Safety and security information
Augustana has two sworn police officers, eight public safety officers and a team of dispatchers who provide 24/7 patrols and monitoring. The team monitors all fire alarms and security cameras, and answers the main switchboard, emergency phone number and messages received from the safety app.
The Public Safety office is in the basement of Sorenson Hall. The office works closely with the Rock Island Police Department, Rock Island Fire Department and other first responders
Augustana has security cameras spread throughout campus that are monitored 24/7. There are security cameras at the entrances of residence halls, in the lobby area of the residence halls, and in some academic buildings. There are also cameras on the Quad, Slough Path and some parking lots.
Augustana Police and Public Safety may issue emails, texts or other warnings and updates. All students, staff, faculty and administrators should sign up to receive Augie Alerts (see below) and make sure their contact information remains up to date. See "About notifications and alerts."
Free safety apps
Augustana College offers two free apps available for Android and iOS users:
• Augustana Police and Public Safety App: emergency app that connects students to dispatch, allows for two-way messaging, silent emergency notifications that will go to dispatch and access to information. Individuals should still dial 911, as they are able, in an emergency.
• A.C.E.S.: transportation around campus and immediate surrounding areas. The A.C.E.S. app allows students to request rides and get an estimated time of arrival and arrange pick-up locations. All A.C.E.S. vehicles are clearly marked.
Run, Hide, Fight
Public Safety suggests the Run, Hide, Fight approach for anyone confronted with a violent situation, such as an active shooter. This recommended video, "RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event" explains how it works.
Augie Alerts is the college's text messaging, email and phone alert system. The college uses Augie Alerts to notify people of emergency information.
Access to residence halls and academic buildings
Westerlin, Andreen, Seminary and Swanson halls all require key cards to enter. TLA residents have keys. Academic buildings are open during typical daytime hours and are locked after hours. The campus community is advised to report any suspicious people and to not allow people they don’t know into any secure building.
Emergency Planning Task Force
More than 10 years ago, the college established an Emergency Planning Task Force. Members of the task force include public safety, facilities, residential life, the dean's office, registrar and communications. The team convenes bi-weekly to plan drills, discuss best practices, revise procedures and rehearse their roles. Augustana College has been recognized for its efforts in emergency planning.
The college conducts three annual drills: one in the fall, winter and a large-scale drill in the spring. We strongly encourage all members of the campus community to participate.
All notifications for drills will be sent via Augie Alerts. In areas where cell phone service may be limited, there are public phones which will provide the same information as an Augie Alert in the event of an emergency. If a public phone is ringing, please answer it, listen to the complete message, and assist others as needed.