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Will students and families be required to wear masks on campus?

Masks and vaccinations have been shown to slow the spread of the virus. As a measure to protect the community, we encourage the use of masks by students and visitors.

Currently, mask use is highly encouraged. Mask use may be expected at certain campus activities when social distancing is not possible and close contact is likely.   Faculty and staff have the right to require a mask in their classrooms and individual work space.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

Students who test positive for COVID-19 and live in the residence halls are encouraged to notify the Director of Student Life and/or the campus nurse.

Residential students who notify DSU of their positive test will be provided two options:

  1. The opportunity to isolate in a location on the DSU campus. Students will be released from isolation after ten days or two negative tests taken beginning at day six and taken at least 24 hours apart.
  2. The opportunity to return home and isolate. Students will be allowed to return to campus following ten days or two negative tests taken beginning at day six and taken at least 24 hours apart. Students who opt to isolate at home may request the return of housing and dining fees for the time spent in isolation not to exceed 10 days.

Students who live off-campus are encouraged to notify DSU Health Services of their positive test.

Any students who notifies DSU of their positive test shall be restricted from campus until the completion of their isolation period not to exceed ten days. Two negative tests taken at least 24 hours apart beginning at day six may shorten the restriction from campus.

Students may notify DSU of their positive test by completing the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form . They may also call 701-483-2391 to notify the Director of Student Life or 701-483-2304 to notify the campus nurse.

What if I am a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19?

Residential students who are designated as close contacts may elect to quarantine in their own residence hall room. Quarantine shall last no longer than 10 days. Campus access may be restricted to those students who are designated as close contacts. Residential students who are informed that they are a close contact should notify the Director of Student Life at 701-483-2391 upon confirmation of their status.

Off-campus residents who are designated as close contacts are encouraged to quarantine in their off-campus residences. Quarantine shall last no longer than 10 days. Campus access may be restricted to those students who are designated as close contacts. Off-campus residents who are designated as close contacts should notify the campus nurse at 701-483-2304 upon confirmation of their status.

Will there be ways for me to get a COVID-19 test?

Yes, there will be multiple ways for individuals to receive a COVID-19 test.

  1. We are happy to offer Binax rapid tests here on campus. DSU Health Services will be available Monday-Friday from 8am-10am to administer a rapid test. Please call 701-483-2304 to set up an appointment.
  2. Southwest District Health Unit offer testing 4 days at week at their 528 21st St W location in Dickinson. They offer both rapid and confirmatory testing opportunities. Individuals who have never had a test in North Dakota are encouraged to pre-register at https://testreg.nd.gov/ Individuals who are traveling may request a “Traveler Test”. All testing is done free of charge and in a drive-through format. Results are normally returned within 48-72 hours, but may take longer depending on the amount of testing being conducted.

To find a testing location near you visit: https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/testing-care/where-get-covid-19-test  

What will residence life look like this fall?

DSU residence halls are open for students who choose to live on campus.

What can I expect in the residence halls when I arrive on campus?

The number of students allowed in DSU residence halls remains the same as previous years. Common areas and main lounges have reduced seating to encourage social distancing.

When can I move into my residence hall?

To limit large gatherings and allow for social distancing, we have expanded the length of the move-in period for campus housing. Before arriving, we encourage residents to sign up for a move-in timeslot.

Can I request a room change after move-in weekend?

Yes, however, DSU will not allow room changes until the end of the add/drop period. This allows all students to check into their assigned locations before the semester is locked in.

Will elevators on campus and in residence halls be operational?

Yes, all elevators on campus are available for use. We recommend using the stairs when possible. Elevators will be cleaned regularly with a focus on high touch areas.

Will Weekend of Welcome still take place?

Of course! Weekend of Welcome will use a 4-day schedule and will begin with dinner at 5pm on Friday August 20. There will be activities throughout the weekend to introduce students to other students and the community. Whenever possible, these events will take place outdoors and with social distancing considerations in place.  Check out the scheduled at Weekend of Welcome | Dickinson State University

What will the dining experience look like?

The Perch is open for the DSU community and the greater Dickinson community. Seating has been reduced to allow for greater social distancing. The Perch will serve students from the hot lines while other lines such as the salad bar and dessert station may utilize Personal Consumption (PC) options to reduce points of transmission.

Will meetings and events be allowed on campus?

Yes. However, online meetings are permissible and accommodations for online participation in face-to-face meetings are encouraged. Whenever possible, social distancing will be practiced. When social distancing is not possible, mask use is encouraged.