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Security and Safety

Familiarize yourself with the resources that help keep our university community safe and secure.

Safety at USD

It's important to know that you should dial 911 if you are experiencing a police, fire or medical emergency. Depending on your situation, there are a variety of safety resources available to you, as well.

Take a look at the following overview of safety and security resources at USD, and visit the University Police Department webpage for the most thorough information regarding safety procedures and resources at USD.

Resources and Information

USD offers a variety of resources and services to maintain a safe and secure environment for our campus community.

Campus escorts is a service provided by the University Police Department for students and employees who feel more secure moving about campus in the company of a police officer.

Escorts area available seven days a week between sundown to sunup. Daytime escorts are at the discretion of the officer. Escorts to or from off-campus locations are not typically provided but are at the discretion of officers.

To request an escort, call UPD at 605-658-6199. You will be asked to provide your name, number of people to be escorted, location & contact phone number, and your destination.

Add a layer of security to your daily life with the USD Safe app. This app, created by AppArmor, works both on and off campus. It serves as a virtual escort to students, providing real-time location information to emergency contacts and the University Police Department. USD has also added a quick health assessment module to USD Safe to help increase health and safety awareness with potential exposures to COVID-19.

The USD Safe app increases safety on campus, but it is not a substitute for standard emergency procedures.

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The Campus Alert system is an emergency notification tool for the public universities governed by the SD Board of Regents. This system uses the Everbridge platform to help us notify students, staff, and faculty of emergencies that occur on or near campus locations. Emergencies may include, but not be limited to, weather alerts, school closings, fire or criminal activity.

Students, faculty and staff are automatically a part of this system through their university-assigned email address.

USD is dedicated to fostering an environment that respects the rights of all individuals and promotes an environment free of gender bias. In accordance with federal and state law and polices of the South Dakota Board of Regents, the university takes an active role in addressing sexual violence both on and off campus. 

If you feel an assault has taken place, contact University Police at 911 or 9-911 from a campus phone, or call the Vermillion Police Department at 911. You can also contact Chief Title IX Officer Jean Merkle at (605) 658-3665.

USD provides many resources for victims of sexual assault seeking counseling and medical and legal assistance. Victims of sexual assault or other violent crimes have the right to request a change in their living and academic environments. A complete list of all resources available to those who are victims of sexual assault or other violent crimes can be found on USD's Title IX webpage.

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