President’s Message

Dear Campus Community,

We all have a responsibility to prevent sexual violence on our campus. One of the most important values we cherish as a university community is the inherent sacredness and dignity of every human being.  Thus, we have a special responsibility to respect the great gift of our own dignity and self-worth, to recognize the sacredness and potential for good that comes with every encounter, and to protect those who may be vulnerable or impaired.  Whether we are on or off campus, in public view or in the most intimate moments of a relationship, caring for ourselves and others is the USD Way. This Title IX website, and our execution of preventative and supportive actions, provides our community with the resources and information needed to help maintain such a climate in the event of sexual misconduct and assault.

We have long-established protocols and programs aimed at the prevention of and response to sexual violence, and we continually refine our protocols, programs and policies.  As many of you know, in 2013 a steering committee was convened consisting of faculty, student and administrative representatives to further enhance our sexual assault prevention policies, educational programs and response services.  In 2015 the Commitees' charge and focus was expanded in to an implementation team.  In the 2014 fall semester, we initiated a campus-wide, video-based sexual violence prevention and educational program to ensure that all are familiar with our policies and better prepared to prevent or respond when confronted with sexual misconduct or assault.  We also launched a new, dedicated website in 2014 ( designed to provide important information about support and resources available for those impacted by sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation. Our Campus Assault Resources and Education program (CARE) and its trained CARE Advocates play an important role in providing support, resources and education to our community.

Sexual violence in any form violates the law, our policies, our mission, and our core values.  Each one of us is responsible to remain committed to promoting a safe environment for our campus community – one that is dedicated to the highest standards of integrity and respect for every human being. 


James T. Harris, III, DEd