SMSU University Public Safety
Founders Hall, 537-7252
Southwest Minnesota State University maintains nine paved and two gravel parking lots for students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Permits are required in these lots from 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. in all lots during the academic school year. Parking spaces designated “Specific Reserved”, “General Reserved”, “Visitor Parking” and “Handicap” require the appropriate parking permits 24-hours per day every day of the week.
Visitor passes can be obtained for visitors to campus at the Information Desk in the lobby of Founders Hall.
Parking spaces are divided into three categories: regular, general reserved and specific reserved. General reserved are reserved spots by color for any places with that color. Specific reserved are reserved by color and number and are for that spot only.
Regular permits and general and specific reserved may park in any other unmarked spot. Handicap stalls are also available in each lot.
The RA Lot has both a paved and a gravel section. Both sections are continuous and therefore fall under the same parking enforcement regulations.
Parking spaces are available on four of the six streets surrounding the school. All are permit parking only from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the exception of Birch Street which is two hour parking. Visitor permits are also valid for these spots.
Wefald Drive is 10 minute parking only, 24 hours a day.
McLaughlin Drive allows you to park without a permit except from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. year around.
A snow emergency route is in effect for Birch Street, Mustang Trail, State Street and Stadium Drive, from November 1st to April 1st. This means there is no parking on these streets from 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on these days, and during a snow emergency (generally 3” or more).
Any questions or concerns regarding parking may be directed to the SMSU Public Safety Office at 537-7252 or stop in on the first floor of Founders Hall.