The Office of Campus Safety makes every effort to ensure and maintain a safe and comfortable environment for everyone associated with all Saint Mary’s campuses. Campus Safety personnel are available 24 hours a day to assist in emergencies, provide campus escorts, and enforce regulations. They also patrol all administrative and residence halls to maintain security at all times.
Timely safety alerts will be issued when it has been determined that a situation may pose a serious or ongoing threat to a campus community.
Winona has a low crime rate. However, as Saint Mary’s only residential campus, the Winona Campus has additional safety practices in place.
Locked Residence Halls
Main entrances to all residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, seven days a week with access controlled by a key or a computerized card access system.
Emergency Call Boxes
Emergency call boxes located on campus offer a direct link to Campus Safety to report an emergency, such as a suspicious person or circumstance, a medical emergency, or to request a safety escort.
Safe Ride Night Shuttle
In partnership with the City of Winona, Winona State University, and Minnesota State College Southeast, Saint Mary’s offers a Safe Ride program on Friday and Saturday evenings. The program provides late night shuttle service to and from the Winona Campus to various locations in the City of Winona.
Students may purchase parking passes for the Winona Campus at the Office of Campus Safety for $30 per semester or $60 per academic year. Parking lots are conveniently located less than five minutes walking distance from residence halls.
Saint Mary's uses an automated communication service to deliver information on school closures due to weather. Information will be delivered via four different ways of communication, including: voice messages delivered to home phones, work phones, and cell phones; emails to email addresses; text messages to cell phones and other text-based devices; and TTY/TDD receiving devices for the hearing impaired.
Voice messages and emails are not optional and will be delivered to the contact information you provide. You may opt-out of the text messages to your cell phone at any time by replying "STOP stmarys" or "QUIT stmarys" to 23177. To ensure Saint Mary's has the most up-to-date contact information, please verify and update your emergency contact information in WebTools.
Twin Cities Campus
At Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus, we value your safety. Saint Mary’s contracts its security services with Whelan Security, but some circumstances may be more appropriately dealt with by the city of Minneapolis. Please read our Twin Cities Campus Pocket Emergency Guide for further details.
Safe Ride Shuttle
The Whelan Security staff is available to provide non-emergency escorts from one building to another or to vehicles.
Parking on the Twin Cities Campus is free and available in clearly marked campus parking lots as well as on the public streets near campus.
Weather alerts are posted to the Saint Mary's website home page. Students attending classes on the Twin Cities Campus may also dial the general number, 612-728-5100, to hear the answering system broadcast message that is updated to communicate weather-related cancellation information after an official decision has been made. Class cancellations are also broadcast on WCCO-AM 830 or KSTP-AM 1500.