The safety of the residence halls is maintained through the
use of keys and a key-card system. Resident students are issued
keys/key-cards at the beginning of the academic year and are responsible for
the security of the keys/key-cards. Resident students who lose their
keys/key-cards or distribute keys or key-cards to individuals not authorized
access to the facility will face financial penalty and may face loss of
residential privileges. Periodic key/key-card inventories occur
throughout the academic year.
Each residence hall is staffed with Resident Directors. The Resident
Directors coordinate the safety and security programs established by the
Residence Life Office. The Resident Directors also supervise the Resident
Assistants and Night Security Monitors assigned to each facility. These
campus life staff members are charged with the responsibility to safeguard the
facility as well as to enforce university policies, while also serving as
resource/referral persons for students in residence.
At the beginning of each
term, the campus life staff present required educational programs designed to
orient resident students to issues of safety. Programs include, but are
not limited to
evacuation due to fire
case of bomb threat
or natural disaster training
- Rape or Assault
Resident students are also oriented to USF's code of
conduct. USF is not responsible for the theft or loss of a student's
personal possessions. Students are advised to lock their rooms, to carry
their keys/key-cards with them at all times, and to report - within 24
hours of the incident - any losses of property to the Sioux Falls Police
Department and the USF Campus Security.
The University of Sioux Falls is not responsible for the personal belongings of
anyone residing in a residence hall. Damage caused in any circumstance is
not the responsibility of the University nor is it covered by University
insurance. For this reason students are encouraged to leave expensive
items at home. Students are also encouraged to see that they remain on
their parents’ homeowners’ insurance policy while they are reside at USF.
If a student cannot remain on her/his parents insurance policy he/she is
encouraged to purchase renters insurance.
The University of Sioux Falls provides opportunities for social growth of
residential students through its intervisitation program. Intervisitation,
which is not synonymous with Open House, enables residential student’s specific
times daily in which they may entertain guests within the facility. The
names of overnight guests must be registered with the Resident Directors.
Only invited guests are permitted within the Residence Halls and both hosts and
guests are expected to behave according to university policies. The Dean
of Students handles violations of policies; Campus Security only intervenes if
requested by the Dean of Students.