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2015-2016 Catalog

Academic Services

Academic Tutoring and Training Information Center (ATTIC)

Academic Tutoring and Training Information Center (ATTIC) part of the Office of the Dean of Advising, provides academic support services to enhance student success. Peer tutoring, study skills workshops, academic counseling, disability services, academic support for student athletes and supplemental instruction are among the programs provided by the ATTIC and are available to all students.

Peer Tutoring Program

The Academic Tutoring and Training Information Center (ATTIC) is committed to providing high quality peer tutoring services to our students. Peer tutoring is available in a wide variety of courses, and students may request a tutor for as many courses as they choose. The peer tutoring program provides one hour of tutoring per week for the remainder of the semester. Peer tutor assignments begin each semester during the second week of classes.

Study Skills/Academic Counseling

The ATTIC offers free study skills assistance for students with the ultimate goal of helping them become more efficient learners and better organized students. Our coordinators are available to meet individually with students or conduct small-group workshops. Students can be assisted in any of the following areas: Study Habits, Note Taking, Reading Strategies, Test Preparation, Test Taking, Time Management, etc.

Academic Support for Student Athletes

Lafayette offers a range of services to student-athletes who face the dual challenge of performing well in the classroom while maintaining a commitment to varsity athletics. Student-athletes may participate in a peer mentoring program, academic enhancement workshop, structured study sessions, and may be loaned a laptop for academic use while traveling with their team. Student-athletes also benefit from academic enhancement workshops and receiving detailed feedback from their professors through regular progress reports.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an internationally known academic support program that is targeted to aid students who are enrolled in historically difficult courses. These courses frequently are introductory or "gatekeeper courses" such as general chemistry, general biology, economics and calculus. SI sessions are student-facilitated, regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, solve practice problems, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together.

Peer Advising

The Peer Advising Program, is supported by the Office of the Dean of Advising and is dedicated to assisting students throughout their important first year of college by establishing one-on-one peer-mentoring relationships between first-year and 'PARDners' who are upper-class students that have been selected for this important role on the basis of their ability to assist new students navigate their first year at Lafayette College.

Disability Services

Lafayette College is committed to ensuring reasonable accommodations to students who are substantially limited by a documented disability.  Lafayette students with physical, psychological and/or learning disabilities have met the same competitive requirements for admission as all other Lafayette students.  Once admitted, students may request support services in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). All accommodations requests can be forwarded to the ATTIC.

Due to the confidential nature of disability issues, students must specifically request that letters of accommodation be forwarded to each professor, from whom they expect to request accommodation, each semester. Accommodation letters inform faculty members of a student's eligibility for accommodations and provides an overview of approved accommodations. Students in need of disability accommodation should make an appointment to discuss the accommodations with their professors during the first two weeks of classes. Students requesting accommodations for the first time, should allow 10 business days for review of documentation and supporting material. Students wishing to take an exam or other evaluation with verified accommodations should provide 7 days of notice to their intent to utilize their accommodations. Notice is required for each evaluation in which the student wishes to utilize their accommodations.