Incidents of Bias, Harassment, and Hate Crimes

A resource page for the St. Olaf Community

St. Olaf College is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all members of the St. Olaf community — students, faculty, and staff — are treated with respect and dignity, free from bias and harassment. Faculty, staff, and students are together responsible for maintaining an educational and working environment that is consistent with institutional values.

Incidents of bias, harassment, and hate crimes all include some form of unwelcome conduct that is based on a person’s race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class status.

Report a Bias Incident

From the St. Olaf Code of Student Conduct
Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to disciplinary sanctions:
Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person including, but not limited to, the following forms:
a. Direct oral expression or physical gesture or action
b. Notes, letters, U.S. mail, campus mail, or other forms of written communication
c. Phone calls or phone messages
d. E-mail or other electronic methods of communication
Read more here.

How to Report
St. Olaf College encourages victims of hate crimes, harassment or bias to report the incident to appropriate authorities on or off campus.
Dean of Students Office                 507-786-3615
Residence Life Office                     507-786-3011
Director of Human Resources          507-786-3068
Public Safety                                507-786-3666
Director of Center for Multicultural and International Engagement  (CMIE)        507-786-3060
Northfield Police Department          507-645-4475
Campus Conduct Hotline – Anonymous reporting line  – Available 24-hours  (866) 943-5787

Helpful Links
St. Olaf College Code of Student Conduct
Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct Policy
Crime Reporting Requirements (includes definition of hate crime)
Campus Conduct Hotline 
St. Olaf Crime Statistics
St. Olaf IT Policy on Misuse of Computers 

Members of the Bias Response Team

  • Roz Eaton, Dean of Students
  • María Pabón Gautier, Director of the Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion
  • Bruce King, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
  • Fred Behr, Director of Public Safety
  • Mike Goodson, Vice President of Human Resources
  • Pamela McDowell, Associate Dean for Residence Life
  • Corliss Swain, Professor of Philosophy
  • Kari VanDerVeen, Associate Director of Communications
  • Carl Crosby Lehmann, Vice President and General Counsel