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Mandatory Declaration for Campus Access

Last Updated: Jan. 29, 2021 at 10:40 am

All undergraduate students must complete a Mandatory Declaration form to declare "campus-access" or "fully remote" status for the spring semester. Graduate students must also complete a form indicating plans to access campus and should refer to the information sent by email.

Mandatory Declaration for Undergraduate Students

Campus

Every undergraduate student must elect to be a campus-access student or a fully remote student for the entirety of the Spring 2021 semester. Most undergraduate students in the Bethlehem area will need or want access to campus. Read the message to students from EM Services about selecting the option that works best for you.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Bills Issued by Bursar December 14, 2020*
If you elect fully remote status (and a 10% tuition reduction) near or after this deadline, your initial bill balance and financial aid may temporarily show full tuition but will be adjusted.
Mandatory Declaration Form Deadline December 22, 2020*
After this deadline and up until Friday, February 5, 2021, email emticket@lehigh.edu with any changes to your declaration.
Housing Assignments Sent After Jan. 1, 2021
First Day of Spring 2021 Classes February 1, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

We have provided important questions and answers to help you understand both the Mandatory Declaration process and the implications of campus-access versus fully remote. Please read these Q&As carefully, as they provide information that is important for you to understand before you make your selection regarding Spring 2021.

General

Campus Access Status

No. You must elect the fully remote designation by February 5, 2021 in order to receive the tuition reduction.

Switching to campus access is considered by special exception. If you would like to request a switch, please email emticket@lehigh.edu using your official Lehigh email address. Students switching to campus access will only gain access to campus buildings after they have obtained two negative tests through the university's Vault COVID-19 surveillance testing. The 10% tuition reduction will be canceled and the student will be responsible for paying the full tuition rate regardless of the date in which they switched to campus-access status. We will not be applying a pro-rated reduction in these cases.

If you received an email from EM Services regarding Mandatory Declaration, your form is available now.

Students must declare by December 22. There are some implications to declaring early—well before the deadline—versus much closer to the deadline, as described below. You will not be able to see your grades or view your transcript until you complete your declaration. Furthermore, if you do not elect a status, your bill will reflect full tuition and you will not gain access to campus until you complete the mandatory declaration form as a campus-access student.

The Office of the Bursar will issue bills to students in early December. If you have not elected fully remote status by this time, your bill will be calculated using regular (full) tuition. If you subsequently elect fully remote status, but your balance (and financial aid) will be recalculated after you make your selection. You will see the update in your charges when you log in to your eBill suite.

If you know you will select fully remote status, we ask that you make your declaration soon. It is helpful for Lehigh as we put many processes in place, including your spring tuition bill.

If you are unsure if you need access to campus—particularly if you might change your course schedule—you might wish to wait toward the end of the declaration period to make your selection.

Completing the Form

If you have an application pending and are waiting to hear from Housing, please answer “on campus (if available).” If you are notified by Housing that you have not been assigned a room on campus, you will need to update your Mandatory Declaration form to indicate whether you will be living off-campus, at home, etc.

You may request to switch categories any time until the end of the first week of classes. After Friday, February 5, it is not possible to switch your status and tuition category. You need to email your request to change your declaration to emticket@lehigh.edu before the deadline. It may take up to two business days to process your declaration change.

Please identify yourself as “LIR - Some international UG students are in this program.” We have created a separate category in the Mandatory Declaration for this program. Read more about the Lehigh-in-Residence program

Because of the importance of completing the Mandatory Declaration, a hold will be placed on your record that prevents viewing grades or transcripts until the online declaration form has been completed. Once you complete the declaration, the hold will be removed. There are other holds that prevent access to your grades and transcripts. You may view holds on your record in self-service→Student Academic Records→View Holds.

Fully Remote vs. Campus-Access Status

Yes, please do this so we know your plans. We have added a response to one of the declaration items so that you can indicate you expect to be a December graduate.

No, tuition will not be discounted during the semester as a result of temporarily limiting campus access or restricting the use of facilities. At the beginning of the semester, we advised students and families that campus access and activity may change throughout the semester given evolving conditions and to take this into account when making decisions about choosing "fully remote” status (which provides a 10 percent reduction in tuition) or “not fully remote” status (which allows access to campus facilities and does not provide a tuition reduction). We understand this is a decision families have to make individually when deciding whether to be fully remote or not. Any restrictions to campus activity or university facilities are implemented for the health and safety of the community and are continually revisited with the goal of reopening/resuming activity as soon as practicable (balancing health and safety as a priority).

Yes. There will be a 10-percent reduction in undergraduate tuition for the fall and spring semesters for those students who choose to take classes fully remotely. These students, whether they live in South Bethlehem or elsewhere, will not have in-person access to campus facilities, with the exception of the Health and Wellness Center. Please note: No one will automatically be considered fully remote. Students must have designated their fully remote status at the beginning of the semester in order to qualify. 

No - Students must decide if they will pursue the "fully remote" option at the beginning of the semester so that our health and safety plans can adequately account for a certain number of people in campus facilities. 

Need-based financial aid is based on the total cost of attendance; therefore, students receiving need-based aid will see their financial aid decreased to reflect the 10 percent reduction in tuition for those who choose the fully remote option. Students will be notified via email when their financial aid award has been updated and they can view their updated awards on the portal. If you are having trouble accessing your information on the portal, please follow these instructions.

If you have questions or concerns about your financial aid award, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@lehigh.edu, or by calling 610-758-3181. 

This guidance may be helpful to reference:

On Campus - Access to on-campus facilities, no tuition reduction, housing is charged and financial aid is not adjusted

Off Campus and remote - No access to on-campus facilities, with the exception of the Health and Wellness Center, 10% tuition reduction, housing is not charged and financial aid is not adjusted

Off Campus and NOT remote - Access to on-campus facilities, no tuition reduction, housing is not charged and financial aid is not adjusted

At home/with family and remote - No access to on-campus facilities, with the exception of the Health and Wellness Center, 10% tuition reduction, housing is not charged and financial aid is adjusted based on the commuter allowance

At home/with family and NOT remote - Access to on-campus facilities, no tuition reduction, housing is not charged and financial aid is adjusted based on the commuter allowance

Undergraduate students not wanting to access campus in any way may request to be designated as “fully remote” and receive a 10 percent reduction in tuition. This reduction does not apply to graduate programs. Those who request to be fully remote forgo access to in-person classes; spaces such as libraries, gyms, campus buildings, and outdoor facilities such as patios and tent space; and participation in any on-campus activities such as student organization-sponsored programs or events, possible spring semester athletic events, or any increased campus access that may occur as the semester progresses. Fully remote students will not be able to enter any campus buildings and will not have swipe-card access to campus facilities. All students, regardless of status, will maintain access to the Lehigh Health and Wellness Center.

Most undergraduate students in the Bethlehem area will need or want access to campus. Being a campus-access student is required for any student who wants to:

  • Take classes in person.  
  • Live on campus in residence halls.
  • Access any campus spaces including the dining halls, libraries, labs, music practice rooms, and athletic facilities.
  • Have a meal plan. 
  • Participate in in-person activities run by Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, or any campus organization.

Approximately 25% of courses in the spring semester have a mandatory on-campus component—these courses are designated as either “On-Campus Required” or “Flex-Classroom” sections of a course. Only campus-access students will be eligible to take these courses.  

Our goal is to maintain regular operations of campus spaces such as libraries, gyms, and labs. Only campus-access students will be allowed to access on-campus activities. Note that access may be temporarily altered or limited as changing conditions warrant. Please consider this when deciding whether to declare as campus-access or fully remote.

Undergraduate students who do not intend to access campus in any way may choose to declare themselves as fully remote students. This designation is primarily intended for students living outside the Bethlehem area. Fully remote students:  

  • Will receive a 10% reduction in tuition. 
  • Will not be allowed to participate in in-person classes or events/activities or access campus buildings including libraries, classrooms, laboratories, gyms, or outdoor spaces such as the UC lawn, patios or tents, on the Asa Packer, Goodman, or Mountaintop campuses.
  • Will have their ID card access disabled.
  • Will be required to provide current address information. 
  • Will be required to participate in regular surveillance testing and contact tracing if they are spending time in Northampton or Lehigh counties.
  • Will be allowed to access the Health and Wellness Center.

To receive this reduction, students must be fully remote for the entire duration of the term. If a student wishes to gain access to campus at any point during the semester, the student should not elect fully remote status. Students receiving financial aid should be aware that the 10% tuition reduction will affect their cost of education calculation, and thus will likely reduce their financial aid package. 

All students living off campuswhether fully remote or campus-accesswill be required to provide up-to-date information about their address (https://go.lehigh.edu/updateaddress). All students living in Northampton or Lehigh Counties must participate in mandatory surveillance testing and contact tracing. These students also must abide by university guidelines regarding social distancing, gathering sizes and other safety protocols. Failure to comply with any of these requirements by a fully remote student will result in the loss of the 10% reduction in tuition. 

No. Students should first consider their ability to have access to campus, and then select their courses accordingly.

In all cases, departments and colleges offering a course as on-campus only had to provide options for fully remote students to make progress toward their majors and degrees. It is very important for students to meet with their academic advisor in their college or department to understand their options. Note that some lab courses that are on-campus only have a parallel course that is designed for remote students (e.g., CHM 097 instead of CHM 030).

Fully remote students will be dropped from courses that have an on-campus component (On-Campus Only and Flex-Classroom courses) before the start of classes. If a student is dropped from a course, it will be the student’s responsibility to enroll in a replacement course, based on space availability.

As with other campus facilities, undergraduate students need to be a campus-access student in order to have access to research labs and other research facilities.

No. You must be a campus-access student to use the athletic facilities at the Goodman Campus. As shared in the university's announcement regarding springall spring Lehigh athletics training, conditioning and practices will align with the university’s established health and safety and testing protocols. Athletes training with teams using university facilities and supervised by coaches cannot opt to be “fully remote.”

Students can work remotely in many work-study positions; there are enough remote positions for fully remote students. If you are a fully remote student, you should look for one of these positions. You cannot have building access for work-study purposes and be a fully remote student.

No, tuition will not be discounted during the semester as a result of temporarily limiting campus access or restricting the use of facilities. Any restrictions to campus activity or university facilities are implemented for the health and safety of the community and are continually revisited with the goal of reopening/resuming activity as soon as practicable (balancing health and safety as a priority). Students and families should recognize that campus access and activity may change throughout the semester given evolving conditions, and they should take this into account when making decisions about choosing "fully remote” status or “campus-access” status.

Yes. Students who are fully remote and living in Northampton or Lehigh Counties must participate in mandatory surveillance testing. All students are required to provide updated address information to the University (go.lehigh.edu/updateaddress) in order to be included in surveillance testing and contact tracing. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the loss of the 10% reduction in tuition.

Yes, both campus-access students and fully remote students will be able to participate in any on-campus graduation ceremony. It is too early for Lehigh to make a decision regarding the format or planning of a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 or the Class of 2021.

Yes, Lehigh students in ROTC may participate in ROTC activities in Johnson Hall and in outdoor areas whether they are campus-access or fully remote students.

Research & Graduate Studies

No. There will be no change in tuition for graduate students, even if you are taking all courses remotely.