Bucknell Together

Faculty and staff doing our part.

A library worker posts a sign on a door reminding visitors to wear face coverings.

As Bucknellians, we're lucky to call this beautiful campus our home. And we share an equal responsibility to keep that home safe and healthy. The coronavirus is an adversary that none of us can face alone. Protecting the herd will take everyone — faculty, staff and students — being smart and doing their part. 

In other words: We're all in this together. Bucknell Together.

Two Bucknell Together wristbands stacked

Bucknell faculty and staff members who take the Band Together Pledge can receive a Bucknell Together wristband. Photo by Emily Paine, Communications

Take the Band Together Pledge, Receive a Wristband

While students are asked the sign the Community Responsibility Agreement, faculty and staff can take the Band Together Pledge (myBucknell login required), demonstrating their commitment to following protocols designed to keep us safe and keep our campus going strong.

Any member of the Bucknell faculty or staff who takes the Band Together Pledge will receive a Bucknell Together wristband. It serves as a visible and outward sign to campus that you've done your part to protect the herd. 

The Band Together Pledge for Faculty & Staff

Recognizing that a safe and healthy Bucknell community requires contributions from every single member, I pledge to do the following all day, every day:

  1. Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet whenever possible in classrooms, labs, hallways, offices, restrooms, common areas and outdoor spaces.
  2. Wear a face covering in accordance with University policy. I also pledge to wear the face covering the right way, covering my mouth and nose and keeping it snug to avoid gaps on the sides.
  3. Keep my hands clean through proper washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  4. Demonstrate respiratory etiquette by covering coughs and sneezes. I pledge to cough or sneeze into a tissue (and throw that tissue in the trash) or into my elbow — not my hands. 
  5. Follow campus signage indicating rooms with capacity limitations, hallways with one-way traffic, and doors marked enter or exit only.
  6. Report any COVID-19 symptoms and follow isolation or quarantine guidance from the University or health officials.
  7. Keep my personal work area clean and disinfected.
  8. Monitor Bucknell communication channels for updated guidance about this evolving health crisis.

Take the pledge (myBucknell login required)


What Faculty & Staff Can Do

Keeping the campus healthy takes everyone working toward a shared goal. As faculty and staff, that means you'll follow these guidelines and expect your colleagues to do the same.

Check in Daily Using the Aura App

Complete the daily checklist using the Aura Sequential Testing app.

To download the Aura app:

  1. Download (or log in to) the Bucknell App — Faculty & Staff persona.
  2. Tap the "Herd Health" icon.
  3. Download the Aura Sequential Testing app.
  4. Tap the blue "Sign in with Google" button and log in using your Bucknell credentials.
  5. Tap the green "Daily Symptoms Checker." 

Within Aura, you'll report whether you have no symptoms or any of the following symptoms:

  • Aches and pains
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Dry cough
  • Fever (above 100.4)
  • Headache
  • Loss of speech or movement
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat

Wash Your Hands and Use Hand Sanitizer

While washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the preferred method, hand sanitizer can be used when hands aren't visibly dirty or when soap and water aren't available. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a Face Covering

Everyone — faculty, staff, students and visitors — must wear a face covering at all times, with a few exceptions outlined in the Facemask Policy linked below. When wearing a face covering, place it over both your nose and mouth and make sure it fits snugly with no gaps. Wash your hands before putting on and immediately after removing the face covering. Remember to wash the face covering itself on a regular basis.

Read the Bucknell Facemask Policy (myBucknell login required)

Practice Physical Distancing

Everyone — faculty, staff, students and visitors — must stay at least six feet away from others and remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Plan ahead, be patient and take alternate routes to avoid passing too close to others or entering congested areas. If necessary, modify work areas so that you and your fellow employees are adequately spaced out. 

Read the Bucknell Social Distancing Policy (myBucknell login required)

Keep Your Workspace Clean

While Bucknell's Facilities team will perform regular disinfecting of high-touch areas, faculty and staff should routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces, such as workstations, keyboards, mice, phones and doorknobs. Cleaning and disinfecting of private offices will be the responsibility of the occupant, but Bucknell will provide spray bottles within office areas for employee use. If you need more, ask your department's point of contact

Read about personal safety for faculty and staff

Monitor Your Health and Report Any Concerning Symptoms 

Some people who have COVID-19 may never experience symptoms, a fact that makes the practices outlined above even more vital. Even so, it's important to monitor your health for one or more of these symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

Employees who have one or more of these symptoms, whether mild or severe, should do all of the following: 

  • Stay home
  • Contact your healthcare provider
  • Notify Human Resources
  • Complete the intake form located in the Absence worklet in Workday or at this link

Read about reporting symptoms and exposure

Order Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is another defense against the virus, working as a barrier that protects you and others from airborne aerosols. Order masks, gloves, face shields and other PPE through your department's point of contact, listed here.

Enroll in Contact Tracing

By participating in the contact tracing app, you'll ensure that the Bucknell community can quickly identify and isolate any outbreaks. Users can use the app to report a high temperature or positive test, which will alert others with whom they've had contact. Please note that the app will not communicate personally identifying information to Bucknell or Bucknell HR. Reporting a positive test in the app is not a substitute for the mandatory reporting to HR, outlined above.

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