Student Handbook

Flag Policy

Macalester College was among the first colleges in the nation and the first in Minnesota to fly the flag of the United Nations. The U.N. flag, along with the U.S. flag, continues to be displayed as a symbol of Macalester’s commitment to international understanding. Because Macalester students come from all over the world, flags representing the nationalities and Native American tribal nations of current students are flown to recognize and represent our students. The following policy pertains to flags at Macalester:

1. The main campus flagpole is located in the plaza of the Chapel and is reserved solely for displaying the United States and United Nations flags.

2. The U.S. flag will be lowered to half-staff at the direction of the President of the United States. Further, the U.S. flag will be lowered to half-staff at the direction of the Macalester President’s office for the death of a current or former member of the faculty, staff or Board of Trustees.

3. Flags of countries where current students hold passports will be displayed at campus events. Students with questions pertaining to nationality or citizenship and cases of multiple passports should contact the Director of International Student Programs.

4. Flags of North American Native American nations in which current students are enrolled members will be displayed at campus events. Students with questions pertaining to tribal nation flags should contact the Dean of Multicultural Life.

5. Flags of countries where current students hold passport and tribal enrollment will be flown on the flagpoles at the west entrance of Carnegie Hall and in Café Mac. The flags are displayed on a rotating basis, at the direction of the Director of Campus Activities and Operations.

6. Flags representing groups, cultures or entities not included above may be displayed at a campus location determined by the Director of Campus Activities and Operations.

(Amended April 2014)