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Coronavirus Update: 07/09/2020 8:00 a.m.

Start Date

Wednesday, March 04, 2020 1:40 PM CST

End Date

Tuesday, September 01, 2020 12:00 AM CDT


Updated: 07/09/2020
Official Decision Timeline

DSU Coronavirus Update – Changes Announced for Fall 2020 Semester

Dakota State University plans to resume on-campus operations for the Fall 2020 semester, including the face-to-face classes and the online courses normally offered at DSU. This decision has been made in conjunction with the South Dakota Board of Regents (BOR) and other regental schools.

South Dakota State COVID19 Hotline: 1-800-997-2880

As we look forward to the semester, our goal is to balance the safety of those in our on-campus community with the success of our students. To do this, we are making some changes to the fall calendar, including condensing the semester to maintain the academic calendar while minimizing travel for our students.

Classes will begin on Wednesday, August 19. To accommodate the compressed calendar, classes will be in session on the traditional holidays including Labor Day (Sept. 7), Native American Day (Oct. 12), and Veterans Day (Nov. 11). We are working to host relevant programming events to recognize the holidays. Employees will be given time off later in the year in lieu of these workdays.

On-campus classes will conclude on Tuesday, November 24, just before Thanksgiving. Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving break, but will finish the last days of the semester remotely. There will be two final exam preparation days on Nov. 30 and December 1; the dates for final exams are Dec. 2 - 4, and Dec. 7 and 8.

In addition, Dakota State will not hold a December commencement; this ceremony will be combined with the Spring 2021 event, when we will celebrate the graduates from both the fall and spring semesters.

All public university campuses in the state plan to be closed between Christmas and New Year's Day to facilitate deep cleaning and other preparations for the spring semester.

Considering the risk of exposure throughout the United States and in the interest of public safety, the SDBOR and Dakota State University are taking the following actions:

  • The university is planning to resume face-to-face classes for Fall 2020, along with the online classes normally offered, on August 19, 2020.
  • The May 9 Spring Commencement has been postponed until Sunday, October 4, 2020. The Master's hooding ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse followed by the commencement ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at the Dakota State Fieldhouse.
  • Employees are returning to the workplace using a phased-in approach. Offices remain open and can be reached via telephone or email.
  • December commencement is not being held. It will be combined with the Spring 2021 graduation ceremony.

DSU Coronavirus Information

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

Coronavirus Preventative actions

Preventative actions recommended by the CDC are:

  • 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.

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