COVID-19 Information

We are excited to offer a back-to-normal school year where you can freely gather in groups, connect with your professors, and engage in fun campus activities. This freedom is really up to you and how you take care of yourself and those around you. We want everyone to have the ability to enjoy their college experience by getting to participate in all the things they want to do.  

The information on this page is subject to change pending the Covid situation on campus. Please review this page for the most up-to-date information.

Prevention Measures

Vaccination Info

Everyone is encouraged to be fully vaccinated by the start of the Fall semester.  

Pfizer/Moderna: The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses given three weeks apart. The Moderna vaccine is two doses given one month apart. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose. 

    Johnson & Johnson: The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine and also requires two weeks after receiving the vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated. 

      Safety Measures

      The campus community is encouraged to practice general safety behaviors such as staying home when sick and practicing good hand hygiene.  

      Common areas will continue to be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis. 

      Mask Info

      Masks are not required, but you are encouraged to wear them to help protect yourself and others. 

      If you choose not to be vaccinated, you may want to take precautions by wearing a mask in particular situations as outlined by the CDC

      Student Health Services

      Student Health Services: 

      The student health office will be able to test symptomatic individuals for Covid as well as administer the Pfizer vaccine.

      Appointment required
      Call 605-394-2354

      If individuals are not experiencing symptoms, they can request an appointment for a test at an off campus urgent care.

      Asymptomatic testing for students is available by appointment for those who have a known exposure or who need it for travel or return to school activities.

      Student Health Services Hours: 

      7:30am - 4:00pm 

      Tuesday - Thursday:
      11:00am - 4:00pm 

      8:00am - 2:00pm 

      After Hours or Weekends: 

      Visit any Monument Health Urgent Care Clinic for service.

      You must provide your South Dakota Mines ID to ensure charges for services match services provided on campus. Services not covered by the South Dakota Mines contract will be billed to the student/student insurance. 

      West: 2116 Jackson Blvd. 
      North: 1303 N. Lacrosse St. 

      About the Vaccine

      Pfizer Vaccine Information: 

      Vaccine Myths:

      What Fully Vaccinated People Need to Know: 

      Positive Cases

      For complete details, see page 3-4 in the Rockers Return Plan

      If you test positive:

      Regardless of vaccination status, everyone who received a positive Covid-19 test should: 

      • Fill out a South Dakota Mines Covid Notification Form at this link
      • Stay home, or in an approved on-campus isolation space, for 5 days
      • If you have no symptoms after 11:59pm on Day #5, you may be released from your isolation
      • Wear a face covering when around others for an additional 5 days

      If you live on campus and test positive for Covid-19, you will first be asked if it is possible to return home until your isolation period is over.

      If that is not possible, you will be moved to a different room to isolate. The number of isolation spaces on campus is very limited and space will likely need to be shared with others who test positive.  

      If Not Vaccinated or Have Not Received a Booster*:

      (*6 months following a primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 2 months following the primary series of the J&J vaccine.)

      If you have not been vaccinated and have been in close contact with a positive case,

      • Do not go to school or work
      • Quarantine for 5 days
      • Avoid others in your household and wear a mask if avoidance is not possible
      • Submit the Notification Form
      • Monitor symptoms (fever, cough, etc.)
      • If you develop symptoms,
        • Contact Student Health Services or a local healthcare provider
        • Do not go to school or work

      If Vaccinated:

      If you have been vaccinated or have had COVID within the previous three months and have been in close contact with a positive case,

      • You do not need to quarantine unless you have symptoms
      • Get tested 3-5 days after exposure even if you don’t have symptoms
      • Wear a mask in public indoor settings for 10 days following exposure or until you receive a negative test result

      Campus Life 


      All classes will be held in person and at normal capacities. If you contract Covid and must isolate, you are asked to reach out to your faculty and the Dean of Students Office to develop a plan for staying on track within your courses. 

      Note: Class lectures will not be automatically recorded. 

      Events and Activities:

      Events and activities are back. Watch for announcements from the Student Engagement Office and follow the university’s social media. There will be no social distancing or mask requirements to participate.