The following section will be used to communicate important information pertaining to the return to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to check this area of the website on a regular basis.
Regents Adopt Tiered Approach to Face Covering Protocols
The South Dakota Board of Regents has adopted a tiered approach to face covering requirements for its six public universities when the fall academic term begins Aug. 19.
Wednesday’s action creates a framework under which the board and its universities are positioned to react quickly to adjust campus operations whenever necessary. Brian Maher, the regents’ executive director and CEO, characterized it as “responding in a practical way to the changing COVID-19 landscape at campuses and within their respective communities.”
To begin fall semester operations on the campuses, the regents agreed to require face coverings in all public indoor spaces on campus (Level 3). This action will be reviewed 30 days after the start of the fall academic term.
The board’s protocol, which applies to all students, staff, faculty and campus visitors, provides for four differentiated levels of response: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4.
Read the Regents Adopt Tiered Approach to Face Covering Protocols release.
Read the SDBOR COVID-19 Face Covering Protocol document.
SDSU Alumni and SDSU Foundation Reopened June 29, 2020
Guests, Vendors, and Service Providers:
The Lohr building reopened for guests and visitors on June 29, 2020. The main entrances for the Lohr Building will be unlocked (the Alumni Atrium doors will remain locked with appropriate signage).
All guests, visitors, vendors and service providers will be required to sign in at a welcome station in the front entry. Optional masks and hand sanitizer will be provided at the sign-in station as well.
SDSU Meat Lab Reopened June 19, 2020
Thursday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Aug 15 (Retail Sales)
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. through Aug 15 (Slaughter and Processing)
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. beginning Aug 17
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. post Covid-19
When customers come for product pickup, a staff member will deliver meat products and take payments or escort customers into the retail store front for credit card payment.
Tours and Groups
Tours and group visits to the Production areas will be suspended until further notice.
Groups that come for Retail meat products will be limited to the inside space at the capacity of one customer group at a time.
Guidelines and Rules
The SDSU Meat Lab will be operating on required staffing to accomplish pig slaughters, processing, and retail sales in curb side pickup manner. The SDSU Meat Lab will accept phone and email orders to reduce our contact with customers. Staff members will follow the guidelines for meat and poultry processing worker as outlined at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/meat-poultry-processing-workers-employers.html when fabricating products and filling customer orders.
SDSU Dairy Bar Reopened Monday, June 15, 2020
The SDSU Dairy Bar reopened for business Monday, June 15. The facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 14.
When arriving, customers are encouraged to use the doors marked for entrance/exit, follow all signage and practice social distancing.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a limited seating capacity of 25 customers. Customers are suggested to carry out purchases and to use cashless payment options.
The SDSU Dairy Bar will follow food preparation and service guidance set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the South Dakota Department of Health.
McCrory Gardens Reopened June 10
McCrory Gardens opened at 10 a.m. June 10. The gardens will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To ensure a quality visit, the last admission will be at 5:30 p.m.
The gardens will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays to allow cleaning of the numerous contact points.
When arriving, visitors are encouraged to use the Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant openers for doors, follow the signage and practice social distancing. Certain doors might be propped open to reduce touch points. Visitors are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings. However, the face coverings will not be required to tour the gardens nor provided to visitors.
Visitors will enter and exit the gardens through the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center. The center’s lobby will be limited to 20 individuals at one time. Upon paying admission, visitors will need to provide a name and phone number in case a need for future contact arises.
For additional information, please read the McCrory Gardens press release.
Campus Community Forums
Join the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce as they host a series of Campus Community forums this summer! These forums are designed to update community members, students, families and key stakeholders about plans and processes being implemented as they pertain to operations at SDSU and throughout the city this summer and into the fall. Forums will be moderated by Andi Fouberg, Chair of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and will all take place from 5-6 p.m. CST.
- Wednesday, August 5 – SDSU Vice President for Student Affairs Michaela Willis and Brookings City Manager Paul Briseno
- Wednesday, August 19 –SDSU Athletic Director Justin Sell and Brookings High School Activities Director Randy Soma
Visit the Campus Community Forums page for additional information and video recordings of previously held forums.
Dirks named Public Health Specialist
South Dakota State University President Barry Dunn announced that Laura Dirks will serve as the university’s public health specialist, a new position that will play a critical role in helping the university operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dirks will be responsible for working with SDSU and Brookings community leadership to create, implement and communicate systems and strategies to monitor, promote and maintain individual and community health. She will develop programs and plans related to education, assessment, public health and policy that supports SDSU’s planning efforts and engages the Brookings health care system and community leaders. Read the full news release on the new public health specialist.
SDSU announces “Drop-n-Go” option for students moving onto campus
South Dakota State University’s Office of Residential Life announced initial move-in plans for students who plan to live on-campus during the 2020-21 academic year. The plans include a “Drop-n-Go” option for students to bring their belongings to campus July 24-Aug. 7. Read the release for additional move-in information.
Jackrabbit Central Opens in Brookings
South Dakota State University’s Jackrabbit Central location in downtown Brookings opened Thursday, June 4. The store is scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The store will be open for high-risk customers from 10-11 a.m. each day. Read the news release for additional information regarding Jackrabbit Central's opening.
Miller Wellness Center Re-opening June 1, 2020
As part of the phased reopening, the SDSU Miller Wellness Center will be reopening in a phased approach for SDSU students and current community members with limited hours beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. Operating hours will be:
- Monday through Friday: 5 - 9 a.m., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., and 4 - 8 p.m.
- Saturday: 7 - 9 a.m., and Noon - 5 p.m.
- Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Extensive precautions are being enacted to provide a safe environment, so our members have an opportunity to resume an active lifestyle. Cleaning will be conducted during regular intervals throughout the day, as well as deep cleaning during facility closures. Miller Wellness Center staff will follow CDC guidelines as well as American College of Sports Medicine and American College Health Association guidelines.
Read the full announcement for information regarding the re-opening as well as important guidelines and expectations for patrons and staff to create a safe work-out environment.
2020 Fall Academic Calendar Adjustment
The South Dakota Board of Regents announced adjustments to the 2020 Fall Academic Calendar. Instruction will now begin Aug. 19 and on-campus instruction will be completed by Thanksgiving. Labor Day, Native American Day and Veterans Day will be used as class days to accommodate the 70-class day schedule. The university will work to plan programming to appropriately celebrate and recognize those holidays.
The decision was made among the regents and the six presidents of the state’s public higher-education institutions in collaboration with South Dakota Department of Health guidance, the state epidemiologist and other health care providers.
Three identifying factors enforced the decision based on keeping students within communities and avoiding travel to limit any spread of COVID-19 from other areas, the impact of the traditional flu season and the potential for a second wave of COVID-19.