Student Expectations

Keeping Bucknell and Lewisburg healthy during the pandemic will take an ongoing commitment from every member of the community — students, faculty and staff.

We need everyone to do their part to keep the Bucknell campus and our neighbors safe. Please take a moment to review the policies outlined below.

What’s Expected of You

As a member of the Bucknell community, you will:

What the Student Handbook Says

Prohibited conduct in the Bucknell University Student Handbook of particular importance in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic includes the following:

  • Failure to act in a manner that reflects maturity, social responsibility and respect toward the person and property of others and specifically engaging in conduct that threatens the health or well-being of another.
  • Failure to act in a manner that reflects respect for one’s own health and well-being and specifically engaging in conduct that threatens the health and safety of oneself and/or others.
  • Failure to act in a manner that reflects respect toward the policies, procedures and laws that are in place to maintain and support community standards of the University and beyond and specifically failure to comply with University policy, agreements and/or the directions of University officials, law enforcement officers or emergency response/medical personnel acting in performance of their duties.
  • Failure to act in a manner that reflects respect toward the policies, procedures and laws that are in place to maintain and support community standards of the University and beyond and specifically violating any University policy, rule

When the action of a student or student organization violates Bucknell's expectations of community conduct, those actions are subject to a process of review and resolution by the Dean of Students Office. The procedures employed for the resolution of alleged conduct violations may be found in the Student Conduct Process section of the Bucknell University Student Handbook. Violations of these public health guidelines may lead to probation or suspension from the institution.

Please recognize that behavior both on and off campus is subject to being cited.

Read the Bucknell University Student Handbook

Personal Travel

Personal travel is discouraged. Students should remain on or near campus (within a 30-mile radius) unless traveling on a Bucknell-sponsored trip. Otherwise, students should only leave the area if they: 

Students who live on campus will receive a “re-entry” plan, which will include a mandatory quarantine of approximately eight days in University isolation housing immediately upon return to campus. A negative COVID-19 test result will then be required for permission to return to University housing and attend in-person classes. This test will take place approximately five days after arrival back to campus. When a negative test result is received, the asymptomatic student will be permitted to leave isolation housing and return to their campus residence and/or attend classes in person. 
 
Students who live off campus should immediately begin an approximate eight-day quarantine in their off-campus residence upon their return. They will also undergo COVID-19 testing approximately five days following their arrival back to Lewisburg, and a negative COVID-19 test result will be required for permission to return to campus and attend in-person classes. 
 
Students who must travel away from campus should take with them changes of clothing, personal hygiene items and any school supplies needed during quarantine. They should also plan to return and enter isolation housing on a Sunday, when possible. Testing will not occur over the weekend. Each case will be reviewed by Student Health. 
 
Students who are found to have traveled outside the immediate Lewisburg area without notifying the dean of students and completing quarantine and testing will be required to leave campus and finish the semester remotely. This policy will be consistently enforced without exception and will include students who return home for any length of time.

More information about isolation housing is available in the Student Guide to Quarantine, Isolation, & Contact Tracing.

Student Guide to Quarantine, Isolation, & Contact Tracing

Visitor and Guest Policy

Only Bucknell students in residence on campus will be allowed in campus housing. Students in residence may visit Bucknell students living in other residence halls, but will only have card access to their own campus residence.

No outside visitors will be permitted in campus housing, including family members.

Study Abroad

Spring 2021: All Spring 2021 study abroad programs have been canceled. To accommodate students who are unable to participate in Spring 2021 study abroad opportunities, the Office of Global & Off-campus Education will give students the option to have their application forwarded to a future study abroad term.

Fall 2021: The Office of Global & Off-campus Education continues to advise and prepare students for study abroad opportunities during the Fall 2021 semester and will allow students to submit new applications for the Fall 2021 term.