Parking and Traffic

Campus Parking Regulations

The ability to park and drive on campus is a privilege, extended by the University, to person who demonstrate a valid need to park and drive on campus. This privilege can and will be revoked for abuse or repetitive violations. The campus roadways and parking system are used on a constant basis by the community and visitors. Pedestrian traffic and roadway safety are a primary concern of the University. The Campus Safety office has created several traffic and parking regulations that all drivers are expected to follow.

Parking Permits

In order to regulate vehicle traffic, all motorized vehicles are required to display a current permit. Unregistered vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed. Permits are based on status (student, staff, etc.) and housing location. Student permits are issued online via the student portal. Please follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • In the left column, click on “Parking Permits”
  • Follow the on-screen instructions and enter your vehicle and contact information
  • Check the information for accuracy before submitting

Your parking permit will be put in your campus P.O. Box. Please read through the parking policy below. If you have questions please stop by the Campus Safety office or call 507-457-1703.

Faculty/Staff permits are issued at the Campus Safety office. To register a vehicle, stop by the Campus Safety office between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bring the following vehicle information with you: make, model, color, and license plate number.

Parking Permit Fees

  • Residential Student Annual – $60
  • Residential Student Semester – $30
  • Commuter Student Annual – $40
  • Commuter Student Semester – $20
  • Faculty/Staff – No charge


All towing ordered by Campus Safety is conducted by Borkowski Towing (507-452-9073), located in Goodview near 53rd Ave. and 6th Street. Borkowski Towing accepts cash and credit cards, but they do not accept personal checks without prior approval.

Fire Lanes

Fire lanes include any location that is located outside of a normal parking area. Vehicles parked in fire lanes will be tagged and/or towed.

Guest and Visitor Parking

Guests in residence halls must be registered with the Office of Residence Life.  If a residence hall guest requires parking accommodations, bring the approved guest registration form to the Campus Safety Office to receive a Temporary Parking Permit.

Guests of the University are allowed to park in the Day Lot, and are unauthorized to park anywhere else on campus. Temporary Parking Permits are only valid for dates specified with Campus Safety.  Violators will be towed, at the owner’s expense.

Vehicles parked in a Visitor stall must have a Visitor parking permit. Vehicles without a proper permit are subject to fines and/or towing. Vehicles parked in Reserved or Special Permit stalls are subject to immediate ticketing and/or towing.

Additional Notes

  • No motor vehicles are to be driven anywhere on campus other than designated roads. Motor vehicles are not allowed on trails, exception being Maintenance and/or Campus Safety vehicles. Driving off road will result in a fine of $100 and loss of driving and parking privileges on campus.
  • Snowmobiles, ATVs, and other small vehicles are not permitted on campus
  • Motorcycles driven/parked on campus are required to register and park in a designated lot
  • Abandoned vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense
  • Parking in Purple parking lots is for faculty/staff and is never an authorized lot for students
  • Students who accumulate $500 in parking fines may lose their privileges to have a car on campus

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please call the Campus Safety Office at 507-457-1703.

Parking Enforcement

Parking regulations are enforced through fines and towing. Fines must be paid at the Business Office window within 10 days, otherwise a $5 late fee will be assessed. Repeat violators, unregistered vehicles, and vehicles that are blocking handicap spots, fire lanes and/or other areas will be towed at the owner’s expense. The individual on file as “operator” with the Campus Safety office is held responsible for all violations issued to a vehicle. It is the operator’s responsibility to recover fines or other costs from individuals to whom they loan their vehicle.

Traffic Enforcement

All drivers are required to stop when indicated to do so by a Campus Safety Officer. Drivers are required to drive in a safe and responsible manner, and obey all traffic control devices (signs, lights, etc.). Campus speed limit is 15 MPH. Driving or parking on lawns, grass and sidewalks is strictly prohibited. Drivers/operators who receive three or more traffic violations may have their driving privileges suspended or revoked. Upon a fourth violation, vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. Suspended drivers/operators will not be allowed to park or drive on SMU property for the period of one month. Violation of a suspension will cause a revocation of driving privileges. Revocations last for the period of one year from the violation date.

Drunk driving is a serious concern in today’s society. The University does not tolerate nor condone driving while under the influence of any substance. Campus Safety Officers work with the Winona police to stop and arrest drivers they believe to be driving under the influence. If arrested for DUI while on campus, drivers will have their driving privileges suspended.

Parking Citation Appeals

Saint Mary’s community members who wish to appeal a parking ticket must do so within two business days of receiving the ticket. All appeals must be made to the Director of Campus Safety via the online Parking Citation Appeal form. Appeals attempted after two business days from the issue date of the ticket will not be considered, and must be paid in full at the Student Services window. After hearing the student’s defense, the Director determines the outcome. If a student is dissatisfied with the Director’s decision, he/she may appeal to the Dean of Students. The decision of the Dean is final.

Snow Removal Policy

During ANY accumulating snow fall the Physical Plant will determine whether snow removal will be in effect. The decision to declare a snow emergency will be made no later than 4 a.m. on the day of the removal. Physical Plant and Campus Safety make every effort to finalize a decision as early as possible. However, due to weather conditions the University cannot guarantee that a decision will be made prior to 4 a.m. Once a snow emergency has been declared, lots must be cleared by the times indicated. Vehicles not moved will be towed at the owner’s expense. Snow removal is done SEVEN days a week. NO parking is allowed in faculty/staff lots after 1 a.m., seven days a week, from November 1 to April 1. Vehicles left in faculty/staff lots are subject to be towed. If it snows, vehicles are subject to be ticketed and towed.

There are two ways to know if a snow emergency is in effect. First, a campus-wide email will be sent once a snow emergency has been declared. Second, each lot has a sign posted. During a snow emergency these signs are opened. The sign indicates the time when the lot must be clear of cars. Watch for these signs! For your reference, the times are also listed below.

All designated faculty/staff lots (purple lots) and commuter lots (brown lots) will be plowed at 5 a.m. The purple lots include:  Hoffman, LaSalle, Heffron, Skemp and Toner Center Row. The brown lot include:  North side of Ice Arena and the Day Lot. Any vehicle remaining is subject to being TOWED AT THE OWNER’S EXPENSE!

All on-campus student lots will be plowed beginning at 5 p.m. All vehicles must be removed prior to this time to avoid being towed. Vehicles may be moved to any faculty/staff lot or the Ek Family Village lot that has been plowed earlier that day. Vehicles may not be moved to faculty/staff lots any earlier than 3 p.m. Once your designated lot has been plowed, you must move your vehicle back to your lot by 11 p.m., or it is subject to be towed.

All student vehicles left on campus over break periods must be registered with Campus Safety. Vehicles are to be parked either in the Day Lot, using only the row closest to the main roadway, or an alternate spot given by Campus Safety. All unregistered vehicles are subject to be towed. Students staying on campus during break are responsible for moving their vehicles in accordance with the snow removal policy (

Students who reside off campus are responsible for knowing whether or not a snow emergency is in effect. A campus-wide email will be sent when a snow emergency is declared or call Campus Safety for information at (507) 457-1703.

When a vehicle cannot be moved due to mechanical problems, it is the owner’s responsibility to move the vehicle. Vehicles that are not moved will be towed during a snow emergency and assessed a $50.00 Snow Removal Violation ticket.

It is the responsibility of the person hosting a visitor or guest to inform the visitor/guest of the snow removal policy. The University is not responsible for visitor/guest cars towed that are in violation of the snow removal policy.

All vehicles will be towed to the Lower Yon’s Road (next to the Joe’s soccer fields). It is the responsibility of the car owner to move their vehicle from the designated towing area back into their student lot within 24 hours. Any vehicle left over 24 hours, without registering with Campus Safety, is subject to be towed off campus. ALL tows on campus will be assessed a non-refundable $50.00 Snow Removal Violation ticket.

If you are leaving campus for more than 24 hours during a non-break period, you must register your vehicle with Campus Safety. Students must park in the designated lot. These vehicles must be registered with Campus Safety.

On declared snow emergency days

5 a.m.

  • FACULTY/STAFF LOTS (Purple Lots)
  • COMMUTER LOTS (Brown Lots)
  • DAY LOT (Overflow Lot)

5 p.m.

    • RED — Saint Edward’s Hall
    • GREEN — Pines, Saint Joseph’s Hall
    • YELLOW — Page Theatre, East of Ice Arena
    • ORANGE — Brother Leopold Hall, Residencia Santiago Miller
    • BLUE — Saint Yon’s Hall

QUESTIONS? Call Campus Safety at (507) 457-1703.