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COVID-19 Safety Levels

Current Safety Level: Blue

    Safety Levels

    This color phase chart is for planning purposes and reflects general planning guidelines for campus decision makers. The guide has four colors or safety levels: blue, yellow, orange and red, which coincide with levels of COVID-19 transmission. The applicability of the color phase is determined by COVID-19 Response Team, a team designated by the SDSU Emergency Management Team, who designates the phase based on state, community and campus factors.

    This color phase chart shows COVID-19 Safety Levels and is also used for planning purposes and reflects general planning guidelines for campus decision makers.

    Sector

    Safety Level Blue

    Safety Level Yellow

    Safety Level Orange

    Safety Level Red

         
     

    State, local, and campus transmission data indicate

    None/ minimal community spread

    State, local, and campus transmission data indicate

    minimal / moderate levels
    of community spread

    State, local, and campus transmission data indicate substantial community spread

    State, local, and campus transmission indicate substantial community spread AND there is a break down in public health infrastructure

    Campus

    SDSU is open and following pre-pandemic capacity guidelines with few exceptions.

    SDSU is open to the public with select restrictions per public health guidance.

    SDSU is open to the public in some areas with select restrictions per public health guidance.

    SDSU is not open to the public, only essential employees on campus.

    Academics

    Courses typically delivered in-person are face-to-face with few exceptions.

    Courses typically delivered in-person are face-to-face with few exceptions.

    Face-to-face, hybrid, and online course delivery are used per public health guidance.

    All classes and office hours are held virtually.

    Employees

    Office and lab interaction restrictions are lifted.

    Office and lab interactions are restricted in select areas per public health guidance.Offices and labs are under strict protocols for interactions with others.

    Only essential employees and functions on campus.

    Events*

    Event plans do not have to be reviewed by CRT.

    Events over 120 will require review by CRT.

    In-person activities are limited to those critical to the SDSU mission.

    All other activities will move to virtual.

    Virtual-only activities, events and gatherings canceled / postponed.

    Residence Life

    Residence halls are open with pre-pandemic capacity.

    Residence halls are open with pre-pandemic capacity and non SDSU guest policy is in place.

    Full residence hall guest policy and food delivery policy is in place.

    Residence Halls are closed as feasible.

    Food ServiceDining Services are open and operating without capacity restrictions.

    Dining services are open.

    Mobile ordering and carry-out are encouraged.
    Dining limited to Grab-N-Go and mobile ordering.Limited menu to serve remaining on- campus students.
    TravelTravel is not restricted.Travel is conducted under SDSU COVID-19 travel protocols.

    Travel is limited to mission essential.

    Overnight travel is discouraged.

    University Travel is suspended.

    *Events hosted by SDSU or in SDSU facilities are subject to all SDSU JacksRBack Event Protocols For events whose capacities exceed those listed on the chart above, SDSU has an event approval process.

    Guidelines for all Safety Levels

    • South Dakota State University is open and operating under stricter hygiene and cleaning regimen.
    • Prior to arrival on campus each day, individuals should self-screen and stay at home when sick.
    • Individuals will self-isolate or follow quarantine directives when there is a reasonable belief they have been exposed to COVID-19 infections or are infected.
    • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces (e.g., door handles, counters, light switches, remote controls, restroom surfaces).
    • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet.
    • Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
    • Do not touch your face.
    • Wear a cloth face covering in accordance with the SDBOR face covering requirements.
    • High-risk individuals should take extra precautions at all safety levels. Additional CDC recommendations for high-risk populations can be found here.