COVID-19 FAQs

This is an evolving situation. Please check back often as the questions and answers here are likely to be updated as the circumstances change.  

Academics  | Campus Life | CARES Act Fund  | Dining  | Employee  | Health and Prevention  | Grad Students  | If a Student Gets Sick  | International Students  | Music  | Residence Life | Travel  | Visitors and Guests


Academics

Is there space on campus to take an online class immediately before/after a face-to-face class?

There are a limited number of seats available on campus for non-residential students to take an online class on campus that occurs immediately before or after an in-person class.

  1. Classrooms not scheduled for in person classes will be scheduled for Zoom class seating for non-residential students Monday – Friday from 7:30am – 4:30pm.
  2. Students must reserve their seat for their Zoom class time through an online scheduling system https://sdmines.sdsmt.edu/cgi-bin/global/adprotected/rs_update_reserves_zoom.cgi
  3. The seats are numbered in the reservation system for scheduling purposes, but once the seats are reserved, they are first come, first served within that classroom.
  4. Students must include their name and course they are taking. 
  5. Students may reserve that seat for the duration of their class.
  6. Students are responsible for canceling their reservation if it is not being used. Please email usc@sdsmt.edu if you need to cancel or change your reservation. Reservations with repetitive non-use of reserved seat will be cancelled.
  7. Multiple students will be in the same classroom. Students must use headphones for all Zoom classes and keep any noise to a minimum.
  8. Students are responsible for using the cleaning supplies provided in the classroom to clean their area.
  9. In person academic classes have priority over classrooms. If a face-to-face class requires a room that has been reserved for Zoom seating, the Zoom seating reservations will be moved to another location or cancelled.
  10. Drop in Zoom seating will be available in the Surbeck Lobby, Surbeck Ballroom outside of mealtimes, and various other location around campus (Quad, CBEC courtyard, department-controlled spaces, main floor of Library, if available)

    Will professors have office hours and be available for academic advising?

    Faculty will continue to provide academic advising and office hours. The format of these meetings will be up to the faculty and department; however, it is anticipated that many of these meetings will be virtual.

    Will tutoring be available?

    Yes. This summer, we launched a tutoring app called “Knack” to manage online tutoring.  Knack efficiently connects students with Mines tutors and allows students and tutors to schedule sessions at their convenience – sort of the “Uber” of tutoring. Appointments can be scheduled online at  https://www.joinknack.com/school/south-dakota-school-of-mines-and-technology. If you have any questions about working with these tutors or how to best navigate the Knack platform, please email thomas.mahon@sdsmt.edu or contact Knack support directly through the help center. 

    How will I know in which format my classes are offered?

    To determine if your classes are online or face-to-face, you will need to check your schedule in Self-Service Banner. Once you download your schedule, check beneath the heading “Schedule Type” and you will see either “Online” or “Face-to-Face.”

    Online

    • Asynchronous – An online course that does not meet at a designated time for lectures or discussion and delivers course content through directed readings, videos, discussion boards, and other online tools
    • Synchronous – An online course where the instructor requires students to meet virtually at a given time to watch real-time lectures or participate in class or group discussions.

    Face to Face

    • Hybrid – An on-campus course that combines in-person instruction with flexible, guided online activities (either asynchronous or synchronous) for all students.
    • Rotating attendance – An on-campus course where a portion of the class attends in the classroom one day a week while others attend synchronously using Zoom; groups switch off so that each student can attend a live class at least once per week 
    • Mixed mode – A course in which some of the students are attending in the classroom (in person, hybrid, or rotating) and others are attending remotely for the entire course
    • In person – An on-campus course where all students are expected to attend lectures in-person.

    How will I know what is expected in my classes?

    Each faculty member will provide specific instructions regarding course logistics. These will be posted before the semester begins on the D2L homepage for each of your courses. Here is an example of where this information will be found in D2L:

    D2L-Course-Information
    D2L Course Information

    Do online courses cost more than face to face courses?

    The online rate is $351.25 per credit hour.  At first glance on your invoice it may appear that the online rate is more expensive than the Resident in-person rate of $257.95.  Added to the basic in-person rate is a General Activity Fee (GAF) of $48.85 and a Special Discipline Fee (SDF) (the course fee for that face-to-face class) of $84.40 for a total of $391.20 per credit hour.  Consequently, the online course rate is a little less.    

    Are classes offered online if a student does not want to attend in person?

    Because social distancing is so important in everything we do on campus, classroom capacities have been significantly reduced. To that end, faculty have found ways to conduct classes where students rotate into the face-to-face portion of the course one day of the week and attend live via Zoom on the other days. This ensures the number of students in a class at any given time are below the maximum allowed for social distancing, yet students can join lectures live, interact with the professor and other students, and remain safe during this time. For smaller enrollment courses, faculty have developed “hybrid” models where students attend some instruction face-to-face and some instruction online. Labs are generally planned to be face-to-face with proper social distancing and cleaning protocols in place to ensure safety.

    How do you practice social distancing in the classrooms and labs?

    Classroom spaces have been adjusted with desks and tables being spread out which allows fewer students in the classroom. For this reason, each lecture is offered both in person and synchronous online (and recorded), allowing us to have a staggered schedule for face-to-face teaching. Students alternate days in the classroom with days online. Courses with a smaller number of students have been moved to a much larger classroom that can handle the entire class roster while ensuring proper social distancing. We have also added lab sections to allow for fewer students in the lab at one time. Classroom and lab space are properly cleaned on a more frequent basis to minimize the ability of the virus to survive on surfaces.  Students and faculty are required to follow the Face Covering Protocol.  The current protocol level the university is operating at will always be announced at the top of our website. 


    Campus Life

    Is there a system in place to assist student organizations in keeping events safe?

    The Rockers Return Plan includes a protocol for student groups.  In essence, to support a healthy learning environment, student organization members are asked to follow specific guidelines in order to maintain a healthy campus in accordance with CDC, South Dakota Department of Health, local officials, and South Dakota Mines policies.  A training for student organizations is provided and student organizations may want to identity a designated member to oversee and enforce safety guidelines at meetings and events. When holding meetings, organizations should provide multiple options for student participation to allow all individuals to participate who wish to do so, which could include face-to-face in compliance with physical distancing; Zoom participation; or a combination there-of.

    Athletics, music, CAMP, and other groups have additional protocols and procedures. 

    Will I be able to participate in activities outside the classroom?

    Yes. We are encouraging students to get involved in at least one of over 100 student organizations, clubs, and intramurals. These will function with health and safety protocols in place.

    What resources are available if I’m struggling with courses or emotionally?

    The Student Success Center is the resource for tutoring, mentoring and advising. Please reach out for help with an academic concern. Lisa.Carlson@sdsmt.edu

    The Counseling Center provides services in a safe and effective manner, including telehealth services. If you’re feeling stressed out, try this Stress and Depression Screening Tool. counseling@sdsmt.edu 


    CARES Act Emergency Student Funding FAQs

    How is South Dakota Mines implementing the CARES Act?

    On April 23, 2020, President Rankin signed the Certification and Agreement to participate in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act relative to Student Assistance funding.  By signing the document, he certified that the School of Mines has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. More information on CARES Act funding to our university can be found at https://www.sdsmt.edu/FinAid/CaresAct/. As of Dec 4, 2020, all of the CARES Act funding set aside for Emergency Financial Aid Grants has been given out to students.


    Dining

    What is a one-stop meal station? 

    You will receive everything for your meal at one point of service. There are multiple options to choose from, one always the comfort meal (entrée, vegetable, side) and the other a rotation of the closed stations (grill, pizza, deli). Each meal will include a pre-package side salad, whole fruit, dessert, and a beverage.

    Is it still All-You-Care-to-Eat? 

    Yes. For those who would like additional portions after visiting the one-stop meal station, we ask that you re-enter the line so we can continue serving all of our guests as providing great service to all of our guests is our priority. The register will not charge an additional meal but will let us know that you have already paid for your meal.

    Will there be seating? 

    There is seating in the Hardrocker Café and Surbeck Ballroom that insures COVID safety protocols. Due to social distancing expectations, we are focusing on meals being taken to go. We highly encourage our guests to participate in the reusable to-go program for a one-time $10 fee. We also have a disposable to-go option for $.50.


    Employee

    Who should I notify if I am experiencing symptoms and/or have tested positive for COVID-19? 

    Please contact your supervisor. If you have a confirmed positive case, the Protocols for Presumptive/Positive COVID-19 Tests found in the Rockers Return Plan (Appendix 2) will be followed.

    What are students being directed to do if they have symptoms or test positive? 

    We are asking students to return home to recover if possible. If that is not possible, we are asking them to quarantine in their living quarters. If that is on campus, we have several rooms in the residence halls reserved for recovering students.

    How will symptoms of faculty, staff and students be monitored? 

    In general, South Dakota Mines will not be monitoring employee or student temperatures. We are asking everyone to self-monitor. Employees should alert their supervisors to any illness they experience and remain at home through the duration of their illness. The determination of whether employees will be allowed to work remotely will be made on a case-by-case basis and dependent on business necessity. Proper leave request procedures must be followed by employees. In some locations that may involve direct health care to patients, employee temperatures may be monitored.

    How frequently will public spaces be cleaned by Facilities? 

    On-campus spaces will be sanitized in accordance with CDC guidelines. Refer to the Rockers Return Plan for more details.

    Will I need to attend meetings in person? 

    When possible, meetings should continue to be conducted via Zoom for the foreseeable future. If in-person meetings are necessary, employees should remain at least 6 feet away from others in the room and wear a face covering. Employees may request that they be allowed to participate in such meetings remotely, which may be approved or denied on a case-by-case basis by the employee’s supervisor. In addition, employees in high-risk categories may decline to attend in-person meetings when they believe their health is at risk. 

    Do I have to come back to campus if I am able and willing to work remotely and have been successfully working remotely for several weeks? 

    Supervisors may determine that it is appropriate to continue with remote work arrangements when the employee is being productive and effective in their role.

    My colleagues are still working remotely, why am I being asked to return to my worksite? 

    Supervisors carefully evaluate employee positions and university and departmental needs prior to determining employee work locations. Consideration is given to assigned duties, physical distancing concerns, the need for customer service, identified employee health concerns, proximity and access to exits, available workspace and several additional factors. Supervisors were also asked to consider the quality and quantity of work that has been completed remotely and compare to work previously conducted at the worksite.

    What do I do if I am without childcare as an employee?

    HR has created an electronic Alternative Work Schedule Request Form for employees and supervisors to utilize while working to implement alternative schedules to accommodate the needs of families during this time. This form is in accordance with South Dakota Mines Policy 4-07: Alternative Work Schedule and South Dakota Board of Regents Policy 4:39: Alternative Work Schedule Policy.  We ask all employees who are in need of utilizing an alternative work schedule to please complete this form.

    Do I need to wear a face covering when alone in my closed office if we are operating at Level 3 or above? 

    No. The face covering protocol from the BOR covers public indoor spaces. Offices and campus living quarters are excluded. If someone enters your office, please wear your mask and ensure proper social distancing is maintained. Electronic communications, such as email and Zoom meetings, should continue to be used to limit the number of personal interactions. Face-to-face meetings should only be held when absolutely necessary.

    How will the face covering protocol be enforced? 

    The initial response by an Institution or any of its employees to an individual found in non-compliance with the COVID-19 Face Covering Protocol in effect on campus is to inform the individual of their deficiency. If they fail to immediately correct the deficiency, the individual will be asked to leave the area. Students, faculty, staff and visitors who fail to comply with the COVID-19 Face Covering Protocol may be subject to discipline or other adverse action in accordance with applicable BOR and/or Institutional policy. The BOR’s face covering protocol includes detailed enforcement information for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

    If you are concerned that someone on campus is not following our face covering and physical distancing guidelines, there are steps that you can take. If a gentle reminder does not garner results, violations can be reported using these existing protocols: 

    • Students should file complaints related to student violations through the student complaint process.
    • Faculty and staff complaints related to students should be reported through the Advocate system.
    • Students and employees should report violations related to faculty and staff to human resources via email at hr@sdsmt.edu.

    We encourage you to use these protocols so that we can properly manage and enforce the mask policy. 


    Grad Students

    Will I still get my assistantship?

    Research and teaching assistantships continue to be available contingent on funding. Please check with your advisor and/or department for availability and confirmation.

    Will I be able to do my lab research?

    Guidelines are now in place that should permit essential research to continue in campus labs throughout the semester even if many classes must pivot online. You will need clearance to access your lab and will need to follow the social distancing, protective equipment, and disinfection guidelines established by the director of each laboratory. Please talk to your major professor and lab director to get access and training needed for safe lab work.


    Health and Prevention

    Is there a contact tracing app the university recommends?

    Yes. South Dakota Mines and all state institutions under the Board of Regents recommend the Care 19 Diary App developed by the South Dakota Department of Health. More information on contact tracing and symptom monitoring can be found here.

    What steps is the state of South Dakota taking to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19?

    Visit the state’s Department of Health website and review their FAQs.

    How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?

    COVID-19 is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 

    Precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same as those you would typically take during a normal flu season.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or use your elbow to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
    • Avoid touching your face. 
    • If you take prescriptions, refill them now in the event you get sick 
    • Don’t panic.  For 84% of COVID-19 patients, the symptoms are mild. 
    • Conserve, but don’t hoard, protective products.  If you don’t have hand sanitizer, use soap and water.
    • Stay home if you are sick with cold or influenza-type symptoms to minimize risk of transmission to others
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces following CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfection 

    Are masks mandatory?

    Guidelines for face coverings are determined by the Board of Regents Face Covering Protocol. The current protocol level will always be posted in the announcement banner that appears at the top of the university website.

    What is the best way to wear a mask to reduce transmission and exposure?

    Universal masking is recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19. Cloth masks and medical procedure masks substantially reduce exposure from infected wearers (source control) and reduce exposure of uninfected wearers (wearer exposure). The CDC conducted experiments to assess two ways of improving the fit of medical procedure masks: fitting a cloth mask over a medical procedure mask, and knotting the ear loops of a medical procedure mask and then tucking in and flattening the extra material close to the face. Each modification substantially improved source control and reduced wearer exposure. These experiments highlight the importance of good fit to maximize mask performance. There are multiple simple ways to achieve better fit of masks to more effectively slow the spread of COVID-19.

    Are temperature checks required?

    Everyone will be asked to self-monitor their health. There may be some temperature checks in some locations.

    What is the COVID-19 status in South Dakota?

    Information about COVID-19 in South Dakota can be found at the state Department of Health website. 


    If a Student Gets Sick

    Is COVID-19 testing available on campus? 

    Monument Health personnel working in the Student Health Clinic (located in the Surbeck Center) will have a method for testing students that are symptomatic. Students are encouraged to call Student Health to make an appointment at 394-2354. If this line is busy or there is no answer, call (605) 755-2273.  See the website for information on hours. Remember to bring your student ID to your appointment. 

    If you have not already completed the forms required by Monument Health, links to these are found at the top of the Student Health Services website

    What happens if I test positive for COVID-19? 

    • Complete the COVID-19 Case Notification Form. Once received, this starts an assistance process with university officials who will guide you through the steps you need to take. 
    • Immediately go into isolation.  Do not go to class or work. Stay home or in your residential room. Students who become ill will be handled on an individual basis. 
    • A university official or a South Dakota Department of Health representative will contact you to provide direction and to determine with whom you’ve been in close contact. 
    • Self-isolate for at least 10 days after symptoms first appeared. (Day 0 is considered the date of symptom onset.) 
    • The Department of Health will release you from isolation if you are fever free (without fever reducing medication) for 24 hours AND no symptoms. 

    Campus isolation accommodations will be coordinated for those living in residence halls. Staff will work with students in isolation on campus by providing meals, trash disposal, laundry delivery, and other essential services to the room. Residential fraternities have developed plans and we encourage those living off campus with roommates to also develop plans. We know some students who have tested positive or who have had an exposure would rather isolate or quarantine at home. We support these students leaving campus during that period. 

    All lectures are being recorded and will be available online allowing a student to keep up with classwork while recovering. Students will need to stay in virtual contact with faculty as much as possible. Contact the Dean of Students via email or phone 394-2416 as needed for processes and procedures.

    What should I do if I’m not feeling well but I’ve not been tested for COVID-19? 

    We advise you make an appointment with Student Health Services to be tested. If it is after hours or the weekend, you can schedule an appointment through Monument Health’s website (click the link in the lower right corner) for  drive-thru testing  at the Monument Health Urgent Care Clinic at 2116 Jackson Blvd in Rapid City. This facility is open 7 days a week from 7:00am-7:00pm. Remember to bring your student ID to ensure charges for services match services provided on campus. Services not covered by the South Dakota Mines contract will be billed to the student/ insurance. If you have not already completed the forms required by Monument Health, links to these are found at the top of the Student Health Services website

    If you’re not sure if you should be tested, call the COVID-19 triage line: (605) 755-1350.

    What happens if I have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19? 

    If you have been in contact with someone who is being tested or has tested positive, but have not yet received a call from the university or department of health, take the initiative to self-quarantine and monitor your symptoms and notify the Dean of Students office

    Follow CDC Guideline: What Should I Do If I've Been in Close Contact With Someone

    • Close contact is defined as an individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more starting two days before illness onset
    • DOH representatives will do a tracing analysis of the infected person and look for possible close contacts. 
    • DOH reps will decide if the close contact warrants quarantining. 
    • If an individual is exposed and not identified to the DOH, he/she should contact their supervisor, or, if a student, Dean of Students.

    Students or staff, identified as close contacts, who DOH says must quarantine must follow the quarantine protocol addressed below. 

      I was told I should quarantine. What do I need to do? 

      If you are instructed to quarantine because you’ve been exposed to a person who tested positive: 

      • The CDC recommends a period of 14 days but provides options to shorten quarantine to 7-10 days. See more information here.
      • Stay home during quarantine – do not go to work and attend classes online only.
        • Avoid contact with other people 
        • Don’t share household items 
        • Self-monitor for symptoms – this chart is an excellent resource to determine the difference between COVID systems compared to the flu, a cold, or allergies 
        • No sooner than day 5, you can take a COVID test. If you have no symptoms and have received a negative test result by day 7, you can discontinue quarantine after day 7.

        If you have symptoms: 

        • We advise you make an appointment with Student Health Services to be tested. Do not stop in without an appointment. If it is after hours or the weekend, you can schedule an appointment through Monument Health’s website (click the link in the lower right corner) for  drive-thru testing  at the Monument Health Urgent Care Clinic at 2116 Jackson Blvd in Rapid City. This facility is open 7 days a week from 7:00am-7:00pm. Remember to bring your student ID to ensure charges for services match services provided on campus. Services not covered by the South Dakota Mines contract will be billed to the student insurance. If you have not already completed the forms required by Monument Health, links to these are found at the top of the Student Health Services website

        Options to reduce quarantine

        Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing the time they cannot work. A shorter quarantine period also can lessen stress on the public health system, especially when new infections are rapidly rising.

        Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine

        • After day 10 without testing
        • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

        After stopping quarantine, you should

        • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
        • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
        • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

        CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. CDC will continue to evaluate new information and update recommendations as needed. See Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing for guidance on options to reduce quarantine.

        Is food service available to those who live off-campus and are in quarantine or isolation? 

        If you are concerned about getting food or being able to pay for food, please contact Heather Fannin with Campus Ministries at heatherisi@outlook.com. She will coordinate having food delivered to your home. 

        If you live on campus and are in quarantine/isolation, food, trash, and laundry services are provided.

        What is the difference between quarantine and isolation? 

        Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to COVID-19, but who haven’t tested positive for COVID-19. Isolation separates those who have tested positive for COVID-19 from people who are not sick. Follow CDC Guidelines and sample scenarios: Quarantine and Isolation

        What happens if a student gets sick enough for hospitalization? 

        If symptoms worsen, students should go to the Emergency Room.

        How will I know if my student is hospitalized? 

        All of the same privacy policies (FERPA) apply. If a student is admitted they would have to give permission for any information to be disclosed and to whom.

        What needs to be done to a space where someone who tested positive for COVID-19 has been? 

        Deep cleaning and disinfecting are done.  The CDC recommends waiting 24 hours, if possible, before cleaning.  Once the area is appropriately disinfected, it can be open for use.

        What can be done for students who are in the COVID-19 high risk categories? 

        Protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is the most important aspect of this pandemic.  Students should work with the Dean of Students to ensure accommodations are made for their needs. 

        How prepared is the university and the local healthcare system to deal with COVID-19 patients? 

        A student health office is located on campus in the Surbeck Center with healthcare staff available M-F during the Fall and Spring semesters. This service is in coordination with our local healthcare system, Monument Health. Information on student health services can be found on our website

        Monument Health is well-prepared to handle patients and contingency plans are in place if a surge of positive cases occurs in the community.


        Music

        Will I still be able to take music classes for my general education and elective credits?

        Yes. Instrumental music classes will happen in-person and vocal classes will be online. Class sizes are reduced, and more class sections are being offered to accommodate extra precautions for music making.

        How will music classes function with safety in mind?

        Special masks that include a mouth slit will be provided to each band student. Class sizes will be smaller to allow for social distancing and the class time is shorter, around 45 minutes. The practice area will be cleaned in between classes.

        Will practice rooms be available?

        Yes. We have expanded room usage and you are required to schedule your practice time in advance using a new online booking app. Contact Dr. Haley Armstrong for more information.

        Will there be an opportunity to participate in Pep Band?

        Yes. The pep band plans to practice and play at university events. Social distancing accommodations at the athletic venues are planned.


        Residence Life

        How are residence halls managing to accommodate for social distancing and other CDC guidelines?

        Student health and safety is our #1 concern and CDC and South Dakota Department of Health guidelines are followed. Our plans include adjusting the number of persons per room, practicing social distancing, increased sanitization of spaces, and continued reminder of safe practices.

        Is on-campus residency be required?

        As required by the Board of Regents policy, all students who have graduated high school within the past two years are required to live on campus.

        We are following the CDC’s guidelines for Institutions of Higher Education and have been addressing concerns raised by individual students with pre-existing healthcare needs. Persons with documented personal extenuating circumstances should contact Residence Life.

        If on-campus housing accommodations are not available will students have to pay for housing?

        No, they would not be charged a housing cost by the university. Off-campus housing options are available in Rapid City and would be handled personally. 


        Travel 

        What is the current university policy for international travel?

        International travel for university business is permitted to countries that allow entry by foreign nationals. It is recommended that you work with the Ivanhoe International Center and foreign partners to discuss opportunities and timelines that will protect the health and safety of all involved.

        All non-essential personal travel to international destinations is allowed but we strongly encourage following the CDC’s Travel Recommendations by Destination and general travel recommendations.

        What are the guidelines for returning to the U.S. from an international location?

        On January 12, 2021, CDC issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.

        Order is in effect as of January 26, 2021.

        CDC recommends that travelers get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home or otherwise self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days. If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days. Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

        More information and FAQs can be found on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

        What about domestic travel?

        Travel within the United States is permitted. As cases rise and people spend more time indoors it is critical to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often. The more steps you take, the more you are protected against COVID-19. View cases in the U.S. and cases by state on the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.  

        What about in-state travel?

        Work related in-state travel, by a single traveler or cohort, may resume where it is crucial to the execution of projects and delivery of services. Face coverings are highly recommended when in public areas during travel. Travel should be reviewed prior to the trip with the appropriate VP or Executive Council member from your unit.

        What should I consider if I’m thinking about personal travel?

        The university encourages members of our community to think carefully about the risks of traveling while the COVID-19 outbreak continues to develop. Not only may there be a potential risk to your personal health, but there also may be additional travel restrictions imposed by many countries, including the United States. We ask all members of our campus community (faculty, staff, students) to limit their personal out-of-state travel, and to avoid the high-risk U.S. cities and states currently hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. View cases in the U.S. and cases by state on the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker. Please discuss travel plans with your supervisor.

        This is a rapidly developing situation and even though a location may be accessible now, that could change during your trip. Airlines are limiting seating and altering flights and this also could impact your plans.  

        Are there steps I should take upon returning from any type of travel?

        If you are returning from international travel, see the information above.

        It is recommended that you check your symptoms before returning to work. This online symptom checker can assist with evaluating your symptoms.  South Dakota Mines strongly encourages each employee to go through the symptom checker checklist before coming to campus daily to ensure symptoms are not overlooked or ignored.  

        If you are experiencing symptoms, or are overall just not feeling well, contact your healthcare provider and do not come to work. Notify your supervisor and develop a plan with them on utilizing sick leave or working remotely if applicable to your situation. 


        Visitors and Guests 

        What is the difference between a visitor and a guest?

        Visitors are individuals, not employed by South Dakota Mines, typically permitted to access public campus spaces, including outdoor areas, the Museum of Geology, the Rocker Shop Bookstore, and any campus retail locations during scheduled hours. Visitors are encouraged to follow university and local guidelines related to COVID-19. Signage will be posted in prominent locations on campus for visitors to review.

        Guests are individuals, not employed by South Dakota Mines, invited to campus to visit areas other than those outlined as public spaces above. Guests are the responsibility of their campus employee host. Campus hosts have authorized access to campus locations. Guests may include current students, potential students, alumni, authorized volunteers, and registered users including contracted personnel. Department specific policies may be implemented for guest access. 

        Informational Resources

        If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and you are experiencing symptoms, call your local healthcare provider or call the COVID-19 triage center at 1-800-279-1466 (available from 7am-11pm).

        South Dakota Mines is committed to being a diverse and inclusive community and supports all members of the university. COVID-19 affects all people regardless of age, background or area in which they live. As a STEM university, we set a high bar for our students, faculty and staff. Biased behaviors, stereotyping and discrimination are not acceptable. The university inclusion and diversity statement can be found here. Those who experience harassment or discrimination on campus can report it here.