Health and Wellness

The health, well-being and safety of our community is a responsibility and a foundational component of everyone at USD. Whether you’re having issues with a roommate, struggling with a challenging course load, need help finding an internship or just looking for ways to feel your best, we’re committed to providing you the resources you need to succeed, both in the classroom and in life.

Centers and Services

The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion (CHWP) works to increase students' knowledge and facilitate their motivation to change unhealthy behaviors related to alcohol and other drug (AOD) use through educational opportunities, outreach events, individual and group services, campus-wide programs and research initiatives to enhance student wellness.

The Counseling Center's core purpose is to enhance the emotional, relational and psychological well-being of students.

Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center (DLDRC) facilitate academic support services and accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.

The Student Health Center (SHC) provides high quality, accessible and convenient outpatient medical care for registered students.

University Ministry offers the opportunity for all students to seek spiritual guidance and/or to spend time reflecting with a wise companion on where God is moving in their lives.

The Bosley Fitness Center, Campus Recreation and McNamara Fitness Center are the places to go recharge, destress and stay physically fit.

Center for Student Success are available to meet with any undergraduate student experiencing challenges at USD that impact academic performance and persistence.

The choices you make while on campus can set you up not only for an excellent college career, but a lifetime of success.

Thriving in Healthy Relationships

A healthy relationship requires good communication and cooperation between partners. The quality of our relationships affects our lives in many ways, including our self-esteem, our ability to handle stress and our academic and work-related productivity. You'll also find information and resources about life skills, mental health and suicide prevention at You Are USD.

Student Conduct: All students are required to adhere to the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities. Through the student conduct process, we work with students to help them gain greater insight into their choices and behaviors in order to provide a safe environment for the campus community, one that supports the academic mission and provides a productive living and learning environment.

Restorative Justice is an important part of the USD's conduct process and a key way we build community within Residential Life. Student Life and Residence Life professionals are trained Restorative Justice Facilitators and provide safe spaces to discuss harm in our community through dialoguing circles and restorative conferencing. These services are available to all students, staff, faculty and other community members whenever they are in need.

Taking Care of Others: Taking care of our USD community is each person's responsibility. If you are ever concerned about a friend, classmate or roommate, there are Student Wellness professionals available to speak with you either at the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion (CHWP), Counseling Center, Disability and Learning Differences Resource Center (DLDRC) or Student Health Center.

Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety is located on the south side of Hughes Administration Hall, and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Emergencies on campus should be reported directly to the Department of Public Safety.

Emergency Preparedness: Stay informed and be prepared. Being knowledgeable about preparedness/response guides will help to keep our community safe.

Hate Crimes, Assault & Acts of Intolerance Response Procedures: An act of intolerance is an affront to a community that values diversity and strives to create an inclusive environment. USD expects all members of the university community to comply with the law and applicable university policies, including those that set forth the standards of behavior expected of community members, such as the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities and the Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment.

Sexual Assault: A C.A.R.E. Advocate (Campus Assault Resources and Education) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to students that have been impacted by a sexual assault.