Phased Approach Returning to Campus

In order to have a safe and orderly return to campus work for our August 20 fall semester start date, St. Olaf College intends to have a gradual repopulating of the campus. Employees who can continue to work from home will continue to do so. Employees who have identified High Risk Factors will be appropriately accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

Supervisors will notify and confirm with employees what group they are in and clarify when they are required to be on campus.

Current Status
  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3
  • Phase 4
Phase 2
Begin to prepare for academic program and other fall semester activities

Return prior to June 30

Phase 1

Plan and Prepare the Physical Environment

  • Facilities employees necessary to prepare campus
  • Faculty and Staff involved in planning

During this time:

  • Limited building access
  • No visitors to campus
  • No events on campus
Return July 1 – July 31

Phase 2

Begin to prepare for academic program and other fall semester activities

  • Student Life as needed
  • Faculty starting on July 15

During this time:

  • Begin reopening buildings
  • Restricted visitors to campus
  • No events on campus
  • No faculty and staff travel
Return August 1 – August 20

Phase 3

Remaining necessary employees return to campus

  • Remaining necessary staff who will not be working remotely

During this time:

  • Open administrative offices only as needed
  • Complete building reopening
  • Continued restrictions to visitors; only essential visitors
  • Restriction on events
  • Restrictions on travel of faculty and staff
Return August 20 – November 25

Phase 4

Fall Semester Begins

  • All students participating in term are back on campus

During this time:

  • All buildings open and functioning, but in some cases stricter access
  • Continued restrictions to visitors; only essential visitors
  • Continued restriction on events
  • Continued restrictions on travel of faculty and staff

The College’s plan is subject to change based on our evolving understanding of COVID-19 and its impact. Check this website often for the latest information.