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Frequently Asked Questions 

The SOU Parking Department is self-sustainable, as mandated by the State of Oregon, and does not receive any public or SOU general funds to support it. The costs of salaries, resurfacing, painting, and regular parking lot maintenance is paid for through permit sales, event fees, parking meter revenue, and citation fees.

Free parking has been reduced on campus. Permit decals or valid meter tickets must be displayed 24 hours a day. Many lots have timed parking spaces where visitors can park for short durations of time without a permit. Vehicles that remain in a timed spot for more than the posted time period may be subject to an overtime parking citation ($25). Click on the campus map link above to view all the lots with timed parking spaces. Invited guests, when issued a one-day guest permit from the hosting department, may park in any red, yellow or green lot for free. Use of guest passes are not allowed in timed or metered parking spaces.

Many academic buildings have timed parking spaces in nearby lots. The lots with timed spaces are labeled on the campus map (See above link for map). Visitor parking is also available in lot 29, (located right off Siskiyou Blvd.) where you can purchase a meter ticket at $1 per hour.  Additional meters will be installed by 2015 that will allow guest meter parking to also occur in Parking Lots 1, 12, 36, and 41.

The Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) are published by the Oregon Secretary of State office which grants authority through ORS 352.360 and action of the Oregon University System pursuant to such statute to establish and enforce parking regulations.  Complete information can be found at http://www.sou.edu/parking/regulations.html

Parking permits can be purchased online or in person at the Enrollment Services Center (ESC) located in Britt Hall. When purchased online, permits are available for pick up at the ESC after 10 am the following business day, or you can elect to have it mailed to the address you specify. After purchasing your permit online print out the receipt and place it upright on your dashboard until you receive your permit decal. Secondary, motorcycle, carpool, payroll deduction, hang tags,day use permits, conference permits and/or vendors permits are also available at the ESC. Yearly permits are pro-rated throughout the year and for sale on-line at http://www.sou.edu/parking/permits-online.html

After you order a permit online it will be available to pick up at the ESC after 10 am the following business day; or you can choose to have it mailed to you. When filling out the purchase form online, make sure to check the box specifying whether you would like to have your permit mailed to you, or if you will pick it up at ESC. If you do not specify a method then by default it will say you are going to pick it up in person. If you are still unsure why you haven’t received your permit then contact enrollment services.   

Permit decal stickers are color coded to correspond with lot colors:

  • RED: Residential Student
  • GREEN: Commuter Student
  • YELLOW: Administration, Faculty/Staff

Some parking lots on campus are reserved only for one permit color. Other parking lots allow parking for all three permit colors. Yellow permits are the only ones that can park in any colored lot. The lots have entrance signs indicating which color permit is required for parking in that lot. If you park in a lot that requires a permit color different from your own permit color, you may receive a $20 parking citation for improper permit.

A full year permit is a great value in time and cost savings. Permits eliminate the need for a pocket full of correct change for the pay meters, or fines from parking citations. $30 parking citations may be issued to vehicles on campus that fail to display a permit or valid meter ticket.

Visit the Enrollment Services Center located in Britt Hall, or call 552-6600 prior to parking on campus, to pick up a substitute permit. You must provide license number of the loaner to obtain a substitute permit.

Because space is limited, parking spots are first come first serve. Some parking lots are often full during peak hours. However, parking is usually available a short walk away in lots: 1, 12, 16, 30, 36 & 41.

Permit placement is required by OAR rule to assist enforcement. To help ensure adherence follow the instructions on the back. Place permit on a clean and dry surface. Do not tape to the inside of windows. The permit must be affixed to the left side of the vehicle; on the bumper, body or on the outside of the windows behind driver of the vehicle where clearly visible. Affixing the permit to a window with a heating device may cause the loss of the permit during cold, winter days; and subject to a $26 replacement fee.

A replacement permit may be purchased for $26.  The lost sticker will be flagged in the computer system so that anyone found using the lost/stolen permit will be cited $85 for fraudulent display and incur further fines.

The OARS apply to all motor vehicles parked on campus. Therefore valid permits or meter tickets are required to park in all handicap spaces, in addition to the DMV issued placard.   

You have seven calendar days to file an appeal or pay the citation before the fee is placed on your student account. Additional charges for collection fees will accrue in order to identify the vehicle’s ownership.

You can pay either in person at the Enrollment Services Center, or send a check in the mail. There is also a drop box located out front of Britt Hall. 

TO MAIL PAYMENT: Write your check out to the "SOU Parking Department" and send it in the orange envelope that your citation came in. Include the citation with your payment as well. If you no longer have the orange envelope, use the address listed at the bottom of this page. DO NOT MAIL CASH.

Within the first seven calendar days after recieving your citation you can appeal it. To appeal it online visit: www.sou.edu/parking/citation-appeal.html. The Ticket Appeals Board (TAB) meets every other week. When you file an appeal you will receive an email from TAB notifying you of their decision. It can take up to several weeks before you hear back about your appeal. You can always attend the TAB meeting in person to speak on your behalf, however it is not required. 

If a citation is not paid within seven days then the charge will be applied to the vehicle owner’s SOU account. If we cannot identify the owner of a vehicle that has multiple unpaid parking citations, the vehicle could be booted in order to identify the owner. In that case the owner would have to pay an additional boot fee. 

The visitor parking meter is located in lot 29. Cost is $1 per hour. Always make sure to visibly display meter tickets upright on the vehicle dashboard to avoid a parking citation.

*The parking department will be receiving several new multi-space parking meters this academic year that will accept card payments.*

Select the amount of time before inserting coins. Instructions are posted on the parking meters. To report any mechanical malfunctions, call: 552-6600. 

 

All campus groups, events, conferences, camps, workshops, community meetings, etc. should make prior arrangements to pay for parking for their guests. All contracts to utilize or rent buildings will need to include a fee on behalf of parking. Make arrangements at least two weeks in advance, this way the parking department will know not to issue citations at that time/location. To fill out an event request form visit: www.sou.edu/parking/events.html

Motorcycles and scooters can share the signed “motorcycle parking only” spaces in any posted lot. Motorcycle permits are available to purchase at a reduced rate, but are only valid in designated motorcycle parking spaces. Motorcycles that pay for a full use permit may park in any full-size spaces that correspond with the permit color.

In lot 8 there are four parking spots reserved for electric vehicles. The spots are marked:  “EV and Service Vehicles Only”. Non-electric vehicles that park in the designated EV spots may be issued a citation for parking in a reserved spot.

Click to View the 2014 Parking Map