DWU responds to COVID-19

Posted on

As a preventative measure in response to COVID-19, Dakota Wesleyan University will be extending spring break for students through Tuesday, March 17.  All classes currently being delivered face-to-face will transition to an online format beginning on Wednesday, March 18.  The anticipated date for resumption of face-to-face course delivery is Monday, March 30.

Dakota Wesleyan University is committed to the health and overall well-being of the entire campus community.  Although there has NOT been a confirmed case of COVID-19 among the DWU campus community, the decision to transition to an online format comes as a response to the global pandemic.  Minimizing the potential spread of the virus remains a top priority.

“The well-being of everyone connected to the university will always be our first priority. DWU is very fortunate that our Digital DWU initiative has enabled us to move in a swift and proactive manner, transitioning all students to an online format,” said DWU President, Amy Novak.

Students are being advised to make appropriate plans to continue their coursework remotely.

The DWU COVID-19 action plan is in response to guidance from the South Dakota Department of Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the DWU Board of Trustees.

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

The following events on campus are canceled:

  • South Central Science & Engineering Fair
  • All athletic practices and competition
  • Central College Flying Pans Steel Band Performance
  • DWU Student Leadership Conference
  • DWU Blood Drive
  • Spring Wellness Presentation
  • Tiger Preview Day
  • Nursing 5K Bunny Fun Run
  • Congressional Candidate Forums
  • All gatherings scheduled to be on campus
  • All student club or organizational meetings

In addition, McGovern Library, Dakota Discovery Museum, Tiger Café and the DWU cafeteria will be closed to the public until further notice.

For questions, concerns, and campus event cancellations, please visit or email You may also call 995-2910.