Welcome to Our South Dakota Mines Family

There's a world of information connected to your student's college experience. To help you navigate that world, we've created the Parents-Family webpage for parents, guardians, and other family members.



Dr. Joseph Dlugos

Associate Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Students

Shelly Tupper

Assistant to the Dean/Office Coordinator

Important Dates

To plan for future travel and holidays, check the South Dakota Mines Academic Calendar with key dates for this year and coming years. Visit our Events Calendar to find out all that's going on at South Dakota Mines.

2024 Parent/Family Orientation

August 3 - Move into residence halls
August 4 - Student-athlete & (abbreviated) parent orientation
A detailed schedule will be sent to each athlete. Please contact your athlete's head coach if you have questions.
Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country & Cheer
August 17 - Move into residence halls
August 18 - Student-athlete & (abbreviated) parent orientation
A detailed schedule will be sent to each athlete. Please contact your athlete's head coach if you have questions.

Parent/Family Orientation & Move-In
August 22 - Move into residence halls & Parent/Family Sessions
August 23 - Parent/Family Sessions
Schedule of Events for Parents/Families
Parent/Family Orientation Checklist


64th Annual Family Weekend: October 4-6, 2024

The schedule of events will be posted in August.


Stay Informed

Sign up for our E-News Mailing List and you'll receive a brief E- Newsletter, Monthly at MinesPresidents Weekly Message, and The Forefront to update you on what's going on at South Dakota Mines. Other correspondence will periodically be sent as well. Look for our twice yearly Hardrock Magazine, and check out our South Dakota Mines Foundation Update newsletter.

E-News Mailing List

In an Emergency . . .

In a campus emergency or weather event, students will receive an alert on their phone and/or email through our Campus Alert system. Encourage your student to sign up for this as soon as they have their Mines student email address. In their Campus Alert account, they can add multiple phone numbers, including yours, for the alert message delivery.


In the event of an emergency, our website homepage will include a red message bar with the emergency status and link to the Emergency webpage for more information. The university FacebookInstagram, or Twitter will also be avenues where information is shared. 

FERPA Release

South Dakota Mines cannot discuss a student's account or grades with anyone other than that student. Students may give written consent to release their protected educational records to a third party by filling out a Consent to Release Student Information Form and submitting it to the Registrar's Office. Students can rescind their consent at any time, which will prevent the release of that information from that point forward. 


For questions about FERPA, please contact the Office of the Registrar. (605) 394-2400  

Student Health and Help

Visit our student Health and Safety webpage for links relating to the health and well-being of your student while attending South Dakota Mines. Information includes clinic services, immunization requirements, as well as counseling and accessibility services. South Dakota Mines counselors are here to help students develop more personal awareness and to learn the skills they need to be successful. We offer support and assistance with a variety of personal, academic, and relationship concerns. Our approach is collaborative, goal-oriented, and multicultural-sensitive. Find out more at the counseling section of our website.

Accountability - Consumer Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires that student consumer information be made available to prospective students and families. Links to this information are conveniently gathered for you by the Registrar's Office on their Consumer Information (Accountability) webpage.