Campus Update - May 4

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. As of Monday, May 4 here are the latest things to know:
  • Local and Global Outlook: According to the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH), there are currently 817 active cases of COVID-19 in the state and 1,830 people who have recovered. Of the number of active cases, Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties have reported nearly 90 percent of them. Twenty-one people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus have died in South Dakota. As of Monday, May 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,152,372 positive COVID-19 cases and 67,456 deaths in the U.S.
    • On Thursday, May 7, the City Council will have a second reading to consider an ordinance that would allow more businesses to open and operate in Sioux Falls. The ordinance would allow 10 patrons or 50 percent of their posted occupancy, whichever is greater. Businesses would also have to be able to maintain social distancing guidelines. If passed by the council, the ordinance would go into effect on Friday, May 8, and would not have to be reassessed every two weeks. A violation of the ordinance would be a Class 2 misdemeanor.
  • CARES Act Student Emergency Aid: A message from Executive Vice President and CFO Shannon Nelson was sent to students on Monday, May 4, regarding CARES Act funding. The 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 (login required). Augustana will begin reviewing applications on Friday, May 15 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 enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester
    • Must be a degree-seeking student (undergraduate or graduate)
    • Must be eligible to receive Title IV aid and have submitted a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Please note: If you did not file the FAFSA for the 2019-20 academic year, you must do so by Friday, May 15, to be eligible. 
    • 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 additional information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit Please contact the Financial Aid or Business Offices if you have questions.
  • Scenario Planning Task Force: Augustana University is planning 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. Listen to President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin discuss the task force and read about what Augustana’s is considering for fall semester.
  • Augustana University’s recording studio, Studio 47, has released its newest podcast “Alone Together: Conversations Amid COVID-19,” intended to capture the lives of those in the AU community and how each of them is uniquely affected by the current pandemic. A new episode featuring Luca Amayo was released today, Monday, May 4.