On April 5, 2011, the Lafayette Faculty adopted the following resolution in support of open access:

The Faculty of Lafayette College is committed to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. Each faculty member grants to Lafayette College permission to make available his or her scholarly articles in the College’s institutional repository as allowed by copyright agreements. This resolution applies to all scholarly articles authored or co-authored while the person is a member of the Faculty except for any articles completed before the adoption of this resolution and any articles for which the faculty member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this resolution. The Provost or the Provost’s designate will waive application of the resolution for a particular article or for all articles by a particular author upon written request by a faculty member.

Faculty members are encouraged to reserve their rights under copyright to allow the College to provide open access to as many scholarly articles as possible. Faculty members are further encouraged to provide an electronic version of their scholarly articles to the Library as of the date of publication for deposit in the Lafayette Digital Repository.

The Provost’s Office, in consultation with the Library Advisory Committee, is responsible for interpreting this resolution, resolving any disputes concerning its interpretation and application, and recommending changes to the Faculty. Library staff are responsible for checking publishers’ policies and depositing articles in the repository. The resolution is effective at the start of the 2011-12 academic year and will be reviewed at the end of the 2014-15 academic year by the Library Advisory Committee, with a report to the Faculty in fall of 2015.