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Quarantine/Isolation on Campus

We highly encourage all students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 to self-report to the USD Case Management Team by filling out the self-reporting form found here. The USD Case Management Team will work with the Office of the Dean of Students to provide ongoing support for students’ personal, social and academic needs. If a student living on campus tests positive and chooses to remain on campus, the student will be placed in an isolation residence room until a trained medical professional provides either the student or the Case Management Team a release date from isolation/quarantine.

Students who need to quarantine or isolate in university housing during the winter break may do so at no cost. Students should contact the University Housing Office at housing@usd.edu or 605-677-5663. The university is committed to the health and well-being of our students and will continue to provide support services to those in quarantine or isolation on campus throughout the winter break.

Services for Students Who Must Quarantine or Isolate

As part of efforts to mitigate the spread of illness in the community while maintaining our missions of education, service and research, the USD COVID-19 Case Management Team offers the following support services for those students who test positive for COVID-19, and for those contacts required to remain in quarantine.

  • Isolation rooms have been set aside for residential students who test positive.
  • Arrangements have been made to provide meals to those in isolation rooms.
  • Instructors will provide opportunities, to the greatest extent possible, for students in isolation to continue their education remotely.
  • Arrangements will be made to remain in regular contact with isolated students, both to assess their health and to provide additional support as may be necessary.
  • Grocery delivery services are available to students; students in need of these services should send an email to DeanOfStudents@usd.edu so USD staff can coordinate delivery once the online order has been placed. 

Employee Support

The previous special leave allowances that were provided by the Family-First Coronavirus Response Act expired on December 31, 2020.  Employees have sick and annual leave available to them for use, and if any further programs become available it will be announced.  

Should I Quarantine?

If you are wondering if you should quarantine, please consult USD’s Next Steps guide. In general, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be expected to isolate for up to 10 days. For guidance on how to successfully isolate, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Isolate If You Are Sick resource. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines suggest that individuals who have spent 15 minutes or longer within six feet of someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days following exposure.
*Under certain circumstances, your health care provider may recommend a reduced quarantine period. Learn more about the updated CDC quarantine recommendations.

For a current count of those who are currently in quarantine or isolation on campus, please consult the USD COVID-19 Dashboard.