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PARENTS and FAMILIES

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.

Questions? We're here to help!

Contact:

  • Dr. Joseph Dlugos, Associate Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Students
    or Shelly Tupper, Assistant to the Dean/Office Coordinator
    at 605-394-2416 or DeanofStudents@sundayiq.com

Stay Informed...

 ...and let us do the work of keeping you informed. You'll receive a brief E- Newsletter, Monthly at Mines, Presidents Weekly Message, and The Forefront to update you on what's going on here 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.


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.

2023 Parent/Family Orientation

Football
August 5 - Move into dorms
August 6 - 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
August 12 - Move into dorms
August 13 - 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.

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TBD

Parent/Family Orientation & Move-In
August 17 - Move into dorms & Parent/Family Sessions
August 18 - Parent/Family Sessions & Farewell Lunch
Schedule of Events
Parent/Family Orientation Checklist


63rd Annual Family Weekend: October 20-21, 2023

A schedule of events for Family Weekend will be posted at the beginning of September.


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 Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter will also be avenues where information is shared. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships, Scholarships, and Payment Plans*

Our Financial Aid department offers resources for students and parents including a Financial Aid A-Z Index for details on specific topics. Scholarship information: South Dakota Mines is unusual among universities in the way scholarships for incoming freshman students are handled. Learn more at our Scholarships webpage and check out a list of "hand-picked" (i.e vetted) scholarships (STEM Scholarship list): opportunities for math and science students.

All account balances are due in full, or payment arrangements (Payment Plans or Financial Aid Deferments) made, by the final due date listed for each term. Payment Plans are provided by an external vendor (Nelnet).

*For questions about Payment Due Dates or Payment Plan Options, please contact the Student Accounts/Cashiering Office at (605)394-2372, email: Cashier@sundayiq.com  

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. However, it is important to note that under FERPA, South Dakota Mines is only required to release educational records to the student and has the right to decline the release of educational records to any third party.

Authorization-to-Release-Information-Consent-Form

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 disability 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.

Academic Assistance and Enhancement

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 and immunization requirements as well as counseling and disability services. We offer support and assistance with a variety of personal, academic, and relationship concerns. Our approach is collaborative, goal-oriented, and multicultural-sensitive.

South Dakota Mines students tackle complex subject matter and may at times have rigorous schedules. If your student is concerned they might be falling behind or struggling with a difficult course or concept, encourage them to look into free tutoring resources here on campus. Their academic department may have resources as well.

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 and include:

  • General Institutional Information
  • Student Financial Assistance
  • Health and Safety Information
  • Student Outcomes information (in accordance with the Student Right-To-Know Act)  

Make a gift to the South Dakota Mines Student Emergency Fund

The South Dakota Mines Student Emergency Fund provides support to students in need due to a financial crisis. Occasionally, a student faces a financial hardship due to an extenuating personal crisis. Donations are made through South Dakota Mines Foundation.

 

Some situations where the South Dakota Mines Student Emergency Fund has helped:

  • Parent passed away unexpectedly — lack of funds to attend out-of-state funeral
  • Commuting student’s car broke down—lack of funds for repairs
  • Uninsured student encountered outstanding medical bills due to a major and unexpected illness
  • Home destroyed in fire—no place to live

Save The Date!

Graduation  
Commencement Information: Information
Commencement Livestream: Video

Fall 2022 Graduation Ceremony
December 17, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m. (MT)
The Monument Fine Arts Theatre
444 Mount Rushmore Rd. 
Rapid City, SD 57701


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