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Updated April 14

Dear faculty and staff,

As a result of this spring’s transition to remote learning, the South Dakota Board of Regents has determined normal application of policies may not be in the best interest of students, faculty and staff. A number of temporary policies are now in effect, all of which are available at www.sdbor.edu/policy/Pages/COVID-19-Exceptions.aspx.

The temporary policies include:

Creates a temporary exception to sections of Policy 2:10 Grades and Use of Grade Point Averages related to academic probation and academic suspension for undergraduate students.

Creates exceptions to Policy 2.6 and Policy 2.10 relating to S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grading. USD has set up a separate FAQ page that clarifies exactly how this policy affects our students.

Articulates alternate methods to standardized test scores to ensure placement into student-appropriate math courses.

Mandates that no student withdrawals from a course occurring during the Spring 2020 semester shall count against the six withdrawal maximum as described in Policy 2:10 (Section C.2.10).

Automatically extends the tenure review clock for one year for all tenure track appointments in existence during the Spring 2020 semester. USD’s Office of Academic Affairs will be developing an annual internal process for those faculty who choose to opt out of the tenure extension.

We will continue to inform the campus community as additional temporary policies are added and implemented by the Board of Regents. The active list of temporary policies will always be available at www.sdbor.edu/policy/Pages/COVID-19-Exceptions.aspx

Dr. Kurt Hackemer

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of History