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COVID-19 Information


Everyone in the Bucknell community — students, faculty and staff — shares the responsibility of keeping the Bucknell community safe and healthy. On these pages you'll find detailed information about what to expect and how to do your part to keep the campus community safe. Please bookmark this page and refer back to it regularly. 

If you have questions, suggestions or concerns, contact


Current Status

Aug. 4, 2021

  • Face Coverings: In response to the recent significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Union County, face coverings are now required of everyone in all public and academic indoor campus spaces, regardless of social distancing or vaccination status. Please always have a mask available when you are on campus. 

    • In dining halls, masks must be worn except when eating or drinking. 

    • Masks are not required in private spaces, such as individual offices.

    • Masks are not required outdoors.

    • Masks are required in public areas of the KLARC

  • Testing: Beginning Aug. 11, weekly on-campus testing will be required for the Bucknellians listed below. Testing will be available every Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Graham Building and should be scheduled through the Aura app. 

    • Employees who have not submitted vaccination documentation or who are not yet fully vaccinated. This applies to all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated employees working on campus, regardless of their level of contact with students. 

    • Students with University-approved vaccine exemptions.

    • Students who have begun the vaccination process but are not yet fully vaccinated.

  • Fully In-person Instruction: Barring any unforeseen pandemic developments, all fall 2021 courses will be offered fully in person. Hybrid and remote instruction will not be offered in the fall. For further details, see Provost Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak's May 21 message to campus.

  • Student Vaccination Requirement: Bucknell will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Aug. 1, 2021, to allow a safe return to in-person instruction and a vibrant residential experience for the fall 2021 semester. For further details, see the student vaccination page and President Bravman's May 13 message to campus.

Key Resources

Your Responsibility to Help Protect Campus

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 at Bucknell is everyone's responsibility — faculty, staff, students and guests all have a part to play. 


Face coverings must be worn by everyone in all public and academic indoor campus spaces, regardless of social distancing or vaccination status. Please always have a mask available when you are on campus. Masks are not required outdoors.

Six feet apart

Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet is expected in all spaces, when feasible. This includes classrooms, labs, hallways, offices, restrooms, common areas and outdoor spaces.

Wash Hands

Wash your hands frequently washing with soap and water and use hand sanitizer when you can't.


Report symptoms and isolate yourself when necessary. All community members are expected to consistently report symptoms and follow isolation and/or quarantine guidance from University medical officials.


COVID-19 Dashboard

The COVID-19 Dashboard displays information about current reported COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff in or around the Bucknell University campus community. The dashboard is updated weekly, and allows the University to protect student and employee privacy while observing campus trends. 

View the dashboard

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    Information for Students & Families

    Here you'll find important information about what to expect on campus and how to do your part to keep Bucknell safe and strong, including information about: 

    • Health and safety guidelines and expectations
    • Remote learning
    • Student employment
    • Housing, dining, fitness and recreation, and campus activities & events
    • Where to get your questions answered
  • First day of classes 2020

    Information for Faculty & Staff

    Here you'll find important information for faculty and staff members about key changes to protect the campus community, including information about: 

    • COVID-19 testing for employees
    • Reporting COVID-19-related symptoms or exposure
    • Employment accommodations
    • Personal Safety and PPE

See Where It’s Crowded to Maintain Social Distance

A map of the ELC showing hotspots of activity in pink

The Social Density Maps you'll find here (login required) offer a snapshot of how many people are congregating different areas of campus in almost real time. Use these maps to plan where to eat, hold small group meetings and study while maintaining physical distancing.

These maps track device connections to Bucknell's Wi-Fi network, not people, and no personally identifiable information is used. Maps update every 15 minutes. 

View maps (login required)