Updated Sept. 8, 2023

We as faculty and staff members must do our part to keep the Lafayette community safe and healthy. No one has to do it alone. Everyone — students, faculty, and staff — has an equal responsibility to one another. By working together and following the guidance outlined here, you can help our community navigate these challenges safely and effectively.

We encourage you to assess your individual risk factors in making decisions about masking and vaccines.


The College updated its vaccine policy in April 2023. 


Employees who are exhibiting symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive should follow the employee COVID-19 action guidelines shared by Human Resources.


The College has a mask-optional policy for most spaces on campus. Individual faculty members may require masking for their class meetings, laboratories, and studio sessions. In keeping with our commitment to respecting our community values, we expect everyone on campus to support the decisions others may make to wear a mask at any time.

If You Think You Might Have COVID-19

It’s important to pay attention to your health and monitor any changes. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you test positive for COVID-19 or believe you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, please follow the employee COVID-19 action guidelines.