Campus Update - May 1

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. As of Friday, May 1 here are the latest things to know:

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Friday, May 1, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 2,525 positive cases of COVID-19; 1,686 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus, which leaves 818 active cases. Eighty-six percent of these cases have come out of Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties with a combined total of 2,172 cases, including 1,482 who have recovered. Twenty-one people who have tested positive for the virus in South Dakota have died. As of Thursday, April 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,031,659 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with 60,057 deaths.
    • The Governor has asked individuals, employers, retail businesses, schools, health care providers and local governments to consider steps outlined in the “Get Back to Normal” plan that is posted on South Dakota’s Coronavirus website.
    • The Governor’s executive order is still in place for persons in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties who are over the age of 65 and/or have chronic medical conditions to stay home until Monday, May 11.
    • The City of Sioux Falls has opened parks, playgrounds and athletic fields to unorganized activities. Park restrooms and drinking fountains will be closed and the public is being reminded to practice good hygiene while using these facilities.
    • The Sioux Falls Mayor has called a special City Council Meeting for this afternoon, Friday, May 1, to provide first readings on two items:
      • The first motion is to rescind the “No Lingering Ordinance” that exists in the City of Sioux Falls through Wednesday, May 15. The ordinance requires certain businesses to maintain fewer than 10 patrons at any given time, not including employees.
      • The second is to recommend a new ordinance that would allow more businesses to open and operate. The potential ordinance would allow 10 patrons in businesses or 50 percent of their posted occupancy, whichever is greater; they would have to rearrange their setups so groups have the ability to social distance. If passed by the council, the ordinance would go into effect on Friday, May 8, and wouldn’t have to be reassessed every two weeks like the previous ordinance. The ordinance would carry a Class 2 misdemeanor should anyone violate the law.
  • Scenario Planning Task Force: Augustana University is planning for and preparing for students to be back on campus this fall. The university has a Scenario Planning Task Force developing a set of viable options that reflect a commitment to face-to-face experiences in safe and effective classroom and co-curricular environments.
  • Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Course Deadline: We want to remind students that today is the last day to declare your Spring 2020 grading choices as satisfactory/unsatisfactory. The date was extended to May 1, 11:59 p.m. CDT. We are requesting that students fill out grade change requests using the portal (login required). If you have further questions about the S/U process, please visit the FAQ page on our website.
  • Class of 2020: Celebrating the milestone of graduation is extremely important to our entire Augustana community and the university has some new information regarding our plans.
    • Special Message on Saturday, May 23: On May 23, there will be a special message shared with our AU graduates and community. More details will be posted in the coming days.
    • Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 11: Augustana plans to celebrate the graduates of 2020 during Viking Days this fall. These events will take place in the Elmen Center. The schedule includes the following and more details will be shared over the summer.
      • 9 a.m. — Homecoming & Baccalaureate Worship
      • 10:40 a.m. — Doors Open
      • 11 a.m. — Class of 2020 Commencement and Hooding Ceremony
  • Special Notes:
    • Diplomas, covers, caps, tassels, as well as cords will be mailed in June after degrees are posted.
    • We will be gathering regalia ordering information when students RSVP for the October ceremony, which will take place in August.
    • Class rings and diploma frames are available from Herff-Jones.
  • Augustana in the News:
  • Updated Building Hours and Services: Faculty and staff, as well as students who have been approved to live on campus, will find information regarding hours and access for a number of locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.
    • The Elmen Center will be open each weekday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and closed on the weekends. The weight room will be open each weekday from 12-2 p.m. The pool remains closed. Swipe your Augie ID on the east main doors and parking lot door. The facility will only be accessible to faculty and staff as well as students who have been approved to live in on-campus student housing. Family members and friends are not allowed to use the facility.