Parking and Traffic Appeals

Address (608 Allen Hall)

Hours

  • Monday: 4:00 - 5:00
  • Tuesday: 3:00 - 5:00
  • Wednesday: 4:00 - 5:00
  • Thursday: 1:00 - 5:00
  • Friday: 12:00 - 5:00

Traffic and Parking Appeals Tips and FAQ's:

Prior to appealing a parking citation, it is recommended that you review the tips and frequently asked questions below.

Tips for writing a Successful Citation Appeal:

Read over the traffic and parking rules and regulations found online to see why your citation was issued. Determine if there is something stating that your documented violation is allowed by the traffic and parking rules and regulations. Appealing for the wrong violation will not result in a successful appeal.

Legible handwriting, typing, and providing details are all important. A good rule is to write at least a paragraph. Drawing a map on the back of the form or attaching photographs may help to explain your appeal. The more information presented, the more informed the board will be when making a decision.

Common reasons for unsuccessful appeals:

  1. Lack of knowledge of the rules or regulations
  2. Unavailability of legal parking space
  3. Improper display of decal (instructions are on the back of the decal)
  4. Failure to purchase any decal or the appropriate decal
  5. Inclement weather
  6. Late arrival for class or meeting
  7. Parking in handicap space when you do not have a the required decal
  8. Didn't know the speed limit

Also keep in mind that traffic and parking citations are given all day, every day. Commuter student/faculty/staff parking lots are open to all students after 5:00 p.m., but you must be in a valid, legal parking space. This excludes spaces marked exclusive, service, handicap or reserved.

Lastly, remember that you are responsible for your registered vehicle. If someone else is driving your vehicle and it is issued a parking citation, you are responsible for the citation. The full cited amount for the parking ticket will be charged to the MSU account of the registered vehicle owner.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How much does it cost to appeal a citation?
  2. There is no cost to a successful appeal of a citation. However, if your appeal is denied by the Traffic and Parking Appeals Board, a $5 appeal processing fee will be charged to your student account.

  3. How soon will I know the results of my appeal?
  4. Typically, you will receive an email notification on the same day you appeal to the board. In some cases it can take 24 to 48 hours to receive notification due to a high volume of appeals.

  5. Can I appeal my citation again if the first appeal is denied?
  6. Each citation has one appeal. In rare cases where new information is available you may petition the Dean of Students' Office to resubmit your appeal.

  7. Who actually decides on my appeal?
  8. The Student Appeals Board is an all-student board administered by the Dean of Students' Office. The Faculty/Staff Appeals Board is composed of faculty/staff membership.

  9. Can I bring in documentation to support my case?
  10. Yes. Documentation is not a requirement but it is strongly encouraged because it helps the board in their decision making. Any pictures/ receipts/ letters that you submit will give the board more information on which to base their decision.