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Last Updated August 10 

Fall 2020 Semester Schedule

USD will begin instruction on Wednesday, Aug. 19, three days earlier than originally scheduled, as announced today by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Classroom instruction will conclude by Thanksgiving recess (Nov. 25-29) for most of the academic programs. Instead of returning to campus after the Thanksgiving recess, students will complete final exams remotely. Final exams take place Dec. 2-8. Students will have two non-class days to prepare for exams.

As in the past, some professional and graduate programs will continue to operate on a separate academic calendar, including the Sanford School of Medicine and School of Law, as well as the physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant programs.

To provide time for required instruction in a condensed semester, and to further reduce travel, three holidays – Labor Day, Native American Day and Veterans Day – will become class days. With classes in session on these days, USD will plan programming to appropriately recognize the holidays.

The university will close Dec. 25 – Jan. 1 to facilitate deep cleaning and other preparations for the spring semester.

Since January, USD’s COVID-19 Task Force has focused on pandemic planning and response. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university continues to prepare for a variety of contingencies and is equipped to act should there be changing circumstances on campus or in Vermillion.

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

Face Covering Policy

The University of South Dakota requires face coverings in all public indoor spaces on campus during the fall academic term. 

Read USD's Face Covering Policy

Graduation Ceremonies

USD plans to host graduation ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. Despite the challenging circumstances we currently face, the University of South Dakota is committed to celebrating our students’ accomplishments and providing them with a memorable graduation experience.

Learn More about USD's Commencement

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.