Commitment to an Inclusive Community

Bucknell recognizes that each student has individual needs, and we are cognizant of the disparate effect the pandemic is having on specific communities, particularly our Black students, faculty and staff. We also acknowledge that other historically marginalized communities are experiencing their own unique challenges related to COVID-19. At Bucknell, we remain committed to striving for an anti-racist campus, welcoming and inclusive to all in the Fall 2020 semester and beyond. 

Fall 2020 Student Guide to Campus Life

Welcome From the Dean of Students

Dear Students,

Whether you are brand new to Bucknell or returning to campus, I am thrilled to welcome you to our Fall 2020 semester. Our faculty and staff have been preparing for months to ensure the best possible experience for everyone, with health and safety as our highest priority. On behalf of the University, thank you for your patience as we continue to work through the myriad details of our return to in-person instruction and residential life. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us, and it will continue to affect our daily lives for the foreseeable future. Bucknell faculty and staff are fully committed to continuing to provide the transformative residential learning experience you expect. To deliver that experience safely, we've made some adjustments. This fall will be an unusual one, but we believe that together, as a community, we can and will have a successful semester. 

In this document, you will find detailed information on what to expect when you arrive on campus in August. Please read carefully, as many aspects of University life will be different. I ask you to keep in mind that our ability to thrive together this fall will depend on our mutual respect and individual commitment to the good of the greater community. We are all counting on each other to follow new guidelines and look out for the health of all students, professors, staff and University neighbors. 

In the same spirit of respect and support, we are also calling on every member of the Bucknell community to do their part to ensure the University is an anti-racist campus, welcoming and inclusive to all in the Fall 2020 semester and beyond. As President Bravman said in his June 15 message, we must cultivate an academic environment that is socially just, equitable, inclusive, accessible and diverse. As you prepare to come to campus, I ask you to reflect on your individual responsibility to help the University meet that goal as together we condemn racial violence and commit to systemic change. Each of us must play an active role. 

This semester offers all of us an unprecedented opportunity to empower each other and emerge as an even stronger community. Let's support each other in the very best tradition of Bucknell. 

I wish you a safe and restful summer, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

Amy Badal
Fritz Family Dean of Students