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Help Keep Lehigh Safe: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are looking forward to welcoming our community back to campus and beginning the fall academic semester on Aug. 24. This website will be updated frequently with important information about the measures Lehigh is taking to support the health and well-being of our community, as well as our neighbors in Bethlehem. Each of us has a critical role to play, and we will need to work with one another to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in our community.

Featured Update

A message from President Simon, Provost Farrell, and incoming Provost Urban. 

Latest Update

An email sent to faculty and instructional staff from Pat Farrell and Nathan Urban.  

Lehigh's Reopening Plan

The Fall 2020 semester will be very different from past semesters. The changes needed to protect the health of our community this semester will require flexibility, creativity and careful preparation.

Below is an outline of Lehigh’s phased opening approach:

Phase Date Key Guidance
Open I June 15, 2020 Restricted non-essential faculty and staff allowed on campus
Open II June 24, 2020 Limited non-essential faculty and staff allowed on campus
July 6, 2020 Broader return of non-essential faculty, graduate students and staff permitted
Open IV Aug. 3, 2020 Structured student return to campus; fall academic semester begins Aug. 24

Read about Lehigh's Phased Return to Campus >


Lehigh is committed to delivering an engaging, impactful and dynamic learning environment even as the university takes steps to ensure the safety of our entire community.

Learn more about academics during COVID-19 >

“The reality is that university operations are changing, corporate operations are changing, and government operations are changing, society is changing. And I think that it's essential that students learn how to interact and engage in this new reality.”
- Provost and Senior Vice President Nathan Urban

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are links to frequently asked questions related to COVID-19. You can review FAQs by audience, or view all FAQs.

Health and Safety

Enhanced sanitization, social distancing and shared actions to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 will support a safe Lehigh residential experience.

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Cleaning, Disinfection and Social Distancing

Lehigh is putting enhanced protocols in place to maintain rigorous sanitization standards and to maintain social distancing.

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Mitigating the Spread of COVID-19

All students, faculty and staff will be required to complete training before returning and to follow proper health protocols when on campus.

Health and Wellness Center

Health and Wellness Center

To enhance safety during the pandemic, the Lehigh Health and Wellness Center (LU HWC) has made some changes to how students can access its services.

Transportation & Travel

We will be providing more information on travel and transportation specific to the Lehigh community as decisions and updates are made.

Read about transportation & travel >

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Community Commitments

We have a communal responsibility to create an environment that balances the health and safety of our community with the critical mission of the university.