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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

April 6, 2021

  • Exemptions for Vaccinated Students: Students who have been fully vaccinated (both doses for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, single dose for Johnson & Johnson vaccine) will be exempted from some on-campus testing, travel and quarantine restrictions (if asymptomatic) beginning two weeks after receiving their final dose. Students must share documentation of vaccination with Student Health and must still notify the dean of students in advance of travel more than 30 miles from campus. Other COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, including face covering requirements, still apply. For further details, see the student vaccination page.

  • Vaccine Availability: The Pennsylvania Department of Health is making COVID-19 vaccinations available to those in category 1B, which includes education workers and those living in congregate settings (on-campus students) beginning April 5. Bucknell strongly recommends that students and employees get vaccinated against COVID-19. Students who wish to schedule their first vaccine locally should make sure to allow enough time to complete the vaccination series prior to leaving at the end of the semester. For further details, see President Bravman's March 31 message to campus.

  • COVID-19 Testing: Required weekly testing for students will continue until further notice. Students are reminded that the University only accepts negative test results from Genetworx, its official testing partner. Negative test results procured from other sources will not be accepted. For further details, see Dean Amy Badal's March 26 message to campus.

  • On-campus Visitors: Effective March 11, family visitors are allowed on campus in outdoor areas. Visitors are not permitted to enter any campus buildings. Face coverings must be worn at all times, and social distancing restrictions must be maintained. For further details, see President Bravman's March 11 message to campus.

  • Athletics Spectators: Effective March 11, Bucknell will permit families of Bucknell student-athletes and students, staff and faculty who are participating in on-campus sequential COVID-19 testing to attend outdoor athletics events. Each student-athlete may have up to four family members in attendance. Visiting-team spectators and general fans are not permitted. For further details, see President Bravman's March 11 message to campus.
  • Admissions Tours: Admissions tours will resume for admitted students only, who will be permitted to bring a maximum of two guests. Admitted students will receive a private registration link. General tours are not being offered at this time. Tours will be limited to small groups, and all admissions visitors will complete a required health screening, including a temperature check upon arrival. For further details, see President Bravman's March 11 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)