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Campus Status

Last Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 9:46 am

University leaders and the COVID-19 Response Team are responsive to changing COVID-19 conditions and may adjust campus operations to support the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding Bethlehem community throughout the semester.

Current Campus Status

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. It should therefore be considered a snapshot in time rather than indicative of any long-term restrictions. The spring semester will require continued safety protocols to mitigate the spread of the virus. We are hopeful that as conditions improve, more in-person activities will be able to resume. See below the chart for information about what factors the university monitors. 

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Area Current Status Timeline
CLASSROOMS In-person components continuing Until notified
DINING In-person dining open  Until notified
GYM  Taylor Gym & rec. areas open Until notified
EWFM/LINDERMAN  LIBRARIES Undergraduate & graduate access open Until notified
GRIND@FML Open Until notified
BUILDING ACCESS  (Undergrad & Grad Students) Swipe access only Until notified
GATHERINGS, MEETINGS (On/Off Campus) Informal: up to 10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors; Formal: up to 25 people indoors, 75 outdoors Read more >; Admitted/prospective student groups and special events follow approved limits. Residential students may visit other halls. Classes follow approved size  Until notified
VISITORS Admissions events follow approved protocols; Limited public visitors by approval Until notified
ATHLETICS Pre-approved spectators to resume at specified outdoor sporting events. Until notified

Undergraduate and Graduate Student University Travel:

  • International travel requires ITAC approval
  • Domestic overnight trips require approval from student affairs, academic affairs, or athletics
  • Domestic day trips in line with guidelines; exceptions require approval

Faculty/Staff University Travel must receive dean, vice president or provost approval

Students, faculty & staff follow Lehigh travel protocols for personal travel

Until notified
RESEARCH, LAB, STUDIOS  Until notified

A two-stage transition to the phased resumption of on-campus work will occur.



Stage One: June 1, 2021 - work on campus broadly permitted at the discretion of managers

Stage Two: August 2, 2021 - return to full on-campus operations; anyone without an approved flexplace or remote work arrangement returns to pre-pandemic work configuration

In making decisions to restrict or lessen restrictions on campus operations, factors the university monitors include:

  • the number of active cases on campus
  • evidence of community spread
  • the positivity rate of Lehigh COVID-19 testing
  • the availability of testing and processing turnaround times
  • local hospital capacity
  • isolation and quarantine capacity on campus
  • the emergence of new state restrictions or guidance, among others

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. 

Contact: For questions regarding these areas, reference the COVID-19 contacts resource page