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Police and parking services

The Office of Police and Parking Services provides 24-hour law enforcement coverage to the nearly 8,000 students, faculty and staff who live and work on the campus of Pittsburg State University. In addition to emergency services, we also offer safety seminars, emergency preparedness training and manage university parking. Parking passes and citation appeals are administered through our office. Our trained officers and professional staff are committed to providing you with a safe and welcoming campus.

Resources

Emergency services

  • Emergency Phone Numbers
    • University Police – (620) 235-4624
    • Office of Student Life – (620) 235-4231
    • Bryant Student Health Center – (620) 235-4452
    • University Counseling Services – (620) 235-4452
    • SEK Urgent Care – (620) 232-8003
    • Via Christi Mercy Convenient Care – (620) 232-8003
    • Via Christi Hospital Emergency Department – (620) 231-6100
  • Outdoor Campus Emergency Phones

    The Pittsburg State campus has a number of blue light emergency phones. These red towers are equipped with emergency phones which are connected to our dispatch center. These towers are one of several different types of emergency communications that can be activated during a crisis. Locate the tower nearest you utilizing our blue light emergency phone map.

  • RAVE Alert System

    Pittsburg State University utilizes the RAVE Alert System. This system allows university officials to instantaneously send emergency message alerts to students, faculty and staff on mobile phones, land lines, and campus networked desktop computers. Current students and staff are automatically enrolled in the RAVE system.

  • Severe Weather Safety Tips

    Kansas is fortunate to experience all four seasons of nature. Occasionally, our location also places us in the path of severe weather. The following tips are designed to help you become more familiar with common weather terminology.

    Tornado Watch – Issued when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. It does not mean that they will occur. It only means they are possible. 

    Tornado Warning – Issued when a tornado is imminent. When a tornado warning is issued, seek safe shelter immediately.

    What to do in a Tornado Warning – If you are in a house, avoid windows. Go to the basement. If no basement is available, go to the lowest floor, small center room, under a stairwell or in an interior hallway with no windows. Cars and other vehicles are not safe in a tornado. Seek indoor shelter if time allows. (Additional tips are available from the Storm Prediction Center)

Parking

  • Parking permit rates
    Parking Permit Rates – Students

    Student parking costs are included in student fees. Students are charged a parking fee of $4.80 per credit hour for part-time enrollment or $43 per semester for full-time enrollment. Permits are good for the duration of the academic year for which it is issued or for a lesser period of time if so designated. Students must pick up their parking permit at the University Police and Parking Offices in the lower level of Shirk Hall Annex at 1501 South Joplin Street.

    Parking Permit Rates – Faculty/Staff

    Faculty and staff can purchase their permits through payroll deduction or in person at University Police and Parking Offices. Current rates are as follows:

    Parking Zone Academic Year Rate Spring Semester* Summer Session
    Blue $104 $68 $34
    Red $146 $95 $48
    Gold $188 $122 $64
    Brown** $80 $52 $26
    Orange** $80 $52 $26
    Motorcycle $80 $52 $26

    *Includes Summer Session
    ** Student Parking Only

  • Parking information
    Purchase a Parking Permit

    Parking Permits are available for purchase online at the University Police and Parking office which is located in the lower level of the Shirk Hall Annex at 1501 South Joplin Street, Pittsburg, Kansas. The university is not responsible for lost or stolen permits. Replacement permits can be secured only be purchasing a new permit for a full fee.

    Parking Map

    Zoned parking is available throughout campus. Please refer to parking map to locate your zone. Campus Shuttle service is available on weekdays. Limited visitor parking is available directly behind the Leonard H. Axe Library, near the Overman Student Center and Student Welcoming Center. Visitors may request a “Visitor” parking pass when they are going to be on campus for more than one day. Visitors will not be charged for a parking violation if they return their parking violation notice to University Police and Parking Offices and provide info on their visit.

    Parking Policy and Traffic Rules

    All parking areas operated by the university require a permit. Your parking permit must be properly displayed on the driver’s side, lower edge of your vehicle’s front window. Read the full text of our parking policy and traffic rules.

    Parking Violations and Fines

    Fines will be imposed for all parking violations. The amount due will appear on the parking citation. Failure to pay a violation by the tenth (10th) day after issuance will result in a $5.00 penalty. Payment of violations must be received or postmarked by 4 p.m. on the tenth day after issuance. Tickets must be presented at the time of payment. Parking Service Office hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Failure to pay the fine will result in a “hold” being placed on the permanent record of a student. Students with “holds” on their record may not be able to re-enroll, graduate or have their transcript sent to any other school or place of employment. Please call University Police if you have questions.

    The fine schedule is listed below.

    Timed Zones $15
    No Permit $20
    Wrong Zone $20
    Unauthorized Parking $20
    Parking on Grass/Sidewalk $30
    Fire Lane $30
    Yellow Zones $30
    Tampering or Misuse $75
    Handicapped Zone $100
    Parking Appeals

    You can appeal a parking violation if you feel it has been mistakenly given. All appeals must be submitted within 14 days of the issuance of the parking citation. The appeals process is as follows:

    • Fill out the online form with full details and detailed reason for appeal.
    • Submit form, provide payment of original fine & a $2 Appeal Fee.
    • Your appeal will be reviewed by the Parking Violation Appeals Board (composed of students and faculty) during the groups next regularly scheduled meeting.
    • You may be present during the hearing, but are not required to do so.
    • You will receive communication informing you of the Appeal Board’s decision.
    • If the Appeals Board finds in your favor, you will receive a refund check in the full amount of your fine plus the $2 Appeals Fee.
    • If the Appeals Board does not find in your favor, the fine and $2 Appeal Fee will not be refunded.
    • An appeal that has been denied can be appealed for a second time only if new evidence is submitted.
    • Board rulings are final.

Purchase parking permit online

Appeal parking ticket

In case of an emergency dial 911

Dialing this from a physical phone on campus will immediately connect you with Pittsburg State University’s Dispatch Center. Should you dial 911 from your cell phone, depending on your location, you may be connected to the City of Pittsburg Police Dispatch Center or the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. Both agencies have concurrent jurisdiction on Pitt State’s campus and will respond to emergency calls.

    Building access

    • Main Campus

      Pittsburg State University Police control access to university facilities. Public buildings are open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and on select weekends. After-hours access to academic buildings is allowed only to personnel with the appropriate building pass. Students should check with their faculty members to receive an after-hours pass.

    • Residence Halls

      The University Housing Office has adopted a 24-hour lock-up policy for all residence halls. Officers make periodic building checks of residential housing facilities after 10 p.m.

    • Gorilla Village

      Open to the public. Area closes at 10 p.m. nightly. Reservations of shelter houses or Gazebo require advanced notice. Contact Overman Student Center at (620)235-4858. A fee may be required.

    • Robert W. Plaster Center

      Indoor track is open and available for public use Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

    • Timmons Chapel

      Entry available upon request. To schedule an event within Timmons Chapel please contact the Overman Student Center at (620) 235-4858. A fee may be required.

    • Veterans Memorial Amphitheater

      Open to the public. For additional information or to reserve the Amphitheater for an event, please contact University Advancement at (620)235-4762. Visit Veterans Memorial website

    Policies

    University Police and Parking has several policies: Weapons Policy, Tailgating Policy, Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence, Racial Profiling Policy, Drone Policy

    See all policies

    Reporting & Other Resources

    • Resources for Victims

      Pittsburg State University Campus Resources

      Title IX Coordinator
      Russ Hall 218
      620-235-4185
      As the university’s Title IX Coordinator, the Director of Institutional Equity will investigate allegations of sexual misconduct (often concurrently with law enforcement and/or student discipline) to determine what occurred and will inform and obtain consent from the victim before beginning the investigation. If the victim requests confidentiality or asks that the complaint not be pursued, the University will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the request for confidentiality or request not to pursue an investigation. 
      Visit website 

      Violence Prevention & Victim Advocacy
      109 Overman Student Center
      620-235-4831
      24 - Hour Crisis Hotline: 800-794-9148
      Visit website
      http://www.safehousecrisiscenter.org/
      Campus Advocate provides on-campus support and referral for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. The campus advocate is a contracted employee of SafeHouse, Inc. which serves survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking with crisis intervention advocacy, individual supportive counseling, a temporary emergency shelter, survivor support groups, and a 24-hour crisis hotline.

      Student Legal Resource Center
      108 Overman Student Center
      620-235-6026
      Visit website
      Provides free legal resources to students to address their legal needs. An attorney is available part time to help students resolve their legal matters and/or refer a student to an attorney that specializes in the area of law in which the student is seeking advice.

      Students for Violence Prevention
      109 Overman Student Center
      620-235-4831
      Visit website
      Ongoing presentations, programs, and events that raise awareness and educate the student body on the issues of dating violence, domestic violence, healthy and unhealthy relationships, bystander behaviors, sexual assault, sexual consent and communication, stalking, and bystander intervention.

      Bryant Student Health Center
      620-235-4452
      1801 S. Broadway
      8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
      Visit website
      Outpatient ambulatory care supported by a physician supervised medical staff. Services include: treatment for mild to moderate illness and injuries, women’s/men’s health, immunizations/allergy injections, contraceptive counseling, pharmacy/lab services, radiology services, specialty clinics, and referral services.

      Student Rights & Responsibilities Office
      104 Bryant Student Health Center
      620-235-4945
      Receive reports of crimes or violations of university police and/or the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, advise victims of rights and assist with options for resolution, conduct investigations of allegations of misconduct, and administer discipline process on behalf of the university.

      University Counseling Services
      Bryant Student Health Center
      1801 S. Broadway
      620-235-4452
      Visit website
      Confidential counseling provided in a variety of problem areas, such as:   depression, anxiety, family problems, communication skills, relationships, self-esteem, stress management and substance misuse/abuse. Sessions are from 25 to 50 minutes in length depending on the needs of the student. 

      University Police and Parking Services
      620-235-4624
      Lower Level Shirk Hall
      Visit website
      Police protection services are provided to the campus, PSU Foundation property, parking lots, residence halls, and the fraternities and sororities 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. PSU police officers have the same law enforcement powers and responsibilities as the local police and sheriff and are responsible for a full range of public safety services, including all crime reports, investigations, medical emergencies, fire emergencies, traffic accidents, enforcement of underage drinking laws, use of controlled substances, weapons, and all other incidents requiring police assistance. 

      Pittsburg Community Resources

      City of Pittsburg Police
      620 231-1700
      201 North Pine Street
      Visit website
      The City of Pittsburg Police Department provides police protection within the city of Pittsburg.  While the city and the university police departments have concurrent jurisdiction for areas adjacent to the campus, reporting of allegations of criminal activity that happens on property not owned or controlled by the university is under the primary jurisdiction of the City of Pittsburg Police department.

      Kansas Legal Services
      620-232-1330
      408 N. Walnut
      Toll free application: 800-723-6953
      Visit website
      Kansas Legal Services provides free legal advice and representation to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and victims of crime, including representation to obtain Protection From Abuse and Protection From Stalking restraining orders in Court.

      Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc.
      620 231-8692
      24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 800-794-9148
      SafeHouse Crisis Center, Inc. serves victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking with crisis intervention advocacy, individual supportive counseling, a temporary emergency shelter, victim support groups, and a 24-hour crisis hotline.

      VIA Christi Medical Center
      620 231-6100
      EMERGENCY ROOM, 1 MOUNT CARMEL PLACE
      Full service hospital with emergency room with expertise to conduct examination and complete evidence gathering necessary in cases of sexual assault. This is done free of charge to the victim.

      National Resources

      If you have a life-threatening emergency, always call 911 for ambulance transportation to a hospital.

      • Reach Out (Depression, Self-Harm, Romance, LGBTQ Information and Support)
        1-800-448-3000 
        http://www.reachout.com
      • The Trevor Project (Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning 24/7)
        866-488-7386
        http://www.thetrevorproject.org
      • National Sexual Assault Hotline (Confidential Support, Information and Referral 24/7)
        800.656.HOPE
        https://www.rainn.org/
      • Narcotics Anonymous (Information and Meeting Referral)
        http://www.na.org/
      • National Domestic Violence Hotline (Confidential Support, Information & Referral 24/7)
        800-799-7233
    • Crime Statistic Report

      Crime Statistic Report – This report is prepared in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. It is developed in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies which have jurisdiction that encompasses Pittsburg State’s main campus, and any alternate sites. The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the Office of University Housing and the Student Life Division provide updated information on their educational efforts to comply with the Clery Act. (Read Annual Report)

    • Registered Offenders

      Registered Offenders – In compliance with federal law, Pittsburg State University provides the campus community with a list of registered sex offenders who have indicated they are either enrolled or employed at Pittsburg State University. This list is available for viewing at the Pittsburg State University Police Department, 1501 South Joplin Street in Pittsburg, Kansas. Additional information about the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Registration Act are available on the Kansas Attorney General’s website.

    • Training Videos

      April 2013, Active Shooter Video – Video Link

      StaySafe 360 - Safety Training Videos (GUS login required)

    Welcome to Pittsburg State University. Pittsburg State is home to more than 7,000 students, 900 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. The men and women of the Pittsburg State University Police Department work diligently to maintain a campus environment that is safe, accessible and welcoming.

    Our 12 officers and trained dispatchers provide 24-hour law enforcement coverage for on-campus students, staff and visitors. We enjoy a collaborative relationship with our law enforcement colleagues in the city of Pittsburg which allows us to share information and, when necessary, resources to better ensure the safety of our campus and surrounding neighborhoods.

    This website is designed to provide you with information about our department’s services, safety tips and campus crime statistics. I hope you find it helpful. Should you have any questions, please contact us at (620) 235 – 4624 or at extension #4624 on campus.

    Thank you for choosing Pittsburg State University. I wish you a safe and successful academic stay.

    Sincerely,

    Mike McCracken, Director

    Mike McCracken

    Police and parking mission

    To provide a safe and secure environment to enhance the quality of life within the University community. We are committed to the prevention of crime, protection of life and property, and to providing quality parking services.

    Meet the staff

    Meet the officers

    Administration
    Mike McCracken, director
    Lt. T.J. Duncan

    Communications
    Kent Daniel
    Shannon Gerwert

    Parking Services
    Judy Prince

    Contact University Police

    Contact us by phone

    (620) 235-4624

    Address

    1501 South Joplin Street
    Pittsburg, Kansas  66762

    Crime Statistic Report – This report is prepared in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. It is developed in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies which have jurisdiction that encompasses Pittsburg State’s main campus, and any alternate sites. The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the Office of University Housing and the Student Life Division provide updated information on their educational efforts to comply with the Clery Act. (Read Annual Report)

    Registered Offenders – In compliance with federal law, Pittsburg State University provides the campus community with a list of registered sex offenders who have indicated they are either enrolled or employed at Pittsburg State University. This list is available for viewing at the Pittsburg State University Police Department, 1501 South Joplin Street in Pittsburg, Kansas. Additional information about the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Registration Act are available on the Kansas Attorney General’s website.