Aug 08, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

Services and Facilities


Online Education

The Office of Online Education (OOE) is responsible for all prospective and current student communications from inquiry to enrollment. It works with multiple departments and colleges regarding online program planning, program implementation and overall management of courses offered online.  The Office of Online Education works to design and develop enrollment and retention tools for all  distance students.  OOE is responsible for State Authorization compliance with the laws and regulations of the states, territories and nations (jurisdictions) outside of South Dakota.

The Office of Online Education staff consists of the Director, a Program Assistant I and a State Authorization Coordinator.  This team serves the needs of prospective and current students who are enrolled in online courses at DSU and in courses at off-campus locations.  The office is the mainstay of all student services for online students working with the administrative offices throughout DSU. The office can be reached by calling 605-256-5049 or by email at Online@DSU.edu.  The website contains more information.

The Karl E. Mundt Library and Information Commons

The Karl E. Mundt Library's mission to support the academic programs and information needs of all Dakota State University students, faculty, and staff.  One of the chief responsibilities of an academic library is to train undergraduate and graduate students in information literacy: being able to find, evaluate, and use information to solve problems and to make decisions effectively.  These students should have the knowledge and skills to function successfully as continuous learners in a constantly changing information world.  To successfully meet its mission, the Library provides excellent collections, information systems, services, instruction, and staff.  The Library provides a relaxed and inviting setting for individual and group study.  Wireless access extends to the Library's pleasant front patio; a very popular spot on a warm sunny day.

The Library provides access to an extensive collection of materials through its online library catalog.  In addition to its print holdings, the Library subscribes to numerous electronic indexes and full text research databases, most notably EBSCO's Academic Search Premier, IEEE Xplore Digital Library, ProQuest Research Library, ABI-Inform, MLA Bibliography, Lexis-Nexis, LinkedIn Learning, and many, many more. These databases are authoritative scholarly research tools needed to support DSU's academic programs. In addition, the Library's collection of e-books continues to grow.

The Library's website provides the on- and off-campus community with direct access to the information resources critical to the various disciplines. Materials held by other libraries are also readily available through the interlibrary loan, so the Library is able to quickly meet an individual's information needs. The Library also provides online access to tutorials and other research aids for the independent scholar.

The most important and best resources available are the library staff. These trained professionals are here to help you find and use the resources you need - in person or online by using the "Ask US" tab on the Library's website. Library staff provides assistance and instruction to faculty and students through workshops, classroom and one-to-one instruction.

The Library has a wide array of digital equipment like video cameras and digital audio recorders for use by students.  Meeting rooms, collaboration spaces, study rooms and a recording room equipped with a microphone and green screen are also available. Networked computers and scanners are located on the main floor as are many tables equipped with power sources for quick and easy Tablet PC battery recharging between classes.

The library building is open seven days a week during fall and spring semesters, but 24-hour access for most resources and services is available through its website. During the fall and spring semesters, the building is open Sunday - Thursday until midnight with extended hours at the end of the semester.  Visit the Mundt Library's homepage (http://library.dsu.edu) to search for information, request services, and learn more about the Library.

A helpful staff, attractive surroundings, modern facilities, and extensive materials all combine to make the Mundt Library a vital part of the educational program at Dakota State University.

Career and Professional DevelopmentC

Connecting with Career and Professional Development is the first step of an ongoing relationship designed to help current students and alumni reach their career goals.  It's the beginning of something which will follow students both during their time at Dakota State University and beyond:  It's the start of their career.

We encourage students to reach out in their first year to begin fostering a strong and ongoing relationship with our office.  It's through this connection that our office can provide the most relevant tools and learning experiences for a student's specific career path. 

Career and Professional Development is your source for...

  • Career Education & Exploration:  Preparing you for the workforce and exploring your interests and skills utilizing a variety of software tools.
  • Experiential Learning:  Providing you with opportunities which expose you to real-life work experiences, such as internships, job shadowing, site visits, volunteer work, part-time work, coffee chats with employers, alumni mentors, campus leadership roles and more. 
  • Internship Search and Preparation:  Supporting your search efforts and championing your efforts with helpful strategies. 
  • Professional Material Review:  Offering feedback on how you are presenting your experience and skill set to best reflect your interest and objective; such as resume, cover letters, references and thank you message. 
  • Professional Development - Empowering you to grow personally and professionally by hosting career & internship fairs, employer information sessions, resume, interview and soft skill workshops and more!
  • Handshake -   Connecting students and alumni with employers and organizations throughout the country with job & internship opportunities.    

The office of Career and Professional Development is located in the Learning Engagement Center.   All services are available to campus and online students by contacting career.services@dsu.edu or 605-256-5122.

The Trojan Zone Bookstore

The Trojan Zone proudly serves Dakota State University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and our family and friends within the Madison Community. Our store is located  in the Trojan Center Student Union on the campus of Dakota State University, and features  DSU licensed, imprinted apparel and gifts, as well as gaming products, electronics, computer, and office supplies.

The Trojan Zone's hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with summer hours from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Extended hours are observed for special campus events.

A price comparison tool on the website allows students to compare different prices and various formats of course materials. Students should select the type of course material that best suits their learning style and budget. A price comparison tool shows affiliate vendors (Amazon, Textbook.com, Alibris, Chegg) where students can purchase materials. Upon making a selection, students check out directly from the merchant's website. The Trojan Zone also carries the necessary supplies for art courses.

Students may sell their textbooks back at the end of the semester by using a Virtual Sellback tool located on the website.

The Trojan Zone accepts cash, checks, debit/credit cards, and Trojan Silver. For additional information, return policies, or to shop online, please visit www.dsubookstore.com. Like the Trojan Zone on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for information on new arrivals, current sales and promotions, and special events.

Campus Housing

Dakota State University is committed to providing residence halls which are comfortable and safe and which support personal growth. Not only does the student who lives on campus benefit from interaction with others in their hall, but they are more aware of the opportunities available on campus for learning and growth and better able to take advantage of them. It is for this reason that the South Dakota Board of Regents requires all unmarried students, during the first two years from the time they were graduated from high school and who are enrolled on a main campus for six or more credit hours, to reside on campus. A student may obtain an exemption from this requirement if they live full-time with their parent or guardian.

First year out of high school students will benefit from becoming members of the First Year in Residence Experience program (FYRE).  All first year students will be housed primarily in Higbie, Emry, and Zimmermann Halls.  Upperclassmen halls include Richardson, Van Eps Place, the Girton House, Courtyard, and and the 8-plex apartment complex.  Each of the halls is staffed with a resident director, four resident assistants and a custodian.  The Resident Assistants are students hired by the Department of Residence Life to assist the Resident Director in creating and maintaining a quality living-learning environment.  The Residence Halls are represented by a hall council, elected by the occupants, that serves to promote hall spirit and involvement. 

Housing contracts are sent by the Admissions Office to prospective students upon admission to the University.  Room assignments are made by the Department of Resident Life.  Roommate requests will be honored when each person requests the other as a roommate and both students are either first year students or both students are upperclass students.  First year out of high school students will be assigned to another first year out of high school student.  A limited number of designed single rooms are available in the upperclassmen halls only.  Single occupancy of a double room, at the single room rate, is permitted when space is available, and is basis on seniority in terms of semesters living in on-campus housing.  All students intending to live in on-campus housing will receive their room assignment newsletter electronically through their DSU email by mid-July and are expected to move into the room assigned to them.

Each room is provided with study desks and chairs, extra-long twin beds, loft kits, closets/wardrobes and window blinds.  Additional furnishing in reasonable amount and size are permitted according to the room furnishings policy.  Cable TV, local area network access and wireless internet are included in the semester room fee.  Each hall has one or more kitchens, TV lounges and card/coin-operated washers and dryers.

Food Service

DSU is proud to partner with Sodexo for resident dining, catering, Einstein Bros Bagels, Caribou Coffee, and concessions since 2015.  Sodexo is the worldwide leader in Quality of Life, with nearly 427,000 employees in 80 countries across the globe.

Resident Dining:  DSU Dining's initiative is that every student can find healthy options at any time of the day.  They work closely with Registered Dietitians to provide healthy, fresh, and nutritious meals along with favorite "home cooked" style offerings.  For more information on Sodexo's Mindful programs, please visit https://mindful.sodexo.com/

Catering:  DSU Dining can provide for your catering needs from a simple coffee service/continental breakfast to a luncheon, reception, elegant dining, BBQ, or buffet service.  DSU Dining will do everything to exceed all expectations you have for your event by providing high quality food and services and will strive to ensure the event you are planning is a total success.  Please visit https://dsucatering.catertrax.com/

Einstein Bros. Bagels and Caribou Coffee:  Partnering with DSU Dining will offer the opportunity to run your favorite coffee hot spot year-round.  There isn't a better way to start off your day than with a signature latte or an iced coffee from your local Caribou Coffee and bagel from Einstein Bros.  For a view of the entire beverage and lunch menu, please visit.

You can find more information about DSU Dining Services at http://dsu.sodexomyway.com/

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please stop by the Trojan Center and visit with DSU Dining's General Manager, Steve Johnson at Steve.Johnson@Sodexo.com

Student Life

DSU students work hard, but have just as much fun. DSU's 3,000 plus students are active in athletics, academic teams, research, and clubs and organizations. From ultimate frisbee to anime, intramural sports to volunteer opportunities, there's a way to find your people.  For more information on what Student Life has to offer, check out https://dsu.edu/student-life/index.html

Trojan Card

The Trojan Card is the official identification card for the DSU community. The Trojan Card provides access to the Library, the Community Center, residence halls, academic buildings, health services at Madison Regional Helath, and various activities and athletic events. The Trojan Card, which is not transferable to another person, should carried at all time on campus.

In addition to serving as an access card, the Trojan Card carries various meal plan choices and can act as a pre-paid, stored-value debit card through a program called Trojan Silver. Funds stored as Trojan Silver may be used at the Trojan Zone, the Production Center, vending machines, laundry, on campus organization fundraisers, concessions, the Marketplace, Einstein Bros. Bagel (name change coming), and Bits N' Bytes on campus convenience store. It can also be used off campus at Classic Corner Convenience, Dairy Queen, Pizza Ranch, Dakota Express, Stadium Sports Grill, Taco John's, Sundog Coffee, and Prime Time Tavern.  

A Trojan Silver account can be opened with an initial deposit of $25 or more.  Funds may be added at any time by means of cash, check or credit/debit card.  You are also able to access the E-Accounts site on the DSU Portal or on the DSU website by clicking on Student Life, Dining Services, Card Services, and then Add Some Trojan Silver at the bottom of the page.  You use your DSU email and password to login to eAccounts.  On this site you are able to add funds to your card via credit/debit card, deactivate/reactivate your card if lost or stolen, and look at your personal transactions.  There is also an eAccounts mobile app which can be downloaded to your Apple or Android device by searching for "Transact eAccounts" in the App store.  This app does the same functions as the online web eAccounts but with added convenience of being able to access it on the go.  Before you can add money onto your card via your mobile device, however, you must first have a saved payment at the online eAccounts site as you will not be able to add debit/credit card information through the mobile device.

If a card is lost or stolen, it should be reported immediately to the University Card Office in the Student Services Center or go on to eAccounts or mobile app and deactivate your card.  Once deactivated, funds are protected.