Why is the College allowing all students on campus in the spring semester when a limited number was permitted in the fall?
Despite our recent rise of COVID cases, we believe that with the appropriate commitment of those returning to campus, the constant calibration of our enforcement efforts to the current environment, our safety measures, and our ability to significantly expand testing, we are prepared to safely increase the student population on campus. We have heard from students that they miss being with each other and being able to interact with faculty members, and we believe it’s important to work toward providing students an on-campus Lafayette experience. This will be challenging, but we are confident the Lafayette community is up to it.
How will the spring decision to allow all students to return impact students’ flexibility in course selection?
Physical distancing in classroom spaces and the reasonable health concerns of some faculty members will limit our capacity for in-person instruction. We will prioritize courses that are critical for students’ progress toward their degrees and that require an in-person component, and the ability of every first-year student to have an in-person course. Students who choose to study from home will not be able to select in-person courses when they register.
When will students know which of their classes will be taught in person?
A preliminary schedule will be available for registration on or about Oct. 27 and will include details about the anticipated course delivery (in person or remote). However, the schedule is subject to change in the weeks leading up to the start of the spring semester.
How do students indicate they want to study from home?
All students have been asked to complete a survey by Nov. 2 (emailed on Oct. 20) indicating whether they plan to study from home in the spring semester. Students who have misplaced the survey link should email Sarah Yencha.
Has the 2020-21 academic calendar been finalized?
Yes. The revised 2020-21 academic calendar is available on the registrar’s website, and spring semester classes will begin Feb. 8. In addition, the revised calendar eliminates spring break, replacing it with a two-day break and a one-day break over the course of the semester. This will reduce opportunities for students to travel back and forth from campus. The last day of classes will be May 19, and the final exam period will run May 22-29. Commencement plans will be announced in January.