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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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Campus Safety & Security

Whether you live in a residence hall or commute to your classes, DSU is your home away from home. That's why we prioritize a small, safe, and friendly campus.

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Safety first

Everyday security is part of life at DSU.

Two uniformed guards patrol campus at night and are happy to help if you need it, whether it's walking you back to the dorm or jumpstarting your car.

Watch specialists are on duty Tuesday through Sunday from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.

To reach a campus watch employee for assistance, call: (605) 270-7712 or  (605) 270-7713.

Security cameras are installed across campus, and residence halls are controlled by card access so that only students who live in that building can enter.

Read the 2023 Safety and Security Report

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In case of emergency

To report an emergency on campus, dial 911. If you're using a DSU phone, dial 9-911.

In the event of a campus emergency, we use an alert system mandated by the South Dakota Board of Regents. This system helps us notify students, staff, and faculty of any emergencies that occur on or near campus locations. These can include weather alerts, school closings, fire, or criminal activity.

When you receive your campus-assigned email address, you'll get an email with information about how to register for the alert system. You can opt to register your personal telephone numbers, email addresses, or other electronic devices to receive these alerts.

Read more or register now

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Awareness and education

DSU is provides ongoing training to students and employees regarding various campus security, safety, and crime prevention procedures and practices. These include Title IX, sexual assault, bystander intervention, aggressive intruder/active shooter events, drug and alcohol prevention, fire safety, and personal safety awareness. In the residence halls, we cover safety and security information in floor meetings during the first days of each semester and periodically throughout each semester. We also host a variety of educational events that promote a safe community. Read more about policies, prevention programs and reporting violations in the Student Handbook:

Student handbook


Find more information about our security measures, crime rates, and warning systems.

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