Saint Mary’s continues to respond to and anticipate the impact COVID-19 has and will have on our community and take appropriate action. In light of the decision made by Governor Tim Walz to extend Minnesota’s “stay at home” order through Monday, May 4, and to continue safeguarding the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and communities, the university has made several important decisions.

Summer term 2

All courses scheduled for summer term 2 (June 29 to Aug. 23) will be held online.

Events

All events through the end of July 2020 have been suspended, including the June commencement for our Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs on our Twin Cities Campus and Reunion Weekend on the Winona Campus. We will continue to explore opportunities to reschedule these events and will be contacting key stakeholders for input in the coming weeks.

Campus and building closures

Campuses and buildings will remain closed, and all but essential staff will continue to work from home through Monday, May 4, in accordance with the governor’s executive order.

Summer workers on the Winona Campus

The university is suspending all summer student work opportunities. Exceptions may be possible in cases where students do not require housing or food service. Interested students should contact Cardinal Central at cardinalcentral@smumn.edu or 507-457-6655 for additional information.

International travel programs

We have made the difficult decision to cancel all Saint Mary’s sponsored international travel programs through the fall, including the London Semester Program and any affiliated fall semester study abroad programs. Undergraduate students had been notified earlier to make alternate plans in the event this program was canceled. Discussions are being held to potentially combine this year’s London class into next year’s class. The Kenya Alumni Service trip scheduled for August 2020 has been postponed until 2021.

A State of the University address is being planned for Friday, May 8, at noon, and a Zoom link will be provided in the coming days.

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