Lafayette will align its resources with the goals of Path to Fall 2020 and make strategic investments to both prepare our facilities and support the flexibility that will enable faculty and staff to deliver the best academic and student experiences. Resources will be prioritized for technology and training to support teaching adaptability, secure safety supplies, and introduce structural changes to manage density.

Health and safety

The College is working to ensure we have a solid supply chain in place to secure access and favorable pricing for supplies, training, and public awareness efforts essential to health and safety. Steps are being taken to evaluate campus construction activity aimed at minimizing exposure to community and ensuring vendor compliance with campus protocols.

Working environment

In light of the varied impacts of COVID-19, Lafayette’s standard accommodations process has been streamlined and adjusted to provide necessary flexibility. Those who need teaching/working accommodations due to health vulnerabilities or other factors should submit this brief form to HR.

Access to workspaces

Work will be done to create safe access to facilities and campus resources for students, faculty, and staff, including installation of barriers in high-traffic areas and cleaning and disinfecting of campus facilities. Processes are in place to monitor and adjust occupancy in areas such as the College Store and post office while maintaining services.

Technology investments

Significant technology investments will be foundational to our teaching adaptability and learning success this fall. In consultation with the faculty committees of Teaching and Learning, and Information Technology and Libraries, ITS will provide increased access to technology for students through laptops, virtual labs, and network hotspots. Faculty will have better access to tablet computers, enhanced capability for lecture and content capture, and new software for one-touch recording. These investments will be combined with training and development opportunities for faculty delivered online and in person that focus on pedagogical best practices in partnership with the Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CITLS).