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The timely and accurate release of information is essential in any campus crisis or emergency.

The V.P. of Marketing and Enrollment or designee will assess the emergency situation and facilitate the preparation of official statements.

Marketing Communications & University Relations is the only office through which official university announcements, activities and statements may be communicated to the general public and the media.

  • The university has a variety of tools to communicate with the public in the event of emergencies. Depending on the type and timing of the emergency, tools such as the Campus Alert system (text, phone, email), local media and website will be used to inform faculty, staff and students of the emergency.
  • Alerts (weather, natural disasters, cancellation of classes, campus alerts, etc.) will appear at the top of web and myUSD portal pages.
  • Depending on the nature of the crisis, the university may hold a series of press briefings.

Marketing Communications & University Relations
Phone: 605-658-6260

After Hours call University Police
Phone: 605-658-6199