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Events Update

Posted Jan. 8, 2021, in effect until further notice.

Due to the current Orange 1 COVID-19 Safety Level, effective January 8, 2021, the SDSU COVID-19 Response Team will adhere to the following limitations for events:

  • No indoor events or activities with more than 120 participants will be approved, regardless of adjusted COVID-19 facility capacity. This aligns with adopted classroom health and safety standards.
  • Non-SDSU, as defined in the JRB Event Protocols, event plans continue to require COVID-19 Response Team review and approval. No events for external groups with more than 60 participants will be approved, regardless of adjusted COVID-19 capacity.
  • Previously approved group activities must stringently comply with health and safety event management protocols as they proceed during this time.
  • Limitations do not affect NCAA Intercollegiate Athletics programming, which have separate, more stringent COVID-19 protocols established in accordance with NCAA requirements.

Please be aware that COVID-19 Response Team large group event exception approvals are conditional and will be modified based on changes in the COVID-19 situation. This is an evolving situation, and the COVID-19 Response Team will monitor community transmission levels, hospitalization rates, and other factors, and increase or lift these limitations based on changing circumstances. Please continue to watch for communications from this team and plan to modify plans accordingly and/or resubmit requests. Thank you for your cooperation during this time.

Events during COVID-19

The health and safety of SDSU students, faculty, staff and visitors are top priority as South Dakota State University events resume on campus. As a result, we are taking additional precautions to allow the collaborations and connections achieved through events, to continue to take place safely and responsibly.

COVID-19 Event Definitions

Event: During this time an "event" is defined as any planned gathering of attendees, either indoors or outdoors, regardless of the number of attendees that is considered a special public or social occasion and is not an integrated part of a unit's routine campus operations. This definition also includes the performing arts performances and athletic competitions.

Non-SDSU Event: Any event that is not sponsored by SDSU or an affiliated organization to SDSU. Facilities with shared interest with a non-SDSU entity would be considered an SDSU event for this definition (i.e. the Oscar Larsen Performing Arts Center is shared between the City, Brookings School District and SDSU).

Interactive Events: An interactive event occurs when participants do not have a designated “space” to occupy, movement around the event facility is unrestricted or has minimal restrictions and high levels of interaction with others is a core component of the event. Examples of interactive events includes but is not limited to receptions, banquets, dances, social programs, open houses, fairs (career, academic, club, community, etc.), tailgating, parades and the like.

Stationary Events: A stationary event occurs when participants, upon entry into the event facility, go to a seat or space where they remain for the duration of the event. Upon event conclusion, participants exit the facility. This type of event most closely mirrors the traditional academic classroom setting. Examples of stationary events includes but is not limited to a lecture, a panel presentation, a pinning/hooding ceremony, convocation, concert, a theater production, an athletic competition, etc.