FAQ Index

  1. Academic calendar and schedule
    1. I am a senior; with the changes in schedule, will I still graduate on time?
    2. What is the schedule for spring semester?
    3. Will the grading policy for drops and S/U and P/N courses change?
    4. What is the plan if we cannot come to campus or if we must leave campus during the spring semester and then can’t return?
    5. Will any of the classes be online? I am a high-risk student, can I take the classes online if offered?
    6. Will off-campus study be an option for spring semester?
  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 Center, Bookstore, and the Cage be open to faculty and staff?
    4. Will Skoglund/Tostrud be open for faculty and staff to exercise?
    5. I’m planning to travel — will I have to self-quarantine if I do?
    6. Do I need to sign the Community pledge?
  3. New students moving to campus
    1. When can I move into my residence hall?
    2. Can my family help me move in?
    3. How will returning to campus work for international students who are traveling to St. Olaf from outside of the U.S.?
    4. Which hotels do you recommend for pre-moving in?
  4. Returning students moving to campus and move-in guidelines 
    1. When can I move into my residence hall or honor house?
    2. How will move-in be structured to reduce risk?
    3. Will campus services such as the Post Office, Print Store, Bookstore, the Cage, and Stav be fully open to students?
    4. Some students will be living at hotels this year; how will move-in work for those students and how will they get to campus?
    5. How will returning to campus work for international students who are traveling to St. Olaf from outside of the U.S.?
    6. 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. How does COVID-19 impact events on campus?
    2. Will the college hold Daily Chapel?
    3. What resources are available to support virtual events?
    4. How will we approach alumni events?
  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?
  7. Student orgs and co-curricular activities (athletics, ensembles, etc.)
    1. Will varsity sports and athletics practice and compete this spring?
    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 must I take if I need a high risk accommodation?
    2. What action should I take if I am already approved to work remotely (for other reasons than a high risk accommodation) and would like to continue to do so for spring term?
    3. Is there required training or other steps I need to take if I have been approved by my supervisor/Associate Dean to return to campus?
    4. If I see a faculty or staff member who is not adhering to the policies and community pledge, what should I do?
    5. What do I need to do if I or a member of my household has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19?
    6. What do I need to know if I am working remotely?
    7. How often do I need to report my health status?
    8. How would an employee be paid during a need for self-quarantine or isolation, due to their own, or their family member’s, exposure to someone with COVID-19?
    9. Will I get paid if I become ill with COVID-19 symptoms?
    10. Does our health insurance plan cover COVID-19 testing?
    11. Is St. Olaf able to accommodate employees who have children that may be impacted by daycare and/or school district attendance decisions?
  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?
    10. If I would like to get a test done prior to leaving campus, what are my options?
  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?
    7. Do I need to sign the Community pledge?
  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. Since Interim ’21 will be online, will room and board refunds be given?
    3. Will the college address additional financial burdens for international students and others?
    4. Will work study opportunities be offered on campus this academic year?
    5. Who can work in-person and who can work remotely?
    6. Are there students who cannot work this year?
    7. Will off-campus work study opportunities be offered this academic year?
    8. Can I continue to work over the extended break and Interim?
    9. If St. Olaf decides it is no longer safe for students to reside on campus, what will happen to my charges?
  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?
  15. Testing and contact tracing
    1. What is quarantine?
    2. What is isolation?
    3. How and when will the College administer “baseline testing?”
    4. How will we be tested for COVID-19?
    5. I don’t want to be tested or I already have COVID-19 antibodies, do I really need to be tested?
    6. How long will students be required to quarantine on campus after arriving in February?
    7. Will testing be administered throughout the school year?
    8. How will the college report the number of positive cases to the campus community?
    9. What should I do if someone I have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19?
    10. When will students be isolated? Where on campus will they isolate?
    11. When can a student be removed from isolation?
    12. Why isn’t the college testing all students before they return home at the end of the semester? I don’t want to expose my family to the virus.
    13. Who is being tested?
    14. What test are we using?
    15. When can I expect results?
    16. What if I test positive?
    17. What happens with results?
    18. Why did I have to sign an informed consent form prior to testing?
    19. What protocols should I follow if I receive a positive COVID-19 test or am awaiting symptomatic test results?
  16. International Students
    1. Incoming International Students (Class of 2024-Starting in February)
      1. I am an incoming international student. When can I come to campus?
      2. What if I can’t get my visa on time, or otherwise make it to campus by February 25th, 2021?
      3. Can I enroll in only online classes if I am on-campus?
      4. Who can I talk to directly if I have questions about my plans as an incoming international student?
    2. Current International Students
      1. Can I enroll in only online classes and maintain my F-1 student status?
      2. What if I’m an international student living on campus and the campus transitions to only online, as they did in Spring 2020?
      3. Who can I talk to directly if I have questions about my plans for the spring as an international student?
  17. Music
    1. How will lessons for wind instruments be conducted?
    2. How will lessons for vocal music be conducted?
    3. Where will musicians rehearse?
    4. Will music ensembles be able to rehearse and perform? What about choral ensembles in particular?
    5. What about my music scholarship?
    6. Will ventilation be an issue in CHM and HOM?
  18. Face Masks & Face Shields
    1. When and where must I wear my face mask?
    2. How do I wear my face mask properly?
    3. Are single-use disposable face masks ok to use?
    4. What face mask materials should I consider for reusable masks?
    5. Can the face mask have exhalation valves or vents?
    6. How often should I wash my reusable face mask?
    7. How many face masks should I have with me during the day?
    8. How many face masks should I own?
    9. What are some guidelines for handling face masks?
    10. Are religious face coverings acceptable as a face mask?
    11. Who is exempt from wearing a face mask?
    12. If I can not wear a face mask for health reasons what should I do?
    13. Is a face shield the equivalent of a face mask?
    14. Can I wear a face shield instead of a face mask?
    15. Are there times when I can wear a face shield instead of a face mask?
    16. Are there circumstances when I may need to wear a face mask AND a face shield?
  19. Vaccines
    1. Will students, faculty and staff be required to get the vaccine?
    2. Will the college be keeping track of who gets the vaccine and who does not?
    3. When will the general student body be able to get the vaccine?
    4. Does St. Olaf plan to become a vaccination site?
    5. What is St. Olaf doing to get the vaccine for its students, faculty and staff?
    6. How much of the campus has received the vaccine?
    7. How can I sign up for the vaccine?
    8. Can a vaccinated person test positive for COVID-19?
    9. Does a vaccinated person need to wear a mask and follow other safety precautions?
    10. Does a vaccinated person need to be part of surveillance and other COVID testing programs?