Parking Policy

ST. OLAF COLLEGE PARKING POLICY 2022-2023

St. Olaf College is a residential campus and as such, the campus community (faculty, staff and students) will be asked to support and help enforce the parking policy to ensure that all vehicles are being operated safely and parked in appropriately assigned spaces. The College is not responsible for theft from or damage to vehicles parked on campus.

TO OBTAIN A FACULTY, STAFF, BON APPETIT OR STUDENT PARKING PERMIT

Faculty, Staff and Bon Appetit employees: Complete the online registration form found at wp.stolaf.edu/parking/forms/. The Parking Office will notify you by email once your permit has been processed and is ready for you to pick up at the Buntrock Office, 007 Buntrock Commons. Each employee will receive one hang tag parking permit at no charge transferable to another vehicle. Please register all vehicles that the permit may be used in when applying for your permit. Parking permits are assigned to a specific employee. If a new vehicle needs to be added to the permit record, please contact parking@stolaf.edu. The hang tag issued is College property and must be returned to Parking Services or your supervisor when the employee leaves the employ of the College.

Students: Complete the online application at wp.stolaf.edu/parking/forms. When your application has been reviewed, the Parking Office will send an email informing you how to pay for your permit online. Once approved and paid for, you will be notified of pickup information via email.

VISITOR PARKING & PERMITS

Visitors to the campus during business hours do NOT need a visitor parking permit but are encouraged to have the student or department they are visiting register them online prior to visiting. All visitors to St. Olaf should park only in parking areas designated as  “Visitor Only”. To obtain an overnight visitor permit, contact Public Safety at 507-786-3666 and an officer will meet the visitor and the student at their vehicle to issue the permit. Any campus visitor who receives a parking citation must present the citation to the Buntrock Office to have the citation voided. Visitor permits will not be issued to St. Olaf students who are currently registered as a student.

GENERAL PARKING POLICY (Applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors)

    1. The parking policy is administered by Parking Services located at 007 Buntrock Commons. Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to parking@stolaf.edu or by calling 507-786-2972. If no one answers, please leave a detailed voicemail and someone will return your call.
    2. The parking policy is in effect the entire year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    3. All motor vehicles including motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters operated on the St. Olaf campus by students, faculty, staff or Bon Appetit employees must be registered with the Parking Services and display a current parking permit.
    4. Campus parking areas are designated by the type of parking permit issued. Faculty and staff may park in any lot designated faculty/staff/. Visitors may utilize any lot designated as visitor only. Students are assigned to specific lots based on availability. Vehicles must be parked only in areas designated by the type of parking permit displayed on the vehicle.
    5. All drivers of motor vehicles shall operate their vehicle in a responsible manner, obey all traffic control devices and the posted speed limit. Failure to operate a motor vehicle in a safe and responsible manner will result in revocation or denial of a parking permit.
    6. St. Olaf College is a residential campus and as such, all operators of motor vehicles will give pedestrians the right-of-way on campus.
    7. Short-term parking (less than 15 minutes) will be permitted in yellow curb areas near residence halls for purposes of loading and unloading only. Vehicles parked in these areas must display the emergency flashers and limit parking to 15 minutes. Failure to display the emergency flashers or exceeding 15 minutes will result in the issuance of a parking citation.
    8. To improve vehicular safety and to assist with snow removal on campus, several faculty/staff/visitor parking areas have been designated as “no overnight parking/tow away zone” areas. Parking will be prohibited from Midnight to 6:00 a.m. every day on a year-round basis in these areas.
    9. Verbal or physical harassment of any person responsible for helping our community with parking management on campus, is a violation of college policy and may be cause for disciplinary action.
    10. The registered permit holder is responsible for all citations written on the vehicle regardless of who parked or was operating the vehicle at the time the citation was issued. A vehicle registered with Parking Services cannot be considered a visitor.
    11. If it becomes necessary to change vehicles, Parking Services must be advised in advance of the change and a permit must be secured for the new vehicle prior to its arrival on campus. Parking Services must also be advised if license plates on your vehicle change.
    12. Any vehicle that accumulates more than four (4) parking citations during an academic year (June 1-May 31) will have the permit revoked for the remainder of the academic year. No refund will be available.
    13. Any vehicle that accumulates more than ten (10) parking citations during its time on campus will have the permit revoked for the remainder of the academic year and the vehicle will be trespassed from campus. No refund will be available.

PARKING VIOLATIONS

The following parking or permit violations will result in a parking citation being issued. Violations of parking regulations are the responsibility of the person who registered the vehicle involved. If the vehicle is not registered, violations shall be the responsibility of the vehicle owner/user. The fine amount is listed with each violation.

  1. Parking permits shall be affixed as provided in the instructions accompanying the permit (upper left corner of the driver’s side rear window).
  2. All vehicles, including motorcycles, scooters and mopeds operated on the St. Olaf campus by students, faculty, staff or Bon Appetit employees must be registered with the Business Office and display a current parking permit. ($50.00)
  3. Only those vehicles authorized by Parking Services shall possess a parking permit. ($75.00)
  4. No vehicle shall display an altered or counterfeit parking permit or misuse a permit. If this occurs, the permit will be revoked and the students involved will be referred to the appropriate judicial authority. ($75.00)
  5. Vehicles must display a state and/or campus issued  handicap permit to park in a stall specifically reserved for handicap permit holders. ($100.00)
  6. Vehicles shall be parked only in those areas designated by the type of parking permit displayed. ($40.00)
  7. No vehicle shall be parked in an area designated “No Parking” whether permanent or temporary ($35.00)
  8. No vehicle, other than the authorized vehicle, shall be parked in a stall marked “Reserved”. ($40.00)
  9. No student, faculty, staff or Bon Appetit vehicle shall be parked in a space specifically reserved for “Visitors Only”. ($30.00)
  10. No student, faculty, staff or Bon Appetit vehicle shall be parked in a space specifically reserved for “Admissions Visitors Only”. ($40.00)
  11. Vehicles shall be parked only in areas designated for parking. ($30.00)
  12. No vehicle shall be parked on or over a stall line, which restricts the use of the next parking stall. ($20.00)
  13. No vehicle shall be parked or driven on sidewalks or grass areas except for authorized service vehicles. ($50.00)
  14. No vehicle shall be parked in spaces posted “No Overnight Parking” or in a loading zone over the posted time limit. ($25.00)
  15. No vehicle shall be parked by a yellow painted curb or fire lane, except for authorized service vehicles, for a period longer than 15 minutes. Vehicles must also display the emergency flashers. ($20.00)
  16. No vehicle shall be parked over a crosswalk which interferes with pedestrian movement. ($20.00)
  17. No vehicle shall be parked that blocks access to any refuse container. ($50.00)
  18. No vehicle shall be parked in a charging station stall when not actively charging ($50.00)
  19. No vehicle shall be parked in a charging station stall for more than 4 hours. ($30.00)
  20. No vehicle shall be parked blocking access to a fire hydrant. ($50.00)

CITATION (TICKET) PAYMENT

All parking fines shall be paid by credit card at https://stolaf.omnigo.one/CESIReportExec/ocp/ . If a student citation is not paid within fourteen (14) days of issuance, the citation will be forwarded to the Business Office and added to the student’s comprehensive fee statement. Faculty and staff who fail to pay the citation within fourteen (14) days, will be referred to their respective Vice President. A late fee of $10.00 will be charged for all citations not paid within 14 days. To facilitate end of the fiscal year bookkeeping, all citations issued after May 10th will be sent directly to the Business Office and will be applied to the student’s account. Failure to clear outstanding parking fines shall be grounds to deny future parking permits and withhold official academic transcripts and/or diploma.

APPEAL POLICY

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 located on the Parking website with all required information. All student, faculty/staff and Bon Appetit appeals will be reviewed by an appeals committee. The individual appealing 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.

IMMOBILIZED (BOOTED) VEHICLES

Any vehicle parked on campus property may be booted if any of the following conditions exist:

  • Any vehicle parked on campus property that does not display a current permit and has accumulated three (3) parking citations, will be booted.
  • Any vehicle parked on campus property that has accumulated five (5) parking citations, will be booted.
  • Vehicles deemed suspicious or that 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. Attempts to remove the boot by anyone other than a Public Safety officer, will result in a $100.00 fine to either the owner of the vehicle or the individual responsible for such action and the action will be considered a conduct violation. Damage to or theft of the boot will result in a fine assessed to the owner of the vehicle equal to the full replacement value of the device. 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. Students involved will be referred to Student Conduct. Faculty and staff who are involved will be referred to their respective Vice President.

TOWING AND IMPOUNDMENT

Vehicles may be towed off-campus at the owner’s expense if any of the following conditions exist:

  • Any vehicle parked on St. Olaf property without a current parking permit
  • Any vehicle that accumulates more than four (4) parking citations in an academic year (June 1-May 31) will have their parking permit (if applicable) revoked for the remainder of the academic year. No refund will be available.
  • Any vehicle that accumulates more than ten (10) parking citations. The vehicle will also be trespassed from campus property.
  • Any vehicle that poses a traffic hazard or an obstruction to the safe movement of traffic and pedestrians
  • Any vehicle blocking access to trash receptacles or dumpsters
  • Any vehicle parked in a handicap space without a state issued handicap permit
  • Any vehicle parked in an area designated “Fire Lane”
  • Any vehicle that has been immobilized (booted) for more than 48 hours
  • Any vehicle that is parked in an area designated “Tow Away Zone”

CITY OF NORTHFIELD PARKING REGULATIONS (applies to all city owned streets)

No person shall leave a vehicle in one space upon a street for a period exceeding forty-eight (48) hours).

WINTER STREET PARKING

It shall be illegal for any person to park a motor vehicle on any public street in the City of Northfield from 2:00 AM to 6:00 AM from November 15 to March 15 in any year.