Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Updated May 21, 2020, 3:25 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. 

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 and Fall Terms

Summer session classes will be delivered through remote instruction.

While Bucknell hopes to welcome students back to campus in the fall, there is no way of knowing when the country will be returning to "business as usual." Like all colleges and universities, the health and safety of our community remains our top priority. We will share additional information as it becomes available. 

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

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.