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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that has not be answered below, please email the JacksRBack Task Force.


Face Coverings

Starting Monday, May 10, 2021, South Dakota State University will be a “face coverings optional” environment.

Visit the updated Face Covering Protocol page.
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What are the face covering protocols?

Starting Monday, May 10, 2021, South Dakota State University will be a “face coverings optional” environment.

Visit the Face Covering Protocol page for additional information.

    Have additional questions regarding face coverings?

    Visit the Face Coverings Q&A page for frequently asked questions.


    Academics: Calendar, Classes, Labs & Coursework

    South Dakota State University plans to offer Fall Semester 2021 courses in their originally scheduled format. Therefore, courses typically delivered in-person will be face-to-face. SDSU has invested in classroom technology enabling faculty the flexibility to use some remote/online instruction as long as course type definitions are met.

    Are there changes to the academic calendar for the fall 2021 semester?

    The fall 2021 semester will proceed as planned.

    View the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar

    What will my courses look like?

    South Dakota State University plans to offer Fall Semester 2021 courses in their originally scheduled format. Therefore, courses typically delivered in-person will be face-to-face. SDSU has invested in classroom technology enabling faculty the flexibility to use some remote/online instruction as long as course type definitions are met.

    What will my classrooms and labs look like?
    Classrooms are being reset to accommodate more students, Plexiglas barriers are being removed, "mask required" and directional signage is being taken down, water fountains are being brought back online and sanitizer and disinfectant will still be available for those who want to use it.
    How will my class attendance be impacted if I am in self-quarantine or isolation based on a positive COVID-19 test?

    Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, engaging in self-quarantine or are in isolation based on a positive COVID-19 test, should not attend in-person classes.

    For details regarding attendance policies, see the SDSU Class Attendance Policy (SDSU Policy 2:5) and the Student Conduct Code (SDSU Policy 3:1). For details regarding what to do in case of a suspected or known COVID-19 infection, visit the What if I Get Sick? page.

    Will students and faculty be able to participate in study abroad opportunities?

    Education Abroad is back, Jacks!

    Education Abroad currently has approximately 850 programs and locations for studying, service learning, learning a language, conducting research and completing an internship abroad.

    Students will be guided with every step in the process for a semester, an academic year or a 2- to 12-week summer program.

    We are also planning for the SDSU discipline-focused faculty-led programs for students and SDSU professors in 2022 to:

    • Italy
    • Ghana
    • Senegal
    • Turkey
    • Costa Rica
    • Germany
    • Spain
    • New Zealand
    • Paris and London
    • South Africa
    • London and Paris
    • Korea and Japan
    • Portugal
    • Norway and Sweden
    • Vietnam and Cambodia

    Visit sdstate.edu/studyabroad to learn more.

    Questions may be directed to the Office of International Affairs.


    Academics: Textbooks

    Is the SDSU Bookstore open?

    Yes, the Bookstore is open for the purchase of art supplies, apparel, gifts and general merchandise. Text books are no longer available for purchase at the bookstore, but they will be available for purchase through our online store. The SDSU Bookstore will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the school year.

    How do I purchase my textbooks?
    All textbooks will be available for purchase through our online store, www.jackrabbitcentral.com. All textbook orders will need to be placed online through our fulfillment center, as we no longer carry textbooks for purchase at our physical store location. Customers are no longer allowed in the lower-level of our bookstore, as this is becoming our fulfillment center. The SDSU Bookstore will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the school year.
    How do I pick up my online textbook order?

    Select in-store pick up at checkout. You MUST put your campus address down to qualify for in-store pick up. All off-campus students will have their orders shipped to their off-campus residence. Please allow 24 hours for your order to be processed. Once your order is processed you will get an email that you can stop into the SDSU Bookstore to pick up your order. Your Student ID or driver’s license is required at pickup.


    Campus Life

    Can I have visitors in my residence hall?
    While operating under the Blue Safety Level, residence halls are open with pre-pandemic capacities, with no limitations on guests. Visit the Residential Life site for additional information.
    What dining options will be available?

    SDSU has many dining options available for students, faculty, staff and guests. Visit the SDSU Dining Services site for a listing of the dining options available.

     Will we be able to access Briggs Library?

    Yes. The Briggs Library is open. For more information on the library's hours, please visit the Hilton M. Briggs Library website.

    Is the Wellness Center open?

    Yes. The Miller Wellness Center is open throughout the day, with no specific closure for cleaning.

    For information on area-specific hours, please visit the Miller Wellness Center's Hours of Operation site.

    For guidelines and expectations for patrons and staff, please visit the Miller Wellness Center COVID-19 Response & Updates site.

    Are there any events or activities being held on campus?

    Yes. Visit our Events Calendar for a listing of events happening at SDState.

    For information regarding COVID-19 and hosting/attending events, please visit our JacksRBack Events during COVID-19 site


    COVID-19 Monitoring, Symptoms, Tests & Protocols

    How does COVID-19 spread?

    COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected.

    COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:

    • Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
    • Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
    • Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.

    More information is available on the CDC website.

    How do you help to avoid the spread of COVID-19?
     

    Steps you can take to protect yourself and others include:

    • Get vaccinated.
    • Monitor your health and stay home if you are sick.
    • Wear a mask and social distance when appropriate based on your vaccination status.

    More information is available on the CDC website.

    Are students required to screen themselves?

    Students are encouraged to screen themselves daily before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall room. Apple Inc. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention partnered to develop this online symptom checker to assist with evaluating symptoms.

    What if there is a confirmed case on campus?

    View the SDSU Protocol Communicating Presumptive/Positive COVID-19 Tests for important information regarding when an individual at SDSU experiences symptoms of COVID-19, has presumptive, inconclusive, or confirmed COVID-19 Test, or has been exposed to presumptive, inconclusive, or confirmed COVID-19 Test.

    Will the campus be notified of a positive case involving anyone who has attended class on the Brookings campus, visited the Brookings campus, or lives on the Brookings campus?

    South Dakota State University complies with the requirements of all applicable laws to make the campus aware of health and safety issues that place them at risk, as well as privacy and compliance requirements. SDSU cooperates with the SD-DOH. Not all positive COVID-19 tests require the entire university to be notified. Such information would only be shared with parties who need to know, e.g., people in close contact with the person who tested positive. In fact, the SD Department of Health (SD-DOH)—not SDSU—reaches out directly to those affected in order to do contact tracing, etc. Not all people affiliated with SDSU who test positive for COVID-19 pose an infection threat for people on SDSU’s campus. 

    In cases where exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 may have occurred on a larger scale, e.g., in a commonly used classroom, SDSU may send a message to the entire campus community or a particular unit or department. Such a message would inform those audiences that someone tested positive for COVID-19, that specific physical areas of exposure have been thoroughly sanitized, and that those who suspect they may have been exposed should be even more vigilant in self-monitoring and adhering to all CDC guidelines among those who would have potentially been exposed. Personally identifiable medical information is subject to privacy rules and regulations and will be kept confidential in conformity therewith.

    Official statistics about COVID-19 in South Dakota are maintained online by the official public health agency, the SD-DOH.

    What happens if I experiences symptoms of COVID-19, have a presumptive or a confirmed COVID-19 test?

    When an individual at SDSU experiences symptoms of COVID-19, has presumptive, inconclusive, or confirmed COVID-19 Test, or has been exposed to presumptive, inconclusive, or confirmed COVID-19 Test, the individual should notify their academic instructors and/or employment supervisor of any needed absences. The individual, or their representative on their behalf, must also complete the COVID-19 Case Notification Form. The form will gather information based on the type of notification.

    Also view the following chart for SDSU specific instructions on what to do if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

    What happens if I test positive, display symptoms or have been exposed to someone that is positive and am required to quarantine?

    On-campus quarantine and isolation housing 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 received a positive or inconclusive COVID-19 test from a medical professional; or
    3. Have been notified by the South Dakota (or another state) Department of Health of potential exposure and need to quarantine.

    Students living on campus have the following options:

    • Return home immediately for isolation/quarantine period; or
    • Move to the SDSU quarantine and isolation housing for isolation/quarantine period. The Division of Student Affairs will coordinate the move from your current residence hall. All resources will be provided including linens and food delivery using the student’s meal plan. If needed, technology will be provided to facilitate online continuation of instruction.

    What if I live off-campus?

    • Students who live off-campus will have the option of isolating or quarantining on-campus if they are unable to do so safely in their current location.
    • Quarantine can occur in your off-campus location, but your case will need review, based on exposure to roommates and any other individuals you have come in contact with at your off-campus location.
    What happens if my roommate is presumed positive or if they test positive? Will I be required to quarantine?

    If you have a roommate that tests positive for COVID-19, and you are not fully vaccinagted for COVID-19, you will have the option to return home or move to Quarantine/Isolation Housing provided on campus. Students will be advised by the South Dakota Department of Health when it is appropriate for them to return to regular circulation on campus. Students in QIH will each have their own room, roommates will not be housed together in this setting.

    Visit the Quarantine/Isolation page for additional information.

    I have been exposed to COVID-19 but have previously tested positive for COVID-19.

    To date, reinfection appears to be uncommon during the initial 90 days after symptom onset, but its not impossible. As a result, Individuals who have a confirmed case of COVID-19 do not need to quarantine due to close contact exposure, in the 90 days after symptom onset (or 90 days after the positive test for asymptomatic individuals). CDC 2020

    Additionally, if you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 you do not have to quarantine or get tested unless you develop symptoms of COVID-19.

    The SD-DOH has added a calculator to their webpage to assist in the 90-day calculation of when you must resume quarantining.

    If you develop new COVID-19 related symptoms, even within your 90-day period, please follow instructions for “I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.”

    If you have been exposed to COVID-19 after your 90-day period, please follow the instructions for “I have been exposed to COVID-19.”

    I have been exposed to COVID-19 but am fully vaccinated.

    If you are fully vaccinated and you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

    In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ±

    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

    COVID-19 Testing

    Please visit our Testing Information site for additional information on COVID-19 testing.

    Who should get tested?

    Any student experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 or unvaccinated students who have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 is strongly encouraged to get tested. Testing is available to all students free of charge.

    Why should I get tested?

    Getting tested is important for a couple of reasons:

    1. Testing helps to protect others around you, including faculty and staff on campus. Keeping students in the classroom, faculty teaching and our support services in place is critical to our success.
    2. Testing helps to determine any “clusters” or exposed areas of campus through tracing. Multiple infections can create considerable risks to various parts of campus given how easily COVID-19 spreads. You have all been working hard to avoid “hot spots” and we want to continue that success.
    Is there drive-thru testing available on campus?

    Fall 2021 information will be posted here at the start of the semester.

    If you have any questions please call the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services at 605-688-4157.

    How do I get tested?

    Fall 2021 information will be posted here at the start of the semester.

    If you have any questions please call the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services at 605-688-4157.

    How quickly do I get my results?

    Normally results for tests completed at SDSU are received within 24 hours.

    How much does it cost?

    Fall 2021 information will be posted here at the start of the semester.

    If you have any questions please call the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services at 605-688-4157.

    How many days do I quarantine if I have been in close contact with a person who is diagnosed with COVID 19?

    If you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 you do not have to quarantine or get tested unless you develop symptoms of COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated the below guidance applies.

    Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if NO strong symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring; Quarantine can also end after Day 7 if you test negative and if NO symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The testing can be conducted within 48 hours (Days 5 or 6) before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation, but quarantine CANNOT be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.

    Please note that in both cases, continued symptom monitoring and masking at all times through Day 14 must be met.

    Visit the Quarantine/Isolation page for additional information.
    What if I do not have symptoms of COVID 19 but I have a positive test?

    In general, you will be required to isolate for 10 days from the date you tested, but always follow the directives of your health care provider and the South Dakota Department of Health.

    Visit the Quarantine/Isolation page for additional information.

    Will SDSU be notified if I test off campus?

    Individuals may seek medical services from their provider of choice. SDSU may be notified by the South Dakota Department of Health if a student has received a positive test, regardless of the student’s testing location. Contact tracing involving students who have had direct exposure may also result in the SD-DOH contacting the university.

    If you test positive please fill out the COVID-19 Case Notification Form to ensure SDSU has the information needed for response activities such as disinfection campus spaces, notifying potentially exposed individuals, and arranging quarantine/isolation housing.

    Who do I contact if I have additional questions about testing?

    If you have further questions, please contact the Student Health Clinic at 605-688-4157.


    Isolation and Quarantine

    What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

    Isolation is for people who are COVID-19 positive or already sick.

    Quarantine is for people who are not sick, are a close contact to a positive and have been exposed.

    What are the requirements for isolation?

    Isolation is for people who are COVID-19 positive or already sick.

    Isolation separates and restricts the movement of sick people so they can’t spread COVID-19.

    Isolation in a home means separating yourself from others in the household.

    A sick person isolating at home should seek medical treatment if unable to manage symptoms.

    Isolation is usually voluntary, but in a public health emergency, officials have the authority to isolate people who are sick.

    Stop isolation ONLY if you have had NO fever for at least 24 hours; AND have symptom improvement; AND the required days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

    Visit the Quarantine/Isolation page for additional information.

    What are the requirements for quarantine?

    Quarantine is for people who are not sick, are a close contact to a positive and have been exposed.

    Quarantined people may or may not become sick.

    Quarantined people should stay at home or another location so they don’t knowingly spread the disease.

    If you are quarantined and you become ill, you can seek medical treatment from a healthcare provider.

    Quarantine can be voluntary, but in a public health emergency, officials have the authority to quarantine people who have been exposed to an infectious disease.

    Visit the Quarantine/Isolation page for additional information.

    How do I prepare for isolation/quarantine?
    Visit the Quarantine and Isolation Personal Preparedness Checklist to help you think through what you might need to do or have with you in the event you must be quarantined or isolated due to COVID-19. This information is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) guidelines.
    Do I need to isolate/quarantine if I have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past?

    According to the CDC, individuals who have a confirmed case of COVID-19 do not need to quarantine due to close contact exposure in the 90 days after symptom onset or 90 days after the positive test for asymptomatic individuals.

    If you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 you do not have to quarantine or get tested unless you develop symptoms of COVID-19.

    However, you can still develop new COVID-19 related symptoms, even within your 90-day period. If this occurs, you should stay home and consider getting tested.

    Visit the Quarantine/Isolation page for additional information.