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Coronavirus Update

Start Date

Wednesday, March 04, 2020 1:40 PM CST

End Date

Monday, May 10, 2021 2:20 PM CDT


Updated: 05/07/2021
Official Decision Timeline

DSU Coronavirus information

See the following FAQ pages for questions specific to your situation.

  • COVID-19 Numbers - (Revised 05/07/2021)

  • Information for Students and Families - (Revised 04/13/2021)

  • Information for Faculty and Staff - (Revised 04/13/2021)

  • Athletics - Return to Competition Information (PDF) - (Revised 09/08/2020)


One Shot COVID Vaccine Clinic

Dakota State University is again partnering with Madison Regional Health System to bring our students and employees COVID Vaccination Clinics. One will be on Friday, April 9 and one on Friday, April 16; each will be held at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse, and run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (or until vaccine runs out). These walk-in clinics will offer the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccination, which will allow for everyone to be completely vaccinated before leaving campus this semester.

Those eligible to receive the one-shot vaccine:

  • DSU Employees
  • DSU Students Living in Residence Halls
  • DSU Student Employees
  • DSU Students with Underlying Conditions
  • DSU Students Employed in Critical Infrastructure (finance, food service, ag, manufacturing, IT, etc.)
  • DSU Students currently living in South Dakota and 18 or older. Out-of-state students must use their local address.

Information for Campus Visitors - Visiting Campus Protocols

  • Schedule an appointment before visiting campus.
  • DSU is currently observing Level 3 Face Covering Protocol, which entails face coverings required in all public indoor spaces on campus.
  • Be mindful of all directional signs, entrances/exits of buildings, hand sanitizing stations, and social distancing.
  • Do not visit campus if you are ill, exhibit any symptoms for COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive or is being tested for COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation.

Vaccine Distribution

As COVID-19 vaccines are approved and become available, Dakota State will work with the state Department of Health, and local healthcare and emergency management organizations to develop and implement the best methods for our faculty, staff, and students to receive the vaccine. For the time being:

  • Face coverings will be required in all public indoor spaces on campus until further notice.
  • We will continue using the alternating-team approach for employees.
  • We will continue using the contact tracing and quarantine/isolation protocols we have been using when employees or students have been exposed or test positive.
  • The vaccine will not be required at this time.
  • For more information on vaccinations, check the DoH vaccination link.

SD State COVID-19 Hotline

DSU Coronavirus Update – Plans for Academic Year 2020-2021

SPRING 2021 -- On October 7, 2020, the South Dakota Board of Regents voted to proceed with the Spring 2021 semester as originally planned. Classes will begin Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, and conclude Friday, May 7, 2021. Spring break will be observed March 8-12. In addition, each university will observe official holidays on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 18), Presidents Day (Feb. 15), and there will be no classes on Good Friday (April 2) and Easter Monday (April 5). 

Considering the continued risk of exposure throughout the United States and in the interest of public safety, the SDBOR and Dakota State University will continue with the following actions:

  • Face coverings will be required in all public indoor spaces on campus until further notice. This applies to all students, staff, faculty, and campus visitors. This action is part of a four-tiered approach regarding face coverings; these levels will be used to react quickly to adjust campus operations as necessary, depending on community spread or other special circumstances at individual campuses. Learn more details of the Board of Regents Face Covering Protocol, along with Enforcement Protocols. If students or employees need special accommodations, students should contact Student Affairs, and employees should contact HR.
  • Employees have returned to the workplace using a phased-in, alternating teams approach. This will continue until further notice. Offices remain open and faculty and staff can be reached via telephone or email.

SDDOH dashboards for higher education and K-12

On August 25, the SD Department of Health announced it would post weekly, aggregated COVID-positive information for higher education and K-12. This DOH information will be updated, based on DOH positive case reports, every Monday by noon.

  • COVID-19 cases within South Dakota K-12 Schools and Colleges, Universities, and Technical Schools will be updated weekly on Monday.

Coronavirus Preventative actions

Preventative actions recommended by the CDC are:

  • View disinfected measures and frequencies. (08/17/2020)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are obviously sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are not available use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • The CDC recommends the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Suggestions and instructions to make masks can be found here.
  • If you begin exhibiting respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever) within 14 days of returning from travel to a Level 3 country, you should contact your health care provider. 
  • View current list of Level 3 countries.

For more information

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established a website for up-to-date information on the 2019 Coronavirus.
  • Johns Hopkins University has set up a disease spread mapping application tracking the Coronavirus in real time.
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) frequently asked questions.
  • The SD-DOH website contains the latest information about COVID-19 in the state:
  • If you have questions about university-sponsored international travel contact the DSU International Programs Office at (605) 256-5267 or check the Return to Work Guidelines.