Campus Housing Closing Information

Fall Semester Closing

All residence halls will close at noon on Saturday, December 14, 2019. All residents are to leave campus within 24 hours of their last exam. You will not be able to access your room once the halls have closed. Residence halls will open at 8 am on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Apartments and theme houses will remain open during the break.

To promote an environment conducive to studying, intensive quiet hours will go into effect starting at 10 pm on Friday, December 6.

Any student found in violation of Campus Life's community standards during finals week may be subject to a fine and/or may be asked to leave campus housing if their behavior impedes the ability of others to prepare appropriately for final exams. Be courteous to your peers and neighbors. 

Final exam schedule for Fall 2019. Questions regarding the final exam schedule should be directed to your professor or the Registrar's Office

Checkout Procedures

Break Housing

Dining & Meal Plans

Parking

Checkout Procedures

Residents must check out with hall staff before leaving for break. Please sign up for a checkout time at least 24 hours in advance; sign-up sheets will be located outside of your VA's door. 

Students who are returning to the same room should complete the following prior to leaving:

  • The last person in your room to leave for break must schedule a checkout with your Viking Advisor (VA). If you are leaving before your roommate, you would not need to schedule a checkout.
  • Remove all holiday decorations.
  • Remove all perishable food from your room. All trash and recycling should be brought outside to the appropriate dumpsters.
  • Thoroughly clean your Microchill unit. It can remain plugged in.
  • Clean your room.
  • Take plans and fish home with you. Hall staff will not feed your fish or water your plans.
  • Unplug all electrical items (e.g. TVs, power strips, fans). Microchill units are the only items that can remain plugged in.
  • Close and lock windows. Close curtains as well.
  • Pack all items that you'll need over the break. Make sure to pack important items like your wallet, keys, medication, and identification documents. You will not have access to your building or room during the break. 
  • On your way out, turn off your lights and lock your door.
  • If you are alone in a double room, half of your room must be clear in case you are assigned a new roommate. You may be charged a cleaning and room preparation fee if your room is not prepared for a new roommate. You will be notified via your Augustana email if a roommate is placed in you room. Placements may occur over Winter Break.

Students who are moving to a different room should complete the following prior to leaving:

  • Ensure that your move has been approved by your Area Director. No room changes can happen without Area Director approval.
  • Check in with your Area Director regarding the timeline of your move. If you are moving into a space someone else is vacating, you may not be able to move until the end of finals week.
  • Schedule a time with your VA to do a full room checkout. Sign up at least 24 hours in advance. Sign up sheets are located outside your VA's door.
  • Prior to the start of your checkout time, remove all personal belongings from your room. All University furniture must be present in the room.
  • Prior to the start of your checkout time, thoroughly clean your half of the room. If you are alone in a room, the entire room must be clean, and your Microchill must be entirely cleaned and defrosted.
  • The VA processing your checkout will fill out the checkout portion of the room condition report you submitted when you moved in. At this time, charges will be assessed for any damages to your room beyond normal wear and tear. At the end of the checkout, you will return your room key to the VA.
  • Your move must be complete before you leave for winter break.
  • Your student ID will be programmed for your new residence hall (if applicable) after the break.

Students who are not returning to campus should complete the following prior to leaving:

  • Ensure that you have communicated with the appropriate staff regarding your decision not to return to campus. If you are withdrawing or transferring from Augustana, you must complete an exit interview. Contact the Dean of Students Office at 605-274-4124 to set this up.
  • Schedule a time with your VA to do a full room checkout. Sign up at least 24 hours in advance. Sign up sheets are located outside your VA's door.
  • Prior to the start of your checkout time, remove all personal belongings from your room. All University furniture must be present in the room.
  • Prior to the start of your checkout time, thoroughly clean your half of the room. If you are alone in a room, the entire room must be clean, and your Microchill must be entirely cleaned and defrosted.
  • The VA processing your checkout will fill out the checkout portion of the room condition report you submitted when you moved in. At this time, charges will be assessed for any damages to your room beyond normal wear and tear. At the end of the checkout, you will return your room key to the VA.
  • Your move must be completed by noon on Saturday, December 14, 2019.

Students who live in apartments and theme houses:

  • If you are returning to the same apartment or house after the break, you do not need to schedule a checkout with Campus Life staff. You should follow the other guidelines listed in the returning to the same room section.
  • If you are graduating, leaving campus for any reason, or moving to a different apartment or house, please contact Jenna Balzter to setup a checkout time. You must complete a full checkout by noon on Saturday, December 14.

Break Housing

Students who need to stay in their residence hall over Winter Break must review break housing policies and submit a break housing application by Monday, December 9 at 8 am.

Students are eligible for break housing if they meet one of the following criteria.

  1. Their hometown is 500+ miles away from Sioux Falls.
  2. They are required by the University to stay during the break (e.g. campus job)
  3. They are participating in an intercollegiate sport

Students who don't meet the above criteria may still apply for break housing and are subject to approval by the Center for Campus Life. There is a fee of $5 per night for students who don't meet the listed criteria. Residents in apartments and theme houses do not need to fill out a break housing form, since those communities remain open throughout the break.

Dining & Meal Plans

Dining Services will be closed for the break. The dining room closes at noon on Saturday, December 14. Spring meal plans begin when the dining hall opens for dinner (5-7 pm) on Sunday, January 5.

Students may make changes to their spring meal plans until Friday, January 10, 2020. Changes can be made on the student portal through the end of finals week. After that time, students should contact the Center for Campus Life at 605-274-5215 to make spring semester meal plan changes. 

Parking

If you will not be on campus over the break, but you plan to leave your car on campus, you must move it to the Kirkeby-Over Staidum parking lot (accessible from Lake Ave and 37th St) before you leave. This will assist Campus Safety and Facilities if parking lots need to be plowed over the break. Please contact Campus Safety to let them know if this situation applies to you.

 

Please note that Campus Life staff, Campus Safety, and Facilities staff may enter your room, apartment, or house over the break period to address safety, security, or maintenance issues.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact your Viking Advisor, Area Director, or the main Center for Campus Life office at 605-274-5215 or campuslife@augie.edu. Campus Life is located in suite 119 of the Edith Mortenson Center and is open 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday.