COVID-19 FAQs 

This is an evolving situation. Please check back often as the questions and answers here are likely to be updated as the circumstances change.   

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Refunds

Will tuition and fees be discounted since classes are online only?  

Information Updated as of: 3/25/20 3:10pm

Our goal is to ensure that instruction continues throughout the Spring 2020 semester. Therefore, no tuition or fees will be discounted or adjusted due to the current online instruction method, unless:

  • A student completely withdraws from the institution on or before March 28, 2020. Complete withdrawal will result in a pro-rated credit of tuition and special discipline fees.

Will the university reimburse the meal and residence hall fees?  

Information Updated as of: 3/25/20 3:10pm

Students who are not approved for emergency housing will receive a 50% housing credit on their student account and will receive 100% credit for unused dining flex dollars on their student account and 50% credit for unused dining block meals unless they have used above the 50% threshold. This applies to the Spring 2020 term.

Students who are approved for emergency housing and are therefore living and remaining on campus are not eligible for this housing and dining refund. As a reminder, housing for the academic year ends May 9, 2020.

Residence Life will be in personal touch with all residents who are moving out of their housing assignment. They will work with all residents to ensure move-out can occur safely and at a time that meets their needs.

Will parking fees be refunded?  

Information Updated as of: 3/25/20 3:10pm

Students will receive a prorated credit on their account for parking permits equal to 50% of the Spring 2020 semester. Students who are living on campus and remain on campus will continue to have active parking permits and are not eligible for this credit. Again, if these students leave before the end of the semester, they will receive a prorated refund depending on when they leave. 

How will I receive my refund?  

Information Updated as of: 3/24/20 11:20am

All refunds for students who are eligible will be applied to outstanding balances first. If application of the credits listed above produces an overall credit balance, the student will be issued a refund. Student Accounts will automatically produce an ACH refund to students with banking information on file. If no banking information is on file, then a refund check will be mailed to the mailing address on record. Refunds will be processed by the end of April. Questions on this process can be referred to Student Accounts at 605-394-2372.


Housing 

How can I move out of my housing assignment?

Information Updated as of: 3/24/20 11:20am

Residence Life is working with students to ensure a safe move-out process.  Students are able to self-select a day to move-out through an email they received. Move-out is available Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm through May 8. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow overnight stays. 

I need to return to my housing assignment. Is that possible? 

Information Updated as of: 3/24/20 11:20am

We are no longer accepting requests to return to housing since refunds of housing and dining are processing.  If a student has extenuating circumstances, they should contact reslife@sdsmt.edu

I have packages in the mailroom. How can I get them?

Information Updated as of: 3/24/20 11:20am

Please make sure you send packages and mail to your current location moving forward.  For packages and mail currently in our mailroom or delivered to campus, our mailroom will be forwarding per our standard summer procedures. For students remaining on campus, the mailroom remains open for limited hours for package pick-up.

I live off-campus, in non-university-owned housing. Do I have to move out? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

Your ability to remain in your rental property is at the discretion of your individual landlord and your landlord-tenant agreement. 

What if I live in Greek housing, can I come back? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

We are strongly encouraging students who can stay home to do so. We are working hard to follow CDC guidelines and reduce the threat of community spread of COVID-19, for that we need the cooperation of everyone. For safety, we want to reduce the number of students in your houses to as few as possible. We realize this is an inconvenience, but our goal is to prevent or reduce the risk of community spread among students. Please be working closely with your national offices and utilizing their guidance on navigating your chapters through this process. 

What if I’m a graduate student living in Rapid City? Can I come to campus? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

Graduate students who are staying in Rapid City should remain off campus and participate in online instruction, unless being on campus is necessary due to the nature of their research or academic program. More information will come from your academic department head.


Other Student Information 

How can I retrieve things from my locker in the King Center?

Information Updated as of: 3/26/20 10:17am

All items will be removed by Wellness Center staff, individually bagged and available for pickup at the Wellness Center by pre-scheduled appointment only. Please complete this form to schedule your time. For those returning to campus to retrieve items from residence halls, we ask that you schedule a time to pick up your locker items the same day. All pickups should occur no later than May 9. 

Can I register for Summer classes?  Will they be offered online or on campus?

Information Updated as of: 3/25/20 3:10pm

Yes!  Registration is open now. We encourage you to meet with your advisor prior to registering to ensure you’re on track for degree completion.

We already offer several classes online in the summer. Others may be required to be online pending the COVID-19 situation at the time.

Will there be final exams?

Information Updated as of: 3/25/20 3:10pm

Yes, there will be final exams. More details will follow.

If I make the decision to withdraw for the remainder of the semester with the intent of returning for the Fall 2020 semester, will I be able to keep my laptop over the remainder of spring and the summer?

Information Updated as of: 3/25/20 3:10pm

Yes, you would be able to keep your laptop over the summer as long as you are planning on coming back for the Fall 2020 semester. However, if you fail to return in the fall, and did not return the laptop by the start of the semester (8/24/2020), your account would be charged the full amount of the laptop ($1800). If you are not coming back to campus, it is imperative you return your laptop to avoid that charge.

Will seniors who were planning to participate in commencement in May be considered “graduated”?

Information Updated as of: 3/25/20 3:10pm

At the completion of all degree requirements, the degree will be awarded and a diploma issued. There should not be an impact on post-graduation plans, regardless if a commencement ceremony is held in May.

Will classes be back on campus for the Fall 2020 semester?

Information Updated as of: 3/25/20 3:10pm

We sure hope so! This decision will depend on the COVID-19 situation as we draw closer to that timeline. We’ll get back to you on this.

I’m a student worker with a Federal Work-Study award.  Can I continue to work?

Information Updated as of: 3/23/20 3:04pm

Please contact the department you were working with to see if they have work you can complete remotely. If this is possible, then yes, you can continue to earn your FWS award. You should maintain the same amount of hours per week you had prior to spring break, understanding you cannot exceed your FWS award for the spring 2020 semester. If you have any questions, contact  financialaid@sdsmt.edu.

I am a student worker or student researcher and was working on campus prior to spring break. Can I come back to campus to work?

Information Updated as of: 3/23/20 3:04pm

Currently all campus operations are suspended with non-essential employees working remotely, if possible. Please check with the department you were working in to see if they have legitimate work you can complete remotely. If not, unfortunately you cannot continue working at this time. This applies to student researchers as well. We are strongly encouraging students to stay home in order to keep our campus safe and to prevent or reduce the risk of community spread among students and our Rapid City community.

My internet access is slow or non-existent. What can I do?

Information Updated as of: 3/18/20 1:44pm

Internet providers across the country are signing on to the Keep America Connected Pledge, agreeing to open WiFi hot spots, boosting internet speeds, and suspending data caps, among other things. Find out what cell phone companies and internet service providers are doing:  https://www.consumerreports.org/internet-providers/isps-respond-to-coronavirus-raise-speeds-suspend-data-caps-keep-america-connected-pledge/

I don’t have all my books with me, is there another way to access textbooks?

Information Updated as of: 3/18/20 1:44pm

Yes! Our digital course provider, Vital Source, has partnered with over 100 publishers to provide FREE Ebooks to our students through May 25, 2020.   

Here are some of the basics of the Vital Source Helps Program

  • Free access to over 52,000 titles until May 25, 2020
  • Over 100 publishers participating
  • Each student can “borrow” up to 7 titles at no charge
  • Students who have never used VitalSource Bookshelf before must create an account using their .EDU email address at  https://hardrockershopstore.vitalsource.com/
  • Ebooks only – courseware is NOT included

For further detail please go to  https://support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-us/articles/360044467674

How long is Spring Break extended? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

Spring break is extended until March 20. This extension will give us additional time to manage the transition of academic and campus operations, and to continue gathering information to make decisions about how best to keep our community healthy and safe.  

Are there plans to extend the spring semester? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

No. There are not plans currently to extend the semester. It will end as scheduled on the academic calendar, May 8. 

Do students have access to the library?  

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

Yes. E-mail the library at library@sdsmt.edu. Library staff monitors e-mail 7 days a week – even when the library is closed. They will get back to you as soon as they can. Check out the library website for more resources:  https://www.sdsmt.edu/Academics/Library/Resources/ElectronicResources/ 

Do students have access to counseling services?  

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

Yes. The counseling office is open and available via Zoom or Skype. Contact counseling@sdsmt.edu. Or check the counseling website - https://www.sdsmt.edu/Campus-Life/Student-Support/Counseling/ 

If I’m in a club or organization on campus, will those meetings and/or events continue as planned?

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

All student organization and club meetings have been canceled through April 5. We encourage your group to meet via Zoom if necessary. 

How do I access other university services while I’m studying remotely? Like career services, financial aid, etc.? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

All student services will continue to be available remotely during this time. Please visit the campus directory to find contact information for departments and offices.  

If a student is not planning to return to campus, does that change the recommendation to quarantine? Should I still quarantine in my home? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

If you have been in contact with someone who had a known COVID-19 diagnosis, then yes, you should take steps to quarantine. If you believe you are developing symptoms such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, you should get in touch with your local healthcare provider and follow the guidelines and policies set forth by your local municipality or place of residence. 

What do I do if I’m graduating? Will there be a Commencement ceremony?

Information Updated as of: 3/24/20 11:44am

Because state officials anticipate an increase in COVID-19 infections for at least the next eight weeks, spring 2020 commencement ceremonies will be postponed. Further details will be shared as new plans are confirmed.

What about students who are trying to be hired for internships or full time jobs following graduation?

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

The SD Mines Career Center is available virtually for resume review, salary negotiations, mock interviews, career exploration, etc. Anything we normally do in person, we would be happy to conduct via email, skype or phone call. If interested, email us at careercenter@sdsmt.edu to schedule an appointment. Find resources like Handshake that connects students with employers at the Career Center website


Online Instruction

What if I don’t have internet at home or my internet is too slow?

Information Updated as of: 3/23/20 3:04pm

Although some classes are being live-streamed, all classes are available as recorded lectures. You should be able to download the recorded lecture and watch offline, reducing the need for high-speed internet. If you do not have high-speed internet at home to download lectures, we suggest accessing it via WiFi at a public space where social distancing can be maintained. 

What’s going on with online classes?

Information Updated as of: 3/25/20 3:10pm

Online courses will continue through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. All classes, including those traditionally held in studios and laboratory settings, will be conducted online. Students will receive instructions from their instructors specific to their individual programs and the classes in which they are enrolled. All online instruction will be housed in D2L, including access to pre-recorded class lectures. If you have any concerns about your class, please contact your professor.

How can you teach engineering and science labs that require hands-on activities online?

Information Updated as of: 3/25/20 3:10pm

This is a question that many STEM universities all over the country are grappling with right now. Mines faculty and administrators are working to find the best possible solutions for each individual lab class. 

What if I don’t have internet at home or my internet is too slow?

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

We are not live-streaming classes. You should be able to download the recorded lecture and watch offline, reducing the need for high-speed internet. If you do not have high-speed internet at home to download lectures, we suggest accessing it via WiFi at a public space where social distancing can be maintained. 

I’m freaking out about taking classes online. How do I manage this?

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

We get it. This is new to most of us too. Faculty will house all course materials and video in D2L – it’s your one-stop shop for everything you’ll need for your classes. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructor if you have questions. 

Here are some general tips for online learning:

  • Designate a quiet space in your home for studying
  • Eliminate distractions (turn off notifications, limit social media)
  • Create a schedule for focused study time
  • Stay in touch with classmates and instructors through email, D2L messaging, Zoom, etc.
  • Utilize all the resources you are given by your instructors 

This website provides some additional insights: https://goodcolleges.online/study-tips-for-success/ 


Research

Will I have access to laboratories to continue my research?

Information Updated as of: 3/24/20 4:01pm

With the rapidly evolving circumstances regarding COVID-19 and our focus on social distancing and the health and well-being of the community, the Office of Research, in consultation with the South Dakota Mines Executive Committee has issued these standards related to laboratory research. Specifically, Principal Investigators should be in a mode for all on-campus research to be reduced to essential research-related activities.

The underlying principle is to help ensure that our healthcare systems do not become overwhelmed. Together, we need to do everything we can to curtail campus activities to the barest minimum levels.

Limited access to laboratories will be maintained so that essential research-related activities can continue.

The best thing you and your students can do now is write papers, process data, and write grant proposals. This activity can all be done from remote locations.

What is considered “essential research-related activities”?

Information Updated as of: 3/24/20 4:01pm

This includes:

  • Activity that if discontinued would generate significant data and sample loss necessitating a total restart of an ongoing project.
  • Activity that if discontinued would pose a safety hazard.
  • Activity that maintains critical equipment in facilities and laboratories.
  • Activity that maintains critical samples, reagents, and materials.
  • Activity that maintains critically needed plant populations, tissue cultures, bacteria, archaea, and other living organisms
  • COVID-19 related activity that has a timeline for deployment that could address the crisis.

If you are unsure if your activity is considered essential research please contact Ralph Davis, Vice President for Research.

Are graduate students allowed to come to campus to conduct research?

Information Updated as of: 3/24/20 4:01pm

As a reminder, faculty members cannot and should not require graduate students to come to campus. Graduate students need to have approval to access academic buildings and laboratories until further notice.  Please contact Ralph Davis, Vice President for Research to determine if your personnel can access the facilities.

Which labs should apply these guidelines?

Information Updated as of: 3/24/20 4:01pm

This guidance applies to researchers in all campus facilities including those located off campus such as the CAPE laboratory at TDL, the AMP laboratory at Ascent, and other off campus facilities.

What are the next steps for investigators?

Information Updated as of: 3/24/20 4:01pm
  • Request for essential personnel in laboratories: this was sent out to Department Heads requesting the following information:
    • Faculty name
    • Research Scientist
    • Post Docs
    • Graduate Students
    • Undergraduate Students
    • Reason access to the facilities is essential
  • Access to labs will be available only for personnel who conduct essential research-related activities.  A determination of essential research-related activities will be made on a case-by-case basis
  • Essential work in labs should be staggered so that minimal laboratory personnel are present at any one time.
  • Maintain contact information for your students, postdocs, and staff, and review contingency plans and emergency procedures within your group
  • Disinfect common laboratory areas and touch points (e.g. doorknobs, sink handles, freezer doors, telephones).  This should be done upon entering the facility and leaving the facility.

University Response 

What efforts has the university put in place to manage the COVID-19 outbreak? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

See the messages to campus to understand the steps the university is taking. This is a fluid situation and we are continually updating our plans and procedures. 

How is the university monitoring the COVID-19 situation worldwide?

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

A university response team including infectious disease experts and the Emergency Management Team, along with the university’s Ivanhoe International Center, is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 worldwide. To assess risks, the university uses a number of resources, including the Board of Regents, South Dakota Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

What steps is the university taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the university community? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

The university is requesting anyone (faculty, staff, students) traveling from a high-risk area in the U.S. or a country subject to a Level 2 Travel Health Notice from the CDC to self-quarantine for 14 days off campus. If you have traveled to a Level 3 area, the CDC requires you to self-quarantine at home for 14 days from the time you left the area and practice social distancing. 

Faculty, staff, students, and visitors who have had direct contact with a patient confirmed to have COVID-19 or with someone who is under care for suspected exposure to COVID-19 are not allowed to visit campus or attend university events within 14 days of such contact.  

How are classrooms, dorms, bathrooms and other buildings being cleaned in order to reduce the risk of infection? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

The university has implemented a robust cleaning and sanitization effort in all residence halls, dining areas, classrooms, restrooms and common spaces, including building entries, lobbies, corridors and elevators. The university will continue to evaluate our processes and remain flexible to ensure effectiveness.  

What about students who are returning from study abroad programs?

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

Students who were participating in those programs have returned to the states and have been instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days per the CDC guidelines. Some students are not able to leave their host country and are following the recommendations of that location. 


Visitors and Events 

I am a visitor to campus. What do I need to know?

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

Whether or not you are exhibiting symptoms, visitors (including contractors and consultants) who have been in locations with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure within the past 14 days are not allowed to visit campus or attend university events. In addition, visitors who have had direct contact with a patient confirmed to have COVID-19 or with someone who is under care for suspected exposure to COVID-19 are not allowed to visit campus or attend university events within 14 days of such contact. You should contact the organizer of your campus event or program for further directions on rebooking your visit. We have alerted our consultants and contractors of these requirements. 

Are events of a certain size canceled?

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

In-person student organization and community meetings/events have been cancelled through April 5. Internal campus meeting with attendance of fewer than 10 people may continue if necessary, but may be moved to a larger space. Internal campus meetings with more than 10 people in attendance must be completed online and not in-person.

We also encourage everyone to follow  CDC guidelines and the  President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America regarding groups and social distancing. 

Will there be a Commencement ceremony? 

Information Updated as of: 3/24/20 12:21pm

Because state officials anticipate an increase in COVID-19 infections for at least the next eight weeks, spring 2020 commencement ceremonies will be postponed. Further details will be shared as new plans are confirmed.

Where can prospective students who are considering South Dakota Mines go?  

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

Our admissions staff is happy to answer your questions. Email  admissions@sdsmt.eduvisit their website, or check out the  online viewbook


Travel 

What is the current university policy for international travel?

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

All university-affiliated international travel is suspended until further notice.

If you have traveled to a Level 3 area, the CDC requires you to self-quarantine at home for 14 days from the time you left the area and practice social distancing.

The university is requesting anyone (faculty, staff, students) traveling from a high-risk area subject to a Level 2 Travel Health Notice from the CDC to self-quarantine for 14 days off campus.  

Faculty, staff, students, and visitors who have had direct contact with a patient confirmed to have COVID-19 or with someone who is under care for suspected exposure to COVID-19 are not allowed to visit campus or attend university events within 14 days of such contact.

All non-essential personal travel to international destinations is strongly discouraged at this time.

The CDC is offering very explicit warnings about planned travel aboard cruise ships. In keeping with their guidance, Mines is advising against cruise ship travel.

What about domestic travel?

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

All non-essential, university-affiliated domestic travel is suspended until further notice. Travel deemed essential will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For questions about what qualifies as essential and non-essential travel, please contact the appropriate VP from your unit.

The university is requesting anyone (faculty, staff, students) traveling from a high-risk area in the U.S. to self-quarantine for 14 days off campus.  

What should I consider if I’m thinking about personal travel?

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

The university encourages members of our community to think carefully about the risks of traveling while the COVID-19 outbreak continues to develop. Not only may there be a potential risk to your personal health, but there also may be additional travel restrictions imposed by many countries, including the United States. We ask all members of our campus community (faculty, staff, students) to limit their personal out-of-state travel, and to avoid the high-risk U.S. cities and states currently hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. As of this writing, the CDC is reporting the highest reported infection numbers in the states of California, Washington and New York.

The university is requesting anyone (faculty, staff, students) traveling from a high-risk area in the U.S. or a country subject to a Level 2 Travel Health Notice from the CDC to self-quarantine for 14 days off campus.  

This is a rapidly developing situation and even though a location may be accessible now, that could change during your trip. Airlines are limiting seating and altering flights and this also could impact your plans. 


Health and Prevention

What steps is the state of South Dakota taking to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19?

Information Updated as of: 3/20/20 10:43am

Visit the state’s Department of Health website and review their FAQs. As of this posting, there are no confirmed cases in Rapid City. 

How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

COVID-19 is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 

Precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same as those you would typically take during a normal flu season. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or use your elbow to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Avoid touching your face. 
  • If you take prescriptions, refill them now in the event you get sick 
  • Don’t panic.  For 84% of COVID-19 patients, the symptoms are mild. 
  • Conserve, but don’t hoard, protective products.  If you don’t have hand sanitizer, use soap and water. 
  • Stay home if you are sick with cold or influenza-type symptoms to minimize risk of transmission to others 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces following CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfection 

What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and you are experiencing symptoms, call your local healthcare provider. If you are in Rapid City, COVID-19 triage center at 1-800-279-1466 (available from 7:00am – 11pm). 

I’ve been asked to self-quarantine, what does that mean? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

If you have been told you must self-quarantine, you need to stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread and practice social distancing. (See list of locations with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure.) 

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing: 

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.  
  2. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds frequently.
  3. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not share meals, drinks, or utensils. Use your own bathroom if possible.  
  4. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  5. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  6. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  7. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

Communications  

How will I be notified of changes in class delivery or other important campus news? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

The university is using multiple methods to communicate with students and their families. Messages from the president are initially sent via email to students, faculty, staff and parents who have subscribed to the monthly Mines Family Matters e-news. This information is also shared on our social media channels and through our campus alert system. All updates are housed on this website.  

Follow us on social media for campus news:  Facebook   Instagram   Twitter    


Canceled Events 

How will I know which events have been canceled? 

Information Updated as of: 3/30/20 7:44am

We will keep a list of canceled events on this website. Currently, these events have been canceled:  

  • All Intramural Events 
  • March 17 - Steam Cafe 
  • March 18 - South Dakota Benefits Fair 
  • March 18 - Mines Craft
  • March 19 - Public Speaker - Director of National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • March 21 - Go To Mines Open House
  • March 21 - Dublin Dash
  • March 24 - High Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • March 24 - Brown Bag Presentation
  • March 24 - Co-op and Internship Tips from Fellow Hardrockers
  • March 25 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Science, Technology, and Society Film Festival
  • March 26 - Cultural Expo
  • March 28 - Cultural Expo
  • April 2 - Design Fair
  • April 2-4 – Drama Club Production
  • April 4 – Easter Egg Hunt
  • April 7 – Research Symposium
  • April 8 - The Center for Inclusion visit to Crazy Horse Memorial
  • April 16 – Honors Convocation
  • April 21 - Steam Cafe
  • April 23 - Empty Bowls
  • April 27 - President’s Cap and Gown Reception
  • May 1 - Alumni Open House
  • May 9 - Commencement postponed
  • May 11 - West River Math Contest
  • May 19 - Steam Cafe
  • May - Music Department Trip to Japan

How are you deciding which events to cancel? 

Information Updated as of: 3/17/20 3:30pm

Today and in the days and weeks ahead, we will be carefully reviewing events scheduled to take place on campus and following recommendations from the CDC and South Dakota Department of Health. If events are non-time critical or non-essential in nature, we may ask that they be held virtually or postponed. Updates will be added to this website as decisions are made.  


Human Resources Documents

Information Updated as of: 4/1/20 3:44pm

To request emergency sick leave or emergency FMLA, please contact the Human Resources Office

As we all work to maintain personal safety, the safety of our family, communities and our workplaces during the COVID-19 Outbreak, your Employee Assistance Program is here to support your emotional well-being and efforts to navigate this pandemic. 

Informational Resources

If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and you are experiencing symptoms, call your local healthcare provider.

If you are in Rapid City, call COVID-19 triage center at 1-800-279-1466 (available from 7:00am – 11pm).