Updated Aug. 26, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving, the College’s FAQs are updated regularly. Please refer to the most recent set of FAQs at all times. If the answers aren’t clear, please reach out to your supervisor and/or Human Resources.

How will I know if I am among the limited group of employees who will still be expected to work on campus?

Your supervisor will communicate expectations to you. You should plan to continue to return to campus for work or work remotely as previously advised unless told otherwise by your supervisor.

Divisional vice presidents (or equivalent) will continue to make determinations on which staff members can fulfill professional obligations from home. Faculty and staff who need to be on campus and also need teaching/working accommodations due to health vulnerabilities or other factors should submit this brief form to HR.

I have received instructions to return to work on campus. I need an adjustment to allow me to work effectively and protect the health and well-being of me and my family. What should I do?

In light of the varied impacts of COVID-19, Lafayette’s standard accommodations process has been streamlined to provide the necessary flexibility. Those who need teaching/working accommodations due to health vulnerabilities or other factors should complete this form for Human Resources.

What should I do if I am asked to return to campus and I am not comfortable with returning to work because I or a family member is at high risk for COVID-19 or I have other concerns?

Complete the Reasonable Accommodations Request Form and Human Resources will work with you and your supervisor to discuss options that may be available.

Where can I find information to support my remote work at home?

Information, tips, and resources to support you in a remote or on-campus environment are available on the Human Resources website.

What if I have childcare challenges that infringe on my ability to work?

If you are unable to make childcare arrangements, discuss this with your supervisor to identify a flexible work schedule that allows you to perform your work responsibilities while also taking care of your children’s needs. If you are unable to work at all, discuss the use of vacation or other available leave time with your supervisor. We are working to identify and implement ways to support staff and faculty working remotely, including efforts to support caregivers as they juggle their responsibilities.

What if my supervisor tells me the College is unable to accommodate my childcare, medical, or other concerns? 

Please contact Lisa Rex in Human Resources at rexl@lafayette.edu or (610) 330-5060 to discuss the issue and look at any other options.

How does the College plan on keeping the campus safe?

The College has instituted a thorough and comprehensive cleaning and safety protocol. You can read about it in the Guide for Returning to the Workplace.

Does the College have the right to ask about my health and/or travel history and take my temperature? 

Employers are allowed to ask about coronavirus-related symptoms and monitor the temperatures of employees under guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Under the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines, you may be asked to disclose travel to a state or country under the 14-day self-quarantine guidelines. Under certain circumstances, we are required to take these actions.

Will I be required to wear a mask if I come to campus?    

Yes, all Lafayette students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be required to wear a mask while on campus except when they are working alone in a closed office or work area. 

My co-worker keeps removing their mask in the office. What can I do? 

You can ask your co-worker to please wear the mask. If they refuse, talk to your supervisor or contact Human Resources at (610) 330-5060.

What if I do not feel well or have been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Most importantly, you need to take care of yourself, self-isolate, and seek medical attention. Please inform your supervisor that you are unable to come in or perform your work remotely because you are sick.  You should also contact Bailey Health Center if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  If you are an hourly employee with an annual sick time allotment, you will not be charged sick time and will be paid.

Will testing for COVID-19 be mandated for faculty and staff?

Testing is available for faculty and staff who will fill out a brief screening questionnaire online or at the health center. Visit the health center website, select the patient portal, enter your Lafayette credentials, and select “forms” on the menu. The COVID-19 screening form will be used to establish a proper ICD-10 insurance diagnostic code for testing. Employees will be given an order for SARS-COV-2 by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) at Bailey and referred to a local lab facility. If the employee is a member of the College’s medical plan, the cost of the test will be covered by Capital Blue Cross with no member cost.

The protocols are different for students because their proximity to others in their residences puts them at great risk.

Will testing for COVID-19 be covered for employees enrolled under our Capital Blue medical plan?

Capital BlueCross has advised that they will cover testing with no member copay when the test is ordered by a healthcare provider, including Dr. Goldstein, under circumstances such as diagnostic testing for symptoms consistent with COVID, confirmed exposure to an individual diagnosed with COVID, and/or concern about exposure to individuals or groups suspected of having COVID.

For more information on testing coverage with Capital BlueCross and resources for members, please refer to the Capital BlueCross Coronavirus Resources website.

I just returned from a visit to one of the countries on the CDC quarantine list or one of the states on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s 14-day quarantine list. Can I come back to work? Will I be paid?

Please bring your recent travel itinerary to the attention of your supervisor or Human Resources. Your supervisor, Human Resources, and the health center will try to provide a work environment that is conducive to self-isolation in which case you can return to work but must strictly follow any parameters that we put into place. If we cannot make arrangements for self-isolation at work, we will instruct you to stay home for the 14-day quarantine period, and you will be paid.

When will the Human Resources office be open for appointments?  

Many Human Resources functions can be handled by phone, web meeting, or email.  If you need to meet with someone in person, the Human Resources Office will be open by appointment Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Please call (610) 330-5060 or email hroffice@lafayette.edu to schedule an appointment.

Where can I get more information about Lafayette's benefits? 

Please visit the Human Resources website.  Information on your benefits amidst COVID-19 can be found on the homepage. If you need to contact someone in Human Resources or would like to schedule an appointment for an in-person meeting, please call (610) 330-5060 or email hroffice@lafayette.edu. The HR office will be open by appointment Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

How do I make changes to my retirement plan contributions? 

Please refer to these FAQs for more information on the retirement plan contribution suspension effective July 1, 2020. You may complete and submit the salary reduction agreement to Human Resources. If you need to contact someone in Human Resources or would like to schedule an appointment for an in-person meeting, please call (610) 330-5060 or email hroffice@lafayette.edu. The HR office will be open by appointment Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Whom do I call if I have questions about my pay?

Ask your supervisor or contact Human Resources at hroffice@lafayette.edu or (610) 330-5060.  Contact Payroll at payroll@Lafayette.edu or (610) 330-5142 regarding questions about your paystub.

How will the symptom tracking process work? What happens with the data that is submitted?


Each morning all approved on-campus students and all faculty and staff (working on campus or remotely) are expected to complete a daily symptom and history questionnaire. The personalized link with screening questions can be completed in less than a minute.

Faculty & Staff: The first question of the symptom tracker is “are you coming to campus today?” If the answer is “no” then no further questions will be asked and the daily symptom tracker is completed for that day.

Symptom tracking data: Data for faculty and staff is anonymous. Data for students is being collected. The protocols are different for students because their proximity to others in their residences puts them at greater risk.