Personal Safety on Campus

Keeping the community healthy during the pandemic will take an ongoing commitment from all of us. We need everyone to do their part to keep the Bucknell campus and our neighbors safe.

  • Face Coverings
    • Face coverings are 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.

  • Social Distancing: Physical distancing of at least 6 feet is encouraged where possible. This includes classrooms, labs, hallways, offices, restrooms, common areas and outdoor spaces.

Signage and Entry/Exit Control

  • Campus buildings and exterior spaces will include signage that should be followed at all times. This includes signage regarding health and safety protocols. 
    • Additional signage for offices or workspaces can be ordered through the Print, Publications & Mail online storefront by your office/department point of contact. 
  • Entry to buildings will be regulated and monitored in alignment with American College Health Association (ACHA) guidance. The University will also ensure that signage and signage information is accessible, friendly and inclusive. The University will identify suitable building access points and traffic patterns.  
  • In alignment with CDC and ACHA guidance, the University will remain cognizant of physical accessibility when making changes to indoor and outdoor spaces including the traffic flow of entrances and exits. 

Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols

Bucknell Facilities will operate in accordance with the increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols recommended by the CDC, using EPA-approved products that are effective against the COVID-19 virus. Throughout the pandemic, Facilities has monitored and adopted CDC recommendations.

Academic and Administrative Buildings

High-touch areas, surfaces and objects across campus will be disinfected with increased frequency using EPA-approved products.

Examples of spaces to be disinfected include:

  • Public/common spaces such as restrooms, lounges, lobbies and hallways
  • Tables in common spaces
  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches
  • Door handles
  • Hand railings
  • Bathroom stalls
  • Sink handles
  • Grab bars

Classrooms, Labs and Conference Rooms

  • Classrooms will be disinfected during routine cleaning.
  • A wall-mounted hand sanitizer station will be installed in all classrooms and labs.
  • Disinfecting supplies will be provided in all classrooms, labs and conference rooms, and occupants will be encouraged to clean desks and high-touch areas after each class/lab/meeting. 


  • Individual faculty and staff offices will be cleaned, vacuumed, dusted and the recycling emptied on a weekly basis. High visibility offices and offices with unique circumstances will be cleaned on a more frequent basis.

  • Cleaning supplies, trash bags and PPE can be obtained by the department point of contact and will be distributed by the custodial section supervisor.


  • Custodians will disinfect toilets and toilet handles, urinals and urinal handles, sinks and sink faucets, paper/soap/feminine hygiene dispensers, floors, stall door handles, and restroom entrance handles and push plates.

Areas With a Suspected or Known COVID-19 Positive Case

The following protocols will apply:

  • If possible, custodians will wait 72 hours before cleaning while increasing ventilation in the space (office, suite, floor[s] or building). If not feasible, the appropriate Facilities manager will consult with Environmental Health & Safety before custodial staff enters the space.
  • Outside doors and windows will be opened to increase air circulation in the area.
  • All areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms and common areas, and shared electronic equipment such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls and ATMs, will be cleaned and disinfected.
  • The area will be vacuumed if needed using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. The space will not be vacuumed if occupied. 
  • Rooms and the central HVAC system that services the room or space may be temporarily turned off so that particles that escape from vacuuming will not circulate throughout the facility.
  • If more than seven days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.

Operation of Mechanical Systems Providing Fresh Air

  • Facilities staff have evaluated all building HVAC systems to maximize ventilation in spaces as well as increase filtration to minimum efficiency reporting values (MERV). 
  • Each building HVAC system is uniquely designed to meet the building's heating and cooling loads and specific ventilation requirements in an energy-efficient manner. Each air handler, duct system and terminal has been assessed as to whether increased filtration, additional ventilation or more air changes can be completed.

Motor Pool Vehicle Cleaning

  • Commonly touched surfaces in University vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected between vehicle reservations. 
  • The Events Management Transportation Services group will allow for a minimum of at least 45 minutes between reservations for vehicles to be properly cleaned. 
  • Larger vehicles, such as vans and buses, will be allotted at least one hour between reservations. 
  • Garage personnel will ensure that cleaning and disinfection procedures are followed consistently and correctly, including the provision of adequate ventilation when chemicals are in use. 
  • Hard nonporous surfaces within the interior of the vehicle such as hard seats, arm rests, door handles, seat belt buckles, light and air controls, doors, windows and grab handles will be cleaned with detergent or soap and water if the surfaces are visibly dirty prior to disinfectant application. 
  • For disinfection of hard, non-porous surfaces, appropriate disinfectants include:
  • Soft or porous surfaces such as fabric seats will be cleaned with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. Any visible contamination will be removed. 
  • For frequently touched electronic surfaces, such as tablets or touch screens used in the vehicle, visible dirt will be removed, then the surface will be disinfected following the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and disinfection products. If no manufacturer guidance is available, alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol will be used.
  • Gloves and any other disposable PPE used for cleaning and disinfecting the vehicle will be removed and disposed of after cleaning. Staff will be encouraged to wash hands immediately after removal of gloves and PPE with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available.

Hand-sanitizing Products and Touchless Features

  • Hand-sanitizing stations are located in key areas within all campus buildings.
  • Facilities has deactivated air hand dryers and install paper towel dispensers in restrooms.