Dakota State University in Madison will resume on-campus operations for the Fall 2020 semester, but the fall calendar has been changed. The decision for the change was made in conjunction with the state Board of Regents and other regental schools.
Classes at DSU will begin on Wednesday, August 19th, and will conclude on November 24th, just before Thanksgiving. This compressed calendar will reduce student travel days. Classes will also be in session on traditional holidays including Labor Day, Native American Day, and Veterans Day.
Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving break, but will finish final exams remotely. Also, Dakota State will not hold a December commencement; this ceremony will be combined with the Spring 2021 event, to celebrate graduates from both the fall and spring semesters.
All regental university campuses plan to be closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day to facilitate deep cleaning and other preparations for the spring semester.
Because of the fluid nature of the pandemic, the university is considering protocols for a number of scenarios to be ready to respond to potential changes. More information on DSU’s plans can be found on the university’s website.