In preparation for the fall semester, Lafayette will employ the following to ensure the health and safety of the community with the understanding that changes will be made based on continuing guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.


  • All students who come to campus must participate in COVID-19 testing. Faculty and staff are expected to get tested during this time as well.
  • Students will participate in random COVID-19 monitoring throughout the semester to identify any hotspots.
  • Faculty, staff, and students with symptoms will have access to rapid tests coordinated by Bailey Health Center.

Symptom monitoring

  • All members of the community will be expected to self-monitor for symptoms and guidance for how to accomplish that will be provided.
  • Students will be required to self-monitor for symptoms, and compliance will be monitored daily.


Students who test positive at any time must abide by isolation policies, in some cases returning home if they live within a reasonable distance from campus and can safely do so, in others moving into spaces designated by the College for those who can’t return home.

Guidance for faculty and staff needing to isolate themselves will be provided. Employees will not be charged sick time for Covid-19 related isolation and they will be paid.

Contact tracing

More than 10 college employees have been trained and certified in contact tracing. Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must comply with requests for information related to the contact tracing process.


Students identified as close contacts of a person who tests positive must comply when directed to be quarantined. Support for students will be provided throughout the quarantine process, and academic coursework will continue remotely.

Physical distancing

  • Appropriate physical distancing will be maintained in classrooms, dining halls, and other areas through signage, scheduling, plexiglass barriers (where appropriate), adjusted room layouts, etc.
  • Density of residence halls will be controlled, with selective reduction in some areas.


  • Masks will be required in classrooms and many other spaces on campus, and will be provided to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Visitors must follow campus mask-wearing rules at all times.


Faculty and staff will be provided with personal protective equipment based on individual and situational needs and in accordance with guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This may include plastic face shields and the adjustment of some space layouts to accommodate physical distancing.


(updated June 22) The Patriot League Council of Presidents announced guiding principles for the development of a Patriot League Fall 2020 Athletics Plan that makes the health and safety of our communities the highest priorities. Patriot League Athletics Directors and League staff will develop schedules to meet these criteria, which will be announced at a future date.

Campus experience

Various offices and student organizations will be working hard to ensure there are a variety of activities planned for the fall semester. The activities will be a combination of in-person functions (following CDC, state, and college guidelines for health and safety) and virtual events.