For the Fall 2021 semester, we are looking forward to returning to a more normal semester with in-person activities and community events. Any COVID-specific policies are noted on this page. University leaders and the COVID-19 Response Team continue to monitor conditions and adjust policies to support the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding Bethlehem community.
The below chart is updated as needed to reflect the current campus status at any given time. Operations are subject to change given evolving conditions. See below the chart for information about what factors the university monitors.
|CLASSROOMS||Primarily in person, unless the instructor tests positive or more than 30% of the total number of students in the course are currently in isolation/quarantine. Read more>
|DINING||In-person dining open; view Lehigh Dining hours||Until notified|
Taylor Gym reopening fitness and recreational opportunities; check website for updates & hours >; SHM fitness center open
|EWFM/LINDERMAN LIBRARIES||Undergraduate & graduate access open||Until notified|
|GRIND@FML||Open; eating outside encouraged||Until notified|
|BUILDING ACCESS||Check LUPD website for updates||Until notified|
|SYMPTOM SELF-ASSESSMENT||Required for visitors, contractors, and anyone unvaccinated; Encouraged for full campus community||Until notified|
|GATHERINGS, MEETINGS (size and food)||
Indoor gatherings limited to no more than 25 people, with the exception of activities supervised by faculty or staff (including classes), hosted by recognized student organizations, or otherwise approved by the CRT; large outdoor spaces may have higher attendance and we encourage outdoor gatherings over indoor gatherings whenever possible. Eating during the course of an indoor meeting, event or gathering is now permitted ONLY during a non-essential portion; read more >
Required indoors in public spaces for unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals, including in classrooms, shared offices, laboratories, meeting spaces and fitness areas. Masks also encouraged for indoor off-campus gatherings. Masks required on buses. Outdoors, masks are not required but are strongly encouraged in settings where social distancing between individuals or family groups is not possible. Organizers of outdoor events have the latitude to require masks at their outdoor events, recognizing that venue size and density may be factors. See more info on FAQ >
|VISITORS||Admissions events follow approved protocols; No COVID restrictions on general visitors, but visitors must complete symptom checker||Until notified|
|ATHLETICS||Spectators permitted; follow directives and information about the current schedule from athletics||Until notified|
Undergraduate and Graduate Student University Travel> international travel requires ITAC approval; otherwise, no COVID-related restrictions on travel
Effective, August 2, faculty/staff University travel no longer requires dean, vice president or provost approval
Effective, August 2, there are no restrictions on personal travel for students, faculty and staff
|RESEARCH, LAB, STUDIOS||
Stage Two: Return to full on-campus operations; anyone without an approved flexplace or remote work arrangement returns to pre-pandemic work configuration
|By August 2|
In making decisions to restrict or lessen restrictions on campus operations, factors the university monitors include:
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.