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COVID-19 Response: Rest of Spring Semester Moved Online

March 24, 2020

SDSU Students, Faculty and Staff -

In response to Gov. Kristi Noem’s announcements today pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Dakota Baord of Regents has determined SDSU and the state’s other regental institutions will transition spring classes online for the duration of the semester.

Additionally, SDSU has determined commencement ceremonies will be postponed until further notice and there will be no campus activities or events through May 15.

We realize you will have questions and we attempt to address as many as possible below. Please feel free to ask other questions by replying to this email and we will continue to provide information as it becomes available.

Online Classes

Online classes began yesterday, March 23, and will continue throughout the remainder of the academic calendar. The academic calendar will stay current with finals still scheduled May 4-8.

Grading for classes that have transitioned to online have not changed to date, but alternate options are being evaluated.

Please continue to reference the Student Information page on the COVID-19 Response site as updates will be posted there.

The Online Information for Students webpage will continue to be a useful resource while we operate in this online environment. The webpage continues to provide information about the online environment and important information about preregistration for summer and fall semesters, academic advising, library access and academic support services such as tutoring, supplemental instruction, the math and writing centers, and others.

Refunds

Refunds will be provided to students. Information about each refund is provided below. All refunds will be posted to the student’s account within 14 business days and refunds will be applied to outstanding balances first.

Campus Housing and Meal Refunds

A refund will be provided to students in campus housing (excluding campus apartments) and those who have a meal plan.

The refund will be 50% of the original amount for housing, except for those students approved for emergency housing at the close of the extended spring break.

The meal plan will be pro-rated for meal plans not utilized and all unused flex dollars will also be refunded to each student.

University Operated Apartments

While access has not been restricted to students living in campus apartments such as the Southeast Appartments, Skylight, Huggins, Garden Square or others where rent is paid monthly, residents will have two options at this time:

  • Residents may opt to remain in residence and fulfill the current lease agreement including monthly rent payments; or
  • Residents may request an early termination of their lease agreement with no penalty, effective April 1, 2020. Rent payments will be canceled for the remainder of the lease agreement. Students wanting early termination need to contact Maryke Taute.

Parking

A refund will be provided to all students who have a parking permit. The refund will be 50% of the spring semester price.

Parking refunds for faculty and staff will be determined later once we know the staffing schedule for employees returning to campus.

Move-out schedule

The schedule for students to return to campus and get their belongings from the residence halls has been developed and information about the plan is available online. Please carefully read all of the information posted to the webpage.

The plan follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as it applies to social distancing and other best practices for cleaning and disinfecting. But, as this situation is one with continuously emerging guidance from federal and state authorities, please continue to monitor this website and your email for new guidance, which may alter this schedule.

Students

Please continue to check your jacks email account for additional information and updates as they become available.

Faculty and Staff

Based on the governor’s announcement regarding state employees, we are working the Board of Regents to clarify staffing plans moving forward. Details will be shared when available.

Campus Activities and Events

On-campus events and visitor activities remain canceled through May 15 as previously noted.

The following SDSU facilities will remain closed until further notice: Wellness Center fitness area, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Art Museum, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, the University Bookstore in the University Student Union, SDSU Dairy Bar and the Meat Lab store.

The Fishback Early Learning Center Preschool will also be closed. The kindergarten on campus is currently closed and it will continue to follow the schedule determined by the Brookings School District.

Thank you, everyone, for your attention to this matter. We recognize this is a difficult time and wish all of you and your families the best as we pull through this pandemic. Our faculty and staff are committed to providing all of our students the best academic experience possible.

Sincerely,

COVID-19 Response Team