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

  • Student Legal Aid
    The Student Government Association funds a local attorney to assist with student legal needs. Student legal aid is available for all current students attending the University of South Dakota. Legal aid services are provided by Kasen Lambeth, attorney at law. You can contact Kasen at or 605-228-7013.

    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.