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Dear USD Students,

Kim Grieve

It is my pleasure to send a warm welcome to you for the 2021-22 year.  The beginning of a new academic year is an exciting time in higher education, and this is a great time to be a Coyote!  Please take some time to review this Student Handbook which provides valuable information regarding your safety, activities you can become engaged in and services provided.

Student Services supports the university mission by promoting student engagement to develop skills through educational and social opportunities to contribute within a diverse global society.  We empower students by providing dynamic experiences that foster excellence and assist students in reaching their goals, while developing a sense of purpose, tradition and community at USD. We believe students’ health and well-being are of the utmost importance, and we strive for an atmosphere that promotes them.

I invite and encourage you to participate in diverse activities and organizations available through Student Services as research demonstrates that students who are involved in their collegiate career are more likely to be successful. Set high standards for yourself, make good choices and take time to reflect on your experiences. If you need assistance, ask for help; we are here to serve you. At USD you will find a community that is student centered and focused on student success. As the VP/Dean of Students, I am here to promote an inclusive environment that is responsive to all students and be your advocate, so please do not hesitate to contact me at

Take some time to review the student handbook which provides valuable information regarding safety, activities you can become engaged in and services provided.

Best wishes for a great academic year.


Go Yotes!

Dr. Kim Grieve, Ph.D.

Vice President and Dean of Students