Parking & Traffic Information
(CSB students only)
(CSB violations only)
CSB/SJU Parking Regulations
It is the responsibility of every vehicle operator to read and understand these rules and regulations. CSB Security and SJU Life Safety Services are responsible for managing all parking, traffic, and safety issues regarding the use of vehicles on each campus. It is important to be aware that the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University have a limited number of parking spaces available on campus. For that reason, they must carefully facilitate parking in order to accommodate the high demand for parking areas on campus. In order to promote orderly parking for all students, employees, monastery and guests, the following guidelines must be adhered to:
- All vehicles parking on either campus must be registered with CSB Security or SJU Life Safety Services. CSB students, faculty and staff register their vehicles with the Department of Security at the College of Saint Benedict. SJU students, faculty and staff register their vehicles with Life Safety Services at Saint John's University. Joint faculty and staff register their vehicles with the security department of the campus where they are primarily offices or the campus that holds their employment contract.
- Parking for students commuting by private vehicle is limited. Please use the CSB/SJU Link to travel between campuses as much as possible.
- Parking on campus is a privilege, not a right.
- Parking rules are enforced 24-hours-per-day, 7-days-per-week. Student and Visitor parking is permitted from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Friday, in Employee lots that are not reserved as 24-hour Employee parking and except where otherwise posted. Parking in Employee lots is authorized from 6 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday (No Parking 2 a.m. - 6 a.m.). Parking in all residential lots is reserved 24-hours for vehicles properly permitted for those areas. This differs from the rules at St. John's University which allow open parking in residence lots during guest hours.
- Students are responsible for ensuring that their guests register and park their vehicles in the correct areas.
- Guests are welcome to park upon registering their vehicle with CSB Security or SJU Life Safety Services.
- All student and employee vehicles must have a parking sticker permanently affixed to the driver's side back seat window. Cellophane, laminate, scotch tape or other temporary adhesives may not be used to attach the permit.
- Counterfeiting, altering, transferring or defacing a parking permit or providing false information upon registration of the vehicle is subject to fines or loss of privilege to operate a vehicle on either campus.
- Students whose parents are employed by CSB/SJU, or otherwise have access to a vehicle with an employee parking permit, are not authorized to park that vehicle in areas reserved for employee parking. Misuse of permits in this manner could result in fines for the vehicle operator and the employee's loss of parking privileges on either campus.
- All vehicles are limited to parking in designated spots and must be parked between two solid lines. It is impossible to post NO PARKING signs in every campus location that is not intended for parking. If a space is not marked as a parking space, it should be considered a NO PARKING space.
- Parking is never allowed in fire lanes, bus lanes, roadways, or in areas marked by yellow curb or "No Parking Anytime" signs. All violators may be towed at the owner's expense.
- Notices will be posted as to when and where to move vehicles for lot maintenance/snow removal. Vehicles must be removed for lot maintenance and may be towed at the owners' expense if not removed. Vehicles must be returned to their assigned lots once lot maintenance is completed.
- Permission for entering barricaded areas for loading and unloading must be obtained from CSB Security or SJU Life Safety prior to entry.
- In the event of a license plate change, the acquisition of a new or different vehicle, or the use of a loaner/temporary vehicle on either campus, CSB Security or SJU Life Safety Services must be notified within 24 hours of coming on campus.
- other motorized vehicles, such as golf-carts or motorized scooters, are only allowed under special circumstances authorized by CSB Security or SJU Life Safety Services for reasons such as handicapped access or personal medical needs.
- Bicycle riders must obey all traffic laws. Bicycles must be secured in the bike racks provided. All other bicycles will be impounded and placed in storage until claimed by their rightful owner. A $25 fee is assessed for reclaiming an impounded bicycle.
- All vehicle users who disregard policies are subject to fines, towing or loss of parking privileges.
- Employee lots, guest lots, fire lanes, bus lanes, no parking zones, posted zones, and handicapped restrictions are enforced 24-hours-a-day.
- There is no student or employee parking allowed in any Monastery area. These areas are reserved 24 hours a day for specific vehicles and Monastery events.
- Restrictions on unregistered overnight guest parking are always enforced. Vehicles remaining are subject to towing at owners' expense.
- Motorcycle parking is allowed when weather permits in designated areas, April 1-Nov. 1.
- Students from CSB and SJU who drive or park vehicles on either campus are subject to vehicle and or parking fines and violations of both campuses.
Speed Limits - CSB/SJU
Campus speed limits are set to provide for the safe movement of persons and vehicles on each campus. Please respect the posted limits.
- CSB Speed Limit - 15 MPH on roadways and 10 MPH in parking lots.
- SJU Speed Limit - 20 MPH on roadways and 10 MPH in parking lots.
Penalties and Loss of Privileges - CSB/SJU
- Snow removal/lot maintenance - $25 (plus towing fee)
- Illegal parking (no permit, permit not displayed, expired permit) - $25
- Restricted and posted areas (guest and time limited, no parking, incorrect lot) - $25
- Driving or parking on sidewalks, lawns, around gates/barricades - $50
- Moving violations (speed, reckless/careless driving, inattentive) - $50
- Falsifying, transferring or altering permit or permit information - $50
- Handicapped Zone Violation - $100 (non-appealable)
- Wheel lock removal - $50
- Safe and Sober Violation - $50 (non-appealable)
- Any violation after the 3rd ticket received during an academic year - $50
- Fire lanes - $50 (non-appealable)
- Emergency response violation - $200 (non-appealable)
- Vehicles not registered that have to be looked up through the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles to identify owner and operator - $10 (in addition to any fines for violations)
- Failure to update information upon license change - $10
Those whose driving or disregard of parking regulations threatens the safety of the campus or demonstrate an unwillingness to park responsibly, or receive a third violation are required to meet with the traffic coordinator and may have their permit and/or driving privileges revoked on either campus. Upon receipt of a 7th ticket, driving privileges may be revoked until a review takes place. The registered owner of the vehicle will be held responsible when the driver cannot be determined. Vehicles will be wheel-locked or towed at owner's expense if there is a continued disregard of policy. Vehicles blocking fire lanes or parking in a posted tow away zone are subject to tow at the owner's expense. CSB Security issues parking tickets directly on vehicles. SJU Life Safety Services mails tickets to violators daily through campus mail (not put on the vehicle).
Emergency Response Violations - CSB/SJU
Individuals and vehicles that impede the emergency response of medical, fire, security and safety personnel or vehicles are subject to judicial sanctions, towing of vehicles, and made have their permit or driving privileges on the CSB/SJU campuses revoked. These sanctions are not subject to appeal as they impact the health, safety and wellness of our communities. Actions that are in this category include, but are not limited to:
- Interfering with the actions of emergency responding personnel
- Parking in fire lanes or blocking access to a building during and emergency
- Reckless endangerment of campus life and property
Appeals - CSB/SJU
Those persons believing that they have received a citation in error or have extraordinary circumstances may appeal the violation by completing the appropriate appeals form. Click HERE for tickets received for violations at the College of Saint Benedict. Click HERE for tickets received for violations at Saint John's University. Appeals must be submitted within ten (10) business days of the date of the violation to the campus where the ticket was issued. Appeals made after that deadline will not be accepted unless approved by the parking coordinator.
CSB PERMIT INFORMATION
The purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee a specific parking space. Parking permits are issued for student, employee and corporate vehicles at the CSB Security Office in Mary Commons at the time the vehicle is registered. Permits can be obtained at CSB Security from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Guests who park a vehicle on campus must register their vehicle with Security so that it is properly identified. Vehicles must be registered by the vehicle owner or family member responsible for it.
Student permits are issued for one vehicle for a one-year period. Students may register their vehicle at housing selection time in the Spring of the previous school year. Students who register their vehicle early will receive their parking permit sticker with their room keys in the Fall. Students should remove expired permits so that the current permit is the only one being displayed. The current price of an annual permit at the beginning of the academic year is:
- ANNUAL: $150 + tax (for students living on or off campus)
- SEMESTER: $75 + tax (for students living on or off campus)
- REPLACEMENT: $7 + tax - for lost or damaged permits
STUDENT PARKING AT CSB
First Year CSB students with a valid parking permit are assigned to Lots 9 & 11 with overflow parking allowed in Lot 12.
CSB sophomores, juniors and seniors that live on campus and have a valid student permit may park in any designated STUDENT parking lot on a first come-first served basis. "Student" parking lots include: 2,4,6,7,12, 13 & 15. A limited number of special parking permits are also available for students desiring to park in Lot 5. CSB juniors and seniors, selected by lottery, are eligible for these permits. Students who accept special parking permits are required to move their vehicles out of Lot 5 upon Notice (24-hour minimum) of a large event scheduled at the Gorecki Dining & Conference Center or Benedicta Arts Center.
CSB students that live off campus, and SJU students parking at CSB must use Lots 2 & 12 and are required to have a valid CSB or SJU parking permit on their vehicle. Parking in Lot 2 is allowed for all vehicles with a valid CSB/SJU student or employee parking permit between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
All CSB student vehicles must have either a valid parking sticker permanently affixed to the driver's side back window or a short-term (temporary) parking permit displayed on the vehicle's dashboard.
NOTE: CSB student vehicles with a valid parking permit are required to park in Flynntown when attending classes or otherwise visiting the St. John's campus.
EMPLOYEE PARKING AT CSB
Except for specific reserved or designated parking spaces, CSB/SJU employees may park in any designated EMPLOYEE parking lot on a first come-first served basis. Designated "employee" lots include: 1,2,3,8,10,12 & 14. Parking in Lot 2 is allowed for all vehicles with a valid CSB/SJU parking permit between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
MEDICAL PARKING AUTHORIZATION
Each year, the Department of Security receives a number of requests from students, faculty and staff who are seeking parking spaces closer to their residence halls or academic buildings because they have suffered some type of injury (broken foot, leg, ankle, etc) or have a medical condition that restricts their movements or makes walking difficult (heart concerns, pregnancy, circulation issues, etc). Most of the time, the requests are for TEMPORARY consideration for a relatively short period of time (30-90 days). Although exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis, persons who require parking consideration for an extended period of time are encouraged to obtain a Handicapped Parking Permit through the State of Minnesota - Department of Motor Vehicles.
In an effort to better serve these individuals, a MEDICAL PARKING AUTHORIZATION program was created. This program is designed to identify vehicles that are allowed to park in handicapped stalls on both campuses (on-campus only). It should be noted that the use of handicapped parking stalls on either campus for this program is done on a "first-come, first-served" basis. There are NO handicapped stalls on either campus that are "reserved" for a specific individual.
Students/staff/faculty members must already possess a valid CSB parking permit to be eligible to receive a "medical ID card". Interested individuals must obtain their medical ID card from administrative/supervisory staff within the Department of Security. The Department of Security reserves the right (1) to require a doctor's slip prior to issuing a medical ID card and, (2) to revoke the continued use of the medical ID card if the privilege is abused.
SHORT-TERM PERMITS (Temporary) - CSB
Short-term parking permits for parking on the CSB campus are obtained from the Security Department (Mary Hall Commons) during normal office hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Short-term permits are sold at a cost of $1 per day. Short-term permits may be obtained for any duration, but typically are issued for less than 7 days. Short-term permits must be prominently displayed on the vehicle's dashboard unobstructed from view by other materials.
MOTORCYCLE PARKING - CSB
A motorcycle may be added to a student's current parking permit at no charge to be used when the primary vehicle is not parked on campus. Motorcycles registered in this manner must be parked in the same lot that is authorized by the owner's parking permit.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I have a visitor on campus, what should I do about a parking permit?
Contact the CSB Security Department at 363-5000. Tell them that you have a guest and advise how long the guest will be staying on campus. The officer can meet with you at the Security Office to issue your guest a "short-term" (temporary) parking permit. If you anticipate the arrival of a guest, wait until the guest arrives to contact the officer so that the information on the guest's permit is accurate. Guests will be instructed to park in lots/areas specifically set aside for them.
I was only parked there for a few minutes, why did I get a ticket?
Campus parking is clearly marked with signs. The Department of Security is also bound by State and Federal rules and regulations regarding parking. Fire lanes are designed by the State Fire Marshal and compliance with those regulations is State Law. Should a State Fire Marshal come to campus and note a failure to comply, the institution could be fined thousands of dollars until compliance is achieved. Specific reasons exist for the development of a successful parking program on our campus. We also ask that you pay particular attention to Monastery parking and respect their parking lots, guest spaces and the circle in front of the Gathering Place. These areas are clearly marked by signage. We must work together to honor and respect each others space. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, we invite you to e-mail them to the Department of Security.
How do I get a permit?
Contact the CSB Security Department at 363-5000 to receive assistance. Or, go to the Security Office located in the first floor of Mary Hall Commons.
My friend used my car and he/she parked it in the wrong place and I got a ticket. What should I do about this?
Your vehicle is registered in your name and is, therefore, your responsibility. You are responsible for any tickets that accumulate on your vehicle. If your friend is going to use your car, make sure that he/she knows where it is supposed to be parked. Since he/she used your car, you may feel that he/she should be responsible to reimburse you for the ticket. You may be right, but that is between you and your friend. The fine received for a parking violation will be billed to the Student Account of the individual who registered it.
I had night class at SJU and when I came home there was nowhere in my lot for me to park. What should I do?
Contact the CSB Security Department at 363-5000. If there is a special event at the Haehn Campus Center, the Benedicta Arts Center or the Gorecki Dining and Conference Center we may have had to direct visitors to available parking. We can let you know when the event is scheduled to end. Until that time, we will direct you to park in an open area and we will provide an escort for you to your residence. After the event, it will be necessary for you to move your car to the proper lot. We are a community that promotes public events and invites people from outside of our community to join with us in activities. Some of these people are parents or grandparents of current or future students or alumnus/alumna of SJU or CSB. Because parking space ordinarily is limited, sometimes there is a need to temporarily displace you to accommodate those needs. In all cases, we are grateful that you are a cooperative member of this community.
I am parked in a 15 minutes parking space in front of _____ and now my care won't start. What should I do?
We can accommodate you for a short period of time in order to resolve your issue when we know that you are experiencing difficulties. If your car needs a jump start or you need other assistance, please contact us at 363-5000.
I am only going to be here the first semester and then I graduate. Why do I have to purchase a parking permit for the entire year?
Some of the reason is bookkeeping and our computer system's ability to keep track of who is coming and going throughout the year. And, sometimes things change and your student status may change unexpected. It is a lot easier to reimburse you for any unused portion of an annual permit than to try to separate semesters.
My parents are letting me use their car and I will only have it here for two weeks. Do I have to buy a permit for the whole year?
We understand that there will be times that you will only have a car on campus for a short period of time. You can purchase a Short-Term (temporary) parking permit for any period of time at a cost of $1 per day.
I am a faculty member and I teach on both campuses. When I come back and all the employee spaces are full where I generally park, what am I supposed to do?
Employees (faculty and staff) are allowed to park in any designated EMPLOYEE parking lot. If your "normal" lot is full, you may park in any other designated employee lot. Parking in handicapped spaces, designated STUDENT parking lots, along the curb at roadside, on sidewalks, or in traffic "aisles" is prohibited. If you have large bundles of books or other materials, call Security at 363-5000 and we will assist you.