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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. 24.

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.

Spring Grading Options Update

South Dakota State University is providing an alternative grading option of S/U for some programs and courses in recognition of the circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A temporary South Dakota Board of Regents policy for spring 2020 semester was developed to allow students the option to select S/U (S = Satisfactory, U = Unsatisfactory) grades for some programs and majors.

If an S/U grade option is selected, students will receive all applicable credit for satisfactory completion of the approved course, but the grade does not figure in GPA calculations.

Additional information can be found in the Alternative Grading Option for Students announcement released on Friday, April 3.

Residence Hall Phased Checkout Plan Underway

SDSU is following CDC and South Dakota Department of Health guidelines to the best of our ability at this time and suggest you do the same. Individuals who choose to participate in the move out process assume the potential health risks of doing so. Move-out takes place in three phases as follows:

Phase I Check-Out: March 30-April 9, 2020 - COMPLETED

Phase II Check-Out: April 15-May 8 - COMPLETED

Phase III Check-Out: May 9 and beyond - Housing will reach out individually to those not moved out to discuss next steps and options.

For more information, visit the Residence Hall Phased Checkout Plan

Rented Textbook Return(s)

With South Dakota State University moving to online-only course delivery for the rest of the spring semester, the University Bookstore will have students return their rented textbook(s) via UPS.

Those who rented textbooks this semester will receive an email from the bookstore with a link to print a valid UPS return label. The University Bookstore will pay for return shipping. The return label can be used until the middle of May.

If you have books that are not rentals but would like to sell them, book wholesalers have set up a link on to do that. The process is very easy. To start the process, submit the ISBN of the book(s) and you’ll get a quote. If you like the quote, request a prepaid label and ship the book(s) to them. Once they receive the book and it is up to their standards, a check will be mailed.

Visit the Sell Textbooks link under the Textbooks tab on to request a quote.

The Latest Q&A

Questions about internet access, residence halls or how to access classes online?

Get the answers to these questions, plus many more, by visiting the latest Q&A page for students. - Updated April 29, 2020

Important Online Information for Students

Starting Monday, March 23, all courses at SDSU were moved online for the remainder of the semester. For important information regarding online classes, academic advising, tutoring, peer mentoring and supplemental instruction, Briggs library, etc., visit the Online Information for Students page.