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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Disability Parking and Accessible Transportation

Students and staff with state disability parking permits can purchase a University disability parking permit (blue) from the Cashier's office, 128 Wigley Administration Center.

Minnesota Department of Public Safety issues state permits for disability parking. The application is online at: [PDF] dso/mv_disabilityparkingcertificate.pdf (318 KiB)

A campus map with parking lot locations can be found at: [PDF] (906 KiB). Accessible parking is available in each lot. If the accessible stall(s) are full, holders of the disability parking permit may park in any gold, purple, green or yellow permit lot stall, or time meter stalls.

Those needing a temporary disability permit must apply at the Campus Hub. Supporting and dated documentation from a physician about the temporary disability is required. The Campus Hub will issue you a "temporary" blue paper hanging permit for your rear view mirror for up to two weeks. The price is $5 a week but this is waived for students and staff who already have an MSUparking permit

Accessible Transportation

The Maverick Shuttle Program will provide accessible transportation for individuals with disabilities during Minnesota State Mankato class days. The Red Eye Shuttle will provide accessible transportation with 12 hour prior notice by calling 507-389-5649. Additional information concerning accessible transportation offered by the university and the city of Mankato can be found at:

Emergency Evacuation of a Building

We highly encourage students with disabilities to have a thoughtful plan for evacuation each semester of attendance considering the location of your classrooms.  For support with an individual assessment and creating a plan for evacuation, please schedule a meeting with staff in Accessibility Resources. 

In an emergency situation, it is critical to your health and safety that you are familiar with your needs during an emergency evacuation. All employees and students must evacuate a building when the fire alarm system is activated or when directed to do so by emergency personnel (security, fire deparment, law enforcement, etc.). If time allows, remember to take with you any personal belongings, e.g., vehicle keys, house keys, medications, etc. This is particularly important should the evacuation prove to be long-term.

Individuals with disabilities who require assistance in evacuating shall go to the closest stairwell. They sould tell a faculty or staff member, co-worker, or student who is exiting the bulding to notify emergency personnel in which stair well they are located. Emergency personnel will respond and assist that individual in evacuating the building. Use of the elevator is prohibited except by or under the direct supervision of emergency services personnel.

Individuals with visual impairments should ask for assistance from a fellow student or staff member to exit the bulding. When a visual alarm signal is not available, persons with hearing impairments should request an alternative warning, such as a written note or a flashing of the light switch.

Once outside, proceed to a clear area from the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. Wait there for further instructions. Security personnel wtill respond to the emergency and, if it is determined that the evacuation is of a short-term nature, you may be directed to return to the building.

If it is determined by emergency personnel that the evacuation will be long-term, you will be instructed to report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). The EAA on this campus is the Taylor Center, Bresnan Arena. Should the Taylor Center be the building being evacuated, the Centennial Student Union Ballroom is the alternate EAA location.

In addition, students are encouraged to contact their residential hall complex directors to discuss evacuation procedures specific to their residence halls.

For your safety and well-being, evacuation of buildings in emergency situations is not discretionary; evacuation of all non-emergency personnel is mandatory.

For further consideration of your personal safety, this Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide is a good resource. 

Report Barriers

Minnesota State University, Mankato is dedicated to the principles of equal access in education and works directly with students who are encountering barriers in the design of physical, curricular, and social environments. In the event you encounter a barrier on the MSU, Mankato campus, such as an inoperative elevator or wheelchair lift, bicycles blocking an access ramp, drifting snow or overhanging tree branches, we need you to help us identify them so the University can maintain access by removing barriers as quickly as possible. Please use the following information to call:


Physical Plant


Accessibility Resources





Hours Open

Monday-Friday 8-4:30 (fall-spring); 7:30-4:00 (summer)

24 hours daily

Monday-Friday 7:30-4:30 (fall-spring); 7:30-4:00 (summer)