Phased Approach Returning to Campus

St. Olaf is committed to ensuring a safe and orderly return to campus this fall. It is imperative that all who return to campus for the semester adhere to the strict guidelines which allow us to live, work, and learn together on the Hill. Through a combination of testing, quarantine, highly restricted off-campus engagement, and CDC-recommended hand washing and face covering, we can identify and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus within our community.

Current Status
  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3
  • Phase 4
  • Phase 5
Phase 5
All students participating in term are back on campus

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:

  • No visitors to campus
  • No events on campus
  • Pre-arrival screening for COVID-19 Exposure
  • Reviewing and changing of class schedules
  • Notification of housing changes and needs for move-in accommodations
July 1 – August 14

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:

  • Staff/Faculty COVID-19 Testing 
  • Begin reopening buildings
  • No visitors to campus
  • No events on campus
  • No faculty and staff travel
Move-In Day (August 15-19) through the remainder of a strict quarantine that will be lifted on August 24

Phase 3

On-Campus Quarantine
Level 1

  • All students participating in-person this term must arrive back on campus no later than August 19 at 10 p.m.

During this time:

  • Students restricted to residence hall room/honor house/hotel room or other approved off-campus housing arrangement through August 24, leaving only for scheduled meals or to use the bathroom 
  • After the first round of test results are in, student life will provide programming opportunities outdoors. (The activities will not involve close contact, and participation is optional.) For exercise students will be allowed to solo walk/run the Natural Lands or on campus grounds.
  • All students required to wear face coverings indoors or when physical distancing is not possible 
  • Meals will be provided at Stav Hall on a schedule
  • No student work except essential positions and remote
  • No extracurricular activities except for virtual
  • All classes will begin online on August 20
  • Second round of baseline testing begins August 24
August 24 – September 2

Phase 4

On-Campus Quarantine
Level 2

  • All students participating in term are back on campus and in quarantine

During this time:

  • Students restricted to residence halls and immediate outdoor areas. For exercise students will be allowed to solo walk/run the Natural Lands or on campus grounds.
  • All are required to wear face coverings and practice 6 feet of physical distancing outside of rooms 
  • Meals will be provided in Stav Hall — residence halls will eat together at appointed times
  • No student work except essential positions and remote
  • Only virtual activities
  • Class continue online through September 2
September 3 – November 25

Phase 5

Quarantine Ends/Fall
Semester Continues

  • All students participating in term are back on campus

During this time:

  • Courses that are in-person/hybrid models begin to meet
  • Students are encouraged to stay on campus, however they are allowed to leave to socialize or work in surrounding communities while practicing physical distancing 
  • In-person student work commences
  • Physically distanced extracurriculars activities commence 
  • All buildings open and functioning, but in some cases stricter access
  • All on-campus dining areas are restricted to students only 
  • No visitors
  • Restrictions on events 
  • Continued restrictions on travel of students, 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.