City Ordinances Affecting University Students

Southeast Missouri State University students are expected to adhere and will be held responsible for all city ordinances and all federal, Missouri State, and Cape Girardeau City laws. A few specific ordinances that may affect students directly are listed below.

Noise/Nuisance Party

The City of Cape Girardeau commonly receives complaints regarding loud, unruly parties. These parties often occur in residential neighborhoods and disturb those that reside in these particular areas.

The City of Cape Girardeau has adopted this ordinance in an attempt to reduce or eliminate the number of “nuisance” parties held within the City. By doing this, it creates a more peaceful, safe environment for the entire community.

An ordinance adding a new Section 17-160 to the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, regarding Nuisance Parties was passed and approved on June 20, 2011. As stated in Article 2. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect ten days after its passage and approval.

Article 1.There is hereby added a new Section 17-160 to the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cape Girardeau entitled “Nuisance Parties”, in words and figures, to read as follows:

Sec. 17-160.   Nuisance Parties.

Definitions: The following definitions shall apply to this Section: Nuisance Party is a social gathering of ten or more people on residential property that results in any of the following occurring at the site of the gathering, on neighboring property or on an adjacent public street:

  • Unlawful sale, furnishing, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages;
  • Violation of any of the provisions of Section 17-156 to 17-158 of this chapter (noise);
  • Fighting;
    • Property damage;
    • Littering;
    • Outdoor urination or defecation in a place open to public view;
    • The standing or parking of vehicles in a manner that obstructs the free flow of traffic;
    • Conduct that threatens injury to persons or damage to property;
    • Unlawful use or possession of marijuana or any drug or controlled substance;
    • Trespassing; or
    • Indecent exposure.

Permit means to give permission to; or to allow by silent consent, by not prohibiting, or by failing to exercise control.

Nuisance parties prohibited: It shall be unlawful for any person having the right to possession of any residential premises, whether individually or jointly with others, to cause or permit a social gathering on the premises to become a nuisance party.

Police order to disperse: Cape Girardeau (and University) police officers are authorized to order those attending a nuisance party to disperse. It shall be unlawful for any person not domiciled at the site of the nuisance party to fail or refuse to leave the premises immediately after being told to leave by a Cape Girardeau police officer.

Article 2. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect ten days after its passage and approval.

If you have a nuisance party complaint, please call the Cape Girardeau Police Department’s non-emergency number at (573) 335-6621 and choose Option 1. Tell the dispatcher the location, specific details on what is occurring, and if you want an officer to contact you.

Parking Near University

On August 15, 2011, the City of Cape Girardeau adopted new ordinances restricting parking on identified streets adjacent to campus.

Section 26-248: Ordinances 4264, 4317, & 4355 amended Schedule P of the City Code by establishing limited parking on Park Avenue, Normal Avenue, West End Boulevard and Highland Drive. These ordinances restrict parking from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Park Avenue, Normal Avenue and Highland Drive. Parking on West End Boulevard will be restricted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Parking is limited at these locations and restricted based on the designated sign at each location.”

Section 26-247: Ordinance 4263 amended Schedule F of the City Code by establishing no parking on West End Boulevard, Normal Avenue and Rockwood Drive.

Certain parts of other surrounding streets are listed as 15-minute, 30-minute or 2-hour parking zones. Vehicles failing to recognize warning signs, both students and city residents, (may) be ticketed.

Tickets are $25 if paid within one week, $35 after a week but within 30 days and $45 if paid after 30 days.

City Scooter Ordinance

On November 5, 2012 the City of Cape Girardeau adopted a new ordinance regarding the operation of motorized bicycles which covers protective headgear and the manner of operation of motorized bicycles upon the streets of the City. This ordinance will also be adopted by the University as it pertains to the operation of motorized bicycles on campus property.

The Department of Public Safety is offering this information so that you may be informed about and prepared for the results of the new ordinance when it becomes effective, and in full force, on Friday, November 16, 2012.

Section 26-346 requires that: Every person operating, or riding as a passenger on any motorcycle or motorized bicycle, anywhere within the city limits shall wear protective headgear at all times that the vehicle is in motion. The headgear shall meet the standards and specifications established by the Director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

The maximum penalty for a violation of the provisions of this section is $25.00.

Section 26-392 requires that:

  • No person shall operate a motorized bicycle on any highway or street in the City of Cape Girardeau unless he has a valid operator’s or chauffer’s license.
  • No motorized bicycle may be operated on any highway, street, roadway, or public thoroughfare within the City of Cape Girardeau which has a speed limit greater than 35 miles an hour.
  • A person operating a motorized bicycle may ride only on the permanent and regular seat attached. No operators shall carry any other person on a motorized bicycle nor shall any other person ride on a motorized bicycle anywhere with City of Cape Girardeau.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person to ride, operate or manage any motorcycle or motorized bicycle other than in a seated position, with one leg on either side of the vehicle. The provisions of this article shall not apply to vehicle with three or more wheels.
  • No person shall ride a motorcycle or motorized bicycle on any street without having his hands upon the handle bars, nor shall any person ride a motorcycle or motorized bicycle upon any sidewalk, walkway or footpath within the City of Cape Girardeau.

Section 26-398 requires that:

  • Financial responsibility is maintained.
  • Insurance Identification card is carried and provided to police when asked.