Neighborhood Relations - Off Campus Living

For over 150 years, Augustana University has been a part of the Sioux Falls community providing a historic foundation. During this time the City of Sioux Falls has grown and now the Augustana University campus is surrounded by vibrant residential neighborhoods. 

Augustana University is dedicated to providing students with a quality education and living experience just as it is committed to improving the neighborhood and preventing disturbances in the surrounding area. Augustana University understands that at times, students can cause strains on our surrounding neighborhoods. With that in mind, Augustana University has established a Neighborhood Relations Committee to address the concerns and build strong and positive connections with those living in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus. The committee is focused on making the neighborhoods friendly for families and students alike, along with improving the safety in the area.

We ask that Augustana University students living off-campus but in the campus neighborhood respect those living around them. Keep in mind these people may have lived there for a long time and this is their home.  Please respect the property and well fair of those living around you.

Tips on Being a Good Neighbor

  • Get to know your neighbors.
  • Limit the number of people you invite to your parties.
  • Keep the noise level low.
  • Have guests park legally (not on the lawn).
  • Clean up after the party.

Know the Law


  • Illegal Possession of Alcohol: Any person under the age of 21 that purchases, asks for or in any way receives intoxicating liquor can be charged with a misdemeanor.
  • Use of or Possession of a Fake ID: Any person who is less than 21 years of age, who uses a reproduced, modified, or altered license for the purpose of purchasing, asking for or in any way receiving any intoxicating liquor can be charged with a misdemeanor.
  • Open Container: Any person who possesses an open container of alcohol on any street, sidewalk or city parking faility could be charged with a misdeameor.
  • Selling Alcohol without a license: It shall be unlawful for any person to sell alcohol, in any quantity, without acquiring a liquor license.  If you sell alcohol at or charge admission to a party, the person accepting the money could be charged with selling liquor without a license.  Sentences for this violation involve up to two years in prison and/or fines of up to $1,000.  If alcohol is served to a minor the server could also be charged with supplying alcohol to a minor.
  • DWI: The legal BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) limit for DWI is .08.  Those under 21 could be found guilty of a Zero Tolerance violation if they are above .02 BAC. Consequences could include: fines, license revocation, classes, community service, and jail time, as well as misdemeanor of felony charges on one's record.

Drug Convictions and Financial Aid

The Education Department passed federal regulations affecting students abilities to receive student loans if convicted of a drug offense.  Students may lose or become ineligible for Pell Grants and any other type of federal assistance if the student has been convicted on drug charges in state or federal courts.

Convictions for drug possession may result in withholding of aid eligibility or permanent bar to federal financial assistance. The only exceptions to this bar will be in cases where the student has satisfactorily completed a drug-rehabilitation program, or the conviction is reversed or set aside.


  • Music that disturbs others or that can be heard at a distance of 50 feet is prohibited between 11:0 0pm and 7:00am.  The same is true between 7:00am and 11:00pm from a distance of 100 feet. You could be charged with a misdemeanor and be fined up to $1000. 
  • Any music from a vehicle that can be heard at a distance of 50 fee is prohibited at any time.
  • Yelling and shouting that disturbs others is illegal at any time.


  • It is illegal to discharge fireworks within the city limits.

Public Urination

  • Any person found urinating in public can be charged with a misdemeanor.

Stolen Property

  • It is illegal to receive stolen property.
  • It is illegal to steal street signs or to receive stolen street signs.  If caught, you could be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.


  • Properties must be kept clear of excessive trash.  A fine could result.


  • Any person found trespassing on a private lot can be charged with a misdemeanor.


  • Vehicles cannot be parked at any time on the grass or yellow painted curb lines, or with the left side of the vehicle to the curb.
  • Vehicles cannot block, be parked on or across sidewalks or driveways.
  • Parking your vehicle on a city street for longer than 24 hours and leaving a wrecked or dismantled vehicle on a city street or private property is prohibited.