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Cold Weather Safety Tips

As the single-digit and sub-zero temperature days become more frequent, it’s important for all of us (no matter how many winters you’ve been through) to review ways to stay safe in the bitter cold, so we can make it through another lovely Minnesota winter.  Refresh your winter safety knowledge by reviewing the cold weather safety tips below, and stay safe out there!

  • Check the weather daily
  • Beware of ice and walk slowly
  • Utilize Public Safety escorts when possible
  • Dress in layers – warm air gets trapped between the layers, keeping you warmer longer
  • Wear sunglasses – the sun reflects off of the ice and snow and can cause your corneas to burn, also known as “snow blindness”
  • Staying hydrated by drinking water can help keep you warm – being hydrated increases the amount of blood in your system which helps keep you warmer in cold temperatures
  • Drinking alcohol will make you feel artificially warm – if you’ve been drinking alcohol, make sure you’re with a group or let friends know when you’re leaving a bar/house and when you expect to be home
  • Know the signs of hypothermia
    • If you are showing symptoms of mild hypothermia (shivering, increased heart rate, rapid shallow breathing), get to a dry warm place and remove any wet clothing, then cover yourself with blankets and/or dry clothes (if you can avoid it, do not lay directly on the ground as this will increase the amount of heat lost through your skin)
    • If you or someone you are with is experiencing symptoms of severe hypothermia (becoming confused, trying to remove warm clothing, fatigued and/or loss of consciousness, weak pulse/breathing) seek medical attention by calling 9-1-1 as soon as possible
  • Beware of frostbite
    • If you experience frostbite (discoloration of the skin, skin feels numb or like “pins and needles” poking you) get into a warm area and gently rewarm the affected areas – DO NOT immerse frostbitten skin in hot water, it will cause your skin to burn
    • If you develop blisters in the frostbitten area, remain in pain after the tissue has returned to body temperature or lose feeling in the affected area, seek medical attention immediately

As always, call Public Safety at 612-330-1717 or use the Campus Shield app to report someone who may need help or is acting suspiciously

Augsburg Cancels Friday Evening Classes (starting 5 p.m.) and All Saturday Classes

Augsburg University has canceled evening classes that begin at 5 p.m. or later on Friday, January 17 and all classes Saturday, January 18 on the Minneapolis campus because of heavy snow expected. Students are encouraged to consult the course Moodle site for additional information and alternative coursework from their instructors. No classes were scheduled during these times at the Rochester location.

Augsburg is not suspending normal operations. Employees should coordinate schedules and work arrangements with their supervisors as needed. Augsburg encourages students and employees to put their safety first when determining whether they will be able to travel to and from campus during inclement weather conditions.

Some facilities and services may have adjusted schedules. For information on specific campus facilities, services, and events, see Campus Facilities, Services, and Events Weather Update

Holiday Safety Tips from DPS

The Department of Public Safety would like to wish students, staff and faculty a safe and happy holiday season. Please take a moment to review these safety tips and consider while preparing to enjoy your time away.

Holidays and breaks are good times for relaxation and fun. However, it’s important to take a few minutes to prepare before you leave campus.
As distractions and time away from home increase, all types of crime occur more frequently. When preparing for the holidays, consider the following tips from the Augsburg Department of Public Safety:

Before leaving for break:
* Lock the doors and windows to your residence hall, house, apartment or office and take all keys with you.
* Take valuable personal property home with you. If you leave anything of value in your home or office, secure it in a locked closet or cabinet.
* Prepare your vehicle for any road trips and check for any safety issues like fluid levels or tire pressure.
* If you’re leaving a car on campus find a well-lit spot where you can park it, remove all valuables, and lock the doors.
* Store your bike in a legal, secure location using a U-lock.
* Talk to your roommates about when everyone is leaving and returning.
* Unplug all appliances including computers.
* Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave.
* If you stay on campus, keep an eye out for any suspicious activities and contact DPS if you see anything that causes concern.

Shopping safety tips:
DPS advises that shoppers be aware of their surroundings, keep an eye on people around them and shop with others. Being alone in an isolated or unlit area with expensive items and cash is potentially not safe.
* Avoid carrying and displaying large amounts of cash.
* Lock valuables, electronics and newly purchased items in the trunk of your vehicle.
* Park vehicles in well-lit areas and walk with other pedestrians. Have your keys in hand before walking to your vehicle.
* Keep cell phones stored away until you’re in your car; using cell phones can be distracting and high-value smartphones are a target for thieves.
* Only carry as many bags and packages as you can safely. Don’t overwhelm yourself with heavy items. Ask for assistance from store employees if needed.
* Place “high-value” brand bags in plain bags if possible. Thieves may target people holding bags that they believe have expensive items inside.
* If you feel uncomfortable, or see suspicious activity, return to the store immediately. Make a report to employees or security staff.

Augsburg University Classes Canceled Wednesday, November 27

Due to winter weather, Augsburg University has canceled daytime and evening classes on the Minneapolis campus Wednesday, November 27. Students are encouraged to consult the course Moodle site for additional information and alternative coursework from their instructors. No classes were planned for Wednesday at the Rochester location.

Augsburg is not suspending normal operations. Employees should coordinate schedules and work arrangements with their supervisors as needed. Augsburg encourages students and employees to put their safety first when determining whether they will be able to travel to and from campus during inclement weather conditions.

Some facilities and services may have adjusted schedules. For information on specific campus facilities, services, and events, see Campus Facilities, Services, and Events Weather Updates.

Spring Parking Permit Sales

Spring parking permits will go on sale for all eligible groups beginning on December 2nd at 9:00 am.  Spring semester permits are only needed if you purchased a Fall permit or are new to Augsburg and want the ability to park in Augsburg owned lots.  If you purchased a “year” permit, you do not need to purchase a Spring semester permit to continue to park in Augsburg owned lots.  Please visit the ‘Parking Services’ website located on the Inside Augsburg page to purchase a permit, pricing information is below.

 

Student Resident: $195

Student Commuter: $179

AFA/Grad: $61

Adjunct Faculty or Part-Time Staff (below .5 FTE): $105

Full-Time Faculty/Staff: $252

Luther Underground*: $470

OGC Underground*: $505

*Underground spaces will be offered to Fall semester permit holders first, any spots that open up will be available for purchase; after the open spots are sold you may join a waitlist in case a space opens up.

Please email parking@augsburg.edu with any questions

2019 Annual Security Report Available

Augsburg University is committed to assisting all members of the Augsburg community in providing for their own safety and security.  The annual security and fire safety compliance document is available on the Department of Public Safety website at:

http://web.augsburg.edu/dps/ASR/ASR%202019.pdf

If you would like to receive the combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains this information, you can stop by the Department of Public Safety at 801 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454 or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (612) 330-1717.

The website and booklet contain information regarding campus security and personal safety topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, public safety law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus.  They also contain information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned and controlled by Augsburg University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the Augsburg University Department of Public Safety.

Timely Notice 8/21/2019: Robbery on Minneapolis Campus

TIMELY NOTICE BULLETIN

Robbery  

August 21, 2019

 

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 Augsburg University Department of Public Safety is giving notice of an incident that occurred on the Minneapolis campus. 

REPORTED OFFENSE:  Robbery

On Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 4:40pm, a robbery was reported to the Department of Public Safety. A non-Augsburg community member reported they got into a black car (no plates) with five other males, one of whom the victim reports he knew, near a Riverside bus stop. The victim reported they drove to Augsburg’s Lot D, where the victim reported a knife being displayed. He said he was threatened and had his wallet and phone taken.    

 

STATUS:  This incident remains under investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department and the Augsburg University  Department of Public Safety. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact MPD or Augsburg DPS at 612-330-1717. 

Please report any and all concerns that may impact our campus community. If You See Something – Say Something (1717). We also encourage you to utilize the resources available at our website: publicsafety@augsburg.edu 

 

Scott Brownell

Director of Public Safety 

Augsburg University believes that physical descriptors alone are not a valid reason to profile or cast suspicion on any individual.  When physical descriptors are included in communication to the Augsburg community, it is done so because they may reasonably assist in identifying the perpetrator of the incident.  Augsburg University uses perceived race and gender descriptors that are provided about a suspect only when additional characteristics (beyond clothing) are also available. Such descriptors are used in an attempt to provide the campus community with important information.  However, the University recognizes that race and gender are personal identity attributes that cannot always be accurately perceived by others, and that any reported information may not be accurate.

Parking Sales – Dates and Info

Parking Sales Dates:
– Staff/Faculty begins Monday Aug 5th at 9am
– Student Seniors/Evening/Weekend/Grad begins Monday Aug 12th at 9am
– Student Juniors begins Tuesday Aug 13th at 9am
– Student Sophomores begins Wednesday Aug 14th at 9am
– Student First Year commuters begins Thursday Aug 15th at 9am
– Staff/Faculty Underground sales begin Friday Aug 16th at 9am
**All permits will be available to those eligible to purchase on Friday Aug 16th at 9am**
Permit Prices: (unchanged from 18/19)
– Staff/Faculty 1.0FTE – $504/yr
– Staff/Faculty <.5FTE – $210/yr – Commuter Student – $358/yr – Resident Student – $390/yr – Luther Underground – $1,400/ full year including summer – Oren Underground – $1,520/ full year including summer – Evening/Weekend/Grad – $122/yr For general questions, please visit https://www.augsburg.edu/dps/parking/ For additional questions email publicsafety@augsburg.edu

Rochester Evening Classes Canceled Monday, February 25

Due to hazardous travel conditions today, Monday, February 25, Augsburg University has canceled evening classes starting at 4:30 p.m. at its Rochester location. Faculty are encouraged to make arrangements to meet with their students via Zoom or other methods. Students are encouraged to consult the course Moodle site for additional information and alternative coursework from their instructors.

Augsburg suspending normal operations in Minneapolis, canceling classes after 3 p.m., Wednesday, February 20.

Due to weather conditions, Augsburg University is canceling classes as of 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, February 20, at its Minneapolis, Rochester, and Luther Seminary locations. Augsburg also is suspending normal operations at the Minneapolis campus as of 3 p.m. today.

Students are encouraged to consult the course Moodle site for additional information, remote access, or alternative coursework from their instructors.

After 3 p.m., only essential services, such as public safety, residence life, and food service, will be available on the Minneapolis campus. Employees with questions should contact their manager to verify if they should report to or remain on campus after 3 p.m.

As always, Augsburg encourages students and employees to put their safety first when determining whether they will be able to travel to and from campus during inclement weather conditions.

Some facilities and services may remain open or have adjusted schedules. For information on specific campus facilities, services, and events, see Campus Facilities, Services, and Events Weather Updates.