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Dear Students,

In response to the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Gov. Kristi Noem has decreed that all non-essential personnel work remotely from March 16 until March 20. As a result, USD is limiting its services to any community members remaining on campus during that time frame.

Dining services will be limited in the Muenster University Center. Adjusted hours include:

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • 5 – 6:30 p.m.

The Native American Cultural Center is closed until classes resume on Monday, March 23.

Individual shopping from the Vermillion Food Pantry is also on hold starting Monday, March 16. The VFP is providing pre-assembled food boxes, which will be available during open hours as follows:

  • Monday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Please remember that the purpose of Gov. Noem’s executive order is to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing interpersonal interaction. It is important to stay home as much as possible.

As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Vermillion or at USD. South Dakota has nine confirmed cases of COVID-19.

It is imperative to note that while COVID-19 may not necessarily cause serious harm to a young person with a healthy immune system, you can be a carrier of this disease to older adults, individuals with chronic medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease, or those with compromised immune systems.

Please be assured that USD is refining preparations for a range of contingencies and will communicate with you in a proactive and transparent manner. The best way you can prepare for COVID-19 is to take everyday precautions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands and phone often.

If you have any concerns, please email Thank you for your commitment to keeping our campus community safe and healthy.