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Fall Semester Return to Campus Information

Posted July 7, 2021

SDSU Community –

As we finish celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, our attention continues to focus on the fall semester and the full return to in-person, on-campus instruction and activities. We are excited for full classrooms, a vibrant student union, large events like JacksBash2 and football games with tailgating, no guest restrictions for the residential halls and regular activities for student organizations and groups.

We continue to maintain our JacksRBack website with important information and any information pertaining to the university’s operations. As a reminder, it was recently announced we plan to begin the fall semester under our Blue Safety Level. The South Dakota Board of Regents Policy for face coverings is at Level 0, meaning face coverings are optional on campus and may not be required with few exceptions.

The Blue Safety Level also means we are operating the campus at our pre-pandemic levels with great anticipation for an exciting year. Vaccines are not required, but we continue to strongly encourage all our employees and students to be fully vaccinated by the start of the semester to ensure we can maintain that vibrant campus throughout the year. COVID-19 is something we will need to continue to monitor.

It is important to note that CDC guidance for fully vaccinated individuals states that if you been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, you don’t need to quarantine or isolate unless you become sick or exhibit symptoms.

We want all of you to be at JacksBash2 and Hobo Day, in the University Student Union meeting with friends, at football games (especially Nov. 6 when we defend the Dakota Marker against our friends from the north), and most importantly in the classroom so you stay on track toward your degree.

The JacksRBack website contains important information about vaccines. We know it is a personal decision, but we also want you to be as informed as possible. The COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be safe and effective in the fight against COVID-19. Get your first dose by July 12 to ensure you are fully vaccinated before class starts.

In you are unable to receive a vaccine before returning to campus, they will continue to be available at the Student Health Clinic in the Miller Wellness Center. The two-dose Moderna vaccine will be available on campus no later than the start of the semester. Additional information about its availability will be shared soon. Vaccines will continue to be free for everyone.

STUDENTS:If you start a Moderna two-dose sequence at home, you can finish it when you come to campus. You just need to be sure to get both doses from the same manufacturer. It does not matter where you get them. The Student Health Clinic will ask for proof of your first dose to ensure you are within the required number of days (28) between both doses.

If you have started a two-dose Pfizer sequence and don’t finish before returning to Brookings, the Pfizer vaccine is available at various locations in the community. Johnson and Johnson vaccines are also available in the Brookings area.

What if I do get sick? COVID-19 testing will be available on campus during the fall semester. When and where testing will be conducted when classes begin will be shared in the near future. For students and employees who do test positive, we will continue to make the COVID-19 Case Notification Form available. Quarantine and Isolation Housing (QIH), if needed for students, will also be available on campus.

Thank you for being Jackrabbits. We hope that you enjoy the remainder of the summer, and we look forward to an exciting and vibrant academic year.

COVID-19 Response Team