Campus Update - May 22

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. As of Friday, May 22, here are the latest things to know:

  • Local and Global Update: As of noon on Friday, May 22, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed 4,356 positive cases of COVID-19 and 50 deaths. There are 1,039 active cases in the state, including 83 current hospitalizations. A total of 3,267 people have recovered from the virus in the state. As of Thursday, May 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,551,095 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and 93,061 total deaths in the U.S. Twenty-nine states have reported more than 10,000 cases, which does not include South Dakota.
    • On Thursday, May 7, 2020, the Sioux Falls City Council voted to ease business limitations necessary to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Sioux Falls region. Read about the "No Mingling" Ordinance. On Tuesday, May 19, the council advanced a first reading of an ordinance that would drop COVID-19 related business regulations. If the council passes the ordinance at its second reading on Tuesday, May 26, it would go into effect on Friday, May 29.
    • Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken announced on Monday, May 18, that city-owned pools will suspend operations for the summer 2020 season. Pending approval by the city council, free admission to the Great Plains Zoo and the Washington Pavilion will be offered to qualifying families for June, July and August. Press Release.
    • Beginning on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Sioux Area Metro will bring back some transit services that were reduced or suspended due to COVID-19.  A new time schedule shall be made available at siouxfalls.org/sam beginning at noon on Sunday, May 24.
    • The city has a Sioux Falls COVID-19 Dashboard that provides information and resources about the coronavirus testing, case data and the response in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. Other updates about City of Sioux Falls operations are available at siouxfalls.org/covid19, including a list of buildings and services that have reopened to the public.
  • Viking Flex Plan: Augustana announced on Monday, May 18, its Viking Flex Plan for Fall Semester 2020, developed by the 18-member Scenario Planning Task Force. The university plans to proceed with a hybrid/flexible approach, which will include both face-to-face and virtual components to most courses, and reflects a commitment to in-person curricular and co-curricular experiences for the university’s students. More Details.
    • As part of the Viking Flex Plan, Augustana will hold in-person classes beginning on Wednesday, August 26, through Friday, November 20. The plan involves beginning classes a week early and forgoes a fall break in order to allow students to return home by Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, the university will transition to a brief period of online instruction that will allow for innovative course engagement, creative projects, as well as a safe and successful finish for course instruction on Friday, December 4.
      • First day of class — Wednesday, August 26
      • No fall break
      • Last day of in-person instruction — Friday, November 20
      • Online instruction/project period — November 23-24; Nov. 30-December 4
      • Thanksgiving Break — November 25-29
      • Last day of instruction for the semester — Friday, December 4
  • ​​CARES Act Student Emergency Aid: The CARES Act funding covers expenses related to the disruption of normal institutional operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students must submit an Augustana CARES Act Emergency Aid Application within the student portal. Augustana will continue to review applications through Monday, June 1. Funds will be allocated as applications are received and/or until all available resources have been exhausted. 
    • Eligibility Criteria:
      • Must be a degree-seeking student–Undergraduate or Graduate.
      • Must be eligible to receive Title IV aid and have submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA.
      • Must have incurred additional expenses for food, housing, technology, healthcare, childcare or moving based on the disruptive impact of COVID-19.
      • Must not be enrolled in a program that was already fully online at the start of the spring 2020 semester (i.e., students enrolled in the Master of Education or Master of Special Education programs are not eligible for these emergency funds).
    • You may file your electronic application within the my.augie.edu student portal. The application link will be in your “Checklist” if you are eligible to apply. The application period for those who qualify is open through June 1, 2020. The application will reopen if funds remain.
    • For additional information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit augie.edu/cares. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid or the Business Office if you have questions.
  • Class of 2020: On Saturday, May 23, we will continue to celebrate our 2020 graduates. Graduates, parents, administrators, faculty, staff and coaches, please check your email at 10 a.m., for access to the 2020 Commencement Address from President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and a special video highlighting the names of those we have been so blessed to serve. Between now and then, we invite you to take advantage of the opportunity to post a note of congratulations on the special 20 for '20 page created for the graduates.
  • 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 locations on campus that are still staffed and available for use at augie.edu/hours.
    • Effective Friday, May 22, the Campus Clinic is closed for the summer. Students and staff can call the Sanford Clinic (69th & Minnesota Avenue) at 605.328.5800 to speak with a healthcare provider regarding symptoms and provide next steps. If after hours, please call this same number and follow the prompt to be directed to the Sanford Hospital After Hours Call Center.
    • 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 Elmen Center is closed on the weekends and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. The pool remains closed as well.
      • 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.
  • Stay Connected: Read Augustana’s latest COVID-19 related articles at augie.edu/news.