Policy and Procedures

Remember, New Class Starting Times are
9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.

To Contact the OLLI Office

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 941-309-5111, email olli@ringling.edu, or visit the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Cancellations and Schedule Changes

If a class is cancelled and a makeup is scheduled, you will be contacted with the time and date. OLLI communicates last-minute class changes to students by phone and email. Please check your email regularly.

To Drop a Course

If you need to drop a course before it had begun, please notify the OLLI office so that we may fill your seat from the waiting list.


You may request a transfer from one course to another (within the same term) up until 48 hours after the first scheduled class session at no charge.

Refund Policy

You may request a refund if you cancel a class up to 48 hours after the first scheduled class session; a $15 administrative fee will be charged.  After that time, your entire tuition cost will be forfeited.

No refunds will be made for lectures, workshops, Einstein’s Circles, or membership fees.

Guest Policy

Guests are welcome to visit an OLLI class one time on a space-available basis. When classes are closed (all seats filled), guests cannot be accommodated. A guest cannot “bump” a registered student from any class. Check the website to determine if a class is closed. Guests must register in the OLLI office prior to class.

Building Evacuation Procedures

Building maps are located in each room. If the alarm sounds, everyone should exit it the direction specified on the map. Individual needing assistance should remain in the stairwell until emergency personnel reach you. Students should not attempt to assist other students down the stairs. No one should exit using elevators.

Learning Environment

Above all else, our ultimate goal is to provide you with a stimulating and thoughtful learning experience. We earnestly strive to provide our students with a chance to learn from the finest group of instructors to be found anywhere.

The Institute is committed to creating an intellectually nurturing environment that encourages a collegial exchange of ideas and concepts and enables us to broaden our perspectives and hone our opinions. Sometimes we agree with these viewpoints, and sometimes we question them and feel the need to present an alternative view. This honest “give and take” of scholastic discourse — tempered with mutual respect and an open mind — make for a rare and memorable learning experience.

We all play a role in maintaining this enriching balance of civility and academic freedom.

Here’s how you can do your part:

  • Allow others to have their say.
  • Respect the rights of others to express their views.
  • Listen quietly while instructors or other students are speaking.
  • Refrain from quarrelsome interruptions to an instructor’s presentation.
  • Ensure cell phones are switched off during the class.
  • Comply with staff and instructor requests.

Need to Buy Books for Your Classes?

Try these online sources for new or used books:


Scholarship Program

To apply for an Institute scholarship, contact our Executive Director, Janna Overstreet, by letter at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 or by email at joverst@ringling.edu. Please be certain to include your contact information including email address and phone number in your letter of request. Successful applicants will receive a reduction in the tuition of one course, lecture or circle per year.

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