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Dear Students,

Are you stressed or concerned about missing out on social activities? You are not alone. A recent survey of students tells us that you may be more worried about your social life and your emotional well-being than you are about the coronavirus itself. Please know that the university offers a variety of resources and services to help you navigate these challenges and stay connected with your Coyote community.

The Student Counseling Center offers services and resources to help you overcome challenges and enhance personal growth. Whether you would prefer one-on-one telehealth appointments or group appointments centered on a particular topic, you can find support here. You can also register for a new resource at USD – Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) – which includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools aimed at helping you achieve your goals.

I know you may have concerns about meeting new people and making friends, as well. The university offers a variety of physically distanced and virtual activities so you can meet people safely. Please consult the weekly student activities newsletter and reach out to me at if you have any questions or concerns about getting involved on campus.

Your happiness and emotional well-being are important to me. If you have concerns about your mental health or if you would like guidance in achieving your life goals, please seek support and use the resources and services available.


Kimberly A. Grieve, Ph.D
Vice President for Student Services/Dean of Students