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Other Policies and Procedures

Communicable Diseases

Augustana College is committed to protecting the health of all members of the campus community — faculty, staff, students, and guests — and providing a safe place to work and study. As an institution of higher learning and a college of the Church, Augustana believes that it is important that all members of the campus community are treated with compassion and understanding and that education and communication are critical elements of its response to cases of communicable diseases. The policy will be periodically reviewed and revised to take account of current medical practices and recommendations from the South Dakota Department of Health, U.S. Public Health Services and the American College Health Association.

Policy - Administrative decisions made with respect to participation by any student, faculty or staff member in college activities, programs or facilities will be made on a case-by-case basis by the appropriate administrative personnel, medical and legal counsel.

Guidelines - The following guidelines will offer direction in providing appropriate decisions that are sensitive to the protection of both individuals and the campus community:

  • Each decision will be made with care based on the best available medical information and a moral responsibility to both the individual and the College.
  • Augustana is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of infected students and staff.
  • Students who are medically able to continue their studies without disruption or risk to the college community will be permitted to do so.
  • Employees who are medically able to continue to perform their duties without disruption or risk to the college community will be permitted to do so.
  • The College is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of medical information to the extent that government mandated reporting permits. The College will comply with local and state agencies in conjunction with required reporting for known cases. An individual’s right to privacy and confidentiality will be upheld according to FERPA (1974) and HIPAA (1996).
  • The College may make provisions for referrals to community resources for additional education, consultation and treatment.
  • Augustana College will strive through education to provide the most current medical information.

Alcohol and Drugs: General Statement & Response to the “Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1988”

Augustana College is committed to preventing alcohol and drug abuse and the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of alcoholic beverages and drugs. In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), information about applicable laws and consequences pertaining to the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of illicit drugs is published annually.

Augustana College recognizes the serious problems related to the abuse of alcohol and the illicit use of drugs in our society today. In response to this concern, the College is committed to a campus environment that reflects a desire to address alcohol and drug related behaviors. The following goals have been established to provide a healthy, safe, and secure place to live, work, and study:

Laws ­- Augustana College acknowledges and supports local, state, and federal laws pertaining to alcohol abuse and the illicit use of drugs.

Policies - College policies are established to govern the use, possession and distribution of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs.  The College will strive to confront any person whose behavior or performance may be affected by alcohol or drugs.

Support - Augustana is committed to providing opportunities for all members of the campus community to receive confidential information and counseling regarding substance abuse or dependency. The following resources are available to any individual or group who needs help:

Alcoholic Beverages: Advertising Guidelines

The use of alcoholic beverages poses a threat to the student body at Augustana College. Consequences of alcohol use may include the lessening of academic performance, difficulty in managing emotions, loss of relationships, damage to personal and college-owned property, and most importantly, the potential for serious injury through automobile use and other types of accidents.

  • Advertising of which the primary purpose is to sell alcoholic beverages will not be permitted.
  • Alcohol-related advertising may not portray drinking as a solution to personal problems of students or as a necessary ingredient for social or academic success.
  • Special promotions must not encourage any form of alcohol abuse such as an emphasis on quantity and frequency of use.
  • Advertising that discloses prices for alcoholic beverages will not be printed.
  • For purposes of these guidelines, a college publication shall be defined as a newspaper, tabloid, athletic program, brochure, catalog, book, magazine, or periodical sanctioned or published by Augustana College.
  • Name brand advertising of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Beverage companies wishing to provide a public service announcement that addresses responsible use of alcohol and drinking and driving may be considered exceptions to this guideline.
  • For student publications, responsibility for enforcing these guidelines shall fall to the editors of those publications and those editors in turn shall be responsible to the Augustana College Publications Board.