New Parking Policy Implementation
Columbus State University continually strives to improve safety and security on campus for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. We also look for ways to assess our processes to see if adjustments are needed for improvement.
In order to improve campus security and provide additional university police officers on campus, we are implementing a new parking system for students, faculty, and staff that will include a new parking office and a decal fee.
Effective, July 1, 2017, the new parking decals will be required for all vehicles parked on campus.
The annual cost of the parking permits will be $45 for students, $90 for faculty/staff, and $180 for reserved parking decals. To assist with the expense of the permit, full-time faculty and staff will receive a $45 salary increase, separate from any merit or equity adjustment. Full time faculty and staff making less than $30,000 per year will receive a salary stipend to cover the cost of the decal.
To allow University Police to focus on safety and security measures, the responsibility of parking services is being moved to University Support Services. A new Parking Services office will open on June 1 in Illges Hall. That office is where everyone will go to purchase and pick up their decals. More information will soon be available online at columbusstate.edu/parking.
Please note that after July 1, 2017, every vehicle that parks on campus will be required to display a valid CSU parking permit or visitor’s pass. Visitors parking spaces will be monitored to prevent students, faculty and staff from parking in these reserved spots to avoid purchasing a decal. This permit requirement also includes parking in all university owned lots and parking spaces on CSU’s RiverPark campus.
When will the new parking decal process start?
The deadline for faculty, staff and students to display the new decal is July 1, 2017.
Why is CSU instituting a parking decal system?
Proceeds from the parking decals will go toward upgrading campus security efforts, including additional police officers on campus.
Do I have to buy a parking permit?
Only if you bring a car to campus. If you walk, ride or take a bus to campus, you do not need a parking permit. As a reminder, you have the option of parking in the Rivercenter parking deck and riding the CSU’s shuttle for free.
What if I drive more than one vehicle to campus?
The new parking permits will be transferable to another vehicle. People are welcome to buy more than one permit.
What if I park on campus without a new parking permit?
You run the risk of receiving a ticket and fines. Vehicles with an excessive number of unpaid tickets may be booted or towed. Also, visitors parking spaces will be patrolled to prevent students, faculty, and staff from parking to avoid purchasing a permit.
How much are the decals?
The annual cost for a parking decal will be: Students, $45; Faculty/Staff $90; Reserved $180. Faculty and staff can pay for their decal through payroll deduction, which is expected to be established within the next two months. To assist with the expense of the permit, full-time faculty and staff will receive a $45 salary increase, separate from any merit or equity adjustment. Full time faculty and staff making less than $30,000 per year will receive a salary stipend to cover the cost of the decal.
Where/how do I buy my decal? Can I buy it online?
As of June 1, you may purchase a decal in the Parking Services Office in Illges Hall from 8 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. At this time, decals can only be purchased in person.
What if I only teach one or two class per semester?
The Provost will provide special parking decals as part of their contract.
What if someone is just visiting campus for a few minutes? Do they need a decal?
There are a few visitor parking spaces on campus outside Richards Hall and for prospective students outside University Hall. Besides those spots, every one parking on campus will need a parking permit. The details are still being finalized in regards to how visitor passes will be distributed.
Who do I call if I have questions?
Please contact Parking Services Office at 706-507-8203 in Illges Hall for more information about purchasing a parking decal, or columbusstate.edu/parking.