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 continue to reference community transmission levels to inform your decisions about masking and other precautions to protect your health and the health of those around you.


Vaccination

The standard for being compliant with COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all employees and students (incoming and returning) is to meet the CDC definition of “fully vaccinated.” Our recommendation is that each member of the community meet the CDC definition of being “up to date for COVID-19 vaccines.” COVID-19 vaccines remain accessible and free. In addition, vaccines continue to prove effective at minimizing the most serious outcomes of an infection, especially hospitalization and death. You can check to see if you are eligible for additional boosters. If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised, regardless of age, you should contact your primary care provider to discuss available options, as there may be other strategies recommended by your provider. 


Exemptions

Medical or religious exemptions require appropriate documentation to review. Employees can request an exemption by making a reasonable accommodation request

In reviewing these requests, the College will also consider whether you submitted any prior exemption requests, the content and outcome of those requests, and the fact that you received a COVID-19 vaccination. Social, political, and economic beliefs and philosophies, or personal preferences alone, do not constitute religious beliefs. Faculty and staff who previously received an exemption for vaccination do not need to reapply.


Testing

We have discontinued required weekly testing for members of the community who are not vaccinated for COVID-19.

We continue to have at-home test kits on hand for students or employees who need one. Bailey Health Center will continue to provide testing for students who are symptomatic. Test kits are currently available in Feather House and can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 


Masks

KN95 masks and surgical masks are also available at Feather House for those who wish to use them.


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.