Working with the College Calendar

The College Calendar is the central gathering point for public event information on campus. Each event has basic information about when, where, and why it’s being held as well as links that allow you to add the event to your personal calendar or share it on social media. Lafayette students, faculty, and staff can submit events to the College Calendar.

Please note: events added to the College Calendar are visible to the public. Be mindful of any content added to the event descriptions and location information provided.

Keeping up with the Calendar

Individual Events

Tapping this icon on your smartphone will add it to your calendar.

Clicking on this icon your desktop computer will download a file to your computer. Double-clicking on the downloaded file will add it to your computer’s calendar program.

Event Feeds

If you want a certain category of events to be automatically synced to your personal calendar, you can subscribe to an RSS feed or use ICS files.

Sharing Events

The calendar allows you to share events on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the respective icons on the event page. The Facebook icon shares the event to your timeline, but does not create a Facebook event. The Twitter icon shares the event on your Twitter feed.

Classifying Events

Event Categories

The calendar has 13 public categories usable by anyone on campus to promote their events.

The calendar also supports a number of department, program, and office-specific categories that are only available to department event administrators. In addition to providing more granular views of the calendar’s events, these categories are used to drive the event feeds on public-facing websites.

Learn more about categories »

Featured Events

The homepage of the calendar features a highlighted event chosen by the Communications Division. Featured events appear on the calendar and college homepages. These must be events that have photos or graphics; those without them can’t be featured. The featured events are selected by the Communications Division.

Ongoing Events

Events that span multiple days or weeks are considered ongoing events. These are typically events such as art exhibits, athletic tournaments, and special events such as a reunion. Ongoing events are displayed at the top of the Calendar home page, as well as the appropriate category pages. This gives them some prominence without flooding the calendar’s display.

They are not meant for promoting event registrations or deadlines — those sorts of events should be promoted with one event on the day the registration opens, and another on the day it closes.

Recurring Events

Some events happen on different days throughout the year (e.g. a film shown over three consecutive days or religious service offered on the same day every week throughout the semester). These recurring events share the same essential details, but occur on different days.

To add a recurring event to the calendar, visit the “Submit an Event” page. When adding an event, enter the date for the first occurrence of the event. Then click on the “Add another item” button beneath the ‘WHEN’ field. Clicking this button adds another form field for a date. Note that you need to add the prior date before the system will let you add another one.

Imported Events

Some of the events in the calendar originate in other systems, such as OurCampus. An imported event is identified as such when viewing the event page in the calendar. Imported events may require you to visit the source site to RSVP or learn more about the offering.

Learn more about OurCampus events »