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Last Updated April 3

In response to COVID-19, the South Dakota Board of Regents has extended the last day to withdraw from a class with a "WD" grade from April 6 to April 14. This extension will allow faculty and students additional time to assess their progress.

Faculty can still file Instructor Initiated Drops with the Registrar's Office until April 14.

The last day of the spring 2020 term classes is scheduled for Friday, May 1. Final exams are scheduled to begin Monday, May 4 and end Friday, May 8. Final exams that are scheduled to be offered synchronously need to use the time originally scheduled for their course. If the exam is scheduled to be offered asynchronously, then the exam should be completed by the end of the day May 8.

Spring 2020 Final Exam Schedule

If you have questions or concerns, please contact

USD Moves Classes Online for Spring Semester

In response to Gov. Kristi Noem’s Executive Order 2020-04 and amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, the South Dakota Board of Regents has determined all South Dakota public universities will transition spring classes online for the duration of the semester and postpone graduation ceremonies until further notice.

Course delivery for USD students will occur primarily through Zoom and Desire2Learn, USD’s learning management system. The semester will end at the previously scheduled time of May 8.

Learn more about USD's COVID-19 credit/refund policies.

USD is limiting its services to community members remaining on campus.


Dining services will be available starting Sunday, March 15 for students who need to stay on campus. However, services will be limited in the Muenster University Center. Adjusted hours include:

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

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.


We urge all USD students to stay home; however, we realize some of you may depend on campus housing and dining facilities. If you need to reside in your residence hall and have not visited a Level 3 location, please contact

It is important 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 often. 

For a current count of cases in South Dakota, visit the South Dakota Department of Health website..

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out at

USD and Local Resources

USD’s telehealth counseling services remain available for students in need. Appointments can be made by calling 605-658-3580.

If there is a student concern related to coronavirus and class attendance, please contact Academic Affairs at

For students seeking medical assistance, please call Sanford Health in Vermillion at 605-677-3700. Sanford provides USD students quality health care at an affordable cost.

Visit Sanford Vermillion’s website at

Additional information about COVID-19 can be found at

USD is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all member of our university community. Incidents of discrimination and harassment towards any individuals or groups are serious issues that will be dealt with according to BOR policy. We are all called upon to uphold the ideas of Inclusive Excellence, showing respect for and valuing all members of the USD community.

If you have been (or witnessed) discrimination and/or harassment, please use the Concerns and Complaint form to report these incidents or you may contact the EEO/Title IX Office.