Church in Crisis

As a Catholic university, we share in the deep sadness and moral outrage at the details of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults described in the recent Pennsylvania grand jury report. We stand in solidarity with the survivors of these abuses, many of whom have bravely shared their stories in order to shed light on a terrible darkness within the institutional Church.

At USD, one of our most important priorities is promoting and protecting the dignity of all people. We are, therefore, dedicated to doing all we can to prevent sexual abuse and respond as effectively and compassionately as possible to anyone who has experienced it.

For those in the USD community who have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence or sexual misconduct of any kind, we encourage you to utilize existing support services and reporting structures. A list of these services is presented below.

Anyone impacted by sexual misconduct or in need of support for any reason is encouraged to access one or more of our campus support services, including the Counseling Center located in Serra Hall 300 or by calling (619) 260-4655. University Ministers are also available to speak with those who have experienced sexual misconduct, are struggling with questions about the Church or have had their faith shaken by the recent revelations. University Ministry is located in University Center 238 and can be reached at (619) 260-4735. USD employees can access the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services.

As a Changemaker campus of ethical leaders and compassionate citizens, we look for constructive ways to confront injustice and offer assurances of safety and support, particularly to those who are vulnerable and in most need.

Advocacy and Reporting  

Mental Health Services

USD is committed to exploring, investigating and seeking to understand the scope of the abuse within the Church and its underlying causes. During the coming weeks and months a series of events will take place to gather students, faculty and staff to foster open dialogue. Browse upcoming events.