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COVID-19 Housing Updates

Notice About Outside Guests

SDSU is limiting outside guests into the residence halls due to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the health and safety of our residents. The policy allows only enrolled students to be permitted as guests in the residence halls and residents are limited to one guest in a room with an overall maximum occupancy of four in a traditional hall room.

The policy was recently reviewed by the COVID-19 Response Team and it was determined to keep the policy in place for the month of October based on the continued prevalence of the virus in Brookings County and the surrounding area. The policy is having a positive impact on our ability to manage any significant spread of the virus.

The policy will be reviewed again near the end of October for potential changes if conditions merit.

Fall 2020 Information

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Residential Life Information

Fall 2020 Mail Procedures

There are 4 package centers this Fall:

  • Larson Mailroom: Will serve Binnewies, Young, Hyde & Brown Halls
  • Caldwell: Will serve Pierson, Honors, Schultz & Caldwell Halls
  • Spencer: Will serve: Spencer, Abbott, Thorne, Ben Reifel & Mathews Halls
  • Hansen: Will serve Hansen, Meadows North & South, & Waneta Hall
Quarantine and Isolation Housing

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:

  • Have been tested for COVID-19 and are presumptive positive until test results are received; or
  • Have receive a positive or inconclusive COVID-19 test from a medical professional; or
  • Have been notified by the South Dakota (or other state) Department of Health of potential exposure and need to self-isolate for 14 days.
How can I prepare for Quarantine and Isolation Housing?

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 (SDDOH) guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have medical needs that make me immunocompromised, how can I be assured that I'll be safe in the residence halls? 

 

  • We are making every effort to de-densify our buildings so that there are less students on every floor.
  • We do have single rooms saved for individuals who may be immunocompromised. To apply for a room that meets your accommodation needs, you can begin the process with Nancy Hartenhoff-Crooks in the Office of Disability Services. Her information is: nancy.crooks@sdstate.edu; 605-688-4504. She will guide you through the process and make a recommendation once you have gone through that process with her.

 

I've been assigned a roommate I don't get along with and want to request reassignment. But, I don't want them to find out. 

We encourage all students to connect and have an honest, but kind conversation with their roommate. You can say something like, “I just don’t feel like we are the best fit for roommates, so I’m going to request a reassignment.” However, we cannot make you have this conversation. We will not share your intent for a reassignment, and you can request one in the application.

 

I do not want to live in the halls because of COVID-19 concerns. What are my options? 

 

  • The Board of Regents has not changed their 2 year live on requirement. This means that students who graduated high school in 2019 or 2020 are required to live on campus unless they have been approved for an exemption to that live on requirement.
  • You can view the exemption categories on the website and in the housing application. A student can request an exemption in steps 3 and 4 of their housing application.
  • Once the request has been received, our office will reach out via the Jacks e-mail account if we need further information, or with the approval or denial of that request.
  • Additionally, if there are health concerns, we have reserved spaces for individuals who may be at higher risk or immunocompromised.
    • Theses spaces will have card access to and no visitors to ensure the health & safety of those individuals.
    • To apply for a space, you can begin the process with Nancy Hartenhoff-Crooks in the Office of Disability Services. Her information is: nancy.crooks@sdstate.edu; 605-688-4504. She will guide you through the process and make a recommendation once you have gone through that process with her.

As this situation has continuously emerging guidance from federal and state authorities, please continue to monitor this page and your email for new guidance, which may alter this schedule.

Questions regarding this can be directed to Residential Life.