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Guide to Dual Credit Success

Dual credit is an opportunity for high school students to enroll in college courses at South Dakota State University and earn credits toward their high school diploma while starting on their requirements for a degree from SDSU.

Students are able to choose from a number of on-campus and online general education courses.

Dual credit courses are offered by South Dakota State University’s world renowned faculty members and follow SDSU’s processes for admissions, registration, billing and grade reporting.

Benefits

  • Accelerate your SDSU education

  • Lower tuition cost

  • Simplify the transition from high school

Students bringing in substantial credits may complete their degree in a condensed timeframe or may benefit in other ways as well. Students may find that with college credits already completed, their schedules will allow them to explore a variety of opportunities to enhance their college experience and academic career.

Dual credit students can more easily:

  • add a second major
  • add minors
  • participate in a study abroad program
  • complete undergraduate research
  • complete an internship
  • serve in a leadership role in student clubs/organizations
  • complete an Experiential Learning Certificate

These options can provide students with a well-rounded educational experience and a valuable advantage in succeeding in their future career.

**A large number of incoming credits does not in itself guarantee a shorter path to a degree!

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Do I Qualify?

High school juniors and seniors within South Dakota are eligible to participate in the dual credit program if they meet any of the following requirements:

1. High school junior eligible to enroll in a high school in South Dakota who meets one of the following requirements:

    a. earn an ACT composite score of 24 reflective of the 70% percentile; or

    b. rank in upper one-third of their graduating class; or

    c. earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale;

OR

2. High school senior eligible to enroll in a high school in South Dakota who meets one of the following requirements:

    a. earn an ACT composite score of 21 reflective of the 50% percentile; or

    b. rank in the upper one-half of their graduating class; or

    c. earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale;

OR

3. High School junior or senior eligible to enroll in a high school in South Dakota meeting Undergraduate admissions requirements:

    a. ACT score of 18 (or 21 for USD & SDSM&T); and

    b. Successful completion of coursework Requirements

         •  Four Years of English

         •  Three years of advanced mathematics

         •  Three years of laboratory science

         •  Three years of social studies

         •  One year of fine arts

OR

4. Take one of the assessments below and meet the required score(s):

    a. 10th Grade ACT Aspire Summative Assessment – (Score 434 or higher)

    b. Accuplacer (English – Score 263 or higher AND Math – Score 76

        or higher)

** Home-schooled students must meet ACT requirements or #4 requirements

Course Requirements

Students wishing to take Math or English courses must meet the ACT requirements or successfully complete a placement exam. Refer to the links below for placement tables:

- English Placement

- Math Placement

If a student has not taken the ACT, the College Board Accuplacer is then used to determine their placement into Engl 101 or Math 102. Please visit the Academic Testing Center’s website for more information about the Accuplacer or to schedule an appointment to take the exam.

Types of college credit

Elective Credits are college credits applied to graduation and account for any courses 100-level and above that do not meet a specific (general education, major, college, etc.) graduation requirement.

Major or Program Credits are the college courses that are required of the particular major or program the student intends to complete. These courses typically fall within the major or field of study, with the number of credits required determined by that major or program.

System General Education Requirements (SGRs) are courses approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents (SD BOR) to impart common knowledge and intellectual concepts to students and to develop in them the skills and attitudes that an organization’s faculty believe every educated person should possess. All students completing an undergraduate degree through a SD BOR institution must successfully complete coursework to fulfill the identified general education goals in written communication, oral communication, social sciences, humanities and arts/diversity, mathematics, natural sciences. Click here to view the list of SGRs.


What typically fulfills the requirements for an undergraduate degree at South Dakota State University?

Most undergraduate programs require a student to complete a minimum of 120 credits at the 100 course level or above. Some programs (i.e., Engineering) require a minimum of 130 credits. Students will complete approximately 30 credits in system general education and institutional graduation requirements. Many academic programs require at least 63 credits in major or program requirements. Please note that this number varies by academic program; careful understanding and planning of major or program requirements is necessary. Programs vary greatly in the amount of elective coursework with an average of about 27 credits; this provides students an opportunity to explore other fields of study and interests and to add a minor or even a second major. The chart illustrates how credits are typically distributed within an undergraduate degree.

A large number of incoming credits does not in itself guarantee a shorter path to a degree!

The curricular requirements of many programs are linked to the requirements and standards of professional accreditation. How (and whether) a student’s credits apply to degree requirements will determine the student’s time to degree. Although credits from this dual credit program will count at SDSU (transfer of credits outside the SDBOR; including Technical Institutes are subject to established transfer polices), those credits may not help to fulfill the particular requirements for a specific degree. For example, though a student may earn a substantial number of credits in a foreign language by satisfactory completion of the language placement test (and though satisfactory testing and the resulting credits in a foreign language certainly represent an admirable level of academic achievement), those credits will not significantly advance progress toward a degree if the student’s program does not require 1) foreign language proficiency and/or 2) elective course work.

How Do I Apply?

To apply at South Dakota State University, follow the steps below:

Apply online

Print required paperwork

  • Read expectations and guidelines
  • Sign
  • Attain parent/guardian signature

Submit paperwork to High School

  • Attain high school signature
  • Paperwork can then be submitted, along with your transcript and ACT report, if applicable, via email, fax or mail to:
    • Tracia Hogue
    • Email: Tracia Hogue
    • Fax: 605-688-5977
    • Mail: SWH Box 510, Brookings, SD 57007

Schedule the Accuplacer exam (if needed) *

  • Students have three options for taking the Accuplacer exam: 1) test at South Dakota State University, 2) test at another authorized Accuplacer testing site, or 3) take the exam with “Examity”, an online proctoring company

Check email for enrollment confirmation

  • An email will be sent to you using the email address you provide on your application so be sure it is one you check often
  • Contents of email
    • Enrollment Confirmation
    • Important Dates
    • HSDC Handbook
    • HSDC Facebook Group
    • SDSU Student Accounts
    • Textbook information
    • Payment information
    • Parking information
    • Disability Services
    • Tech Support

Application Availability

  • Spring semester
    • November 1
  • Summer semester
    • February 1
  • Fall semester
    • April 1

For the fall and spring terms, students may enroll in available courses until the close of business on the first day of each term.

Multiple terms are offered during the summer session at each Regental institution, and students may enroll in available courses until the close of business on the first day of each respective term. 

*Registration in English and math courses will require placement via ACT/SAT and/or Accuplacer.

System Specifications

Below are the suggested minimum specifications for student laptop systems and netbooks, as well as a list of approved mobile devices, as determined by the Office of Information Technology. Please note that while SDSU strongly encourages students to meet these minimum specifications, there is not a requirement per se.

Notebook

Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual-Core
Memory: 4 GB
Hard Drive: 160 GB
Operating System: Windows 7 for PCs, OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard for Macs
Ethernet Network Card
802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless
DVD/CD-RW drive
Minimum of 2 USB ports

Netbook

Processor: Intel Atom N270 (1.60 GHz)
Memory: 2 GB
Operating System: Windows 7

Software

SDSU will provide the required antivirus software when you come in the Fall, so there is no need to purchase any separately.

The University Bookstore offers tremendous discounted pricing for both Microsoft Office and Adobe products, so stop in!

Supported Mobile Devices:

IOS
Blackberry
Android
Windows

 

 

Course Planning

What General Education courses should I take?

Based on the student’s desired area of study, SDSU has identified five options that will guide them in choosing the courses that will help them get started on their chosen academic path.

  1. Option 1: Agricultural & Natural Science
  2. Option 2: Education, Social Sciences and Management
  3. Option 3: Engineering, Technology & Math
  4. Option 4: Health Sciences
  5. Option 5: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design

As the student begins choosing courses that will satisfy SGR Goal 3 and 4, they must remember to take two courses in each of these goals and they must be in different disciplines unless they are taking a foreign language.

Example: HIST 121 and HIST 122 satisfy SGR Goal 4 but the course disciplines are the same (HIST); therefore, the student cannot use both of these courses to meet SGR Goal 4.  However, if they choose to satisfy this requirement by taking SPAN 101, they would be able to take SPAN 102 because it is a foreign language.

Option 1: Agricultural & Natural Sciences

Majors in this option offer a wide range of degree programs aimed at preparing graduates to meet the many challenges of feeding and sustaining a rapidly growing global population.

Examples of careers in this option include:

•  Soil conservationist

•  Wildlife biologist

•  Dairy product development specialist

•  Biotechnologist

•  Livestock nutritionist

•  Forensic scientist

•  Applied research and product development

•  Drug discovery

•  Patient attorney

•  Medical doctor

•  Toxicology

•  Industrial chemist

•  Chemical information management specialist

•  Quality control/quality assurance

•  Pharmaceutical sales

•  Environmental health

The list of majors in this option can be viewed below. Find advising guidesheets here.

  Agricultural Science

•  Agronomy

•  Animal Science

•  Biochemistry

•  Biology

•  Chemistry

•  Dairy Manufacturing

•  Dairy Production

•  Ecology and Environmental Science

•  Food Science

• Geographic Information Sciences

• Geography

• Horticulture

• Microbiology

• Natural Resource Law Enforcement

• Physics

• Pre-Veterinary Medicine

• Rangeland Ecology and Management

• Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

Suggested general education courses

If the student is considering a major in this option, the following general education courses are suggested.

Note that general education courses vary by academic program. Consult the advising guide regarding the program of interest, talk with a high school guidance counselor, or contact Tracia Hogue at (605) 688-4154 or tracia.hogue@sdstate.edu to determine which courses would be the best fit.

System General Education Requirements (SGRS)Courses

SGR Goal 1 Written Communication

ENGL 101 Composition I**; and

ENGL 201 Composition II

SGR Goal 2 Oral Communication

SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech

SGR Goal 3 Social Sciences

Student Choice

SGR Goal 4 Humanities and Arts/Diversity

Student Choice

SGR Goal 5 Mathematics

MATH 102 College Algebra**

SGR Goal 6 Natural Sciences

BIOL 101/101L Biology Survey I and Lab; or

BIOL 151/151L General Biology I and Lab;

CHEM 106/106L Chemistry Survey and Lab; or

CHEM 112/112L General Chemistry I and Lab;

GEOG 131/131L Physical Geography: Weather and Climate and Lab; or

GEOG 132/132L Physical Geography: Natural Landscapes and Lab;

PHYS 101/101L Survey of Physics and Lab; or

PHYS 111/111L Introduction to Physics I and Lab

** Enrollment based on placement

Option 2: Education, Social Sciences & Management

Majors in this option offer a wide range of degree programs aimed at preparing graduates to meet the many challenges of feeding and sustaining a rapidly growing global population.

Examples of careers in this option include:

  • soil conservationist
  • wildlife biologist
  • dairy product development specialist
  • biotechnologist
  • livestock nutritionist
  • forensic scientist
  • applied research and product development
  • drug discovery

The list of majors in this option can be viewed below. Find advising guidesheets here.

• Agricultural and Resource Economics

• Agricultural Business

• Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership

• Apparel Merchandising

• Consumer Affairs

• Early Childhood Education

• Economics

• Entrepreneurial Studies

• Family and Consumer Sciences Education

• Global Studies

• Hospitality Management

• Human Development and Family Studies

• Interdisciplinary Studies

• Physical Education Teacher Education

• Political Science

• Psychology

• Sociology

• Sport, Recreation and Park Management

Suggested general education courses

If the student is considering a major in this option, the following general education courses are suggested.

Note that general education courses vary by academic program. Consult the advising guide regarding the program of interest, talk with a high school guidance counselor, or contact Tracia Hogue at (605) 688-4154 or tracia.hogue@sdstate.edu to determine which courses would be the best fit.

System General Education Requirements (SGRS)Courses

SGR Goal 1 Written Communication

ENGL 101 Composition I**; and

ENGL 201 Composition II

SGR Goal 2 Oral Communication

SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech

SGR Goal 3 Social Sciences

Economics/Business Focus

 

 

Teacher Education Focus

 

Social Sciences Focus

 

ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics; or

ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics

 

HDFS 210 Lifespan Development

 

PSYC 101 General Psychology; or

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology; or

POLS 100 American Government;

or GLST 201 Global Studies I

SGR Goal 4 Humanities and Arts/Diversity

Student Choice

SGR Goal 5 Mathematics

MATH 102 College Algebra**

SGR Goal 6 Natural Sciences

Student Choice

** Enrollment based on placement

Option 3: Engineering, Technology & Math

Ready for a rewarding career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)? We prepare our students for the future through a rigorous, practical education focused on problem-solving in one of many STEM majors.

Students can also enhance their degree with many options for real-life work experience right here in Brookings or nearby. Most of our students complete part-time work in their major before graduation at nearby engineering and manufacturing companies who are eager to hire our students and graduates.

Examples of careers in this option include:

  • Agricultural Technician
  • Civil Drafter
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mathematician
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Surveyor
  • Transportation Engineer

The list of majors in this option can be viewed below. Find advising guidesheets here.

• Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

• Agricultural Systems Technology

• Aviation

• Biotechnology

• Civil Engineering

• Computer Science

• Construction Management

• Electrical Engineering

• Electronics Engineering Technology

• Mathematics

• Mechanical Engineering

• Operations Management

Suggested general education courses

If the student is considering a major in this option, the following general education courses are suggested.

Note that general education courses vary by academic program. Consult the advising guide regarding the program of interest, talk with a high school guidance counselor, or contact Tracia Hogue at (605) 688-4154 or tracia.hogue@sdstate.edu to determine which courses would be the best fit.

System General Education Requirements (SGRS)Courses

SGR Goal 1 Written Communication

ENGL 101 Composition I**; and

ENGL 201 Composition II; or

ENGL 277 Technical Writing in Engineering

SGR Goal 2 Oral Communication

SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech

SGR Goal 3 Social Sciences

ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics

SGR Goal 4 Humanities and Arts/Diversity

Student Choice

SGR Goal 5 Mathematics

MATH**

SGR Goal 6 Natural Sciences

CHEM 106/106L Chemistry Survey and Lab; or

CHEM 112/112L General Chemistry I and Lab;

PHYS 111/111L Introduction to Physics I and Lab; or

PHYS 211/211L University Physics I and Lab

** Enrollment based on placement

Option 4: Health Sciences

The Health Science option provides undergraduate programs in Athletic Training, Nutrition & Dietetics, Exercise Science, Health Education, and Physical Education. The integration of academic programs, which focus on nutrition, health, recreation, exercise, and human performance, provides students and faculty with unique opportunities to collaborate and to promote interaction among students in different majors with a common focus on promoting health through proper nutrition and physical activity.

Examples of careers in this option include:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • NursePharmacist

The list of majors in this option can be viewed below. Find advising guidesheets here.

  • Athletic Training
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Education
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Pharmacy
  • Pre-Professional Interest Areas

Suggested general education courses

If the student is considering a major in this option, the following general education courses are suggested.

Note that general education courses vary by academic program. Consult the advising guide regarding the program of interest, talk with a high school guidance counselor, or contact Tracia Hogue at (605) 688-4154 or tracia.hogue@sdstate.edu to determine which courses would be the best fit.

System General Education Requirements (SGRS)Courses

SGR Goal 1 Written Communication

ENGL 101 Composition I**; and

ENGL 201 Composition II

SGR Goal 2 Oral Communication

SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech

SGR Goal 3 Social Sciences

HDFS 210 Lifespan Development; or

PSYC 101 General Psychology

SGR Goal 4 Humanities and Arts/Diversity

Student Choice

SGR Goal 5 Mathematics

MATH 102 College Algebra

SGR Goal 6 Natural Sciences

BIOL 151/151L General Biology I and Lab;

CHEM 106/106L Chemistry Survey and Lab; or

CHEM 112/112L General Chemistry I and Lab;

** Enrollment based on placement

Option 5: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design

Students in the majors in this option will be provided the intellectual fabric and foundation for transforming student passion and creativity into a lifetime of discovery and opportunities for success. Students thrive in an atmosphere of engaged teaching and learning, interdisciplinary research, and partnerships in meaningful service.

Examples of careers in this option include:

• Photographer

• Interior designer

• Publisher

• Graphic designer

•  Architect

• Translator

• Broadcast journalist

• Museum curator

• Musician

• Stage Manager

The list of majors in this option can be viewed below. Find advising guidesheets here.

•  Advertising

•  American Indian Studies

•  Architecture

•  English

•  French Studies

•  German

•  Graphic Design

•  History & History Education

•  Interdisciplinary Studies

• Interior Design

• Journalism

• Landscape Architecture

• Music & Music Education

• Spanish

• Speech Communication

• Studio Arts & Art Education

• Theatre

Suggested general education courses

If the student is considering a major in this option, the following general education courses are suggested.

Note that general education courses vary by academic program. Consult the advising guide regarding the program of interest, talk with a high school guidance counselor, or contact Tracia Hogue at (605) 688-4154 or tracia.hogue@sdstate.edu to determine which courses would be the best fit.

System General Education Requirements (SGRS)Courses

SGR Goal 1 Written Communication

ENGL 101 Composition I; and

ENGL 201 Composition II; or

ENGL 283 Introduction to Creative Writing

SGR Goal 2 Oral Communication

SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech

SGR Goal 3 Social Sciences

Student Choice

SGR Goal 4 Humanities and Arts/Diversity

ART 111 Drawing I; or

ARTH 100 Art Appreciation; or

HIST 111 World Civilizations I; or

HIST 121 Western Civilization I; or

MCOM 151 Introduction to Mass Communication;

MUS 100 Music Appreciation; or

THEA 100 Introduction to Theatre

SGR Goal 5 Mathematics

MATH 102 College Algebra; or

MATH 103 Quantitative Literacy

SGR Goal 6 Natural Sciences

Student Choice

** Enrollment based on placement

 

College Contacts

SDSU Student Accounts

Please take time to establish your SDSU Accounts (MyState and Jacks Email) as soon as possible.

THESE ACCOUNTS SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED BY THE STUDENT AND STUDENT ONLY. DO NOT SHARE YOUR LOGIN CREDENTIALS WITH ANYONE AS UNAUTHORIZED USE OF ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL’S IDENTIFICATION OR ACCOUNT MAY LEAD TO CENSURE AND/OR EXPULSION (SDSU STUDENT CODE, 01:10:31:03, P. 39).

MyState

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

  • University Announcements
  • Student Organization Information
  • Campus Calendar
  • Activities Calendar
  • Student Life News
  • Collegian Headlines
  • Scholarship Application
  • Career Information

First Time Logging In

  • Visit Login Help.
  • Enter your MyState Username (ex. JJRabbit for Jack Jacks Rabbit) and Student ID number provided in your Acceptance email. 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.

Jacks Email

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 e-mail messages in a timely manner.

To Access Your Jack's Email Account:

Go to Jacks Email.

Utilize your Jacks email address provided in your Acceptance email 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 choose Options. Under Accounts, click on Forwarding, type in the email address you would like your mail forwarded to and click Save.

Registration Self Service

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

  • Search and register for classes
  • See your Class Schedule
  • Check your address
  • Add and drop a class or classes
  • Access Enrollment Verification
  • View Financial Aid by Term
  • Update Direct Deposit for Student Refunds
  • View Account and Pay your bill
  • Complete Attendance Confirmation

Students can access ConnectState through their MyState Dashboard.

ConnectState

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

Desire2learn (D2L)

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 http://d2l.sdbor.edu. Utilize your established Jacks email address and password.

Forgot Password

Visit https://loginhelp.sdstate.edu to reset your 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.

Resources

Hilton M. Briggs Library

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 http://www.sdstate.edu/library.

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

SDSU Support Desk

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, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at 605-688-6776. You can also reach support desk staff at SDSU.SupportDesk@sdstate.edu.

What if I forget my password?

Visit https://loginhelp.sdstate.edu/ to reset your password on all your accounts.

SDSU Undergraduate Catalog

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. http://catalog.sdstate.edu

Focus 2

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

Click Here for 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

Student Success Videos

  • 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

Smarthinking

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 & Technology
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Writing

A detailed list of the topics can be found via Smarthinking.com.

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 Smarthinking.com.

Jacks Card Information

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

For more information, click here.

Proctor Policy

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.

Appropriate Proctors

  • Faculty Members
  • Retired faculty members
  • Professional Educators (superintendent or principal)
  • Human resource professionals
  • Librarians
  • Military Officers
  • Pastors

Inappropriate Proctors

  • High school students
  • College peers
  • Relatives
  • Co-workers
  • Neighbors

Download Proctor Agreement Form Here

 

You have questions about high school dual credit?

Click here to view our frequently asked questions page!


Academic Policies

Academic Dishonesty

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.

Withdrawal Policy

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.

Student Complaints

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

 

These polices can be found here.

Students with Disabilities

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; E-mail: sdsu.disability@sdstate.edu.

SDBOR Dual Credit Guidelines

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Freedom of Learning Statement

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.

Confidentiality of Student Records

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. The procedures for SDSU can be found at https://www.sdstate.edu/campus/records/ferpa.cfm