In the upcoming weeks, you may receive an email inviting you to get tested for COVID-19. The university is randomly selecting students, faculty and staff to voluntarily participate in surveillance testing so we can be proactive in identifying clusters of COVID-19 and make our campus a safer place.
I want to reassure you that if you test positive for COVID-19, you will be supported and cared for during isolation, whether that be in the residence halls or off campus. Your professors are prepared to provide a virtual learning experience, and USD offers many online academic support services to help you succeed. Your mental health is also a top priority; you may request telehealth counseling and use resources like Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) to take care of your emotional and mental well-being. You will be able to get fresh air, and you can stay connected with your friends and community through a variety of virtual events and programming. We also want to ensure you have great meal options throughout this period; students who order and pay for groceries or medication can use our free grocery delivery services, and for students who are isolating on campus, our staff will bring food to you (including campus favorites like Chick-fil-A and Qdoba) and provide snacks, water and Gatorade.
If you are invited to get tested, we encourage you to take that opportunity to help our community. Participating in surveillance testing is an important step you can take to #ProtectThePack. Regardless of your test results, you can be confident that our faculty and staff at USD are committed to supporting you and helping you achieve your goals this semester.
If you have questions about the resources available to you, please reach out to my office at firstname.lastname@example.org. To ask questions about USD's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact COVID19@usd.edu.
Kimberly A. Grieve, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Services/Dean of Students