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Release Date Wednesday, June 3, 2020

South Dakota Mines Adjusts Fall 2020 Semester Schedule

This photo from the 2019 Welcome Week at South Dakota Mines shows Grubby, Mines’ mascot, at a new student orientation event. This year, longstanding fall semester traditions and the class schedule will adjust to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will begin the fall semester Aug. 19, three days earlier than previously planned, and conclude classroom instruction by the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, with finals online in the first part of December. The South Dakota Board of Regents announced the same Fall 2020 schedule for all six public universities in the state. 

“We are working to provide a safe and productive educational and research environment for our students, faculty, and staff,” says South Dakota Mines President Jim Rankin. “Our Return to Campus Plan helps guide our actions and efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the coming months. Our emergency management team and Rockers Return Task Force are also monitoring the situation in the local community and will update our plan accordingly.”

To provide for required instructional time in a condensed semester and to further reduce travel, three holidays—Labor Day, Native American Day and Veterans Day—will become class days. With classes in session on those dates, universities will plan programming to appropriately recognize the holidays. Employees will be given time off in lieu of these holidays later in the year.  

The Thanksgiving break will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and conclude Nov. 29. After the break, students have two non-class days to prepare for final exams, which will take place Dec. 2-8. A decision on the status of the South Dakota Mines fall commencement is coming soon. 

All university campuses in South Dakota plan to be closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day to facilitate deep cleaning and other preparations for the spring semester.



About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,418 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $68,685. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram and Snapchat.

Contact: Mike Ray , 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu

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