Support Services & Resources
On Campus Resources
The following departments provide confidential services to enrolled USD students:
Student Counseling Center - Cook House
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.
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:
Title IX Office/ Equal Opportunity
Slagle Hall, Rm 205
Vice President & Dean of Students
Muenster University Center, Rm 218
USD Police Department
605-658-6199 or 605-677-5342
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
Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services
200 W Main St.
South Dakota Network Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault
To obtain a South Dakota Protection Order, contact:
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 https://hotline.rainn.org/online/
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 https://loveisrespect.org
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 http://www.thehotline.org;
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 https://humantraffickinghotline.org/chat
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 https://1in6.org/helpline/
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-8255 or TTY 800-799-4889
Chat services available 24/7 at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
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 https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/ seven days a week, 5am-12am CST
TrevorText available every day, 5am-12am CST by texting START to 678678
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.