To Lafayette students:
We are excited to welcome all students back this fall. Here are some principles related to COVID-19 to help you plan.
Masks and physical distancing
Consistent with the guidance from the state, we no longer require masks indoors or outside for individuals regardless of vaccination status. We highly encourage unvaccinated individuals to continue wearing a mask both indoors and outside. We also encourage you to consider wearing a mask, even if you are vaccinated, if this helps you navigate shared spaces. We have begun the process of removing Plexiglass barriers in common areas such as dining halls and expect most spaces to return to a higher level of density than we experienced during the 2020-21 academic year.
Our routine monitoring program ended on May 28. For the upcoming year, students who received exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination will be tested routinely, and those who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms will be tested at the health center. Students with exemptions will receive communication on how to prepare for any required pre-arrival and routine testing.
Vaccinations and communication
Per the message in yesterday’s edition of Lafayette Today, all students must upload a completed copy of their COVID-19 vaccine card to their health portal by Aug. 1 in order to move into residence hall assignments and attend classes. The only exceptions are students with a medical or religious exemption approved by the College. Exemption requests with full documentation must be received by July 21. Those not in compliance risk their fall enrollment status. The CDC has released a fact sheet regarding the vaccine that students should review.
Quarantine and isolation
Per CDC guidance issued in the spring, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine or isolate even if exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. We will not maintain the volume of quarantine or isolation housing required last spring. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be restricted from in-person activities such as class attendance, athletics, and other group activities. Students who test positive for COVID may be sent home, if within a reasonable distance, for 10 days.
COVID-19 Action Group