For Parents and Families
Welcome to the Dean of Students Office page for parents and families. If you've found us here, you likely are searching for something. Perhaps that something can be found in the links below. If not, feel free to Ask Lena.
If you are trying to find help on campus for yourself or your child (outside of business hours) please call Public Safety at (507) 786-3666. Public Safety officers have quick access to the residential life staff and dean on call.
otherwise known as FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
Registrar information about college calendars, registration or legal issues (like FERPA), college calendars, and other important academic information.
Harry C. Piper Center for Vocation and Career
The Piper Center provides students mechanisms for exploring the Liberal Arts, finding and honing their skills and much more! In addition, the the Piper Center has initiated the Explore Resource: a support for all St. Olaf students who are searching for a vocation, major, specific competencies, or area(s) of interest.
Information about the New Student Orientation Program at St. Olaf College.
Current and future academic year calendars with major college events listed.
Alumni and Parents
The homepage for the Alumni and Parent Relations Office. Links to area and upcoming events, including Homecoming and Family Weekend and Commencement.
Off Campus Students
This page lists resources for our students who reside off campus.
The Dean of Students Office has a page that lists various resources on and off campus that might be of use to you and your student.
Have a question? Not sure whom to ask? Ask Lena! Barb Schmidt (a.k.a. Lena) will receive your question, forward it to the person most qualified to answer your question and get the answer back to you. We may even share your question with other families in the periodic parent e-gram.
Current Articles for Parents and Families
This page lists articles that may be of interest to parents and family members of college students.
The St. Olaf Student Handbook
The Book, the Official Student Handbook for St. Olaf College, is available online only. Printed copies are not available; however, feel free to print any relevant section as needed for your use. Bookmark this link for ready reference to college policies, procedures and campus information.