Reports of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation should be made promptly. There is no time limitation on the filing of grievances as long as the accused individual remains subject to Augustana’s jurisdiction. All reports are acted upon promptly while every effort is made by Augustana to preserve the privacy of reports.

This policy applies to the education program and activities of Augustana University, to conduct that takes place on the campus or on property owned or controlled by Augustana University, at Augustana-sponsored events, or in buildings owned or controlled by Augustana University’s recognized student organizations. The Respondent must be a member of Augustana’s community in order for its policies to apply.

Regardless of where the conduct occurred, Augustana will address notice/complaints to determine whether the conduct occurred in the context of its employment or educational program or activity and/or has continuing effects on campus or in an off-campus sponsored program or activity. A substantial Augustana interest is defined to include:

a. Any action that constitutes a criminal offense as defined by federal or state law. This includes, but is not limited to, single or repeat violations of any local, state or federal law committed in the municipality of Sioux Falls where Augustana is located;

b. Any situation in which it is determined that the  Respondent may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of self or others;

c. Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or

d.  Any situation that is detrimental to the educational interests of Augustana.

Off-campus discriminatory or harassing speech by employees may be regulated by Augustana only when such speech is made in an employee’s official or work-related capacity.

These policies and procedures will be reviewed and updated annually by the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators. The Title IX Coordinator may make minor modifications to procedures that do not materially jeopardize the fairness owed to any party. However, the Title IX Coordinator may also vary procedures materially with notice (on the institutional web site, with appropriate date of effect identified) upon determining that changes to law or regulation require policy or procedural alterations not reflected in this policy and procedure.  Procedures in effect at the time of its implementation will apply.  Policy in effect at the time of the offense will apply even if the policy is changed subsequently, unless the parties consent to be bound by the current policy.

Inquiries about this policy and procedure may be made internally to:
Beth Elam
Associate Dean of Students (Title IX Coordinator)
Dean of Students Office
Edith Mortenson Center #116
(605) 274-4124


Inquiries may be made externally to:
Office for Civil Rights (OCR) U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: (877) 521-2172
Email:  OCR@ed.gov
Web:  http://www.ed.gov/ocr
Web:  https://www.notalone.gov/