COVID-19 Information for Students

If you develop symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, please remain in your room and call Bucknell Student Health at 570-577-1401 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Do not go directly to Student Health.

For guidance after hours, contact one of the following: 

  • Bucknell Public Safety: 570-577-3333
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health: 877-724-3258
  • Geisinger COVID Hotline: 570-284-3657, option 3. Identify yourself as a Bucknell Student
  • In an emergency, call 911

Reminder for Students Returning Home

When you return home, whether due to the end of the semester or to switch to remote learning, please keep in mind that the known incubation period for COVID-19 is two to 14 days, and that a COVID-19 test offers a snapshot of only one point in time. Even if your most recent COVID-19 test had a negative result, we suggest that you self-quarantine once you arrive at home for two weeks and continue to monitor how you feel daily. You may continue to do so in the Aura app. Because of asymptomatic transmission and increasing community spread in many areas, it is important to continue to practice good mitigation strategies such as hand hygiene, proper face covering, social distancing and avoiding gatherings as you leave campus and travel back home.

Guidelines for Returning Home

As you prepare to leave campus and return home, there are important steps you can take to help protect your loved ones.

Prior to Departure

  1. Schedule your COVID-19 test three to seven days prior to leaving campus, and avoid as many potential exposures as possible between this test and your departure.
  2. Wear a face covering, keep your distance from others, limit your contact as much as possible on and off campus and avoid large gatherings.
  3. If your test is negative, travel home as safely as possible by practicing all of the safety measures you have learned over the past eight months. Wear a face covering, wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, avoid eating in restaurants and limit stops to only those that are necessary.
  4. If you are concerned about a possible exposure prior to or during travel, avoid contact with high-risk relatives and plan to quarantine at home for 14 days after your potential exposure.
  5. Reduce the number of people with whom you have close contact prior to departure. Any close interaction with persons outside of residence hall roommates will present an opportunity for infection.
  6. Review the regulations governing travel to your destination. Some states require the completion of a travelers' form prior to arrival, along with specific restrictions and testing requirements after arrival.
  7. Finally, if you have not received your annual flu shot, please call Student Health and schedule an appointment at 570-577-1401.

Day of Travel

  1. Reduce the number of stops on the trip. If traveling by air, take a direct flight if possible. If driving, pack meals or snacks for the car trip home.
  2. Take safety precautions during travel, especially if using public transportation. Wear a face covering at all times and consider also wearing a face shield. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people; if that's not possible on public transportation, sit as far away as you can from other passengers. Carry and frequently use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  3. Use disinfecting/sanitizing wipes to clean any touchable surfaces around you in the vehicle in which you are traveling. This includes planes, trains and other forms of transportation.
  4. Recheck for any COVID-related requirements or restrictions at your travel destination.
  5. The least risky option is private transportation by yourself or with your family members. If you are in a car with individuals who are not members of your household, wear a face covering and sit in the back seat if someone else is driving. If weather conditions permit, open the windows.

What if I Am in Quarantine?

If you are in quarantine, you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Because the incubation period for COVID-19 is up to 14 days after an exposure, it is recommended that you remain in quarantine for 14 days and that you do not travel. If you choose to travel before your quarantine period is over, even with a negative test result and no symptoms, you may still develop COVID-19 and can spread it to those around you. Bucknell will continue to provide quarantine housing, meals and contact tracing after the end of classes for those who are quarantining. If you are planning to leave a quarantine period early by way of public transportation, please contact the carrier to see if there are any restrictions or regulations.

What if I Test Positive for COVID-19?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, it is recommended that you complete 10 days of isolation and are fever-free for 24 hours prior to traveling per CDC guidelines.  Bucknell will continue to provide isolation housing, meals and health checks until your isolation period is completed.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and always practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

See CDC resources for preventing the spread of COVID-19   

Do not gather in large groups and self-isolate if feeling ill. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, and follow the practices below:

      Everyday Preventive Actions

      Identifying and Treating COVID-19

      Students who believe they are experiencing symptoms (fever, coughing and shortness of breath) should self-isolate and call Student Health at 570-577-1401 as soon as possible. A staff member will ask questions to determine the next steps. Do not go directly to Student Health.

      As you await a COVID-19 test or move to isolation housing, isolate yourself to the extent possible in your residence and notify your professors that you will not be able to attend in-person classes. Do not attend class in person or events on or off campus.

      See CDC guidelines for what to do if you get sick with COVID-19

        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 weekly, and allows the University to protect student and employee privacy while observing campus trends. 

        View the dashboard

        Isolation & Quarantine Information

        • Isolation separates people who are known or reasonably believed to have been infected with the COVID virus from those who are not infected.
        • Quarantine separates people who are believed to have been exposed to the COVID virus but who are not symptomatic from others who have not been exposed. 

        If you show symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in a country, city, locale or event where exposure to COVID-19 is likely, you need to quarantine yourself for 14 days. If you must self-isolate or quarantine, you will not have time or the ability to get supplies.

        If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, you will be moved to temporary isolation housing.

        Learn about the entire process in the Student Guide to Campus Life.


        Contact Details

        Bucknell Student Health


        Graham Building, enter from 7th Street


        Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Except Thursday
        Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
        Saturday - Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., During regular semester