2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 25, 2023  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Student Services & Resources

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Academic Support Services

Academic Advising

The First-Year Advising Center (FYAC) is designed to assist students with the college transition and with building a firm academic foundation. Academic advisors in the FYAC advise most incoming first-year students and all students who have not yet declared a major. Academic advisors assist students with setting academic, career and personal goals; help students develop strategies for achieving those goals; advise students into courses based on their academic program and interest areas; and connect students with campus and community resources. For more information visit www.sdstate.edu/UC/FirstYearAdvising.

Chemistry Resource Room

Assistance in Chemistry is coordinated through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and staffed by instructors and graduate students.  Call the department, 605-688-5151, or visit the Chemistry Resource Room on the second floor of the Avera Health Center (SAV 246), www.sdstate.edu/chemistry-biochemistry.

Early Alert

SDSU participates in an Early Alert program to identify undergraduate students who need assistance from academic and student service offices. The Early Alert program allows faculty to notify students about their performance from week one through the last day to drop classes each semester. When faculty enter alerts in the SSC-Campus software program, students are notified about the faculty member’s concern. Academic advisors, athletics advisors, residential life staff and many other campus departments contact students who receive multiple early alerts to talk with them about their progress in the identified course(s) and to help them create a success plan to improve their performance. For more information, visit www.sdstate.edu/UC/EarlyAlert.

Math Help Center

The Math Help Center, located in AME Building Room 292, provides free walk-in tutoring for students in MATH 095, 102, 103, 115, 120, 121, 123, 125, and STAT 281. No appointment is necessary.  For more information including a schedule of available tutoring time, visit www.sdstate.edu/mathematics-statistics/math-help-center.

Program for Academic Recovery (Academic Success Program)

The goal of the Program for Academic Recovery is to help students who have been placed on probation or suspended raise their GPA, develop a strategy for success in college and achieve “good standing” status. 

Students are enrolled in one of two courses, either UC 011 - Strategies for Academic Success  for students readmitted following a suspension or UC 140 - Academic Recovery  for students on academic probation. Both are early intervention courses designed to assist students with achieving greater success at SDSU. Course activities help students identify issues that led to the probation or suspended status, develop a plan of action to ensure future academic success, and increase personal responsibility and self-management. Students also have an opportunity to work with a peer mentor or participate in small group counseling, attend workshops, meet with advisors and access resources such as tutoring. Students who actively participate and successfully pass the course report higher levels of achievement, motivation and better GPA’s, less stress and anxiety, and stronger connection to and use of resources on campus.  For more information visit www.sdstate.edu/UC/AcademicSuccess.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions are structured review sessions for students enrolled in historically difficult courses. SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. At each SI session, the SI leader (a student who has previously taken the course and performed well) guides students through activities designed to help them learn course material. For more information, visit www.sdstate.edu/UC/SI.

Testing Center

The Testing Center provides a range of testing services from proctoring exams, assisting with prior learning credit placement and providing special accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The Testing Center is located at 1100 College Ave and is open Monday through Friday 8am-5pm.  For more information contact the Testing Center at 605-688-6460 to help with any questions or visit www.sdstate.edu/testing-center.

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO grant program designed to support students in achieving academic success. To assist students’ success at SDSU the following support services are available through the SSS Program: 1) individualized support in managing academic pursuits; 2) personalized financial, career, and social support services to ease transitions through college; 3) tutorial services in a variety of course areas (including math, English, and basic sciences); 4) referral assistance to other campus support services; and 5) priority registration at the beginning of each academic semester. Since services to students are individualized, participation in the program may substantially increase participants’ chances for success at SDSU.

The ultimate goal of SSS is to increase the number of students who are retained and graduated from SDSU. To be eligible for services, a participant must fit one of the following criteria: 1) a first generation student - neither parents finished a 4-year college degree, 2) an individual with a documented disability that impacts ability to be successful in an academic program, and/or 3) an individual from an economically disadvantaged family who needs financial assistance to attend and be successful in college. For more information on Student Support Services, visit the office in Larson Commons 104. Phone: 605-688-6653.

TRIO Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a Federally Funded program designed to support high school students in their preparation for successful college graduation. Upward Bound provides support in areas of tutoring, mentoring, cultural enrichment, college tours, personal development, and academic preparation. To participate, students must be either first-generation college-bound or parents meet the federal income guidelines; and be enrolled in one of the four participating high schools located in Sioux Falls and Flandreau, SD. Phone: 605-688-6653.

Wintrode Student Success Center

Opening its doors in 2007, the Wintrode Student Success Center features the Wintrode Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction Programs, the First-Year Advising Center, Early Alert and the Program for Academic Recovery (Academic Success Program). These programs are designed to help students gain the skills they need to move forward with confidence. Detailed information about the center and its various support programs can be found at www.sdstate.edu/uc/wintrode-student-success-center.

Wintrode Tutoring Program

The Wintrode Tutoring Program provides small-group tutoring to students enrolled in select courses.  Courses served tend to be large-enrollment courses with high DFW rates. Tutoring sessions focus on developing a better understanding of course material, improving study skills, and increasing confidence in relation to subject matter. For more information, visit www.sdstate.edu/UC/WintrodeTutoring.

Writing Center

The SDSU Writing Center serves all students enrolled in the university, both graduate and undergraduate. Students can chat about an essay for a composition or history class, a research paper, abstracts for a human development or sociology paper, or a job or graduate school application letter-in short, any type of writing that they have concerns about. Consultations take place during any stage of the writing process - from determining the ideas, focus, and framework to citing sources and figuring out how semi-colons work and polishing the style. The Writing Center is located in 103 Briggs Library.  The Writing Center can be contacted at 605-688-6559 or for more information visit www.sdstate.edu/writing-center.


The Admissions Office assists students in attaining their educational goals by providing quality services and accurate information that will enable them to make an informed and appropriate college choice. In addition, the Admissions Office processes all applications for undergraduate admission and determines residency status for entering students. Questions concerning enrollment information, admission and transfer evaluation should be directed to SDSU Admissions Office, Enrollment Services Center, Box 511, Brookings, SD 57007-0649, phone 605-688-4121.

American Indian Student Center

Since its founding in 2010, the American Indian Student Center at South Dakota State University (SDSU) remains as the hub of cultural programming, services, and advocacy that supports the recruitment, transition, retention, persistence and graduation of American Indian students. The AISC actively promotes access to higher education and community resources, seeks to increase cross cultural engagement, encourages the appreciation of cultural and human differences, and advocates for the respectful inclusion of Indigenous knowledge. The AISC assists the University community in understanding the relevance, efficacy and the strength of the American Indian experience. The AISC staff is comprised of student affairs professionals devoted to strengthening relationships with, and among, the students, staff, and faculty of SDSU, and the tribal nations of South Dakota.

BluePrint Design & Print Center

BluePrint is a student-driven design and print center that is committed to customer service and quality design and print products. Interior banners, exterior banners, T-stands and digital displays in The Union are all advertising areas reserved and designed by staff. BluePrint can assist with any walk-in printing needs along with custom orders such as logo design (logo books), buttons, brochures, event programs and invitations. Located in the lower level of The Union, they have a homework-printing station for convenient and fast printing needs. Print order requests can also be emailed to sdsu.blueprint@sdstate.edu. The BluePrint Design and Print Center can be contacted at 605-588-5496 or for more information visit www.sdstate.edu/campus/studentunion/blueprint.cfm.

Career Development, Office of

The Office of Career Development is a centralized career center with three primary goals:

  • assist students with major and career exploration;
  • help students develop lifelong career management skills; and
  • serve as a bridge between students (talent) and employers (opportunity).

Students from all majors are encouraged to take advantage of the services provided. Whether an incoming student trying to choose a major, a sophomore preparing to attend a career fair, a junior searching for an internship, a senior applying to graduate school, or a graduate student interviewing for an entry-level job, the Career Development staff is here to help.

In addition to professional development workshops and presentations, Career Development offers individual coaching on resume-writing, interview preparation, job search strategies, and other career-related concerns. The office also helps facilitate several career fairs and on-campus interviews for the numerous employers who recruit SDSU students.

Students are encouraged to create a profile in Handshake, our modern online career management system where students can post resumes, search for jobs and internships, register for career events, learn about career fairs, make appointments with career coaches, access career resources, and more. Students use their MyState credentials to log into Handshake at https://sdstate.joinhandshake.com/

Contact the Office of Career Development by phone at 605-688-4425, via email at Careers@sdstate.edu, or online at www.sdstate.edu/career-development.

Clubs & Organizations

South Dakota State University has over 200 recognized student organizations.  A complete list of these organizations, their purpose, and contact information is maintained by the Office of Student Activities.  This list is also published annually and can be obtained from their office in the Union.  For more information visit https://sdstate.collegiatelink.net/.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students serves as the student Ombudsperson for the university. In this role, the Dean of Students acts as a mentor or arbitrator rather than a conduct hearing officer. The goal is to help a student resolve an issue before it becomes a problem. For students in need of assistance or guidance, the Dean of Students office is an important resource. The office is located in Morrill Hall 312, Phone: 605-688-4493.

Dining Services

Campus Dining is committed to providing a dining service program at SDSU that is of the highest quality at a reasonable cost. Students can choose from a variety of offerings including “all-you-care-to-eat” buffet meals, food courts, convenience stores, ice cream shops, delis, specialty coffee, salad and soup bars, grab and go areas, and much more. All SDSU students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan. Weary Wil’s and Einstein Bros. Bagels offer students special late night dining options.

Disability Services

Disability Services coordinates services for students with a wide range of disabilities. Services include coordinating testing accommodations, the acquisition of alternative format texts, classroom accommodations, referral to other service agencies, and coordinating additional services based on the individual needs of the student. For more information call 605-688-4504.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access, Office of

The Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access will provide vision and direction for inclusion initiatives with particular focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and access by leading, collaborating and facilitating programs and training; providing oversight and guidance on ADA compliance; developing relationship and partnerships both within the University community and with external groups; and providing leadership on campus-wide inclusion initiatives. 

South Dakota State University is committed to maintaining an environment which respects dignity and encourages members of the campus community to achieve their maximum potential, free from discrimination and harassment. Students and staff are encouraged to contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access with suggestions and recommendations for diversity programming and questions or concerns relating to diversity issues on campus.

English Language & Culture Institute

Develop academic English proficiency, explore American culture, and learn to communicate with confidence at South Dakota State University. The SDSU English Language & Culture Institute (ELCI) provides three different programs that prepare students for the rigors of post-secondary academics, professional English, and real-world communication. The ELCI offers the Intensive ESL program that prepares students for admission to the university, the Online ESL program that prepares students working remotely for advancement in their English proficiency, and the International Teaching Assistant Training program that prepares graduate students for their teaching and professional responsibilities. The ELCI focuses on academic English, while enhancing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the English context. The program also provides student-centered teaching, progressive levels, and limited class sizes.  For more information call 605-688-6410 or visit www.sdstate.edu/international-affairs/english-language-and-culture-institute.

Enrollment Services

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office administers student financial assistance programs, including federal and state financial aid, and governmental agency awards. The phone number for Financial Aid is 605-688-4695.

Registrar’s Office

The Registrar’s Office assists students in meeting their academic goals through a variety of services that include on-line registration, adding and dropping classes, accessing final grades, academic transcripts, and coordinating the semester course schedule. Records and Registration staff are available to help students to understand the variety of policies, procedures, and deadlines that are in place. The phone number for Records and Registration is 605-688-6195.


Students receiving the Jackrabbit Guarantee or the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship may find information and advising on continuing scholarship eligibility, renewal, and retention. The phone number for Scholarships is 605-688-5201.


SDSU Extension provides an off campus informal educational function of SDSU and encompasses the following broad areas of programming: Agriculture, Family, Youth, and Communities. The mission of SDSU Extension is to disseminate and encourage the application of research-generated knowledge and leadership techniques to individuals, families, and communities in order to improve agriculture and strengthen the South Dakota family and community.

Through the work of field specialists, SDSU Extension disseminates the findings of research and encourages the application of knowledge for solutions to problems and for opportunities encountered in everyday living. Much of the economic progress of families and communities can be traced to this unique type of non-formal, out-of-classroom learning opportunity provided to them for over 100 years by SDSU in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and county governments.

SDSU Extension is dedicated to assisting individuals and groups meet the challenges of change in farming, ranching, marketing, the home and community. The press, radio, TV, interactive audio-visual, the Internet, educational publications, group methods and individual contacts are used to inform and teach. Students are encouraged to become acquainted with the staff on campus and take advantage of the information available in Extension publications to enrich their course of study. SDSU Extension also offers rewarding career opportunities for graduates in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, natural resources, and other social sciences.

For information, contact the Associate Director of SDSU Extension at 605-688-4792, Box 2207, Brookings, SD 57007, or visit the web site at http://igrow.org.

Hilton M. Briggs Library

Library services and collections are housed in the Briggs Library, which is named for President Hilton M. Briggs, who served the University from 1958 to 1975. Library collections consist of more than 695,000 bound volumes, 657,000 government documents, 18,975 e-books, 60,000 online journals and other electronic resources.

Briggs Library users have access to book, journal, archives, map and government documents collections. Special collections of congressional papers, archival, state and local history, and curriculum materials are available for students, faculty, and researchers. In addition, materials from thousands of other libraries worldwide are available through interlibrary loan.  The library provides wireless networking, laptop loans and more than 70 public computer workstations for access to the Internet, to library databases, and to software such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, statistical packages and more. Briggs Library contains group study/conference rooms for student use, informal lounge areas, as well as printers, photocopiers and scanners. The Briggs Library building is also the home of International Affairs and Outreach, the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and the Writing Center.

The faculty and staff of Briggs Library are proud of the services they offer to the SDSU community, as well as to distance students and faculty at Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Pierre and other locations throughout South Dakota and the U.S. Each year they teach hundreds of classes on information literacy and the use of library resources. They respond to thousands of information requests annually through personal contacts, via telephone at 605-688-5107, and by means of e-mail and online chat. Look for the “Ask@Briggs” link on the library homepage: www.sdstate.edu/hilton-m-briggs-library or use the “Chat Now” button anywhere on the library website.

Imaging Center & Print Lab

The SDSU Print Lab, located in Yeager Hall, provides complete printing solutions for the campus community and its affiliates. We offer excellent service at competitive prices. Our experienced professionals are dedicated to providing quality work for the SDSU community.

With the advent of desktop publishing programs, creating publications such as newsletters, brochures, posters, flyers, etc., has become much easier. Generally a project designed in-house does not necessarily mean it is “print ready”, nor does it mean it meets the graphic standards of university materials. 

The Office of University Marketing and Communications is charged with overseeing logo usage and university trademarks, for both internal and external audiences. Other than reprint orders, business cards and variable data publishing, projects being produced at the Print Lab must first be routed through University Marketing and Communications to be approved or files prepared for printing.

Print Lab offers variable data publishing, and can be the design starting point for projects utilizing variable data or versioning. VDP publishing is digitally-driven printing where design elements such as text and images are changed from one printed piece to the next, using information from a database, yet all the versions are printed in the same run. We can also generate emails, personalized websites and SMS messages that connect specifically to a customer via multiple channels.

A recent extension of the Print Lab, the SDSU Imaging Center is housed in the same building and uses state-of-the-art technology to bring new imaging capabilities to campus. 3D printing, wood burning, engraving, laser cutting and printing on adhesive and fabric are just a few of the options available to help students create more realistic and professional projects, and accommodate the innovation of new ideas to support the faculty and staff as well.

For more information on how we can service your office, department or organization, visit us on the first floor of Yeager Hall or call us at 605-688-5111, or e-mail: sdsu.print.lab@sdstate.edu.

Intercollegiate Athletics

South Dakota State University is a Division I, National Collegiate Athletic Association member and offers competition in eleven sports for women and ten sports for men. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) governs competition for both women and men. Women compete in cross country, equestrian, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, softball and soccer. Men compete in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, football, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, wrestling and baseball.  South Dakota State athletic teams have experienced broad based success. They are recognized regionally and nationally each year for the athletic accomplishments and academic achievements for their student-athletes and coaches.

Every undertaking within South Dakota State University’s Athletic Department is driven by a relentless commitment to excellence. We are committed to providing each and every student-athlete with a comprehensive collegiate experience. Academic achievement is important because it is the fundamental purpose of the student-athlete experience. Social responsibility is also a vital component. We expect to contribute to the well-being of our campus, community and state. Positive student-athlete experiences and competitive success also define our program because they are integral to the student-athlete’s growth. Our vision is to be recognized nationally for the complete development of the student-athlete, pursuit of excellence, uncompromising integrity and passionate fans.  In support of the University’s Mission and Vision, our passion, integrity and creativity will foster a source of pride for the SDSU community, State of South Dakota and region.  The important work of creating that setting is the heart of our mission: commitment to providing a student-athlete centered culture that promotes academic and competitive excellence while embracing equity, diversity and social responsibility.  We are guided by a stringent set of values that will not be compromised: honesty, equity, academic integrity, fiscal integrity and social responsibility with the expectation of competing at the highest level.

For general athletic department information call 605-688-5625, for athletic ticket information call 605-688-5422, 1-866-GoJacks (465-2257), or e-mail sdsu.tickets@sdstate.edu.

International Affairs, Office of

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is the comprehensive home for international student and scholar services, international undergraduate admission, English As a Second Language, study abroad planning, and community connections programs. All services and activities are intended to help enrich the experience of international students here at SDSU and to help expand global engagement for all students, faculty and staff.

Formerly the Office of International Programs, the department was initially established in 1988 and was focused on creating a number of international education and research exchange partnerships. Today, OIA has educational partners on six continents and has expanded its focus to include international student services and English As a Second Language.

  • Study abroad staff advise faculty in planning SDSU-based global educational options and advise students of their study abroad options.
  • International student and scholars staff provide guidance and administrative support to over 900 international students from over 90 countries.
  • Staff members also support the International Relations Council and its events and outreach, as well as help connect the campus community with International students and global issues through its Connections programs.
  • The English As a Second Language program, which began in 2014, offers an intensive English learning experience for students who would like to enroll at SDSU but lack sufficient language proficiency. Upon completing the ESL programs, the students enter SDSU as degree-seeking students.

OIA has a variety of partners and affiliates. For more information, refer to www.sdstate.edu/international-affairs.

Logos, Seals, Caricatures, Wordmarks (Official Symbols)

University Marketing and Communications approves the use of the name or logo of South Dakota State University (in any form) for printed publication or for any type of merchandise, i.e., hats, t-shirts, mugs, etc., to be distributed. All SDSU logos, seals, caricatures or wordmarks are federally registered trademarks and cannot be used without permission.

To learn more about the university’s graphic identity, visit www.sdstate.edu/university-marketing-communications/graphic-identity-standards.

For information on usage, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Communications at sdsu.umc@sdstate.edu or 605-688-6161.

Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center develops campus initiatives that demonstrate the valued practice and philosophy of multiculturalism within the University community. The office provides support to students of color by providing tutorial services, multicultural and diversity programming, and advising cultural organizations. The Multicultural Center compliments the Division of Student Affairs’ mission by broadening the social, cultural, educational, and recreational experience of students. Phone: 605-688-5585.

MyJacks Card

The student identification card, known as the MyJacks Card, can be referred to as a student’s key to campus.  The MyJacks Card holds many components that are important to a student at SDSU such as door access to residential halls and academic buildings but let’s student’s gain access to events on campus. The MyJacks Card can be used as a prepaid debit card to access prepaid accounts. In addition to its use in for the student meal plans, the MyJacks Card provides a prepaid account called Hobo Dough. This account can be used for the bookstore, campus vending, laundry, photocopying and printing, and at selected off-campus businesses. Students may load funds at the Card Services office in the Student Union, the Briggs Library, Larson Commons, Rotunda, or Online. Upon graduation or leaving the University, these funds ($5.00 or more) will be returned in full upon request. No service charges are assessed for active accounts. However, accounts inactive for six (6) months or more are assessed a monthly service charge. If the service charge exceeds the account balance, the account is automatically closed.  For complete information regarding your MyJacks Card visit www.myjackscard.com.  

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation assists the transition process for students new to SDSU.  NSO implements Orientation sessions for new, transfer, and readmit students throughout the year.  At Orientation, students register for classes, attend informational sessions, and receive other important information about being a student at SDSU.  After attending Orientation, students often feel much better prepared for life at SDSU.

Student Activities

The Center for Student Engagement is located in the Union and links students to a variety of programs and initiatives designed to promote their success at South Dakota State University. The center is home to career development and internship staff, as well as staff focused on serving student organizations, leadership development programs and campus wide engagement initiatives. The University Program Council, Greek Life, the Students’ Association and the New Student Orientation program also call the center home.

Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs provides services and activities that are designed to help students gain the greatest benefit from their University education. The following departments are included in Student Affairs: Admissions, American Indian Student Center, New Student Orientation, Office of Enrollment Services (Financial Aid and Scholarships), Office of Student Conflict Prevention, Management, and Conduct Services, Residential Life, The Union, Office of Student Engagement (Students’ Association, Greek Life, University Program Council, Career Center), Multicultural Center, (Disability Services and support for underrepresented students such as African American, Latino/a and LGBT), Student Support Services (Upward Bound, TRIO), Veteran Student Services, University Dining Services, and Wellness (Intramurals, Club Sports, Recreation, Student Health, and Counseling). If you have questions or need information about any of these areas, contact the Vice President for Student Affairs office in Morrill Hall 312, Phone: 605-688-4493. The specific programs and services offered by the departments are listed in this section and elsewhere in this catalog.

Student Conflict Prevention, Management, & Conduct Services, Office of

The Office of Student Conflict Prevention, Management, and Conduct Services is a point of contact for both faculty and staff on a variety of Student Affairs matters.  The functions of this office are of service to all students. Serving as ombuds, mediators, and hearing officers, this office helps students in all stages of adjustment and adaptation.  Upon request, the office assists faculty and staff to more comfortably and effectively address student concerns. 

Student Union

The Student Union provides an opportunity for student involvement with the campus community and a connection to the University. The department manages and operates the University Student Union, which includes services such as the Information Exchange, Outback Jacks, Blue Print Design Center, Central Reservations and State Technical Services. Students can cash checks, send faxes, play billiards, rent outdoor recreational equipment, reserve sound and lighting services for programs, and dine at the Market, Jacks’ Place, Einstein Bros. Bagels and Weary Wil’s Sports Grill. A full-service coffee, espresso and smoothie bar are also available at Java City. The department also facilitates the advising and support for student organizations. The Office of Student Engagement works closely with the University Program Council (UPC), Greek Life, the recognition of student organizations, and career development/internships. The department also coordinates the New Student Orientation program for the summer, fall, and spring and is engaged in the Lead State and Meet State programs.

This Union is home to The Collegian student newspaper, Students’ Association, Student Legal Services, KSDJ 90.7 campus radio station, Greek Life, Multicultural Student Organizations, University Program Council, Dining Services: the Market and Jacks’, the Bookstore, Card Services/Hobo Dough, and fifteen meeting rooms including the Volstorff Ballroom which add to the already extensive list of student programs and services that work to build a great student experience at State. For more information regarding the Union call 605-688-4960.

Technology & Security, Division of

The Division of Technology and Security provides the technology, skills, and services that contribute to and support the land-grant mission of South Dakota State University and is committed to creating an environment in which faculty and students develop opportunities which will make them successful in their scholarship, research, and creative activities. In addition, DTS actively promotes the incorporation of technology as a means of effectively and efficiently conducting University business.

The Office of Safety & Security, reporting to the Vice President for Technology and Security, is responsible for creating and maintaining a culture where safety and security are primary university considerations. A community with a culture placing safety and security as a priority is quantifiably safe and qualitatively secure: meaning the likelihood of loss or harm is low and the sense of personal security and well-being is high. 

South Dakota State University publishes an annual security report each fall in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act. The report which describes policies, enforcement, statistics, and prevention information programs is distributed to all staff and students. The crime report is also available upon request from the University Police Department.

Under the direction of Dr. Mike Adelaine, the Vice President for Technology and Security, programs, services, and support are provided to the university community.

Administrative Information Systems (AIS)

This unit’s primary purposes are to provide operational information to SDSU faculty, staff and students from enterprise systems maintained by BOR staff, to maintain systems unique to SDSU’s needs that integrate with enterprise systems but meet needs unique to SDSU, and to work closely with the office of Planning, Decision Support and Assessment to make sure the information they work with is in appropriate context with other sources of information–especially Board of Regents Enterprise systems.


This unit offers programming services, development of forms, applications, single sign on, and electronic signatures. They also provide support for InsideState and MyState. For more information, call 605-688-4638.

Classroom Technology Services (CTS)

This unit is responsible for all technology-enhanced and DDN classrooms located on the University campus. This includes the initial installation of equipment, its maintenance, and upgrades. For more information, call 605-688-4587.

Information Security

This unit ensures University data security and establishes procedures to protect information, users, and the University. Questions or concerns should be reported to the Support Desk (688-6776) immediately. For more information, call 605-688-4988.

Support Desk

DTS serves as contact for students, faculty, and staff needing tech support through its operation of the Support Desk. Equipment loan, repair, and the maintenance of general use computer labs are also the responsibility of DTS. For more information, call 605-688-6776.

Instructional Design Services (IDS)

This unit offers faculty services in instructional design, distributed learning, and the use of integrated media in the classrooms. They also provide faculty with training in a wide variety of software programs and applications, as well as instruction in the use of equipment. For more information, call 605-688-6312 E-mail SDSU.ids@sdstate.edu  

University Networking & Research Computing (UNRC)

UNRC provides the infrastructure upon which technology systems are built and assures Internet access to the campus community. In addition, they maintain the server farm, on which the majority of institutional software and applications are run. For more information, call 605-688-4988.

Environmental Health & Safety Office

The primary function of the Environmental Health and Safety office is to assist campus personnel in making SDSU a safe learning and working environment for faculty, staff, and students. The EHS office is responsible for enforcing federal, state and local safety and environmental rules and regulations, including radiation, chemical, and biological safety; management of hazardous materials and conditions; management of indoor air quality in cooperation with Facilities and Services; recycling of electronics, batteries, and heavy metal containing light bulbs; disposal of hazardous wastes and other functions relating to research, teaching and administrative duties. EHS provides training in the various areas listed above, not only to be in compliance with regulations, but to be sure that all SDSU students, staff and visitors, have an enjoyable and safe experience at SDSU. For staff and students with questions concerning any of these functions contact EHS at: Environmental Health & Safety Avera Science Center 143; Box 2202, Brookings, SD 57007 Phone: 605-688-4264 E-mail: EHS@sdstate.edu.

Emergency Management

The primary function is to prepare for, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from real or potential man-made or natural disasters by providing leadership and overseeing the planning, organization and management of emergency responses and related training in order to provide a safe campus. 

University Police Department

UPD is a full service provider of non-emergency and emergency public safety services. It is a professional law enforcement organization that works diligently to be progressive, effective, and efficient for the community served and will do everything possible to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience at SD State.

Technology Support

Support Desk Call Center

Wondering what to do with all those pop ups? Can’t figure out how to make Excel turn numbers into a pie chart? The Support Desk Call Center will answer all these questions and more. By phone 605-688-6776 or e-mail: SDSU.SupportDesk@sdstate.edu, the Support Desk Call Center is available to students, faculty, and staff. They are happy to walk through any problem, no matter the skill level or experience. Staff also offer assistance with most University IT services—SDSUFacStaff, SDSUStudent, computer labs, PHAROS printing, Jacks email, and lots of others, too. 


MyState is the student portal to personalized information and connects students to any SDSU website:  https://mystate.sdstate.edu.  Students will see news, events, class schedules, required textbooks, scholarship and financial information, how to apply for a parking decal and more. Students can customize MyState to fit their needs. 

Jacks Email

All official university correspondence will be sent to a student’s Jacks email.  See MyState for the instructions on accessing the SDSU email for the first time.  Then, access email at jacksemail.sdstate.edu/ or Office 365.  If there are any questions about activating or using Jacks e-mail contact the Support Desk.


Desire2Learn (D2L) is a course management software used by instructors for posting course materials and referencing helpful links.  https://d2l.sdbor.edu

University Housing & Residential Life

University Housing and Residential Life (UHRL) administers programs and facilities for all on-campus housing. UHRL is located on the first floor of Caldwell Hall.  Further information is available on-line on the department’s website found at www.sdstate.edu/residential-life or by calling 605-688-5148.

Residence Halls

Residence Halls at SDSU are living units where students study, form new friendships, are challenged to develop as individuals, and encouraged to work together as a community. Students who are within the first two years beyond high school graduation are required to enter into a residence hall and food service contract with the University.  Exceptions to this Board of Regents policy require approval from UHRL.  Information on the residency requirement and qualified exemptions is available at  www.sdstate.edu/policies/upload/Student-Housing.pdf.  

Students not required to live on campus can contact University Housing to explore on campus housing availability or seek assistance in locating off campus options.

Residence Hall Application and Confirmation Fee - The Residence Hall application information is available to students following admission to the University.  The housing application, found at www.MyState.sdstate.edu, is available beginning October 15 to new students who will enroll in the following fall semester.  New students enrolling at SDSU during the spring semester can apply for housing beginning November 15.

Payment of a confirmation fee of $75 is required to complete the housing application process.  First-time freshmen will have $65 credited as Hobo Dough the remaining $10 used to fund the College Student Inventory.  Transfer and other non-first year students will have the $75 credited in Hobo Dough in full. 

Refunds of the Confirmation Fee

Refunds of the confirmation fee for cancellation of a housing application and/or assignment will follow the schedule below:

Fall Semester
  • Exemption/Contract Release granted on or before May 31:  Refund of entire $75 confirmation fee.
  • Exemption/Contract Release granted June 1 – July 31: forfeiture of $75 confirmation fee.
  • Exemption/Contract Release granted August 1 – Opening: $250 late cancellation fee and forfeiture of the $75 confirmation fee.
  • Exemption/Contract Release granted post-Opening - 60% of semester:  forfeiture of $75 confirmation fee, $250 late cancellation fee, and Exemption/Release does not go into effect until the following semester.
  • NOTE:  Students who are required to live on campus must maintain a 2.25 minimum grade point average (GPA) before an exemption to the residency requirement will be considered, unless enrolled in their first semester as a full-time student.
Spring Semester
  • Exemption/Contract Release granted on or before November 30:  Refund of entire $75 confirmation fee.
  • Exemption/Contract Release granted December 1 – December 31: forfeiture of $75 confirmation fee.
  • Exemption/Contract Release granted January 1 – Opening: $250 late cancellation fee and forfeiture of the $75 confirmation fee.
  • Exemption/Contract Release granted post-Opening - 60% of semester: forfeiture of $75 confirmation fee, $250 late cancellation fee and does not go into effect until the following semester.
  • NOTE: Students who are required to live on campus must maintain a 2.25 minimum grade point average (GPA) before an exemption to the residency requirement will be considered, unless enrolled in their first semester as a full-time student.

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities provide an opportunity for residents to connect academic emphasis with life outside the classroom. Students accepted into a living learning community live with others who have similar academic majors and interests, participate in academic and social programs for meaningful interaction with faculty and staff members, and have on-going conversation about related themes.

University Apartments

The University maintains several unfurnished one-bedroom apartments for students with families at State Court. These apartments come with a refrigerator and stove. To be eligible for a family unit, students must be enrolled as a full-time student and reside with their spouse/partner and/or at least one dependent relative. Rental rates are charged on a monthly basis and include basic utilities.  A $100 reservation/damage deposit is required at the time of application.

In addition, Meadows North and South apartments are comprised of four-bedroom apartments configured for upper division single students.  Utilities, Internet, dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, and central air conditioning are included. Contracts are for the academic year including winter and spring breaks. Applications for university apartments require a $75 confirmation fee. Students assigned to Meadows North can opt to arrive as early as August 1 and stay through May 31 for an additional per week charge.

University Marketing & Communications

The mission of University Marketing and Communications is to enhance and protect the institutional reputation of South Dakota State University; to advance and strengthen the institution’s brand; to encourage community engagement and to reinforce the university’s relevance to key audiences.

The guiding principles that support marketing and communications include:

  • Effectively enhance awareness and understanding of events, policies, issues and developments within the university community through a results-based communications process that is consistent and of high quality;
  • Ensure quality is achieved through ongoing dialogue, collaboration and an exchange of ideas to best reflect university attitudes, cultures, identities, perspectives and social systems; and
  • Maintain industry standards and best practices as they apply to creative services, design, production, technology platforms, and informational and media services through measurement, evaluation and analysis.

University Marketing and Communications will serve as the central communications office for the university. It will foster and expand relationships with internal and external audiences and align communications initiatives and messaging with the university’s strategic direction and goals. Marketing and communications functions include Strategic Communications and Media, Web Development, Creative Services and Branding, Marketing, Digital and Social Media, Photography, and Trademarks and Licensing.

For more information on the services offered through University Marketing and Communications, visit www.sdstate.edu/umc.

Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Affairs Office is responsible for providing services and coordinating programs for veterans and military affiliated students.  The programs and services include: coordinating orientation programs, assisting students with their educational benefits, assisting veterans who are deployed while still enrolled at SDSU, advising and supporting the SDSU Armed Forces Association, offering employment workshops and assistance, administering veteran scholarships, advising a military affiliated Living Learning Center, collaborating with city and county agencies that assist veterans, working with returning National Guard units and other active duty personnel to assist with their admission/re-admission to SDSU.  The office also works collaboratively with Financial Aid, Counseling Center and Disability Services to provide support to SDSU veterans.  For more information contact the Veterans Affairs office at 605-688-4700.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is dedicated to supporting academic success and personal development by promoting and encouraging healthy lifestyle for the members of the SDSU community. The Wellness Center houses state of the art fitness equipment, a variety of recreational and intramural programs, an outdoor program, effective wellness education, the Student Health Clinic, Counseling Services, Jackrabbit Pharmacy, and Brookings Family Planning Clinic. Services and programs provided are detailed below. Further information about the Wellness Center is available at 605-697-WELL(9355), sdsu.wellnesscenter@sdstate.edu, or go online to www.sdstate.edu/wellness-center.


We strive to provide current and diverse programming to enhance life-long health and well-being. Knowledgeable professionals serve the students, faculty, and community to assist them in making appropriate decisions about fitness and nutrition. A varied menu of activities and programs are offered including: cardio and weight equipment; land, water and cycle classes; walking/running track; pool; three gyms; a climbing pinnacle and bouldering wall. Staff can provide personal orientation, personal fitness evaluations, and can design a personal program to meet fitness goals. For further information regarding the Wellness Center, hours, and its services, call 605-688-6415 or go online to www.sdstate.edu/wellness-center.

Nutrition Counseling

We believe that nutrition is an important aspect of being healthy. The Wellness Center offers nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian for dietary lifestyle changes, college weight gain, specialized plans for specific health conditions, and eating disorders. Appointments can be made through the Student Health Clinic by calling 605-688-4157.

Intramural Sports

Intramural sports provides opportunities for all activity-fee-paying students, both undergraduate and graduate, to participate in organized and informal sports as regularly as their time and interests permit. SDSU faculty and staff, that are members of the SDSU Wellness Center, are also encouraged to join a student intramural team and/or start their own faculty/staff team and compete in the intramural program. Activities are organized on an individual, team, and club basis. Leagues are established for women, men, and mixed (co-rec) competition activities. There are multiple recreational sports including flag football, 3-on-3 basketball, volleyball, basketball, softball, and many more to choose from. Intramural registration is online at www.imleagues.com. For further information, contact the Intramural Staff at 605-688-6861.

Sport Clubs

Sport clubs offer specialized participation ranging from a social setting on campus, to instructional programming, to competition with clubs from other universities within the region. There are multiple sport club opportunities including hockey, climbing, lacrosse, paintball, baseball, rugby, men’s soccer, Nordic ski, paintball, swimming, cricket, bowling, fishing, men’s volleyball, and ultimate frisbee which compete regionally giving SDSU students additional recreation opportunities. For further information, contact the Intramural Staff at 605-688-6861.

Outdoor Programs

Take advantage of our recreation trips offered year around, or develop new outdoor skills and knowledge through classes and clinics taught by experienced outdoor instructors.  The outdoor program has gear to get you on the water, in the mountains, or up a rock wall! For further information, contact the Outdoor Program Staff at 605-688-4312.

Student Health Clinic

The Health Clinic provides primary care for illnesses and injuries, laboratory diagnostics, reproductive health, physical examinations, immunizations, international travel health, and nutritional counseling to SDSU students.  All SDSU students are eligible for services; and charges for services can be filed with most health insurance companies.  However, the student is responsible for any co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance.   Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. when classes are in session. During summer and academic breaks limited appointments are available. For further information or to make an appointment call 605-688-4157. For more information, visit www.sdstate.edu/wellness-center/student-health-clinic.

Also, for information regarding the MMR immunization requirement needed for course registrations, visit www.sdstate.edu/wellness-center/student-health-clinic/immunization-health-requirements.

Jackrabbit Pharmacy

The Pharmacy serves all eligible SDSU students, faculty/staff, their family members, and Family Planning patients. The SDSU Jackrabbit Pharmacy accepts prescriptions from doctors outside of the student health clinic. We offer competitively priced over-the-counter and prescription medications along with discounted birth control. For more information, call 605-688-5410 or visit www.sdstate.edu/wellness-center/jackrabbit-pharmacy.

Brookings Family Planning

Family planning services to both men & women to provide education, counseling, medical, and birth control services along with pregnancy testing and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) screenings. Cost of services is based on family income and size. Anyone (student or non-student) is eligible to receive these services. For more information or to make an appointment, call 605-688-6622 or visit www.sdstate.edu/wellness-center/brookings-family-planning.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides individual counseling to students with emotional, behavioral, and/or academic concerns. Our staff utilize integrative approaches in order to deliver strength-based, short-term and culturally informed psychological services which are free for all students. Counselors provide crisis response and intervention after business hours during the academic year.  These services may be accessed by contacting University Police at 605-688-5117.  For further information or to schedule an appointment, call 605-688-4157 or visit www.sdstate.edu/wellness-center/counseling-services.

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention Programs

Counseling Services provides alcohol and drug abuse information and prevention programs to the campus community. Our staff conduct Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) as requested or on a referral basis. For further information, call 605-688-4157.