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Where You Live Matters

It matters where you live when taking any course outside the state of South Dakota. You are entitled to certain consumer protections, and USD is obligated to comply with certain state regulations, in the state in which you live while taking any USD course. This permission process is called "State Authorization" and includes any traditional, online, or hybrid program, or any course involving learning placements, outside South Dakota. A learning placement includes an activity such as internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, proctoring, etc.

Admission into a distance education program is granted at the time of initial acceptance into the program and is dependent on program availability in the state where you live at the time of admission. If you move to, or live in, a different state after admission to the program, continuation within the program and Federal financial aid will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where you live. Whether military personnel stationed outside the state of South Dakota may enroll or continue in a USD distance education program is based on where they are stationed. It is your responsibility to notify USD’s Registrar of a change in location. Please send your new address to registrar@usd.edu from your USD email account and include your USD STUDENT ID number in the email.

To ensure any educational programs and/or learning placements you are considering outside South Dakota have authorization, and that you’ll be able to pursue these opportunities, please contact the Division of Continuing & Distance Education at 605-658-6152 or by email at cde@usd.edu. The map below also provides information.

The authorization map indicates USD’s authorization status for distance education.

The disclosure map and lists show USD’s licensure-track programs and whether the program’s curriculum meets each State’s educational requirements for professional licensure or certification. If you don’t see a program listed that you think may lead to professional licensure or certification or if you have questions about baccalaureate minors, please contact the academic department offering your major or the Division of Continuing & Distance Education.

International Students

International students are advised to understand and be apprised of the rules, regulations, and requirements related to online distance education programs in the country in which they live; particularly: (a) if the country will recognize an online degree; (b)whether the program meets licensure or certification requirements in the country; and (c) if the country charges any additional taxes, withholdings or fees associated with online distance education programs.

If you’re considering enrolling in an online program, please check to ensure the online degree you are seeking will serve its intended purpose.

Student Complaints

Complaints and Concerns

Distance Education Complaints and Concerns

Notification of Complaint Process for Program Integrity

Consumer Protection Laws

Contact Information For Students Residing In States Other Than South Dakota Who Have Complaints Relating Specifically To Distance Learning Or Correspondence Education

Refund Policy

Refund Policy and Requirements for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid

Complete Withdrawal Form (use this form if dropping all your courses, within the 100% refund period. Use this form even if you are registered for one class and are withdrawing from that class or all classes.)

Petition for Late Drop Withdrawal Form (use this form to request and document your rationale for a refund from USD, or for dropping courses after the 70% refund period)

Adverse Actions:

As of June 1, 2020, the University of South Dakota has no previous, current, nor pending adverse actions related to distance education that has been taken by an accreditation agency or state entity within the last five years.

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