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Executive Order by Gov. Noem

Faculty and Staff –

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem issued an executive order today that nonessential personnel of the office of state government are to report to work remotely and not report to state offices, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive order also banned all work-related out-of-state travel.

The South Dakota Board of Regents institutions will follow the governor’s executive order. Therefore, South Dakota State University employees who can work remotely are directed to do so starting midnight Sunday, March 15, and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Saturday, March 21, unless sooner terminated or extended in writing.

Please note the following:

  • Nonessential personnel are to report to work remotely and not come to campus. If a nonessential employee is unable to work remotely, those individuals will be granted administrative leave as deemed necessary.
  • All essential personnel, as designated by their supervisor and need to work on-campus, shall report to work as scheduled. The policy on essential employees can be found online. If you have questions about whether or not you are an essential employee, please contact your immediate supervisor.
  • The Division of Student Affairs will continue to operate food services and provide housing for students who remained on campus during the spring break and are planning to be living on campus during the extended spring break.
  • As previously stated, faculty should use the upcoming week to prepare for the possible move of in-person classes to online March 23. The Office of Information Technology, Instructional Design Services and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning will be available to support this endeavor. Again, all SDSU faculty need to activate their courses in D2L.
  • SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station will identify essential employees to be at all research farms and other locations throughout the state requiring animal care and measures to protect the integrity of research being conducted.
  • Essential functions for research are functions necessary to preserve research assets and resources, to fulfill contractual obligations, and to protect human and animal health and safety. Research resources and assets may include plants, cell lines and other resources and assets which might be lose viability if not minimally maintained during a period with the campus closed.

Please be assured that university administration will be working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as we navigate this unprecedented situation that is very fluid and changes almost by the hour.

Members of the university’s Emergency Management Team will continue to meet daily and provide information and updates as they become available. We are working to be as nimble and responsive as possible and understand you will have questions and concerns.

University leadership continues to explore all scenarios that may need to be implemented to ensure the health and safety of everyone. We will need all of you to help change the course of COVID-19 and eliminate the threat.

Please anticipate updates during the week. The COVID-19 Response website will continue to be updated as needed. Questions can be directed to the COVID-19 Response email address.

Thank you for your continued efforts and support as we navigate this situation.

COVID-19 Response Team