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Help Keep Lehigh Safe: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Lehigh is taking comprehensive measures 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.

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A message to graduate students from Beth Dolan, Kathleen Hutnik and Holly Taylor

The COVID-19 Information hotline has now closed. To reach specific offices or departments, please visit our directory for contact information. For answers to frequently asked questions, including information about testing, move-in, and quarantining, please visit this page.

Lehigh's Plan

The Fall 2020 semester will be very different from past semesters. Only first-year students, with limited exceptions, will live in on-campus housing in the Fall. This will decrease the number of students per common bathroom and lessen the potential of transmission. All students will be assigned to single rooms and Gryphons will be assigned to each floor. Access to campus facilities, including residence halls, will be limited and students will have access to academic facilities only as needed for their academic programs. University libraries, the University Center and athletic facilities will operate under strict health and safety protocols, including potentially limited access. Access to these facilities may be further restricted later in the semester if conditions warrant.

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
Open III July 6, 2020 Broader return of non-essential faculty, graduate students and staff permitted
Open IV Aug. 3, 2020 Fall academic semester begins Aug. 24 with hybrid classes. On-campus housing for first-year students and students with extenuating reasons of personal or academic hardship only.

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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COVID-19 Arrival Testing

As part of Lehigh’s health and safety plan for returning to campus, students attending in-person classes or accessing campus facilities are required to undergo two separate COVID-19 tests.

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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.

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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.

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COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool on HawkWatch

Students, faculty, staff and contractors are required to complete a COVID-19 Self-Assessment each day before coming to campus.

Lehigh Community Conversations

A weekly webinar series hosted by Lehigh’s Provost, Nathan Urban, to discuss planning for fall 2020 for students, families, faculty, staff and the South Bethlehem community.

Join us for Community Conversations >

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.