Policies and Procedures

Do all students live on campus?
What is the Honor Code?
What is the alcohol policy?
What is the smoking policy?
What if I wish to have a car on campus?
What other transportation is available?
How can I get a job?
Where do I go if I become ill?
How do I get health insurance?

Do all students live on campus?

St. Olaf College is a residential college where nearly all of the 3000 students live in college residence halls and eat together in one dining hall.

What is the Honor Code?

The Honor Code has been in effect at St. Olaf College since 1911.  All tests, quizzes, or examinations are taken under the honor system and professors are not in the room during tests.  Upon completion of all test papers, students are asked to sign the following pledge:  I pledge my honor that during this examination I have neither given nor received assistance, and that I have seen no dishonest work.

What is the alcohol policy?

St. Olaf College prohibits the possession or use of alcohol on campus.  The policy reflects the college’s commitment to healthy lifestyles.  Minnesota law prohibits the consumption or purchase of alcohol for everyone under age 21.  Students over age 21 can purchase and consume alcohol at restaurants and pubs in Northfield.

What is the smoking policy?

Smoking is banned in public buildings in Minnesota and includes all buildings on the St. Olaf campus and including all residence halls. If a student is over 18 and chooses to smoke, they must be at least 10 feet away from the entrance door of any building.

What if I wish to have a car on campus?

A limited number of permits are available to park on campus.  Applications are available from the Parking Office. International students should have a valid International Driver’s License or may apply for a Minnesota State Driver’s License.  Please see the International Student Coordinator for more information.

What other transportation is available?

Since St. Olaf is a residential campus, many evening and weekend activities are available encouraging students to remain on campus for entertainment. A free inter-campus shuttle leaves every half-hour to Carleton College and and then proceeds to various locations in Northfield, such as grocery stores and Target.  A bus runs to Minneapolis/St. Paul throughout the week for a fee.  The Student Activities Office has more information.

How can I get a job?

Employment opportunities for international students are restricted by visa requirements.  International students on F-1, J-1, and other visas may NOT work off-campus without prior authorization from the USCIS.  Please speak to the Visa Coordinator, Megan Carmes in Tomson Hall 380, regarding latest Immigration Regulations once on campus.  International students are permitted to work on-campus.  Maximum work-study grants are approximately $2400 per year.  Visit the Student Work Office for more information.

Where do I go if I become ill?

The St. Olaf College Health Service is staffed by a nurse practitioner who treats students for minor illnesses.  Students pay only for medicines prescribed.  The college has agreements with the Allina Health Services and the Northfield Hospital, both excellent facilities staffed by general practitioners and specialists.  Dental and eye-care clinics are also available in Northfield.  Students who wear glasses or contact lenses are encouraged to bring along their prescriptions.  All medical costs are the responsibility of the student.

How do I get health insurance?

While most college students are healthy and rarely need medical care, no one can predict when they will be sick or have an accident. All international students are required to have medical insurance.  Medical insurance protects students and their families against large medical bills by paying some of the costs for medical care. All international students are required to have medical insurance.

This requirement may also be satisfied in a number of ways.  Some families have insurance that will cover their children studying abroad.  Certain countries provide coverage through their social security or socialized medical systems.  Students must provide insurance information via Studio Abroad.  The policy must be in effect when you arrive on campus.

Students may purchase St. Olaf health insurance. The St. Olaf student health insurance plan, which costs $1.230 will be in effect from August 15,2013 through August 14, 2014.  There is limited coverage for mental health care and competitive athletics.  The St. Olaf Student Health Insurance does NOT cover care related to preexisting illnesses, routine physical exams, eye exams, eye glasses, contact lenses or dental exams.   See the Plan Overview for more information.

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