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University of South Dakota Announces Cancellation of Spring Sports and Hosted Events

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VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota has made the decision to cancel all spring sports through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year and all USD-hosted events through April 30 to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19. This decision is based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and recommendations from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

USD’s announcement is in accordance to the Summit League’s statement today that spring sports have been cancelled, including all non-conference, conference and championship competitions.

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“Keeping our community safe remains at the forefront of every decision we make,” said USD President Sheila K. Gestring. “We know how much time and effort each of you have spent in planning and preparing for the many events that take place at USD, and that hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. We will continue to work towards solutions for online components and together we will weather this storm.”


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