Dear Lafayette Students,
Welcome to the Class of 2023 and welcome back to our returning students!
As we begin the new academic year, we write to provide a reminder that the 2019-20 Student Handbook (available at https://conduct.lafayette.edu/) is a valuable resource. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with its contents, including useful information about campus offices, explanations of various processes, and our community expectations.
Also contained in the Handbook is Lafayette College’s Statement on Student Rights and Responsibilities. This Statement was created with input from faculty, students and the Board of Trustees, and is updated periodically. The Statement lays the foundation for the Code of Conduct, addressing the meaningful role students play in sustaining this educational community. The strength of a residential college lies in the learning opportunities that present themselves around every corner, from classes and laboratories to dining and residence halls, from playing fields to performing arts venues and everywhere in between. Learning alongside and from one another is the heart of what we do each day.
Last year, faculty, staff, students, and consultants from D. Stafford & Associates, a national higher education policy consulting firm, contributed to a comprehensive review of the Student Code of Conduct. This review considered compliance with rapidly evolving state and federal laws as well as best practices in the field of student conduct. Updates recommended by the reviewers went before Student Government and the faculty, and the faculty approved the changes last May. The most significant changes were:
Lastly, as required by the Piazza Law passed in 2018, the Office of Student Conduct has published a report regarding organizations found responsible for hazing during the last five years. Additionally, the office has published an annual report for academic year 2018-2019. Both are available at the Student Conduct website, conduct.lafayette.edu, in the resources section.
We hope that you will take full advantage of all our campus has to offer in your time at Lafayette, and that you explore the wide range of resources we have to assist our students. If you have any questions about the Student Handbook, please feel free to contact either of us.
Jennifer Dize, Assistant Dean of Students