The University of South Dakota takes the issue of school security very seriously on our own campus and others. When USD learned that two of our students had been arrested on misdemeanor charges in Yankton, we responded immediately and cooperated fully with investigators. Searches of the students' residence hall rooms yielded no weapons or any other policy violations. Both students remain enrolled, though USD will await results of the investigation before making a final determination. The charges are misdemeanors and they were released on $2,000 bond, which indicates the judge does not believe them to be a danger to society.
Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.