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Saint Mary’s University responds to COVID-19

March 13, 2020

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WINONA/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — With the progressing threat of COVID-19, Saint Mary’s University is taking steps to keep its students and the community safe, including moving classes online, canceling all athletic events, and suspending upcoming public events.

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The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced Friday, March 13, that it will cancel the remainder of the spring sports season. In a statement released to all of the 13 member schools, MIAC executive director Dan McKane stated:

“The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Presidents’ Council has voted to cancel the 2020 conference regular season and postseason championships for spring-sports through the remainder of the academic year, effective immediately. The decision was based on the ongoing impact of the coronavirus, following the lead of the NCAA cancelling spring-sport championships and many other conferences cancelling their spring seasons.”

The MIAC is working with the NCAA regarding eligibility for all student-athletes affected by the nationwide health pandemic. In accordance with the MIAC’s announcement, Saint Mary’s is canceling all spring sports competitions, including all nonconference contests. Read more at


In accordance with Saint Mary’s decision to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the following public events are suspended:

  • All on-campus admission events and visits, including information sessions, campus tours, and class visits.
  • Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance and Dinner on Saturday, March 14.
  • Concert Band performance on Sunday, March 15.
  • Founders’ Day on Tuesday, March 17.
  • Theatre and Dance SPLaSH! Wednesday through Sunday, March 18-22.
  • WE Forum Panel: Investing in Your Business on Thursday, March 19.
  • Scholarship Recognition Day on March 21.
  • Spring Preview Day on March 27.
  • Page Series SPEAK residency Monday through Saturday, March 23-28.
  • Driftless Dance Festival Friday through Sunday, March 27-29.

The university will examine which events can be rescheduled for later this spring. Some events are still under consideration. All events after Monday, April 13, are still planned as scheduled. Saint Mary’s will reassess the situation as April 13 approaches and provide updates as more information is available. Ticket holders will be contacted.


Winona Campus — Beginning immediately, all athletic facilities and the Performance Center will be closed until April 13. In conjunction, all outside events scheduled in these facilities will be canceled until they re-open. University employees are available to answer questions by phone or online 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Twin Cities Campus and Apple Valley Center — Employees are available to answer questions by phone or online 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students are encouraged to contact Student Central at 612-238-4566.

Rochester Campus — The Rochester Campus is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.