General DSU Information

  • Move in Day: New students will be asked to be moved in by 4:00 pm on Friday, August 24, 2012. The residence halls will open for occupancy at 8:00 am on Saturday, August 25, 2012 and again on Sunday August 26, 2012. Your student should report directly to the front desk of the hall they have been assigned to up on their arrival. The student and professional staff members of the hall will be there to greet your student and help them get settled.
  • Substance free environment: The South Dakota Board of Regents prohibits the manufacture, sale, possession and consumption of alcohol, marijuana or controlled substances by students on any property controlled by the Board of Regents.
  • Health Services: The student health office is located at Interlakes Medical Clinic. The clinic is right across the street from the main campus. Each student will be allowed up to three diagnostic office visits per semester. Students are responsible for payment of any prescribed medications or treatment services. Students are strongly encouraged to carry health insurance.
  • Safety and security: One of the advantaged of living and learning on a small campus and in a small town is our low crime statistics. We do take safety and security seriously on campus. The main entrance to each of our halls is locked 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Students assigned to a particular hall use their university card to gain access to their assigned hall. Students may be escorted across campus by contacting the night watchman at 480-3348, 8:00pm-4:00am nightly. Fire drills are conducted each semester to familiarize residents with evacuation procedures. Only residents and their authorized guests are allowed to be in the halls.
  • Staying in touch, showing you care: Although most students will never admit it, they will appreciate it if loved ones stay in touch with them. E-mail, text messaging, phone calls, etc. on a regular basis are great ways to show you care. Consider driving to campus if you live in reasonable driving range to take your child out to supper. Just don’t plan to stay more than a couple of hours. Send letters and pictures and little notes of encouragement around high stress times like final test week. There is nothing like home cooking. Consider periodically sending care packages of goodies. Of course your child will need to share with all the other students living on the floor.
    • Your student’s mailing address is:
    • Name of student
    • Name of residence hall
    • 820 N. Washington Ave
    • Dakota State University
    • Madison, SD 57042
  • Hall staff interaction with your student: The resident assistant (RA) is encouraged to get to know every student on his or her floor. The RA serves as a peer resource person and will work to share important information with your child. Each RA is expected to be very observant and help university staff establishes a course of action geared for success for all at risk students. All work and no play makes for a sad boy or girl drives our belief that hall activities need to address academic, social, recreational and personal growth needs as well. The hall council and the RA staff will sponsor activities designed to foster interaction amongst hall members. The resident director provides overall leadership within the hall and will make themselves available for one-on-one conversations with residents.
  • Roommate assignment policy: Students who request each other on their housing contact are automatically assigned as roommates. The Housing Office will assign someone students not requesting a specific roommate. The Assignment Coordinator will attempt to assign individuals with similar interests. Students must move into the room assigned to them.
  • Dining Services: The University Dining Services staff is dedicated to providing each student with as much personalized service as possible. Students who have special dietary needs may meet with the appropriate staff member to discuss menu options. Dining services is open seven days a week. In order to meet the diverse interests of our students, dining services offers an expanded style of service, including snack items, full meals, salads, pizza, exhibition cookery, fresh backed goods and deli and grill items. A Food Service Advisory Committee exists to provide student suggestions and concern directly to the Food Service Director.

Last Updated: 6/26/12