Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act
On October 1st of each year, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota provides an Annual Security Report (ASR) to all students and employees. This report is in compliance with the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990. The ASR contains information regarding campus security policies and safety programs. In addition, the report contains the number of serious crimes that occur on the campus and discloses the number of arrests and judicial referrals for liquor, drug, and weapon law violations for the previous calendar year. Additional information is available by contacting the Vice President for Student Life (457-1781) or Director of Campus Safety (457-1703).
Campus Crime Statistics
Campus Crime Statistics are available to anyone interested in reviewing them. Requests for this information are handled through the Vice President for Student Life (457-1781) or Director of Campus Safety (457-1703). Additionally, the most current crime statistics are available in the Annual Security Report found on the Campus Safety webpage.
For added safety, an on campus escort service is available seven days a week from dusk until dawn. Contact the Department of Campus Safety at ext. 1703 to request a ride or to receive more information.
Whenever a theft occurs, it is extremely important to notify the Campus Safety Department as soon as possible in order for an investigation to begin. Campus Safety personnel are trained to ask appropriate questions and to suggest how to prevent future criminal mishaps from re-occurring.
Saint Mary’s University is not responsible for the loss of personal property. Locking your door and keeping bags and backpacks with you at all times is the best way to prevent theft.
Authorized Entry of Rooms
Campus Safety officers who enter rooms will identify themselves to the occupants. If someone attempts to enter your room without identifying themselves, or identifies themselves as “Campus Safety” but does not have a uniform or badge, do not let them in, and call “457-1703” for emergency assistance.
Campus Safety officers are authorized to enter any university space, including student residence rooms, may conduct searches, and may seize evidence or property according to the University search policy or as outlined below:
- Officers may enter and search rooms or offices if the student, staff, or faculty member consents to the search of his or her room or office.
- Officers may enter and search any vehicle on campus if an officer has a reasonable suspicion to believe that the vehicle has been involved in a crime. An officer may also enter a vehicle to ascertain ownership of the vehicle for the purposes of notifying the owner of a parking related situation.
- Officers may conduct a search of a room or office, as stated in the Student Handbook, if there is a reasonable suspicion that a violation of a university rule has been or is being conducted within the room or office.
- Officers may enter and search a room if demanding circumstances exist where the life safety of an individual or the property of the university may be at risk.
Fire Safety Equipment
Person(s) with the intention to abuse fire equipment can seriously jeopardize the safety of the community. It is university policy that no individuals tamper with smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, or other emergency equipment. Tampering with fire safety equipment is a misdemeanor which carries a criminal penalty of up to $1,000.00, 90 days in jail, or both and will also result in the imposition of a university sanction.
Fire Alarm Procedure
A fire can occur at any time of the day or night and can be extremely dangerous, therefore, it is very important to act appropriately whenever an alarm is sounded. The following outlines a procedure that is designed to expedite evacuation of the alarmed building, thus minimizing serious accidents:
- If an alarm is activated, everyone must leave the building immediately.
- Close doors behind you in order to prevent the spread of fire.
- Everyone should move quickly and gather at least 50 feet from the building which will provide unblocked passageways for emergency personnel.
- Campus Safety personnel will arrive shortly to check rooms/offices and will ensure complete vacancy of the alarmed building. They will also identify the cause of the alarm and notify the fire department.
- When the fire department arrives, they will implement appropriate action in order to ensure that the safety of the community is regained.
- Once the alarm has been deactivated, re-entry into the building will be permitted.
City of Winona Emergency Services
Campus Safety of Saint Mary’s University has a positive working relationship with the Winona Police Department, Winona Fire Department, and the Winona Area Ambulance Service.
The Winona Fire Department is staffed with paramedic firefighters and respond to all medical calls with the ambulance service. They are very well trained and their response time to calls is very fast, utilizing two stations, one of them here in the west end of Winona.
Winona area ambulance also has an excellent response time to our campus when called. They staff each rig that is in service with at least one paramedic and an Emergency Medical Technician.
Winona Police Department has been asked to make routine patrols through our campus on a random basis. They are familiar with our campus and respond in a timely manner when they are called for assistance.
For an emergency, all three agencies can be contacted by dialing 9-911 from a campus phone. 911 calls are answered by the Law Enforcement or Emergency Medical Dispatchers who have continual radio and phone contact with Winona Emergency Services.
Campus Safety can be called for emergencies by dialing 1703 on all campus phones. This number is monitored and answered 7 days a week, 24 hours per day by Campus Safety Officers. Campus Safety Officers are trained as first responders to all on campus emergencies.
Student Worker Information
Campus Safety of Saint Mary’s University supplements its staff during the school year with student workers that have financial aid or work study awards. We normally utilize about 15-20 students who work with the on duty Campus Safety Officers. Most of the shifts are evenings with several that are extended hours on the weekends. No student worker is asked to get involved in anything that might turn physical. Student Workers mainly act as additional eyes and ears of the on duty Campus Safety Officers, as well as assist in locking down campus buildings. Work hours are flexible and time off considerations are made for students with school work or other studying needs. Student Workers carry radios and wear a uniform shirt and jacket that identifies he or she with Campus Safety. If you have financial aid or work study and have an interest in working with Campus Safety, please stop by our desk located in the Toner Center.