Students are reminded to check their Bucknell email for updates from their professors and for other important University notifications.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the many issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please keep in mind that the health and safety of our community are our highest priority.
Bucknell Student Health will remain open and available to those who have been granted permission to remain on campus. If you are in need of medical care, please call Student Health at 570-577-1401. A staff member will ask you questions about your symptoms and discuss next steps. Do not go directly to Student Health. After hours, students with health-care emergencies should call Public Safety or 911.
Counseling resources remain available to all students. If you need support, please call the Counseling & Student Development Center (CSDC) at 570-577-1604 to arrange a conversation with a counselor. After-hours support remains in place (24/7). All counseling center clients have been directly contacted by their counselor to arrange a phone conversation to discuss next steps in individual treatment. The CSDC is committed to making case-by-case determinations to best support each student.
Yes. Under an order announced by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, all students with permission to remain on campus must wear a mask when accessing University services in campus buildings. This includes all areas of the ELC and the library 24-hour space. Masks are not required in the residence halls. You are also required to wear a mask if you go to area businesses, such as supermarkets or pharmacies.
If you are unable to obtain your own mask, Student Health will have a limited number of masks available. Please call 570-577-1401 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to make arrangements for mask pickup. Do not go directly to Student Health.
If you are experiencing severe financial hardship with transportation home, resources are available to assist students with significant financial needs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, campus dining facilities are closed until further notice. Students living in campus housing are encouraged to shop for groceries at local supermarkets and the Lewisburg Farmers Market. The downtown shuttle will run on a modified schedule this summer; please check the Rider app for details.
Students also have access to the food items stocked in B-eats, which has been relocated to SCA Davis Hall (Building 2) for the summer.
Card access has been changed in residential halls so that only students who have successfully petitioned to remain on campus will be able to access their assigned residence halls for the rest of the semester.
Room selection for the 2020-21 academic year began with the release of time slots on May 8. Please visit the Housing Services website for more information.
The Center for Career Advancement (CCA) will offer remote career coaching and advising appointments for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Job and internship activity with employers on the Bridge is also available.
Students can schedule a remote appointment with CCA through the Bridge or myBucknell (login required). Please contact email@example.com with questions or concerns.
The Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore is closed until further notice. The reopening date will depend on the status of business restrictions related to COVID-19 — please watch this FAQ for updates. Web orders may still be placed.
Rented textbooks may be returned to Barnes & Noble at no cost after the semester concludes. Students can print return labels to ship their rented textbooks back to the store, at no cost, from Barnes & Noble's website. Questions about rental textbooks may be directed to the store's textbook department at 570-577-3198.
Bucknell recognizes that labs, field work and similar educational experiences cannot be replicated in a remote educational environment. As faculty consider options moving forward, it is likely that modifications will be needed.
We have asked our faculty in these areas to be as creative and flexible as possible, using the technology and materials available to students in off-campus locations, and to adjust their instruction, assignments and evaluation methods as they pursue the educational goals of their current courses.
Yes. The University has approved a new policy for grading this semester. Details and procedures for these changes are still being finalized, and you will receive additional information as soon as it is ready. Please be sure to check your email regularly.
Note: Please consult with your academic adviser and/or the associate dean for students about the implications of taking either option listed below. You should also consult with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that your decision has no adverse impact on your current or future financial aid package.
Pass/withdraw policy: For each class, students will have the option of keeping the assigned grade or converting it to pass/withdraw after final grades are submitted. Student transcripts will be modified to provide an adequate context about the disruption caused by COVID-19 during the spring 2020 semester and the resulting change in grading.
Note: Students who are found responsible for academic misconduct for incidents that occurred in the spring 2020 semester and who receive a grade penalty that results in a failing grade in the course will not have the option to change this grade to a W. Students who are found not responsible or found responsible with no grade penalty would be able to take advantage of the Pass/Withdrawal options. In addition, students who are found responsible, but the penalty does not result in a failing grade would be able to select the "P" grade if desired.
Early withdrawal policy: In addition to the pass/withdraw option, Bucknell is extending the course withdrawal deadline for this semester to April 27, 2020, the last day of classes.
Under existing policy, twice during their careers at Bucknell, students may withdraw from a course with a grade of W through the 10th week of class (this semester, that date would have been March 27). This policy change means that course withdrawal taken after the date Bucknell announced its move to remote education (March 10, 2020) will not count as one of the two withdrawals under the existing policy. We will share additional information as soon as it is ready.
Courses taken through approved partner programs are treated as transfer courses, which require a grade of C or above for Bucknell credit and cannot be taken pass/fail. The withdrawal deadline applies only to Bucknell classes. Please check with your program provider about withdrawal from your current classes.
Many Bertrand Library resources are available to students learning remotely, including:
The Writing Center is offering remote consulting, primarily via Zoom. To schedule a session, call 570-577-3141 Monday–Friday between 8:30 a.m. and noon or 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. EDT, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your Bmail address and mobile phone number in all communications.
The main area of the library is closed until further notice. The 24-hour study space will remain open until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020, for students who have received permission to stay on campus. Students will need their student ID to gain access. Tech support remains available at 570-577-7777.
The library will remain closed to students, faculty and non-library staff throughout summer 2020. Enhanced remote services and delivery of materials from the physical collections will remain available. These include:
Reference and research assistance and consultation via phone, email, chat and Zoom Virtual synchronous and asynchronous information literacy and technology instruction
Online access to the library of digital content, curated Research by Subject guides and Ask technology help guides
Interlibrary loan of PDFs and physical items, as possible
Paging and delivery of materials from our physical collection within 24 business hours to a remote pickup location
Special Collections/University Archives will continue to provide research services, class support and access to resources within reason. Staff will evaluate each request and respond appropriately.
If you are graduating, due dates for library materials will be extended to July 20, the Monday after Commencement. If you are not graduating, you may return library materials when you come back to campus. There will be no late fees for any materials. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
Online registration began Monday, April 6, 2020, and extends through April 24, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Registration for fall 2020 classes will proceed online as expected. Please contact your academic adviser to review your academic progress report and to receive your registration pin.
Due to the fluidity of the pandemic situation, students who plan to study abroad in third-party programs in fall 2020 should also register for main campus courses. Permission to study abroad will depend on future international travel warnings; please consult with the Office of Global & Off-campus Education for more information.
Unless they can be completed remotely, students will not be able to continue their undergraduate research projects in spring semester. Due to continuing public health uncertainties, summer undergraduate student research programs are cancelled as well. Please work with your professors if you have specific questions related to individual projects.
Yes. Since it is necessary for graduate students to complete their projects so they can be granted degrees, this work will continue.
Bucknell has suspended admission of new graduate students for academic year 2020-21. Support for existing graduate students will continue unchanged. Second-year graduate students whose thesis work was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible for an additional semester of enrollment, if needed.
Summer session classes will be held remotely. Please visit the summer session website for information on courses and registration.