Rockers Return to Campus Plan

Check these resources for regular updates: 

COVID-19 Dashboard

South Dakota Mines is committed to sharing data indicating the number of known cases of COVID-19 for students, faculty, and staff. Data will be updated as frequently as possible. Because some students may initially be recorded using their permanent residences, Mines data may not always align with the number of cases reported on the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) website. Accurate documentation on the DOH website may take a few days.

In addition, the South Dakota Department of Health will post weekly, aggregated COVID-19 positive information for higher education and K-12. This DOH information will be updated, based on DOH positive case reports, every Monday by noon.

Data displayed within this dashboard is self-reported by South Dakota Mines students, faculty, and staff and verified by university Emergency Management Personnel.

Active Case = Faculty, staff, or students currently in isolation (COVID-19 positive).

Isolation = Separating sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

Quarantine = Separating and restricting the movement of people who are exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

To self-report, fill out: COVID-19 Case Notification Form. For more information on self-reporting: Notification Procedures if experiencing Symptoms/Confirmed COVID-19



Access to flexible academic instruction, campus life and support services.

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Faculty & Staff

Information and resources for faculty and staff who work on campus.

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Testing & Vaccine

Information and resources for testing and vaccine.

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Rockers Return Pledge 

Being a part of the Hardrocker community means that each of us must take extraordinary steps to stay well and persistently protect each other, on campus and in the community. To stay #HardrockerStrong, I pledge to take responsibility for my own health, the protection of others, and keep the South Dakota Mines community safe from spread of COVID-19. 

Hardrocker Pledge - I pledge to:

Protect Myself

  • Monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 and report to a medical professional if I experience fever of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher, dry cough, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell
  • Wash my hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Make physical and mental wellness a priority

Protect Others

  • Maintain appropriate social distancing, especially in classroom settings or the presence of older members of the community
  • Stay home if I feel ill or after exposure to someone who is ill or has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Wear an appropriate face mask and other protective gear as recommended by the university
  • Be positive, attentive, and helpful to anyone around who may be in need of support

Protect the Rocker Community

  • Keep my clothing, belongings, personal spaces, and shared common spaces clean
  • Participate in testing and contact tracing as needed to preserve the wellness of the community
  • Carefully observe instructional signs and follow directions

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Informational Resources

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and you are experiencing symptoms, call your local healthcare provider or call the COVID-19 triage center at 1-800-279-1466 (available from 7am-11pm).

South Dakota Mines is committed to being a diverse and inclusive community and supports all members of the university. COVID-19 affects all people regardless of age, background or area in which they live. As a STEM university, we set a high bar for our students, faculty and staff. Biased behaviors, stereotyping and discrimination are not acceptable. The university inclusion and diversity statement can be found here. Those who experience harassment or discrimination on campus can report it here.