General FAQ

Updated March 25, 2020, 3:03 p.m.

When will room and board be refunded or credited? 
Credits for room and board balances will be calculated for individual students and processed by March 31, 2020. Credits can stay on a student's account to be applied to July 2020 charges for the fall semester or can be refunded upon request. To request a refund after March 31, please use this form (myBucknell login required).

Students who have permission to remain on campus and have emergency financial needs before the end of March should contact Bursar Services at bursar@bucknell.edu.

Unused meal plans and Dining Dollars from this semester will be credited to student accounts 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. We will process housing and dining credits in a reasonable amount of time after room keys are turned in.

Unused on-campus residence days will be credited to student accounts based on the room type and charge.

After March 31, students may request a refund if they have a credit balance on their account. Students who have a balance due to the University or who have a zero balance on their account after the credits are applied, or who have their financial aid adjusted for the credits, will not be eligible for a refund. To request a refund after March 31, please use this form (myBucknell login required).

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

This situation is especially distressing for the senior class. Can you do something for them? 
We recognize that the unexpected early end to students' on-campus experience this semester is particularly difficult and disappointing for the Class of 2020. Please know that this decision was not taken lightly. The rapid spread of COVID-19 presents a significant risk to the health and well-being of not only students, faculty and staff, but also to the community and indeed society at large.

Bucknell leadership determined the move to remote learning for the remainder of the semester to be the best way to protect everyone's health and safety. 

What about hands-on classes that cannot be taught remotely, such as labs, field work and student teaching?
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. At this time, those students who are engaged with student teaching are expected to continue in their field placements unless directed otherwise by Bucknell's education department.

Will Commencement take place?
The University expects to hold its 170th Commencement in as robust a form as possible, though the event may be postponed. Commencement will also be live-streamed, as it has been in past years.

However, we also 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 can.

Will speaking engagements, performances and activities on campus still take place?
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.

Is Bucknell hiring during the COVID-19 outbreak?
Recruitment for most positions at Bucknell has been suspended until at least May 1, 2020. We will re-evaluate the need to post and/or continue recruitment efforts at that time. Positions that have been approved to continue will remain active on our career site. 

Will application review and hiring continue for previously advertised positions?
Committee members assigned to searches that have been put on hold will not engage in application review or interviews at this time. Candidates will be notified if/when the position is reopened. For searches that have been approved to continue, the remainder of the process will be conducted virtually. 

Will Division I athletics competitions continue? 
Effective March 16, 2020, the Patriot League has suspended all spring athletics practices and competitions. The same day the NCAA announced that the men's and women's basketball tournaments would also be cancelled.

Is Bertrand Library open?
No. 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. The 24-hour study space will remain open for students who have received permission to remain on campus. Those students will need their student ID to gain access.

Is the Kenneth Langone Athletics & Recreation Center (KLARC) still open?
No. Beginning March 17, 2020, all fitness and indoor recreational areas within the 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.

Are downtown shuttles still running?
No. Effective March 18, 2020, all downtown shuttles are suspended until further notice.

Is the bookstore open?
No. Beginning March 17, 2020, the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore will be closed for at least two weeks. Web orders may still be placed. 

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