Skip to main content

Timely Warning – Burglary – Sex Offense 10-14-21


South Dakota State University issues crime alerts in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about reported crime on and around campus. South Dakota State University is committed to the safety of the campus community and is releasing this information to aid in its protection. 

This information is provided so you can make informed decisions and take appropriate action to ensure your safety and mitigate any likelihood of similar crimes.


OCCURRED: 10/14/2021

LOCATION: Caldwell Hall

DETAILS: On 10/14/2021 at approximately 4:45 a.m. an unidentified male entered a secured room in Caldwell Hall where 2 female residents were sleeping. Entry was made through an unlocked and unoccupied adjacent room. While in the room one of the female residents was awakened by the individual (after being touched) causing him to flee when she shined a light on him. The individual was described as a white male, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” with a stocky build, blonde hair and was wearing a dark ball cap, grey sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The University Police Department is seeking information about the individual and his whereabouts as they believe there is potential for ongoing threat.

UPD can be contacted at 605-688-5117.

Police Response

The University Police Department is investigating the incident and pursing all leads.

Reporting A Crime

University Police Department urges anyone who believes they have been the victim of a crime, or has witnessed a crime, to contact local law enforcement. UPD can be contacted by dialing 111 from a campus phone or 911 from a cellular phone. The UPD non-emergency number is 605-688-5117. Additional information is available on the UPD website.

The Jackrabbits Guardian smartphone app is a tool that provides instant communication with UPD when used on campus and with the local 911 law enforcement dispatch center when activated off campus.

Community Support

Sex offenses are a violation of the law and our community standards. As a community, we stand ready to support all victims. In addition to law enforcement, sex offenses may also be reported to the dean of students at 605-688-4493 and/or the Title IX Coordinator at 605-688-4128. 

Victims of any form of sexual harassment, which includes sex offenses and sexual assault, are encouraged to seek confidential assistance from SDSU Counseling Services at 605-688-6146.
Additional university and community resources