Preventing campus sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking through advocacy and education.

Be part of the solution.

I CARE at the University of South Dakota is working toward prevention of domestic/dating violence, sexual assault and stalking (DVSAS) in the campus community. We do this by:

  • Managing a coordinated community response team to enhance victim services
  • Strengthening prevention and education programs
  • Responding to DVSAS with a victim-centered, culturally competent approach
  • Providing educational materials, presentations and workshops on DVSAS, bystander intervention, healthy relationship education, and other relevant topics
  • Mobilizing students and other community members to be a part of the solution

For more information about ICARE contact Rebecca Kaiser at 605-658-6155 or Rebecca.A.Kaiser@usd.edu.

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in case of emergency

For emergencies or crisis situations, dial 911 for on and off-campus assistance. Calls are routed to the University PD if you are on campus and to the Vermillion PD if you are off-campus.

Please complete your Safe Colleges Sexual Assault training. There is additional free training through Safe Colleges and the PAVE University link.



Friends and Family

It's hard to know what to do when someone you care about tells you that they have been a victim of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence or stalking. You likely have a lot feelings of your own, and may be worried about what to say. These feelings are normal. Here are some Do's and Don'ts for responding to someone who has told you they have been subject to these types of interpersonal violence. You are important in their journey from victim to survivor; thank you for looking for help!

ICARE Resources

The following departments provide confidential services to enrolled USD students.

For after-hours crisis situations, call UPD at 605-658-6199 and ask to speak to a confidential counselor.

Student Counseling Center

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. contact the Student Counseling Center.

Students can access Coyote Care 24/7 by calling 833-569-1686. Coyote Care can provide immediate, in-the-moment assistance to students going through a crisis. More information can be found here.

The following departments also provide confidential services to enrolled USD students with specific needs.

Psychological Services Center

USD students can receive free support, education, and mental health services for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, relationship difficulties, life transitions, grief and loss, among other concerns.

Counseling and School Psychological Services Center

The Counseling and School Psychological Services Center provides supervised clinical training for graduate counselor and school psychology trainees and serves as a resource to the community. 

TRIO Student Support Services

If you are a student eligible for this program, free counseling is available.

Disability Services

If you are a student with a qualifying and documented learning, physical or psychological disability, free counseling is available.

Student Legal Aid

For more information regarding obtaining student legal aid, please contact the Student Government Association by calling 605-658-3584 or emailing sga@coyotes.usd.edu

The following offices are not confidential campus resources, but can assist with interim measures, such as modifying class schedules, no contact orders and more.

On Campus


  • Vermillion Police Department

Local and State

  • Sanford Vermillion - Hospital and Clinic

    • 20 South Plum Street
      Clinic Phone: 605-677-3700  -  Hospital Phone: 605-677-3500
  • Domestic Violence - Safe Option Services
  • Lewis and Clark Behavioral Health Services
    • 28 East Cherry Street
      Phone: 605-624-9148

  • South Dakota Domestic Violence Hotline
    • Phone: 1-800-430-SAFE (7233) 
  • South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault


  • National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • RAINN - Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

  • National Dating Abuse Helpline

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