Undergraduate Winona Campus

Relationship-rich and hands-on experiences are the foundation of a Saint Mary’s University education. Although this year may look and feel different, Saint Mary’s is committed to providing these important experiences and to providing a challenging, motivating, and engaged classroom and campus.

Questions? Call 507-457-1614 or email COVID@smumn.edu. You can also submit your question or concern.

We will delay the start of the semester by two weeks to Monday, Jan. 25. To end the semester and have commencement as planned, despite a later start date, we will eliminate Spring Break and Easter Break and will move final exams back by two days. Classes will be held until 1 p.m. on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The university is planning Holy Triduum services to be celebrated on the Winona Campus, so students will be encouraged to stay. Easter Monday will be a regular class day. Finals will be moved to the first week of May (Monday, May 3; Tuesday, May 4; Wednesday, May 5; and Thursday, May 6).

Commencement in Winona is scheduled for May 8. A decision will be made later as to whether this will be a virtual or an in-person event. But either way, commencement will be on May 8.

As with our return to campus in August, all students are strongly encouraged to quarantine at home for 14 days prior to their arrival on campus in spring. We remind students that the university experienced a number of positive COVID-19 tests in fall 2020 as students did not appropriately quarantine before returning to campus. Quarantine is a necessary step in our return to campus to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Domestic students returning from high-risks areas are expected to quarantine for 14 days, preferably from home. International students returning from high-risk locations, both nationally and internationally, will be required to quarantine prior to the semester. If staying in the U.S., they are to follow the guidance for domestic students regarding quarantine. The Alverna Center may be an alternative place to quarantine.


The in-classroom experience will be different this year as we all work together to deliver the Saint Mary’s learning experiences while safeguarding the health and safety of students and instructors. Classroom furniture has been rearranged to maintain an appropriate distance between students and faculty. Masks must be worn by all faculty and students in classrooms, labs, and studios.

Additional measures have been implemented, including:

  • Classrooms will be cleaned nightly and equipped with sanitizing wipes for everyone to use in disinfecting their chairs and writing surfaces.
  • Posters and floor decals have been installed.
  • Sanitizing stations have been set up throughout campus so students and faculty can clean shared equipment and areas as they enter and leave each space.
  • Plexiglass has been installed at customer-service areas.
  • Increased cleaning protocol has been implemented in high-traffic areas.
  • Shared spaces have posted occupancy limits.
  • All course deliveries have been set, and updated classroom information has been communicated with students.
  • Room-specific plans have been developed and communicated for every classroom and instructional space, including labs, studios, and rehearsal spaces.
  • Professors will continue to have office hours. For safety, faculty are encouraged to meet with students virtually.

Online Classes

Some classes have moved online to accommodate classroom occupancy limits, and adjustments are continually being made. Larger classes are being relocated to bigger areas like Figliulo Recital Hall and Page Theatre. Saint Mary’s is actively working to prepare to transfer courses to online experiences, should additional stay-at-home periods be implemented.

Fitzgerald Library and McEnery Center

  • The library will be open during usual scheduled hours, with a few adjustments for weekend hours.
  • The entire building will be available for use. All library spaces have been reconfigured to allow for social distancing (furniture removed or moved to allow necessary spacing).
  • Items will be available for checking out, but a self-checkout system will be set up at the front circulation desk to avoid contact (library staff will still be behind the desk to assist as needed).
  • Students can consult with a librarian via phone, chat, email, and Zoom appointments.
  • Interlibrary loan will be available, but services are delayed, due to differences in library reopenings throughout the state.
  • Study rooms will be available, but students will need to reserve all study rooms through the library webpage reservations system. Students will pick up a key to open the study room at the circulation desk and will need to leave their ID at the desk until they return the key.
  • There will be disinfecting materials available for students to use prior to using any study space in the library.
  • As required on Saint Mary's campus, masks must be worn everywhere in the library.

At-Risk Students

The university is continuing to assess the needs of faculty and students and adjust accordingly. Students who are at high risk and have concerns, please contact the Wellness Center or Access Services to discuss your situation. All courses will be designed and taught in ways that allow students who must be quarantined, or who must shift to fully remote learning, to continue to complete the course.

2020-21 Study Abroad

After much consideration, Saint Mary’s has made the difficult decision to cancel all fall 2020 and Spring 2021 study abroad programs. This decision was based on a firm commitment to student health and safety, and took into account travel and visa restrictions, ongoing CDC guidance related to limiting international travel, and the unpredictable timeline of COVID-19.

Technology Updates

Implementation of Canvas as Saint Mary’s new learning management system began this summer so that a number of courses will be offered via Canvas. Panopto is the university’s new video repository, lecture capture/webcast, and Tegrity replacement. Panopto offers lots of additional features like inbrowser editing, discussions in video, closed captioning, quizzes/grading, statistics on views, and much more.

Student Success and First Generation Initiative

This important office and dedicated individuals are still available to students, however, a few changes have been made:

  • Most tutoring will be done online.
  • A doorbell system has been added to the Student Success Center door (to ring if assistance is needed).
  • Rooms have been arranged with social distancing in mind.
  • Occupancy signs have been noted.

Performance Arts

Just as the rest of the university, the performance arts at Saint Mary’s will look quite different this fall because of COVID-19 safety precautions. But, as the old adage goes, the show must go on, and we’re committed to strengthening and showcasing the talents of our students. All ensembles will take place this spring with certain adjustments.

Music: Singers in choir will use masks. Instrumental members will also use masks adapted for their instrument as needed. For example, some musicians will use an air flap (flutes), while others will use a type of double-mask to allow for a mouthpiece. All musicians for all groups will observe social distancing with large groups rehearsing in small numbers.

The concert band and choirs will rehearse in St. Yon’s Hall 158 in smaller groups (i.e. half the choir or band at a time) where musicians can adhere to social distancing recommendations. Occasionally, they’ll rehearse as a full group in Page Theatre. Recording sessions for broadcast are planned to take place in Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels. Students will also be sanitizing frequently and not sharing music.

Dance: All students in dance classes will wear masks, and all classes have been adapted to observe social distancing. All dancers will wear footwear of some type — bare feet will not be allowed. This applies to all classes taught both on the main campus and at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts.

Theatre: Theatre performances will continue as scheduled with actors wearing masks. All blocking of productions allow for social distancing.

Performances: Professional recordings will be made of all performances, which can then be posted on the website, as well as shared on social media and emailed to family, friends, and the larger community. At this time there will be no live audiences. In the future, we may be able to allow a limited, socially distanced audience from within our own Saint Mary’s community to attend, but we ask for your patience as we work through how that could safely and logistically occur.

Saint Mary's is closely following the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health with regard to music instruction, and we will continue to communicate updates with our students, as well as the broader community.

Class Times Schedule Change

In a continuous improvement effort and to better focus on students, a new schedule will go into effect spring semester 2021. The new schedule provides less class overlap and more flexibility and will improve registration and reduce overall scheduling conflicts.

In the new schedule , 50- and 75-minute slots run all five weekdays with aligned start times. In this new configuration, the now daily common hour is extended by a half hour — from 11:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — to allow for additional mid-day meeting options. Mass will continue to be offered daily; the time has moved to 12:30 p.m.

Additionally, there will be six or seven time slots per day, compared to our current five time slots, which will provide students with more flexibility and options in choosing courses.

Because classes are now scheduled until 4:20 p.m., music and theatre rehearsals and other extracurricular events will be shifted accordingly. Athletes will be advised to avoid classes that will conflict with practices. Classes in the new 4:20 p.m. time slot must also have sections offered in the morning. A few select science labs have been identified as exceptions to the plan.

We look forward to implementing this new schedule. Advisers and Student Success Center and First Generation Initiative staff are prepared to assist with questions.

Grading Option 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a pass/no credit option has been made available for all schools and all programs.

Students may exercise this option on a course-by-course basis after informing individual faculty members; however, the decision to move to pass/no credit should not be made lightly and only after consultation with the adviser.

Often standard letter grades are required for those pursuing licensure, certification, or admission to graduate and professional programs. Standard letter grades are often also required by employers who reimburse the cost of tuition.

Find more information about the pass/no-credit option.

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) approved plans for a return to competitive athletics this winter. Cardinal winter sports of basketball, hockey, and indoor track and field will be permitted to participate in regular-season competition.

Teams will be able to practice and train within relevant MIAC and MDH guidelines, as well as those outlined in the NCAA Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: Developing Standards for Practice and Competition (PDF).

Will there be fall and spring intercollegiate sports?

Teams will be able to practice and train within relevant MIAC guidelines, as well as those outlined in the NCAA Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: Developing Standards for Practice and Competition (PDF). The MIAC and its members are discussing what the spring season will look like, including perhaps a condensed fall season in the spring. Details will be shared when finalized.

Will student-athletes be able to continue strength and conditioning?

Our staff intends to hold modified strength and conditioning sessions for student-athletes. The schedule will be different from past years to allow for increased sanitation and social distancing procedures as well as the use of outdoor spaces. Additional safety procedures will be communicated to student-athletes by the athletics staff.

What will practicing and workouts look like?

Work out equipment spaced for social distancing.All indoor practices will follow current NCAA and MDH phasing guidelines for athletics and facilities. Our weight-lifting room has been spread out through the upstairs main location and first court of Gostomski Fieldhouse to promote social distancing, and cardio has transitioned, as well. Additional equipment may be added to assist with well-being. Use of Gostomski Fieldhouse will be by registration only, with students having first priority. The Sports Medicine and athletic training staff will follow the phases outlined in the NCAA Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: Developing Standards for Practice and Competition(PDF). The Athletic Training Room will use in-person appointment systems for evaluation, treatments, and rehabilitation of injuries or illness for student-athletes throughout the 2020-21 academic year. Care standards will remain the same, but could take longer due to capacity limits, daily screenings, temperature checks, and new safety procedures. Additional safety procedures will be communicated to student-athletes by the Sports Medicine staff.

Are locker rooms available to athletes?

We will follow current NCAA and MDH phasing guidelines for athletics and facilities. Our custodial staff will have enhanced daily cleaning protocols in place for our athletic facilities, including locker rooms. Guidelines regarding limited student locker room usage will be posted.

Are locker rooms available to non student-athletes and faculty and staff?

Locker rooms will be available to Saint Mary’s faculty and staff only during workout periods and are not reservable for long-term use.

Are other facilities open to student-athletes?

Student-athletes will need to adhere to the posted social distancing guidelines at all facilities.

How does this affect NCAA eligibility?

For information on NCAA eligibility, read the COVID-19 Season of Participation/Extension Waivers.

What if a student chooses to take a gap term or year? How does that affect their standing on the team?

Student-athletes need to assess the best decision for themselves and their team. Those that elect to take time off will likely return to eligibility but will be subject to NCAA and MIAC rules and waivers.

Student-Athlete Health

Student-athletes will be tested for COVID-19 two or three times a week, depending on the sport, when they are practicing and/or competing. Testing will be done on campus through the university's partnership with Hy-Vee. All testing will be coordinated by athletic training staff.

Health screenings for on-campus student-athletes will follow the procedures and testing protocol outlined by Saint Mary’s and the NCAA. Student-athletes undergo daily symptom and temperature checks via Healthy Roster (an app), as well as in person. This is a collaborative effort between our sports medicine, athletic training, and the Jay Johnson Wellness Center in collaboration with Mayo Clinic. The app (Healthy Roster) sends out an automated survey every day to our student-athletes. The survey asks them questions regarding symptoms of the COVID-19, and then student responses are relayed to athletics.

Saint Mary’s communitywide health guidelines include washing hands frequently, sanitizing public spaces after use, and wearing a mask that covers both nose and mouth at all times while in the presence of others in indoor public spaces. Additionally face coverings are required to be worn in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing of 6 feet or greater cannot be maintained.

As outlined in the NCAA Resocialization of Sport document, specific underlying medical conditions such as moderate to severe asthma, immunocompromised status, severe obesity, diabetes or additional heart, lung, kidney or liver disease have all been identified as conditions that may place an individual into a higher-risk category. It is recommended that individuals with increased risk factors refrain from participation in the early stages of organized athletic activity. The presence of increased risk factors may require additional documentation from your primary physician, and all final participation clearances are at the discretion of Dr. Alecia Gende, from Mayo Clinic, our athletics team doctor.

All student-athletes are required to download COVIDAware MN, the COVID-19 exposure notification app.

Pledge to Protect Our Community

We ask all student-athletes and our staff to sign the pledge to protect our community

What about intramural and club sports?

Club hockey is suspended until late March 2021 consistent with the cancellation of club sports for the fall semester. High-contact intramural sports are suspended.

Saint Thomas More Chapel

Mass will continue in Saint Thomas More Chapel with a maximum capacity of 140 guests. Watch the video to see some of the changes we’ve made to make Mass safe.


social distancing signs in the chapel

All commuter students are welcome to be on campus, will have access to university amenities, and will be considered full students of Saint Mary’s. Within the Toner Student Center, Room 14 has been set aside for all commuter students — a space to study, put down their bags, and connect with other students. The university is currently working on updates including, but not limited to, adding a microwave, refrigerator, and lockers. We hope this space can be a place our commuter students can call “home” when they are on campus. Additional areas available to commuter students include:

  • Gostomski Fieldhouse, with a Saint Mary’s ID, during hours of operation
  • Library
  • Food service, if commuter students have a meal plan

Quarantine Protocol

All students are required to quarantine if their roommate becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms. Commuter students are expected to quarantine if family members or roommates become ill. If this happens, students should contact Student Success at studentsuccess@smumn.edu for details on how they can safely continue their studies during this time period.

Campus dining

We welcome students with their safety and well-being in mind. Shared spaces, including the dining room, have posted occupancy limits. A maximum of 110 people can safely eat in the dining room at one time with new social distancing guidelines. In addition to the dining room, other socially distanced dining areas have been set up in the gameroom, Toner Student Center Lounge, and gym lobby. Each table is socially distanced and has four chairs, adhering with Minnesota Department of Health guidelines. Students are also encouraged to eat in the newly remodeled plaza or their residence hall rooms.

The Gostomski Fieldhouse on our Winona Campus has been rearranged to allow for social distancing while working out. 

The occupancy of these locations has changed and all Saint Mary’s students, faculty, and staff must reserve a time to workout using SignUpGenius (additional information will be shared soon), wipe in and out when working out on equipment, wear a mask, and maintain university guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Gostomski Fieldhouse is open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, students will have to reserve their workout block, and workouts will be limited to 45 minutes in a one-hour block.

Contact the Rev. Robert S. Horihan, rector, at rhorihan@ihmseminary.org or 507-494-8840 for more information.

Entry to U.S. / Arrival Information

Entry information – Currently there are restrictions for entry into the U.S., like for many countries, due to COVID-19. Prior to purchasing your flight arrangements, please review the most current information regarding these travel restrictions. Please see the U.S. Department of State travel information and/or seek information from your local embassy or consulate. Entry restrictions continue for students coming to the U.S. from China. Students coming from the Schengen area of Europe, which was previously restricted, now are able to enter. Please see this link regarding the exception for students.

Effective Jan. 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the U.S. to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recent recovery for all passengers prior to boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.

Saint Mary’s does not know when restrictions will be lifted or revised. We recommend that you do not purchase flights until you fully understand those restrictions and until they are lifted.

Quarantine at Time of Arrival

Incoming international students starting in fall 2021 will be sent specific information regarding quarantine requirements upon entry to the U.S. based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in their home country and/or original starting point of travel. This information will change over time, so students should be aware of this possibility as they approach arrival and stay in contact with the university.

International students with questions should contact Tracy Lehnertz, associate dean for international programs, at tlehnert@smumn.edu for more details. This added safety measure is to protect you and the Saint Mary’s community. You may know that many countries and universities are requiring this upon entry.

Getting to Campus and Health Insurance Requirement

Transportation to campus – New international students will be provided transportation from the Minneapolis airport to campus by staff from the International Center. Contact Vicki McDonald, Coordinator of International Student Services at vmcdonal@smumn.edu.

For returning international students, Groom Transportation provides transport from the Minneapolis airport with drop-off at the Toner Student Center on the Winona Campus. Make your reservation at least two weeks in advance of your arrival.

Health insurance – Saint Mary’s international students to have health insurance coverage if attending classes at the university. For new students, the International Center will collect that information from you at your time of arrival or within your first week on campus if you have not already provided it to the Health Services Office within the Wellness Center. You will have access to Health Services on campus, and there will be limited COVID-19 testing offered on campus, but any suspected COVID-19 case will be referred to the local hospital/clinic. International students who expect to participate in intercollegiate athletics at Saint Mary’s require a certain level of health coverage to participate. Contact your coach for that information prior to purchasing a plan.

While the university offers no health plan for students, the options below have been used by international students in the past:

Online Courses Available for Students Unable to Return to Saint Mary’s

The College is offering some online courses for spring semester 2021 which students may participate in from their home country if they cannot enter the U.S. Some of these courses will be offered asynchronously, so time differences should not be a significant issue. For questions about those courses, contact Bethany Mota, director of advising, at bmota@smumn.edu.

Maintaining Your F-1 Status

For questions regarding your F-1 visa status, please contact Tracy Lehnertz at tlehnert@smumn.edu. She is the primary Designated School Official for the Winona Campus and will respond to your questions in a timely manner.

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Residence Halls

Saint Mary's continues to house students in double or single occupancy rooms while following Minnesota Department of Health recommendations. We will not be housing students in triple occupancies. In keeping with social distancing guidelines, we have spread students out to reduce the number of students using shared bathrooms, and rooms are reconfigured so beds meet social distancing requirements. Additionally, lounge spaces have been reconfigured to promote social distancing, and community kitchen areas will be available for use by reservation. Cardio rooms in residence halls are open. Students are asked to wear a mask and clean equipment before and after use.

Signage has been installed about new safety protocols in various areas.

Residence halls are fully staffed, and programming will be focused on community building. Meetings are held via Zoom, and both in-person and virtual programming are offered.

Guest Policy

Off-campus guests are not permitted at this time; only on-campus residents may visit each other. Guests are limited to 50% of room occupancy. For example, a two-person standard room is allowed one guest for a maximum occupancy of three. An apartment or village is allowed two additional guests with a maximum occupancy of six.

Quiet and privacy hours are in effect. Sunday through Thursday, quiet hours begin at 10 p.m. with privacy hours beginning at midnight. This means all guests must leave by midnight. Friday and Saturday, quiet hours begin at midnight with privacy hours starting at 2 a.m.

Residence Hall Lounges

Soft furnishings have been replaced with study tables for additional spaces to connect with others and study while socially distancing. Cardio rooms in residence halls are still available to students upon request with the requirement to wipe in before they workout and wipe out after they workout. Kitchens and residence hall chapels are open and available for use. Students must follow occupancy numbers and clean the space after each use.

R.I.S.E. Activities

Both in-person and virtual programming are offered. Outdoor activities are encouraged. All events must comply with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (PDF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

R.I.S.E. continues to offer students events this semester with a special emphasis on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening programming. Some programs will be virtual and others will be planned outdoors or indoors with adherence to COVID-19 guidelines including posted occupancy for spaces. Thank you to the Student Activities Committee (SAC) and other students for thinking creatively about how they can bring programming to all students amidst these new challenges.

The Astra scheduling software has been updated to indicate new occupancy rates of all spaces. The selling of food for fundraisers or collecting of food for those in need has been suspended.

There will be limited club sports and intramural opportunities based on MDH guidance and ability to adhere to it.

Quarantine Information

Students who live within two hours of campus will be encouraged to return home, should they become ill or test positive for COVID-19. If they are unable to return home, we have reserved a quarantine space located off campus (Saint Mary’s Alverna Center) if they do not require medical attention. The facility is comfortable with private bathrooms, air conditioning, and meal service. We also will have staff available on the premises. Medical care will be available in conjunction with Winona Health.

Students who are on ground in Winona and have family members at home with health concerns that meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be allowed to stay on campus and safely quarantine for 14 days prior to departing for home if we moved to online education. These students must be pre-registered and approved through health services by emailing wellnesscenter@smumn.edu.

External Visitors and Travel

No external visitors will be permitted. Students are strongly encouraged to stay on campus as much as possible to limit external exposure to the virus.

Students must submit a travel request to the university for any personal travel occurring outside Winona County and any overnight travel or travel to high-risk states, with the exception of day travel within an hour of campus in the state of Minnesota (Rochester, Red Wing, Wabasha). Please review the CDC Considerations for Travel and CDC Data Tracker for high-risk travel assessment.

Submissions must be received 48 hours prior to departure for review and approval.

Failure to complete the form 48 hours in advance of departure, travel outside the designated area without the university knowing, or non-submission of the form will result in an automatic $35 non-compliance fine placed on your student account.

Students who travel to areas or attend events that are identified as "high risk" by the university may be required to quarantine for 14 days after such travel or attendance at an event.

The Office of Student Affairs will review notifications and may follow up if necessary. The travel notification form is primarily for informational purposes and to help with contract tracing if needed. However, the form may be used as a basis to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission on the Winona Campus. See above.

Commuter students who are traveling to and from home are not required to submit any notifications. If students repeatedly travel to the same destination for work, they can indicate their schedule on the travel notification form instead of filling out the form multiple times.

Motor Pool and Club/Organization Guidance

The following guidance has been developed to assist all leaders with developing programs and gatherings on campus. Protocol for the motor pool has also been updated to ensure compliance with Minnesota Department of Health and Saint Mary’s COVID-19 guidelines.

COVID-19 Guidance on Gatherings and Events

COVID-19 Motor Pool Use Protocol

COVID-19 Travel Notification Policy and Procedure

Safe Ride Bus

Working with off-campus partners, the Safe Ride bus will be suspended through May 2021 due to social distancing concerns. We encourage students to use care and caution as they travel to and from Winona.

Saint Mary’s has provided answers to some of the questions we have received from students regarding tuition below.

What are the average Saint Mary’s tuition and fees?

Annual tuition for undergraduate students on the Winona Campus is $37,050 based on 12-18 credits per semester. However, students in our undergraduate programs receive an average of $10,000 per semester in university funded scholarships, significantly reducing the actual cost.

What does tuition for a Saint Mary’s undergraduate course cover?

Tuition is paid by students and families for learning and credits earned, and for the expertise of the faculty teaching the course.

The university did introduce a planned tuition increase in October 2019 for the 2020-21 academic year. But we did not add fees or raise the tuition to cover additional costs associated with our efforts contribute to the health and well-being of our community in response to COVID-19:

  • Online teacher training for faculty
  • Installation of enhanced air filtration systems in large public spaces and sleeping rooms
  • Expanded and enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols
  • Installation of social distancing signage, barriers, and other mediation
  • Increased technology infrastructure and support

My course is being taught online. Shouldn’t I receive a reduced tuition?

Tuition covers learning and credits earned, and takes into account the expertise of the faculty teaching the course, none of which is diminished in an online course. In fact, research has shown that learning in an online classroom can benefit students.*

Saint Mary’s has offered online degrees in our Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs since 2013 and has applied the same diligence and expertise in converting our undergraduate courses to an online format. This work has been recognized by the Higher Learning Commission, which has approved the university at the highest level of distance education approval.


We will generally quarantine students who:

  1. Are waiting for a COVID-19 test. (Typically this will occur in one's own room.)
  2. Have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  3. Are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

We will not generally quarantine students who:

  1. Do not live on campus.
  2. Have been in close contact with an individual who has tested negative for COVID-19.
  3. Have not been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. (i.e., “My roommate was with a friend who tested positive for COVID-19, but I was not” or “My roommate is quarantined, but I am not — but I am watching for symptoms and will notify the Jay Johnson Wellness Center if I begin showing symptoms.”)

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota reserves the right to quarantine any student who travels to an area or attends an event identified as "high risk" by the university.

See the following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health about quarantine:

  1. When to Quarantine
  2. What to Do if You Are Sick
  3. What to Do if You Have Had Close Contact With a Person With COVID-19
  4. If You Are Sick
  5. Tracing COVID-19
  6. When Can I Return to Work if Someone Living With Me is Sick?

Quarantine spaces can be:

  1. At home (first preference if at all possible).
  2. At the Alverna Center, which has 30 single rooms with private bathrooms.
    1. Students should bring necessities (including academic items) for up to 14 days.
      • If staying in Alverna, bedding, towels, etc. are provided, and laundry services are available.
  3. In the students’ sleeping rooms if applicable.

Student Affairs will:

  1. Connect with food service to ensure two warm meals are delivered to quarantining students daily.
    1. Dietary restrictions should be shared with covid@smumn.edu as soon as students are told about their quarantine.
      Students can also order items from the Cardinal Market.
  2. Connect with the Student Success Center to ensure the appropriate faculty are notified. Students will:
    1. Be copied on the email to faculty,
    2. Will receive additional information from their faculty.
    3. Are responsible for keeping up with their academics if they are not too ill.
      1. No student should contact faculty prior to the Student Success Center contacting the faculty.

When may a student be released from quarantine:

  1. The Jay Johnson Wellness will be very clear and specific with students about when they can be released from quarantine and next steps. Students must have either had a negative test result or have shown no symptoms for the requisite time period. The Student Success Center and Student Affairs will be contacted by the Wellness Center.
  2. Students will be allowed to (on the next full day after their release from quarantine)
    1. Attend class
    2. Use food service

There are two different quarantine durations:

  1. Ten days for those who have tested positive for COVID and show no symptoms. For a student (or faculty member) to be able to return to class, all of the following must be true:
    1. No fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication,
    2. Ten days have elapsed since symptoms first appeared; and
    3. Other symptoms are improving.
  2. Fourteen days for those who have been contact with a positive individual (from the first day of contact with a symptomatic individual or the date of a positive COVID test for contact with an asymptomatic individual).

Another valuable resource:

MDH Guidance - what to do as you wait? (PDF)

Students can contact the Wellness Center by calling 507-457-1492 to establish an appointment. A nurse practitioner and a registered nurse, both of whom are connected with Winona County and Winona Health Officials, are on campus along with counselors. Counseling services will continue throughout the year with many of the sessions via HIPPA-approved Zoom sessions. All staff have completed a certificate program on how to best serve students virtually, however if students need to meet with someone face-to-face, those arrangements can be made. The Wellness Center entrance has moved to the south end of Vlazny Hall (nearest the ball fields).

Contact tracing will be done in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health and Winona County Public Health, and COVID-19 testing will be available to all students through a collaboration with Mayo Clinic. Students who get tested will quarantine while they await results. Faculty will be notified by the Student Success Center and meals will be delivered to students' rooms while in quarantine.

COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing will be provided by the Wellness Center and available for all students. Testing will be available by appointment Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Testing criteria follows Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and includes testing for anyone who is symptomatic or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Wellness Center tests will be processed through the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic laboratories. If a student has insurance, the insurance company will be billed directly. If a student does not have insurance, they will not be billed for the test. Results are usually available in 2-3 days.

Students who would like to be tested on evenings or weekends can visit the following locations or self-quarantine in their rooms until they are able to schedule an appointment at the Wellness Center:

  • Winona Health Urgent Care
  • Mayo Clinic (multiple locations)
  • Gundersen Clinic (multiple locations)
  • Winona Saliva Community Testing (Vault Medical)
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy

If being tested off campus, contact the test site to first determine whether you meet their criteria for testing.

Students tested off-campus should notify the Wellness Center that they are awaiting test results and of their result, once available. The Wellness Center will work with other campus departments to notify faculty of a student’s absence and provide meal delivery for on-campus students.

To schedule an appointment at the Wellness Center, call 507-457-1492 or email wellnesscenter@smumn.edu.

Student-athletes will be tested three times a week when they are practicing and/or competing. Testing will be done on campus through the university's partnership with Hy-Vee. All testing will be coordinated by athletic training staff.

Weekly surveillance testing

Saint Mary's will also conduct weekly surveillance testing of 10% of the student body each week through February 2021. This testing is possible as a result of the university's new partnership with Hy-Vee. Hy-Vee is providing this testing to the university at no cost to the university or its students. Participation in surveillance testing is mandatory for all students. Failure to submit to surveillance testing may result in fines, quarantine, or loss of university housing.

Exemptions from testing and quarantine

Students who provide documentation of a positive COVID-19 test within the past 90 days will be exempt from surveillance testing and quarantine, if they are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive. Students who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will be exempt from quarantine if they are identified as a close contact and meet specific Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria.

Documentation of previous positive tests and vaccination should be uploaded to the student health portal for review by the Wellness Center.


The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed that if the vaccine becomes available to college and university students before they leave campus for the summer, out-of-state students living in Minnesota are eligible to receive the vaccine in Minnesota.

Saint Mary’s will be using Handshake again this year to facilitate job searches. Job postings are available now. Students should be sure to read the entire job description and application instructions as each department may be different. View the Handshake How-To Guide for step-by-step instructions.