Faculty are working hard to ensure that the Lafayette curriculum will continue to provide engaging and challenging courses in a mixture of formats. Building on their experiences last spring, faculty are designing their courses to offer maximum opportunity for person-to-person interactions, whether on campus or off, and are incorporating creative approaches to delivering course material.

Academic calendar

The fall semester will start on Aug. 17. Starting early, eliminating fall break, and conducting final exams remotely reduces the possibility of students and others on campus becoming infected during breaks and then spreading the virus upon their return.  It also offers the greatest flexibility in the event that evolving health and safety issues necessitate a return to remote instruction at some point in the semester.

Flexible academic modalities

Faculty members are modifying their courses to accommodate a variety of modes of instruction—in-person, distance, and hybrid formats—as circumstances require and according to best pedagogical practices. Building on their experiences in the spring semester—and with the support of multiple workshops, discussions, and training offered by CITLS, Learning and Research Technologies, and others—faculty are designing courses that will make maximum use of person-to-person interactions, both on and off campus.

Student support

Programs for student academic support—including the Academic Resource Hub’s programs for tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic accommodations—are preparing for the semester and working to anticipate hybrid support and access to services for students throughout the fall, both in-person and remotely if necessary.

Co-curricular and extracurricular engagement

Lafayette’s signature programs supporting student-faculty research and community-based teaching and learning are adapting in preparation for the fall. Programming will be offered both virtually and in person aimed at creating opportunities for relationship building, academic exploration, and peer interaction.