Campus Expectations

These expectations are effective January 14, 2021, and apply to all students. The intent is to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep students, faculty, and staff safer. Our community’s health and safety depend on compliance with these standards.

As scientific understanding of the virus increases, it is likely that guidance from public health authorities and directives from the government will change. Please note the following expectations:

  • If a new guidance/policy is more restrictive than what is listed here, all students are expected to immediately comply with the new measures announced.
  • If the new guidance/policy is less restrictive than what is listed here, all students are expected to continue abiding by these measures until the College notifies them they have changed.

College campuses present unique considerations, and Lafayette may deem it necessary to continue restrictions longer than mandated by authorities. Changes to these expectations will be shared via Lafayette Today and updated on this website (


  • All students must wear face masks:
    • Outside of their residence hall room or their apartment including:
      • In enclosed public spaces such as academic buildings including classrooms, hallways and laboratory spaces, the library, Farinon, and the Kirby Sports Center.
      • Outside when a distance of six feet can’t be maintained between.
      • In dining halls except when actually engaged in eating/drinking.
      • On the LCATS shuttle.
      • Anytime they visit a business on College Hill or in the surrounding community.
      • In any other designated location.
  • To maintain the integrity of the testing protocol, students approved to access campus may not host guests who are not approved to access campus (including other Lafayette students) nor assist them in accessing College-owned facilities. Students who violate this regulation (host and guest) will face outcomes up to and including suspension, without refund, from the College.
  • Lafayette students enrolled to learn from home are not permitted to access facilities nor visit friends who are approved to access campus (i.e., students participating in Lafayette College’s testing protocol). Students who violate this regulation (host and guest) will face outcomes up to and including suspension, without refund, from the College.
  • While on campus, community members must maintain physical distancing with anyone other than a roommate/suitemate.
  • The audio and/or video recording of classes, administrative meetings, or other video chat content without the permission of the instructor or person leading the activity is prohibited.
  • ​For guidelines pertaining to on-campus residence halls, please reference the Residence Life website.
  • Organizing and/or attending in-person gatherings is prohibited for the beginning of the semester.  
    • Limited in-person events will eventually be permitted. All large-scale programming will be virtual. Student organizations must adhere to the guidelines and expectations outlined in the Student Organization Guide.
  • Participation in daily symptom monitoring, weekly testing, and any other requests made by Bailey Health Center or their designee(s), including placement in isolation and/or quarantine /housing, is mandatory.
    • Support for students will be provided throughout the quarantine/isolation process, and students in quarantine or isolation should communicate with their in-person faculty about continuing coursework virtually.
  • Any student showing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) must refrain from interacting with others in-person for any reason, and contact Bailey Health Center (610-330-5001).
  • Full compliance with requests for information from contact tracers is required.  In exchange, students will not be disciplined for any information shared with the contact tracers related to violations of the College alcohol and drug policy.  
  • Community members are expected to follow all posted directions and guidance in buildings.
  • Students are expected to restrict travel during the Spring 2021 semester.  Specifically, students should remain within the Lehigh Valley and not spend the night away from campus during the Spring 2021 semester unless absolutely necessary. If special circumstances arise, students can request permission to leave by completing a request form. Please complete the form at least 48 hours in advance. Students who travel overnight or outside the Lehigh Valley may be required to quarantine for 14 days upon return to campus.  

These rules apply on and off campus. Students are expected to behave with care for the community by not hosting or attending large events nor failing to follow physical distancing guidelines.

All members of the community must comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and published procedures.

In situations where failure to uphold the expectations outlined above results in a health and safety risk to the community, immediate consequences may result. Expectations that fall into this category include participation in testing and contacting tracing, and following isolation and quarantine instructions. Immediate consequences include but are not limited to things like fob shutoff, restrictions from campus buildings including the recreation center, and/or revoking access to College applications such as OurCampus or the College portal, etc.

Intentional, significant, or repeated alleged violations of the Pard Pledge may be referred to the disciplinary process, in addition to or in lieu of imposing consequences as described above. The disciplinary process may result in a range of sanctions, including suspension or even expulsion, in the most serious cases. Additional information on the disciplinary process can be found at An expedited process will remain in place during Spring 2021 for alleged violations of the Pard Pledge and/or the COVID Addendum to the Student Handbook.



Last updated 1.5.20