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Motor Vehicle Regulations

SBU's Motor Vehicle Regulations

General Information

  1. The operation and parking of a motor vehicle on the property of SBU is a privilege granted to the students, faculty, staff and guests of the University.
  2. SBU reserves the right to make and enforce regulations which are deemed to be in the best interests of the University.
  3. Motor vehicle privileges may be denied, suspended or revoked by the University.
  4. The University assumes no responsibility for the safety, care or protection of any vehicle parked or operated on campus.
  5. All motor vehicle regulations are subject to enforcement 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
  6. Motor vehicles include, but are not limited to, any form of transportation that makes use of a motor. Motorized wheelchairs are not included in this category.
  7. Any special arrangements for parking must be made in advance with the department of safety and security to avoid tickets.
  8. It is the driver's responsibility to be familiar with these regulations.
  9. All vehicles operated or parked on University property must display a current SBU parking permit.

Permit Information

  1. Each member of the University community who operates a vehicle on campus is required to register that vehicle with the department of safety and security. It is the personal responsibility of the owner to notify the department of safety and security of any corrections that need to be made concerning vehicles registered in his/her name.
  2. The registration of a vehicle in no way guarantees that a parking space convenient for the individual will be provided. The responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the vehicle operator.
  3. Lost or stolen permits should be reported to the department of safety and security.
  4. Parking permits are free.
  5. Permits are the responsibility of the registrant and should be removed prior to the sale of a vehicle or the termination of a student's enrollment at the University. Permits are nontransferable to any other person.
  6. Permits should be displayed in the vehicle's rear window on the driver's side. A permit may be displayed in the front driver's side windshield if the vehicle has tinted windows.

Classes of Permits

  • Faculty/Staff (Purple) - allows for parking in reserved faculty/staff parking spaces
  • Commuter (Gray) - allows for parking in all general parking areas and the commuter parking lot
  • On-Campus (White) - allows for parking in all non-reserved parking spaces
  • Temporary permits - issued as needed to regular permit holders, visitors or guests in special conditions
  • Visitor - issued to people who frequent the campus but are not students or employees of the University
  • Wellness Member Permits may be obtained from the Meyer Wellness Center office for Wellness Center members.

General Regulations

  1. Vehicles should be operated in a prudent and careful manner at all times.
  2. The speed limit on campus streets is 20 m.p.h. All parking lots are 5 m.p.h.
  3. Pedestrians shall be given the right of way at all times.
  4. Resident hall lots are open to all permits from 6 a.m. - 2 a.m. each day. Resident hall lots are reserved for residents between 2 a.m. - 6 a.m.
  5. All faculty/staff and housekeeping spaces are reserved from 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  6. The Mabee Chapel Commuter Parking Lot is reserved for commuter permits from 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  7. Maintenance and Resident Director parking spaces are reserved 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and are strictly enforced.
  8. All vehicles must park in marked parking spaces.
  9. No vehicles shall be operated or parked on sidewalks or grassy areas.
  10. Vehicles shall not emit loud, obnoxious or unreasonable noise or music. Violators may be ticketed for repeated violations.
  11. Students will be provided with a one-week grace period in which to register their vehicles at the beginning of the fall semester.
  12. Students using abusive, argumentative or threatening language toward and safety and security officer who is performing his/her duties in accordance with these regulations will be referred to the Office of Student Life for disciplinary action.

Violations and Fines

Fines will be posted to whomever the vehicle was last registered whether or not that person owns the vehicle. Fines may be paid at the cashier's office in the Sells Administrative Center.

Permit Violations

  • No current permit displayed - $30
  • Failure to register - $30
  • Use of counterfeit or falsified permit - $30
  • Use of stolen or falsely obtained permit - $50

Parking Violations

  • Parking in reserved space - $30
  • Parking in restricted lot - $30
  • Parking in a grassy or unmarked area - $30
  • Double parking/obstructing traffic - $30
  • Parking in fire lane - $50
  • Parking in disabled space without disabled hang-tag or plate - $50
  • Fraudulent use of disabled space - $50

Moving Violations

  • Careless and imprudent driving - $30
  • Speeding - $30
  • Failure to stop at stop sign - $30
  • Moving barricades/going beyond limits of barricades - $30
  • Operating a vehicle on areas other than streets or roadways - $30

Miscellaneous Violations

  • Mutilation or discarding of a ticket (in addition to original ticket) - $30
  • Excessive noise - $30

Vehicles may be issued one ticket in a 24 hour period for a parking or permit violation, provided the vehicle is not moved.


  1. If a student feels that a protest against a ticket is justified, an appeal with a full explanation may be submitted to the department of safety and security at the Hammons Building.
  2. All appeals must be submitted within 10 working days following the ticketed offense. Appeals will not be accepted after the 10 day period and charges will be final.
  3. All ticket appeals are reviewed by the Student Ticket Appeals Committee. Ruling of this committee is final and no further appeals will be accepted.
  4. Inability to locate a legal parking space is not an acceptable excuse for violation of these regulations.

Bicycle Regulations

Bicycles improperly parked for a period of 24 hours may be impounded. Bicycles parked legally at an academic building for a continuous period of 2 weeks will be considered abandoned and may be impounded. (Note: Locking devices may be cut and removed as necessary during impounding.) Impounded bicycles may be claimed and released for a fine of $10.00. Bicycles not claimed by September 1 of each year will be disposed.

  1. There are to be no wheeled vehicles in the academic buildings. This includes skateboards, roller skates, roller blades, unicycles and bicycles.
  2. Bicycles shall yield the right of way to pedestrians at all times.
  3. Bicycles are to be parked in or immediately adjacent to the bicycle racks provided. Bikes are not to be parked in grass, sidewalks and academic buildings. Bikes may be stored in a dorm room.
  4. Bicycles may not be secured to any property other than designated bicycle racks.

Safety Tips

  • Vehicles and bicycles should be locked when on campus.
  • Do not leave valuables in open places inside vehicles.
  • Any crimes occurring on University property should be reported to the department of safety and security as soon as possible.

Contact Information

For further information pertaining to Motor Vehicle or Bicycle Regulations, contact the department of safety and security at 520 W. Aldrich Rd., Bolivar MO 65613, (417) 328-1556 or

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