Support Services & Resources

On Campus Resources

The following departments provide confidential services to enrolled USD students:

  • Student Counseling Center - Cook House
    Phone: 605-677-5777

    Counselor on Call: After business hours, call 605-677-5342. This is the University Police Dispatch phone line and is not confidential. Ask for a confidential counselor.

  • Psychological Services Center
    Delzell Education Center, Room 210
    Phone: 605-677-5354

  • Counseling & School Psychological Services Center
    Delzell Education Center, Room 20
    Phone: 605-677-5250

  • Student Legal Aid
    Local Attorney Seth Klentz is available on Tuesdays from 11:30 to 2 on campus in MUC Room 143 and by appointment for off-campus consults at the courthouse.
    605-763-5024 (law firm) OR 605-677-6845 (SGA office)

    The phone line to the Student Government Association is not confidential; Legal Aid services are confidential.

The following offices are NOT confidential campus resources, but can assist with interim measures, such as modifying class schedules, housing assignments, no-contact orders, etc:

Off Campus Resources

The following resources provide confidential services:

  • Sanford Vermillion Hospital & Clinic
    20 S Plum St
    Clinic Phone: 605-677-3700
    Hospital Phone: 605-677-3500

  • Domestic Violence - Safe Options Services Local
    Sexual Assault Advocate
    Phone: 605-624-5311

  • Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services
    200 W Main St.
    Phone: 605-624-9148

  • South Dakota Network Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault

  • To obtain a South Dakota Protection Order, contact:

    Clay County Clerk of Courts
    211 W Main St Suite 300
    Vermillion, SD 57069
    Phone: 605-677-6756
    Website Or Use Form Online Here

Legal Resources

  • Marsy's Card (effective July 1, 2018)
    Marsy's Law is an amendment to the South Dakota constitution that guarantees crime victims specific rights, including but not limited to: the right to be protected from the person accused and anyone acting on the accused's behalf; the right to be informed promptly of the release or escape of the accused from law enforcement custody; and the right to restitution for all loses suffered due to the crime. This link includes the full list of crime victims' rights, as well as other resources available.

  • Statewide Automated Notification System (SAVIN)
    Statewide Automated Victim Information Notification system, or SAVIN, is a free automated service that allows you to obtain information about a criminal offender, and to register for notification in the offender's status, such as if they are released.

  • DSS Crime Victims' Compensation Program
    You may be eligible for compensation from the South Dakota Victims' Compensation Fund if you need assistance for medical care, loss of income, or counseling due to the crime committed against you. There are several requirements for eligibility, which can be found at the above site.

Local, State, and National Hotlines

All listed hotlines are confidential

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    Secure online private chat is also available at
    RAINN is also home to a number of other resources for sexual violence victims and their loved ones

  • National Dating Abuse Hotline
    866-331-9474 or TTY 866-331-8453
    Text-based chat is available by texting loveis to 22522
    Online chat also available at
    Click the orange "Chat now" button in the upper right corner

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    800-799-7233 or TTY 800-787-3224
    Online chat also available at;
    Click the red "Chat now" button in the upper right corner

  • National Human Trafficking Hotline
    888-373-7888 or text 233733
    Online chat available at

  • South Dakota Domestic Violence Hotline
    Phone: 1-800-430-SAFE (7233

  • Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services
    Crisis Line- 800-765-3382

  • National Helpline for Men who were Sexually Abused or Assaulted
    24/7 web-based chat available at

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    800-273-8255 or TTY 800-799-4889
    Chat services available 24/7 at

  • StrongHearts Native Helpline
    Available Monday through Friday, 9am to 5:30pm CST

  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Advocacy)
    866-488-7386- available 24/7
    Online chat available at seven days a week, 5am-12am CST
    TrevorText available every day, 5am-12am CST by texting START to 678678

  • Victim Connect
    This referral helpline provides assistance to victims of all types of crimes. Hours of service are limited to Monday through Friday, 7:30am-6:30pm CST for text and phone hotlines, and 8:30am-5:30pm CST for online chat.