FAQ Index

  1. Academic calendar and schedule
    1. What will the break schedule be?
    2. I am a senior; with the changes in schedule, will I still graduate on time?
    3. I had planned to take a class that requires a lab; will I still be able to take it?
    4. Will we still have Interim in January?
    5. How does this revised schedule impact spring semester?
    6. Will the grading policy for drops and S/U and P/N courses change?
    7. What is the plan if we leave campus at the end of fall semester and then can’t return?
    8. Will class schedules and locations change?
    9. Will any of the classes be online? I am a high-risk student, can I take the classes online if offered?
  2. Faculty and staff returning to campus
    1. When can I return to campus?
    2. What campus buildings will I have access to?
    3. Will campus services such as the Post Office, Print Store, Bookstore, and the Cage be open to faculty and staff?
    4. Will Skoglund be open for faculty and staff to exercise?
    5. I’m traveling outside of Minnesota in early August — will I have to quarantine if I do?
  3. New students moving to campus
    1. When can I move into my residence hall?
    2. In previous years, there has been the option to attend Drop-off/Drop-by, the Friday before moving in on Saturday — will there be that option this year?
    3. Can my family help me move in?
    4. Will there be an orientation program for first-year students?
    5. My family didn’t have a chance to visit campus yet, could we stop by sometime this summer, prior to our scheduled move in date?
    6. How will returning to campus work for international students who are traveling to St. Olaf from outside of the U.S.?
    7. What hotels do you recommend for pre-moving in?
  4. Returning students moving to campus and move-in guidelines 
    1. What if I’m unable to return to campus early because I can’t arrange travel plans on short notice or I’m committed to a job or internship beyond August 20?
    2. When can I move into my residence hall or honor house?
    3. How will move-in be structured to reduce risk?
    4. Will campus services such as the Post Office, Print Store, Bookstore, the Cage, and Stav be fully open to students?
    5. How will returning to campus work for international students who are traveling to St. Olaf from outside of the U.S.?
    6. Some students will be living at hotels this year; how will move-in work for those students and how will they get to campus?
    7. Will students be permitted to stay on campus during the extended winter break, particularly if they don’t have anywhere else to go?
  5. Events
    1. My department or organization had events planned for the fall semester. How does this impact those events?
    2. Will the college hold routine in-person events like Daily Chapel?
    3. Can I plan events for the fall? What are the guidelines and processes for planning events?
    4. What resources are available to support virtual events?
    5. Will large campus events still take place (e.g., Homecoming and Family Weekend, Christmas Festival)?
    6. What are the limits on crowds and gatherings?
    7. Are off-campus events going to be held? How will we approach alumni events, etc.?
  6. Visiting and coming to and from campus
    1. Will prospective students be able to visit campus?
    2. Will the campus be open to the general public?
    3. Will students, faculty, and staff be allowed to attend off-campus events and then return immediately to campus? Will we take into consideration whether these events are held in areas with COVID-19 outbreaks?
    4. Can students travel away from campus on the weekends?
    5. Will face coverings be provided for visitors?
  7. Student orgs and co-curricular activities (athletics, ensembles, etc.)
    1. Will varsity sports and athletics practice and compete this fall?
    2. What recreational activities, intramural, and club sports will be available?
    3. Will music ensembles be able to rehearse and perform? What about choral ensembles in particular?
    4. Will my student organization be allowed to program? What are the guidelines and restrictions for student organizations?
  8. HR policies and employee concerns
    1. What steps do I need to take if I need a high risk accommodation?
    2. Is there required training or other steps I need to take if I have been approved by my supervisor to return to campus?
    3. If I see a faculty or staff member who is not adhering to the policies and community pledge, what should I do?
    4. What do I do if I am sick or someone in my household becomes sick?
    5. What do I need to know if I am working remotely?
    6. If I’m working remotely, do I still need to report my daily health status?
    7. How would an employee be paid during a need for self-quarantine for 14 days, due to their own, or their family member’s, exposure to someone with COVID-19?
    8. Will I get paid if I become ill or need to self-isolate after being exposed to COVID-19?
  9. Prevention practices (physical distancing, face coverings, etc.)
    1. Are face coverings required at all times on campus?
    2. If I cannot wear a mask for health reasons, what should I do?
    3. What will the safety practices be for food venues on campus (Stav, King’s Dining Room, The Pause, The Cage)?
    4. What safety practices will be in place during classes?
    5. What will the practices be for residence halls and honor houses?
    6. What will the practices be for non-residential campus buildings (Buntrock, Tomson, Regents, etc.)?
    7. Will there be changes to spaces (e.g., use of plexiglass) and different cleaning protocols for campus buildings?
    8. Will Skoglund be open for students to exercise?
  10. Safety and well-being (monitoring, isolation, testing, mental health, wellness, etc.)
    1. If I’m a student living on campus and start to feel sick, what should I do?
    2. Do I have to go home if I get sick?
    3. What physical health resources are available? Will there be additional resources available?
    4. When will students be isolated? Where on campus will they isolate?
    5. My roommate/classmate/colleague seems sick — what should I do?
    6. How will COVID-19 testing and contact tracing be handled on campus? And will I need to pay for it?
    7. What will the procedure be if there is a COVID-19 outbreak on campus?
    8. What mental health resources are available?
    9. In what situation would St. Olaf need to send students home/transition back to remote learning?
  11. Student policies and compliance
    1. Will students be allowed to leave campus to socialize or work in surrounding communities? Do they need to take safety precautions upon their return?
    2. Will students be able to complete off-campus academic internships?
    3. What if off-campus study or work experience is required for my degree?
    4. Will students be allowed to travel and return to campus? Do they need to take safety precautions upon their return?
    5. If I see a student who is not adhering to the policies and community pledge, what should I do?
    6. Can I bring a car to campus if I am living in a hotel? Do I have to pay for a parking pass? Will there be enough parking?
  12. Financial aid, student work, student accounts, and registrar
    1. If some classes or parts of classes are held online, will the tuition remain the same?
    2. Will the college address additional financial burdens for international students and others?
    3. Will work study opportunities be offered on campus this academic year?
    4. Will off-campus work study opportunities be offered this academic year?
    5. What if I have to make a change to my class schedule? Will the Registrar’s Office in Tomson be open?
  13. Student support non-health related (Piper Center, Center for Advising and Academic Support (CAAS), Taylor Center)
    1. Will I be able to meet in person with various advisors and staff members for career coaching, academic support, tutoring, etc.?
    2. Will the Piper Center be open for students?
    3. Will the Taylor Center be open for students?
  14. Study abroad and off campus study programs
    1. Will the college offer any study abroad programs? If so, will participants need to take certain steps before they’re allowed to return to campus?
    2. Will I be allowed to travel for conferences or other work for the college? Will participants need to take certain steps before they’re allowed to return to campus?