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.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Campus Safety Alert - Theft Suspect

The College continues to receive an increased number of theft reports.

On Monday, May 4, a bicycle was stolen from a bike rack located at the Summit Apartments. Investigation of that theft found a surveillance camera video that captured the theft in progress. The suspect is a W/M, late 20s, shaved head and large tattoo on his left arm/elbow area.  The male is observed carrying a black backpack in which he removed a small bolt cutters and can be seen cutting the bike lock and then riding the bike away. 

Please view the following video.

On Wednesday, May 13, the same subject was observed walking a pink bike away from campus at 30th and Grange. When officers attempted to contact the subject, he fled into the neighborhood.

We are seeking the community's help to stop and identify this suspect.

If you recognize this suspect or have any information about this suspect, you can call the Department of a Campus Safety at 605.274.4014, Crime Stoppers at 605.367.7007 or the Sioux Falls Police Department at 605.367.7212.

Thank you for your help in keeping the campus and neighborhood a safe place.

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Campus Safety Notice - Suspicious Subject

Recently, both USF and Augustana College have received information concerning a male subject who has been hanging around local coffee shops, approaching college age woman and in some cases possibly following the woman.  The encounters have been described as uncomfortable, concerning and "Creepy".  While at this time there is no further information indicating any immediate danger from the subject, the information is concerning and we wanted to make sure you are all aware of the subjects description and ask for your help in keeping each other safe.

The male subject has been hanging out at coffee shops along Minnesota Ave and 41st St.  The subject may be at other locations as well however these seem to be the primary locations currently.  The male subject is described as a W/M, 5/10, 160lbs., early 50s, wearing glasses and partially balding with dark hair.

With warm weather we have also received some reports of window peeking.  We ask that everyone use these common steps to protect yourself and those around you:

  • Lock your doors even when you are inside
  • If you have a window open, ensure the window can not be opened very far by using a wood dowl or something to stop it from being pushed open
  • Always be familiar with your surroundings
  • Keep all personal items and information confidential.  Do not leave personal information in plain view in your vehicle
  • If approached by someone you do not know, do not give out personal information
  • If you believe you are being followed, call 911 and drive to a well populated area or the police station
  • If you see someone or something suspicious, call Campus Safety, 605.274.4014, or 911 immediately
  • If you have an uncomfortable experience with this person or any other person, please let us know.  You may not be the only person to have this experience.

Please help us keep the campus and the campus neighborhood a safe place.  We need your eyes and ears to report suspicious activity.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Campus Safety at 605.274.4014.

Thank you for helping keep the campus and neighborhood a safe place to live, learn and work.

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Campus Safety Notice - Bicycle Thefts

The Department of Campus Safety has been receiving reports of bicycles being stolen from campus and the surrounding neighborhood.  With nice weather these type of reports have been increasing.  Some bicycles were unsecure taken from bike racks and others had bike locks that were cut.

On Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, two subjects were observed looking through the bikes located in bike racks near Granskou Hall and Stavig Hall.  The subjects were later observed leaving campus each riding a bicycle.  It is believed these bicycles were stolen.

The subjects are described as a W/M, late 20s to early 30s with short hair and a Native American female, late teens to early 20s, with redish purple hair in a pony tail.

The subjects were last seen in the area of Sanford Hospital.

Here are some quick safety tips to keep your bicycle safe:

  • Secure your bicycle with a good bike lock.  Remember cheap bike locks are easy to cut.
  • Secure your bicycle to a bike rack or something that can not be easily compromised.
  • If you see someone looking through bikes in a bike rack please call Campus Safety immediately at 605.274.4014.
  • If you see anything or anyone you consider suspicious, please call Campus Safety and we will gladly check it out.

Thank you for helping keep our campus a safe place to live, learn and work.


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.