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Policies and Procedures

The College’s policies and procedures are published in the Academic Catalog and the Academic Regulations and Procedures Handbook. The guides are easy-to-use, comprehensive resources that students and parents should refer to first if questions about College policy arise. The following are selected excerpts from policies and procedures that may be of particular interest to parents.

Academic Programs and Policies

Well over a century ago, Carleton started promising its students a “liberal and thorough” education. That goal is embodied still in the College’s requirements for graduation, which are designed to expose students to a wide variety of disciplines, as well as to allow them to concentrate on a major subject. 

See graduation requirements for entry level students who matriculate fall 2010 and subsequent terms. 

Financial Matters

Parents of students receive information about billing directly from the Business Office in May. Students are held responsible for payment of their college fees. The first term bill is mailed to the student at home and is due August 15; second and third term bills are sent to the student on campus and are due December 15 and March 15. Note that health insurance is required for all students. Parents will receive a mailing directly from the College’s selected insurance carrier.

Housing

Carleton College is a residential liberal arts college, which means that students are required to live in College-owned housing. We offer traditional residence halls, suite-style residences, townhouses, and houses. First-year students are assigned to doubles or triples in traditional residence halls.

The College has standards, policies, and expectations that encourage a living environment which is respectful, safe, and secure. Students have many rights as well as responsibilities in the residential system. The rights to study, rest, and privacy take precedence over all other rights. Residents are expected to understand and abide by the regulations described in the Living at Carleton booklet and on the Community Standards and Policies Web page. Violation of stated policies will result in prescribed administrative or disciplinary actions. For more information about student housing options and residence hall policies, visit Residential Life.

Motor Vehicles

Students are not permitted to drive or maintain motor vehicles within the city limits of Northfield except to load or unload belongings at the beginning or end of each term unless they live in non-College owned housing, have less than a one-half board contract in College housing, or need transportation to employment during the term. Vehicle permits must be obtained from Security Services

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Student Misconduct

Most problems and conflicts at Carleton are resolved informally. The College’s first response to behavioral problems is ordinarily educational, not punitive. However, some actions are destructive to the quality of the living and learning community and are consequently codified in the list of “Prohibited Conduct” in the Student Judicial Code. The list includes cheating and plagiarism, obstruction of teaching, physical abuse, theft, disorderly conduct, use of explosive materials, violation of alcohol policy, sexual harassment and assault, and use of illegal drugs.

All regulations are in writing in official College publications, and formal judicial actions follow the procedures outlined in Community Standards and Policies. Records of violators of the Student Code of Conduct are kept in a confidential file in the Office of the Dean of Students. Parents will be informed of judicial actions only if sanctions affect the student’s status at Carleton. Students are always encouraged to involve and inform parents.