In an environment that fosters the free exchange of ideas, Lafayette College seeks to nurture the inquiring mind and to integrate intellectual, social, and personal growth. The College strives to develop students’ skills of critical thinking, verbal communication, and quantitative reasoning and their capacity for creative endeavor; it encourages students to examine the traditions of their own culture and those of others; to develop systems of values that include an understanding of personal, social, and professional responsibility; and to regard education as an indispensable, lifelong process.
Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. The College seeks to promote diversity in its many manifestations. These include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and place of origin. The College recognizes that we live in an increasingly interconnected, globalized world, and that students benefit from learning in educational and social contexts in which there are participants from all manner of backgrounds. The goal is to encourage students to consider diverse experiences and perspectives throughout their lives. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced.
There are a number of resources available to support your learning and well-being at Lafayette. Enroll into the following site to gain access to a variety of resources.
Lafayette is committed to providing support and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities who self-identify with Accessibility Services. Students requesting accommodations to alleviate the impact of their disability should register their needs as soon as possible with the Accessibility Services Office, which is housed in the Academic Resource Hub (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once registered, students should request their accommodation letters to provide notification of their needs to their professors, on a semester by semester basis. If you have questions or concerns pertaining specifically to your accommodations within this course, please contact the instructor [me] to discuss them.
Special Statement regarding Accessibility and COVID 19
Eligibility for, and provision of accommodations may be influenced by the changes to the academic environment that are necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are in need of accommodations, or adjustments to your accommodation plan, it is your responsibility to contact Accessibility Services immediately to discuss your needs.
I am committed to creating an inclusive course that is accessible to all learners. Please privately let me know early in the course if you have financial hardship in purchasing the required materials so that we can brainstorm possible solutions, or so that I can direct you to other campus resources to support your success.
At Lafayette College, all course materials are proprietary and for class purposes only. This includes posted recordings of lectures, worksheets, discussion prompts, and other course items. Reposting such materials or distributing them through any means is prohibited. Such materials should not be reposted or distributed through any means. You must request my permission prior to creating your own recordings of class materials, and any recordings are not to be shared or posted online even when permission is granted to record. If you have any questions about proper usage of course materials please ask me. Please also be in contact with me if you have any concerns with being recorded during the course.
Online discussions in Moodle occurring during synchronous class sessions should also remain private and not be shared outside of the course. Courses using Moodle will make student information visible to other students in this class. Student information in courses is protected by the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA). Disclosure of student information to unauthorized parties violates federal privacy laws and it must not be shared with anyone outside the class. Questions can be referred to the Registrar’s Office.
All students are expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct including policies around academic integrity whether we are in a face-to-face or remote classroom environment. Please be sure to review the Student Code of Conduct through the link above.
Career readiness is the foundational process of developing competencies for lifelong career management success. Students may find it difficult to make the connection between their undergraduate experiences and how those experiences demonstrate the competencies employers seek when they are not explicitly stated. The Gateway 8 are the Gateway Career Center’s branding of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Readiness Competencies. These include, Career & Self-Development; Communication; Critical Thinking; Equity & Inclusion; Leadership; Professionalism; Teamwork; and Technology, and they provide a framework for helping students confidently articulate how their learned experiences demonstrate the competencies employers seek. In this course, you will have opportunities to develop skills related to the 8 Career Readiness Competencies.
Faculty recognize the important role that health and well-being have in your academic success. While stress is a normal and expected part of the college experience, many students face personal and environmental challenges that may interfere with their academic progress and overall well-being. Please reach out to me, your academic advisor or class dean about any difficulty you may be having in this course or others as soon as it occurs. In addition, please know that there are many resources at Lafayette to provide assistance and support during difficult times.
Counseling Center: Free, confidential counseling services as well as after-hours and weekend crisis support | 2nd Floor, Bailey Health Center | 610-330-5005
Academic Resource Hub: Peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, study skills, academic counseling, and accessibility services | 3rd Floor, Scott Hall | 610-330-5098
Class Deans: 3rd Floor, Scott Hall | 610-330-5080
Togetherall: Anonymous, peer-to-peer mental health support, 24/7, 365 days
Health Center: 1st Floor, Bailey Health Center | 610-330-5001
Financial Aid: 202 Markle Hall | 610-330-5055
One Pard: Centralized resources to help students support themselves and their peers