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Parking Rules

Parking Rules2018-11-28T14:40:08+00:00

THE PURPOSE OF THESE REGULATIONS IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE SAFETY AND WELFARE OF STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES AND VISITORS AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONTROL OF TRAFFIC AND PARKING.

The registration of a motor vehicle authorizes parking on the Missouri Western State University campus for that motor vehicle. It DOES NOT guarantee a parking space. The lack of a space is not considered a valid excuse for violating regulations.

By registering a vehicle and receiving a parking decal or hang tag you acknowledge that you have read and understand the MWSU Parking Rules and Regulations.  The Parking Rules and Regulations are listed below.

Missouri Western State University or its employees will not assume any responsibility for the care and protection of any vehicle or its contents at any time it is operated or parked on the campus.

Any person who willfully or through negligence causes damage to Missouri Western property shall be liable for any damage done to said property.

Students, Part Time Staff and Faculty members, who have a currently registered vehicle (Missouri Western Vehicle Registration) and whose circumstances have forced them to drive a substitute vehicle, are eligible for temporary parking permission through the Parking Services Office.

One day parking permission may be obtained by contacting the Parking Services Office by phone (271-5666) between 8:00 AM and midnight (Monday through Friday) and providing the appropriate information (individual’s name, Missouri Western G#, vehicle make, model, year, color, license number and location of parking.  One day parking permission can also be obtained 24 hours per day by completing the parking permission form at (click to follow link):  Parking Permission Form

Vehicle parking permission for more than one day, up to seven (7) calendar days, may also be obtained through the Parking Services Office (Blum 100). However, the individual must go to the Parking Services Office, during regular business hours, with the appropriate information (individual’s name, Missouri Western G#, vehicle make, model, year, color, license number, location on campus and required time frame) and obtain a temporary parking permit. The Parking Services Office will issue a temporary parking permit, which must be placed in the person’s vehicle, in a manner prescribed by the Parking Services Office.

Students, Part Time Staff or Faculty members, who require temporary parking permission more than three times in a given semester, will be required to register another vehicle through the regular vehicle registration process as an additional or replacement vehicle.

Full Time Faculty and Staff (full time employees) are issued hang tags.  A full time employee is required to display the hang tag on the rear view mirror of the vehicle being parked on campus.

Disabled-accessible parking areas are enforced every day, 24 hours a day per RSMO 310.142 and 310.143 and St. Joseph City Code Division 4; this includes, parking in or blocking access isles or spaces. When disabled-accessible parking is full in a lot, parking, with disabled-accessible permit is allowed in the next available general, timed, visitor, reserved or special purpose (President Guest, Vice President, Dean, Residential Life, Western Institute, Service Vehicle and Police Department) parking space.  This does not include the President’s parking space, parking along yellow curbs, in driveways, in front of loading docks, blue or yellow stripped zones or in any manner that prohibits traffic flow. Temporary Disabled Accessible parking accommodations may be made for up to one week by contacting the Parking & Security Services Office.  An original physician’s letter is required for this permission.

Visitors are requested to park in designated visitor parking areas. Visitors parked in the designated visitor parking areas need not register their vehicles with the Parking Services Office. Visitors who park outside of the designated visitor parking areas, in the general parking areas, are requested to first contact the Parking Services Office for parking permission and information on parking rules and regulations. Visitor parking for more than one day or repetitive parking will require a visitor-parking pass.

Visitors may obtain a visitor-parking pass for more than one day at no cost, from the Parking Services Office during normal business hours. Individual departments may obtain visitor-parking passes prior to a scheduled event by contacting the Parking Services Office. The request will be received in the Parking Services Office, and the visitor parking passes will be forwarded to the department for distribution prior to the beginning of the event. Requests should be made for the time an event is scheduled, including an estimated number of attendees, to accommodate preparation by the Parking Services Office and visitor registration mailings.  Visitors parking for large, one time events (athletic events, commencement, theatrical and musical events) need not register with Parking Services.  All visitors are required to abide by all laws and parking/traffic regulations.

Current Faculty, Staff, and Students are not considered Visitors at anytime or for any reason as long as they are currently employed or a currently registered student.  Visitor parking is provided specifically for those visiting the campus that are not currently employed or enrolled.

  • The operation of a motor vehicle shall be restricted to the campus streets and parking lots. Parking is prohibited on any lawn, curb, sidewalk, or any area not designated as a parking space, or in any restricted or unauthorized area.
  • Motor vehicles operated or parked on the campus must comply with all State Laws, City Ordinances, and the Traffic and Parking Regulations of Missouri Western State University.
  • The person in whose name the vehicle is registered is responsible for all violations committed with that vehicle. If the operator of a motor vehicle involved in a violation is different than that of the person whose name is on the vehicle registration, both the operator and the person whose name is on the registration may be held responsible for the violation.
  • Vehicles registered by students, part time and contract employees must display a current decal (permit) on the outside of the vehicle either on the passenger side rear bumper or lower passenger side rear window. Vehicles registered by full time faculty and staff must display a current hang tag (permit) on the rear view mirror or the front dash board of any vehicle parked on campus and must be able to produce the permit when operating a vehicle on campus. The hang tag need not be visible when the vehicle is moving; however, both decal and hang tag must be entirely visible and the number easily read at ALL times when the vehicle is parked in order to be considered valid.
  • Between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, non resident students (with G decals,) part time employees and contract employees (with PT decals) must park within the lines of white lined spaces  in Lots B, C, E, F, G, H, I, J, and N in non-residential parking areas; full time permanent employees (with R hang tags) must park within the yellow lined spaces in Lots B, E, F, H, J, K, I, and N.  Resident students are restricted to parking in appropriate sections of lot H, lot E, lot F, lot O, and lot Q between 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, from the first day of classes in the fall semester through the last day of finals in the spring semester.
  • After 4:30 PM and on weekends, reserved parking in lots B, E, F, H, I, J, K and N are open for general parking to all faculty, staff, student and visitor parking.
  • As mentioned in the above 2 sections, some areas and restrictions become open after 4:30 pm and on weekends. This is for only the above mentioned parking lots and the above mentioned violations and restrictions.  All other parking rules and regulations remain in effect unless specifically marked by an approved and authorized sign.  All service drives and lots are enforced 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • Vehicles being operated by any faculty, staff, student or associated campus employee may not be parked in visitor labeled parking spaces except those spaces that become general parking at certain times by signage provided.  If the visitor sign does not specifically state the space becomes general parking at a certain time, it remains a visitor space all the time.
  • When motor vehicles are parked diagonally or perpendicular to a curb, the front wheels must be within 12 inches of the face of the curb. Vehicles must park headed into a parking stall with the rear bumper of the vehicle facing out to a traffic lane, this includes pulling through a parking space into another.
  • It is a violation to park a motor vehicle in any place where it may create a traffic hazard or where it blocks or impedes pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
  • Parking is not allowed where prohibited by signs or yellow curbs. Certain parking areas on campus have time limits; parking for a period of time in excess of what is indicated in these areas is prohibited.
  • Visitor parking is restricted to areas designated for visitors. Visitors are requested to park in these spaces as opposed to general parking lots. Registered students, faculty and staff vehicles are prohibited from these spaces, except as noted in section 5.
  • Parking on the campus for the purpose of storing or repairing a vehicle (except emergency repairs) is prohibited. If a vehicle breaks down on campus, thus rendering it inoperable, the person whose name appears on the registration is responsible for contacting the MWSU Police Department and getting the vehicle removed at the operator’s expense.
  • The speed limit on all streets of the campus is 25 miles per hour, unless otherwise posted. The speed limit in all parking lots and drives is 10 miles per hour.
  • Operating a motor vehicle in a careless or reckless manner, which could endanger the life, limb, or property of another, is prohibited.
  • Operating a motor vehicle in the opposite direction of signs indicating ONE-WAY traffic is prohibited.
  • The operator of a motor vehicle shall:
    1. Yield the right of way to pedestrians at all times. Vehicles must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
    2. Come to a complete stop at all stop signs and then proceed with caution.
    3. Report immediately any collision in which he/she is involved to the MWSU Police Department.
    4. Refrain from driving beyond a barricaded area or where prohibited by signs, and be prohibited from moving such barricades or signs.
    5. Follow the orders, directions, or signals of a Missouri Western Traffic and MWSU police officer.
    6. Refrain from backing a motor vehicle into an intersection or across a lane of traffic.
    7. Immediately pull to the right-most curb of the roadway, or drive, and stop when approached by a MWSU police department vehicle with its rotating/flashing, red/blue lights in operation.
    8. Abide by all state and city traffic laws.
  • Standing (a driver occupied vehicle not parked and not moving) so as to impede the flow of traffic is prohibited anywhere on campus.
  • LOADING and UNLOADING:  15 minute loading and unloading permission in non-parking areas can be obtained by contacting Parking Services at (816) 271-5666 during business hours.  During off hours, the Police Officer on duty can provide permission by contacting the Police Department at (816) 271-4438.  Persons receiving campus citations for loading or unloading without permission will be responsible for citations they receive.
Lot A – Parking restricted for visitors only from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Lot C – Parking is open to general and visitor parking. The yellow stripe spaces in Lot C are for visitor parking only Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.   Parking in this lot may be restricted at times for special events in the Fulkerson Center.

Lot D – Parking restricted for faculty/staff, special events and visitors while using the Blum Union or Spratt Hall. No student parking is permitted. No parking from Midnight to 6:00 a.m. and no parking by employees who work in the Blum Union or Spratt Hall. Parking may be restricted in this lot at times due to special events.

Lot G – This lot is designated for Blum Union Patrons, including staff, faculty, and non-resident student parking only from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parking is prohibited in this lot from 2:00 am to 4:30am, unless authorized through campus scheduling for a specific event. Parking in this lot may be restricted at times for special events.

Lot H – The north end of Lot H is restricted for residence hall students with LH decals only, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from the first day of classes in the fall semester through the last day of finals in the spring semester. This area is identified by signs in the parking lot.

Lot I – General Parking for students, staff, and faculty is permitted in this lot, unless the lot is reserved for an event.  Vehicles displaying any Residential Student decals are not permitted to park in Lot I between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. No parking is allowed in the drives.

Lot E – A section of Lot E is restricted for residence hall students with EF decals only, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from the first day of classes in the fall semester through the last day of finals in the spring semester. A section of Lot E is reserved for full time staff and faculty parking (yellow stripe spaces). A section of Lot E is restricted for general parking for visitors and students. These areas are identified by signs in the parking lot. Parking in sections of this lot may be restricted at times for special events in the Fulkerson Center.

Lot F – This lot is restricted for residence hall students with EF decals only, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from the first day of classes in the fall semester through the last day of finals in the spring semester.

Lot O – This is a gated parking lot restricted for residence hall student vehicles with LO decals, that are assigned to that lot. Student vehicles with LO decals are required to park in Lot O between 8am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday, from the first day of classes in the fall semester through the last day of finals in the spring semester.

Lot P – Parking is restricted for staff who work in the residence hall complex and for students involved with events scheduled on the band practice field. No parking from Midnight to 6:00 a.m.

Lot Q – This is a gated parking lot restricted for residence hall student vehicles with LQ decals, that are assigned to that lot. Student vehicles with LQ decals are required to park in Lot Q between 8am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday, from the first day of classes in the fall semester through the last day of finals in the spring semester.

Lot N –General Parking for students, staff, and faculty is permitted in this lot, unless the lot is reserved for an event.  Vehicles displaying any Residential Student decals are not permitted to park in Lot N between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. No parking is allowed in the drives.

Campus Map

Code Violation Fine Description
A1 DUMPSTERS 25.00 BLOCKING DUMPSTERS
A2 SPECIAL PURPOSE 25.00 SPECIAL PURPOSE PARKING
A3 NO PARKING ZONE 25.00 NO PARKING ZONE
A4 VISITORS SPACE 25.00 VISITORS SPACE
A5 OVERTIME PARKING 25.00 OVERTIME PARKING
A6 RESERVED PARKING 25.00 RESERVED PARKING
A7 FAIL TO REGISTER 25.00 FAIL TO REGISTER VEHICLE
A8 IMPROPER DISPLAY 25.00 IMPROPER DISPLAY OF PERMIT
A9 FAIL TO DISPLAY 25.00 FAIL TO DISPLAY PERMIT
A10 IMPROPER REGISTRATION 25.00 IMPROPER REGISTRATION
A11 RESTRICTED LOT 25.00 RESTRICTED LOT
B1A USING 2 SPACES 25.00 USING 2 SPACES
B1B PARK OVER LINES 25.00 PARK OVER LINES
B1C NOT HEADING IN SPACE 25.00 NOT HEADING IN SPACE/BACKING INTO SPACE
B2A LOADING ZONE 25.00 LOADING ZONE
B2B PARKED IN DRIVE 25.00 PARKED IN DRIVEWAY
B2C BLOCK ROADWAY 25.00 BLOCKING ROADWAY
B2D PARKED ON WALK 25.00 PARKING ON SIDEWALK
B2E PARKED ON GRASS 25.00 PARKING ON GRASS
B2F BARRICADE/TAMPER 25.00 BARRICADE, TAMPERING OR REMOVAL
C DISABLED ACCESS 100.00 ACCESSIBLE ZONE
D1 SPEED VIOLATION 50.00 SPEED VIOLATION
D2 CARELESS DRIVING 50.00 CARELESS DRIVING
D3 ONE WAY DRIVE 50.00 ONE WAY DRIVE
D4 FAIL TO EXERCISE 50.00 FAIL TO EXERCISE THE HIGHEST DEGREE OF CARE
D5 RECKLESS DRIVING 50.00 RECKLESS DRIVING
D6 STOP SIGN 50.00 STOP SIGN
D7 CROSSWALK VIOLATION 50.00 FAIL TO YIELD TO PEDESTRIAN
D8 STANDING 25.00 STANDING
D9 FIRE LANE 50.00 PARKING IN FIRE LANE

A STATE OR CITY TRAFFIC SUMMONS MAY BE ISSUED FOR THE VIOLATION OF ANY STATE TRAFFIC STATUTE OR CITY TRAFFIC ORDINANCE.

EXCESSIVE PARKING VIOLATION FEE
Persons who have accumulated ten (10) or more paid or unpaid parking citations, during a given semester, will be subject to an Excessive Parking Violation Fee of $50 per ticket in addition to the regular parking violation fee.  Additionally, MWSU students who have 10 or more parking tickets within a given semester will have citation information forwarded to the Dean of Students, and may be considered to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
If a person is issued a Campus Traffic or Parking citation, he/she may choose to either:

  • pay the amount listed on the  citation to the Missouri Western Business Office (Eder Hall 104) OR
  • appeal the citation online

Appeals must be filed within 10 days of the citation.  You will be e-mailed with a hearing date, time and location for appearance.

The Traffic Appeals Board is convened several times throughout the fall and spring semesters. The Traffic Appeals Board hears appeals of campus parking and moving citations. The board has two options when determining the outcome of a citation: 1.) The board may decide to dismiss the citation or 2.) The board may decide to uphold the citation. If the board decides to uphold the citation, it will then determine if the fine amount should be “paid as indicated” on the citation or if the fine amount should be “reduced” to some amount determined by the board. Additionally, any citation, which is appealed and upheld by the board, may reflect an additional administrative appeal fee in the amount of $10.00. The amount of the fine and the administrative fee will be forwarded to the Missouri Western Business Office and processed for payment.

If a person is issued a State or City traffic summons, the person may pay the summons to the appropriate court clerk, or appear in front of a judge to answer the charges filed against him/her.

The Traffic and Appeals Board may recommend that a person be prohibited from operating or parking a motor vehicle on campus if that person has received ten or more campus citations in a given semester or if, in the opinion of the Board, the person has been found guilty of some flagrant parking/driving violation. A suspension of the persons parking and/or driving privileges on the Missouri Western Campus may be imposed for a period not to exceed one semester.

EXCESSIVE PARKING VIOLATION FEE
Persons who have accumulated ten (10) or more paid or unpaid parking citations, during a given semester, will be subject to an Excessive Parking Violation Fee of $50 per ticket in addition to the regular parking violation fee.  Additionally, MWSU students who have 10 or more parking tickets within a given semester will have citation information forwarded to the Dean of Students, and may be considered to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

Once an individual’s suspension has expired, that individual may obtain a reinstatement of his/her parking privileges by paying a $50 reinstatement fee to the Missouri Western Business Office. This will be in addition to any other fees due for the traffic violations.

MISSOURI WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REMOVE or IMMOBILIZE ANY VEHICLE PARKED ON CAMPUS IN VIOLATION OF STATE LAW, CITY ORDINANCE, OR CAMPUS POLICY. VEHICLES ARE REMOVED AT THE OWNERS EXPENSE.

If a vehicle is found parked in violation of any State Law, City Ordinance, University Parking Regulation or is parked in such a manner as to create a traffic hazard, such vehicles may be impounded, relocated, or immobilized at the expense of the violator.

The University or any of its authorized personnel shall not be liable or assume any responsibility for any loss or damage suffered because of such impoundment, immobilization or relocation.

In the case of appeal, the tow and/or immobilization fee WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED.

Parking Citations are issued for violations of Parking Rules and Regulations.  These citations are a means to control and enforce parking on Missouri Western State University.  In addition to Parking Citations, Missouri Western State University Police Department Police Officers are able to issue Moving Violations.  Moving Violations are violations of traffic laws on Missouri Western State University campus.  Police Officers have the ability to issue summons for violation of City Ordinance and/or State Law violations, but also have the ability to issue only a campus citation.  Campus citations do not affect Driving Records, Insurance, or require any court costs.

As a Student of Missouri Western State University any campus citation fines, parking or traffic, will be attached to the student’s Banner account.  As an Employee of Missouri Western State University any campus citation fines, parking or traffic, will be sent to payroll for collection.

If you have received a campus citation for either parking or traffic you have the option to appeal the citation by using the appeals process.  Appeals must be made within 10 days of the date the citation was written.  To appeal a campus citation use the Traffic Appeal Form found on the left margin.  If a citation has already been sent to a Student’s Banner account or to payroll for an Employee, you can still appeal the citation.  Any outcome from the appeals process will be updated on the Student’s Banner account, and payroll will be notified in cases of Employees.  Appeals are conducted by the Parking and Traffic Appeals Board, which is comprised of various Faculty, Staff, and Students of Missouri Western State University.  The Parking and Traffic Appeals Board meet at various times during each semester.

EXCESSIVE PARKING VIOLATION FEE
Persons who have accumulated ten (10) or more paid or unpaid parking citations, during a given semester, will be subject to an Excessive Parking Violation Fee of $50 per ticket in addition to the regular parking violation fee.  Additionally, MWSU students who have 10 or more parking tickets within a given semester will have citation information forwarded to the Dean of Students, and may be considered to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.