Updated July 22, 2020

We will allow a minimal number of students on campus this fall. Our focus will be on building and strengthening our community, no matter where our Leopards are living. Lafayette will employ the following steps to ensure the health and safety of the community that is on campus, 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 who come to campus 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.
  • The Health Center will have rapid, on-site testing available for students who display any COVID-19 symptoms.

Symptom monitoring

All members of the community who are on campus will be expected to self-monitor for symptoms.



  • Students who test positive at any time must abide by isolation policies. Students who violate isolation policies will be sent 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 30 members of the campus community have been trained and certified in contact tracing. Students, faculty, and staff on campus 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 as they continue their coursework remotely.


Physical distancing

  • Appropriate physical distancing will be maintained in all areas through signage, scheduling, plexiglass barriers (where appropriate), adjusted room layouts, etc.
  • Density of each residence hall will be controlled.
  • Students on campus who do not follow physical distancing guidelines will be sent home.


  • Masks will be required everywhere on campus and will be provided to students, faculty, and staff who are studying or working on campus.
  • Visitors must have approved appointments and follow campus mask-wearing rules at all times.


Faculty and staff who return to campus 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.



The Patriot League has canceled all fall sports competitions. No decisions have been made yet on winter and spring sports, or whether some fall sports might compete in the spring.


Student 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. Our community will span the globe, and our goal is to build and sustain connections among students.  
  • Students not registered as living in Easton may not come to campus at any time, including to visit friends. Students who violate this policy, both visitor and host, will be subject to disciplinary action including and up to suspension from classes and/or removal from College housing.
  • Additional information can be found in the Guide to Campus Life and the COVID-Related Addendum to the Student Handbook.