SD BOR Policy

Board of Regent housing policy (Housing 3:6, Section C.1.) as stated in the South Dakota Mines Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog and referenced below.

Students who are enrolled at a university for a minimum of six (6) on-campus credits are required to live in on-campus housing during the first two (2) years following their high school graduation.

Institutions may grant waiver exceptions to the housing requirement based on the waiver exceptions. Waiver exceptions to the housing requirement will ordinarily be granted:

  • To students who are married
  • To students with dependent children who reside with them
  • To students who reside full-time during the academic year at the primary residence of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within a designated radius determined by each institution
  • To students living in Greek housing who have met campus housing release requirements
  • To students who are non-degree seeking
  • When residence hall occupancy exceeds manageable capacity 
  • To students who hold a currently valid written certification regarding the medical use of cannabis. For purposes of this section, a written certification is a document dated and signed by an authorized practitioner, stating that in the practitioner’s professional opinion the patient (student) is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of cannabis to treat or alleviate the patient’s debilitating medical condition or symptom associated with the debilitating medical condition.
  • At the discretion of the institution, after considering the individualized circumstances and determining that the circumstances merit a waiver.

If you are planning to live off-campus during your first or second year at South Dakota Mines, be sure you are exempt from this policy. To request an exemption, complete the online exemption request form to start the process.

Why? National studies show that students who live on-campus during their first and second year of college do better academically and socially.  They typically have better grades and are more likely to graduate.  At South Dakota Mines, first and second year students who lived on campus during the past five years on average earned GPAs that were at least 0.1 points higher than first and second year students living off-campus.



Thanksgiving Holiday 2023
November 21 - November 26
Residence Halls & Apartments Remain Open

Winter Break 2023-2024
Residence Halls & Apartments Close
December 14, 2023 at 12:00PM, noon
Residence Halls & Apartments Open
Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 8:00AM
Details available here

First Day of Spring 2024 Classes
Monday, January 8, 2024

Spring Break 2024
Residence Halls Close
Rocker Square Apartments Remain Open

March 9, 2024 - March 17, 2024
Details available here

May Closing 2024
Residence Halls & Apartments close
Non-graduating students
May 4, 2024 at 12:00PM, noon
Eligible graduating students
May 5, 2024 at 5:00PM