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 provides standards which the Student Conduct Process 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, including the possession of a fictitious or fraudulent official identification card;
- Vandalism, or damage to college or personal property;
- Purchase, manufacturing, possession,* use,** sale, sharing OR distribution of illegal drugs; or possession of items associated with drug use.
- Purchase, manufacturing, possession,* use,** sale, sharing OR distribution of alcoholic beverages; possession of kegs or other alcohol common source containers;
- Purchase, manufacturing, possession,* use, sale, sharing 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 reasonable requests from college officials and 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 normally will 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.
** NOTE: Use either on or off-campus which results in a negative impact on the college community normally will be considered in violations of the Code of Social Conduct.
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 may result in on-campus disciplinary action.
Student Safety and Well-Being
Students face a myriad of circumstances, situations, and obstacles that produce thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that can negatively impact their own student experience or others experience within the campus community. Augustana College aspires to partner with students experiencing thoughts or behaviors of concern to allow the student to thrive and for the entire campus community to be safe. Therefore, when a student’s behavior becomes a concern to the safety, health and well-being of themselves or others in the campus community, intervention may be necessary to ensure the health and safety of our community.
It is important to be aware of the resources available to help ensure the health and safety of our community. Augustana College provides a variety of resources for students to utilize for safety purposes. These resources include:
ACES – The purpose of the Augustana College Express Service (ACES) is to provide safe transportation around campus for students. We strive to make ACES a fun and safe option to travel around campus, and most importantly to prevent students from walking alone at night.
- Contact ACES for a ride at 309-794-7550.
- Normal hours of operation for ACES to provide transportation are from 7 p.m.-1:50 a.m. Hours are extended to 6 p.m.-1:50 a.m. during daylight savings time.
Augustana Police and Public Safety – This office is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days a year. Augustana Police and Public Safety will respond to concerns raised and involve the necessary offices to address a situation. To reach Police and Public Safety, call 309-794-7711. The “Campus Security” policy in Section 3 of the Student Handbook provides additional information.
Counseling Services – This office is staffed between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in Founder’s Hall. On-call emergency staff are available after hours. On-call emergency staff may be contacted only by responding staff (i.e. Residential Life or Police and Public Safety) and not by students. The “Counseling” in Section 1 of the Student Handbook provides additional information.
Rock Island Police – The Rock Island Police Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the community by working with citizens to enforce laws, solve problems, build partnerships, and protect individual rights. The Rock Island Police Department holds in great regard the trust the community bestows upon them and they take personal responsibility in nurturing and promoting that trust. The Rock Island Police will always strive to set a positive example in the community by maintaining our own high ethical values. For non-emergencies, you can call 309-732-2677. For emergencies, always call x911.
Rock Island Medical Emergency Responders – The Rock Island Fire Department provides the Ambulance Service in Rock Island. All 911 emergency and non-emergency calls for the Fire Department are dispatched through the Rock Island 911 emergency dispatch center in Rock Island. The Fire Department responds to over 3,500 emergency medical calls per year, including vehicle accidents, cardiac, respiratory, diabetic, and other EMS emergencies. For non-emergencies, please call 309-732-2800. For emergencies, always call 911.
Campus Conduct Hotline – This service is provided by an independent 3rd party contractor that partners with Augustana. You may report any concerning behavior regarding students, faculty, staff, or other College operations to the Campus Conduct Hotline by calling 866-943-5787.
Identifying and Reporting a Concern of Safety Risk
Safety of individuals and the entire community are of paramount importance at Augustana College. All community members can play a role in ensuring the health and safety of the Augustana community. Behaviors, statements, or other actions that lead an individual to believe there is a safety risk should be reported. Concerns may be reported anonymously, and can be submitted through the on-line reporting form or by contacting the Dean of Students Office.
When a person discloses a plan to cause harm to self or others, has the means to do so, and there is a sense of urgency, please call "911."
Behaviors of concern are behaviors that would lead a reasonable person to believe the student presents risk of harm to self or others. The following is not an exhaustive list, but provides examples of behaviors or situations that may indicate risk to the safety of an individual, others, or our community:
- Specific threats to another person, group of people, or the community
- Statements indicating approval or intent to use violence to resolve a problem
- Articulated plans to bring weapons to campus (including the workplace, a class, or in residential housing) or to use a weapon to harm a person, group of people, or the community
- Threatening postings or statements or posters, websites, or social media
- Making suicidal threats, attempts or gestures
There are varying degrees of behavior that can create risk to the campus community. The following behaviors may, in some circumstances, warrant intervention by the College's threat assessment team, a crisis responder, or by another resource. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if such behaviors indicate a threat to self or others and will need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and reporting of them is therefore encouraged. Examples of behaviors that may, particularly in combination, or may not indicate a threat include:
- Indication that someone wishes to die or is willing to die
- Significant changes in behavior that suggest that an individual is in severe distress
- Outbursts of anger, especially uncharacteristic outbursts
- Signs of isolation or withdrawal from the community
- Bullying behavior
- Display of paranoia, distrust, or devaluation of others
- Numerous conflicts with and alienation of others
- Preoccupation with weapons, violent events, or persons who have engaged in violent acts
- Uncharacteristically poor performance at work or in academics
- Extreme reaction to a loss or traumatic event
Response to Reports of Safety Risk
When a Student Life staff member is made aware of a concern for the safety or well-being of an Augustana community member, a timely inquiry occurs.
- A staff member is identified as the report lead to conduct the inquiry.
- The information is assessed and appropriate action is taken.
Some reports and inquiries will not meet the College’s threshold for conducting a threat assessment. In those instances, College response may include:
- Welfare Check: College personnel, typically Residential Life staff and/or Police and Public Safety officers, will attempt to locate the student of concern, make an initial assessment of the well-being of the student, and involve the appropriate additional personnel (on or off-campus) as necessary and appropriate.
- Counseling Services: A student may be asked or required to visit with an Augustana Counselor to further assess the student’s well-being.
- Meeting with the Dean of Students or Designee: A student may be asked or required to visit with the Dean of Students (or designee).
All College community members are expected to cooperate with requests for information to understand a safety concern. A student's failure to respond to a request from a college official is a violation of the social code of conduct and may result in student discipline, up to an including suspension from the college.
When a safety risk or concern is reported that meets the College’s threshold for conducting an assessment of threat, the College calls upon the services of the Behavioral Intervention Team.
The Dean of Students may take administrative action(s) against a student and/or a student group to protect the health, safety, or welfare of the College community or any member of it. Administrative action includes, but is not limited to, a "no contact" directive, removal of privileges, removal from or relocation within the residential community, suspension of activity, and/or suspension from the College. If administrative action is issue while a disciplinary action is pending, such action may remain in effective until the disciplinary process is resolved.
Behavioral Intervention Team
A team of Augustana employees comprise the Behavioral Intervention TEAM (BIT) designed to provide a safe campus environment through collaboration, data collection and review, risk assessment, and student interaction.
Goals of the BIT include:
- Ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of all members of the Augustana community;
- Coordinating information sharing to allow for a better understanding of potential problems;
- Furthering Augustana’s stated educational goals;
The BIT is comprised of the Associate Dean of Students (Chair), Dean of Students (Co-Chair), Chief of Police and Public Safety, Director of Counseling, Director of Residential Life, Director of Student Well-Being and Resiliency, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Director of First Year Advising, and Associate Dean of the College. Additional individuals may be called upon to assist the BIT as needed.
The Behavioral Intervention Team has scheduled monthly meetings during the academic year, in addition to emergency meetings, to review ongoing student matters. These standing meetings are intended to serve as checkpoints for individual student behavior, continue to assess potential risks, and to design intervention plans when necessary.
The Behavioral Intervention Team is large by design. The size of the team ensures a critical mass of attendees when a time-sensitive meeting is called. Time-sensitive meetings are not required to have all members attend. However, depending on the concern, specific members of the BIT may be required to attend to provide their expertise.
The Chair, and/or his or her designee, review all reported concerns and determine if an immediate BIT meeting needs convened or if alternative intervention is appropriate at that time with BIT involvement occurring at the next scheduled meeting.
A threat assessment inquiry includes the following steps:
- A report lead is assigned to conduct the inquiry. That leader identifies additional staff who will be responsible for gathering, analyzing, and making decisions based on the information gathered
- Information is gathered to understand as much as possible about the individual or situation. Information gathering seeks to find facts about the student, potential targets (if any), the concerning behaviors, etc.
- Individuals are identified to interview including people outside the community (i.e. parent or guardian of the student of concern)
- Information gathered is analyzed.
- Assessments of threat are made, along with a plan of how the threat may be de-escalated or eliminated. These assessments are reflected in management plans or interventions for students of concern.
- The appropriate College offices and officials will respond in accordance with institutional policies and the individualized response plan proposed by the BIT team.
BIT members participate in annual training that allows team members to understand threat assessment protocol and best practices and how best to promote campus safety when responding to safety concerns.
The purpose of BIT is in alignment with the Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008. Pursuant to this Act, all institutions of higher education in Illinois are required to develop and implement campus threat assessment teams. This policy promotes the safety and well-being of the College campus and formalizes the College's threat assessment process.
Students who have been involved in an immediate safety risk matter or BIT process will be expected to participate in additional follow-up from the Dean of Students Office, Counseling Office, or BIT. Follow-up may include but is not limited to expecting one-time or long-standing counseling sessions, meeting with the Dean of Students, establishing a behavioral agreement, or providing documentation following a hospitalization. A student's failure to respond to a request from a college official is a violation of the social code of conduct and may result in student discipline, up to an including suspension from the college.
To provide scaffolding and support for student success, a behavioral agreement may be put in place with a student following intervention of risk behavior. A behavioral agreement is designed to serve as a set of guidelines and expectations that the student agrees to abide by when resuming all activities as a college student at Augustana. Failure to adhere to the agreed upon expectations will result in referral to the student conduct process.
Return to School Following Withdrawal
If a student who presents a safety concern chooses to withdraw from the institution, readmission will be based upon a positive recommendation for readmission from a treating physician or therapist. This recommendation for readmission must be approved by a member of Augustana Counseling and the Dean of Students. In many cases, the student must show that arrangements for off-campus professional support have been made prior to readmission. Adherence to any treatment plan will also be required in order to maintain 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 and groups who are alleged to be in violation of the hazing policy, will be subject to disciplinary action conducted through the student code of conduct process. For more information on “group conduct”, see Judicial Procedures for Groups.
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
- The Hazing Policy is distributed, along with the entire student handbook on an annual basis.
- Individuals, organizations and groups 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 Leadership.
- Activities which threaten a person's physical, emotional or academic wellbeing.
- Rides and/or forced/coerced movement of students from one location to another.
- Eating, drinking or covering the body with distasteful or foreign substances.
- Non-approved use of the campus slough pond.
- 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 the New Member Period will be in violation of the hazing policy. For example, having alcoholic beverages at a Greek group New Member activity and expecting or implying that students are expected to consume them is a violation of the hazing policy.
- 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.).
- All New Member-related activities conducted outside designated time periods.
- Activities which disrupt community life and/or violate the rights of others.
- Disruptive activities in the library and/or academic buildings.
- Loud, disturbing activities.
- Activities which encourage violation of criminal or civil law and/or Augustana codes or policies.
- Forced/encouraged vandalism and/or shoplifting.
- Use or possession of explosives or fireworks.
Policy on Demonstrations and Protests
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 interfere with the academic, educational, or essential functions of the College. With this in mind, we affirm that:
- 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. The College will not, however, make the campus available to or otherwise support activities or groups that promote hate and violence.
- Protests and demonstrations must be conducted peaceably and are subject to standard policies regarding student group activities, as well as any applicable college policies and laws. Protesters are expected to abide by the instructions of law enforcement and other college officials and to show Augustana ID upon request. Individuals or groups who disrupt an event or fail to leave when asked are in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and are subject to disciplinary action. Disruptions may include but are not limited to occupation of personal office spaces, the purposeful blocking the view of others at an event, banners or items that block the audience's view, or noise or action that disrupts the ability of the audience to hear.
- Participation in protests and demonstrations on Augustana College property is restricted to College community members only. Students may request permission to invite members of the public, including the media, to a protest or demonstration. If permission has been requested and granted, any such individual is expected to comply with College policy and with the requests of College officials. Any individual or group who disrupts an event or fails to comply with the requests of College officials will be asked to leave Augustana College property immediately. Failure to comply may result in arrest for unlawful trespass or other criminal violations.
Any student or student organization that wishes to stage a demonstration or protest on Augustana College property must meet with the Dean of Students office to discuss the proposed event, College policies, and appropriate safety measures.
Philosophy, Policies and Programs on Alcohol and Drugs
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.
Any student 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
Alcohol Amnesty Policy
Alcohol amnesty protects a student from punitive sanctions for alcohol policy violations when the student is seeking help for a first time alcohol-related medical emergency. Alcohol amnesty for alcohol sanctions will be granted to students who, in good faith, report, or experience themselves, an alcohol emergency that requires acute emergency care (i.e. a transport to the emergency room). However, if campus officials (e.g., Residential Life staff, Augustana Public Safety/Police) intervene beforehand, a student will not be granted protection under this policy.
At its discretion, the college may choose to pursue educational interventions and/or undertake other actions necessary to protect the welfare of the campus community. Students may be held responsible for actions while intoxicated, as intoxication will not be viewed as an acceptable excuse to alleviate individuals of responsibility for other policy violations. The college's alcohol amnesty policy does not preclude action by other legal authorities.
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.
- Sufficient 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 event must register with the Office of Student Life and Leadership at least 48 hours prior to the event.
- During the Greek Life New Member Period, alcohol consumption is prohibited 8 hours prior to, and during, the hours designated as "New Member Hours" by the College, for all members of the Greek community who participate in or who are present during the new member process, regardless of age or active status.
- 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.
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 Office of Student Life and Leadership, and Director of Student Well-being and Resiliency 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.
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 Resident Director, Area Coordinator, the Director of Residential Life, Medical Services Coordinator, Director of Student Well-Being and Resiliency, 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 Office.
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.
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 believed to be cultivating, manufacturing, distributing or selling 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 (whether by plea agreement or in a court of law) of dealing in illegal drugs will automatically be considered for separation from the Augustana community.
While the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act allows certain recreational marijuana use as of January 1, 2020, use, possession, cultivation and distribution of marijuana in any form remains a crime under federal law. Because Augustana College receives federal funding and is subject to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Community Act Amendments of 1989, the college will continue to prohibit the use, possession or cultivation of marijuana and all other controlled substances.
Students found to be possessing, using, cultivating, or distributing marijuana on Augustana property will still be subject to disciplinary action under the Code of Conduct. Additionally, drug paraphernalia such as pipes or bongs are not allowed on campus and also will continue to be considered violations of college policy.
For further information, contact the Dean of Students Office, 104 Founders, 309-794-7533, or the Chief of Police/Public Safety, Sorensen Hall, 309-794-7279. 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
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.
Health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol
Alcohol health risks information
The following information on health risks is from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
Drinking too much can harm your health. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 95,000 deaths and 2.8 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2011 – 2015, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 29 years. Further, excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2010 were estimated at $249 billion, or $2.05 a drink.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans defines moderate drinking as up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. In addition, the Dietary Guidelines do not recommend that individuals who do not drink alcohol start drinking for any reason. Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including: High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems; Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, voice box, liver, colon, and rectum; Weakening of the immune system, increasing the chances of getting sick; Learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor school performance; Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety; Social problems, including family problems, job-related problems, and unemployment; Alcohol use disorders, or alcohol dependence.
By not drinking too much, you can reduce the risk of these short- and long-term health risks.
Information available at CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm
Marijuana health risks information
The following information on health risks is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States, and marijuana use may have a wide range of health effects on the body and brain.
About 1 in 10 marijuana users may experience some form of addiction. For people who begin using before the age of 18, that number rises to 1 in 6. People who are addicted to marijuana may also be at a higher risk of other negative consequences of using the drug, such as problems with attention, memory, and learning. Some people who are addicted may need to smoke more and more marijuana to get the same high. It is also important to be aware that the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana (i.e., marijuana potency or strength) has increased over the past few decades. The higher the THC content, the stronger the effects on the brain. In addition, some methods of using marijuana (e.g., dabbing, edibles) may deliver very high levels of THC to the user.
In many cases, marijuana is smoked in the form of hand-rolled cigarettes (joints), in pipes or water pipes (bongs), in bowls, or in blunts – emptied cigars that have been partly or completely refilled with marijuana. Smoked marijuana, in any form, can harm lung tissues and cause scarring and damage to small blood vessels. Smoke from marijuana contains many of the same toxins, irritants, and carcinogens as tobacco smoke. Smoking marijuana can also lead to a greater risk of bronchitis, cough, and phlegm production. These symptoms generally improve when marijuana smokers quit.
Marijuana use, especially frequent (daily or near daily) use and use in high doses, can cause disorientation, and sometimes cause unpleasant thoughts or feelings of anxiety and paranoia. Marijuana use is associated with temporary psychosis (no knowing what is real, hallucinations and paranoia) and long-lasting mental health challenges, including schizophrenia (a type of mental illness where people might see or hear things that aren’t really there).
Marijuana use has also been linked to depression and anxiety, and suicide among teens. However, it is not known whether this is a causal relationship or simply an association.
Information available at CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/health-effects/teens.html; https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/health-effects.html
MDMA health risks information
The following information on health risks is from the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
People who use MDMA usually take it as a capsule or tablet, though some swallow it in liquid form or snort the powder. The popular nickname Molly (slang for “molecular”) often refers to the supposedly “pure” crystalline powder form of MDMA, usually sold in capsules. However, people who purchase powder or capsules sold as Molly often actually get other drugs such as synthetic cathinones (“bath salts”) instead. Some people take MDMA in combination with other drugs such as alcohol or marijuana.
MDMA increases the activity of three brain chemicals:
• Dopamine—produces increased energy/activity and acts in the reward system to reinforce behaviors
• Norepinephrine—increases heart rate and blood pressure, which are particularly risky for people with heart and blood vessel problems
• Serotonin—affects mood, appetite, sleep, and other functions. It also triggers hormones that affect sexual arousal and trust. The release of large amounts of serotonin likely causes the emotional closeness, elevated mood, and empathy felt by those who use MDMA.
Other health effects include:
• Muscle cramping
• Involuntary teeth clenching
• Blurred vision
MDMA’s effects last about 3 to 6 hours, although many users take a second dose as the effects of the first dose begin to fade. Over the course of the week following moderate use of the drug, a person may experience irritability, impulsiveness and aggression, depression, sleep problems, anxiety, memory and attention problems, decreased appetite, and decreased interest in and pleasure from sex. It’s possible that some of these effects may be due to the combined use of MDMA with other drugs, especially marijuana. High doses of MDMA can affect the body’s ability to regulate temperature. This can lead to a spike in body temperature that can occasionally result in liver, kidney, or heart failure or even death.
Information available at NIH website: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/mdma-ecstasymolly
Prescription opioids health risks
The following information on health risks is from the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
Prescription opioids used for pain relief are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor, but they can be misused.
Opioids bind to and activate opioid receptors on cells located in many areas of the brain, spinal cord, and other organs in the body, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure. When opioids attach to these receptors, they block pain signals sent from the brain to the body and release large amounts of dopamine throughout the body. This release can strongly reinforce the act of taking the drug, making the user want to repeat the experience.
In the short term, opioids can relieve pain and make people feel relaxed and happy. However, opioids can also have harmful effects, including drowsiness, confusion, nausea, constipation, euphoria, and slowed breathing. Opioid misuse can cause slowed breathing, which can cause hypoxia, a condition that results when too little oxygen reaches the brain. Hypoxia can have short- and long-term psychological and neurological effects, including coma, permanent brain damage, or death. Researchers are also investigating the long-term effects of opioid addiction on the brain, including whether damage can be reversed.
People addicted to an opioid medication who stop using the drug can have severe withdrawal symptoms that begin as early as a few hours after the drug was last taken. These symptoms include muscle and bone pain, sleep problems, diarrhea and vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps, uncontrollable leg movements, and severe cravings.
An opioid overdose occurs when a person uses enough of the drug to produce life-threatening symptoms or death. When people overdose on an opioid medication, their breathing often slows or stops. This can decrease the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain, which can result in coma, permanent brain damage, or death.
If you suspect someone has overdosed, the most important step to take is to call 911 so he or she can receive immediate medical attention. Once medical personnel arrive, they will administer naloxone. Naloxone is a medicine that can treat an opioid overdose when given right away. It works by rapidly binding to opioid receptors and blocking the effects of opioid drugs. Naloxone is available as an injectable (needle) solution, a hand-held auto- injector (EVZIO®), and a nasal spray (NARCAN® Nasal Spray).
Information available at NIH website: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-opioids
Drug and alcohol programs
A variety of substance abuse and prevention programs are available. See detailed information under Counseling Services.
Disciplinary Sanctions for Drug and Alcohol Use
Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment
Title IX and Title IX Coordinators
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.
Augustana College recognizes that students may choose to identify themselves within the college community with a preferred first name that differs from their legal first name. Preferred first name will be used across college systems, where feasible. (See Preferred Name Policy under Registrar.)
All Augustana students are issued an identification (ID) card. This card provides access to facilities, services and events offered at the college and other benefits in the community.
By using the card, the cardholder agrees to be bound by all the terms and conditions outlined below:
1. General terms and uses
The card is the property of Augustana College, is non-transferable and may not be altered in any way.
Students must be prepared to identify themselves while on campus by showing their identification card upon request. Failure by an Augustana student to produce an ID card will result in disciplinary action; see Inside Augustana Student Handbook.
The ID card grants a student entrance to Augustana’s three fitness centers on campus: the AugiePlex in Westerlin Residence Center, PepsiCo Recreation Center and Carver P.E. Center. It also allows students into activities sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership, which include concerts, movie nights, bingo games and other activities. Admission to varsity athletic events is free with the student ID card.
A meal plan is a pre-paid account for students’ on-campus dining purchases. Meal plans are set up at the beginning of each academic term and are charged to a student’s tuition bill.
Meal plans include a set number of meals and Viking Bucks which are electronically loaded onto the student ID card. Whenever the card is used, the meal plan account balance is automatically debited.
Meal plans are non-transferable and cannot be used by others. Meal plan holders are required to show the ID card upon entry to the dining hall or for purchase with their plans.
Some students working on campus may use their ID cards for clocking in and verifying attendance. Student workers should ask their supervisors about how to clock in/out.
The ID card is required to borrow library material. Students are responsible for all items checked out on their ID card.
The student ID is a building access card. Full access to residential facilities by student ID is limited to residents of that particular building. All other students have limited access to the public-use areas in each residential building.
2. ID photo
Photos are maintained by the college and considered directory information and are not confidential under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.
The photo is considered part of a student’s official record at the college and may be shared with other college personnel and systems for official college business. Photos may be subject to disclosure to third parties under applicable state and/or federal laws.
3. Lost, stolen or damaged card
A lost or stolen card must be reported immediately as follows: In person at Access Control Office during service hours, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Access Control Office in the basement of Sorensen Hall is the only place to get a replacement card.
A fee of $25 will be charged for lost, stolen or damaged cards. There is no charge for a card that breaks due to normal wear and tear or is deemed defective, as determined by inspection at Access Control.
4. Cardholder liability
Augustana College is not responsible for any loss or expense caused by theft, misuse, or loss of the card. Misuse of the student ID will be reported to the Dean of Students and may result in disciplinary action. See Inside Augustana Student Handbook.
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 Student Conduct Process. Violators will be subject to fines or other appropriate disciplinary action.
- Students are prohibited from altering, in any way, the appearance of an Augustana ID for the purpose of gaining additional meal privileges.
- No person may use an Augustana ID card which is not his or her own for the purpose of purchasing food.
- No student may loan his or her Augustana ID 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 ID 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.
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: Associate Dean of the College
Animal mistreatment: chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use
Athletics: Director of Athletics
Bias Incident: Bias Response Team
Discrimination, harassment or insensitivity: Associate Dean of the College Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator; and/or 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): 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.
Processes for Violation of Code of Social Conduct
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 experienced administrators and, where feasible, one student member of Student Judiciary. Alternatively, the student may plead responsible to the Dean or Associate Dean of Students and ask that the 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 three courses of action: (1) accept responsibility for the alleged violation and request that the Dean or Associate Dean of Students issue sanctions; or (2) accept responsibility for the alleged violation and request that the Student Judiciary determine sanctions; or (3) deny responsibility for the alleged violation, in which case the Student Judiciary will have a hearing to determine whether or not the charged student is responsible for the alleged violation, and if so what sanctions are appropriate.
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. Due to the nature of their work, Augustana's Police/Public Safety Officers may not serve as an advisor for judicial proceedings. Formal rules of evidence shall not apply to Judiciary hearings. To find a student responsible for violating the Augustana Code of Social Conduct, at least two-thirds of the hearing panel must determine that a preponderance of evidence exists for a reasonable person to conclude that the charge is supported. Cases heard by an Administrative Council require a simple majority of the hearing panel to determine by a preponderance of evidence that the charge is supported.
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 Dean of Students 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 Dean of Students, the case may be 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 calendar days after the offender has been notified of the decision by submitting a written appeal expressing the reasons for the request for a rehearing to the Dean or Associate Dean of Students. A further written appeal may also be carried to the President of the College within 10 calendar 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 student is excluded from the college community, and is prohibited from being on the campus at any time.
Suspension The student 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 student 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 student 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 student 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 student 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 student 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 student must pay a specified monetary penalty by a specified deadline.
Provisional Suspension 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.
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. Following the tribunal or hearing, the group will receive written notice of a finding of responsibility.
F. Appeals of decisions by the Student Policy Committee can be made to the President of the College within 10 calendar days.
Victims of Violent Crimes
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 category 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.
Sexual Assault: The college realizes that sexual assault is a serious problem and that 90% of the victims do not report this crime. Due to the complexities surrounding sexual assault, 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 the following method.
For significant emergency or dangerous situations that are pose a continuing threat, Augustana Police/Public Safety will send an Augie Alert. These messages utilize a combination of text messaging, emails, and web site information to inform the community about the event and appropriate safety information. Subscription to the service is both free and voluntary. Students may sign up online. Additional emergency safety and evacuation instructions can be found on posters posted in each classroom, office area and residence hall room.
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 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 an on-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 regardless 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 buildings 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.
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
Local Culture HW
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. 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 Police and Public Safety and wear identifying name tags.
Programs which address issues of security
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 Augustana Public Safety, Dean of Students, or a Title IX Officer.
Animals are not allowed in any campus buildings at Augustana College.
Exceptions to this policy include students who require a Service animal or an Emotional Support Animal.
Emotional Support animals are only allowed in the student’s residence on campus. They are not allowed in other campus buildings. For additional information regarding Emotional Support Animals, contact the Medical Services Coordinator in Residential Life at 309-794-2686 or stop by the Residential Life Office in Andreen Hall.
Questions regarding service animals should be directed to the Dean of Students Office, Director of Disability Services, or Human Resources Office. Please follow the processes provided if you have an animal you need to have on campus.
As required by Illinois law, all Augustana College buildings are smoke-free, and the use of tobacco, including smoke-free products, is prohibited within campus buildings. This policy also includes e-cigarettes. Smoking, vaping and the use of smoke-free tobacco products is allowed only in designated areas that are at least 15 feet from entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes. Additionally, smoking, vaping and use of smoke-free tobacco is not allowed in college-owned vehicles by drivers or passengers.
Registered student organizations and offices may chalk on flat, uncovered sidewalks and pathways on campus to publicize an upcoming event sponsored by the student organization. Student organizations should avoid excessive chalking or chalking in a manner that limits the use of a space by other student organizations.
All chalking on college property must abide by the following rules:
- The Augustana Circle Plaza A is a chalk-free zone. No chalking is permitted within the circle between Olin Center and Founders Hall.
- Chalking must be on flat, horizontal surfaces with no overhang above
- Chalking is not permitted on any vertical surface which includes buildings, steps, signs, walls, statues, benches, etc.
- Chalking must be at least 30 feet away from the entrance to any building
- Water-soluble ("sidewalk") chalk must be used; the use of markers, paints, or spray chalk is strictly prohibited
- Chalking may not contain profanity
- Chalking must comply with all College policies, including the College's Policy Against Discrimination & Harassment and the Statement on Freedom of Expression
Chalking that does not comply with this policy will be removed, and individuals or student organizations that violate these rules may be subject to disciplinary action and may be responsible for removal costs.
Use of the Slough Pond
For safety reasons, use of the 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 (brief defined as a minute or less) 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 pre-approved certified Augustana-employed life guard present during the entire event. The organization will be billed for the lifeguard’s time.
- Participants or those watching are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- The activity occurs during daylight hours.
- Activity will not be permitted during inclement weather or low temperatures which is determined by the Dean of Students Office or Office of Student Life and Leadership.
Use of drones
The use of a drone must be approved by Augustana Police/Public Safety.
Use of hoverboards, Segways and other recreational motorized vehicles
Hoverboards, Segways and other recreational motorized vehicles are prohibited on campus.