Drag show at SDSU leads to changes with the Board of Regents

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- A drag show at South Dakota State University that was advertised as “family friendly” has led to policy changes by the Board of Regents.

The Regents held a special meeting Wednesday and talked about the issue in closed session for about an hour.

When they came out of executive session, Regent Jeff Partridge of Rapid City made a motion.

That will include all sporting, academic and entertainment events. 

Board President Pam Roberts says the policy grew out of reaction to a “family friendly” drag show held at South Dakota State University. 

The policy discussion was held in closed session.  Roberts says that was done on the advice of their lawyers. 

Roberts says they are directing their staff to take a more hands on role in on campus activities. 

Roberts says it is a balance between student rights and the responsibilities of the Regents to taxpayers.

The Board also told their central office to review all upcoming events involving the presence of minors on campus to confirm adequate protocol and safeguards are met.