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Dear Students,

Even though we may not be on campus together, we want you all to know that we care about you, your health, your safety and your wellbeing. We are here for you. 

Counselors are available for counseling, consultation and case management services. Please call 605-658-3580 if you would like to schedule an appointment. 

Please take a moment to review these helpful tips on coping with stress during COVID-19 from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

  • It is natural to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings may change over time.
  • Notice and accept how you feel.
  • Talk with others. Contact your family and friends via email, phone call, text, Facetime or Skype.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including proper diet, sleep and exercise.
  • Don’t use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions.
  • If you feel overwhelmed, contact the USD’s telehealth counseling services at 605-658-3580.
  • Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Check out a few credible sources below.
  • Hearing about the pandemic can be upsetting. Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media.
  • Draw on the skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage previous life’s challenges and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during the challenging time of this outbreak. 
  • Make time to unwind and do an activity you enjoy.

We thank you for your patience and commitment to keeping USD safe. If you have any questions or concerns, contact


Kim Grieve
Vice President of Student Services and Dean of Students
University of South Dakota