If you are identified as having close contact with someone who shows symptoms of or who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will:
- Be quarantined for 14 days. In most cases you will be moved to isolation housing for quarantine.
- Notify your professors that you will be switching to studying online. You do not have to provide a reason. You may return to in-person classes following the 14-day quarantine period.
Students in quarantine will use a daily symptom-checker app and receive referrals for on-campus resources. University staff will deliver three meals a day.
Exemption for Vaccinated Students
Beginning two weeks after their final dose, students who have been fully vaccinated and have been identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but do not have symptoms of COVID-19 themselves, will not be required to quarantine. The contact tracer will check your documentation with Student Health.
Why 14 Days?
The quarantine period of 14 days is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Both bodies have updated their guidelines to provide an option for reduced quarantining periods for individuals where a 14-day quarantine may cause an undue burden. However, the CDC notes explicitly that congregate settings, in particular college dormitories, carry special considerations regarding density and transmission risk factors. Following the 14-day option remains the most protective and the best overall strategy for effectively reducing disease transmission. Per the CDC's 14-day recommendation, to prioritize health and safety and to keep our standard consistent across our community, Bucknell will continue to follow the 14-day quarantining guideline for all students. As conditions continue to evolve, The COVID-19 Response Team will monitor and rely on data and updated guidance to inform any necessary changes to this protocol.
Guests are not permitted in any room or suite where students are quarantining or isolating, whether on campus or in isolation housing. This includes other students who are also in quarantine or isolation. If you are quarantining, you may not have guests, regardless of whether or not they are also in quarantine.
Removal From Assigned Space
At any time, Bucknell may request or require you to leave campus when your continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members. Residential students are required to comply with requests from the University to leave their assigned space due to COVID-19 or other public health emergencies. Failure to do so is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may subject you to emergency removal from your assigned space.
Not all residential rooms or halls are appropriate for isolation or quarantine. In those situations where a student is informed they must isolate or quarantine, students may not be permitted to continue residing in their residential space and will be provided alternative housing arrangements as needed. Removal from a residence hall room to isolate or quarantine does not constitute a termination of your housing contract.