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Coronavirus
(COVID-19)

Information Center

For Campus Visitors

Last Updated: Jan 11, 2022 at 3:10 pm

Forms, Tools and Guidance

Visitors

  • All general visitors must complete a symptom checker, wear a mask, and follow all current campus health and safety protocols while on university property.
  • For prospective and admitted students and their families, please review our Admissions site for visitor information and opportunities and follow any specific instructions provided. Again, all general visitors must complete a symptom checker, wear a mask, and follow all current campus health and safety protocols while on university property.
  • In specific situations, visitors may be required to confirm full vaccination status and documentation of a booster. This may include performers who cannot be masked (e.g., speakers, dancers, singers and actors) and who are not Lehigh students, faculty or staff, but are performing in university facilities. Any role- or context-specific requirements should be followed as communicated by their respective department and stem areas. 
  • Individuals visiting campus for a conference or workshop lasting more than one day must be fully vaccinated AND boosted. All attendees participating in a conference in person on two or more days are required to submit to the conference organizer confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination and booster prior to arrival to participate in on-campus events (see form for doing so). 
  • COVID testing is generally not a suitable alternative to vaccination for instances in which visitors are required to be vaccinated and boosted.
  • Academic visitors who fall within the policy made effective July 1, 2021, will be required to be fully vaccinated and boosted and follow all health and safety protocols as noted above. 

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Health & Safety, Working at Lehigh, Spring 2022

  • Masks are required indoors in public spaces for both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals, including in classrooms, shared offices, laboratories, meeting spaces and fitness areas, as well as on buses. (Surgical, KN-95, or KF-94 masks are encouraged when possible.)
  • Masks are also encouraged for indoor off-campus gatherings.
  • 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.
  • Eating during the course of an indoor meeting, event or gathering is now permitted ONLY during a non-essential portion; read more >
  • For any social interactions, even in outdoor settings, be mindful of social distancing and consider wearing a face mask for additional mitigation of transmission.
  • Masks may be removed when people are alone in any space. 
  • Masks may be removed while dining in designated dining areas (if in-person dining is occurring).
  • Roommates and suitemates are not required to wear masks in their private rooms but all students living in the residence halls should wear a mask in hallways and other common areas. 
  • Face coverings should be worn over your mouth and nose. 
  • A face shield is NOT an appropriate substitute for a face covering/mask (read more under "Other Types of Face Protection.")

The emergence of the more contagious Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19, and evidence that vaccinated people infected with this variant can spread the virus to others, has led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to update its mask guidance.  We have updated our masking policy in response to this change from the CDC. 

We will continue to monitor data and guidance from the CDC and other public health sources, especially as it relates to data on new variants. We will also continue to monitor local transmission rates in Northampton County, as the CDC has advised, and on campus and in South Bethlehem. In addition, we continue to strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Even with this new information, the data continue to show that full vaccination is our best course of defense against serious illness from COVID and the threat of new variants. 

Health & Safety

Yes. General visitors and contractors should continue completing a symptom screening using the website or through the Hawkwatch app. Admissions visitors should follow the most current directions provided by the Admissions Office.

During the semester, the Lehigh COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily during the week with the most current case information.

Masks are required in all indoor public and common spaces regardless of vaccination status. This requirement applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Residential Life & Campus Resources, Spring 2022

Events, Meetings and Gatherings, Residential Life & Campus Resources

Student Vaccine Requirement, Faculty/Staff Vaccine Requirement

Any vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or under the WHO - Emergency Use Listing will satisfy this requirement.