Move to Online Fall Semester
Why aren’t students approved to live in College housing off campus receiving the 10% tuition reduction?
The tuition reduction for students studying from home reflects their lack of access to campus facilities and the richer experience of learning among one’s peers. Students living on or near campus have some access to many campus buildings and services, including high-speed WiFi while on campus; the library, dining halls, fitness center, and common computing spaces; and some academic spaces as needed.
In addition, students living on or near campus will be part of the student community and share responsibility in creating a safe and healthy environment for all. The health center will conduct testing and monitoring for all students and is poised to provide medical care for any student who is not learning from home. In order to maintain the safety of the entire community, all students who are part of the local social network must follow the same safety protocols. With the specific rules for 2020-21 related to COVID-19, the limits we have set on the size of gatherings are to protect our campus and the Easton community as a whole.
How will the remote student experience this fall semester be different than it was in the spring?
This summer the faculty and staff have been working tirelessly to prepare for the fall semester, knowing there was the possibility that we might have to start or transition to remote instruction at some point during the term. The final weeks before the start of the semester will allow us to finish all of those preparations. Professors will be implementing strategies to effectively teach challenging and engaging courses; staff are prepared to offer the support to remote Leopards just like we do when we gather on campus; and ITS has invested in the technology and training needed to support our ambitious agenda for fall 2020. Teletherapy services will be provided in accordance with the state licensing laws that apply to where the student resides.
I would like to come to Easton but did not meet the criteria. Can I just rent a private apartment?
The College’s decision to move to an online semester is meant to keep students at home. Students are not permitted to rent private apartments unless already given permission to do so by the Residence Life Office. This is not solely due to our four-year residency requirement, but also to help protect the College Hill community. Students who are not already approved to rent privately will be required to reside in college housing when they return for the spring semester. As a reminder, students who are not approved to access campus and do so will face significant disciplinary consequences, including suspension from the College.
I am being charged for a meal plan, does that mean dining is open?
Yes, dining services will operate and students will have access to all-you-care-to-eat meals and grab-and-go options. Dining services staff will need to serve all food (no buffet style) in the all you care to eat venues.
What is the status of students living in the McCartney Street or other off-campus housing?
Students who have private leases with McCartney North and South, or other off-campus landlords, will be allowed on campus. Students will be asked to confirm their plans to live in private housing by July 29.
I was supposed to live in McCartney North and South but want to learn from home. Can I?
Students should contact the property manager for McCartney North and South to discuss ending their lease. Once approved, the College will be notified to change the student status to learn from home.
What is the plan for student belongings that have been in storage?
Students who contracted with one of the College’s endorsed storage companies will receive a direct communication by Aug. 3.
Are more Residence Life details available?
Yes. Residence Life has its own set of Fall 2020 FAQs.
What about new student orientation? How will I meet classmates and professors?
This year’s virtual Orientation will provide new students with the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, student leaders, and other new students at Lafayette. Orientation familiarizes new students with our shared community and academic values and expectations, encourages an understanding of the importance of operating in Lafayette’s pluralistic and inclusive community, introduces resources that can assist in making a successful transition to college life, and aims to instill an appreciation for the value of an academically rigorous and diverse community. Phase 1 of Orientation has been ongoing throughout the summer and has consisted of virtual opportunities such as the Faculty Advising Drop-In Hours, Faculty Themed Discussions, and Campus Resource Drop-In Sessions. Phase 2 of Orientation will begin on Thursday, Aug. 13, and will conclude by Sunday, Aug. 16. Every new student will hear from their orientation leader in August about their specific virtual Orientation schedule, which will consist of events including Convocation, A Day in the Life of a Lafayette Student skits, sustainability programming, Achieving Academic Success, wellness programs, interactive games and activities such as the Marquis Mission competition, Getting to Know the Career Center, a Title IX discussion, and other important sessions.
I am an international student currently in the United States. What are my options?
You can study remotely while in the United States either away from campus or on campus. To comply with SEVIS reporting requirements and the College’s arrival deadlines, you will need to indicate in a forthcoming survey from the Office of International Student Advising where you will be spending the semester.
I am an international student currently living in my home country. What are my options?
All international students may fully engage in Lafayette’s remote offerings from their home country. An upper-level international student with a valid F-1 visa may return to the U.S. to pursue online study but must comply with SEVIS reporting requirements and the College’s arrival deadlines. In accordance with current SEVP guidance, first-year students may not enter the U.S. and take their first semester online. Existing SEVIS records will be updated accordingly.
What about International Orientation?
International Orientation will take place virtually throughout the fall semester with a kickoff event on Aug. 2. A detailed schedule of upcoming events will be shared that day.