Campus Housing Closing Information
Spring Semester Move Out
May update: we have developed move-out procedures for residents who still have belongings in campus housing; see the residence hall and apartment/theme house sections below for specific procedures. To maintain appropriate social distancing and to protect the health and safety of all students, families, and staff, students are permitted to bring one additional person to help them move out. We are also requiring everyone to wear face masks while on campus.
You do not need to return to campus while you are under a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place order; if you or a family member is concerned about health; or if you live a great distance away from Sioux Falls. Your items will remain in your space until you can safely return to campus.
Please note that the Center for Campus Life is receiving a large amount of phone calls and emails right now. We greatly appreciate your patience as we respond to those. Before calling or emailing, review the information on this page thoroughly; the answers to your questions are likely included here.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
Do not come to campus. Contact your healthcare provider and stay at home for the mandated isolation period. Contact Campus Life at 605.274.5215 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make alternate arrangements.
- Checkout Instructions for Residence Halls
- Checkout Instructions for Apartments and Theme Houses
- Damages and Lost Keys
- Items Stored in Academic or Other Buildings
- Housing for the Remainder of the Semester
- What if I'm unable to travel?
- What if I've already moved out?
- Bicycles and Cars
Time Slot Sign Up
Students in residence halls who have been unable to return to campus, due to stay-at-home orders or other travel or health restrictions, can sign up for a move-out time on any Saturday, starting May 2 and ending May 23. Please use the SignUp Genius link associated with your residence hall to sign up for a move out time. Remember, we are requiring everyone to wear a mask while on campus, and you are limited to bringing 1 additional person to help you move out.
- Arrive during your scheduled checkout period. When you arrive, proceed to Campus Safety desk in the Commons. You will receive a temporary key card that gives you access to your building. Once you've received the key card, you can go to your residence hall.
- Pack all of your personal items.
- Clean your room and take all of your trash and recycling out to the appropriate dumpsters. We are not providing cleaning supplies or a vacuum - just do your best.
- Empty and clean your Microchill unit thoroughly (including the microwave portion). Leave your fridge plugged in.
- Make sure all university furniture is present in your room and is put back in its original configuration.
- If you rented a loft, you can leave it assembled in your room.
- Close and lock your window, and close your curtains.
- Turn off all lights.
- Lock your door, then place your key and key card into the express checkout envelope. Express checkout envelopes are located at your residence hall front desk and at Campus Safety. Make sure to review the information on the envelope and fill in the information needed at the bottom. Return your express checkout envelope to the collection box at your residence hall front desk or at Campus Safety.
- Any items left behind in your room after you officially check out are considered the property of Augustana University and will be removed and donated, recycled, or discarded. If you leave a lot of items behind, you may be billed an excess cleaning fee for the time it takes staff to clean out your room.
Because our apartment and theme house communities are small, we are not requiring you sign up for a specific move out time. We are requiring everyone to wear a mask while on campus, and you are limited to bringing 1 additional person to help you move out.
- Proceed directly to your building when you arrive on campus. Student IDs remain active for Balcer, Nelsen, and Svendsbye residents, so you can swipe into your building when you arrive.
- Pack all of your personal items in your bedroom, as well as the bathroom, living room, kitchen, and other common spaces in your apartment or house. If your apartment comes with a storage unit, that must be emptied as well. You must remove all personal items and personal furniture from your apartment or house, even if you are living in the same space next year. No exceptions.
- Make sure all university furniture is present in your apartment or house and is put back in its original configuration. For example, beds need to be assembled and in bedrooms; a pile of bed frame pieces on the floor is not acceptable. Again, you must remove all personal (non-university) furniture from your apartment or house.
- Clean all rooms in your apartment or house and take out all trash and recycling. Make sure you are cleaning all surfaces, including the inside and outside of appliances as well as all bathrooms in your apartment or house.
- Close and lock all windows; close blinds/curtains.
- Turn off all lights.
- Lock your door, then go to the Campus Safety desk in the Commons. Grab an express checkout envelope and place your keys inside. Make sure to review the information on the envelope and fill in the information needed at the bottom. Then, place the envelope in the collection box.
- Any items left behind in your apartment or house after you officially check out are considered the property of Augustana University and will be removed and donated, recycled, or discarded. If you leave a lot of items behind, you may be billed an excess cleaning fee for the time it takes staff to clean out your apartment or house.
Make sure to discuss any damages to your space with your roommate(s) and figure out who is responsible for them. If a damage cannot be assigned to one specific person, everyone in that space will be charged for the damage. The same is true for any damages to common spaces in a building or on a residence hall floor. Remember, you will be charged for damages beyond normal wear and tear. We will also charge for any space that needs excess cleaning after move out, so make sure you and your roommate(s) clean your space before leaving. Vacuums and other cleaning supplies will not be provided to students, so clean your space the best you can.
If you do not return your key(s), you will be billed for a lock change. Lock changes in residence halls are $75, while lock changes for apartments or theme houses can be up to $200. In addition, residence hall students who do not return their temporary swipe card (if applicable) will be charged $15. Please return your key(s)!
Remember to check your Commons mailbox when you return to campus for move out. There will be a change of address form inside your mailbox. Fill in that form and put it in the mail slot before you leave campus. In addition, make sure to update your shipping address to your permanent address when ordering items online.
Students who have musical instruments, equipment, or personal items stored in lockers in the Elmen Center, Humanities, or FSC must work with faculty and staff in those buildings in order to access items.
Student athletes who have items stored in the Elmen Center should work with their coaches to retrieve those items. All other students will receive an email from Elmen Center staff with instructions for retrieving items in lockers.
Music Department students should view this document for instructions on returning music materials.
Center for Visual Arts Art Classroom Access: For students currently enrolled in art courses, they will also be able to pick up their projects and any personally-purchased supplies from the studio classrooms when they return to pick up their campus housing belongings. They must email their art instructor of the day and time they plan to arrive to pick up and please cc’ the chair of the art department: Lindsay.email@example.com
We are not able to offer storage to students at this point. However, there are numerous self-storage companies in town. U-Haul, for example, is offering 30 days of free self-storage for college students.
Students who are homesteading CANNOT store items in their room, apartment, or house over the summer.
Only students in the most extenuating of circumstances will be allowed to remain in on campus housing. You must meet one or more of the following criteria in order to stay for the remainder of the spring semester:
- Your hometown is 500 or more miles away from Sioux Falls and you have a need to remain in Sioux Falls.
- Your home is not safe.
- You are required to be in Sioux Falls for a job (if you have a permanent address within 30 miles of Sioux Falls, you will not be allowed to stay on campus for employment reasons).
Campus Life and International Programs Office staff will be reaching out to students who are already approved to be on campus to discuss your housing plans and needs. We will be calling you between now and April 3.
If you don’t need to be here, don’t be. If your hometown is 800 miles away but you are able to go home, please do so. We are trying to keep campus as empty as possible to keep students and employees safe from the spread of COVID-19.
Approved residents are still expected to move out of campus housing at the end of the semester; that deadline is noon on Friday, May 22, 2020.
If you are currently more than 500 miles away from Sioux Falls and cannot make it back to campus to move out; if you live in an area that is under a shelter in place or stay at home order; or if you do not want to return to campus yet due to personal health and safety concerns, your belongings will remain safely in your room, apartment, or house until you can make it back to campus. We will work with students on an individual basis if they won't be able to make it back to campus before the fall semester. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Campus Life at 605.274.5215 or firstname.lastname@example.org. International students can also contact the International Programs Office at 605.274.5050 or email@example.com.
Some students may have already packed up all their belongings and moved out. If this applies to you, do not come back to campus. Please email your Area Director to inform them that you have already left, and mail your key(s) (and temporary swipe card, if applicable) back to Campus Life. Please use a padded envelope when mailing keys. Mail should be sent to the following address.
Center for Campus Life
2001 S Summit Ave, #712
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
Keys that are not received by April 17, 2020 will be considered lost, and you will be billed for a lock change.
LEAVING YOUR BICYCLE ON CAMPUS – SPRING/SUMMER 2020
MARCH 25 to SEPTEMBER 1
ALL bicycles MUST be registered with Campus Safety and a decal placed on your bicycle. Starting May 4 we will pick up all bicycles that are not registered with a permit. Abandoned bicycles are donated to local charities. If you are not able to return to campus to retrieve your bicycle, please call Campus Safety to provide details about the bicycle's description and location and to make further arrangements. If you have any questions, please call Campus Safety at 605.274.4014. Thank you for your cooperation.
VEHICLE BEING LEFT ON CAMPUS – SPRING/SUMMER 2020
MARCH 25 to SEPTEMBER 1
ALL vehicles MUST be registered with the Department of Campus Safety during the dates stated above. Please have complete information of your vehicle and the dates the vehicle will be left on campus. All vehicles will need to be parked in the “green” overflow parking lot located off of University Place (a.k.a. 28th Street). If you have any questions, please contact Campus Safety @ 605.274.4014. Thank you for your cooperation.
Augustana Bike Club Storage
If you stored your bike with ABC, you must stop by Solberg Hall during your move out time slot to pick up your bicycle. A staff member will be available in Solberg to assist you during your time slot.
The Augustana Bookstore has information about resources and textbooks for the remainder of the semester. Students do not need to return textbooks now.
1. We are offering free digital books. These can be accessed HERE.
2. If you still need a course material, you can place an order HERE. Although the store is closed, we are still working to process and ship orders ASAP.
3. The Bookstore is closed with a tentative plan to reopen on Monday, April 6 so rental books cannot be returned in person at this time. Whenever you're finished with your rental books, you can print a free UPS label HERE to ship them back to us.
After you generate the label, make sure you pack the books carefully, so they do not sustain any damages in transit. If books arrived damaged, we will be unable to check them in. You can drop off the package at any UPS location. Click HERE to find the location closest to you.
Please keep in mind that you can only print ONE label. Packages need to be dropped off a UPS location no later than Monday, May 25th. Please do not ship out your package until you're sure that you have all your rented books included. We will send you an email toward the end of the semester listing all the books you have rented. Use this as a checklist to ensure you've included everything. As soon as we receive the package from UPS, we will check in your books.
4. You may choose to buy out your rental book. The price will be a reduced rate and once you do this, you will own the book. If you choose to do this, you will not have to worry about checking it in/sending it back. Toward the end of the term, you will receive an email from us with the information to do this online. If you want to do this now, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you provide your name, the phone number you rented with, as well as the title of the book you want to buy out.
5. We know that you may have purchased books and may want to sell those back. We are still working through this and will provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.
6. Make sure that you submit your contact information HERE so that you receive additional information as it becomes available.