Code of Student Conduct: Preamble

St. Olaf College is committed to creating and maintaining an environment where individual and institutional responsibility combine to promote student development. In order to achieve this goal within an atmosphere where community members’ rights are respected, the college has established a Code of Student Conduct. This code has been developed to reflect the college’s values and the nature living in an intensely residential learning environment.  This code is intended to clarify the standards of behavior essential to the college’s educational mission and its community life.

The code is not an exhaustive attempt to codify every possible type of problematic behavior, and it is not a contract between the college and its students. The college reserves the right to apply the code to conduct occurring on campus and off campus.

Each student will be treated as an individual within the conduct process, with the goal of enhancing their growth in various areas, including those of developing responsibility for discipline and behavior. The code will also be used to promote the wellbeing of the entire St. Olaf community.  Because of the individual nature of students, their behaviors, and the particular circumstances involved, the college reserves its right to respond to situations in the manner it deems appropriate, which may at times include deviation from the code when the college deems it appropriate.

The following are seen as the desired outcomes for the student conduct process:

  • To encourage and to teach responsibility for one’s own actions, as well as those of others.
  • To inform and thus redirect problematic behavior.
  • To protect the rights of others in the community.

Every student member of the college community is provided benefits in accordance with the expectation that each student has maturity, intelligence and concern for the rights of others. Only when a person demonstrates a lack of cooperation and consideration does the college, acting through its officials, take some type of conduct action. Behavior, whether attempted or committed, deemed to be disruptive to the community atmosphere will not be tolerated.

Students are asked to share responsibility in the college conduct system in order that they might contribute their skills and insights to the resolution of conduct cases. Final authority in conduct matters, however, is vested in the President of the college and/or the President’s designees. The Dean of Students shall have authority from the President of the college to oversee adjudication of cases. It is important to note that several other important policies also govern specific aspects of campus life. All students need to be familiar with the following:

Article I: Definitions