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Campus Reopen Plan

SDSU Campus Reopen Plan Cover

We are committed to serving our students and providing them with an on-campus, classroom experience this fall. The Campus Reopen Plan document provides a snapshot of the planning that has taken place over a 10-week period. Hundreds of SDSU faculty and staff have worked countless hours to develop, prepare and implement these plans. We feel confident that our plans will give us the best opportunity to experience success during the upcoming academic year.

We know our campus will be impacted to some degree by COVID-19, but that working together, following health guidance and staying committed to doing the little things like washing hands and wearing face coverings are necessary to navigating the challenges and keeping our students in the classroom.

Please continue to reference this document or look to our JacksRBack website for more information about each plan. Together, we stand committed to looking out for each other, our university and the community of Brookings.

Approved Plans

Individual plans will be added to this site as they become available.

Academic Plan

Fall Semester 2020

South Dakota State University and its Office of Academic Affairs will provide central support for its colleges and academic support units while allowing for some flexibility in decision-making at the college and academic support unit level.  Academic decision-making for Academic Year 2020-21 will be guided by the university’s commitment to high quality academic programs, and the health and safety of the university community.

Course offerings during Fall Semester 2020 will include a limited number of entirely face-to-face courses, several courses being a combination of face-to-face instruction with online/virtual components, and other courses being entirely online/virtual.  Classes may be scheduled into the evening and on Saturday as feasible and necessary.

Current Academic Plan


Student Affairs Programming Plan

The Students Affairs Programming Plan is grounded in the SDSU Guiding Principles for Return to Campus, SDSU COVID-19 Protocols, and SDSU JacksRBack University Event Protocols. Individuals are required to follow the current university and SDBOR face covering protocols. While these protocols are specific to operations in a pandemic, it is important to note South Dakota Board of Regents policies, SDSU policies and procedures, local, state and federal law will be followed in addition to these protocols.

This plan includes a four-phase programming plan:

  • Phase 1/Red – 100% Virtual Programming: All interactions will happen on a virtual level.
  • Phase 2/Orange – Mostly Virtual, Limited Face-to-Face Interaction: Events may occur in person with appropriate limits on individuals present based upon SDSU JacksRBack University Events Protocols. Virtual options for attending events should be available for participants to promote access.
  • Phase 3/Yellow - Socially Distant: Events may occur in person with appropriate limits on number of individuals present based on the SDSU JacksRBack University Events Protocols. Virtual options for attending events are strongly encouraged.
  • Phase 4/Green ­­– New Normal Operations: Most events will be able to return to normal with capacity limits. Some enhanced cleaning measures may remain in place. Monitoring of participants will not be as aggressive but education on safety guidelines and expectations will continue.

Full JacksRBack Student Affairs Programming Plan


Plan for the Office of Admissions

Fall 2020

The Office of Admissions is a Student Affairs unit and will be adhering the general university guidelines for safe operation in a pandemic environment. These guidelines align with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH). Key concepts to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19, which will be observed in the Office of Admissions include but are not limited to the following: Strongly encouraged wearing of a self-provided face covering; social distancing of not less than 6 feet; frequent hand-washing and use of hand sanitizers; proper cough and sneeze etiquette; and self-monitoring for common COVID-19 symptoms. Persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not enter the Office of Admissions. Signage indicating these guidelines will be posted throughout the Office of Admissions and referenced frequently in the plan detail to follow.

This plan is also grounded in the SDSU Guiding Principles for Return to Campus and SDSU COVID-19 Protocols.

Core Department Functions

  • Admissions Processing
  • Scholarship Awarding
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Territory Management and Recruitment
  • Campus Visits and Recruitment Events

Full JacksRBack Plan for the Office of Admissions


Quarantine/Isolation Housing Procedure

On-campus quarantine and isolation housing (QIH) will be available to students living both on and off campus if they meet one of three criteria:

  1. Have been tested for COVID-19 and are presumptive positive until test results are received; or
  2. Have receive a positive or inconclusive COVID-19 test from a medical professional; or
  3. Have been notified by the South Dakota (or other state) Department of Health of potential exposure and need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Housing will be available in the Wecota Annex. Additional sites may be used if demand exceeds capacity available. In some apartment housing units, because of the configuration of the unit, it may be possible for the student to shelter in place. All accommodations are single occupancy only.

Full Quarantine/Isolation Housing Procedure

Watch the Quarantine/Isolation Housing Procedure Video


Professor teaching in e-trading laboratory

Administrative and Office Preparedness Plan

Summer/Fall 2020

Facilities and Services will provide guidance, suggestions, and the implementation of measures to prepare administrative and office spaces for the return of faculty, staff and students during the summer and fall of 2020. This guidance’s takes into account a department’s ability to conduct their business combined with the health and safety of SDSU employees and visitors. This guidance is based on CDC guidelines, SD Department of Health guidelines, and SDSU JacksRBack task force input. 

Full JacksRBack Administrative and Office Preparedness Plan


Building/Door Access Plan

The SDSU building/door access guidelines are grounded in the SDSU Guiding Principles for Return to Campu and SDSU COVID-19 Protocols.

  1. Current Status (As of June 1, 2020)
    1. All buildings on the main campus in Brookings are locked.
    2. Card access is required for access to any building.
  2. Beginning August 1, 2020
    1. Facilities and Services will be responsible for the following:
      1. Unlock all buildings beginning at 6:00am Monday – Friday
      2. Lock all buildings at 10:00pm Monday – Thursday
    2. UPD will begin locking all buildings at 6:00pm on Friday
    3. There are some administrative buildings with door access systems that lock and unlock before and after regular business hours.
    4. Card access will be required for access to buildings outside of these hours and must be approved by a Vice President or Dean

Full JacksRBack Building/Door Access Plan


Travel and Transportation Guidelines

The SDSU travel and transportation guidelines are grounded in the SDSU Guiding Principles for Return to Campus and SDSU COVID-19 Protocols. In addition, the following travel and transportation guidelines have been developed:

Upon receiving University approval to travel, individuals should review current CDC guidance for additional information, particularly as it relates to travel considerations, return policies and preventive measures you should take to protect yourself and those around you. In addition to the CDC guidance the University also recommends the following consideration be made related to travel and transportation.

Full JacksRBack Travel and Transportation Guidelines


JacksRBack Event Protocols

The SDSU events protocols are grounded in the SDSU Guiding Principles for Return to Campus and SDSU COVID-19 Protocols. While these protocols are specific to operations in a pandemic, it is important to note that South Dakota Board of Regents policies, SDSU policies and procedures, local, state and federal law will be followed in addition to these protocols.  In addition, the following event specific guiding principles have been developed:

  1. For purposes of this guidance, 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 includes performing arts performances and athletic competitions.
  2. Unit leaders are responsible for scheduling regular meetings that are traditionally integrated into the unit. Once non-campus external individuals are included, the meeting becomes an event. Affiliated organizations, as defined by facility use policy, and contractors in their performance of their contract at SDSU would be considered internal for this definition.
  3. Student organization official meetings where business is conducted would not be considered an event.
  4. The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading. The following South Dakota Department of Health guidance should be consulted when planning an event: https://doh.sd.gov/documents/COVID19/COVID_Risks_Benefits_SocialActivities.pdf.
  5. The higher the level of community transmission in the area that the gathering is being held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading during a gathering.

Full JacksRBack Event Protocols Plan


JacksRBack University Student Union (USU) Plan

Fall 2020

The University Student Union (USU) is a Student Affairs unit and will adhere to the general university guidelines for safe operation in a pandemic environment. These guidelines align with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH). Key concepts to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19, which will be observed in the USU include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Wearing a self-provided face covering;
  • Social distancing of not less than 6 feet;
  • Frequent hand-washing and use of hand sanitizers;
  • Proper cough and sneeze etiquette; and
  • Self-monitoring for common COVID-19 symptoms.

Individuals are required to follow the current South Dakota State University and SDBOR face covering protocols. Persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not enter the USU. Signage indicating these guidelines will be posted throughout the USU and referenced frequently in the plan detail to follow.

Full JacksRBack University Student Union (USU) Plan

Students in University Student Union


University Bookstore Plan (Campus Location)

This plan is grounded in the SDSU Guiding Principles for Return to Campus and SDSU COVID-19 Protocols.

This plan covers operational plans for the following phases:

  • SDSU Phase Red
  • SDSU Phase Orange
  • SDSU Phase Yellow

Full University Bookstore Plan


South Dakota Art Museum COVID-19 Operating Plan

The South Dakota Art Museum will adhere to South Dakota State University guidelines for safe operation in a pandemic environment. These guidelines align with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH).

This plan is also grounded in the SDSU Guiding Principles for Return to Campus and SDSU COVID-19 Protocols.

General Guidance for Staff During All Color Phases/Risk Categories of Pandemic Response:

  • Prior to arrival for work at the museum each day, self-screen, stay at home when sick and seek medical care when appropriate.
  • If you become ill during on-site work, leave the site immediately, notify your supervisor and seek medical care as needed.
  • Follow directives for self-monitoring and self-quarantine when there is a reasonable belief you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or are infected, according to the “What Should I Do If I've Been in Close Contact with Someone” document.
  • Follow SDSU protocols for reporting presumptive/positive COVID-19 tests.
  • Wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon entry to the museum.
  • Practice good hygiene and sanitation practices, especially in high-traffic areas

Full JacksRBack South Dakota Art Museum Operating Plan


AISC Plan

The American Indian Student Center (AISC) is a Student Affairs unit and will be adhering the general university guidelines for safe operation in a pandemic environment. These guidelines align with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH). Key concepts to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19, which will be observed in the AISC, include but are not limited to the following:

  • Strongly encouraged wearing of a self-provided face covering;
  • Social distancing of not less than 6 feet;
  • Frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizers;
  • Proper cough and sneeze etiquette; and
  • Self-monitoring for common COVID-19 symptoms.

Persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not enter the AISC. Signage indicating these guidelines will be posted throughout the AISC and referenced frequently in the plan.

Full AISC JacksRBack Plan


Students in a Lab

Multicultural Center Plan

Fall 2020

The Multicultural Center is a Student Affairs unit and will be adhering to the general University guidelines for safe operation in a pandemic environment.  These guidelines align with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC and the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH).  Key concepts to mitigate against the spread of COVIC which will be observed in the Housing and Residential Life department include but are not limited to the following:  Strongly encourage wearing of a self-provided face covering, social distancing of not less than six feet, frequent hand-washing and use of and sanitizers.  Proper cough and sneeze etiquette, and self-monitoring for COVID Symptoms.  Signage indicating these guidelines will be poster throughout the Multicultural Center and referred to frequently in the plan detail to follow.

Full JacksRBack Plan for the Multicultural Center


Veterans Affairs Plan

The Veteran’s Affairs Office and Veterans Affairs Resource Center (VARC) are Student Affairs units and will be adhering the general university guidelines for safe operation in a pandemic environment. These guidelines align with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH). Key concepts to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19, which will be observed in the VARC, include but are not limited to the following: Strongly encouraged wearing of a self-provided face covering, social distancing of not less than 6 feet, frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizers, proper cough and sneeze etiquette, and self-monitoring for common COVID-19 symptoms. Persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not enter the VARC. Signage indicating these guidelines will be posted throughout the VARC and referenced frequently in the following plan.

Full Veterans Affairs JacksRBack Plan


Students on Campus

Student Organizations Plan

Student organization members and student leaders serve as role models on campus. To support a healthy learning environment, student organization members are asked to follow specific guidelines in order to maintain a healthy campus.

Full Student Organizations JacksRBack Plan


Financial Aid and Scholarships Office Plan

The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office (FAO) is a Student Affairs unit and will be adhering the general university guidelines for safe operation in a pandemic environment. These guidelines align with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH). Key concepts to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19, which will be observed in the FAO, include but are not limited to the following: Strongly encouraged wearing of a self-provided face covering, social distancing of not less than 6 feet, frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizers, proper cough and sneeze etiquette, and self-monitoring for common COVID-19 symptoms. Persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not enter the FAO. Signage indicating these guidelines will be posted throughout the FAO and referenced frequently in the following plan.

Full Financial Aid and Scholarships Office JacksRBack Plan


Faculty in Rotunda A

Cashier's Office JacksRBack Plan

This plan is grounded in the SDSU Guiding Principles for Return to Campus and SDSU COVID-19 Protocols.

This plan covers operational plans for the following phases:

  • SDSU Phase Red
  • SDSU Phase Orange
  • SDSU Phase Yellow

Full JacksRBack Cashier's Office Plan


Plan for Student Advising and Individual/Small Group Meetings

Full JacksRBack Plan for Student Advising and Meetings


 

Students in the Community

 


Wellness Center Recreation/Fitness Plan: Phase 2

The Wellness Center Fitness and Recreation program (WC) is a Student Affairs unit and will be adhering the general university guidelines for safe operation in a pandemic environment. These guidelines align with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH). Key concepts to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19, which will be observed in the WC include but are not limited to the following:

  • Strongly encouraged wearing of a self-provided face covering;
  • Social distancing of not less than 6 feet;
  • Frequent hand-washing and use of hand sanitizers;
  • Proper cough and sneeze etiquette; and
  • Self-monitoring for common COVID-19 symptoms.

Persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not enter the WC. Signage indicating these guidelines will be posted throughout the FAO and referenced frequently in the plan detail to follow.

Full Wellness Center Recreation/Fitness JacksRBack Plan: Phase 2

Watch the Wellness Center's COVID-19 Guidelines Video


JacksRBack Plan for Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services

Fall 2020

The Student Health Clinic and Counseling Center (SHCC)  is a Student Affairs unit and will be adhering the general University guidelines for safe operation in a pandemic environment.  These guidelines align with guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH).  Key concepts to mitigate against the spread of COVID which will be observed in the SHCC include but are not limited to the following:  Strongly encouraged wearing of a self-provided face covering, social distancing of not less than six feet, frequent hand-washing and use of hand sanitizers, proper cough and sneeze etiquette, and self-monitoring for common COVID symptoms.  Persons experiencing COVID symptoms should not enter the SHCC except as directed by medical personnel.  Signage indicating these guidelines will be posted throughout the SHCC and referenced frequently in the plan detail to follow.

CORE DEPARTMENT FUNCTIONS

  • Student Health
  • Counseling Services
  • Jackrabbit Pharmacy
  • Specialty Clinics
  • Student Organization Advising
  • Insurance Billing

This plan is also grounded in the SDSU Guiding Principles for Return to Campus and SDSU COVID-19 Protocols.

Full JacksRBack Plan for Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services