Officers of the St. Mary's College of Maryland Department of Public Safety have full authority, granted by St. Mary's College of Maryland and its Board of Trustees, to enforce the policies as outlined in the Student Handbook (To the Point), the Parking and Motor Vehicle Policies, and the Employee Handbook. As citizens, officers must also uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, the laws of the State of Maryland and the laws/ordinances of St. Mary's County.

Officers of the Department of Public Safety, with exceptions, do not have sworn police powers or authority, but they are responsible for enforcing the rules and policies acting as agents of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Officers, with exception, have no authority to arrest any person other than that authority deemed appropriate for any citizen. Arrest includes the temporary or permanent detainment of a person against his or her will.

Officers may not detain a person against his or her will for the purpose of an interview or interrogation, unless at the direct request of a duly sworn police officer acting in the line of duty. Officers must inform any person being interviewed or interrogated that they are free to leave at any time.

Officers may not coerce confessions or cooperation from a person by means of physical intimidation, force or threat of force.

Officers may not act as agents of the police in obtaining a confession without a sworn officer administering the Miranda Warning.