How can we help?

If you’re a journalist looking for information about the Dickinson State or for an expert to interview for a story, our team can help. Please call us at 701-483-2787 or email dsu.communications@dickinsonstate.edu

Dickinson State Office of Communications and Public Affairs is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT. Monday through Friday. Weekends and evenings reporters can reach a DSU representative after hours by calling (701) 300-0031.

Use our content

The Office of Communications & Public Affairs produces a range of stories and photos about faculty, staff, and student accomplishments and events. You are welcome to use this content with permission. Here are some guidelines for content use:

  • You cannot reproduce any DSU logos or image marks without specific permission. When permission is granted, please utilize the DSU Logo Guide for information on correct colors and image use.
  • You can't edit our material, except to reflect relative changes in time, location, and editorial style. (For example, “yesterday” can be changed to “last week”)
  • You cannot republish our photographs without specific permission. For photo permissions, please email dsu.communications@dickinsonstate.edu
  • You have to credit us – ideally in the byline. We prefer “DSU Public Relations.”
  • We do not generally permit translation of our stories into another language.

Quick Facts

Established

Dickinson State Normal School was established in 1916 by a constitutional amendment approved by North Dakotan voters. Classes began in 1918 with a two-year program designed to train elementary and secondary school teachers. In 1931, four-year degrees were offered for the first time under the school’s new name: Dickinson State Teachers College. In recognition of the institution’s broadened curriculum, Dickinson State Teachers College became Dickinson State College in 1963. University status was granted to the school in 1987.

Faculty

  • About 101 faculty members teach in 40 academic programs at our Dickinson, Bismarck and Online campus locations.

Students

  • 1386 students enrolled 
  • 36 states and 23 countries 
  • 91% are citizens of the United States
  • 912 enrolled full time 
  • 68% from the State of North Dakota 
  • 24% over the age of 25

(Source: Fall 2016 Census Data)

Alumni

  • More than 14,000 alumni throughout the U.S.A and around the world.

Campus Holdings

  • The residential facilities and traditional face-to-face classes and activities of Dickinson State University are located on our beautiful 132 acre campus in the city after which the university is named. Visit the About DSU page to learn more about the university.

Campus Leadership

Visit our directory to find additional information about the members of the President's Cabinet

Public Records Request

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs, in conjunction with the Office of Information Technology, handles requests for information and/or documents under the North Dakota Open Records and Meetings Law. Requests should be submitted to the Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

Access to records is generally free. DSU may charge up to 25¢ a page for copies on standard letter or legal size paper. For other records (photos, maps, etc.), DSU may charge the actual cost of making the copy, including labor, materials and equipment. DSU will inform you if other statutes authorize a different fee. The first hour of locating requested records (including electronic records) is free. After the first hour, the entity may charge up to $25/hr for locating records. DSU also may charge up to $25/hr (after the first hour) for the time it takes to redact any exempt or confidential information. Generally, electronic records are provided at no cost. However, if providing electronic records takes more than one hour, in addition to charges for locating and redacting, the entity may charge the actual cost incurred by Information Technology resources to access and copy the records. DSU may charge for postage to mail the records (and will need a name and address for mailing purposes). DSU can require payment of estimated costs before copying or releasing the requested records.

Submission Options:

Mail: DSU Public Relations, 291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, ND 58601

Email: dsu.communications@dickinsonstate.edu

Phone: 701-483-2560

Office: May Hall 309

General Media Guidelines

Dickinson State University welcomes media to our campus. We encourage members of the media who plan to be on campus to notify the Office of Communications and Public Affairs so we can help facilitate the visit. Please call (701) 483-2595 or email dsu.communications@dickinsonstate.edu

As a public institution, the DSU an open and public place that provides the news media reasonable access to campus. However, DSU may regulate media access so as not to disrupt teaching or research, to protect the health and safety of students and staff, to protect the privacy of students and others who live on campus, and to comply with state and federal laws on student and personnel data.

The following guidelines pertain to media access to DSU owned or controlled property. These guidelines pertain to any individual or group conducting interviews, making audio or video recordings, or taking photographs for dissemination to the public via commercial or non-commercial news and information outlets, including the Internet.

  • Media vehicles must be parked legally. See Media Parking for more information.
  • Equipment must not damage DSU property.
  • Equipment, vehicles and personnel must not restrict traffic or access to buildings and fire lanes.
  • Additional restrictions on the use of television cameras, still cameras, flash photography and other special lighting and audio equipment may be implemented on a case-by-case basis to minimize disruption or protect safety or security. If security is an issue, these items may be subject to inspection.

Non-Restricted Areas

The media are generally permitted to film or otherwise have access to spaces on campus that are open to the public, subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions. This includes access during regular operating hours to any building or portion of a building that is open to the public.

  • All campus outdoor sidewalks, green spaces and parking lots are open to the media.
  • Campus events, such as lectures and forums, that are free and open to the public, are open to the media. Restrictions may be placed on cameras, lights, flash photography and other equipment to minimize disruption. Advance notice or credentials may be required.
  • Corridors and common areas within DSU laboratory and classroom buildings are open to the media.
  • Common areas within the DSU Student Center are open to the media; individual offices are not. If a reporter or photojournalist wishes to enter a private office, he or she must get permission from the person who works in that office. Members of the media are encouraged to notify the Office of Communications and Public Affairs to facilitate the visit and to ensure that disruptions to activities, events and reserved spaces in the student center buildings are kept to a minimum.
  • Faculty, staff or student offices or laboratories are not public. Permission to enter must be granted by the person or persons who work in that office or laboratory.
  • Classrooms are open to the media if not occupied. If a class is in session, permission for media access must be granted by the person teaching the class.

Restricted Areas

Media are allowed in the following locations only with express permission from an administrative authority and only with an officially designated DSU escort:

  • Residential areas.
  • Intercollegiate athletic locker and training room venues, including Weinburgen Gym, Scott Gym, Biesiot Activities Center, and Indoor Arena.
  • Inside the library, TR Center, or other areas where quiet study is enforced or where collections may be endangered by media activity or equipment.
  • Inside any venue charging admission, unless the individual is a paid ticket holder. In these cases, members of the media must abide by the policies applicable to all ticket holders.
  • Inside private functions that are not open to the public.
  • Inside any DSU facility that is not open to the public, including the Heat Plant, other utility operations, maintenance, and repair facilities.
  • Any marked construction area, crime scene or hazardous or unsafe location.

Media Parking on Campus

  • The intent of parking guidelines is to help control and reduce the amount of illegal and improper parking on campus by holding offenders accountable for their actions. Illegal parking reduces the amount of available parking and is unfair to those who have purchased permits and properly adhere to Parking Regulations. 
  • Any motorized vehicle operated on the property of Dickinson State University is subject to regulations governing parking at the institution. The operation of a motor vehicle on University property is a privilege granted by DSU and is not an inherent right of any faculty/staff member, student, or visitor. 
  • Since parking is limited, faculty, staff, and students should consider their needs carefully when applying for parking privileges. Such privileges may be denied, revoked, suspended, or modified
  • Clearly marked news media vehicles may have access to parking on campus for reporting purposes. News media vehicles may not park in any spot marked “reserved.” This includes handicapped accessible parking spots (unless the journalist’s vehicle displays a state-issued handicap parking permit). 
  • If your vehicle is not clearly marked as affiliated with news media, please contact Campus Security to obtain a visitor permit. 701-483-1068 (O) 701-290-1068 (C) dsu.security@dickinsonstate.edu
  • Vehicles may not block building entrances, pedestrian pathways, or emergency vehicle access. 
  • Media are asked to contact Campus Security to make special parking arrangements for satellite trucks.
  • When the University News Service schedules a news conference, or expects heavy media traffic on campus, we will notify parking enforcement and include parking information in a media advisory.

Branding and Logos

Visit our logos page for more information about our logos and branding guidelines. 

Advertising on Campus

Advertising (regardless of medium) must be approved by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs (May Hall 309). Please call 701-483-2787 or email dsu.communications@dickinsonstate.edu
Job postings should be submitted to Career Development (DSU Library Lower Level) 701-483-2370 or email dsu.careerdev@dickinsonstate.edu for posting online at Hawk4Hire.

Advertising must meet one of these requirements to be approved:

  • Sponsored by a recognized DSU Club/Organization or an official DSU event
  • Held on the DSU campus 49
  • Sponsored by a local healthcare organization
  • Sponsored by the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department
  • Affiliated with the DSU Heritage Foundation, Hawks Point, the TR Center, the Theodore Roosevelt Library Foundation Board, or the Biesiot Activities Center
  • “For Sale” item(s) by a DSU Student
  • Medical Benefit for DSU community member

Exceptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs.
Any advertising not approved by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs will be removed.