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Reopening 2020-21

As we resume an in-person, residential experience on campus for the 2020-21 academic year, 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. 

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Current Status

May 13, 2021

  • 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.

  • Travel not Permitted After May 5: The last day students will be permitted to travel more than 30 miles from campus is May 5. Students who have been fully vaccinated or who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days are exempt from this policy. For further details, see Dean Amy Badal's April 26 message to campus.

  • End of Semester Change to Isolation Policy: First-year, sophomore and junior students who are identified as close contacts and choose to quarantine away from campus will be required to move out of their residence hall and switch to remote learning for the remainder of the semester. For further details, see Dean Amy Badal's April 26 message to campus.

  • Move-out Dates: All students except for graduating seniors must move out of campus housing 24 hours after their last exam or by noon on Saturday, May 22. Graduating seniors must vacate their residence halls by noon on Monday, May 24. Late-stay requests will not be accepted. For further details, see Dean Amy Badal's April 26 message to campus.

Key Resources

Your Responsibility to Help Protect Campus

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


Wear face coverings when in shared indoor spaces including classrooms, labs, hallways, offices, restrooms and common areas, and outdoors when you are less than 6 feet away from others. Reusable masks will be provided for all.

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 daily, 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
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    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: 

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

Changes to the Spring 2021 Semester Schedule

Bucknell will offer in-person classes for the spring 2021 semester with the following changes to the previously announced schedule:

  • Spring semester classes for all students will begin on Monday, Feb. 1
  • There will be no Spring Break
  • Spring classes will end on Wednesday, May 12
  • Finals will take place May 14–21

This new schedule is intended to help the Bucknell community minimize potential exposure to COVID-19.

See the complete academic calendar

See Where It’s Crowded to Maintain Social Distance

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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)