St. Olaf’s Community Standards is a living document; we expect that it will be revised throughout the summer and academic year 2021-22 as understanding of the virus deepens, best practices change, and therapeutic measures become increasingly available. Changes to the document will be announced to the St. Olaf community, and each community member is expected to remain apprised of these changes as they occur. With the new mandatory vaccination policy and the increase in COVID-19 cases in Minnesota and across the United States, the college is moving into a new phase for managing the pandemic. We expect community members to follow mitigation measures.
The guidance provides important practices everyone on campus must follow:
- Vaccination Requirements
- Health Reporting
- Isolation, Quarantine, Testing, and Contact Tracing
- Prevention Practices
- Campus Guidelines
- Staff and Faculty Guidelines
Bias Based Discrimination
The current COVID-19 outbreak has provoked cognitive bias and discriminatory behaviors against people of certain ethnic backgrounds as well as anyone perceived to have been in contact with the virus or who has not received the vaccination. We know that the virus does not differentiate according to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or physical ability.
St. Olaf College is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all members of the community (students, faculty, and staff) are respected and treated with dignity, and are free from bias and harassment. We encourage victims of hate crimes, harassment, or bias to report the incident to the appropriate authorities or through the college’s Bias Incident Reporting Form.