Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
I am writing to share with you some of the steps Bucknell is taking in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the confirmed cases in the United States. I want to assure you that we are taking this issue very seriously. We are coordinating with our local health partners, Evangelical Community Hospital and Geisinger Health System, along with other local, state and federal agencies to ensure that we have in place the most effective procedures to keep our campus community safe.
Due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Level 3 Travel Warnings for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, urging all U.S. residents to avoid nonessential travel to those countries. Bucknell will not permit University-sponsored or endorsed travel to any countries with such travel warnings. In addition, we strongly discourage individuals from traveling to the countries subject to this CDC warning for any reason. It is important to bear in mind that this is a dynamic situation, such that the list of countries involved is subject to change with limited or no notice.
If you travel to or host visitors from one of the affected regions, or have done so within the past 21 days, you are required to contact the University prior to returning to campus.
Students must contact Bucknell Student Health at (570) 577-1401.
Faculty and Staff must contact Human Resources at (570) 577-1631.
Please be advised that you may be required to undergo a medical evaluation prior to returning to Bucknell. Depending on advice from medical professionals and the CDC, quarantine may be required.
Bucknell does not have study abroad programs in the affected regions in West Africa and, at this point, no changes to any University study abroad programs have been made. We will of course continue to closely monitor the situation and make any necessary changes. Individuals with questions regarding specific study aboard programs should contact the Office of International Education.
Click here for general information from the CDC on Ebola in West Africa and the United States. The CDC also provides advice on Ebola specific to colleges and universities, which you can find here.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has additional information on Ebola available here.
It is important to note that these are proactive, precautionary measures and that there have been no reports of high-risk individuals coming into contact with members of our campus community. We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.
All the best,
Mick Smyer, Provost
209 Marts Hall