Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Updated July 10, 2020, 2:23 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 

Bucknell plans to resume residential education on Aug. 17, one week earlier than originally planned. Fall break will be eliminated this year, and classes will end on Friday, Nov. 20. Remote finals will begin on Monday, Nov. 30, and end on Monday, Dec. 7. January graduation will remain as planned on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. 

Several Fall Planning 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 during fall semester. They are working on details for how the new schedule will affect the classroom experience, residence hall living, Orientation and other key campus functions.  

We plan to offer as many of the academic and residential hallmarks of the Bucknell experience as are prudent and will share detailed reopening plans as they become available in the weeks ahead. At the same time, we must acknowledge that the continued spread of COVID-19 will remain unpredictable for many months and that plans will be subject to change based on circumstances. Please visit our fall reopening website for the most current information.

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 were delivered through remote instruction.


Due to pandemic-related limitations on large gatherings, Bucknell has rescheduled Commencement 2020 to spring 2021.

A special video celebration for the Class of 2020 will be shared beginning at 1 p.m. on July 19 at

Speakers, Events and Activities

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


Beginning June 29, we have introduced two options for families wanting to visit Bucknell: in-person information sessions (with an optional self-guided tour) and virtual visits (including virtual information sessions and student ambassador chats). Advanced registration is required.

Learn more and register here


Recognizing the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to present significant challenges to college campuses and communities, the Patriot League Council of Presidents on July 13 announced the following decisions regarding Patriot League competition:

● Patriot League teams will not engage in competition in the fall season (championshipand non-championship).

● Decisions surrounding winter and spring sport competition will be made at a later date.

● The opportunity for conditioning, strength training and other practice opportunities in all sports will be permitted provided health and safety conditions support such activities.

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   

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 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