Updated July 22, 2020
Lafayette will align its resources with the goals of Path to Fall 2020 and make strategic investments to 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.
The College is working to ensure access to critical supplies and training, as well as creating public awareness campaigns essential to health and safety. Steps are being taken to ensure vendor compliance with campus protocols.
In light of our decision to move instruction online, faculty and staff are encouraged to work remotely whenever possible. Those who need to be on campus and require accommodations due to health vulnerabilities or other factors should submit this brief form to HR.
Work will be done to create safe access to facilities and campus resources for students, faculty, and staff who are required to be on campus, including installation of barriers in high-traffic areas and cleaning and disinfecting of campus facilities.
We also have spent nearly $1 million on new technology over the last two months to ensure that we are fully equipped for effective online instruction, in consultation with the faculty committees of Teaching and Learning, and Information Technology and Libraries. Per its technology plan, ITS is providing increased access to technology for faculty and students through laptop loaner programs and virtual labs. Faculty have access to tablets, enhanced capability for lecture and content capture from home, and new software for one-touch recording. These investments have been combined with training and development opportunities for faculty, focused on pedagogical best practices in partnership with the Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship.