Mines News

Release Date Monday, March 16, 2020

South Dakota Mines Goes to Online Classes

Classes at South Dakota Mines will occur primarily through the Desire2Learn management system and the Zoom video conferencing platform in accordance with CDC guidelines to increase social distancing and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will transition to online delivery for all courses for period of two weeks. Course delivery will occur primarily through the Desire2Learn management system and the Zoom video conferencing platform. 

Given the fluid situation and recent guidelines from the CDC, the Board of Regents and campus presidents will review the situation weekly and decide whether to extend the online delivery for an additional time. We plan to allow faculty, staff, and students a two-week notice before face-to-face classes resume.   

“We are facing a situation that is unprecedented in recent history,” says Mines President Jim Rankin. “We recognize the move to online classes poses challenges for many. We will strive to provide a top-quality education to all students despite these challenges. As scientists and engineers, we pride ourselves in tackling difficult problems. We hope the Mines community can come together, be patient, and work to build the best outcome possible in this difficult time.”  

This week, March 15-21, we have suspended most campus operations per Governor Noem’s recommendations and directed non-essential personnel to work remotely. Campus is now closed to the public. Mines is reopening, without face-to-face classes, on March 23 to ensure the university is able to fulfill its educational and research mission. Faculty, staff, and researchers should report to work as usual on Monday March 23. 

The university is diligently working to enforce the latest CDC recommendations for social distancing. Students who are living off campus for the extended spring break are being strongly encouraged to stay where they are until face-to-face classes resume. Students will have access to tutoring, counseling and library services via phone or the Zoom platform. Dining services will continue for those students who are already on campus and who have no other alternatives. 

All Mines personnel are being reminded of the latest CDC guidelines and general precautions to remain healthy, and to keep the community healthy, including staying home when sick. Campus facilities staff have increased routine cleaning of high traffic areas in accordance with guidelines from the CDC. 

The semester will end at the previously scheduled time of May 8.

This is an evolving situation. Further campus announcements will be posted on the website: sdsmt.edu/emergency

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