What to Do if ...

Keep yourself, others and property safe by following the procedures outlined in this section during an emergency situation.

Contact us if you have questions or want more information.


You've Been in an Automobile Accident ...

  • Call the Department of Campus Safety (605.274.4014) if an automobile accident occurs on campus.
  • You will also need to report the accident to the Sioux Falls Police Department. The Campus Safety officer can also help you make this call.
  • Vehicles involved in an accident should stop and remain at the scene without obstructing traffic more than is necessary. 
  • South Dakota law requires all drivers and front seat passengers be properly restrained with a seat belt when the vehicle is in operation.

You Need to Report a Bomb Threat ...

  • Do Not hang up on the caller and speak calmly. Write down incoming phone number from caller ID.
  • If another person is close by, notify them and tell them to call 9-1-1.
  • Keep the caller on the line.
  • Be polite and ask:
    • Where is the bomb located? (Building, floor, Room, Etc.)
    • When will it go off?
    • What does it look like?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
    • What will make it to explode?
    • Did you place the bomb?
    • Why?
    • What is your name?
  • Attempt to identify characteristics of the caller and their location (age, gender, voice, and background noise).
  • After the call, ensure 9-1-1 was notified.

You Have a Hazardous Materials Incident ...

In the event of a hazardous material release:

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Do not attempt to clean up the spill unless specifically trained and outfitted to do so.
  • Turn off all ignition and heat sources.
  • Cover mouth with a cloth and try not to inhale gases, fumes or smoke.
  • Leave the area immediately and keep others away.
  • Stay upstream, uphill or upwind of the release.
  • Provide public safety officials with information about the spill, chemical (if known) and the spill area.
  • Re-enter the building only when an “all clear” is provided by public safety officials.

If advised to shelter in place:

  • Move inside a building immediately.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors.
  • Turn off A/C, if possible.
  • Enter an interior room and seal the room (i.e., doors, windows, and vents) with towels, plastic or tape for further protection, if possible.

If you are exposed to a hazardous material:

  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Individuals exposed to hazardous material should avoid contact with others.
  • Remove all contaminated clothing, being sure not to contaminate other areas of your body.
  • Flush with copious amounts of cool water for 15 minutes, being sure not to scrub the chemical on your skin.
  • Exposed persons should receive or seek medical attention.

You Need to Report a Suspicious Package ...

If you come in contact with a suspicious package(s) or mail:

Opened Package

If you have opened a package containing a unknown substance, power or threat:

  • Place it down immediately.
  • If powder spills for container DO NOT attempt to clean up.
  • Leave the room and close the door as you exit.
  • Advise others to avoid the area.
  • Move to a location that will minimize exposing others.
  • If possible wash hands with soap and water.
  • Call 9-1-1.

Unopened Package

If the suspicious package is unopened with no leakage, spillage or bleeding:

You Need to Report a Theft ...

  • First step: call the Department of Campus Safety, 605.274.4014.
  • If the theft is in progress, call 911 or 8-911 from a campus phone. The dispatcher will obtain brief information such as your name, address, phone number where you can reached, and details about the theft in progress.
  • When you call the Department of Campus Safety an officer will be sent to meet with you to take a report. Calls for service are generally dispatched to an officer as they are received, however calls are prioritized by the urgency of the situation. Because of this prioritization, on rare occasions you may have to wait several minutes for an officer to be available to the take your report.
  • The Department of Campus Safety officer will complete a theft report but a report will also need to be made with the Sioux Falls Police Department. The Campus Safety officer can assist you in making the police report.

You are a Hunter and Want to Hunt on Weekends ...

  • Augustana University prohibits guns on campus unless they are carried by police officers.
  • The Department of Campus Safety provides a secure "safe keeping" area for weapons which are brought to campus for "sporting purposes." This safe keeping service is provided for residential students.
  • The person responsible for the weapon should bring the weapon to the Department of Campus Safety, which is located in the Morrison Commons. The weapon(s) should be transported by car to this office as soon as it is brought to campus. (Please do not walk down the sidewalk with your firearm as this may tend to alarm some).
  • The weapon should be unloaded prior to arrival at the Department of Campus Safety. The weapon should also be carried in a closed carrying case. 
  • You will be asked to complete a safe keeping weapons form. Only yourself, or a designated person you list on the safekeeping form, will be allowed to retrieve the weapon.
  • Students are allowed to check-in or retrieve weapons that have been left with the Department of Campus Safety for safekeeping, 24-hours a day.
  • Students may check in more than one weapon and the weapon(s) may be checked in and out, as many times as necessary.

Questions? Contact us.

Augustana University
Department of Campus Safety
2001 S. Summit Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD  571097

Located in the Morrison Commons