I Care

Preventing campus sexual assault through advocacy and education.

Be part of the solution.

I CARE at the University of South Dakota is working toward sexual assault prevention in the campus community. We do this by:

  • Creating a team of community partners to enhance victim services
  • Strengthening prevention and education programs
  • Responding to sexual assault with a victim-centered, culturally competent approach
  • Educating students about what constitutes sexual assault and violence
  • Mobilizing students and other community members to take a stand against sexual assault

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



For emergencies or crisis situations, dial 911 for off-campus assistance or 9-911 for on-campus assistance.

Visit PAVE University for free materials on bystander intervention, survivor support, consent and more.


The following departments provide confidential services to enrolled USD students:

Student Counseling Center - Cook House

Phone: 605-658-3580
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Email: scc@usd.edu

Psychological Services Center

South Dakota Union, Room 112
Phone: 605-658-3720
Email: psc@usd.edu

Counseling and School Psychological Services Center

Delzell Education Center, Room 20
Phone: 605-677-5250
Email: cspcs@usd.edu

USD Victim Advocacy Services

Phone: 605-658-3580 (Cook House office number)
Victim Advocate 24-Hour Hotline: 605-624-5311

Student Legal Aid

Muenster University Center, Room 143
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Phone: 605-658-3584 (Student Government Association Office Number)
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


Title IX Office/Equal Opportunity

Slagle Hall, Room 205
Phone: 605-658-3665
Email: Jean.Merkle@usd.edu

University Police Department

Davidson Building
Emergency: 911 or 9-911 (from a campus phone)
Non-Emergency: 605-658-6199
Email: pubsafe@usd.edu

Report a Crime

Vice President and Dean of Students
Muenster University Center 218
Phone: 605-658-3555deanofstudents@usd.edu



Vermillion Police Department

15 Washington Street Phone: 605-677-7070
Email: info@vermillionpd.org

Local and State


Sanford Vermillion - Hospital and Clinic

20 South Plum Street
Phone: 605-677-3700

Domestic Violence - Safe Option Services

Local sexual assault advocate
Phone: 605-624-5311

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)

Safe Harbor

Shelter and resources for women, children and men in crisis situations
Phone: 1-888-290-2935

South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault

Phone: 1-800-670-3989, sdnafvsa.com


National Domestic Violence Hotline

Phone: 1-800-799-7233/TTY 1-800-787-3224

RAINN - Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

Phone: 1-800-656-4673
Secure online private chat:

National Dating Abuse Helpline

Phone: 1-866-331-9474/TTY 1-866-331-8453

Stronghearts Native Helpline

Phone: 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483)

The National Stalking Resource Center

Phone: 1-800-394-2255

The Trevor Project Helpline for Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention

Phone: 1-866-488-7386, thetrevorproject.org

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