Parking Regulations

OFFICE OF RECORD: Physical Plant
ISSUED BY: Director of Physical Plant
APPROVED BY: Douglas D. Knowlton                                 01-80-00
EFFECTIVE DATE: 6/9/88 (Last Revised 8/1/11)

Policy

Parking is provided at Dakota State University in designated areas. The Dakota State parking program provides equal opportunities for faculty, staff and students to obtain access to parking through the payment of fees approved by the Board of Regents. All fees and fines collected through the parking program will be used to administer the program and to develop and maintain parking areas.

The management of the Dakota State Parking Program is assigned to the director of the Physical Plant.

The campus is subject to all traffic laws of the City of Madison and the State of South Dakota, as well as the regulations listed. Pedestrians have the right of way at all times.

Park in marked spaces and be sure to park in-between the painted lines as designated. During winter months when painted lines are snow covered, refer to the signage.

Procedures

  • I. Parking Regulations

    Parking regulations are in effect 5 days a week, Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 5 p.m., and from midnight - 6 a.m. in areas designated as no overnight parking.

    • There will be open parking at all other times including all official non-working holidays as defined by the Board of Regents.
    • Parking regulations for red reserved areas, handicap and visitor spaces remain in effect on week days during Spring Break, Christmas Break, Easter Break, and other non-class days on which twelve-month staff are required to work.
    • Consistent enforcement of University parking policies and regulations helps contribute to an equitable system for all members of the campus community. Tickets are issued by the campus patrol officer or other authorized personnel. Citations can be written more than once a day on vehicles in violation of parking policy. Parking permit tags are available at the Physical Plant. Parking fines are to be paid at the Cashier's Office in Heston Hall within five (5) working days from date ticket was issued or notification.
    • Questions or Problems? Contact the Physical Plant at 5222 or refer to the parking section of the Physical Plant website.
  • II. Parking Privileges
    • Dakota State extends the privilege of parking on the campus to those persons who abide by these regulations. This privilege may be rescinded at any time by the President.
    • All Dakota State faculty, staff, and students must register all vehicles used on the Dakota State campus whether or not a parking permit tag has been purchased. Tags may be transferred to another vehicle driven by the tag owner, but are not transferable to another individual. (See Tag Transfer Section.) Tags must be displayed on the lower corner of vehicle front windshield on driver's side with the tag number facing to the outside. Permit tags may be ordered via DSU Physical Plant website (May 1st - August 15th). All tags are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tags will not be dispersed without proof of payment. Individuals may purchase parking tags that permit access to specific parking areas. People attending ONLY NIGHT CLASSES do not need to purchase a parking tag unless they wish to park on campus between 6:00am - 5:00pm.

    (Current permit fees for each of the categories below are listed on the parking section of the Physical Plant website.)

    • Red Parking Permit Tag, Faculty/Staff only, park in a designated slot in a specific red parking area. HOLDERS OF A RED PERMIT TAG MAY NOT PARK IN A BLUE AREA. Red parking permits will be made available for all faculty/staff who wish to participate in campus parking. Faculty/staff cannot purchase blue or green tags. Payment is to be sent to the Cashier's Office with copy of on-line registration. Cashier will forward proof of purchase to the Physical Plant. Physical Plant will send tag to faculty/staff's campus office. Tags will not be dispersed without proof of payment.
    • Remote Staff Parking Tag, Faculty/staff only whose offices are at non-DSU monitored parking but who need access to campus parking to attend meetings and who do not need long-term parking.  This tag allows holders to park in visitor or student parking areas.  Payment is to be sent to the Cashier's office with copy of on-line registration. Cashier will forward proof of purchase to the Physical Plant.  Physical Plant will send tag to faculty/staff's campus office.  Tags will not be dispersed without proof of payment.
    • Blue Parking Permit Tag, Resident students only, park in a blue parking area as space is available. Blue overflow may park in Green Lots. Blue permit tags may be ordered via the DSU Physical Plant website (May 1st -the last working day prior to start of the fall semester). All tags are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tags will not be dispersed without proof of payment. Blue permit tags returned at the end of the fall semester will be offered for the spring semester to students placed on a waiting list during the fall semester.
    • Green Parking Permit Tag, Commuter/Off-Campus students; park in a green parking area ONLY, as space is available. Green permit tags may be ordered via the DSU Physical Plant website (May 1st - the last working day prior to start of the fall semester) or at registration at the beginning of the Fall Semester on a first-come, first-served basis.  Tags will not be dispersed without proof of payment.
    • Handicapped Parking Permit, DSU Students, Faculty and Staff with physical disability who display a valid DSU tag and a handicap permit/plate issued by the State of South Dakota or another state may park in any designated handicapped space in any lot on campus. The vehicle must display both the state handicap permit and a valid DSU parking tag.
    • The west and stadium parking lots at the Memorial Gym (Fieldhouse) are for Red, Green and Blue overflow parking.
    • At special functions requiring large areas of guest parking, the above designations will be disregarded.
    • The University reserves the right to revoke or recall a parking permit prior to its expiration. A refund, if appropriate, will be made to the purchaser.
    • Parking permits which are fraudulently obtained, counterfeited, or altered will be confiscated. Violators will be assessed a fine, and the case will be turned over for possible disciplinary action.
    • Cases involving student violators will be forwarded to the Code of Conduct Coordinator.
    • Cases involving employee violators will be reported to the Human Resources Director.
    • The Dakota State Parking Committee is responsible for advising the President concerning the Dakota State Parking Program and these Parking Regulations.
  • III. Cars Having Red Parking Permit Tags
    • Park in a designated lot and slot according to numbered tag.
    • If someone is in your slot, please do all of the following:
      1. Park in one of the slots designated as "VISITOR". These are intended for overflow parking. Please return to the designated slot as soon as possible after it becomes open.
      2. Telephone the Physical Plant at 5222 and explain why the parking space is not available.
      3. Do not park in another person's slot. DO NOT PARK BEHIND A VEHICLE. Park only in those slots that are designated as "VISITOR" or in a Green slot.
    • Any car without a proper tag parked in a red tag area will be ticketed. In the event that the car belongs to a visitor, the parking patrol officer will report the presence of the car to the Director of the Physical Plant, who will attempt to identify the visitor and request the car be moved.
  • IV. Cars Having Blue or Green Parking Permit Tags
    • Tag holders must park in a designated space according to tag color. The blue parking lots are located in the lot south of Heston Hall (corner of Washington and 7th Street), Richardson Hall (on Lincoln Ave), Higbie Hall (on 8th Street), and East Hall (on Washington Avenue) Blue tagged vehicles may park in green lots such as the North and Fieldhouse lots (west of the Fieldhouse and south of the Stadium). Blue tagged vehicles may park in on-campus perimeter green spaces. Green tagged vehicles must park in Green designated spaces only. Green designated parking spaces are located on 6th Street, Egan Avenue, Library, west of Fieldhouse, and the lot north of Madison Hospital (corner of Washington and 9th Street). Cars may not be parked overnight (from midnight to 6 am) in the Library lot. See Section II, information on Green Parking Permit information.
    • Any car without a proper permit tag or a valid visitor permit will be ticketed.
    • Long-term parking is available at the lot north of the Madison Hospital and west of the Fieldhouse.
  • V. Motorcycle/Scooter Parking
    • Motorcycles and scooters can be parked in the end corner of a parking zone (where a car or truck cannot fit) (Dakota State considers scooters to be motorized vehicles and all scooters are to be parked in the parking areas the same as motorcycles.) No motorcycles or scooters should be on the sidewalks or grass.
    • Do not park by the front door of a university building or in or near bike racks.
    • Motorcycle and scooter parking is available in the southwest corner of the Library lot.
    • Permit tags are not required, but motorcycles and scooters must be registered with the Physical Plant.
  • VI. Visitor Parking
    • Designated Visitor parking is located in the Heston Hall lot, on 6th Street, 8th Street, in the Kennedy Center lot, in the Library lot and in the Fieldhouse lot.
    • Any vehicle without regard to tag color may normally park in Visitor Parking for up to 30 minutes.
    • Guest permits are available at the Physical Plant for those visiting the campus. In the event of special meetings, the sponsoring department is held responsible for obtaining guest permits or making arrangements with the Physical Plant.
    • Arrangements for extended visitor parking authorization can be made by contacting the Physical Plant.
  • VII. Fire lanes - Marked by Yellow Curb or Paint
    • Any vehicle parked in a fire lane will be ticketed and towed immediately at the owner's expense.
    • If loading/unloading in fire lane, flashers must be on and vehicle must be moved within a 15 minute time period or parking attendant will ticket and call for towing.
    • Vehicle owner will be charged towing expense in addition to the fine. 
  • VIII. Towing
    • Any vehicle without a proper permit tag or valid visitor permit, parking in a red, blue, or green area will be ticketed and,
      • If the car/offender has accumulated three (3) unpaid tickets in a school year, the offender's fourth citation will result in having the vehicle immediately towed at the owner's expense. (See Repeat Violator Section.)
      • If the vehicle is moved after the tow truck is called but before it arrives, the vehicle owner will be assessed the cost of the "wrecker call".
      • If parked in a handicap space without designated permit, the vehicle will be towed immediately.
      • If parked in a fire lane, the vehicle will be towed immediately.
  • IX. Payment of Fines or Appeal of Ticket
    • Fines are charged for the following violations:  (See specific amount for each fine on the Physical Plant parking website.)
      • illegal parking in a blue, green, or visitor slot;
      • parking in a red slot;
      • parking in designated fire lanes, loading areas or handicapped slots;
      • not displaying permit;
      • counterfeiting, altering, theft of, or defacing a permit;
      • parking in a "no overnight" parking area.

All fines are due within five (5) working days of the time of the ticketing or notification. These obligations are due to Dakota State, payable at the Cashier's Office in Heston Hall.

  • Failure to pay parking tickets by the end of each school session will result in the following:
    • Returning students will not be allowed to enroll until all fines are paid.
    • Transcripts of graduating or non-returning students will be held until all fines are paid.
    • Faculty and staff will not be permitted to purchase tags for the following year until all fines are paid. Unpaid employee fines will be sent to collections and may be assessed additional collection fees with attempts to collect the parking fines.
    • Any ticket may be appealed to the Parking Appeals Committee. Appeal Forms are available at the Physical Plant website https://www.permitsales.net/DSU/violations.
    • Disregarding DSU Parking Policies and Regulations are not valid reasons to cancel a citation. "I was running late"; "I was just dropping off a paper"; "I was just there for a minute"; "I did not see the sign"; "But other people were parked there"; etc. are unacceptable grounds for an appeal. 
    • Completed Appeal Forms must be presented to the Parking Program through the online form within three (3) working days of receiving the ticket or notification. The Parking Appeals Committee will inform the appellant of the date and time of the appeals hearing to allow them to be present if they wish.
    • The Parking Appeals Committee, which consists of representatives from the faculty, career service, administration, and student body, may direct that:
      • the ticket remain on record but the fine be dismissed;
      • the ticket remain on record and the fine be collected.
    • Only violations by visitors may be voided by the Physical Plant Director.
    • It will be the responsibility of the Parking Appeals Committee to bring to the University Code of Conduct Board any habitual student offender, and the University Code of Conduct Board will determine action.
  • X. Snow Removal in Parking Areas
    • After a snow fall of two (2) inches or more, a snow removal alert will be issued and the parking areas will be cleared of snow. Snow removal will begin as posted on the day following the snow removal alert.
    • Cars must be removed from campus parking areas as posted on the day following the snow removal alert and may be parked in the Mundt Library lot and the Fieldhouse lot. Cars must be returned to regularly assigned lots as soon as possible after snow removal has been completed.
    • Any cars not moved for snow removal will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.
    • This policy will be in effect both during days that classes are in session and during weekends, holidays, and breaks.
    • Announcements of snow removal will be posted on the main floor of each campus building. Drivers using any of the listed parking areas will be responsible for checking those announcements after each snowfall. The Director of the Physical Plant will also announce snow removal alerts via an All-Staff and All-Student email. (Refer also to Snow Removal policy 01-40-00)
  • XI. Parking During Absences From School, Holidays, and School Breaks
    • Only red parking, visitor, handicapped and fire lane restrictions will be enforced during holidays and school breaks. Blue and green parking will not be policed. Students, faculty, and staff leaving vehicles unattended for over 48 hours and over holidays and breaks must park in the lot at 9th Street and Washington Avenue or in the west Fieldhouse lot.
    • If snow removal policies go into effect during these times, violators can expect to be towed at their own expense.
  • XII. Temporary Transfer of Parking Tags
    • Faculty and staff may temporarily transfer their tags to another faculty or staff person with no additional fees payable to DSU.
      • The original owner must notify the Physical Plant of the temporary transfer and give the name of the temporary tag holder.
      • The temporary tag holder is responsible for registering his/her vehicle within two (2) working days of the transfer.
    • Permanent transfers must be reverted to the Physical Plant for reassignment. Faculty/staff will be refunded pro-rata. Reassignment will be prioritized from prior waiting lists. All tag holders herein accept the responsibility and privileges this tag offers.
  • XIII. Repeat Parking Violator
    • After three (3) unpaid parking violations by the same offender, the offender's fourth citation will result in having the vehicle immediately towed.
    • After six (6) unpaid parking violations by the same student offender, the student violators will be referred to the DSU Code of Conduct Board.
    • Faculty/staff with unpaid parking violations will not be allowed to purchase a permit for the following year until fines are paid in full.
  • XIV. Violators Who Have Not Purchased a Parking Tag
    • Any registered student, faculty, or staff who has not purchased a parking tag and who has been ticketed for parking in a restricted area, visitor, or fire lane will be required to purchase a parking tag (a red tag for faculty/staff and a blue or green tag for students depending on tag availability and student's preference) in lieu of paying a fine for that particular instance.
  • XV. All Vehicles Must Be Registered Through Physical Plant
    • All faculty/staff/student vehicles must be registered through the DSU Physical Plant whether or not a parking tag has been purchased.

Last Updated: 11/18/13