Table of Contents

BHSU – Rapid City Class Schedules and Room Locations
The Rapid City BHSU Bookstore
The Rapid City Computer Lab
BHSU Buzz Cards
Parking in Rapid City
Weather-Related Rapid City Class Cancellations
Business Hours for BHSU-RC Student Services
Rising Junior/CAAP Test
Students with Disability Services
Tutoring Services
Testing Services
Career Services
Faculty Contact Information
Safety
Important Dates
Financial Aid
Dropping Classes
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Tuition Assistance
Student Employment
Scholarships
Monthly Payment Plans (MMP)
Payments for RC Classes
WebAdvisor
Email for BHSU Students
Everbridge Emergency Boradcast System
Graduation Checks
Transcripts

 BHSU – Rapid City Class Schedules and Room Locations
You can access class schedules and room locations for Rapid City classes in WebAdvisor or by looking on the printed Rapid City class schedule. To search for your classes via WebAdvisor, select the appropriate semester and Black Hills State University. The location for BHSU-Rapid City classes is found by selecting "BHSU-RC - Unv Cntr Rapid City."


 
The BHSU - RC Bookstore

Books for all Rapid City face-to-face classes can be purchased at the BHSU - RC Bookstore. The bookstore does not carry books for online classes. The bookstore also has a coffee shop and carries food and snacks, apparel, supplies and other items that promote school spirit and pride with the BHSU logo. BUZZ cards can be used at the bookstore.

Books for RC classes can also be ordered online through the BHSU Bookstore Website. It may take up to four business days for a textbook to be delivered to RC depending upon the day and time at which it is ordered.

The BHSU - RC Bookstore is open Monday-Thursday from 8:00am to 8:00pm and Friday from 8:00am to 12:00pm with the exception of holidays and holiday breaks.  Watch your BHSU email for information regarding any changes in bookstore hours.


 
The Rapid City Computer Lab

Black Hills State University - Rapid City has two computer labs available for student use.  The PC computer lab is located in Room 106 and the Mac computer lab is located in Room 103.

To print coursework in the computer labs, your will need your BUZZ card. Remember -- If you require printing money, or would like to use the copy machine, you may add funds to your card via the BHSU website, the PHIL station at BHSU-RC, or by stopping in the administrative offices at BHSU-RC.

Computer lab hours are based on the availability of student workers. For this reason, they vary each semester. Please watch your BHSU email or check out the BHSU-RC website for hours specific to each semester. Hours are also posted outside the labs.


 
BHSU BUZZ Cards

BHSU student ID cards are known as BUZZ cards. These cards can be used to print coursework in the computer labs located in BHSU - RC.

Please contact Kristy Engle at 605.718.4073 to schedule a time to obtain your BUZZ card. You will need to show a picture ID when you come, and have your student ID number available.

Personal funds can be added electronically to your BUZZ card at the PHIL station, credit/debit card, or at the administration office.  These funds can be used for copying, at the bookstore in both Rapid City and Spearfish, as well as in numerous locations in Spearfish -- both on campus and off campus.

To add personal funds to your BUZZ card go to the BHSU website, then to "Current Students," next to "BUZZ Card" under "Quick Links," and finally to "Activate Your Account." Here you will find instructions for adding funds to your card. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kristy Engle.


 
Parking in Rapid City

Students who are registered for at least one course at Black Hills State University - Rapid City will be assessed a parking/maintenance fee of $15.50 per semester (fall and spring semesters only).  This fee supports the maintenance of the parking lot, sidewalks, and snow removal.

The fee will appear on your bill as “BHSU-RC Parking” and it will be added after you register for classes.  Refunds, due to changes in registration, will be made following the Census date (the last day to drop or add a class with a full refund) and within 30 days of the start of classes.


 
Weather-Related Rapid City Class Cancellations
Those who have lived in western South Dakota for any amount of time can attest to the variability of the weather -- both from one area of the Hills to another and from one hour to the next. Whereas faculty members who teach evening classes live both inside Rapid City and outside Rapid City, it is not uncommon for some classes to be held while others are cancelled. The weather could be nonthreatening in Rapid City, but beyond Rapid City, the roads could be too dangerous to travel.

Weather-related Rapid City class cancellations are reported on the BHSU - Rapid City Weather Line. This number is 605.718.4118. This number should be kept close at hand, especially during the months prone to inclement weather. Ideally it is programmed into your cell phone to make it readily accessible when needed!

When inclement weather is approaching, weather radar maps are watched very closely. Initially the weather line recording relates the current date and the message that all Rapid City classes will be held as scheduled. Hearing the current date serves as a signal that weather conditions are being monitored.

The decision to cancel classes begins around 2:30 PM. Instructors coming from Spearfish and other out-lying areas are contacted to find out whether they will be traveling to Rapid City to teach. As information is received from various instructors, the message changes to "all classes will be held as scheduled with the exception of those taught by 'instructor x' and 'instructor y.'" As more information is received, the message will continue to change to "all classes will be held as scheduled with the exception of those taught by 'instructor x', 'instructor y' and 'instructor z'" -- and so on. The recording is updated as soon as the instructor notifies the BHSU office at the HEC.

In the event that the Rapid City School District closes, all classes at the Rushmore Building will be cancelled.

Should the cancellations come early in the day, and should the weather improve during the course of the day, all classes that have been cancelled due to school closures will remain cancelled.

Again, please be certain to check the weather line – 605.718.4118 -- to determine the status of your class during the inclement weather. Please do not call the main line for BHSU in Rapid City. That phone line needs to remain available to office staff to contact faculty members.

Please also note that the cancellation of classes on the main campus in Spearfish does not necessarily imply the cancellation of classes in Rapid City. As previously noted, please be certain to check the weather line.

In all cases, use your best judgment in determining whether it is safe for you to travel to class. You and you alone can make that determination. Stay safe!


 
Business Hours for BHSU - RC Student Services

Black Hills State University - Rapid City (BHSU-RC) at 4300 Cheyenne Blvd., off of I-90 at Exit 61, is open from 8 AM until 6 PM Monday through Thursday and 8 AM until 5 PM on Friday. Services relating to admissions, placement testing, registering for classes, changing major, adding and dropping classes, withdrawing from the university, making payments, financial aid, BUZZ cards, VA benefits, name changes, testing, disabilities services, and the like can be found at BHSU-RC.

It is recommended that you call ahead (605.718.4112) to make an appointment with the person with whom you wish to meet to make certain that whoever you need is available to meet with you.


Advising
Advising services are available at Black Hills State University - Rapid City. Katie Pavel and Becky Cornell are available to assist you with planning your program.  Please call 718-4373 to make an advising appointment. 


 
Rising Junior/CAAP Test
The Rising Junior exam, also known as the CAAP test, is an exam required of all students. This test is offered in Rapid City on a Saturday adjacent to the week during which the test is offered on the main campus. These tests are given in November and in March. Please make certain to take this exam when  notified. If you fail to take this test when notified, you will be denied the opportunity to register for future semesters.

Test review information is available on the BHSU Rising Junior Exam website and it is also available through a review session here at Black Hills State University - Rapid City, usually a week or two before the exam. Information specific to review sessions in a given semester is available from Becky Cornell who can be reached at 605.718.4077 or at Rebecca.Cornell@bhsu.edu.


 
Student Disability Services
Valeriah Big Eagle is the Disability Liaison and Student Success Advisor at Black Hills State University - Rapid City. Her office is located within the Administration Offices. Valeriah’s office hours are as follows: Monday, Thursday, and Friday – 8:00am – 5:00pm; Tuesday and Wednesday - 8:30am - 5:30pm. You may reach Valeriah by phone: (605) 718-4197 or email: Valeriah.BigEagle@bhsu.edu. Valeriah works directly with our Disability Coordinator Jennifer Lucero. Jennifer is located on our Black Hills State University/Spearfish Campus. You may reach her directly at (605) 642-6099 or email: Jennifer.Lucero@bhsu.edu.


 
Tutoring Services

Tutoring services are available at Black Hills State University - Rapid City. Tutoring times, location, and subjects change every semester based on the availability of those who tutor and the subjects that have the most need.

Information specific to tutoring services in a given semester is available from Timothy Brown, who can be reached at 605.718.4193 or at timothy.brown@bhsu.edu.

Another source of assistance for Rapid City students is the BHSU Writing Center. While located in Spearfish, the BHSU Writing Center provides tutoring services for students who are not on campus. Information relative to online services can be found on the Writing Center Website


 
Testing Services
Timothy Brown is available to proctor tests for all Board of Regent South Dakota university students. He also proctors tests for non Board of Regent South Dakota university students for a fee. The testing center is open Monday-Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm, Wednesday-Friday 9:00am - 7:00pm. ALL TESTING IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. The testing center can be reached at 605.718.4193 or by emailing BHRCTestingCenter@bhsu.edu. For more information on testing, please visit the BHSU-RC website.


 
Career Services

Chuck Knauer is available in Rapid City to assist you in discovering a career that is suited to your interests and abilities. Once you have decided upon a career goal, he is also available to assist you planning an academic program which will support your chosen career. Chuck can be reached at 605.718.4077 or at Charles.Knauer@bhsu.edu.


 
Faculty Contact Information
Full-time Rapid City faculty members have faculty offices, which can be found on the second floor of Black Hills State University - Rapid City, room 217, at 4300 Cheyenne Blvd. off of I-90 at Exit 61. Office hours are included in each course syllabus and are also posted outside of the office. 

Part-time Rapid City faculty members can be contacted using the information provided in your course syllabus. Refer to your course syllabus for instructor contact information. Should you not be able to contact a particular faculty member using that information, please call Black Hills State University - Rapid City at 605.718.4073.


 
Safety

The safety of all students is of the highest priority for Black Hills State University - Rapid City, which is why there is a full-time on-site security officer.

If you find yourself in a difficult situation in the BHSU-RC and the situation is not life threatening, please call BHSU-RC security 605.718.4220; otherwise call 911. Please do not ignore threats of violence – report them immediately.


 
Important Dates
BHSU‐ Rapid City follows the same schedule as BHSU in Spearfish. This calendar can be found on the BHSU website, as well as in the BHSU Student Handbook


 
Financial Aid
Shirley Brownell, financial aid assistant, is available at Black Hills State University - Rapid City at 4300 Cheyenne Blvd. off of I-90 at Exit 61 to answer questions and assist you with all aspects of the financial aid process. She works closely with the Spearfish campus, acting as a liaison to ensure that each student’s particular needs are addressed with confidentiality. Please call her at 605.718.4113 or email her at Shirley.Brownell@BHSU.edu for an appointment or to verify that she is available to meet with you on a walk‐in basis.

Completing the FAFSA application is the first step in applying for federal student aid. Please note: there is no fee to apply. The FAFSA, the Loan Entrance or Exit Counseling, and the Master Promissory Note are all completed online. Computers are available at  Black Hills State University - Rapid City for students without Internet access at home. FAFSA verification documents, BHSU award letters and other financial aid documents may be turned in to Shirley.

Deferments should be requested to avoid late charges. Deferments are available only if an award letter has been received, but financial aid is not yet available to cover your bill by the semester due date. Please call Shirley Brownell at 605.718.4113 or stop in at Black Hills State University - Rapid City just prior to or at the start of the semester, to discuss whether a deferment is an option for you.


 
Dropping Classes

Dropping classes or withdrawing from the university can have negative effects on financial aid that has already been disbursed to your account or refunded to you. If you have already received financial aid and are thinking of dropping classes or withdrawing from the university, please call Shirley Brownell at 605.718.4113 or stop in at Black Hills State University - Rapid City at 4300 Cheyenne Blvd. off of I-90 at Exit 61 to determine what the financial consequences will be in your particular situation.

Please make certain that you withdraw from classes which you do not intend to attend.

Even if you do not attend class, you may find yourself being held financially responsible for payment for the class. This may not occur until after the end of the semester and consequently you may find yourself in a difficult repayment situation and at risk for being turned over to collections.


 
Satisfactory Academic Progress

In order to continue receiving federal student aid, the U.S. Department of Education requires that students maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward the completion of their degrees. The satisfactory academic progress policy established by the BHSU Financial Aid Office requires that all students must complete at least 67% of the cumulative attempted hours as well as maintaining a cumulative 2.00 GPA. Carefully consider the number of credit hours you can complete successfully each semester given your personal situation and seek advice when adding or dropping courses so you are able to continue making satisfactory academic progress and receiving federal aid. Shirley Brownell can assist you with questions you might have. She can be reached at 605.718.4113.


 
Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance (TA) is funding paid by an outside source such as the military, federal or state veterans’ programs, the Department of Labor, the GI Bill, and the like.

Veterans applying for tuition assistance through the federal or state veterans’ assistance programs need to work with their VA offices. The VA office will then submit authorization to David Dodson on the BHSU Spearfish campus. These authorizations must be on file with BHSU before tuition dollars can be applied.

Active duty military students will submit a tuition assistance (TA) authorization form to Kristy Engle in the Rapid City office at Black Hills State University - Rapid City at 4300 Cheyenne Blvd. off of I-90 at Exit 61. TA forms are due in our office by the first day of classes each semester. The website to go to for processing a TA form and for questions is https://www.my.af.mil/afvecprod/. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the TA form and to pay all tuition and late fees until the TA form is turned in to BHSU. Any fees not paid by TA can be paid online through Web Advisor ‐ SDePay with a credit card (2.75% fee assessed,) a bank debit card, or eCheck. Paper checks or exact cash payments can be made to Kristy Engle at BHSU-RC.

Information regarding the GI Bill can be found by going to the BHSU Veterans Affairs website. For questions regarding tuition assistance please contact Kristy Engle at 605.718.4073 or Kristy.Engle@BHSU.edu.


 
Student Employment

Work study positions are available in Rapid City on a very limited basis. If you have been awarded federal work study money or are interested in student employment, please contact Jacob Hamik at Black Hills State University - Rapid City at 605.718.4194 or email him at jacob.hamik@bhsu.edu.


 
Scholarships

Scholarships awarded through BHSU require students to be full time. Full time students are students with a credit load of 12 or more credits per semester. You are encouraged to complete the General Scholarship Application, which has a priority deadline of February 1st each year for the following academic year.

Scholarships awarded through non-BHSU organizations have a variety of requirements. Please note: all BHSU students receiving outside scholarships and grants for the coming year or semester must notify the BHSU financial aid office as soon as possible by completing the Outside Scholarship Information Form


 
Monthly Payment Plans (MPP)

Payment options are available to all students. A monthly payment is available through Nelnet Business Solutions for a $40 per semester enrollment fee. This plan usually becomes available about a month or two prior to the start of the semester‐‐shortly after the bills have been posted. Payments are deducted automatically from your bank or credit card account on the 5th of each month. The MPP is not available once the semester begins.


 
Payments for RC Classes

Payments by cash or personal check can be made at Black Hills State University - Rapid City.  Payments by eCheck, debit or credit card can be be made on WebAdvisor using SDePay. Payments made by credit card will be assessed a 2.75% fee.


 
WebAdvisor

WebAdvisor is a very important tool that you will use throughout your college career at BHSU. On WebAdvisor you can find your class schedule, pay your bill at SDePay, check your grades, add and drop classes, and much more! Be sure to familiarize yourself with WebAdvisor as soon as possible and make certain to check it regularly for new information and announcements.

To access WebAdvisor follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the BHSU website.
  2. Click on “WebAdvisor” in the upper right corner.
  3. Go to “WebAdvisor for Students.
  4. Click on “I’m New to WebAdvisor.
  5. Finally, follow the step-by-step instructions to access your account


 
Email for BHSU Students

Email and WebAdvisor are your lifelines to the university. All students taking a BHSU class have a BHSU email account regardless of their home university. Email should be checked regularly to make certain that important and timely information is not missed

To set up your email account for the very first time, follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to the BHSU website and click on “Email” in the upper right corner.
  2. When the new window opens, under “Student Email” click on “Login Help.”
  3. A new page will appear and click “Accept.”
  4. Follow the instructions to retrieve your email address and password.
  5. Once you have your login information, go to the email login page and enter your information to login to your email account.

The BHSU Computer Center needs at least 24 hours to create your email account. If it isn’t ready the first time you try, wait a day and try again. BHSU strives to be a paperless university; thus, important information comes to you in your email and in your email only; so it is extremely important that you check it regularly for important information regarding your academic career.


 
Everbridge Emergency Broadcast System
Everbridge is the South Dakota university system’s emergency broadcast system. This system replaces the original 3n emergency broadcast system. Because you are taking a BHSU class, you will receive information through your BHSU email pertaining to your personal information in this system. Please make certain to read this information closely and follow the instructions that are sent. In brief, you will need to identify how you would like the emergency message to reach you – by cell phone? By email? By land line at home or at work? By a text message? These decisions are yours and yours alone to make. The intent and purpose of this system is to assist in keeping you as safe as you can possibly be, but we cannot do that if you do not enter your personal notification information. Please note: This system will not be used to announce class cancellations due to weather conditions. Please call the weather line at 605.718.4118 for this information.


 
Graduation Checks

The determination as to whether you are ready to graduate is made by the Records Office on the main campus and only the Records Office. It is therefore important that you phone them before you register for what you expect to be your final semester and ask for a graduation check. A graduation check is a 15 minute meeting with the Records Office to determine whether you have met all of your degree requirements. For Rapid City students this can be done over the telephone. The Records Office can be reached at 605.642.6092.


 
Transcripts

Transcript request forms are available in Rapid City at Black Hills State University - Rapid City; however, official transcripts can be issued only by the main campus. The form along with the appropriate fee will need to be mailed to the main campus or brought to BHSU-RC to be forwarded.