Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Updated March 23, 2020, 12:47 p.m.

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close their physical locations. Pursuant to this order and in accordance with its mission, Bucknell University is conducting education remotely. 

Read President Bravman's messages 


On March 15, 2020, a Bucknell student was tested for coronavirus (COVID-19). The University has learned that the test results were negative, and we are happy to share that the student is doing well.  

Read President Bravman's message 


 

Dean of Students Amy Badal provided guidance regarding move-out policies for students, as well as for those who have received approval to remain on campus.

Read Dean Badal's message 


On March 12, 2020, Bucknell announced that Enrolled Student Day (March 21), Gateway to Bucknell (March 28) and Admitted Student Day (April 18) events are cancelled.

Admissions has communicated this news to families planning to attend these events and will share other ways they can connect with faculty and students, get questions answered and — in the case of our Class of 2024 students — prepare for arrival on campus this fall.

Find more information about cancelled Admissions events  

Campus leaders are meeting regularly to review the rapidly changing situation, and decisions are being guided by the advice of medical professionals and the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. As the situation and our response to it continues to unfold, we will continue to update this page with the latest information and announcements. 

Academics

Out of concern for the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, Bucknell University has transitioned to a remote education mode for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

Classes were cancelled Monday, March 16, through Wednesday, March 18, so that faculty and staff could plan for delivering remote educational activities. Classes resumed remotely on Thursday, March 19, 2020. 

See the Faculty FAQ for remote teaching resources   

On March 19, 2020, the University announced new pass/fail and withdrawal policies. 

See the Student FAQ for details   

  • Access to all academic buildings is by card swipe or key only as of March 18, 2020.
  • Academic advising begins Monday, March 23, 2020.
  • Online registration begins Monday, March 30, 2020.

Bertrand Library

Bertrand Library is closed until further notice as of March 18, 2020.

L&IT will continue to offer remote technology and library support, including on weekends.

Bertrand Library will waive all late return fines, and students may return books in August, when the fall 2020 semester begins.

Many Bertrand Library resources are available to students learning remotely, including:

See all of Bertrand Library's remote learning resources   

Bucknell students may also access a catalog of etexts via the VitalSource Bookshelf app through May 25, 2020, at no charge. Students should:

  • Download the VitalSource Bookshelf app.
  • Open the app and log in using your Bucknell email address.
  • Find and view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within the Bookshelf app.

Housing

All students who were not approved to remain on campus were instructed to move out of on-campus housing by 6 p.m. March 17, 2020. Students who felt they must remain on campus completed an online petition form sent to them by the Office of Student Affairs.

Speakers, Events and Activities

To limit the potential transmission of COVID-19 through gatherings, all speaker events, performances and organized group activities are cancelled for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

Commencement

Bucknell has every intention of proceeding with the University’s 170th Commencement in as robust a form as possible, though the event may be postponed. We will also live-stream the event, as we have done in past years. However, we need to consider that the spread of COVID-19 could severely impact our ability to host our traditional schedule of events. As the situation evolves in the coming weeks, we will update seniors and their families as soon as we are able. 

Athletics

Effective March 16, 2020, the Patriot League has suspended all athletics practices and competitions. Student-athletes were instructed to leave Bucknell housing by 6 p.m. March 17.

Beginning March 17, 2020, all fitness and indoor recreational areas within the Kenneth Langone Athletics & Recreation Center (KLARC) are temporarily closed to all users until the University can safely return to normal operations. Please visit bucknellbison.com for the latest information on facility hours and fitness schedules.

Refunds and Crediting

Refunds and credits will be calculated for individual students and processed after they turn in their keys. Please allow a reasonable amount of processing time. We appreciate your patience. 

Unused meal plans and Dining Dollars from this semester will be credited to student accounts for those not remaining on campus under the following guidelines:

  • Unused Dining Dollars from this semester will be credited. These amounts are different for every student and will be calculated individually.
  • Unused dining swipes from this semester will be credited. These amounts are different for every student and will be calculated individually.
  • Anytime Access credits will be processed based on 55 remaining dining days in the semester, plus any unused Dining Dollars. That calculation is 55 days at $25.56 per day for a total of $1,405.80, plus any unused Dining Dollars associated with this meal plan. 
  • Unused on-campus residence days will be credited to student accounts based on the room type and charge.
  • Refunds for credit balances can be requested after the credits are posted.

As instruction will continue throughout the semester and students completing coursework will receive Bucknell academic credit, tuition will not be subject to refund.

Working Remotely

Bucknell has provided additional guidance for employees about work policies related to COVID-19.

Read the Employee FAQ

Time Entry and Manual Time Adjustment

The University’s prescribed method of recording time worked is to capture actual time in and out by using one of the following options:

  1. Time clock provided in various locations across campus
  2. Check In and Check Out process in Workday

We recognize that sometimes it may be necessary to enter or correct time manually, especially as we navigate between remote and on-campus work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following links are provided to assist staff with clocking in/out and manually adjusting their time (login required).

Clock in and out using a computer   

Clock in and out using a mobile device   

Manually add a Clock In/Out Event using a mobile device   

Modify previously entered time using a mobile device   

If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to your supervisor, payroll (570-577-1248, payroll@bucknell.edu) or Human Resources.

Travel Restrictions

All University-sponsored travel should be suspended, including but not limited to conference attendance, training and development, and grant supported travel. 

Learn more about coronavirus-related travel restrictions

Restrictions on Returning to Campus

Important: Anyone who travels (or who has recently traveled) to an area of Level 3 warning or higher is not permitted to return to campus until they have self-quarantined for 21 days. We urge you to help protect the health and safety of the Bucknell community by observing the 21-day period.

Emotional Support

The global spread of COVID-19 presents rapidly changing circumstances and unpredictable challenges. If you are experiencing increased anxiety or stress, whether for yourself or for family or friends in affected areas, please contact the Counseling & Student Development Center (CSDC) at 570-577-1604. For students who have received permission to say on campus, walk-in consultations are available Monday–Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. 

See CSDC tips for managing concerns and emotions during the COVID-19 outbreak

Contact Information

For questions regarding students who are currently studying abroad or returning from study abroad programs, please contact the Office of Global & Off-campus Education at globaled@bucknell.edu or 570-577-3796.

For health-related questions not addressed in this Medical FAQ, please contact Bucknell Student Health at 570-577-1401.

Please direct all other questions or comments to coronavirus@bucknell.edu.