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Dear Faculty and Staff,

We understand that students may have questions about COVID-19, and we also know that you want to do your part to make our campus as safe as possible. Please note, however, that faculty and staff should not provide medical advice to students, either in class or in conversation. This includes advising students to isolate or quarantine, instructing them to avoid roommates, discussing false-negative results, providing information about infection rates and sharing other suggestions or information that could be construed as medical guidance. Students should have these conversations with their health care providers.

If a student comes to you with questions or concerns about their health, please instruct them to contact Student Health at 605-677-3700. Students who have questions about USD’s response to COVID-19 and the university resources available to them should contact the COVID-19 Task Force at The COVID-19 Task Force continues to provide resources and direction for our students so they can make safe, informed decisions this semester.

Thank you for directing students to the proper channels for guidance. If you have any questions about these protocols, please reach out to us at

COVID-19 Task Force