Student Update: Fall 2020 Plan

Guiding Principles

We are a student-focused, land-grant, research university, and remain dedicated to our role as an economic engine that educates students, conducts primary research, creates new knowledge and advances technology. 

We are committed to offering an in-person experience to students who choose it. Students who have health concerns about returning may contact Student Health Service for support.

This is a time to demonstrate our strengths as innovators and problem solvers, as we pursue the richest possible in-person experience for our students while minimizing risk to all.

We are guided by the best practices and advice from state and federal public health agencies. 

    Academic Instruction

    NDSU is currently:

    • Analyzing classrooms and class sizes to determine options for social distancing
    • Evaluating potential adjustments to seating arrangements
    • Implementing a HyFlex technology-enhanced instructional model that allows students and faculty to fully interact in person or remotely beginning fall 2020. 

    Student Life

    We are pursuing creative approaches to co-curricular activities, to foster learning and growth that comes from experiencing groups while following physical distancing guidelines. Learn more about resources for students.

    Learn more about event guidelines here.

      Residence Life

      Residence Life will continue to provide students the flexibility to choose between single or double rooms in the Residence Halls as available.

      Students who have concerns with living on campus are asked to discuss options with Residence Life.

      Students will have two options for move in. There will be early drop off, or scheduled move ins from Aug. 20-Aug. 22.  Sign up here:

      Students who need to quarantine will do so in their own rooms. Rooms will be set aside for on-campus students who may need to isolate at any point during the semester. Meals will be delivered to the rooms and Residence Life will provide daily wellness checks to students in these situations.

      Planned day-to-day operational adaptations include providing disinfectant stations for student use and scheduling additional sanitation by campus custodians. We may limit the number of students in lounges, and reconfigure furniture in common areas.

      Learn more at NDSU Residence Life.


        Dining areas are planning a number of modifications, including: 

        • Signage to encourage social distancing in lines
        • Seating areas arranged to meet health department criteria for distancing. Tables marked with max capacity limit.
        • Thorough cleaning and disinfecting on a regular and frequent basis, following state and federal public health agencies guidelines, utilizing EPA approved cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants
        • West Dining Center will continue to be an allergen friendly facility free of tree-nuts and peanuts with Clean Eats station offering items free of the top eight allergens. Students with food allergies may contact Hannah Prigge for specific meals/needs.
        • Take-out meals available from all three dining centers to allow students to eat in their rooms
        • Food will be served and not available for self-service
        • Crowd size will be limited to ND health department restrictions, currently at 50 percent capacity, managed by dining staff

        Learn more at NDSU Dining Services.

          Student Health Service and Counseling

          Student Health Service has well-established protocols, updated and adapted to COVID-19, for screening, testing and working with patients who report symptoms. Residence Life, Dining and other student services have experience with and are prepared to support any students who are affected. Learn more about Student Health Services.

          North Dakota Department of Health will conduct contact tracing for any positive cases of the virus in an employee or student.

          • To protect all students who come through the Student Health Service, students are screened for COVID-19 using guidelines published by state and federal public health agencies. If the student meets the criteria, the student’s symptoms are reviewed and determine if a COVID-19 test is required.
          • Student Health Service is able to provide a disposable thermometer to students if one is needed.
          • Proper cleaning is performed as the student transitions to each area of the Student Health Service, including the door handles, chair in lobby, exam room and any other surfaces a patient may have come in contact with.
          • All students will wear face coverings while in Student Health Service.
          • Both in-person and telehealth appointments will be available with providers.
          • NDSU’s Counseling Center will continue to offer one-on-one counseling through telemedicine and in-person as possible.
          • Support groups will be offered virtually for a variety of mental health concerns.

          Well-being Resources on Campus and in the Community
          As a member of the NDSU community, resources are available for you should you need help in dealing with adverse reactions to things happening in the world today.  A variety of resources are listed below:

          For students on campus and remotely (telehealth):
          Counseling Services: 701-231-7671
          Disability Services: 701-231-8463
          Student Health Service: 701-231-7331

          In a crisis or emergency situation:
          Call University Police: 701-231-8998
          Call 911
          Go to a Hospital Emergency Room
          Go to Prairie St. Johns  for a Needs Assessment: 701-476-721 (510 4th St. S.)
          Call the FirstLink Help Line: 1-800-273- TALK (8255) or 2-1-1
          Call Rape and Abuse Crisis Center: 701-293-7273


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