the type of permit displayed. Also, the permit holder is responsible for any citations issued on his/her vehicle. You could pay the ticket or file an appeal.

Q:  I got a ticket, but I want to appeal it.  What do I do?
A:  An appeal of a citation must be filed within seven (7) days from the date the citation was issued or the right to appeal will be forfeited and the amount of the fine billed. To appeal a citation, send an email to parking@stolaf.edu containing the appellant’s name, vehicle license number, citation number and the reason for the appeal. The appellant will be notified by email of the committee’s decision. The appeal committee’s decision is final and there are no further appeal options.

Q:  Do I need a permit for just one day?
A:  Yes, temporary permits are available for seven (7) consecutive days and cost $20.00. These permits can be obtained at the Parking Office during business hours or by calling Public Safety at 507-786-3666 after hours.

Q: What if I need a permit for only a week. Do I have to buy a semester long permit?
A:
No. A temporary permit can be purchased for $20.00/week (7 days)

Q:  What’s the difference between a temporary permit & a visitor permit?
A:  A temporary permit is for students who will have a car on campus for a short period of time. A visitor permit is for non-students who are visiting campus overnight or for a few days. A visitor permit can be obtained at the Parking Office during business hours or by contacting Public Safety (x3666) after hours. Visitors on campus only during business hours do not need a visitor permit. Registered students cannot be considered a visitor.

Q:  When does the “boot” get put on vehicles?
A:  Any vehicle that does not display a current permit and has accumulated three (3) parking citations, will be booted. The owner must either purchase a permit for the remainder of that term, or the vehicle must be removed from campus for the remainder of the year. There is a $10.00 charge to remove the boot the first time it is placed on a vehicle in addition to paying all outstanding parking citations. Any subsequent parking violations will result in the vehicle being booted again and a $75.00 fine imposed to remove the boot.