Campus Safety Alerts and Notices

Augustana College is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all to learn, live and work. We also understand that the campus community is a dynamic place, so everyone must play a role in maintaining that safety.

We also understand that communication with the campus community is vital to keeping everyone informed and involved.

The information found in this section will include specific information regarding incidents on campus that may require action from the campus community. The action will generally involve everyone staying alert for a person or a situation that may arise and a request to notify Campus Safety immediately if the person or situation is observed.

Please contact the Department of Campus Safety at 605.274.4014 if you have any questions or concerns.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

MISSING STUDENT -  CANCEL - Kayla Gilles has been located and is safe - as of 6am, Wednesday, January 28th - Thank you for your assistance.

The Department of Campus Safety is seeking assistance in locating a missing "at risk" student:  Kayla Lynn Gilles, 19yrs old, white female, blonde hair, 5'6", 140 pounds.  Last seen in the area of Granksou Hall.  Last seen wearing a black hoodie and black leggings with a white design down the leg.

If you have any information that can assist in helping safely locate Kayla Gilles, please call 911 or the Department of Campus Safety at 605.274.4014.

As of Wednesday morning Sioux Falls Police, Campus Safety and Residence Life staff are searching the campus for Gilles.

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Recently, an Augustana College student filed a stalking report involving a male subject that she met via Facebook.

As a result of our investigation, we offer the following details along with tips that are meant to remind us that we must all play a role in keeping our campus community safe.

In one incident last week, the male subject waited near the entrance to a residence hall acting like he was looking for his ID in his backpack until someone opened the door for him. The subject is not a college student but has taken steps to look like a college age student.  The subject is also know to hang out in the library in the evenings.

The subject is described as a white male, 30s, wearing gray sweat pants, a dark hooded full zip sweat shirt, black shoes and a white stocking cap. The subject was carrying a dark colored back pack and had ear buds in one ear.

If you see someone matching this description please call Campus Safety immediately at 605.274.4014.

Safety Tips:

  •     If you do not know the person, please do not allow them to follow you into a residence hall. If they belong, they have an ID card that will allow them access or they can call the friend they are visiting for access. By allowing an unknown person access to a residence hall is allowing access to the living space for a lot  of  people. You don’t want to be the person who allowed access to a person who does something bad to someone in the building.
  •     Lock your residence hall room, apartment and house even when you are inside.
  •     When using social media don’t assume the information you receive is factual.  Be cautious about what personal information you have put out for others to see and be cautious when corresponding with someone you have never met.

If you see someone or something suspicious, please do not hesitate to call Campus Safety to check it out at 605.274.4014.

Thank you for playing a role in keeping Augustana a safe place to live, learn and work.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

FBI Warns of Fictitious ‘Work-from-home’ Scam Targeting University Students

College students across the United States have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams. Students have been receiving e-mails to their school accounts recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. The “position” simply requires the student to provide his/her bank account number to receive a deposit and then transfer a portion of the funds to another bank account. Unbeknownst to the student, the other account is involved in the scam that the student has now helped perpetrate. The funds the student receives and is directed elsewhere have been stolen by cyber criminals. Participating in the scam is a crime and could lead to the student’s bank account being closed due to fraudulent activity or federal charges. See this document for further information and tips on how to protect yourself from scams.

Friday, January 16, 2015

FBI Warns of University/College Payroll Scam

The FBI is warning of a new scam that targets University/College employees. The fraudulent e-mail indicates there is a change in the employees human resource status that requires them to login to provided updated information. The website provided appears very similar to the institutions legitimate site. Please know that in the event of a request from the College to change information or provide information, you would be directed to log into your portal.  You should do that after closing out the requesting email and never open a link on an email.  (Example:  There would never be a time that someone from the Business Office or Human Resources would contact you via email providing a link to change your personal or bank account information.)   See this document for further information and tips on how to protect yourself from this scam.

 

Notice of Combined Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report Availability

Augustana College is committed to assisting all members of the Augustana community in providing for their own safety and security. View the Annual Security and Fire Safety compliance document.

If you would like to receive the combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report that contains this information, you can stop by the Department of Campus Safety Office at 2112 S. Grange Ave., Morrison Commons, Sioux Falls, SD  57197 or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 605.274.4014.

The website and booklet contain information regarding campus security and personal safety included topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, Campus Safety officer authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. The document also contains information about crime statistics for the three previous calender 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.

This information is required by law and is provided by the Augustana College Department of Campus Safety.