Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions concerning parking on campus. If you have other questions, please feel free to email or call (507) 786-2972.

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

Q:  I got back to campus late, 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 $30.00 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 issued under these regulations 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, complete the Google Form with all required information. All student and faculty/stall appeals shall be reviewed by an appeals committee. The appellant will be notified by email of the committee’s decision within two weeks. The appeal committee’s decision is final and there are no further appeal options. Public Safety staff cannot void a citation once it has been written except for a legitimate visitor.

Q:  Do I need a permit for just one day?
A:  Yes, temporary permits are available for seven (7) consecutive days and cost $30.00. These permits can be obtained by calling Public Safety at 507-786-3666.

Q: What if I need a permit for only a week. Do I have to buy a semester long permit?
No. A temporary permit can be purchased for $30.00/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 by contacting Public Safety (x3666) . 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 or is unknown, may be booted at any time. 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. Any vehicle parked on campus property that does not display a current permit and has accumulated 3 parking citations, will be booted. Vehicles deemed suspicious or appear to be abandoned may also be booted by Public Safety. If your vehicle has been booted, call Public Safety at 507-786-3666 to have the boot removed. If a vehicle is booted and the operator does not contact Public Safety within 48 hours, the vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense.