The Office of Campus Safety makes every effort to ensure and maintain a safe and comfortable living and learning environment for all persons associated with campus. Campus Safety personnel are available 24 hours a day to assist in emergencies, provide campus escorts, and enforce regulations detailed in the student handbook (PDF). Officers patrol all campus buildings, including residence halls and exterior property to maintain safety and security at all times.
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
Saint Mary’s University has placed Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) throughout campus. An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Members of the campus community are encouraged to become familiar with their locations.
Campus Safety will provide on campus escorts to students, faculty, or staff of the university 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. To request an escort, please call Campus Safety.
Emergency Telephones/Blue Light Boxes
Emergency Telephones/Blue Light Boxes are located on campus to offer a direct link to Campus Safety. They are easily identified by the rectangular, white box structure, with blue lettering. In case of emergency, press the button to reach Campus Safety personnel. This will summon Campus Safety to your location. Students, faculty, and staff should familiarize themselves with the locations of the Emergency Telephones/Blue Light Boxes.
Locked Residence Halls
All entrances to residence hall rooms are locked 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Entrance to the building is controlled by a key or card access system, in which only residents of the building have access. Do not hold a door open for unknown persons to have access to the buildings.
Lost and Found
Campus Safety is the official Lost and Found location for campus. If you have lost something, come to the Campus Safety Office to describe your item(s) and retrieve them. Lost and Found items turned into Campus Safety are logged, labeled, and kept for 30 days. If an item has a name associated with it (wallet, credit card, etc.), Campus Safety will try to contact the individual to let them know to come retrieve their lost item(s).
Motor Pool Vehicles
Campus Safety oversees the University Motor Pool Vehicles. In order to drive a University vehicle, you must be a SMU approved driver. If you need to become an approved driver, come to the Campus Safety office with your Driver’s License to start that process. Once approved, you will be able to drive a University vehicle (including University golf carts).
University vehicles are reserved using Astra, by selecting “Request an Event”. In the drop down menu select “Motorpool Vehicle”. Here you will see the available vehicle(s) for your selected date(s)/time(s). This needs to be completed and approved prior to using a vehicle. Vehicle reservations are only approved Monday — Friday during normal business hours, so please plan ahead in your reservations.
Once approved, come to the Campus Safety Office prior to your scheduled departure time to pick up the keys and complete the necessary paperwork. Please allow time to inspect the vehicle prior to your departure. Campus Safety intends to have windows scraped and ice removed during the winter months; however, any emergency situation(s) that arise take precedence to clearing vehicles. Please plan accordingly by arriving with plenty of time prior to your needed departure time.
Safe Ride Shuttle
Saint Mary’s University offers a Safe Ride Program in partnership with the City of Winona, Winona State University, and Minnesota State College Southeast. This is available on Friday and Saturday evenings and provides free, late-night shuttle service to and from campus to various locations in the City of Winona.
Pick up and drop off location is by the softball field right when you enter campus. Please note that the Safe Ride Program is only in operation when both Saint Mary’s University and Winona State University are in session. For shuttle hours and a detailed pick up schedule, review the Safe Ride information through the City of Winona.
Timely safety alerts will be issued when it has been determined that a situation may pose a serious and/or ongoing threat to the campus community. To insure you receive these alerts, make sure Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has the most up-to-date contact information for you. Please verify and update your emergency contact information in the Student Portal or the Faculty and Staff Portal:
- Log in to Student Portal: student.smumn.edu
- Select update student demographic information
- Select update emergency contact information
- Fill in your information and select submit
Saint Mary’s University uses an automated communication service to deliver information on school closures due to weather. Information will be delivered via one of 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 University has the most up-to-date contact information, please verify and update your emergency contact information in the Student Portal or Faculty and Staff Portal.