Campus Fire Report

    Students residing in the School of Mines’ residence halls and apartments are provided with comprehensive information that will enable them to prevent, escape, report, or handle any fire emergency within the residence halls or apartments.

    Students and staff should report a fire by immediately calling:

    • From campus phone 9-911 followed by calling Campus Safety at extension 6100 or
    • From cell phone 911 followed by calling Campus Safety at (605) 394-6100

    Rapid City Fire Department (RCFD) responds to all reports of fires for the School of Mines.

    FIRE DRILL TRAINING AND EVACUATION EXERCISES:                                   
    Fire drill exercises are conducted annually for all residence halls. Fire drills are not conducted for apartments. Fire drills were conducted in the fall of 2011 for Peterson Hall, Palmerton Hall, and Connolly Hall. Records are maintained on these exercises to include the following information: date and time, number of occupants evacuated, number of staff present, problems encountered, weather conditions, and time required to complete evacuation.

    PROCEDURES FOR EVACUATION:                                   
    1. When ordered to evacuate or when alarms are activated, always leave immediately.
    2. Exit quickly and calmly using the nearest emergency escape routes and marked exits and proceed to Emergency Assembly Points (EAP). Do not use elevators.
    3. Assist persons requiring evacuation assistance to get to designated areas. Be alert for trapped, injured, or other persons needing assistance.
    Failure to evacuate the building during a fire drill or fire may result in disciplinary action. Fire officials or Residence Life staff will give the okay to return to the building. Under NO circumstances may a resident return to the building before permission is given.

    FIRE SAFETY AND EDUCATION:                                   
    All residence hall staff personnel receive annual training in fire safety and building evacuations. Resident assistants are given the responsibility to coordinate the evacuation and to account for everyone under their charge at the designated Evacuation Assembly point (EAP). All first-time students are required to complete an online safety course prior to moving into the residence halls.
    Rapid City Fire Department (RCFD) and the Environmental Health and Safety Department complete annual evacuation drills for the main academic building and residence halls. RCFD discusses the importance of fire safety at the end of each drill.

    Appliance Policy: 

    • The use of toasters and hot plates or any open coil appliance is prohibited in residence hall rooms. Prohibited appliances will be confiscated. George Foreman grills and halogen lamps are also not allowed to be used in resident rooms. Foreman grills are allowed to be used in the residence hall kitchen areas and must be attended at all times.
    • Apartments with full kitchens are allowed open coil appliances. Efficiency apartments without kitchens have the same restrictions as residence hall rooms.
    • Clothes irons may only be used in lounges and in the laundry rooms, unless they have an auto shut-off. If you have any questions about the use of a particular electrical appliance, please ask your RA. All small appliances, unless otherwise noted by the manufacturer, should be unplugged when not in use.

    Candles/Incense (Open Flame) Policy:
    The burning of any materials, including candles or incense, is a potential fire hazard and is not permitted in the residence halls. The burning of candles or incense is not permitted in the apartments. Burned candle wicks must be cut.

    Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, Policy IV-08:
    In order to protect and promote the health and comfort of college students, employees and visitors, smoking and tobacco use of any kind is prohibited on the entire interior of the campus including campus buildings, residence halls, grounds and parking lots. Smoking and tobacco use is allowed in personal vehicles in designated parking lots on the perimeter of campus. No sale or give away of smoking or tobacco products is allowed on campus. Smoking and tobacco use is also prohibited in and around all facilities managed by the university.

    For annual and current fire alarm reports, click here

    For Campus Crime and Fire Statistics, click here.

    Emergency Preparedness

    For information related to campus emergencies and notifications, emergency preparedness, registering for the Campus Alert system, visit

    Environmental Health and Safety

    Lab safety and emergency preparedness, incident reporting, chemical hygiene plan and more can be found at our Environmental Health and Safety website.

    Safety Tips and Guidelines

    Information on safety tips and guidelines can be found halfway down in the Residence Life Handbook.

    Student Organization Risk Management

    Student organizations add a great richness to the educational experience at SD Mines. They provide an opportunity for students to feel connected to the university, to develop their leadership skills, and to explore areas of interest.

    It is important that all activities of student organizations be implemented in a positive and healthy way, in order to maximize the benefits to both the individual and the university. Risk management information is provided to help advise on how to plan activities.

    Student leaders and advisors have a responsibility to be familiar with the risk management guidelines and to annually educate organization members.