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Official Decision Timeline

Updated: 9/8/2021 1:00 p.m.

Official decisions made thus far:

  • On August 23, 2021, DSU’s fall academic semester began, with the campus continuing to follow the South Dakota Board of Regents policy of “masks optional” for indoor and outdoor environments on the state’s regental campuses. The BOR transitioned to this format on May 4, 2021. The University also began resuming a dashboard on the COVID-19 webpage, along with weekday emails to members of our campus community.

  • On May 4, 2021, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced a transition to “masks optional” for indoor and outdoor environments on the state’s regental campuses, effective May 10. They also announced that the universities’ COVID-19 dashboards would be discontinued as of that same date.

  • On March 15, 2021, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced to return to a more normal academic setting for Fall 2021. The semester is slated to begin on August 23.

  • On October 7, 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.
  • On July 21, 2020, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced that regental schools will require face coverings in all public indoor spaces on campus beginning August 19. This action will be reviewed 30 days after the start of the fall academic term. This is part of a four-tiered approach regarding face coverings.
  • On June 15, 2020, Dakota State University announced move-in plans for the fall semester of 2020. This year DSU will be executing a four-day move-in plan, by appointment only, from Saturday, August 15 through Tuesday, August 18. Students will also have the opportunity to schedule an appointment for “Drop-N-Go” move-in, between Saturday, August 1 and Thursday, August 13 to move their personal items into their assigned room. Students who take advantage of this option will not be allowed to stay on campus until August 15.
  • On June, 3, changes to the fall semester, academic calendar were announced. Classes will begin on August 19, and instruction will conclude on November 24; final exams will take place online. Also, the December commencement will not be held; our fall and spring graduates will be celebrated at the Spring 2021 Commencement.
  • On May 5, Spring 2020 Commencement was rescheduled for Sunday, October 4, during the university’s Homecoming weekend. Both spring and summer graduates will be recognized at the ceremony. Hooding for master’s degree students will take place at 1 p.m. in the Dakota Prairie Playhouse; the commencement ceremony will begin in the DSU Fieldhouse at 2:30 p.m.
  • On May 1, Dakota State announced we plan to resume on-campus operations including face-to-face classes for Fall semester 2020, along with our normal online course offerings. More details about the process for the return to campus and holding face-to-face classes and events will be released in the coming weeks.
  • On April 17, President José-Marie Griffiths let the campus know that while we are eagerly anticipating being back on campus for Fall 2020 with our usual mix of on campus and online courses, we are also working to be ready should we need to continue with online course delivery for a longer period of time. Until that decision is made, remember that we are #DSUStrong. Whether on campus or online, the model for ordering books for fall has changed.

  • On April 6, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced that all public university instruction will continue with online-only delivery methods through the summer academic term. This does not significantly alter Dakota State's term, as the university traditionally holds very few on-campus courses during the summer.
  • As of March 25, the decision was made to offer DSU’s classes exclusively online-only for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. The May 9 spring commencement is postponed. employees will continue to work remotely through at least May 15.
  • As of March 19, the decision to have faculty and staff work remotely was extended through March 27. Buildings will not be open, but faculty and staff can be reached by email or phone if you need assistance.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, instruction will move to online format through April 3. Updates will be announced every Friday, beginning March 27, as to whether or not this practice will continue.
  • NAIA has canceled spring sports beginning March 16.
  • Postpone, move to an online format, or cancel events through April 30. these events do not include classes.
  • All work-related, out-of-state travel is prohibited.
  • Extend spring break through March 22, 2020.