COVID-19 General FAQs

Northern will conclude fall semester classroom instruction by Thanksgiving, with final exams held online. Spring semester is set to begin Jan. 11, 2021. To see the schedule, visit Academic Calendars and Important Dates.

Yes. Masks are now required in all public spaces on campus, as mandated by the S.D. Board of Regents Face Covering Protocol at Masks on Campus, and visitors are asked to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines, including regarding social distancing. Visitors to campus who have close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are asked to immediately leave campus, return home and notify the NSU Emergency Management Team at communications@northern.edu. As part of a commitment to providing a safe and healthy campus community, Northern has created a COVID-19 Self-Monitoring and Notification Policy to outline COVID-19 monitoring and notification plans for students, faculty and staff.


Visit options are available for prospective students. For more information, please contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or admissions@northern.edu.


A limited-attendance commencement ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. Nov. 21 in the Barnett Center. Only graduating students, faculty members and select other employees will be allowed inside the Barnett Center. Masks will be required and participants will be appropriately spaced. Learn more HERE.

The NCAA Division II Presidents Council canceled NCAA Division II fall championships and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference's Board of Directors canceled NSIC fall competition and championships and suspended all athletic competition through Dec. 31, 2020. Visit NSU Athletics: Fall 2020 Covid-19 Information for the latest information.

Northern is holding events in a modified manner that adheres to federal Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

Northern has started a COVID-19 Student Emergency Relief Fund for students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 or other emergencies. To contribute, please visit NSU Foundation; or contact the Foundation at 605-626-2550 or nsualumni@northern.edu.

Northern is committed to providing a safe and healthy community for all our faculty, staff and students. For details on social distancing, cleaning, masking and other protocols in effect on campus, please see Policies/Guidelines at Campus Health.


Northern students are encouraged to wear masks off campus to help protect the community. Northern opened one of its residence halls during the summer to provide lodging for emergency and medical personnel fighting Covid-19. NSU Athletics also found ways for student-athletes to give back to their communities through an altered version of the Day of Champions.

Justin Fraase, vice president of enrollment, communications and marketing, is Northern’s responsible administrator for Covid-19. You can contact him and the Covid-19 Emergency Management Team at communications@northern.edu.


Other Questions/Assistance

For more information, please contact Communications and Marketing.