Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Updated May 28, 2020, 3:47 p.m.

Bucknell University is closely monitoring the public health threat presented by the global spread of COVID-19. 

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 pandemic and our response to it continues to unfold, we will continue to update this page with the latest information and announcements. 

Fall Planning 

As Bucknell considers various contingencies for the fall, our goal is to resume residential education in August. At the same time, we also need to consider that the continued spread of COVID-19 will remain unpredictable for many months, and perhaps even longer. As we navigate this unprecedented public health crisis, our plans will be subject to change based on circumstances.  
 
To explore various contingencies for fall semester, several teams composed of faculty, staff and administrators are preparing as fully as possible to address the range of challenges and implications that Bucknell could face in August. At this stage, we plan to offer as many of the academic and residential hallmarks of the Bucknell experience as are prudent. We expect to share reopening plans by June 30.
 

Read University messages to campus

Remote Instruction

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 conducted education remotely for the remainder of spring semester, and instituted new pass/fail and withdrawal policies for spring semester.

Most students have moved out of campus housing, and most employees are working remotely.

See the Faculty FAQ for remote teaching resources

See the Student FAQ for details on remote learning resources and policy

Summer Term

Summer session classes are being delivered through remote instruction.

Commencement

To protect the health and safety of the community, Bucknell has rescheduled Commencement 2020 from the weekend of May 15–17 to the weekend of July 17–19.

Speakers, Events and Activities

All speaker events, performances and organized group activities are cancelled for the remainder of spring semester. 

Bucknell has made the difficult decision to cancel all non-University summer programming for June 1-30, 2020, including summer camps, conferences, clinics and practices. By June 8, the University will decide on events scheduled for July 1-31, 2020. For updated information about the status of specific on-campus summer events and activities, please contact the directors of individual programs.

Admissions

All on-campus Admissions events are cancelled until further notice. We have 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.

Athletics

Bucknell Athletics hopes to resume varsity competitions this fall, provided that the University is open for all students and it is deemed to be safe for our student-athletes, coaches and support staff. Decisions on fall practices and competitions will be made in conjunction with the University's Emergency Response Team with oversight from the Patriot League and the NCAA.

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. 

Bertrand Library

Bertrand Library is closed until further notice. L&IT will continue to offer remote technology and library support, including on weekends. Students may return books when they come back to campus. All late fees will be waived.

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 e-texts 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.

Medical Information

Bucknell Student Health has prepared this medical FAQ for the campus community. 

Additional resources: 

Emotional Support

Students who are experiencing increased anxiety or stress, whether for themselves or for family or friends in affected areas, should contact the Counseling & Student Development Center (CSDC) at 570-577-1604. 

See CSDC tips for managing concerns and emotions during the pandemic

CARES Act Information 

Additional Information

Please consult our COVID-19 FAQs for the latest updates.

For questions regarding 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.