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USD Cancels Classes until 8 a.m. Thursday

Picture of frosty Legacy statue. USD has canceled classes at its Vermillion campus until 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota has canceled classes at its Vermillion campus due to the forecasted weather conditions that include extreme cold temperatures and a severe wind chill warning. Classes will be canceled until 8 a.m. Thursday. Online classes will continue as scheduled.

Residence halls will remain open and dining operations will provide service during the closure from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for students living on campus.

Wind chill is expected to reach as low as minus 39 on Tuesday night, reaching as low as minus 40 on Wednesday. The National Weather Service considers these temperatures to be potentially life-threatening if exposed to the elements for even a brief period of time. Frostbite can occur to exposed skin in as little as five minutes.

Students living on campus may direct questions to their residence hall directors or community assistants. 


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News