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Campus Status

Last Updated: Jul. 29, 2021 at 10:30 am

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.

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. See below the chart for information about what factors the university monitors. 

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Area Current Status Timeline
CLASSROOMS In-person 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   Swipe access  Until notified
SYMPTOM SELF-ASSESSMENT  Required for visitors and contractors, encouraged for campus community Until notified

No COVID capacity limits on meetings/gatherings 

Until notified

Masks required indoors in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Masks not required outdoors. Masks required on buses.  Read more >

Until notified
VISITORS Admissions events follow approved protocols; No COVID restrictions on visitors, but visitors must complete symptom checker Effective August 2, 2021
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; refer to travel guidelines for domestic and additional international information 

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

Until notified
  • Follow any lab-specific safety protocols
Until notified

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



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