Daily Campus Update — March 31

Augustana University is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. As of Tuesday, March 31, here are the latest things to know:

  • Global and Local Outlook: As of Tuesday, March 31, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has reported 108 cases of COVID-19, with three new cases in Minnehaha County, for a total of 31, and one new case in Lincoln County, which stands at five. Gov. Kristi Noem announced today that South Dakota was the last state in the nation to reach 100 positive cases of COVID-19 and is 15th in the nation for the percentage of people being tested (per million). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. nationally is in the acceleration phase of the pandemic as most states have reported community spread of COVID-19.
  • Grading Options: Students have the option of declaring one or more of their courses as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades. The Spring 2020 S/U grading policy is intended to help both students and faculty by easing the burden of transitioning to modified instruction. More information regarding the process of declaring the S/U is outlined at augie.edu/satisfactory. While we would like you to wait to declare your SU grading options, you may check out what the declaration site looks like on my.augie.edu (under the Academics tab; see the portlet on the top right). The deadline for indicating that courses students want to designate S/U is Monday, April 20. (Note: Students may elect NOT to take any courses graded S/U.)
  • Using Zoom: Communicating through Zoom has become an inviting target for uninvited or unwanted guests to join meetings. Please take the time to learn how to use meeting controls such as how to quickly block a person and remove them from a meeting. Do not post your Zoom meeting ID on a public place and use a Generated Meeting ID instead of a Personal Meeting ID. When setting up a meeting, make sure only the host can share the screen, which allows the host to grant permission for others to be able to do so. Zoom Waiting Room is another feature you may want to consider using for some meetings. When someone joins the meeting, they are put in a "waiting room" and will not be able to enter the meeting until the host grants them permission. As a reminder to faculty and staff, members of IT are available in a Zoom meeting from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please join them when you have questions. You can find a link to our Zoom meeting in the Course Continuity Guide (available to faculty and staff only). View IT’s full message for more information.
  • Edda, the Augustana yearbook, will not be able to feature senior portraits with diplomas in the back of the yearbook as it customarily does because there will not be an in-person commencement ceremony in May. Instead, the yearbook staff would like to create spreads featuring photos that seniors submit to the publication. Seniors can submit photos from any time over their four years at Augustana. The photos must be appropriate and include the name of every individual in the photo and the photographer. Photos must be submitted to edda@ole.augie.edu by Friday, April 10.

Should you have any questions regarding the coronavirus or need to update the risk-assessment team on campus-related matters or events, please send a message to news@augie.edu. Please continue to check for updates and more information on the Augustana coronavirus webpage at augie.edu/coronavirus.