- Augustana Code of Social Conduct
- Students at Risk
- Hazing Policies
- Policy on Demonstrations and Protests
- Alcohol and Drug Policies and List of Controlled Substances
- State, Local and Federal Applicable Legal Sanctions
- Severe Physical or Emotional Disturbance
- Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment
- Title IX and Title IX Coordinators
- Policy on Consensual Relations Between Faculty/Staff and Students
- Augustana I.D. Card
- Dining Room Regulations
- Use of the Slough Pond
- Use of Drones
- Judicial Processes
- Possible Sanctions
- Chronic Violators
- Victims of Violent Crimes
- Crime Statistics
- Sexual Assault
- 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; or possession of items associated with drug us.
- 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 Life 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.
Augustana's mission promises students a challenging liberal arts education, and a vital part of such an education is developing the maturity and conviction to effectively express one's views. We recognize campus demonstration and protest as valuable forms of speech. Indeed, the campus as a whole may benefit, as exposure to challenging ideas is a necessary component of a liberal arts education. At the same time, it is critical that demonstrations and protests not themselves subvert the educational mission by preventing members of the Augustana community from full enjoyment of Augustana's resources. With this in mind, we affirm that:
1) It is normal that the ideas of different members of the College community will sometimes conflict and we do not attempt to shield people from ideas that they may find disagreeable or even offensive. The college will not, as a matter of course, intervene to regulate the content of protests and demonstrations.
2) Protests and demonstrations are subject to standard policies regarding group activities, as well as applicable policies and laws concerning health and safety. Protesters are expected to abide by the instructions of law enforcement and other college officials and to show Augustana ID upon request.
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 Life 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 Augustana Police/Public Safety Office, Sorensen Hall.
State, Local and Federal Applicable Sanctions
Drugs of Abuse Chart from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Illinois Drug Laws from the Illinois General Assembly (marijuana laws also available in a simplified table)
Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties Chart (Not Including Marijuana) from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration
Federal Drug Trafficing Penalties Chart (Marijuana) from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration
Students convicted of any drug offense during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV, HEA program funds, under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant or loan assistance.
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.
It is the policy and commitment of Augustana College to provide an environment free from discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, service in the uniformed service (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities operated by the College.
Harassment, whether verbal, physical, or visual, that is based on any of these characteristics is a form of discrimination. This includes harassing conduct that impacts job benefits, or interferes unreasonably with an individual’s academic or work performance, or creates what a reasonable person would perceive to be an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence (see Policy Against Sex Discrimination, including Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct, and Other Interpersonal Misconduct).
Some examples of what may be considered discrimination or harassment, depending on the facts and circumstances, include the following:
• Verbal harassment: derogatory comments regarding a person's race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry, ethnic heritage, mental or physical disability, age, appearance or other classification protected by law; threats of physical harm or distribution of written or graphic material having such effects.
• Physical harassment: physical contact including touching, hitting, pushing or other aggressive contact. Derogatory gestures or the display of signs or pictures that may be offensive to others may also be examples of physical harassment.
• Sexual harassment: unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature such as sexual advances, demands for sexual favors or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
It is expected that each and every member of the Augustana community will assist and support the College in its prohibition of discrimination and harassment. All employees of Augustana College are required to promptly report suspected violations of this policy, even if the individual who was or is the victim has not filed a complaint. The report can be made to a supervisor, the Director of Human Resources, the Dean of Students Office, or in the case of sex discrimination, a Title IX Coordinator.
SCOPE OF POLICY
This policy applies to all employees, including faculty, staff and administrators, of the College, as well as all students, guests and visitors of the Augustana community.
The College prohibits retaliation against an individual for opposing any practices prohibited under this policy, for bringing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, for assisting someone with such a complaint, for attempting to stop such discrimination or harassment, or for participating in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment. It is central to the values of Augustana College that any individual who believes they may have been the target of prohibited discrimination or harassment feel free to report their concerns without fear of retaliation or retribution. Concerns about potential retaliatory conduct should be reported to the Director of Human Resources Manager or another Title IX Officer (see Title IX below), or the General Counsel of the College.
Sexual or other harassment can occur intentionally or unintentionally. A member of the Augustana community who feels harassed by an employee of the College, a student, or a third-party (such as a supplier or vendor) should make this concern known by:
• If possible, telling the person who is engaging in the conduct or communication that his or her actions are offensive to you and that those actions must stop.
• If the offensive behavior does not stop, or if you are not comfortable communicating directly with the person, you should advise your manager or supervisor, or any member of the Office of Human Resources, a Title IX Coordinator, the Dean of Students Office, or a member of the Residential Life staff. This can be done by meeting in person or in writing.
• Follow up a verbal complaint with a written report of the complaint. It is helpful for allegations of improper behavior to be put in writing to assure a clear understanding of the behaviors and the issues raised. The written report should be factual and contain as much specific information as possible.
• Alleged violations of this Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment are promptly investigated. If you feel that your complaint has not received appropriate attention, you should discuss your concern with the Director of Human Resources, a Title IX Coordinator (see below), the Dean of Students Office, or the General Counsel of the College.
• The College will take any steps necessary to stop behavior that violates this policy.
• You may report violations without fear of retaliation. The College strictly prohibits retaliation of any kind against an employee or any other individual who reports, in good faith, conduct that is believed to violate this policy. Retaliation is also prohibited against any individual who participates in the College’s investigation of such conduct. Any individual who believes he or she has been subjected to or affected by retaliatory conduct for reporting a suspected violation of this policy or participating in an investigation should report the concern immediately.
It may be considered harassment if:
• Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis of an academic or employment decision or is either an explicit or implicit term of employment or admission to any college program or college-related activity; or
• Such conduct is sufficiently serious (i.e., severe, pervasive, or persistent) and objectively offensive so as to deny or limit a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s programs, services, opportunities, or activities; or
• Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance.
All complaints of harassment or discrimination will be kept as confidential as possible. A prompt and thorough investigation of all complaints will take place. The investigation and grievance procedures may vary, however, depending on the type of discrimination reported, as well as the classification of the individual accused of a violation (i.e, student, employee or faculty member). Retaliation against indiviudals who report harassment or discrimination or participate in the investigation of a report is strictly prohibited. Any incident or suspected incident of retaliation should be reported immediately. Reports of retaliation may be made to the Director of Human Resources, the General Counsel, the Dean of Students Office or a Title IX Coordinator.
Augustana College prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in employment as well as in its education programs and activities, and a federal law known as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"). Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Title IX states as follows:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct such as sexual assault, sexual exploitation and dating or domestic violence. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sex discrimination.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Illinois Human Rights Act are two other laws that also prohibit sex discrimination.
Questions about Title IX at Augustana College, or to file a complaint of gender discrimination under Title IX, contact the College's Chief Title IX Coordinator, Laura Ford (Director of Human Resources) at 309-794-7452. The following individuals service as Deputy Title IX Coordinators for the College, and may be contacted with any questions, or receive complaints, as noted below:
Chief Title IX Coordinator: Laura Ford, Director of Human Resources, 794-7452
As Chief Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources Director Laura Ford is responsible for enforcement of Title IX at the College. Laura can receive complaints from any individual regarding Title IX. Laura and her Human Resources staff will handle complaints of staff and administrative employee violations of Title IX, and will be responsible for ensuring all members of the community receive information regarding the College’s prohibition of sex discrimination, the process for addressing concerns of sex discrimination, and education regarding the forms of sex discrimination.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Student Matters: Chris Beyer, Director of Residential Life, 794-2686
As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Christina Lorge-Grover is primarily responsible for organizing student training required under Title IX and receiving complaints related to student violations of Title IX. Christina can also receive a complaint of a violation of Title IX from any member of the Augustana community.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Student Investigations: Mark Anderson, Associate Dean of Students, 794-7533
As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Mark Anderson is primarily responsible for investigations when a student is accused of violating Title IX. Dean Anderson can also receive a complaint of a violation of Title IX from any member of the Augustana community.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Faculty Matters: Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Associate Dean of the College, 794-7282
As a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Wendy Hilton-Morrow is primarily responsible for organizing faculty training required under Title IX and receiving complaints related to faculty violations of Title IX. Associate Dean Hilton-Morrow can also receive a complaint of a violation of Title IX from any member of the Augustana community.
A person may also file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by calling 1-800-421-3481 or visiting http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html.
Reporting Suspected Violations of Discrimination or Harassment
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 the Dean of Students Office, the Office of Residential Life, the Human Resources Office or the Dean of the College.
Reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual misconducts, such as sexual assault, should be directed to a Title IX Coordinator. Reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct will be handled in accordance with the College's Policy Against Sex Discrimination, including Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct, and Other Interpersonal Misconduct.
Individuals who believe they are the victim of prohibited harassment or discrimination, other than sex-based harassment or discrimination, will have the option to file an informal or formal complaint as outlined below. Individuals who believe they are the victim of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual misconducts, such as sexual assault, will have the options outlined in the College's Policy Against Sex Discrimination, including Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct, and Other Interpersonal Misconduct.
Informal Complaint Procedure
An informal complaint may be filed with either the Dean of Students Office or the Dean of the College.The informal complaint procedure attempts to resolve the situation informally with a meeting between the complainant, the alleged offender, and a College representative. 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 College 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 the Dean of Students Office or the Dean of the College. 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 presenting 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 offending behavior 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.
Contact information for the state and federal agencies that handle such charges is as follows:
Illinois Department of Human Rights
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)
Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights
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.
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.
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.
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.
For safety reasons, use of the lower campus slough pond is restricted to approved occasions. With approval of the Dean of Students Office, campus organizations may utilize the pond for traditions such as wedding engagements and other achievements of its members, celebrating graduation and/or the end of a school year, and special events such as the Homecoming Regatta. Use may include brief entries into the pond providing:
- the activity has been approved at least 72 hours in advance by the Dean of Students Office or the Office of Student Life and Leadership;
- participants who enter the pond do so with their consent;
- participants avoid activities that might cause them to swallow or inhale pond water, and
- there is a certified life guard present during the entire event.
The use of a drone must be approved by Augustana Police/Public Safety.
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. Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Associate Dean of the College
Animal mistreatment Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use
Athletics Director of Athletics
Discrimination, harassment or insensitivity Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Associate Dean of the College and Title IX Coordinator; Mark Anderson, Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator
Greek groups Director of Greek Life
Incompletes, extensions, deadlines Registrar
Student parking or tickets Deputy Chief of Augustana Police/Public Safety
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 Sanctions
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.
Vandalism and Theft
Students observing acts of vandalism or theft are asked to inform Augustana Police/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. Augustana Police/Public Safety routinely solicits crime information from the Rock Island Police Department, Residential Life, the Dean of Students and the Office of Student Life and Leadership. 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 Augustana Police/Public Safety publish the annual report. A daily log of reported crimes is maintained by Augustana Police/Public Safety and is available weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., at the Augustana Police/Public Safety Office 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 Police/Public Safety 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 Augustana Police/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.Sexual Assault
Augustana Police/Public Safety Officers are on duty 24 hours a day. The Chief and Deputy Chief are armed and have the power to arrest. The other officers are non-sworn, unarmed employees of the college who report violations of the Code of Social Conduct directly to the Dean of Students. Although Augustana Police/Public Safety will handle minor disturbances or disputes between students, they will usually contact the Rock Island Police Department when circumstances indicate that physical contact might be necessary to control a given situation. Augustana Police/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 Augustana Police/Public Safety and/or the Rock Island Police Department. Situations not requiring emergency response can be reported to Augustana Police/Public Safety, Residential Life, the Dean of Students, or Student Life for referral. At present, Augustana does not have a voluntary confidential reporting system.
To contact Augustana Police/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 Augustana Police/Public Safety so that they can generate an initial report and investigation. Augustana Police/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:
Augustana Police/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 Rock Island 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. Augustana Police/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 Augustana Police/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 during some evening hours by students whose primary responsibility is to monitor the lobby area of the building. 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.
(1) On 3/2011 the campus dispatcher received a fire alarm from one of the residence halls. Augustana Police/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
(2) 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 the Augustana Police/Public Safety Office 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 Augustana Police/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.
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.