Winter Weather Procedures

South Dakota Mines Employees:

There are occasions when South Dakota Mines must cancel classes due to inclement weather and road conditions; however, canceling classes does not imply that the campus is closed. Campus offices normally remain open for business activities in all but the most extreme circumstances. Unless an emergency closing of campus is announced, all employees are expected to report to work. During inclement weather, all employees are urged to use their own discretion in deciding whether they can safely commute to work. When an emergency closing has not been declared, employees who do not report to work have the option of taking vacation, accrued compensatory leave time, leave without pay, or adjusting the work week as approved by the supervisor. Employees who feel they cannot safely reach the worksite should make arrangements with their supervisor to be absent from work. Please refer to SD BOR policy 4:40 Emergency Closing for further details:

SDBOR Policy 4:1:11 Emergency Closing.

Weather related announcements will be made by 6:00 am via the Campus Alert system and posted shortly thereafter on the South Dakota Mines Emergency web page (, social media, and with the local media.

Need HR Assistance?

  • Contact us at South Dakota Mines Human Resources (see staff email list)
  • Call us at (605) 394-1203
  • We are located in the lower level of O’Harra Building (Museum of Geology, OH 110)
  • We are available Monday – Friday from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm