Updated Sept. 8, 2023
We all have a part to play in keeping the Lafayette community safe and healthy. We encourage you to assess your individual risk factors in making decisions about masking and vaccines.
Staying up to date with your own vaccinations remains the best way to protect yourself from the most serious outcomes of COVID-19. High levels of vaccination in the community also help to protect us from large numbers of students, faculty, or staff becoming ill simultaneously.
In addition to being vaccinated, the best way to prevent the spread of the virus is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19. That’s why you should practice everyday preventive actions:
By taking these simple steps and following the other rules and policies you’ll find here, you’re doing your part.
For students who test positive for COVID-19:
For students exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (close contact):
The College updated its vaccine policy in April 2023.
Bailey Health Center will continue to perform free diagnostic testing of students. In addition, free self-test kits are available at the health center for students who are concerned about close contacts or having mild symptoms. The CDC does not recommend, and we are not performing, population-level arrival testing or surveillance testing.
Students who are experiencing symptoms are encouraged to seek medical attention and take precautions, including masking if they feel ill.
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.
It’s important to pay attention to your health and monitor any changes. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
If you test positive for COVID-19 over a College break, please stay at home for the current CDC recommended isolation period. Students who test positive for COVID-19 should use Bailey Health Center’s COVID-19 self-reporting form.
If your symptoms present when you are on campus, we recommend that you test for COVID-19 and use the health center’s self-reporting form if you test positive. Remember, a negative test does not guarantee that you are not infected with COVID-19. Therefore, use precautions including wearing a mask to ensure that you do not spread infection to others.