If You Get a Ticket

What Constitutes a parking violation

All persons (first parties) owning or having in their custody a motor vehicle shall be responsible for all non-moving violations committed by other persons (second parties) operating vehicles owned by the first party or in their custody with their express or implied permission to operate that vehicle, unless the person (second party) actually operating the vehicle acknowledges and accepts the responsibility for the violation. Violations may be assigned retroactively for twelve (12) months to a person identified as responsible.

It is a violation to engage in counterfeiting, altering, defacing, or transferring a parking permit to another person for which a parking permit was not issued, or giving any false information in the application or at any hearing.

Failure of any person to appropriately display a parking permit after said parking permit has been issued will subject the permittee to the penalties for failure to obtain a permit.

The penalties established (by the Board of Governors) annually in the fee resolution, are hereby established for violations involving non-moving motor vehicles or bicycles owned or operated by or in the custody or possession of students, employees, or visitors.

If you get a ticket

Faculty, Staff or students shall pay fines at the office of the Bursar located in Carrington Hall or may be mailed to 901 S. National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65897. Non Faculty, Staff or Students may pay at office of the Bursar or Transit Operations Center (TOC), 700 E. Elm.

You must pay the fine or file a formal appeal within 15 calendar days.

Failure to pay fines and assessments will subject a student/employee to:

  1. Encumbrance of student records and denial of the privilege to register for classes or obtain a transcript until all fines/assessments are paid in full.
  2. Appropriate disciplinary action or other action for faculty/staff through administrative channels.
  3. Collection procedures and costs, including interest, attorney’s fees and withholding from final University paychecks.

How to appeal a ticket

Original appeal

The University Parking Policy provides for the free appeal of eligible parking violations for students, faculty or others who believe they were wrongly issued a parking violation ticket. A parking ticket or other notice of violation or fee may be appealed to the Parking Appeals Administrator (hereinafter, the “Administrator”) within 15 calendar days of the ticket date. The Parking Appeals Administrator is under the supervision of Dean of Students.

The following tickets/infractions are INELIGIBLE for appeal:

  • Infraction #6: No Disabled Permit
  • Infraction #7: Overtime Parking

Tickets in excess of 15 days from issue will not be accepted.

Appeal forms are available at the following location:

Appeal forms must be completed and all supporting documentation sent within 15 calendar days of the ticket date. Supporting documentation may be emailed to ParkingAppeals@missouristate.edu.  Persons (appellants) filing appeals must indicate on the Parking Ticket Appeal form his/her preference for receiving notice of the Administrator’s decision by email or U.S. Postal.

The decision of the Administrator to deny the appeal will be final unless the decision is appealed to the Parking Appeals Committee (hereinafter, the “Committee”) within 15 calendar days. Day one of the 15 calendar day period will start the day following the date of the decision.

Please allow 10-15 working days for a response. ALWAYS check “My Information” online for your existing account balance. If you have received a bill for the appealed ticket(s), they will be itemized on “My Information.” Any questions concerning appeal status may be addressed to 417-836-6063 or safety@missouristate.edu.

Second appeal

Safety & Transportation Advisory Committee – The Vice President for Administrative and Information Services shall appoint, with the approval of the Administrative Council, representatives from the following entities: Director, Safety and Transportation - Chair, Parking Administration, Dean of Students, SPD Substation, Residence Life Housing and Dining Services, Facilities Management, Student Government Association.

Appeals to the Parking Appeals Committee must be submitted on the “Request for Second Appeal” form. Additional forms may be obtained from the Parking Appeals Office.

Any person filing for a Second-Appeal Hearing has the opportunity to present his/her appeal to the Appeals Committee. Each presentation is limited to five (5) minutes. The date of an appeal hearing will be scheduled and forwarded to the appellant. The Appeals Committee will adjudicate a second appeal whether or not the appellant can make a personal appearance.

The decision of the Committee shall be final. Should the appeal be denied, payment of the monetary fine is due upon notification of the decision. Payment may be made in the Bursar’s Office. Persons will receive notification of appeal results by e-mail, or other method they designate on the “Request for Second Appeal” form.

All fines are due and payable upon notification of a denied appeal.

The Parking Appeals Clerk is available for assistance during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Online inquiries are received at ParkingAppeals@missouristate.edu or you may call (417)836-6063.

Bear With Me Program

The Bear With Me program is an initiative that was brought to Missouri State University by Student Government Association in the Spring of 2018. This program gives students an alternative way to pay parking citations by completing community service hours. Students will have 15 days from the date the citation was issued to complete their community service hours as part of the Bear With me program. 


Parking violation fines

Escalating fine structure

The fines listed apply to the first(1st)  through fourth (4th) tickets received by one (1) person within a given permit year (August 1 – July 31). For any ticket received by a person who already has received four (4) tickets within the permit year, the fine for additional tickets shall escalate.  The fine for the fifth (5th) through eighth (8th) tickets shall be 1.5 times the amount listed. Fines for nine (9) or more tickets shall be two (2) times the amount listed. The date the ticket was received will be the defining date to determine how many tickets are counted. Tickets for which an appeal is granted shall not be counted.

Fines revert to individual faculty, staff and student Accounts Receivable accounts if not paid or appealed within 15 days. No late fees apply; Accounts Receivable accounts accrue a 1% per month service fee for unpaid charges.

Violation Fine
Permit not present $34.00
Altered/Stolen permit $150.00
Permit does not apply to zone $30.00
No parking zone $34.00
Not parked wholly in space $22.00
No disabled permit $105.00
Overtime parking $25.00
Obstructing traffic $28.00
Reserved zone $45.00
Auto clamp removal fee $50.00
Bike lock removal fee $25.00