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You Are Not Alone, We’re Here for You:

Counseling Services @ SDSU: 605-688-6146
Meeting for personal and confidential assistance through Counseling Services is free. Come in via appointment or if needed on a walk-in basis. Counselors work with a variety of issues (stress, depression, anxiety, mood shifts, etc.) and also do alcohol screenings. For after-hours emergencies, contact UPD at 111 from a campus phone or 605-688-5117,or Brookings Police Department at 605-692-2113.

Other entities in Our Area:
Other mental health providers include Brookings Health (605-696-9000), Avera Behavioral Health (605-322-4065) or East/Central Behavioral Health (605-697-2850).

University Police Department (UPD) @ SDSU: 605-688-5117
UPD provides presentations on alcohol and other drug education,sexual assault and violence prevention, etc. Call UPD for more information or email:

Wellness Center Staff for Health and Wellness Support @ SDSU: 605-688-6415
Come work out, get a nutrition plan or join a recreational group activity.

Wintrode Student Success Center's Academic Advisers @ SDSU: 605-688-4155
Wintrode Student Success Center is a great resource for students who need guidance on studies, time management, personal goals, etc. Call them sooner in the semester rather than later to get a jump start on help.

Safe Ride Home @ 605-695-3984
It’s a free transportation resource for students and visitors on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights (9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.). Intoxication is NOT a requirement.

Additional Resources Include:
Your coach, faculty or professional staff you can relate to, family members, trusted friends, etc. National Suicide Hotline: 800-784-2433 (suicide thoughts) or 800-273-8255 (to talk). If you have suicide thoughts or a plan, please contact counseling and/or law enforcement immediately.

UPD Presentations and Programs

The SDSU Police Department has officers dedicated to providing programs on multiple topics. The most common topics are listed below. To request a program contact the University Police Department at 605-688-5117 or by sending an email to

Topics include the following:

  • Rape and Sexual Assault Risk Reduction;
  • Domestic Violence Education;
  • Workplace Violence Education;
  • Personal Safety;
  • Self-defense for Women;
  • Victim Assistance;
  • Sexual Assault;
  • Dating/Domestic Violence;
  • Alcohol and Drug Awareness;
  • Travel Safety; and
  • Property Protection (this includes information on fraud, personal property and university property).

If you are looking for a topic not listed above, please contact UPD. Programs can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups.

Guest lecture class presentations

Have a class where the topic of law enforcement comes up? Or maybe there is a topic where the question has been asked, "How does law enforcement respond to this?" Invite University Police Department officers to be a guest lecturer. We have been asked to speak on all the topics listed and many more. At SDSU, we have lectured in the following classes:

  • Wellness 100;
  • Women’s studies courses;
  • Criminal justice courses;
  • Psychology courses; and
  • Physical education courses.

Have Questions? UPD Has Answers...

Q: What happens if I give alcohol to someone who is under 21, but over 18?
A: Giving alcohol to someone between the ages of 18 to 21 is a Class 2 Misdemeanor:
Up to 30 days imprisonment, or $500 fine, or both.

Q: What happens if I give alcohol to someone under 18?
A: This would be a Class 1 Misdemeanor:
Up to a one-year imprisonment in a county jail, or $2,000 fine, or both.

Q: What happens if I get caught using a fake I.D.? What about using someone else’s I.D.? What if I give an officer false information?
A: False-impersonation, fraudulently altering your or a friend’s I.D., using a canceled I.D., or lying about your birthday—it’s all illegal and you might get charged with a Class 1 Misdemeanor, which is a big deal for not only your school career but your current or future employment. For a Class 1 Misdemeanors, one can receive up to a one-year imprisonment, or $2,000 fine, or both.

Extra Tips:
Criminal Records Involve the Following:

  • Disorderly Conduct
  • DUI
  • False Impersonation (lying about age, name)
  • Giving Alcohol to a Minor
  • Being a Common Nuisance
  • Minor in Possession
  • Minor in Consumption
  • Open Container
  • Petty Theft
  • Possession of Marijuana, Paraphernalia, Ingestion
  • Possessing or Using a Fake I.D.

*Some criminal charges can remain on your record for at least 7 years, others forever.

With Background Checks:

When completing applications for employment, be honest on the application, in conversations, etc. If ever asked if you’ve been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, it’s best to be direct and brief. Let the person(s) interviewing you know that you are no longer making those choices and have moved forward with goals and positive changes.

For more information regarding legalities, contact the University Police Department @ 605-688-5117.

To meet with UPD in person, please visit 1405 Jackrabbit Ave.

Thank you for reading this list and feel free to call your supporters for tips and assistance.

Supporters of Facts for Jacks Include:

Division of Student Affairs

Office of Student Conflict Prevention, Management and Conduct Services

Counseling Services

HEROH and Wellness Center Staff

University Housing & Residential Life

University Police Department

Safe Ride Home

Resources of Information

Rethinking Drinking, NIAAA National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes on Health. (2010). Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health. N.p.: National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from

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Admin. 312 (Morrill Hall),
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007

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