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Returning to campus

Important information pertaining to the return to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on our JacksRBack site.

Wellness Center Re-opening June 1, 2020

As part of the phased reopening, the SDSU Wellness Center will be reopening in a phased approach for SDSU students and current community members with limited hours beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. Operating hours will be:

  • Monday through Friday: 5 - 9 a.m., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., and 4 - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 - 9 a.m., and Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Extensive precautions are being enacted to provide a safe environment, so our members have an opportunity to resume an active lifestyle. Cleaning will be conducted during regular intervals throughout the day, as well as deep cleaning during facility closures. Wellness Center staff will follow CDC guidelines as well as American College of Sports Medicine and American College Health Association guidelines.

Read the full announcement for information regarding the re-opening as well as important guidelines and expectations for patrons and staff to create a safe work-out environment.

$3 million in CARES Act Emergency Grants Available to Students

South Dakota State University is providing more than $3 million to students as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The money can be used on expenses related to the disruption of campus due to COVID-19 including course materials, technology, food, housing, health care and child care.

To qualify, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Been enrolled as a degree-seeking student on March 27. Students who were enrolled less than half time may receive reduced awards;
  • Must be eligible for Title IV aid;
  • Have not been enrolled in all online courses for the 2020 spring semester, and
  • Have expenses that resulted from the disruption of campus related to COVID-19

Eligible students will receive a link to an electronic application. Awards will be distributed up to $600 per student and it is anticipated more than 6,000 students are eligible for CARES Act funding.

Visit our CARES Act page for additional information.

2020 Fall Semester

South Dakota State University will resume on-campus operations for the fall 2020 semester to provide opportunities for teaching, learning and co-curricular activities, as announced May 1 by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Planning for a safe return will include a focus on academics, student life, research, employees, athletics and the Brookings community. Fall semester classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 19.

The decision was made following discussions among regents’ staff, university presidents and the special school superintendents following recommendations from public health officials and state leadership.

Earlier this week, President Barry Dunn launched the “JacksRBack” planning and execution team to look at all options and methods that may be needed during the return to campus, including classroom teaching, residential life, food service, tutoring, wellness, employee accommodations and others.

Read President Dunn's message to campus.

For more information, please read the University's press release.