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PUBLIC SAFETY 

The Director of Public Safety, Chief of Police is designated as having the authority and responsibility for Department of Public Safety administration and management, including fiscal and operational control. The Department of Public Safety includes police operations and parking services. 

The Southern Illinois Management Act (110 ILCS 520/8/10) allows the Board of Trustees to appoint members of the Southern Illinois University Police Department. Per 110 ILCS 520/8/10, “Members of the Police Department shall be conservators of the peace and as such have all powers possessed by policemen in cities, and sheriffs, including the power to make arrests on view or warrants of violations of state statutes, university rules and regulations and city or county ordinances, except that they may exercise such powers only within counties wherein the university and any of its branches or properties are located when such is required for the protection of university properties and interests, and its students and personnel, and otherwise, within such counties, when requested by appropriate State or local law enforcement officials.”

The Department operates twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. Police officers are responsible for protecting life, safeguarding property, establishing crime prevention methods, investigating crime, apprehending offenders, preserving the peace and maintaining order, enforcing laws, responding to emergencies, and advancing cooperative relationships with students, faculty, and staff.  Parking registers motor vehicles and bicycles belonging to university employees and students and enforces the university parking regulations. Use of the university's parking lots requires payment of a fee and display of the appropriate decal.

Parking Division registers motor vehicles and bicycles belonging to university employees and students and enforces the university parking regulations. Use of the university's parking lots and the parking garage requires payment of a fee and display of the appropriate decal. 

Type of Decal Eligibility for Decal
Blue Full-time employees and part-time employees and students whose health or physical condition or other extenuating circumstance requires this privilege
Gold-Emeritus:same as blue plus free parking at parking meters Retired university employees
Gold-20 Year: same as blue Employees with 20 years of service
Red Part-time employees and students
Yellow All eligible members of the university community



Metered spaces are available for visitors throughout the campus, and free guest permits are provided by the Parking Division to be used in designated parking areas.