SDSU moves to blue safety level

University returns campus to more familiar operations

BROOKINGS – South Dakota State University’s COVID-19 Response Team changed the university safety level from yellow to blue, effective immediately. The change returns the campus to more familiar operations.

“The change to our blue safety level is another positive step in a yearlong effort by our students, employees and the Brookings community to manage COVID-19 and keep the campus open and our students and faculty in the classroom,” said SDSU President Barry Dunn. “The change is encouraging news as we look to the fall semester and returning to more familiar operations on campus. We are excited to see an even more vibrant student union, the return to full in-person classes, larger events and a campus full of excitement.”

The most noticeable changes under the blue safety level include:

• Campus – SDSU is open and following pre-pandemic capacity guidelines with few exceptions;

• Academic – Courses typically delivered in person are face-to-face with few exceptions;

• Employees – Office and lab interaction restrictions are lifted;

• Events – Event plans do not have to be reviewed by the COVID-19 Response Team;

• Residential Life – Residence halls are open with pre-pandemic capacity and no guest restrictions;

• Food Service – Dining services are open and will operate without capacity restrictions; and

• Travel – Travel is not restricted.

Dunn noted the COVID-19 Response Team will continue to operate and monitor any changes in overall cases in the county and region.

“We are very optimistic by how the number of cases have diminished both regionally and throughout the United States, but we continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they are eligible,” Dunn said. “We know COVID-19 is going to remain a part of our daily lives for a while, and we will be ready to make any adjustments, if necessary, to continue to ensure the health and safety of everyone.”

Fall semester classes begin Aug. 23.



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