Parking FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why do I have to pay for parking on campus?

Where can I park?

Do I have to have a parking permit at all times?  I only have night classes.

What do I do if I get a new vehicle?

I lost my permit.  How do I replace it?

I reported my permit lost or stolen, but later found it.  May I continue to use it?

What if I have to drive a different vehicle for a short time such as a rental?

My friend is leaving campus.  Can I use, or purchase from them, their parking permit?

Can I pick up a parking permit for a friend?

I have an evening course that gets out late.  I don't feel safe walking by myself what do I do?

I have a medical disability.  How do I get a special permit?

Can I park anywhere with a student permit after 5:00 PM?

What if I have someone visit me on campus?

How do I know whether I should purchase an annual parking permit or pay the daily rate in the parking garage?

If I arrive on campus late in the morning, where is the best place to park?

How long does it take to walk from the Bowers Stadium Parking Lot?

I have a parking hangtag, but I forgot it.  What can I do?

Where do I pay for parking citations?

Can a ticket be appealed?

What if I choose not to pay my citations?

 


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Why do I have to pay for parking on campus?                                                            

The parking program is totally self-supporting, with no state appropriations or tuition dollars available to fund it. If you park on campus, you pay a parking fee; if you don’t park on campus, you pay nothing towards the cost of campus parking facilities and operations.  Your purchase of a permit, or payment of an hourly garage fee, enables the University to manage, build and maintain parking lots and garages, and also funds the salaries and operating expenses of the University Police and Parking and Transportation Departments.

Where can I park?                         BACK TO TOP                                                                   
  See University Parking Map.

Do I have to have a parking permit at all times? I only have night classes.  BACK TO TOP            
Yes, Parking permits are required 24 hours a day.  Note that remote (orange) permits may park in commuter (green) lots from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

What do I do if I get a new vehicle?                                                                            BACK TO TOP
Transfer your hangtag to your new vehicle, and notify Parking and Transportation of your new vehicle information. If you have a decal, please update your information by visiting or contacting our office.  We can provide you with a new permit, without charge, when the remnants of the old permit are exchanged for a new permit.  If the old permit cannot be presented, a $20.00 replacement fee will be charged for the new permit.
 
I lost my permit. How do I replace it?                                                      BACK TO TOP    
Should a decal or hangtag become mutilated or obliterated in any way, a replacement must be obtained from Parking and Transportation. When the remnants of a decal/hangtag are presented, a duplicate will be provided free of charge. If a decal/hangtag is lost or stolen, a replacement will be provided for a $20 administrative fee.

I reported my permit lost or stolen, but later found it.  May I continue to use it? BACK TO TOP  
No.  Vehicles displaying a permit reported lost or stolen are subject to immediate towing.  Please bring your old permit to Parking and Transportation, so your $20 fee will be credited back to your account.

What if I have to drive a different vehicle for a short time such as a rental?    BACK TO TOP        
If a vehicle other than the one originally registered is to be operated on campus, transfer your hangtag to the temporary vehicle.  If you have a decal, please visit our office to receive a temporary permit that will be valid for a week.  If the temporary permit expires and is still needed, please visit our office to renew.


My friend is leaving campus. Can I use, or purchase from them, their parking permit?            
No. Parking permits are not transferable, and are valid only when purchased from the Parking and Transportation. Please notify University Police immediately if anyone attempts to sell you a University parking permit.

Can I pick up a parking permit for a friend?                                          BACK TO TOP        
No, only the student with their Sam ID or a photo ID.

I have an evening course that gets out late. I don’t feel safe walking by myself what do I do? 
An escort to and from your destination is offered by University Police Department and UPD's Foot Patrol by calling the UPD Dispatch Office at 936-294-1794, or by using one of the emergency boxes located in different areas of campus.

I have a medical disability. How do I get a special permit?                     BACK TO TOP                
Special permits are available to students who must park close due to a temporary injury or illness. Requests for special permits must be made to Parking and Transportation. Special permits are not allowed to park in any area designated for the handicapped. Also see Parking for Persons with Disabilities.

Can I park anywhere with a student permit after 5:00 p.m.?        BACK TO TOP                          
No, unless otherwise posted, blue (resident) and green (commuter) permits are permitted to park in most white (Faculty/Staff) parking zones (except those marked "faculty/staff at all times") between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. Orange (remote) permits are permitted to park in green (commuter) parking zones between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. Blue zones are restricted to blue permits 24 hours a day. Individual reserved parking spaces and timed parking spaces are restricted 24 hours a day.

What if I have someone visit me on campus?                                       BACK TO TOP            
Reserved visitor parking spaces are restricted to vehicles displaying visitor parking permits issued through Parking and Transportation. The term "visitor" is interpreted to mean an individual with no official connections with Sam Houston State University. Also see Visitor Parking.

How do I know whether I should purchase an annual parking permit or pay the daily rate in the parking garage?                                                                                  BACK TO TOP             
As a general rule, it will be more economical to purchase a parking permit if you are on campus more than once a week. As an alternative, you may purchase a daily parking permit for $4/day.  The cost of daily parking in the garage is $1.25/hour, $6.00 maximum per entry, per day.

If I arrive on campus late in the morning, where is the best place to park?             
If you arrive on campus after 9:00 a.m., you will find it easier to locate a space in the Bowers Stadium Lot (P14).  It almost always has space, and offers reduced price parking for a remote permit.


How long does it take to walk from the Bowers Stadium Parking Lot?            BACK TO TOP      
It will normally take you 10 minutes or less to reach the Clock Tower in the Plaza.

I have a parking hangtag, but I forgot it.  What can I do? BACK TO TOP                                    
As a courtesy to the University community, it is our policy to dismiss two tickets per semester if a "No Parking Permit" ticket was issued to an individual and they own a current parking permit and were otherwise properly parked in a valid area.  Beyond twice a semester, you must either purchase a daily permit for $4.00/day, or park in the parking garage for $1.25/hour, $6.00/maximum-per-entry rate.

Where do I pay parking citations?                      BACK TO TOP                                                
Citations for the university parking violations may be paid at the Bursar's Office in the Estill Building, or online thru MySam.  Parking and Transportation cannot accept payments. Also see Parking Citation Payment.

Can a ticket be appealed?                                                                    BACK TO TOP              
University parking citations may be appealed within ten (10) class days after the issuance of the citation. All appeals must be on the official appeal form secured from Parking and Transportation. The Dean of Student's Office will set the date, time, and place for appeals.  The decision of the Appeals Committee is final. Also see Parking Citation Appeals.

What if I choose not to pay my citations?                                              BACK TO TOP          
Students' records and transcripts may be held for failure to resolve their parking citations. Students having unresolved parking citations may be denied registration for classes the following semester, and from graduating.  Any person receiving five (5) or more unresolved parking citations within any semester shall be considered to be in flagrant violation of the university parking regulations and their vehicle is subject to impoundment as set forth under Section I.

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