After North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum moved Stark County from “moderate risk” to “high risk” on the ND Smart Restart map, Dickinson State University administrators met with representatives from Southwestern District Health Unit to update the university’s protocols to comply with the new guidelines.
Most of the changes have to do with the capacity of various campus buildings and not academic delivery.
“We have taken these steps to reflect the change in Stark County’s status to orange,” said DSU President Steve Easton. “Fortunately, though these changes do affect our public events, there are no changes to our academic course delivery. We are pleased that we are in our ninth week of academic instruction and we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to continue face-to-face delivery throughout the rest of the academic year, into May.”
The Biesiot Activities Center and Scott Gymnasium will now be operated at less than 10% of their total capacity, and face coverings are required while in the facilities.
While a limited number of tickets for the Oct. 24 home game will be sold, tickets for home games in Scott will be distributed to visiting team parents/families and DSU students only on a first come, first served basis.
Additional students, faculty and staff will be able to attend a live watch party held in Beck Auditorium in Klinefelter Hall, with a limit of 50 people.
No concessions will be served in the gymnasium, but free concessions will be provided at the watch party.
Non-athletic, indoor campus events are also being affected and will be at 25% capacity with a cap of 50 people.
The Perch, DSU's dining facility, which used to be open to the public, is now closed to the public. It remains open for DSU students, staff and faculty only. Social distancing has increased and self-service items are being limited.