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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. 

If you have questions, suggestions or concerns, contact


Current Status 

Feb. 25, 2021

  • In-person Classes: In-person classes will resume on Monday, Feb. 22, at faculty discretion. Faculty may choose to teach in person, and students in residence may choose to attend classes in person or continue with remote learning. Faculty will communicate directly with their students about individual classes. For further details, see President Bravman's Feb. 19 message to campus.
  • Labs, Studios and Project Spaces: Students will be allowed to conduct research and project work in labs, classrooms, studios and project spaces. The occupancy limit will be 50%, per laboratory guidelines; the temporary limit of three students has been lifted. For further details, see President Bravman's Feb. 25 message to campus
  • Athletics: Athletics activities, including practices, travel and competition, will resume beginning Friday, Feb. 26. We continue to explore opportunities to relocate athletics events to other schools when possible, and we remain in compliance with the strict COVID-19 policies in place across the Patriot League that govern both practice and competition. For further details, see President Bravman's Feb. 25 message to campus.
  • Student Activities: In-person student activities will resume beginning Friday, Feb. 26. 
  • Quarantine Policy: The University has ended its temporary policy of quarantining students on campus. Beginning Feb. 25, on-campus students who are identified as close contacts or who are symptomatic will quarantine in University-provided isolation housing. Students who were quarantining on campus prior to Feb. 25 will complete their quarantine on campus. For further details, see President Bravman's Feb. 25 message to campus.
  • COVID-19 Testing: Required weekly testing for students will continue until further notice. Students who are completing quarantine on campus or in their off-campus residence will continue to have COVID-19 testing performed in a tent located at the rear entrance of the Graham Building. They should not go to Sojka Pavilion. For further details, see President Bravman's Feb. 25 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 and students 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)