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Enrolled/Current Dual Credit Student Guide

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SDSU Student Accounts

Please take time to establish your SDSU Accounts as soon as possible. 

Your Student ID number, MyState Username and Jacks Email Address can be found in the “Get Connected: Your SDSU Accounts” email. NOTE: It can take up to 3 business days for your acceptance email to arrive.

  • Students who have taken previous High School Dual Credit courses should utilize their current login and email accounts.
  • Students who have applied to another university should utilize their Home University’s login and email accounts.

MyState is your SDSU Student Portal; the following services/resources can be found here:

  • Attendance Confirmation
  • Student Account Self Service
  • Schedule Information
  • Grades and Transcripts
  • Scholarship Application

First Time Logging In:

  • Visit Login Help.
  • Enter your MyState Username (ex. JJRabbit for Jack Jacks Rabbit) and Student ID number. Click Proceed.
  • Check your personal email and click on the link to reset password.
  • Enter your MyState Username and create a password that is 8-16 characters. It must include at least one number. Click Reset Password.

Each SDSU student is issued an SDSU Jacks email account. Email messages sent to Jacks e-mail addresses constitute an official means of communication. It is the student’s responsibility and obligation to access official University email messages in a timely manner.

To Access Your Jacks Email Account:

Go to Jacks Email.

Utilize your Jacks email address and your MyState password to log in.

Please check your Jacks e-mail account regularly because it is used for many administrative and financial notices.

Forwarding Emails

To forward your email to another account, go to Settings and type "forward" in the search bar. Click on the "forwarding" link, choose box next to "Enable forwarding", type in the email address you would like your mail forwarded to and click “Save”.

Students will be able to perform the following registration services on Self Service:

  • Browse for classes
  • View registration information
  • Check contact information

Students can access Registration Self Service or find it on their MyState Dashboard.

D2L is the course management system utilized by SDSU and all South Dakota Public Universities. All instructors have the ability to utilize D2L to provide supplemental material, grades, discussions, etc. for SDSU courses. Fully online courses will be completed through D2L.

First Time Logging In

Go to Utilize your established Jacks email address and password.

Access D2L Tutorials

Students enrolled in courses through SDSU have access to a number of video tutorials and student guides providing an overview of the D2L system. Login to D2L, locate “search for courses” and enter SDSU Student D2L 101. You now have access to SDSU Student D2L 101 from “My Home” within D2L. Take some time to view these tutorials prior to the first day of class. Knowing how to navigate and utilize the tools within D2L will get your online learning experience started on the right foot.

ConnectState is SDSU’s student success platform. Students can use ConnectState to schedule appointments, communicate with faculty and advisers, and access information about their courses, early alerts and campus resources. Students can access ConnectState through their MyState Dashboard.

Available in the App Store and Google Play Store, the SDSU mobile app will connect students to all kinds of important information. Students can view class schedules, register for classes, receive personalized notifications, find important contact information and other campus resources. The app will also allow students to access MyState and D2L, as well as news, events and a campus map, with more features to come.

For more information on DUO Security and how to enroll, please visit DUO Security.

Students wishing to add or drop a course must complete the Docusign add/drop form or the SDBOR PDF.


Pay Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Bills should be paid by the semester due date (See Academic Calendar). Summer payment is due June 10. You will NOT receive a bill via mail. Payment can be made through your Student Account Self-Service, accessible through MyState or your Home Institution Portal. If you choose to pay by check, please send to SDSU Cashier’s Office, SAD 136, Box 2201, Brookings, SD 57007 and include your Student ID on the check. If you have questions regarding your bill and payment options, please visit SDSU’s Cashier's Office or contact them at 605-688-6116.

Order Textbooks

Order Textbooks

Textbooks for SDSU courses can be purchased through the SDSU Bookstore. Some courses will use the new First Day Access program, which allows students to view books through D2L on the first day of class. If your course is using First Day Access, the bookstore website will indicate your textbook is digital and you will be billed directly through SDSU billing. If your course requires an Access code, you will receive an email with this information – Do not delete the email. Textbook information should be available within 30 days of the start of the semester. Bookstore contact information: 605-688-4163 or email SDSU Bookstore Customer Service.


These valuable services are available to all SDSU faculty, staff and currently enrolled students who cannot make regular (at least weekly) trips to the Brookings area:

  • Search dozens of research databases
  • Off-campus Access
  • Library ID Card
  • Article Delivery Service
  • Book/Video Delivery Service

Go to

Logging in for the first time: Utilize your established MyState username and password.

Technical trouble?  Having problems accessing your accounts? Questions regarding D2L? SDSU’s support desk is ready to help. Support desk staff is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 605-688-6776. You can also reach support desk staff at

What if I forget my password?

Visit to reset your password on all your accounts.

Through the online catalog, students can explore SDSU’s academic programs, courses, policies and procedures. The catalog should be used as a guide in planning a course of study and in meeting requirements for graduation.

Undergraduate Catalog

Did you know that 50 to 70 percent of college students change their majors at least once and most will change majors at least 3 times before they graduate? Also, at least 50 percent of entering college students are undecided about their major? You are not alone! We’re here to help with FOCUS 2.

FOCUS 2 is a free online tool that will empower you to make informed decisions about your major, education and career. You may access it 24/7 and use it on an ongoing basis while at SDSU.

All information can be saved “as you go” for quick and easy retrieval, and all results can be printed and/or combined in a personal portfolio. We also invite you to meet with one of our trained career coaches to discuss your results and career planning.

Get Started

Focus 2 Login

  • First time users, please register to create your own personal account.
    • Returning users, enter username and password
  • ACCESS CODE: jacks
  • Begin with the Work Interest Assessment.
  • Be sure to save all occupations and majors that interest you.
  • Are you Ready to be an Online Learner? Keys to Online Success
  • Time Management for Distance Learners
  • Stress Management for Distance Learners
  • How to Ace a Discussion Post
  • Mastering Online Group Work
  • Netiquette Guidelines for the Online Classroom
  • Overcoming Procrastination: Tips for Distance Learners

Online tutoring is just a few clicks away. Smarthinking provides online tutoring services to students enrolled in SDSU online courses. Smarthinking tutoring is available

to students enrolled in SDSU online courses through D2L.

Free tutoring is available in a wide-range of subjects to support distance students enrolled in SDSU online courses.

  • Business
  • Computers and Technology
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Writing

A detailed list of the topics can be found via

Smarthinking should be accessible through your SDSU online course. If you do not see Smarthinking in your course content, please reach out to your course instructor and/or Continuing and Distance Education.

Not sure how to utilize the online tutoring services? Smarthinking provides a variety of Student Resources to help you navigate the online tutoring services to get the most out of your experience. Check out the short, information videos with

As an SDSU student, you can get a MyJacks card by visiting the Card Services office located in the Student Union.

Distance students may request an ID via email at; please provide the following information: name, ID number, email and reason for online photo submission. Once your information has been submitted, you will receive an email from Blackboard Online Photo Submission. Click on the “upload your photo” link and submit a photo that follows guidelines given.

For more information, visit Card Services.

For additional learning strategies, please visit Study Hub.

Students may take examinations off campus as long as security measures for administering the test are strictly maintained before, during and after testing. Off campus examinees should be tested under the same circumstances as their peers on campus to ensure the academic integrity of the examination. The student is responsible for selecting a qualified proctor, which must be approved by the course instructor. Not all online or off-campus courses require exams and quizzes to be proctored, this is determined by the course instructor.

Proctor Policy and Form

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Academic Policies

South Dakota State University has taken a strong and clear stand regarding academic dishonesty. Academic integrity embodies ethical principles to act responsibly and take responsibility for one’s actions. Integrity and honor function as forms of a “social contract” where individuals have a duty to follow the rules and norms of academia as well as a duty to ensure their peers also follow such rules and norms. Undergraduate and graduate students at the University are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic conduct; if violated, the University takes a strong and clear stand regarding academic dishonesty. The consequence of academic dishonesty ranges from disciplinary probation to expulsion.

For additional information on the academic dishonesty and academic appeals process and procedure reference SDSU Policy 2:4, SDSU Policy 3:1 and BOR Policy 3:4.

A grade of Withdrawal (W) may be assigned only six times during a student’s undergraduate career. If the student drops additional classes, a failing grade will be assigned. This limit will begin with the fall semester of 2015. Withdrawal grades assigned to continuously enrolled students prior to this term will not count against the limit. This limit does not include W grades assigned if a student withdraws from all classes in a given term. The campus chief academic officer may make exceptions to this requirement in those cases where there are unique factors.

To comply with federal regulations, the Higher Learning Commission expects SDSU and affiliated institutions to make available an account of the student complaints it has received, its processing of those complaints, and how that processing comports with the institution’s policies and procedures on the handling of grievances or complaints. (HLC Policy Number: FDCR.A.10.030)  Records will be kept with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Human Resources and departments responsible for student support and accountability.

The complaint process is subject to the South Dakota Board of Regents policies, and will follow the institutional policies listed below:

  • Policy 2:4 Student Academic Integrity and Academic Appeals
  • Policy 3:1 Student Code of Conduct
  • Policy 4:3 Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action
  • Policy 4:4 Harassment including Sexual Harassment
  • Policy 4:5 Prevention of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking
  • Policy 4:6 Human Rights Complaints

Polices and Procedures

South Dakota State University (SDSU) reaffirms that it is committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability/impairment in the offering of all benefits, services, educational and employment opportunities. The Coordinator for Disability Services has been designated the SDSU “Responsible Employee” to coordinate institutional compliance with the non-discrimination requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. In that capacity, the Coordinator is committed to ensuring that SDSU provides an inclusive learning environment.

The Coordinator will also be responsible for the effective integration of ADA procedures, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Coordinator serves as the personal contact for students seeking information concerning the provisions of the ADA and their respective duties and rights provided therein. The phone number for the Office of Disability Services is 605-688-4504; email:

Under Board of Regents and University policy, student academic performance may be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled. Students who believe that an academic evaluation reflects prejudiced or capricious consideration of student opinions or conduct unrelated to academic standards should contact the department of the course in question to initiate a review of the evaluation.

The South Dakota Board of Regents and Universities take the protection of the student and their records seriously. To this end, the Regents have established a policy that requires all institutions to observe the federal regulations as specified in the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act as amended. Further, each institution is required to adopt and to publish annually procedures that enact this requirement.

SDSU Procedures