USD Statement on Sexual Assault Arrests

VERMILLION, S.D. – President James W. Abbott said the university continues to cooperate with Vermillion police following the arrest of two University of South Dakota students in connection with an alleged sexual assault.

“This is a very troubling accusation, and University Police will assist the Vermillion investigation in any way possible,” said Abbott. “The university is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all of our students."

Abbott said the university offers training to all students and staff about preventing sexual assault and how to respond when it is reported.

For questions regarding the arrests, please contact Vermillion police at 605-677-7070.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News