Our goal is to provide you a college experience that challenges you in an environment that is truly a safe and comfortable home away from home. It is also important for you to do your part to keep campus safe and healthy by following the Rockers Return Pledge.  

International Students  | Residence Life  | Dining  | Wellness Center  | Book Store  | Campus Life  | Course Delivery, Classrooms, and Student Support  | Grad Students  | Research | Questions | Services to students who are quarantined or isolated

International Students  

We realize international students may have additional obstacles to overcome getting to the United States. We have several Frequently Asked Questions that may answer your questions. If you need more information please contact the Ivanhoe International Center at or call 1-605-394-6884.

For information about classes and international student status, review the Student Status chart.

Residence Life 

  • Reduced the occupancy limit for several rooms housing multiple residents to promote the safety in our communities.
  • Increased surface and facility cleaning.
  • Promote physical distancing.
  • Adaptations to guest policies and procedures.
  • Increased Internet1 bandwidth to 5Gb for campus and residence halls.
    • Installed 40Gb network backbone. 

    More information: Housing Information; Residence Life FAQs 


      Residential locations (Board Meal from Meal Plans)

      Hardrocker Café, located in the Surbeck Center, is the main location to use your board meals and available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Surbeck Ballroom is available for additional seating. Accommodations are being made for Covid-19 including no self-served items and social distancing efforts including limited seating and one-stop meal stations. 

      Retail locations (Meal Plan Flex, Grubby Gold, Cash or Credit Card)

      Einstein Bros Bagels is located in Rocker Square I. Miner’s Shack is located in the Surbeck Center and has a Grille Works, Bene Pizza and assortment of convenience items. All retail locations will operate with accommodations made for Covid-19 related to self-served items.

      More Information: Dining Services FAQs

      Wellness Center 

      Changes to operations include:

      • Inside the Student Wellness & Recreation Center, a face mask is required while exercising and engaging in recreational physical activity within the Wellness Center, Group Exercise Studio, Bouldering Wall, Racquetball Courts, Basketball Courts, locker rooms, and common areas.
      • A new waiver must be completed before you utilize the facility.
      • Please wash your hands before and after you use the Wellness Center for at least 20 seconds or apply hand sanitizer.
      • Set capacity limits of 44 people for the Center, 14 for the group exercise studio, and 4 for the Climbing Wall.
      • A 60-minute time limit for workouts.
      • Do not share equipment, mats, or weights. Wipe off equipment for the next person.
      • No spotting Allowed (Lift only weight you can control).
      • No “working in” on equipment. Finish sets and wipe off equipment for the next person.
      • Maintain 6ft social distancing CDC guidelines.
      • Locker rooms are open for use with social distancing guidelines in place. 

      Locker Rentals

      New locker rentals are available by contacting  

      Book Store 

      • Visit to place your course materials orders and for additional information on course materials, etc. 
      • Online orders are highly recommended and appreciated and will be accepted starting December 26, 2020. Online orders will be available for pickup starting January 6, 2021. Depending upon the current COVID safety measures, in-store course material purchases may be an option starting January 4, 2021. Staff members will directly assist with any in-store purchases.
      • All online orders will be delivered via the customer’s chosen method.  Residence Life students’ best choice is the FREE mailbox delivery option.   
      • Online orders for commuter students will be distributed from the Rocker Shop or the Hardrock Room in Surbeck Center.  Details will be posted outside the Rocker Shop and on its website. 
      • The Rocker Shop thanks you for your patronage!

      Campus Life  

      • We understand that the college experience requires opportunities for social activity. Our plans allow for students to gather, but in smaller groups and with proper physical distancing. 
      • All meetings and social gatherings should be planned in accordance with current CDC, South Dakota Dept. of Health, Rapid City regulations, and campus guidelines. This includes the number of participants and accommodates for proper physical distancing. 
      • All university-sponsored events and activities need to accommodate remote participation when activity is otherwise happening face to face to provide access to those who cannot attend in person. 
      • Fraternity houses will be open so long as students are able to use physical distancing best practices. 
      • All student organization-sponsored events and programs must be pre-approved by the organization faculty/staff advisor or designee.      

      More information: Spring 2021 Recognized Student Organization Plan

      Course Delivery, Classrooms, and Student Support 

      • There are no planned changes to the 2021 Spring Academic Calendar 
      • To ensure flexibility, classes are offered in various formats: in-person, online, and a hybrid of in-person and online with proper distancing applied to in-person settings.  All student services are offered, including advising, peer mentors, tutoring, and counseling through in-person and remote options.  
      • Faculty offer in-person and virtual office hours. 
      • Labs are offered in-person with additional lab hours to accommodate smaller groups. 
      • Auto-tracking cameras were installed in classrooms. 
      • Moved to workstation laptops instead of tablets for students 
      • Zoom moved to Internet2 technology

      More information: Academics FAQs and Online Learning FAQs

      Grad Students

      • Graduate classes, especially 600, 700, and 800 level classes, are offered in various formats. Because graduate courses are typically small, though, they are more likely to meet normally and remain in the classroom for the entire semester.
      • Rules for international students have been in flux. Currently international students may take only one fully online course, which is the normal pre-COVID rule. Please check with your advisor to select courses that will keep you in visa compliance. If the rules change, we will update you here, or you can contact the Graduate Office or Ivanhoe Center for the most up-to-date information.
      • Research labs are open for students conducting thesis and dissertation research. Check with your advisor to make sure that you have been cleared for lab access.
      • Graduate teaching and research assistantships are offered for qualified students when funding is available. Check with your department and advisor. You must be attending courses or doing research on campus to qualify for an assistantship. 
      • New graduate students are recommended to defer their admission to the next available term unless a visa appointment has already been confirmed. Please contact the Graduate Office for further information.
      • Thesis and dissertation defenses will continue but may be held via Zoom. Final document approval and checkout is now completely electronic, and students will not need to print the final copy.

      More information: Grad Students FAQ


      New standards regarding research lab access and availability stem from working together to keep our campus as safe and healthy as possible. Therefore, these standards have been established: 

      • Principal investigators should be in a mode for all on-campus research to be reduced to essential research-related activities only. 
      • Limited access to laboratories will be maintained so that essential research-related activities can continue.
      • We encourage faculty and student researchers to write papers, process data, and write grant proposals, all of which can be completed remotely. 

      These technical updates have been made to accommodate research activities:

      • Installed 100 GB network Backbone to a few research buildings on campus with others moving to 40Gb
      • Upgrading the Internet2 connection from 10Gb to 100GB

      More information: Research


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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.