DWU extending online instruction through end of semester

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In response to the most recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dakota Wesleyan University will be moving from face-to-face to online course instruction for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester for all students.

As always, DWU is committed to being proactive and responsive to the well-being of our entire campus community. There has not been a confirmed case of COVID-19 on the DWU campus, however; restrictions and changes are coming forth in rapid fashion, and DWU feels this is the best option to ensure the health of our students, faculty and staff.

“Our faculty and staff have demonstrated a high level of responsiveness to students as we make this transition to an online format. Aided by our DigitalDWU initiative which we launched two years ago, many faculty are well equipped to aid students in this transition.” said Amy Novak, DWU president.

In prioritizing student’s academic progress, the goal remains keeping students who are currently slated to graduate at the conclusion of the spring semester on track to do so, provided they fully engage in their remaining online learning and successfully meet the academic expectations of their courses and other degree requirements.

The university has also deemed it necessary to cancel all university sponsored events and activities for the spring 2020 semester. This includes all athletic practices and contests as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially canceled all spring intercollegiate competition and championships. This also includes all theatre and musical performances, the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, Honors Banquet and Capstone Day. The university anticipates holding Baccalaureate, the Nurse’s Pinning Ceremony and Commencement activities during the fall 2020 semester for all spring 2020 graduates. 

The university remains committed to providing all graduates an opportunity to celebrate their tremendous accomplishments at a time when the safety of students and family members can be more fully assured. More information will be shared regarding commencement plans as soon as they’re solidified.

The university will continue to select students for academic and leadership honors, athletic and co-curricular recognition and the Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan awards. Students will be selected for these awards through a virtual process with details forthcoming.

General university business operations will continue as normal. DWU employees are encouraged to utilize social distancing and observe the necessary precautions as advised by the CDC.

For questions or concerns, please contact the DWU Response Team at or 605-995-2910. Information is also available at