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Winter Break Information

All campus housing closes at noon on Thursday, December 16, 2021. All students are expected to leave for break within 24 hours of their last final or by 12:00PM noon on Thursday, December 16, whichever occurs first.  Campus housing will reopen at 7:30AM on Saturday, January 8, 2022. 

Students who need on campus housing over Winter Break between Thursday, December 16, 2021 and Saturday, January 8, 2022 must complete the online Winter Break Housing application by 12:00PM noon on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. 

Please remember housing over break is not guaranteed. All requests are reviewed and availability confirmed by Residence Life before acceptance and approval of applications.

Winter Break Checklist
A checklist will be placed on all resident doors that outlines specific items that must be done before leaving for Winter Break.  Please refer to this checklist for specific items in your residence hall.  In general, all students must ensure the following is done before leaving for break:

  • Close and lock all windows
  • Close drapes or blinds
  • Set thermostat to 65 (traditional halls) or 60 (Placer & Rockers) and the fan to "auto"
  • Ensure HVAC unit and sensors are not blocked
  • Remove all perishable items
  • Remove all trash, recycling, and clean room
  • Unplug Appliances:
    • Residence Halls - all appliances, including refrigerators
    • Rocker Apartments - all appliances, except major kitchen items
  • Turn off all lights
  • Lock doors
  • Return rented books to Rocker Shop

Note: Residence Life and Facilities staff enter all rooms over break to perform preventative maintenance and to ensure all items on the checklist are completed. Fines will be issued for items not completed.

Residents Not Returning for the Spring 2022 Semester
Students not returning for the spring semester must notify Katie Wahls,  Director Housing & Operations in Residence Life, by 12:00PM noon on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 about the status of their housing contract (email Students who are not returning to housing second semester must vacate housing by 12:00PM noon on Thursday, December 16, 2021. Students graduating on December 18, 2021 will be able to stay in housing until 5:00pm on December 18 at no cost. Rooms must be returned to move-in condition: cleaned, damage-free, and with all University furniture. Mail will automatically be forwarded to the address on file with the University. If another address is desired, complete the online request here.

  • Rocker Square Residents Not Returning
    • Key Return: Return all keys and cards to Residence Life via an "Express Check-Out" envelope (2 keys, 1 card). Envelopes will be provided to all students who are leaving. Extra envelopes can be found at the Surbeck Front Desk. Failure to return all keys/cards will result in improper check-out and re-keying charges.  Envelopes can be returned to the Residence Life Office or in the Residence Life maildrop when the office is closed.
  • Palmerton, Connolly, Placer, or Peterson Hall Residents Not Returning
    • ID Card Deactivation: All residents must visit the Residence Life Office before Dec 16 at noon to have their Your Grubby Cards updated. Failure to have cards updated by 11:59AM on Thursday, December 16, 2021 will result in improper check-out charges.


December 16 (Noon) - January 8 (7:30am)
Residence Halls Close for Winter Break
All Halls Close (Including Rocker Square Apartments)
Winter Break Information Page

December 1 - January 18 (4:30pm)
Spring 2022 Meal Plan Changes Available
Housing & Dining Information Page

January 26 
Student Staff Hiring Process Begins
Learn about our employment options

February 14 
Housing Application opens for students new to South Dakota Mines

March 12 (Noon) - March 16 (8am)
Residence Halls Close for Spring Break
Rocker Square Apartments Do Not Close

May 7 (Noon)
Residence Halls Close Summer Break
Graduating Seniors can depart until 8th @ 5pm