On-Campus Prevention Measures
As of Monday, May 10, face coverings are optional in all public indoor spaces on campus at USD and other SDBOR institutions. The campus community is encouraged to continue practicing general safety behaviors such as staying home when sick and practicing good hand hygiene. Hand sanitizer stations are available at entrances of every residence hall and academic buildings, and safety supplies (such as disposable masks, hand sanitizer and hand sanitizing wipes) will be available upon request throughout the summer. Free COVID-19 testing is offered in the Muenster University Center Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – noon.
The most effective way to ensure continued normalcy on campus is to achieve widespread vaccination; USD urges students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19 through Sanford Health. For those who are not in the area over the summer, there are resources available to help you find vaccination services near you; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and VaccineFinder have partnered to offer Vaccines.gov, a free tool that helps you find locations carrying COVID-19 vaccines.
The university continues to offer a face-to-face learning experience for students. Fall courses will be offered in their originally scheduled format, but faculty will have the flexibility to use remote/online tools such as Zoom as long as they continue to meet the definitions of that course type. USD has installed video technology in all large lecture halls and most classrooms to make these tools more widely available.
Events and Activities
Students can look forward to a full range of student life opportunities — including athletic events, fine arts productions, research opportunities and extracurricular activities — provided local infection rates remain low.
Hand sanitizing stations are available at the entrances of all residence halls. A floor in Richardson Hall has been designated for students living in university housing who test positive for COVID-19 and need to isolate, as well as for close contacts of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and need to quarantine. This floor will be left empty in case there is a need during the school year to isolate any student living in a residence hall. Students isolated or quarantined in this area will have their meals delivered and will receive regular check-in calls from a member of the University Housing team. The South Dakota Department of Health will be in contact with students to oversee contact tracing.
Campus Dining is returning to normal operations; a full range of dining services will be available when traditional hours resume in the fall. Students may also choose to use Grubhub, an online ordering service, to order meals to go in disposable containers.
The Wellness Center has made adjustments to operations to maintain a safe environment for the community. Please visit the Wellness Center’s COVID-19 Operations page for more information.
Mental Health Resources
The mental health of students is a top priority. On-campus students who would like to schedule a counseling appointment and all students who would like to use Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) are welcome to visit the Student Counseling Center webpage for more information about the resources and services available to them.
Departments are welcome to coordinate in-person or virtual meetings. The university offers Zoom and Webex applications to facilitate virtual meetings.