Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, March 24, 2020

South Dakota Mines Moves to Online Classes for Remainder of Semester at Directive of Board of Regents

RAPID CITY, SD (March 24, 2020) — As the COVID-19 virus further impacts the state, region and country, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced effective immediately that all public university courses will continue by remote delivery through the remainder of the spring semester. Face-to-face instruction will not resume this semester. 

"The Board of Regents has made a very difficult decision during an extraordinary time in our history,” says Jim Rankin, president of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. “The coronavirus pandemic has challenged us in countless ways, but the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty and community is paramount. We understand the disappointment people must feel, but we will get through this together.”

State officials anticipate an increase in COVID-19 infections for at least the next eight weeks. As a result, the South Dakota Mines spring 2020 commencement ceremonies are also postponed. Further details will be shared as new plans are confirmed.

Mines’ priority is to ensure that instruction continues through the remainder of the spring semester. However, students who opt to withdraw completely from the university on or before Saturday, March 28, may qualify for a refund.

South Dakota Mines will work with students to retrieve their belongings from the residence halls, facilitating a move-out process that allows for appropriate social distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More information on refunds and housing is available at https://www.sdsmt.edu/Emergency/COVID-19-FAQ

All South Dakota Mines campus events have been canceled through May 15, and all campus buildings and facilities will remain closed to the public and to students.

“We urge our students, faculty and staff to adhere to the recommendations of the CDC and stay home. Social distancing will play a critical role in controlling the spread of this virus,” says Rankin. “It’s important to remember that this isn’t forever. By making these sacrifices now, we speed the progress toward a return to normal. And we very much look forward to having our Hardrockers back on campus next year.”

To learn more about South Dakota Mines response to COVID-19, visit sdsmt.edu/emergency. Students with questions or concerns may email president@sdsmt.edu. For information about COVID-19, visit the CDC or the WHO.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Lynn Taylor Rick, (605) 394-2554, Lynn.TaylorRick@sdsmt.edu