St. Olaf Honor Council

The Honor Council is a student populated and run branch of the college judiciary. Representatives elected by the student body are responsible for investigating all possible violations of the St. Olaf honor code.

Honor Council Members:

Marissa Recht ‘14
Honor Council President
Nursing major and Women’s & Gender Studies Concentration

Elected to the council at the end of her freshman year, Marissa believes the Honor Council is an invaluable part of the St. Olaf community integral to fostering trust among faculty members and the students. “The council is run by students for students – we are here to advocate for our peers and for the reputation of St. Olaf College”

Maggie Flint ‘14
Honor Council Vice President
Math major and Biomolecular Science Concentration

Maggie was elected to the council during her junior year and this is her second year serving on the council. She says “The Honor Council is interesting because it challenges us to think critically and ethically when faced with making difficult decisions.”

Brianne Power ‘15
Honor Council Secretary
Math major

Brianne is currently serving her second year on the Honor Council. She says that “one of the things I love most about the community at St. Olaf is that we trust one another. The Honor Code and the Honor Council play an indispensable role in this community by extending this trust into our classrooms”

Kilian Wald ’14
Economics Major

Kilian has been serving on the Honor Council since his freshman year.

Megan O’Connor ‘15
Biology and Biomolecular Science Concentration

Megan is a second year member of the Honor Council. She says that she is “proud to be a member of the special St. Olaf community in which we value and trust one another. Here at St. Olaf College, we are privileged to holding ourselves to a higher standard and uphold the values, integrity and ethics of St. Olaf College. This opportunity to serve on the Honor Council is a way of giving back to the college; the honor system is successful because students are willing to dedicate their time and energy to make it a successful system.”

Nick Hoelmer ‘14
Social Studies Education/Media Studies

Nick is serving his first year on council. He says that he is “excited to be serving on a council that is quite rare among higher ed institutions. When I tell friends from different schools about the Honor Code at St. Olaf, they look at me as though I’m crazy. One of the main reasons I love St. Olaf so much is because of the trust that we have for one another here. To me, that trust is what makes us have such a tight-knit community and really makes St. Olaf the special place it is.”

Signe Braafladt ‘16
Chemistry and Sociology/Anthropology Majors

Signe is a first-year member of the council. She says that she is “excited to be a part of what makes St Olaf such a welcoming community. Integrity and trust are evident is so many aspects of our daily life; extending this trust into classrooms and giving responsibility to students creates an atmosphere in which people feel comfortable to live and learn.”

Emily Baker ’15
English Major, Management Studies Concentration

This is Emily’s first year on the Honor Council. She says that she is “proud to be an elected member of this group because I feel that the Honor Code and the Honor Council play a vital role in creating the wonderful learning environment that pervades this campus. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to serve my peers and directly contribute to the academic culture that is so highly valued on the Hill.”

Hamsitha Dontamsetty ’16
Psychology Major with Neuroscience Concentration

This is Hamsitha’s first year serving on the Honor Council. She says that “the time that I’ve already spent on the Honor Council has been very educational and memorable. I love that I can be a part of something that promotes and encourages academic honesty at St. Olaf. I think the role of the Honor Council is so essential to the St. Olaf environment because honesty and integrity are some of the characteristics that are integral to what it means to be an Ole, and I’m glad that the Honor Council works to uphold  these values.