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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

You can register your vehicle at Campus Safety during regular business hours or by visiting the registration page. Click on Start Here and follow directions to create an account and register a vehicle. Enter your ID number without the leading 0.

Things you will need to register your vehicle:

  • Vehicle make
  • Vehicle model
  • Vehicle color
  • Vehicle license plate number
  • Your local area address—not your out-of-state home address
  • Your email address—it is recommended that you use your university email address

Vehicle registration cost is set by the University. Current vehicle registration costs are $45 per semester (fall and winter) undergraduate students and $15 per semester (fall and winter) for graduate students. Faculty, staff, and volunteers receive parking permits at no cost as part of their employment and work-related assigned responsibilities.

If you are registering more than one vehicle, you will need to exit the program after registering each vehicle, and then re-enter the program again to register another vehicle. If you experience problems with registering, please contact the Campus Safety office during regular business hours. 

To pay for a parking ticket, go to Vehicle Registration and click the View, Pay, or Appeal Tickets option. You will need to enter the ticket number and the license plate number of the vehicle ticketed. Follow the instructions listed for payment options. If you need assistance in obtaining the ticket number, please contact Campus Safety during regular business hours to request a ticket number search.

An appeal to a ticket may be submitted prior to the ticket due date. No appeals are accepted past the ticket due date. To appeal a ticket, go to Vehicle Registration and click the View, Pay, or Appeal Tickets option. You will need to enter the ticket number and the license plate number of the vehicle ticketed. Follow the instructions listed for appeal options. If you need assistance in obtaining the ticket number, please contact Campus Safety during regular business hours to request a ticket number search.

Traffic Appeals Committee is made up of two faculty and/or staff members, two Student Association student senators, and one Campus Safety staff member. The committee reads, discusses, and reviews appeals submitted online. The appeal decision is a majority vote of committee members present and is considered to be final. All decisions will be sent to the person's provided email address.

Parking Exception Request Forms are available at the Campus Safety office and may be picked up during regular business hours. Parking exceptions are granted based on need and not convenience. Each submitted form is reviewed, and a decision is based on the merits of the request. Note: this does not set precedence for future decisions.

Campus Safety is staffed 24/7 and can be contacted by calling 423.236.2100 or by coming to the Campus Safety office located in the Campus Safety Building at 5061 Colcord Drive. Contact us for crime reporting or information requests. Campus Safety provides many security and safety services and can assist in getting you in contact with the right university person or office to answer your questions.

Some things to call about are (but not limited to):

  • vehicle accident
  • medical incident or emergency
  • missing items
  • vandalism
  • threats
  • prank phone calls
  • any suspicious activity, person, or vehicle
  • safety issues

Access is a privilege granted individually based on need and not on position or association and is controlled to protect both people and property. Residence halls provide access to student housing buildings, and Plant Services provides access to academic and support buildings and properties. Building coordinators, school deans, and departmental directors authorize access for both employees and students.

- Campus is open until 12 a.m., at which time you should be in your residence hall or off campus.
- The Student Park and Biology Trails close at sundown.
If you are in another part of campus after midnight, you may be asked to leave. Campus opens each day at 5 a.m.

In-line skating, roller skating, skateboarding, and longboarding are allowed on sidewalks only but are not allowed in parking lots or on drives and roadways. A helmet, elbow pads, wrist guards, and kneepads should be worn whenever engaged in these types of activities. If you are not wearing safety equipment, Campus Safety may stop you.

Southern has several ways to notify students when classes are canceled or delayed. See the Severe Weather page for the current methods.

If you hear the tornado siren, find shelter immediately. The best places are areas with no windows and with strong structural support, such as under a staircase. See the Severe Weather page for additional information.

If you have further questions, please contact Campus Safety.