School Closing

Normally, a decision on closing is made early in the morning of the affected day. Once the decision is made, the media are notified and notices begin appearing on the radio and TV at 7 am. Shortly thereafter, the web site and answering machine will be updated. The notices all expire at midnight. The next day’s status may not appear until after 7 am or until a new determination is made.

It is university policy to reschedule these days when, and if, an excessive number of class days must be canceled because of inclement weather.

Transcript Validation

A transcript is official only when imprinted with the embossed, dated seal of the Registration Office of Si Tanka University and the signature of the Registrar. Official transcripts bear a University ink stamp.  This record is for the recipient only and may not be reproduced.


The South Dakota legislature passed a law requiring ALL entering students at institutions of higher education to have an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster during the five-year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the first semester or submit an affidavit for an exemption. Vaccinations older than 5 years will require a booster.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. In accordance with regulations issued under FERPA, the Si Tanka University provides notification to our enrolled students of their rights under FERPA, as well as an explanation of the exceptions under FERPA that allow the University to disclose information from the student's education record without consent.  They are: 

1.       The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives the written request. Students should submit a written request to the registrar that clearly identifies the record (s) they wish to inspect.  The registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the record (s) may be inspected.

2.       The right to request the amendment of education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may request that the University amend a record by writing a letter to the registrar clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

3.       The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  Disclosures can be made without student consent to the following: school officials with legitimate educational interests; accrediting agencies or organizations conducting educational studies; personnel in connection student applications for, or receipt of , financial aid; public authorities with a judicial order or subpoena for such information; those involved in an emergency situation if the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of students or other persons; and directory information services. 

4.       The Si Tanka University has designated the following as directory information:

·         Name of student

·         Address of a currently enrolled student

·         Major field of study

·         Dates of enrollment

·         Degrees and dates conferred

·         Academic honors and awards received

5.       If students do not wish the University to release directory information, they must submit a request in writing to the University Registrar for non-disclosure of directory information.

6.       The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Si Tanka University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

600 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC  20202-4605

All questions with respect to a student’s rights under FERPA should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.

Change of Name and Address

It is the student's responsibility to maintain current contact information (address, phone and email) on their STU account. The University must have up-to-date information on file for mailing important correspondence or for use in the event of an emergency. The student’s address should reflect the location at which they wish to receive all correspondence.


Students can submit address changes online. Addresses are validated through the University at point of entry to prevent errors and ensure USPS requirements are met. If an address cannot be submitted and all fields have been verified as accurate, the student may contact the Registration Office for assistance.


To change your name, you must submit the legal documentation to the Registrar's Office with the official declaration of your name change (e.g., copy of new driver's license, marriage license, divorce decree, or other legal document). 


According to the United States immigration regulations, students under F-1 visas must file form A-11 to report to USCIS for address change within seven working days.  Failure to do so might curtail the right of student’s stay in the United States. Please contact the International Student Affairs office for additional information.

Dean’s List

An Honor Roll of graduate students earn 9 credit hours with a 3.5 or higher CGPA is released at the end of each quadmester. At least half of those credit hours must have been assigned letter grades.

Graduate students who earn a CGPA of 3.9 or better while carrying at least 9 hours will be named to the Dean’s List.