VERMILLION, S.D. – Citing the continued high risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus throughout the United States and in the interest of public safety, the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) announced today that classes will temporarily move online for all of its institutions, including the University of South Dakota.
As of March 16, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at USD or in Vermillion.
“It has been an unprecedented time in our state, country and world as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and make decisions that are in the best interest of everyone in the South Dakota Board of Regents system,” the SDBOR stated in its announcement. “The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff throughout the state is our top priority, and we continue to monitor the situation around the clock.”
The SDBOR is taking the following actions:
- Beginning Monday, March 23, all classes will be temporarily moved online.
- On-campus, in-person classes are currently scheduled to resume Monday, April 6.
As the situation evolves, the SDBOR will revisit this situation and communicate any changes in course delivery again on March 27.
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.
USD students are urged to remain at their permanent residences to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Students who are unable to return to a permanent residence and who have not visited a Level 3 location may request to return by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited dining services are available for those remaining on campus.
All campus events through April 30 have been canceled. The USD Wellness Center and USD Vucurevich Children’s Center will also remain closed through Friday, April 3.
USD’s telehealth counseling services remain available for students in need. Appointments can be made by calling 605-658-3580.
“We remain united in our efforts to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff,” said USD President Sheila K. Gestring. “We appreciate the patience and understanding of our students, faculty and staff as we work through the challenges posed by this global pandemic. I am confident in USD’s ability to continue serving and protecting its students, faculty and staff, and we look forward to seeing everyone again soon.”
To learn more about USD’s response to COVID-19, visit usd.edu/COVID19.