- Augustana Code of Social Conduct
- Students at Risk
- Hazing Policies
- Alcohol and Drug Policies
- Severe Physical or Emotional Disturbance
- Policy on Harassment and Discrimination
- Sexual Harassment
- Augustana I.D. Card
- Dining Room Regulations
- Judicial Processes
- Chronic Violators
- Victims of Violent Crimes
- Crime Statistics
- Sexual Assault
- College response to crime reports
- Campus Security
- Missing Student
- Fire safety
- Notice of Information Available in Compliance with Title IV
As adults, students at Augustana College are expected to obey the law and to take personal responsibility for their conduct both on campus and in the community. The Augustana Code of Social Conduct specifies unacceptable behavior and furnishes standards which the Student Judiciary shall enforce. Violations of civil or criminal law by Augustana students may subject a student to prosecution by civil or criminal authorities outside the college community. Ignorance of the provisions of this document is not a legitimate defense. The following conduct is specifically prohibited:
- theft, or the wrongful possession* of property which is not one's own;
- vandalism, or damage to college or personal property;
- purchase, manufacturing, possession,* use, sale or distribution of illegal drugs;
- purchase, manufacturing, possession,* use, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages on campus;
- purchase, manufacturing, possession,* use, sale or distribution of fireworks, explosives, incendiaries or dangerous chemicals;
- on-campus possession,* use or distribution of weapons including firearms, pellet guns, air rifles, bows and arrows, and knives exceeding 3 inches in blade length or any fixed blade knife;
- careless or malicious use of fire; tampering with or misuse of firefighting equipment; or intentional false reporting of a fire or bomb;
- unauthorized entry or use of college facilities, technology equipment, or property;
- unauthorized possession* or use of college or personal property;
- conduct causing or intended to cause personal injury to others;
- disorderly or indecent conduct;
- intentional disruption, intentionally providing false information or otherwise obstruction of teaching, learning, research, administrative proceedings, disciplinary proceedings or other activities related to the college;
- forging, altering or using documents, records, instruments, or equipment with intent to defraud or to furnish false information;
- intentional use of false testimony, oral or written, before any judicial body;
- failure to comply with decisions imposed by a campus judicial body;
- violation of civil or criminal law;
- conduct on- or off-campus constituting a threat to the physical or emotional safety and well-being of the college community or any member thereof, including but not limited to conduct ranging from verbal harassment to physical or sexual assault.
* NOTE Presence of articles may be interpreted as actual possession of those articles. Students apprehended in locations where drugs, alcohol, fireworks, or other misconduct is evident will normally be considered in violation of the Code of Social Conduct even if they do not have prohibited items on their person at the time of apprehension.
Augustana College reserves the right to take on-campus disciplinary actions prior to, concurrent with, or subsequent to off-campus criminal court actions whenever a student's presence on campus might damage the mission of the college; appears to constitute a threat to the physical or emotional safety and well-being of students, faculty, administration or staff; or at the direction of the President of the College. Any pending felony charge against a student shall result in on-campus disciplinary action.
Students who exhibit behaviors of concern should be reported to the Dean of Students Office. Behaviors of concern are behaviors that would lead a reasonable person to believe the student is a risk to self or others. Examples include threatening language or behaviors, carrying or talking about weapons, violent behaviors or ideation, depression, or significant sudden changes in behavior.
The Dean of Students will review the report in consultation with the Student Counseling Services (SCS) staff. In some cases, additional information (eg., from residential life staff or faculty) will be gathered prior to deciding how to proceed. In other situations a direct contact may be made with the student. If the student does not cooperate with the requests of the Dean of Students, administrative or judicial action will be taken.
If the SCS staff determines that a student should be evaluated by them or by an outside mental health professional, the Dean of Students Office will facilitate the meeting by locating the student and directing him/her to the SCS. If a treatment plan is identified, the Dean of Students Office may require adherence as a condition of continued enrollment.
Augustana College prohibits conduct by any individual, organization or group affiliated with the college that is in violation of the Illinois Law on Hazing (see below), or any activity that threatens a person's rights or self-respect, disrupts community life, or encourages the violation of civil, state or federal law, or the Augustana Code of Social Conduct.
Individuals who, in accordance with established due process, are found guilty of violating the law or the Augustana Code of Social Conduct as a result of hazing activities shall be subject to disciplinary action as determined by established due process. If conduct resulting in violation of the law or the Augustana Code of Social Conduct occurs as part of the organized activity of any group or organization affiliated with the college, the group or organization found guilty in accordance with established due process, as well as the members and officers of that group or organization, shall be subject to disciplinary action as determined by established due process.
ILLINOIS COMPILED STATUTES
720 ILCS 120/5 - A person commits hazing who knowingly requires the performance of any act by a student or other person in a school, college, university, or other educational institution of the State, for the purpose of induction or admission into any group, organization, or society associated or connected with that institution if:
(a) the act is not sanctioned or authorized by the educational institution; and
(b) the act results in bodily harm to any person.
720 ILCS 120/10 -Hazing is a Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 year in jail and/or up to a $2,500 fine), except hazing that results in death or great bodily harm is a Class 4 felony (not less than 1 nor more than 3 years in jail and/or up to a $25,000 fine).
Implementation of the Hazing Policy
- Copies of the College Hazing Policy are routinely distributed to all groups and organizations affected by it.
- Individuals, organizations and groups affected by the policy are expected to take primary responsibility for implementing the policy and for periodically reviewing their activities with respect to compliance with it. Officers and members of the organization may be held individually responsible for violations.
- The Student Policy Committee is responsible for periodically reviewing the implementation of the hazing policy to ensure the policy is effectively implemented.
Violations of the Hazing Policy
In an effort to identify activities which the college may consider to be in violation of the hazing policy, the Student Policy Committee (SPC) developed the following list. However, the final decision as to whether a given act is a violation is made by SPC or the President of the College. This list is not intended to be complete nor exhaustive. It is a sampling of activities which the members of SPC see as conflicting with the hazing policy. More detailed information is available from the Office of Student Activities and Greek Council.
1. Activities which threaten a person's physical, emotional or academic wellbeing.
A. Rides and/or forced/coerced movement of students from one location to another.
C. Eating, drinking or covering the body with distasteful or foreign substances.
D. Non-approved use of the lower campus slough pond.
E. Forced consumption of drugs and/or alcohol, either by command or by pressure. SPC wishes to make it clear that any group which either explicitly or implicitly encourages the consumption of drugs or alcohol as part of initiation activities or rituals will be in violation of the hazing policy. For example, having alcoholic beverages at a Greek group pledging activity and expecting or implying that pledges are expected to consume them is a violation of the hazing policy.
F. Physical activities that an average, non-athletic student would NOT choose to participate in. Examples include but are not limited to: runs of any length; bootcamp type activities (push-ups, jumping jacks, etc.); any physical activity conducted to induce fatigue (long periods of walking without rest, distance biking, etc); activities meant to induce fear or a sense of physical risk (walking on a tree across a stream, climbing, jumping, falling, etc.).
G. All pledging-related activities conducted outside designated pledging time periods.
2. Activities which disrupt community life and/or violate the rights of others.
A. Disruptive pledging activities in the library and/or academic buildings.
B. Loud, disturbing activities.
3. Activities which encourage violation of criminal or civil law and/or Augustana codes or policies.
A. Forced vandalism and/or shoplifting.
B. Use or possession of explosives or fireworks.
Alcoholic Beverages on Campus
Possession or use of alcoholic beverages on campus is prohibited, except in designated Transitional Living Areas when the student is 21 years of age or older, and at special meals or receptions catered by the Augustana Dining Service and at which all participants are 21 years of age or older. Campus authorities with an authorization to search have the right to search any member of the Augustana community for alcohol or drugs at any time.
Augustana College will contact a student's parents in the event of a third violation of the college's alcohol policy. This parent contact is permitted under an amendment to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Any group planning a meal or reception at which alcoholic beverages will be served shall make arrangements with the Director of Dining Services, who will inform the Dean of Students Office. If Dining Services is not involved in the event, permission must be obtained directly from the Dean of Students Office, Room 104, Founders Hall.
The presence of alcoholic beverages at college-recognized student organization events is subject to the following:
- If alcoholic beverages are present at an event sponsored by an Augustana student organization, no one other than the person who purchased them (who must be at least 21 years of age) may consume them.
- All student organizations shall be in accordance with state and local laws and college rules and regulations governing the consumption of alcohol. In particular, minors may not possess alcohol, and no student shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to others.
- All officers of the recognized student organization, individually and collectively, as well as the organization itself, shall be responsible for the full compliance of their organization with this policy.
- No student organization or individual is permitted to purchase alcohol for use by an organization (i.e., dues or spontaneous collections of money among members may not be used). However, organizational funds may be used to finance a catered event where alcohol is available for purchase from a licensed vendor on an individual basis. This policy prohibits the selling of items which allow the purchasers access to free or reduced priced alcoholic beverages. This includes but is not limited to tickets, wristbands, t-shirts, cups, etc.
- No distilled spirits or bulk containers (e.g., kegs, party balls, wine cartons) of alcohol are allowed at any student organization function, except when provided and dispensed by a licensed vendor.
- Non-alcoholic beverages and food must be available at any organizational function where alcohol is being consumed.
- No event that includes the continued consumption of alcohol shall be planned or promoted under the name of Augustana College or any college recognized student organization. Prohibited events include bar/pub crawls, progressive drinking parties or themes, bar-hopping events, and competitive games or contests involving alcohol.
- Student organizations planning to have alcohol at an academic event must register with the Office of Student Activities at least 48 hours prior to the event.
For many reasons, including the safety of students and the Illinois law that prohibits drinking for persons under 21, the college does not allow alcohol use on campus except in some Transitional Living Areas (TLAs) and at special occasions catered by the Augustana Dining Service. The college advocates an atmosphere that encourages abstinence from alcohol to protect those who could be injured or annoyed by the behavior of persons who might use alcohol irresponsibly. Still, recognizing the reality of alcohol consumption in our culture, the college respects the student's choice to drink legally and responsibly. Further, the college recognizes that some individuals who choose to use alcohol may develop difficulties in controlling their behavior, and that these persons may require professional assistance. In support of these concerns, the college offers a multifaceted program designed to educate the campus community about alcohol and encourage responsible decision-making concerning alcohol use while providing individual assistance to those who ask, or whose behavior indicates a possible abuse problem.
The Residential Life staff, along with the Director of Student Activities, offer a variety of educational programs throughout the year which address alcohol use. Augustana observes Alcohol Awareness Week and provides special activities during this time. P.A.R.T.Y. and GAMMA, student organizations funded by the student activity fee and the Greek system, promote responsibility in the use of alcohol and provide a year-long sequence of social events designed to show students that they can have fun without abusing alcohol.
The college's primary means of monitoring the use of alcohol by students occurs in the residence halls. Because of their proximity to students, the Residential Life staff is in a position to observe problem behaviors and have conversations about the abuse of alcohol. Community advisors are trained to intervene through one-on-one contacts and to make referrals to their Hall Director, the Director of Residential Life, the Dean of Students or the Director of Counseling, as appropriate. For violations of the Code of Conduct, judicial action may be initiated by the Dean of Students.
Persons providing alcoholic beverages to students, either on or off campus, will be held responsible for the consequences of their actions. The college has imposed $1,000 fines and otherwise penalized individuals providing alcohol to students when that conduct has jeopardized the health or physical safety of the recipient.
In regard to drugs, the college distinguishes between alcohol and other drugs.
Narcotics and Illegal Drugs
The purchase, possession, use, sale or distribution of narcotics or illegal drugs is prohibited. Students should be aware of the college's firm belief that the illegal use of drugs is inconsistent with the educational process as defined at Augustana, in that the misuse of drugs interferes with the full realization of each student's potential for intellectual and personal growth. In cases where evidence indicates a student's probable use of illegal drugs, the Student Services staff will become involved with the student in a counselor/educator capacity.
Any person dealing in illegal drugs will be considered to be conducting an activity potentially dangerous to the health and safety of the student body and which threatens the existence of an orderly and productive system of education. Persons who choose to traffic in illegal drugs on the Augustana campus will be referred to civil authorities for legal action. The college administration will cooperate with local, state and federal law enforcement in cases involving illegal drugs. A student found guilty of dealing in illegal drugs will automatically be considered for separation from the Augustana community.
For further information, contact the Dean of Students Office, 104 Founders, 794-7533, or the Director of Security, Sorensen Hall, 794-7279. A daily log of crimes reported under the Clery Act is maintained in the Office of Security, Sorensen Hall.
The Dean of Students reserves the right to contact parents or guardians in situations where the student's behavior indicates he or she is not in control of his/her behavior or emotions.
A student who actively or passively places himself/herself or others at physical risk may be removed from campus or suspended from the college by the Dean of Students until arrangements can be made for a judicial review and/or safe return to campus. If a student is removed from campus or suspended from school, the Dean of Students Office will make reasonable attempts to notify the student's parents, spouse or other responsible associated persons to advise them of this action. Augustana cannot take responsibility for the well-being of a suspended student.
Augustana College is committed to providing and maintaining a positive learning and working environment for all students, staff, faculty, and other members of the college community, free of discrimination and harassment. The college will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap, disability, military status, or any other unlawful basis. Individuals who violate this policy will be disciplined and subjected to corrective action, up to and including termination or expulsion.
Persons who, after being accorded administrative due process as outlined in this policy, are found to have violated this policy shall be removed from the Augustana community or accorded such other penalties or discipline as deemed appropriate for said acts. If conduct in violation of this policy occurs as part of the organized activity of any group or organization affiliated with the college, the group or organization which, after being accorded administrative due process as outlined in this policy, is found to have violated this policy shall also be subjected to disciplinary action. Possible penalties include denial of the right to continue to exist as a college organization.
This policy applies to all faculty, students, staff, visitors, guests and agents, and representatives and employees of vendors while on the college campus or work sites and while participating in college-sponsored activities located on or off campus.
Following is the definition of sexual harassment in the work environment, which is prohibited by this policy and federal and state law:
Sexual harassment means any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment; (2) submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for decisions about employment, promotion, transfer, selection for training, performance evaluation, or selection for academic awards or benefits, etc; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
The definition of sexual harassment prohibited in the educational environment of an institution of higher learning, such as Augustana, is further defined in Illinois law:
"Sexual harassment in higher education" means any unwelcome sexual advances or requests or requests for sexual favors made by a higher education representative to a student, or any conduct of a sexual nature exhibited by a higher education representative toward a student, when such conduct has the purpose of substantially interfering with the student's educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment; or when the higher education representative either explicitly or implicitly makes the student's submission to such conduct a term or condition of, or uses the student's submission to or rejection of such conduct as a basis for determining:
- whether the student will be admitted to an institution of higher education;
- the educational performance required or expected of the student;
- the attendance or assignment requirements applicable to the student;
- to what courses, fields of study or programs, including honors and graduate programs, the student will be admitted;
- what placement of course proficiency requirements are applicable to the student;
- the quality of instruction the student will receive;
- what tuition or fee requirements are applicable to the student;
- what scholarship opportunities are available to the student;
- what extra-curricular teams the student will be a member of or in what extra-curricular competitions the student will participate;
- any grade the student will receive in any examination or in any course or program of instruction in which the student is enrolled;
- the progress of the student toward successful completion of or graduation from any course or program of instruction in which the student is enrolled;
- what degree, if any, the student will receive.
Determining whether an environment is "hostile" must be based on all circumstances involved. These circumstances include the specific conduct at issue, the frequency of the conduct, and its severity.
Sexual harassment can occur between members of the same sex, and the victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The harasser can be an employee, a student, a faculty member, or someone who is not an employee but is present on campus, such as a vendor or supplier. While sexual harassment most often takes place in a situation of power differential between persons involved, this policy recognizes that sexual harassment also may occur between persons of the same college status, e.g., student-student, faculty-faculty or staff-staff.
Examples of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to:
- physical assault;
- sexual violence;
- impeding or blocking movement;
- physical interference with normal work or movement;
- direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of employment, work status, promotion, grades, or letters of recommendation;
- direct proposition of a sexual nature;
- pressure for a dating, romantic, or physically intimate relationship;
- idle chatter of a sexual nature and graphic sexual descriptions;
- offensive "risqué" jokes or "jesting" and "kidding" about sex or gender-specific traits;
- comments or questions about the sensuality of a person, or his or her spouse or significant other;
- inappropriate touching, patting, hugging, leering, ogling or brushing against a person's body;
- sexual slurs, sexual innuendos, and other comments about a person's clothing, body, and/or sexual activities;
- displaying objects or pictures which are sexual in nature and which may create a hostile or offensive work environment;
- unwelcome attempts to change a professional or academic relationship into a personal one;
- visual displays on a computer monitor or in an e-mail exchange of images that are sexual in nature and which may create a hostile or offensive environment;
- derogatory comments about women or men in general;
- derogatory comments based on sexual orientation.
Note: These lists are not exhaustive.
Other Forms of Harassment
Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic also is strictly prohibited. Under this policy, harassment is verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental handicap, disability, marital status, military status or any other characteristic protected by law and that: (a) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or learning environment; (b) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance; or (c) otherwise adversely affects an individual's employment or academic opportunities.
Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to: epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; hate mail or phone calls; and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group and that is placed on walls or elsewhere on college premises or circulated around the college in electronic form or through another means of communication.
For the purposes of this policy, retaliation means adverse actions against individuals which affect a person's employment, advancement, scholarship, performance, habitation and/or property because they have, in good faith, reported instances of harassment or provided information in support of a harassment complaint. Retaliation is not only against this policy; it is illegal, as well. Anyone who perceives retaliation should immediately notify a Compliance Officer. A finding of retaliation or a threat of retaliation shall constitute a separate violation of this policy, subject to separate or consolidated disciplinary procedures, and is not dependent upon a finding of a violation of any other section of the policy. A person engaging in retaliatory conduct will be subject to corrective action, up to and including termination or expulsion.
Counseling and Support
Harassment and discrimination can leave an individual with feelings of anger, guilt, shame, confusion, depression or embarrassment, among other feelings. Stopping the inappropriate behavior won't necessarily make those feelings go away. Those emotions can be hard to handle and may affect your work or academic life. It is important to recognize any feelings you may have arising from discriminating or harassing behavior, and to seek assistance from a counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist to help resolve those feelings. Counseling services are available at Augustana College through Student Services (Dean/Assistant Dean of Students, Student Counseling Service, Residential Life staff) and/or the Office of College Ministries (chaplain or associate chaplains). Augustana College will refer individuals to off-campus resources if requested. Employees may obtain free, confidential mental health counseling services by contacting 1(800) 475-1641.
Reprisal Against an Alleged Policy Offender
It is against this policy to take into account the filing of a complaint against an individual when making such determinations as reappointment, tenure, promotion, merit, or any other evaluation unless a final determination has been made that the individual did in fact violate this policy. The fact that a complaint has been filed is not proof of the prohibited conduct and should not be treated as such.
Policy on Consensual Relations Between Faculty/Staff and Students
To foster an environment for learning and to avoid the potential for exploitation, Augustana faculty and staff members shall not have any dating, romantic or sexual relationship (even if it is deemed to be consensual) with a student.
Role of Compliance Officers/ Title IX Coordinator
The Compliance Officers are responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Policy on Harassment and Discrimination. The Compliance Officers are also responsible for training all College faculty and staff. The Compliance Officers oversee all harassment and discrimination complaints and ensure proper procedures are followed in each case. In addition, the Compliance Officers are available to explain complaint procedures, answer questions and ensure that appropriate actions are taken.
The Compliance Officers for the College are:
- Dr. Margaret Farrar, Associate Academic Dean of the College, Founders Hall (309) 794-7313
- Dr. Evelyn Campbell, Dean of Students, Founders Hall (309) 794-7533
- Mark Anderson, Assistant Dean of Students, Founders Hall (309) 794-7502
- The Director of Human Resources, Sorenson Hall (309) 794-7452
When there is a conflict of interest, or if a Compliance Officer is unavailable, the Dean of the College, Founders Hall, will serve as a Compliance Officer.
The Compliance Officers also serve as the college's Title IX coordinators. The College complies with Title IX, which is a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination and harassment in educational programs. Questions about Title IX can be referred to a Compliance Officer. The Office of Civil Rights, located at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/aboutocr.html, enforces Title IX and has student resources available.
Reporting Suspected Violations of Harassment or Discrimination
All faculty, staff, administrators and students are required to promptly report any suspected violations of this policy, even if the individual who was the victim has not filed a complaint. A report should be directed to a Compliance Officer. If there is a conflict of interest, or if the Compliance Officers are unavailable, the complaint should be made to Dr. Pareena Lawrence, Dean of the College, Founders Hall, (309) 794-7312.
If you think you are the victim of harassment or discrimination, you may file either an informal or formal complaint.
Informal Complaint Procedure
The informal complaint procedure attempts to resolve the situation informally with a meeting between the complainant, the alleged offender, and a Compliance Officer. Students should report an informal complaint of discrimination or harassment to a Compliance Officer. Any such complaint should be made as soon as possible after the alleged policy violation occurs. Students will be informed of the specific informal complaint procedures at the time of the complaint. The informal complaint procedure may be skipped if the Compliance Officer determines it would be inappropriate or unproductive in a particular the situation. If there is no resolution through the informal complaint procedure or if you choose to proceed under the formal procedure, you may then file a request for a formal hearing before the Advisory Committee on Discrimination and Harassment, as detailed below.
Formal Hearing Request
A formal hearing request must be filed with a Compliance Officer. A request should be filed as soon as possible after the occurrence of an alleged violation of this policy.
Upon filing a request for a formal hearing, the college will initiate a formal investigation which includes a formal hearing to determine whether a policy violation has occurred and to determine appropriate disciplinary sanctions. A formal hearing provides both the alleged victim and the alleged offender the opportunity to present their side of the story, including with any evidence and witnesses. The college has a legal obligation to investigate incidents of discrimination or harassment. Therefore, even if a potential victim chooses not to pursue the complaint procedures set forth in this policy, the college still retains the right to fully investigate the matter and take appropriate actions consistent with its findings.
Allegations of discrimination and harassment are taken extremely seriously by the college. All reports of violations of this policy, whether oral or written, will be handled promptly and in a manner appropriate to the circumstances of each individual case. If a violation of this policy is found to have occurred, immediate and appropriate action will be taken by the college to promptly stop the harassment and prevent it from occurring in the future.
Some forms of harassment or alleged discrimination may violate state, federal, and local laws. At any time you may exercise your right to institute legal proceedings before a federal or state agency. The institution of such legal proceedings may be in addition to, or instead of, pursuing the procedures set forth herein.
Augustana College is committed to balancing the interests of all parties involved in complaints of discrimination and harassment and will attempt to keep the complaint, including the name of the complainant and the alleged offender, as confidential as possible. However, the college recognizes there are certain situations which may require disclosure of information, and such information will be disclosed to individuals with a genuine need to know the information or when the need to investigate warrants such disclosure. Further, when credible information received through an investigation shows there may be violations of other college policies, the appropriate officials will be notified.
Students must be prepared to identify themselves by showing their student identification card upon request. Failure by an Augustana student to produce an I.D. card will result in disciplinary action. Duplicating or reproducing the I.D. in any way is considered a violation subject to discipline. A student who loses or damages his or her I.D. may obtain a replacement from Access Control, Sorensen Hall Basement or call 309.794.7707. A $15 fee will be charged.
Presentation of the Augustana I.D. is required to borrow library material. You are responsible for all items checked out on your I.D. card.
Students working for Dining Services or Facilities Services must swipe their I.D. cards in the time clock for time and attendance.
Students also use their I.D. cards to gain entry into their residence halls.
Dining Room Regulations
The following rules of the college are applicable to dining rooms. Violators of any of these regulations may be referred to the Director of Dining Services, or, in the case of major infractions, to the Campus Student Judiciary. Violators will be subject to fines or other appropriate disciplinary action.
- Students are prohibited from altering, in any way, the appearance of an Augustana I.D. for the purpose of gaining additional meal privileges.
- No person may use an Augustana I.D. card which is not his or her own for the purpose of purchasing food.
- No student may loan his or her Augustana I.D. card to another person for the purpose of purchasing food at a campus dining room.
- Students may not consume food items or remove merchandise from the serving area prior to making payment.
- Students must present their Augustana I.D. card to a checker or other designated dining room staff member in order to purchase food from their accounts.
- Students are expected to cooperate with reasonable requests of dining room personnel, just as they are expected to conform to reasonable standards set by the management of a public restaurant. Individuals creating disturbances in dining areas (i.e., verbal, physical, etc.) may be refused service and instructed to leave. Failure to comply with reasonable requests by the management staff will subject the offender to action by the appropriate student or college judicial group or civil authority.
- China, trays, silverware, etc., must not be removed from the dining rooms.
- Shoes must be worn in all campus dining rooms.
Processes for Violations of Code of Social Conduct
Although most faculty and staff (and particularly the Dean of Students Office) can direct students to the appropriate committee or individual to resolve different types of conflicts, the following information may be helpful.
Many conflicts may be resolved informally by simply contacting a staff member for assistance or referral. For formal solutions which involve a hearing, the college provides the following options. For help in resolving disputes involving the specific issues listed below, please contact the individual or office identified (the Dean of Students Office or Dean of the College can identify chairs):
Academic misconduct Honor Council, Dr. Margaret Farrar, Associate Dean of the College
Animal mistreatment Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use
Athletics Director of Athletics
Gender or racial discrimination, harassment or insensitivity Dr. Margaret Farrar, Associate Dean of the College
Greek groups Director of Student Activities
Incompletes, extensions, deadlines Registrar
Student parking or tickets Director of Security Services
Student publications (Observer, SAGA, Yearbook) Chair, Student Publications Board
Student teaching, teacher education program Chair, Department of Education
For help in resolving all other conflicts, contact the Dean of Students Office.
Augustana Student Judiciary (Non-Academic)
The information in this section is a summary of judicial policy as it relates to non-academic violations of the Augustana Code of Social Conduct, and is not intended as a detailed or definitive statement of procedure. Persons who wish more detailed information concerning judicial procedures and policies may obtain a copy of the Augustana Student Judiciary Constitution and/or Procedures for Administrative Hearings upon request at the Dean of Students Office, 104 Founders Hall.
The chief goal of the Augustana Student Judiciary is to uphold and enforce the Augustana Code of Social Conduct. Its authority shall be exercised in such a way as to instill a strong sense of self-discipline within the Augustana student. The Student Judiciary's decisions shall not be merely punitive; rather, Judiciary actions shall emphasize an educative component to assist students in their efforts to change behaviors so that future conduct is consistent with community standards.
The Student Judiciary Constitution is concerned with the procedures to be followed in enforcing the Augustana Code of Social Conduct. The Student Judiciary Constitution in no way alters the powers granted by the Constitution of Augustana College to the faculty and the President of the College.
The Student Judiciary consists of 13 members and two alternates: seven students, four faculty and two administrators as regular members, plus one student and one faculty as alternates. The student, faculty, and administrative members are chosen by their respective constituencies. In addition to the 13 members and two alternates, a representative of the Dean of Students is present at the meetings, serving in a non-voting advisory role.
The Student Judiciary has initial authority to judge cases dealing with infractions of the Augustana Code of Social Conduct except in the following cases:
- Serious emotional disturbance.
- Threat to the physical safety of groups or of individuals.
- *Behaviors which can reasonably be presumed to damage the mission of the college.
- Classroom discipline.
*Damage to the Mission of the College - In condensed form, the Mission of the College is to offer a superior Liberal Arts education to its students. Carrying out this mission presupposes the ability of the College to conduct classes, maintain the good will of the community it serves, recruit quality students, and raise funds. Actions which can be presumed to damage the mission of the college include, but are not limited to, conduct damaging the public image of the College, conduct disrupting teaching or learning, engaging in criminal activities, interfering with College Admissions or Development Office functions, and similar actions which hinder the ability of the College to function.
Cases falling under these four categories may, at the discretion of the Dean of Students, be heard by either Student Judiciary or by an Administrative Council consisting of three or four senior administrators (defined as "director" or above) and, where feasible, one student member of Student Judiciary. Alternatively, the student may plead guilty to the Dean or Associate Dean of Students and ask that penalty be set by that administrator.
Alleged violations of the Augustana Code of Social Conduct occurring in or around the residence halls are reported to the Director of Residential Life. Violations of the Code occurring in areas other than residence halls are reported to the Dean of Students Office. A student accused of a violation may select one of two courses of action: (1) accept responsibility for the alleged violation and request that an Administrator or the Student Judiciary take whatever action seems appropriate; or (2) deny responsibility and request a hearing before the Student Judiciary.
A student charged with violating the Augustana Code of Social Conduct has the right to present a defense and witnesses. Both the charged student and alleged victims may be assisted by an advisor of choice from the campus community (full-time faculty, administrator, staff, or student); however, that advisor may not directly participate in the hearing or address the hearing panel. A student may not choose as an advisor any individual who is a witness at the hearing. Formal rules of evidence shall not apply to Judiciary hearings. To find a student responsible for violating the AugustanaCode of Social Conduct, at lease two-thirds of the hearing panel must determine that clear and convincing evidence exists for a reasonable person to conclude that the charge is supported. The Student Judiciary reserves the option of referring any case directly to the Office of the President or associated officers for administrative disciplinary action.
In disciplinary situations which involve students whose presence on campus appears to constitute a threat to the physical or emotional safety and well-being of groups or individual students, faculty, administration or staff, the President of the College may suspend the student(s) for a period of time until the normal Judicial process can be carried out or, at the discretion of the president, the case is decided by the Dean of the College, the Dean of Students and, where feasible, one student member of Student Judiciary. Students may appeal a decision made by either of these groups directly to the President of the College.
From the actual decisions of the Judiciary, the following violations have been selected as examples of serious infractions which are subject to severe discipline: (1) unauthorized possession of a pass key; (2) falsification of school records and official forms; (3) placement of others in physical jeopardy, e.g. providing alcohol resulting in medical intervention; hazing, harassing or physically abusing other persons; (4) theft or damage of personal or college property; (5) possession of illegal drugs; (6) misuse of fire; (7) possession of large quantities of alcohol, e.g. a keg, in a campus residence hall or transitional living area; (8) assault or battery, and (9) recurrent academic dishonesty.
A decision of the Student Judiciary may be appealed to the Student Policy Committee within 10 days after the offender has been notified of the decision. A further appeal may also be carried to the President of the College within 10 days of the receipt of the decision of the Student Policy Committee. Judicial records and physical evidence submitted during a college hearing are considered the property of Augustana College, and may be retained or disposed of at the discretion of the college.
Examples of Possible Penalties
Expulsion The offender is excluded from the college community, and is prohibited from being on the campus at any time.
Suspension The offender is excluded from the college community for a designated period of time. Suspended persons are prohibited from being on any part of the college campus during the term of suspension. Please note that the Dean of Students Office will process a "withdrawal" using the date of the suspension as the date of the withdrawal. Students are responsible for tuition, room and board, along with applicable fees, according to the refund policy published in the college catalogue.
Disciplinary Probation The offender is excluded from all non-credit activity except as a spectator and may not represent Augustana at any public appearance. This is the alternative to suspension and involves a serious questioning of the student's acceptability at Augustana.
Social Probation The offender may be deprived of any activities which are considered extra-curricular. This is a restriction placed on a student or group to impress upon those involved that the limitations required by group living must be observed and that they cannot be violated without penalty.
Deferred Judgment The offender may remain in school until the current term is completed. The case and the term record of the student are then reviewed by the Judiciary.
Student Probation The offender is to remain on good behavior for a specified period of time under the supervision of a responsible party who is appointed by the Judiciary. Periodic reports must be submitted on the conduct of the offender during this probationary period. A student who proves uncooperative while on probation may be subject to further disciplinary action.
Community Service The offender is assigned a number of service hours set by the Judiciary as service to the college, or to a community agency or charitable organization.
Fines The offender must pay a specified monetary penalty by a specified deadline.
Judicial Procedures for Groups
The following judicial procedures apply to all Augustana groups charged with violating the Augustana Code of Social Conduct or the College Hazing Policy:
A. Alleged violations of the Code of Conduct or the Hazing Policy are to be reported to the Dean or Associate Dean of Students.
B. In consultation with the Associate Dean of Students and an administrator of the group's choice, the Dean will determine if there will be a charge against the group.
C. If a charge is made, a statement of the charge, including the specific acts and the section of the Code of Conduct which the act allegedly violated, shall be presented to representatives of the group.
D. The group may accept responsibility for the charge and request that a tribunal consisting of the Dean, Associate Dean, and the administrator take appropriate action (including referral to the Student Policy Committee for direct action or recommendation) or the group may request a hearing before the Student Policy Committee.
E. The rights of a charged group and the procedures followed during a Student Policy Committee hearing are listed in the Judicial Procedures for Augustana Groups. Copies of these procedures are available from the Dean of Students Office, Room 104 Founders Hall, upon request.
F. Appeals of decisions by the Student Policy Committee can be made to the President of the College.
Students who actively or passively place themselves or others at physical risk may be restricted from the campus by the Dean of Students until arrangements can be made for their safe return to Augustana. Permission to return to campus may require evaluation by medical and/or psychological personnel.
Augustana reserves its right to separate from the campus any student whose presence significantly interferes with the educational process or threatens the safety or welfare of other persons. Students who repeatedly violate campus codes or college regulations may be charged with a violation of Article 12 of the Code of Conduct, and referred to Judiciary or administrative officers for possible suspension or expulsion.
Victims of violent crimes will be notified of the outcome of campus judicial proceedings within 48 hours of the decision being made available to the perpetrator and based upon the communication method agreed upon between the victim and the Dean of Students Office beforehand.
Processes for Violations Involving Harassment/Discrimination
All faculty, staff, administrators and students are required to promptly report any harassment that they experience, witness, or become aware of. This applies even if the harassment is taking place in another department, or the harasser is someone outside the college. It is also necessary to report alleged harassment even if the employee who was the victim never actually complained and did not file a formal complaint. The harassment should be reported to Dr. Margaret Farrar, Associate Dean of the College, Founders Hall, (309) 794-7313, or Dr. Evelyn Campbell, Dean of Students, Founders Hall, (309) 794-7533. If there is a conflict of interest, or if Dr. Margaret Farrar or Dr. Evelyn Campbell are unavailable or a party to the complaint, the complaint should be promptly made to Dr. Pareena Lawrence, Dean of the College, Founders Hall, (309) 794-7312.
If you think you are the victim of harassment, you may file either an informal or formal complaint. The informal complaint procedure attempts to resolve the situation informally with a meeting between the complainant, the alleged harasser, and the appropriate compliance officer. If there is no resolution through the informal complaint procedure or you choose to proceed under the formal procedure, you may then file a request for a formal hearing before the Advisory Committee on Discrimination and Harassment. The informal complaint procedure may be skipped if the compliance officer determines it would be inappropriate or unproductive in a particular the situation. The college has a legal obligation to investigate incidents of harassment. Therefore, even if a potential victim of harassment chooses not to pursue the complaint procedures set forth in this policy, the college still retains the right to fully investigate the matter and take appropriate actions consistent with its findings.
Allegations of harassment are taken extremely seriously by the college. All reports of harassment, whether oral or written, will be handled promptly and in a manner appropriate to the circumstances of each individual case. If harassment is found to have occurred, immediate and appropriate action will be taken by the college to promptly stop the harassment and prevent it from occurring in the future.
Procedures for Filing a Complaint of Harassment with the College
An individual who believes he/she has been harassed in violation of this policy is encouraged to take the actions outlined in the following procedures for informal and formal complaints. The procedures set forth in this section apply only when the individual filing the complaint and the alleged harasser are students and/or employed at the college. The procedures set forth in this section do not apply when the alleged harasser is a third party, such as a vendor servicing the college. In situations where the alleged harasser is such a third party, the individual who was the subject of the harassment in violation if this policy should promptly report the incident as outlined in detail above, and the appropriate college officer will investigate and determine the appropriate course of action to properly address the situation and prevent the conduct from occurring again in the future.
Informal Complaint Procedure
Students should make any informal complaint of harassment to the Associate Dean of the College, Dr. Margaret Farrar or the Dean of Students, Dr. Evelyn Campbell. If there is a conflict of interest, or if the Associate Dean of the College or the Dean of Students, respectively, are unavailable, or a party to the complaint, the informal or formal complaint should be made to the Dean of the College, Dr. Pareena Lawrence. Any such complaints should be made as soon as possible after the alleged harassment occurs. Students will be informed of the specific informal complaint procedures at the time of the complaint.
Formal Hearing Request
Anyone who believes he or she is the victim of harassment may file a request for a formal hearing before the Advisory Committee on Discrimination and Harassment.
A formal hearing request is filed with the Associate Dean of the College, Dr. Margaret Farrar. A request should be filed promptly, and as soon as possible after the occurrence of an alleged incident. If there is a conflict of interest, the Associate Dean of the College is unavailable, or a party to the complaint, the request may be made with the Dean of Students, Dr. Evelyn Campbell.
Upon the timely filing of a request for a formal hearing, the college will initiate a formal investigation followed by a formal hearing to determine whether harassment has occurred and to impose appropriate disciplinary sanctions.
Filing a Complaint of Discrimination on the Basis of a Disability
Complaints of discrimination may be informally discussed with any supervisor, advisor, department head, division chair or administrator in the college system or filed formally in writing with the Dean of Students. Complaints about discrimination will be responded to promptly and equitably. The right to confidentiality of all members of the college community will be respected in both informal and formal procedures, insofar as it is possible. Formal procedures will not be initiated without a written, signed complaint.
Role of Compliance Officers
The compliance officers for the college are Dr. Margaret Farrar, Associate Dean of the College, Founders Hall, (309) 794-7313 and Laura Ford, Director of Human Resources, Sorensen Hall, (309) 794-7352. The compliance officers along with the Advisory Committee on Discrimination and Harassment are responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Harassment Policy. The compliance officers and the committee are also responsible for the harassment training of all college faculty and staff and will keep a record of the names and dates of the individuals who have attended the training. The compliance officers oversee all harassment complaints and ensure proper procedures are followed in each case. In addition, the compliance officers are available to explain complaint procedures, answer questions, and ensure that appropriate actions are taken. When there is a conflict of interest, the officers are unavailable, or one of the officers is a party to the complaint, the Dean of Students will take over the role of the compliance officer.
Records of all complaints are maintained by the compliance officers. The compliance officers track the report and confirm incident rates for statistical purposes. Annually, a report will be given to the President of the College summarizing the data. These records will be held in confidence.
Some forms of harassment or alleged discrimination may violate state, federal, and local laws. At any time you may exercise your right to institute legal proceedings before a federal or state agency. The institution of such legal proceedings may be in addition to, or instead of, pursuing the procedures set forth herein. Contact information for the state and federal agencies that handle such charges is as follows:
Illinois Department of Human Rights
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph Street, Suite 10-100
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 263-1579 (TDD)
222 South College, Floor 1
Springfield, Illinois 62704
(217) 785-5125 (TDD)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
500 West Madison Street, Suite 2800
Chicago, Illinois 60661
(800) 669-6820 (TTY)
Certain time limits apply for complaints filed with these administrative agencies, and further information on these processes can be obtained directly from those agencies. In addition, information can be obtained at the following websites: www.eeoc.gov and www.state.il.us/dhr.
Augustana College is committed to balancing the interests of all parties involved in complaints of discrimination and harassment and will attempt to keep the name of the complainant confidential and to respect the rights of the accused harasser. However, the college recognizes there are certain situations which may require disclosure of information, and such information will be disclosed to individuals with a genuine need to know the information. Further, when credible information received through an investigation shows there may be violations of other college policies, the appropriate officials will be notified.
Vandalism and Theft
Students observing acts of vandalism or theft are asked to inform Public Safety or Residential Life staff (for violations within a residence hall). Major acts of vandalism or theft may be referred to the Rock Island Police for investigation and possible criminal charges.
Any loss or destruction of property in residence hall rooms shall be borne equally by the occupants of that room unless responsibility can be placed on one person. Any loss or destruction of property in public areas of residential units shall be paid for by occupants associated with the public area unless responsibility can be placed on specific individual(s). Incidents of major theft or vandalism will be referred to the Rock Island Police Department for investigation and charges.
Students may lessen the chances that their personal property will be damaged or stolen by: (1) keeping books, coats, etc., in sight or properly secured; (2) locking residence hall rooms when unattended; (3) locking bicycles in racks provided for that purpose or placing bicycles in their rooms at night and (4) engraving their driver's license number on all valuable property. The college is not responsible for losses of personal property from residence hall rooms or storage areas.
The following information is provided in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Colleges and universities are required to supply information regarding: (1) campus crime statistics; (2) policies relevant to handling of campus crime; (3) programs and procedures designed to educate the campus community about security issues; (4) policies and resources related to alcohol and drug use.
Preparation of the Annual Crime Statistics
Augustana College compiles its statistics on crime through regular contact with a variety of sources. These statistics are compiled and classified in accordance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) System. The Office of Public Safety routinely solicits crime information from the Rock Island Police Department, Residential Life, the Dean of Students and the Office of Student Activities. Each time there is an event requiring a notification of criminal activity on campus, all employees who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities are reminded of their obligation to report crimes as "Campus Crime Authorities." Examples of "campus officials" include athletic coaches and faculty advisors for student groups as well as the offices mentioned above. Reporting of criminal activity and alcohol-related violations that occur during events sanctioned by the college at off-campus locations is facilitated through contact with a liaison officer appointed by the Rock Island Police Department. The Dean of Students and the Office of Public Safety publish the annual report. A daily log of reported crimes is maintained by Public Safety and is available weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., at the Public Safety offices located on the ground floor of Sorensen Hall.
Since these statistics do not provide a full picture of the types of crimes that occur on or near campus, the following additional information is provided. Additionally, for the purposes of clarification, it is essential that the reader be aware that the college is obligated to follow UCR guidelines that can result in conflicting classifications when comparing to state statutes.
In addition, it is important to point out that effective with the crime statistics for 2009 a DOE ruling has modified the manner in which thefts from student residential facilities are classified. Prior to this revision, thefts from student living facilities were frequently classified as burglaries. The new ruling shifts this type of incident over to the larceny catagory unless there is clear evidence that the structure was entered solely to commit a theft.
Larcenies (thefts): Thefts also have occurred in various academic buildings typically when property is left unattended. Additionally, there are occasional reports of thefts from student vehicles. Under UCR guidelines this type of incident is reported in the Larceny category.
Harassing phone calls: The residence halls usually experience several reports of harassing phone calls each year. In most occurrences, once students hang up they are rarely bothered a second time.
Acquaintance rape: The college realizes that acquaintance rape is a serious problem and that 90% of the victims do not report this crime. Due to the complexities surrounding acquaintance rape, the college offers a variety of educational programming and resources to the college community. All reports will be taken seriously and, when possible, an investigation will be conducted.
The college's response to a crime report will vary depending on the nature and severity of the crime. In some rare situations, such as those involving reports of sexual assaults, the decision to report the crime to the Rock Island Police Department will be dictated by the victim. If the decision is made to report to the police, college officials will fully cooperate with any subsequent investigation. In situations where it is determined that a student violated the Augustana Code of Social Conduct, on-campus judicial proceedings will be initiated.
To ensure that members of the community are informed of situations which could potentially affect either their personal safety or the safety of their property, the college currently employs a variety of methods of issuing alerts to the campus community.
A. For urgent situations which pose an immediate threat to the campus population, Augustana Public Safety staff will activate an outdoor siren which is networked to a series of ancillary "booster" interior sirens distributed across campus. Activation of the siren is intended to let members of the campus community know to access e2campus instant messaging service, Augustana-assigned email accounts, or the college website for specific instructions. E2campus utilizes a combination of text messaging and email alerts to inform the community. Subscription to the service is both free and voluntary. Students may sign up at www.augustana.edu/e2campus/index.php. Additional emergency safety and evacuation instructions can be found on posters posted in each classroom, office area and residence hall room.
B. Eight bright yellow security boards, one located in each of the five residence halls and additional boards located in three academic buildings, serve to inform the community on a daily basis about security issues. Campus Incident Reports are emailed to the entire campus community and include incidents of gender and racial discrimination, harassment, and insensitivity in addition to the mandated crime statistics. Additionally, "alert information" can be obtained by accessing the Office of Public Safety web page. The College makes every effort to post incident information within twenty-four hours of its occurrence, and includes location, time and a brief summary of the incident as well as a statement of the action taken.
As an educational institution, Augustana College is committed to promoting, through educational and awareness-raising activities, a campus environment where sexual assault and exploitation are recognized as wholly unacceptable, and where victims of sexual assault are provided support and avenues of redress as appropriate. Sexual assault is defined as perpetrated or attempted sexual contact without consent and includes:
- intentional touching, either of the victim or when the victim is forced to touch directly or through clothing, another person's genitals, breasts, thighs or buttocks;
- sexual intercourse without consent whether by an acquaintance or a stranger;
- oral sex or anal intercourse without consent; or
- sexual penetration with an object without consent.
To constitute consent, a person must freely give an agreement to the sexual conduct in question. To constitute a lack of consent, the acts must be committed either by force, threat of force, intimidation, coercion or the victim's inability to give informed consent due to the use of alcohol and/or sedative drugs.
If you have questions about whether you have been the victim of sexual assault (or whether something you have experienced is sexual assault), contact the Rape Crisis Center at 797-1777. The Rape Crisis Center is a community social service agency which provides free and confidential services.
A person who has experienced sexual assault has several options:
1. Contact the Rape Crisis Center at (797-1777), available 24 hours per day. The Rape Crisis Center is a community social agency that is not affiliated with the college but with which the college often works in sexual assault awareness training. The Center will provide guidance and support and can provide a trained counselor to meet with the survivor on an as-needed basis and to accompany the survivor through the medical, legal and other procedures in which the survivor may choose to become involved.
2. Contact college personnel at one of the following:
a. Public Safety at 794-7711, available 24 hours per day. If Public Safety is contacted regarding a sexual assault, the dispatcher will ask for basic information (who is calling, where they are, an outline of what occurred, etc.) then will offer options for assistance. A public safety officer can respond to take a report, a Residence Director On-call can be sent to the victim, or the Rape Crisis Center can be contacted. Student victims of sexual assault can also be directed to a hospital emergency room for supportive and medical services. (The survivor of sexual assault is not obligated to follow any of these suggestions, and as far as possible, will have her/his preferences for response supported by the public safety staff.)
b. A residential life staff member such as the Community Advisor or the Hall Director may be contacted through the Office of Residential Life 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by calling Public Safety at 794-7711 at other times.
c. Dean of Students office at 794-7533, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
d. Counseling Services at 794-7357, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
e. College chaplain at 794-7213, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
The office of Civil Rights guidelines will govern the college's response. College personnel will make every effort to advise the victim of the options in notifying law enforcement officials and the importance of preserving evidence to establish proof of a criminal sexual assault.
3. Contact the police by dialing 9-911 if on campus or 911 off campus, available 24 hours per day. In the event that Rock Island police are called to respond to a sexual assault at Augustana College, an officer would be sent to the scene to interview the victim. If the event occurred recently, the victim would be taken to the hospital for a medical examination. Depending on the circumstances, if the event occurred recently, a detective may be called that night to interview the victim and begin a criminal investigation. If the event occurred much earlier or the officer did not feel there was sufficient timely evidence to be gathered, a report would be filed and a detective assigned at a later time. After a report was generated and a detective assigned, a criminal investigation would begin. If the victim decides to bring charges, he/she would be put in contact with the Illinois State Attorney's Office and be assigned a victim's coordinator to assist with the criminal process.
4. Contact or go to the local emergency room. Medical services for sexual assault are free. The medical facility with emergency room services located nearest campus is Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, 2701-17th Street, Rock Island, Illinois, 309-779-5000.
Transportation to and from medical facilities is provided by the college health care shuttle service (7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, phone 9-781-5711) or for free cab service at other times contact Lucky Cab Co. (9-788-8386).
Victims of sexual assault who arrive at a hospital emergency room will be provided an advocate from Family Resources to assist them in understanding options available to them. It is best if victims of assault do not change clothing or bathe before going to the hospital. Services to victims of sexual assault may include collection of evidence of assault (for possible later use should the victim decide to press charges), sexually transmitted disease testing, and pregnancy protection.
A person who has experienced sexual assault is encouraged to seek medical care and supportive counseling as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to report incidents of sexual assault to college personnel, particularly the Dean of Students or the Director of Security.
The Dean of Students has several options to offer a survivor of assault, as appropriate to the circumstances:
- discussion about options regarding different levels of addressing the assault;
- assistance with filing charges through the college judicial system;
- referral to counseling and other support services;
- intervention in coursework or changes in living arrangements;
- assistance in notifying proper law enforcement authorities, if the survivor so chooses.
The college will attempt to maintain a neutral position so that the victim is free to make decisions in her or his best interests. However, the college is mandatory to conduct a prompt investigation and take steps to end the violence and prevent its reoccurance. The steps to be taken will be shared with the survivor and efforts to honor the survivor's wishes will be made.
If judicial charges occur, the accused may plead responsible and accept a penalty from the Dean of Students or plead not responsible and the case will go to a confidential hearing body consisting of three administrators. Both the accused and the accuser will be afforded equal treatment during the hearing. Both parties will be allowed an advisor (must be a member of the Augustana community); neither party will be allowed to question each other directly. The accuser and any witnesses may request the option of confidential separate testimony. Both the accused and the accuser will be notified of the outcome of the hearing. A likely sanction for this type of violation of the code of conduct is separation from the college.
This information will be provided to a victim by an Augustana staff member.
Augustana Public Safety Officers are on duty 24 hours a day. They are non-sworn, unarmed employees of the college who report violations of the Code of Social Conduct directly to the Dean of Students. Although Public Safety staff will handle minor disturbances or disputes between students, they will contact the Rock Island Police Department when circumstances indicate that physical contact might be necessary to control a given situation. The Office of Public Safety has established a close working relationship with the Rock Island Police Department, the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office and the Illinois State Police, but does not have a formal written agreement with any outside agency.
A student operated van service, A.C.E.S. (ext. 7550), is available usually beginning the third week of fall term. Normal operating hours are between 7:00 p.m. and 1:50 a.m. every day of the week. The van will take students to and from campus and nearby off campus locations.
All members of the campus community are encouraged to immediately report criminal actions or emergency situations to the Office of Public Safety and/or the Rock Island Police Department. Situations not requiring emergency response can be reported to Public Safety, Residential Life, the Dean of Students, or Student Activities for referral. At present, Augustana does not have a voluntary confidential reporting system.
To contact Public Safety from an on-campus extension dial "7711". To contact local emergency services including ambulances, the Fire Department and the police, dial 9-911 if calling from a campus phone. Off-campus, dial "911".
If anyone has reason to believe that an Augustana student is missing, he or she should immediately notify either the Dean of Students Office or the Office of Public Safety so that they can generate an initial report and investigation. Public Safety will conduct an on-campus investigation regardles of the student's residence status. For students living off-campus, the Rock Island Police Department will be notified.
For on-campus residents, if 1) the investigation indicates that the student has been missing for a period greater than 24 hours or 2) the investigation confirms that the student is missing prior to the end of a 24 hour period, the following procedures will be implemented immediately:
Public Safety will notify the Rock Island Police Department and provide the student's emergency and confidential contact information. In the event the student has not provided such information, the college will still notify the police department within 24 hours of reaching a determination that the student's whereabouts cannot be reasonably accounted for. At this point, the Rock Island Police Department will assume responsibility for concluding the investigation. Public Safety will continue to assist in any way possible.
If the missing party is under the age of 18 (and is not an emancipated individual) the College will notify the student's parent or legal guardian as soon as a determination is made that the student's whereabouts cannot reasonably be accounted for. If the student is 18 or older, the Risk Assessment Team will determine whether or not to contact parents.
All Augustana students who reside in on-campus housing are provided with the means to provide confidential contact information by the office of Residential Life. This information is confidential and is accessible by authorized campus officials and law enforcement only, and will not be disclosed outside of a missing person investigation.
For the safety of the campus community, each academic building has a secretary or staff member available to handle problems during the day. During the evening hours, academic and residence halls are regularly checked by Public Safety staff members. After hours, academic and residential facilities are locked.
The five residence halls are secured 24 hours a day with access to the buildings regulated via a proximity card access system. Additionally, residence halls are staffed by student public safety staff members whose primary responsibility is to monitor the lobby area of the building.
The following information is provided in response to the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (PL-110-315) Augustana College strives to provide a safe residential environment particularly when it comes to fire safety. Planning is currently underway to incorporate a "wet" type of fire sprinkler system into our residence halls which do not currently have a sprinkler system. The college employs a full time staff member whose primary responsibility is to repair and maintain life/safety equipment. All fire safety systems are inspected annually by an independent contractor hired for that purpose.
In recent years the college has been extremely fortunate to have avoided both injuries and loss of life as the result of a fire. The most recent occurrence involving a fire in a residential facility occurred in 2011.
On 3/2011 the campus dispatcher received a fire alarm from one of the residence halls. Public Safety and the fire department were dispatched and upon arrival discovered that a washer in Food Service was on fire. The fire was extinguished and an inspection revealed that the cause could be attributed to a grease from the items inside the washer. Damage was limited to the washer. There were no injuries
On 10/15/05 the campus dispatcher received a fire alarm from one of the residence halls. Security and the fire department were dispatched and upon arrival discovered that a clothes dryer in one of the laundry rooms was on fire. The fire was extinguished and an inspection revealed that the cause could be attributed to a plugged lint filter. Damage was limited to the dryer and a load of clothes which was in the machine when the incident occurred. There were no injuries.
Fire Safety training -Early in the fall term each residential facility conducts a fire drill to familiarize residents with the evacuation procedures specific to their residence. Fire safety and evacuation procedures are also reviewed at the first community meeting. A poster outlining emergency procedures is posted in every student room. Each fall, the fire department offers training in the use of fire extinguishers to members of the staff and faculty including members of the Residential Life staff. Specific information regarding fire safety policies in student housing is detailed in Inside our Halls and Houses which is available online at: http://www.augustana.edu/Documents/insideHallsAndHouses.pdf
Fire Safety Systems in Student Housing -Augustana currently employs a variety of fire protection systems within our residential housing facilities. Each housing facility is listed below with specific information regarding the method/means utilized along with a legend to provide further details.
Bellman A&B HW
Bremer A&B FP
Erickson Hall S/FPM
Gustav A&B HW
House On Hill FPM
Lindgren A&B B
Martinson A& B HW
Naeseth (1-5) FPM
Parkander S. S/FPM
Parkander N. S/FPM
Roslin A&B HW
Seminary Hall S/FPM
Swanson Commons S/FPM
Westerlin Hall S/FPM
S - Sprinklers -building is equipped with a sprinkler system
HW - Hard Wired detectors within the structure are linked and connected to 110v
B - Battery -detectors are battery equipped
FP Facility is regulated through a fire panel on site but is not linked to central station
FPM - Fire Panel Monitored structure is linked into a central station in Public Safety and monitored 24/7
Emergency Response Procedures
The college has established emergency response procedures which include protocols for managing and responding to various emergency situations. More details are available on the Public Safety website http://www.augustana.edu/x793.xml. Emergency notification and evacuation procedures include a warning siren which can be heard throughout the campus, and the e2campus instant messaging service which provides emergency information to students and college personnel by texting their cell phones. Additional safety information and evacuation plans are posted in all campus buildings, classrooms and offices.
All Augustana maintenance personnel are uniformed employees who carry college identification. Outside contractors working on campus are required to register their presence with the Office of Security and wear identifying nametags.
Beginning with orientation during the fall term, and continuing throughout the year, security is a highly visible topic on campus. "Security Week" is held during the first few weeks of the fall term and serves to reinforce the introduction to safety issues which were presented during New Student Orientation. Throughout the year both the Office of Residential Life and Student Life and Leadership staff provide safety information for on- and off-campus residents. Programs during the year range from involving members of single residence hall floors taking greater precaution when locking their doors, to an all-campus speaker sharing insights about acquaintance rape. Other topics offered deal with alcohol use, drug abuse, maintenance of property/home security, sexual assault, situational liability for the safety of others, and personal protection.
Each spring, information on safety issues is offered to students considering moving off campus. Juniors are required to attend this program, which educates students about the risks of living independently and provides practical information for creating safer environments.
The safest campus is one in which all members feel welcomed and respected. Augustana College is committed to providing an environment where not only behaviors that we normally define as "crimes" are reported, investigated and dealt with, but also behaviors that may cause members of our community to not feel welcomed. This goal must be balanced with the need for open expression of ideas, which is the foundation of serious academic study. We ask that behaviors that are insensitive to individuals or groups be reported promptly to Campus Security, Dean of Students Dr. Evelyn Campbell, or Title IX Officer Dr. Margaret Farrar.
Title IV of the Higher Education Act requires that all institutions provide to enrolled and prospective students, and to current and prospective employees, the institutional information available in the list of documents described on the following pages. A printed copy of any of the documents may be obtained upon request from the office indicated. The Augustana College Catalog is available online and from the Office of the Registrar.
Available to Current and Prospective Students
Financial assistance information. This information is in the Augustana College Catalog, found in the section headed Financial Assistance, and includes application procedures, scholarships and grants available, and loan information.
Information on costs and procedures for withdrawal. This information is included in the Augustana College Catalog in the section headed College Costs and in an annual update entitled Schedule of Student Charges. Included are tuition and fee charges for full-time and part-time students, room and board charges for available options, estimates of the costs for necessary books and supplies, estimates of transportation costs, any additional costs for special programs, refund policies, and the procedures for officially withdrawing from the college.
Information on programs, facilities, faculty and accreditation. This information is in the Augustana College Catalog and includes a listing of current degree programs, instructional, laboratory, library, computer and other physical facilities that relate to the academic program; the faculty and other instructional personnel; and the names of the agencies that accredit Augustana and its programs. A description of facilities available to students with disabilities may also be obtained from the Dean of Students Office, Founders 104.
Graduation rates. This information is published in the Augustana College Catalog and includes the four-year and six-year graduation rates of degreeseeking full-time students. This is published for the most recent graduating cohort of entering first-time, first-year students. The student handbook, Inside Augustana, provides four- and five-year graduation rates for the past decade.
Terms of federal loans. This information is published in the Augustana College Catalog in the section headed Financial Assistance. A complete description of each loan category is provided.
Augustana's Annual Security Report. This report may be obtained from the Dean of Students Office and the Thomas Tredway Library reserve desk. The material in the report is also published annually in Inside Augustana. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Augustana College, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters.
Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act. This report is available in the athletics department. This report documents athletic participation rates and institutional support for the athletic program.