Responsibility for the operation of St. Olaf College is vested in the Board of Regents. The president represents the board and is responsible to it for the operation of the college.
The Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws specify that the faculty shall determine policies regarding the educational operation of the college, subject to the Board of Regents' action through approval or veto.
Although students cannot unilaterally determine or change institutional policy, they are encouraged to initiate and recommend action toward these ends. The primary means for student participation in reviewing and formulating institutional policy is through the student membership on faculty committees. Participation on these committees is seen as a major assignment for faculty members, as well as for students.
Additional lines of communication for a student voice in institutional policy are open through:
- Recommendations from the Student Senate to the appropriate faculty committee or directly to members of the administration; and
- Suggestions from an individual student or from representatives of other student groups to the Student Senate or to the appropriate faculty committee or directly to members of the administration.