The beginning of the school year is always an exciting and busy time. A lot of information gets thrown at you in a brief period, and frankly it's easy for some things to be forgotten. Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions for the Public Safety Department.
Q: I pay for the student parking permit. Why am I not allowed to park on any of the campus lots?
A: Excluding the Water Street lot, there are 400 parking spaces on the surface lots. As of this writing the Public Safety Department has issued 719 student parking permits. As you can see the surface lots can not possible hold that volume of vehicles. Viets Field and the Water Street lot can. In addition, there are approximately 340 MSOE employees that park on campus, leaving us with sixty open spaces. These spaces are needed for guest speakers, SAS parkers, contractors, etc. Please note, that 7AM-4PM, Monday-Friday are the busiest times on campus. Students MAY park on the campus lots outside of that time frame.
Q: I lost something important. Is there is a lost and found?
A: There is a lost and found on campus. Come to the Public Safety Command Center, in the lobby of MLH, located at 324 East Juneau Avenue. We are open 24/7 so come at your convenience. Please note that we only hold property for forty-five days. After that we dispose of or donate items to nearby shelters.
Q: Is it alright if I provide you with my parent’s phone number instead of mine?
A: We would rather you did not. As adults and MSOE students if the Public Safety Department needs to contact you it would be best to do so directly. For instance, if we needed to speak to you regarding your vehicle, or your item turned into lost and found, or something for safety sake, it’s important that we speak to you as soon as possible. Providing your parents number in lieu of yours just lengthens the process.
Q: Is it legal to carry pepper spray?
A: Absolutely. You may possess the key chain sized cannisters of pepper spray. They are cheap enough, cost about $10, and can be found in most stores. Please do not rely solely on pepper spray though. Please utilize the campus SHIP and Shuttle to safely transport you. If you need transportation and neither of those services are operating, please contact Public Safety and a Patrol Officer may transport you a reasonable distance.
Q: Why do I need to show my ID every time I enter my dorm?
A: Access to MLH and Regents is restricted only to residents. All residents receive a sticker to put on their ID that display their status as a resident. It is the job of the Officer in either building to ensure that only residents are making it through the front door. This is not only for your safety and security, but to combat the spread of Covid-19. Some students swipe their ID at the scanner, which is not only a good practice, but sometimes the way to unlock the door. The Officer needs still needs to see your ID. It’s not unusual for a non-resident to come into possession of a resident’s ID to gain access to the building.
Do you have a question? Feel free to ask a Public Safety Officer, or post your question here and I'll answer it.