University Community FAQs

Resources are available for students, faculty, and staff who are experiencing symptoms, have been exposed, or are anxious about the virus.

The Pandemic Assessment and Coordinating Team (PACT) addresses specific questions for the Saint Mary's University community.

Winona students remaining on campus who become sick should call Student Health Services at 507-457-1492 for guidance and a determination on whether you should see a provider. Do not come to Student Health Services. Call and speak to a staff member first.

If you are a student on other campuses or at other locations, please call your healthcare provider for guidance and a determination on whether you should see that provider. 

In the interest of safety and to contain the virus, we are asking that any student who tests positive for COVID-19 contact Tim Gossen, vice president for Student Affairs and Student Life at 507-457-1597 (tgossen@smumn.edu) or Gena Bilden, director of Twin Cities Campus Operations at 612-728-5145 (gbilden@smumn.edu). 

If in the past 14 days you have returned from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea, or you had contact with an individual thought to have COVID-19, or you feel sick, call your healthcare provider immediately.

The university will move all in-person classes on all campuses to online delivery beginning March 18 and continuing through June 28.

The university understands that following COVID-19 in the news can cause stress and anxiety. Students on the Winona Campus should not hesitate to contact staff members in the Counseling Center, Student Life, or their resident assistants. Students on the Twin Cities Campus should not hesitate to contact local mental health providers. Employees may contact Human Resources about available resources.

Saint Mary’s will follow recommendations from the Winona County Public Health Department/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding notification of those who are at risk due to exposure to COVID-19. 

The safety and well-being of all university community members is the university’s top priority. Any Saint Mary’s student, faculty, or staff member that feels as if they are being discriminated against because of their race or ethnic background is strongly encouraged to contact:

  • David Miliotis, assistant vice president for Human Resources, at dmilioti@smumn.edu or 507-457-1421 (employees);
  • Marisa Quinn, Ed.D., assistant vice president for Student Life, at mquinn@smumn.edu or 507-457-1781 (Winona Campus students);
  • Sarah Ferguson, Ph.D., vice provost for Faculties and Academic Affairs, at sferguso@smumn.edu or 612-728-5112 (Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs students).

The university has a non-discrimination notice that applies today, during this outbreak, and every day.

You can provide social support and counter stigma by learning and sharing facts about how COVID-19 spreads. The CDC has developed resources to help communicate facts about COVID-19.

If you think you may have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. Be sure to call ahead so that the facility may plan to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.

If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, stay home.

Please continue to visit this site for the most up-to-date information about the university’s response to COVID-19. Additional information on COVID-19 is available from the Minnesota Department of Health, CDC, and World Health Organization (WHO).

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Everyday preventive actions help slow the spread of all respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unnecessarily and with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then promptly throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning agent.
  • Stay home when you are sick. 

The university strongly recommends that students, faculty, and staff stay home when sick during the COVID-19 outbreak. The university recognizes that it is influenza and cold season, too, and many people may feel under the weather. Please do not come to work if you feel ill. While the university understands that employees may not want to miss work, the university fully supports faculty and staff who elect to stay home when they are ill.

The university does not provide COVID-19 testing. 

In Winona, COVID-19 testing is done when signs and symptoms of coronavirus (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) are present, travel criteria are met, or if a primary care provider determines it is necessary to test for COVID-19. If you feel you meet these criteria, you can call your primary care provider for more information and/or to schedule an appointment. If you feel you are having severe or life threatening symptoms and need immediate care, please go directly to the Emergency Department, which is open at all times. Please be aware that if coronavirus testing is ordered, it is taking 1-3 days to get the results from the State of Minnesota. 

Individuals in Rochester and the Twin Cities should consult with their local healthcare provider to determine where COVID-19 testing is available.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in campus settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., small computer labs and confined library spaces).

Cloth face coverings do not include surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Medical grade masks should not be used for this purpose due to the need for those masks to be prioritized in other critical settings.

Cloth masks should be created and worn in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wearing cloth masks does not replace the need for frequent hand washing, avoiding touching your face, and practicing social distancing, which are the best tools to help prevent the spread of illness.

Grading Policy FAQs

Students should contact their individual course faculty member, academic adviser, or program director via Saint Mary's email.

Students should notify their individual course faculty member through their Saint Mary's email account. 

The deadline to notify each faculty member of your decision to choose the pass/no credit option for the spring 2020 term at Saint Mary's is the last day of classes. For the undergraduate college in Winona, that day is Wednesday, April 29. For the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, that day is Sunday, April 26.

This following amendment to the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota grading policy will be in effect for the spring 2020 term. For undergraduate students on the Winona Campus and bachelor’s completion students at the Schools of Graduate and Professional programs, a course grade of D or higher constitutes a pass. A course grade of F would be marked as no credit. For graduate students, a course grade of C or higher constitutes a pass. A course grade of D or lower would be marked as no credit.

Students should talk to their individual academic adviser or program director to discuss the potential ramifications of choosing a pass/no credit grading option.

Students receiving tuition reimbursement should contact their employer for guidance before selecting the pass/no credit grading option.

No, once the final semester grades are posted, they are final.

No, once a written request to change to the pass/no credit option is received via email by the faculty member, the student cannot return to a letter grade assessment. 

No, the no credit grade will not be used in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA.

The pass/no credit grade earned in spring 2020 will replace the last grade earned in the course. The replacement of the former grade with the pass/no credit may affect the GPA calculation.

Students should contact their coaches to determine how the pass/no credit option could affect their eligibility.

Superior scholastic performance at the undergraduate college is recognized each semester by the publication of the dean’s list. Students qualify for the dean’s list by earning a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above with a minimum of 12 credits, at least nine of which are on the A–F grading system, with no grade of CD, D, F, NC, or I. Upon completion of any incomplete (I) course, the dean’s list may be retroactively awarded if all qualifications are met.

All undergraduate college classes taken for pass/no credit will count toward a student’s major or minor. Specific departments may need to make exceptions to this policy as required by accreditors and license specifications. Please consult with your academic adviser.