Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement provides a wide range of student services and activities. It develops living and learning environments where you have access to:

  • Services that enhance your success
  • Programs that foster responsibility, independence, leadership and service
  • Opportunities where you’re both challenged and supported
  • Services that help you move toward an integrated sense of personal identity and life goals
  • Intentional communities that develop healthy relationships and lifestyles and create an openness to diverse backgrounds
  • Policies that include community values of high expectations and mutual respect

The Office of Student Engagement also coordinates the following:

Student Handbook (pdf) 

The Luther College Student Handbook is a collection of student conduct standards, policies, and procedures that define community expectations for students at Luther. It also serves as an important resource for students, highlighting a wide variety of topics related to life on the Luther campus.  It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with the Student Handbook. Students must also become familiar with other official publications including, but not limited to, the Academic Catalog, Emergency Procedure Guide, and other important documents pertaining to student rights and responsibilities.

Table of Contents

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Bias Incident, Hate Act, Hate Crime, Discrimination, and Harassment Policy and Procedures
  • Code of Conduct
  • Early Arrival
  • Honor Code
  • Missing Student Policy and Procedures
  • Parking and Traffic Policies and Procedures
  • Residence Life Policies and Procedures
  • Student Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures
  • Other Policies and Procedures
    • Advertising Guidelines
    • Student Records: Access to and Confidentiality
    • Bicycle Regulations
    • Chosen Name and Gender Identity Policy
    • Disability Services
    • Email Communication with Students
    • Environmental Statement
    • Federal Drug Free Workplace/Drug Free Schools and Communities Act
    • Fund-Raising Guidelines
    • Greek and Other Campus Organizations
    • Hazing
    • Human Subjects Review Board/Surveys and Research
    • Involuntary Leave of Absence
    • Leave of Absence
    • No Contact Directive
    • Nondiscrimination Statement
    • Religious Groups, Organizations, and Activities at Luther College
    • Student Activities Participation Eligibility Requirements
    • Student Presence on Campus While Separated form the College
    • Student Senate
    • Student Worker Responsibilities
    • Voter Registration Information
    • Withdrawal from Luther College

Jenson Medal for Graduating Seniors

The Jenson Medal is presented each year to a senior, selected by the graduating class, who best demonstrates the ideals of the college through service to students and the college community. The Jenson Medal, a cash prize, and a certificate of the award will be presented at commencement.  The official ballot will be distributed to seniors during the Spring semester.

Joy Tlou Memorial Award

This award is determined through an application/nomination process each fall. A selection committee reviews the applications and makes the final determination.  Application/nomination deadline for Fall 2024 to be announced.

The Joy Tlou Memorial Award, established by Hla Tlou in memory of her brother, Bonolo Joy Tlou ’86, shall be awarded to students, with or without a demonstrated need for financial assistance, whose character, leadership, and participation in the campus community enhance the quality of campus life and encourage a ‘community of Joy’. Born in Africa. Raised in Decorah. Educated at Luther College. Celebrated for years in Park City, Utah. From the humblest beginnings to universal adoration. Joy was loved by everyone, everywhere. He was the Director of Public Relations for the Salt Lake Community College System. He was an artist who made beautiful pottery. He was a singer and musician whose performances spanned genres from funk to acoustic. He was a cook who wowed anyone lucky enough to sit at his table. More than all that, he was a friend to everyone. He was called the mayor of Park City for good reason. From college through his final days, he helped raise money for worthy causes. He made time for children and adults alike. He held massive dinners with no purpose other than to bring people together. His surprise phone calls and visits “just checking in” were welcome any day, any time. Joy touched people. Joni Mitchell wrote a song about him. Seriously.

Simply put, Joy brought the joy everywhere he went. Click here for full details and criteria for this award.  Joy Tlou Memorial Award Application and Nomination Form will be available Fall 2024.

Krahn Family Student Engagement Service Award 

This award is determined through a nomination process. A selection committee reviews nominations and makes a final determination. Nominations deadline to be announced.

Nominees must be Sophomore and Junior students who have demonstrated a strong contribution to campus life in a way that embraces the spirit and mission of Luther College. Any student, faculty, or staff member may nominate a student. This Krahn Family Student Life Service Award is designed to recognize a student who makes a positive impact to student life. The $1,000 award is expected to be over and above any financial assistance a student receives.  

Kuh Family “Positively Luther” Award

This award is determined through an application process. A selection committee reviews the applications and makes the final determination. Application deadline to be announced.

This Kuh Family “Positively Luther” Award shall be given each year to a student whose character, leadership, and participation in co-curricular and other educationally purposeful activities enhance the quality of campus life. The recipient must be in good academic standing with a demonstrated need for financial assistance. This $5,000 award is expected to be over and above the financial aid package offered by the College, and should not be substituted for other support for which the selected student’s need makes them eligible.


Submit a Care Report

Submitting a care report is a way for Luther community members to alert the Office of Student Engagement when students are experiencing personal difficulty so that Student Engagement staff may intervene appropriately. We encourage you to report a student as soon as a concern arises. We have found that early interventions are critical to personal and academic success for students.

Submit a Care Report

Report Bias Incident

At Luther, acts of bias go against our mission and our community values. We seek to provide you a timely response and support. Bias refers to language and/or behaviors against persons because of, but not limited to, others’ actual or perceived: age, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity/expression, genetic information, national origin, race/ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or veteran status.

If you or someone you know may have experienced a bias incident, hate act, hate crime, harassment, or discrimination on campus or in the Decorah community, please report a bias incident.

Report a Bias Incident

View the Student Handbook for more information about Bias Incidents.

Report Sexual Misconduct

If you or someone you know may have experienced sexual misconduct on campus or in the Decorah community, please complete the Sexual Misconduct Support Form.

Luther College is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment where all members of the community—students, faculty, staff, and visitors—are treated with respect and dignity.

Therefore, the college will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. Sexual misconduct is not only an act against an individual; it is also an act that affects the entire college community. Sexual misconduct, fondling, rape, relationship violence, and stalking are inconsistent with our educational mission, and students found responsible for such acts are subject to disciplinary measures up to and including expulsion. Supportive measures are available to impacted individuals even without a formal process, for more information please visit the Get Help Now webpage.