Campus Updates

Campus Updates

Posted: July 8, 2020 – 9 a.m.

DWU CREATES "DROP AND GO" OPTION FOR STUDENTS

In order to provide a socially-distant move-in experience, DWU is offering a “Drop and Go” option for students moving to campus. This option will help to eliminate move-in day congestion and will spread out the amount of people moving in belongings at one time. 

DWU’s Drop and Go allows students to come to campus early and deliver the bulk of their belongings to their room and then return home until their respective move-in times in August.

Students can drop off their belongings anytime between Wednesday, July 15 and Friday, August 7.

Here's how it works: 
• Students can request a Drop and Go date and time by emailing Dustin Wheeler, director of residence life, at Dustin.Wheeler@dwu.edu. 
• Appointments will be scheduled for Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
• Students will be allotted 60 to 90 minutes for drop-off.
• DWU will limit daily Drop and Go registrations based on dorm capacity.
• Students will be screened for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival.
• DWU requests that students wear a mask while on campus.

REMINDER: DWU is requesting that every student brings a medical tool kit, including face masks, for the upcoming year. See Tiger Tool Kit for a full list of items. 

Posted: June 11, 2020 – 5 p.m.

DWU PREPARES FOR AUGUST

Dakota Wesleyan University is modifying the fall academic calendar by concluding on-campus, face-to-face classes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.  Classes will continue after this date in an online environment, with the last day of final exams falling on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. 

In preparation of Monday, Aug. 24 – the first day of the fall semester, DWU is doing the following:  

Developing new classroom and building capacity numbers that will enable students and faculty to practice safe social distancing in classrooms and other campus facilities. 
Making modifications to classes and to schedules (as necessary) to remain in alignment with the classroom and building capacity numbers.
Creating a variety of procedures and options in collaboration with our dining service, including social distancing in the dining room, staggered dining schedules, and order ahead and carry out options. 
Preparing the technological infrastructure to enable students to continue their coursework should any faculty members be unable to attend classes for an extended period.
Exploring a variety of options for testing and screening students, faculty and staff.
Developing a variety of contingency plans that will allow us to “tighten” or “loosen” campus protocols in response to changes in our local and regional COVID-19 situation.
Working with the city and school district on the application of COVID-19 guidelines to facility usage.
Securing additional space for quarantine or self-isolation for students. Should a member of the campus community be diagnosed with COVID-19, the university has policies and procedures in place to address this situation. 

Athletic Competition Update:

DWU plans to resume athletic competition with the first contests beginning Sept. 5 for all fall sports, except for football which will begin Sept. 12. The first allowable practice day for all fall sport athletes is Aug. 15.  Athletic practices and contests will be modified in accordance with guidance from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).  DWU is receiving regular and ongoing guidance from both bodies.

Posted: June 1, 2020 – 2 p.m.

DWU PLANS TO RESUME CLASSES ON CAMPUS ON MONDAY, AUG. 24, 2020

The fall semester will open with appropriate and prudent modifications to the university’s living and learning environments, with a modestly revised academic calendar.

The semester will be slightly different than a “normal” fall semester on our campus.  We are modifying our fall academic calendar by concluding on-campus, face-to-face classes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.  Classes will continue after this date in an online environment, with the last day of finals scheduled for December 16, 2020. 

We have chosen to modify the fall calendar in order to mitigate the potential risks to the campus community posed by students traveling home for Thanksgiving and then returning to campus.  To be clear, you are welcome to return home for the Thanksgiving holiday, but in doing so, you will be discouraged from returning to campus after the holiday.  For students that elect to stay on campus during Thanksgiving, they will be free to remain in the residence halls, following the move to an online learning environment, until Friday, December 18.

The fall 2020 semester will also be different in that we are implementing a variety of measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 on our campus.  In implementing these measures, our goal continues to be to deliver a high-quality educational experience to all of our students while simultaneously maximizing the health and safety of all members of our campus community. 

The following represent examples of the measures we are implementing:

  • We are developing new classroom and building capacity numbers that will enable students and faculty to practice safe social distancing in classrooms and other campus facilities.
  • We will make modifications to classes and to schedules to remain in alignment with the classroom and building capacity numbers.
  • We are creating a variety of procedures and options in collaboration with our dining service, including social distancing in the dining room, staggered dining schedules, and order ahead and carry out options. 
  • We plan to resume athletic competition beginning in August. Athletic practices and contests will be modified in accordance with guidance from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).  We are receiving regular and ongoing guidance from both bodies.
  • Should a member of the campus community be diagnosed with COVID-19, the university has policies and procedures in place to address this situation. 
  • We are setting aside a number of residence hall rooms in which students can be quarantined should the need to do so arise.
  • We have the infrastructure in place that will enable students to continue their coursework should you be unable to attend classes for an extended period.
  • We are exploring a variety of options for testing and screening students, faculty and staff for COVID-19 periodically. 
  • We are developing a variety of contingency plans that will allow us to “tighten” or “loosen” campus protocols in response to changes in our local and regional COVID-19 situation.

DWU will continue to support our students in your growth in learning, leadership, faith and service despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. 

Over the course of the next several months, we will be updating our campus regarding the DWU plans for the safe reopening of the fall semester.

We are compiling a list of items that we will be asking all students to bring with them upon their arrival to ensure that we can work collectively as a community to mitigate the spread of the virus.  

Please continue to watch your email and this website for further details.

Posted: May 1, 2020 — 8 a.m.

DWU EMPLOYEES TO TRANSITION BACK TO WORK

Beginning on Monday, May 11th, DWU employees will return to work on a rotational basis. Our goal is to continue to minimize personal interactions for the foreseeable future.  DWU does not believe it is in the best interest of all faculty and staff to immediately resume normal work routines on campus. Our aim is to gradually transition people, thereby limiting the potential for increased exposure to COVID-19 during this process. Rotational scheduling will be used through the end of May.

DWU will continue to encourage the use of virtual meetings even as people transition back to the campus work environment.  Small groups may use large classrooms to hold meetings, provided social distancing is maintained.  Individuals should feel free to use masks or other protective equipment as they deem appropriate.

Great Life will be open to the public with restricted numbers of people permitted to use the facility at any given time.  The track area will remain closed through June 30.

The McGovern Library and Dakota Discovery Museum will be closed through June 30.

No summer camps will be held during the month of June. We will make a determination about July camps by May 20. No overnight camps will be held this summer.

Organized, outdoor athletic workout sessions with students will be permitted only in groups of 10 or fewer using strict social distancing guidelines. These should not begin until June 1.

Athletic fall schedules will be confirmed by late June.  All fall traditional and online classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, August 24 as originally scheduled.

Posted: April 29, 2020 — 3 p.m.

DWU OFFERS DISCOUNTED SUMMER COURSES  

DWU is excited to announce that we will be offering some of our most popular courses at a discounted rate this summer.  Two sessions will be offered, starting May 4 and June 29.  All courses will be online and last only 8 weeks. This is a great opportunity for students to continue their education during the summer months.  For more information, visit www.dwu.edu/summer2020.

Final grades for the Spring 2020 semester will be processed by May 8.  If you need a transcript sent to a graduate school or employer, please go to the website and complete a request form https://tsorder.studentclearinghouse.org/school/welcome.

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors on their degree attainment.  We are proud of the incredible contributions you left on this university.  We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you enter a new phase of the journey.

Commencement exercises for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 graduates will be held on Sunday, September 27 at 1 p.m.  DWU will be planning other events for parents and students that weekend.  More details will be forthcoming.