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.


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

An additional 27 classes have moved to online (in addition to the original 12, which were scheduled to move online before the pandemic), 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 in all library common spaces.

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 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 fall 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.

Additionally, concert band will rehearse outdoors in Yon’s Field whenever weather permits and possibly in the gymnasium occasionally. Rehearsal times may need to adjust as daylight shifts throughout the fall season. The choir is also looking for larger rehearsal space, perhaps Saint Thomas More Chapel or Page Theatre, where musicians can adhere to social distancing recommendations. Students will also be sanitizing frequently and not be 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. Some classes may also be moved to outdoor locations.

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.

Spring 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.

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Council announced its decision to postpone all competition through Dec. 31, 2020. 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

Will there be fall intercollegiate sports?

In accordance with July 24 and Aug. 31 decisions by the MIAC, there will be no fall sports competition, with seasons moved to spring. In addition, there will be no winter sports competition through Dec. 31, 2020. 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

Consistent with that decision, the university will not offer fall club sports during the fall 2020 season.

Will fall sports student-athletes have the opportunity to compete at a different time during the year?

MIAC has announced it will postpone all fall sports to spring 2021, and Saint Mary’s will begin exploring opportunities to follow this recommendation.

How will this affect student-athletes who participate in fall and spring sports?

We are waiting on guidance from the MIAC on this issue.

Will athletic teams who are not competing continue to function as teams and be able to interact with coaches?

We are encouraging coaches to engage with their teams and student-athletes, as permitted by NCAA and MDH guidelines. Per NCAA guidance in its 2020 NCAA Division III COVID-19 Question and Answer Guide: a coach may engage in athletically related activity with their student-athlete if the institution does not sponsor competition for fall sports in 2020, provided that the athletically related activity is within the declared playing season. (Bylaw 17.1.1). If the student engages in athletically related activity within the declared playing season, the student will not be charged with a season of participation unless the student engages in outside competition.

Coaches will be permitted to engage with their teams and student-athletes. All teams will go through a pod phase-in process (no more than 10 individuals at a time) for a series of two weeks and possibly longer depending on the team and first day of practice start date. Protocols will be communicated to each program. After the pod phase is complete, the ability to engage in normal practice as a team will be contingent on no significant cases of COVID-19 among the team in question.

What will fall look like for student-athletes?

We will continue to develop and support our student-athletes through this difficult time by providing workout, strength and conditioning plans, as well as personal encouragement, strategizing, and team building activities. Student-athletes will have athletic-related meetings with coaches and other teammates. All activities will be held in accordance with federal, state, local, and institutional safety guidelines as well as NCAA guidelines.

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 first two courts 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. 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 Division III student-athletes, participation in workouts, meetings or practices in the fall semester will not trigger the use of a season of participation. The NCAA issued a blanket waiver on July 9, 2020, for Division III stating that student-athletes will not use a season of participation if their team can only complete 50% or less of their sport's maximum contests/dates of competition. The NCAA also issued a blanket statement the same day stating that a student-athlete will receive a two- semester extension of eligibility (toward their 10-semester total) if they are unable to participate due to COVID-19 or if their team completes 50% or less of that sport's maximum contests/dates of competition. Visit the NCAA website for the full announcement.

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.

What impact would participating in a nontraditional season have on my athletic eligibility?

Fall sport athletes would not use a season of eligibility under NCAA rules if their team does not compete against another institution during the fall season.

Student-Athlete Health

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 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.

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 sports are canceled until Jan. 1, in keeping with the decision of the MIAC regarding fall sports. Intramural sports are being reviewed at this time.

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.

Saint Mary’s introduced an all new dining program on the Winona Campus beginning fall 2020 with expected completion of all projects in summer 2021. Chartwells will offer new meal plans for residential and commuter students, creating greater value and satisfaction through available choices. Saint Mary’s retail dining program was revitalized in summer 2020 to expand options and improve the overall quality of dining offerings on campus.

View program updates and new meal plan options

Campus dining for fall 2020

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 dining areas have been set up in the gameroom, President’s Room, 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. This video shows the new configuration and covers some of the new guidelines in place to keep users safe and healthy.

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

The Gostomski Fieldhouse is open normal hours. 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.

Saint Mary’s does not know when restrictions will be lifted or revised. A number of our students reside in countries currently under entry restrictions, and because of this, we recommend that you do not purchase flights until those restrictions are lifted.

Quarantine at Time of Arrival

Incoming and returning international students have been sent specific information regarding quarantine requirements based on the status of the COVID pandemic in their home country and/or original starting point of travel. More information can be found on the World Health Organization website.

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 – If you are unable to arrange transport from the airport to campus/quarantine, staff from the International Center will assist with arranging transport to the university and/or quarantine. Contact Vicki McDonald, Coordinator of International Student Services at vmcdonal@smumn.edu by December 15 for arrival for Spring Semester 2021.

Groom Transportation Shuttle is not currently operating and has suspended shuttle services through November 4. We do not know if the shuttle to be operating in January 2021.

Health insurance – Saint Mary’s is requiring that you have health insurance coverage if you will be attending classes this academic year. The International Center will collect that information from you at your time of arrival or within your first week on campus. This information will be shared with our Health Services Office. You will continue to have access to Health Services on campus, but any suspected COVID case will be referred to the local hospital/clinic.

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. Most of these courses will be offered primarily asynchronously so time differences should not be a significant issue. For questions about those courses, please contact Tracy Lehnertz at tlehnert@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.

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.

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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, and students will be asked to 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.

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. The kitchens and residence hall chapels are available by reservation only.

R.I.S.E. Activities

Both in-person and virtual programming are offered. Outdoor activities are encouraged, and no events will exceed 250 participants in accordance with national, state, and local guidelines.

R.I.S.E. continues to offer students events and competitive sports 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.

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 by Tuesday, Sept. 1.

External Visitors and Travel

No external overnight 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 notify the university by completing the travel notification form at least 48 hours in advance of any personal travel outside of Winona County, overnight travel, or travel to high-risk states, with the exception of travel within an hour of campus in Minnesota (like Rochester, Red Wing, and Wabasha). Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Considerations for Travel and Data Tracker for high-risk travel assessment.

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 January 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.

I am losing personal interaction with faculty, which is a primary reason I chose Saint Mary’s.

Faculty will continue to be on campus this fall and available to you if you need to meet with them face-to-face. Additionally, all faculty have taken part in online teaching training over the summer to help ensure the online experience delivers the quality education and interaction you expect.

Please remember we are only offering certain courses online this fall due to space constraints. In order to observe social distancing guidelines, classrooms normally available for some courses are not large enough to accommodate social distancing.

Saint Mary’s tuition is too high for an online degree. I’ve seen them at much lower costs.

According to the U.S. News & World Report study from January 2020, the average annual cost per credit for a fully online bachelor’s degree at a private university was $488 in 2019-20. The typical Saint Mary’s undergraduate student will pay an average of $900 per credit in 2020-21, whether their courses are taught in person or online, or delivered in a hybrid model.

And while one or more of your courses will be online, you will still have access to the Saint Mary’s campus, including all of its offices and services, including:

  • R.I.S.E.
  • Campus Ministry
  • Gostomski Fieldhouse
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Success
  • Library
  • Career Services

At this time, none of our undergraduate students are receiving an online degree. In some cases this fall, students taking a heavy course load may have as many as four courses delivered online.

Certainly, there are lower-cost options for all types of degrees. But we believe the quality education, our support of and attention to each individual student, and opportunities for networking with our 52,000 alumni are part of the reason you have chosen Saint Mary’s.

*(Bray, Harris & Major, 2007; Figlio, Rush, & Yin, 2010; GrattonLaVoie, 2009; Harmon, 2006; Brown & Leidholm, 2002; ParsonsPollard, Lacks & Grant, 2008; for reviews see Means, Toyama, Murphy, et al. 2010; Shachar & Neumann, 2003)


We will not quarantine students, on campus, who live off campus.

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?
  7. When Can I Return to Work After Being Sick with COVID-19?

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 three meals (two warm) 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.
  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.

COVID-19 tests are available to students at:

  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.
    3. Other symptoms are improving.
  2. Fourteen days for those who have been contact with a positive individual (from the first day of contact).

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 north 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)

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.

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.