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Latest Updates

Last Updated: Aug. 12, 2020 at 5:57 am

At the highest levels across the university, we are actively monitoring COVID-19 and taking measures to support the health and well-being of our campus community during these extraordinary times. Check this page for ongoing updates.

Featured Updates

A message sent to students, faculty, staff and families.

A message sent to students and families and shared with faculty and staff. 

Messages to Campus

Below are messages sent by university leadership on COVID-19:

August Updates

A message to graduate students from Beth Dolan, Kathleen Hutnik and Holly Taylor

A message to students from Ricardo Hall, Katherine Lavinder and Holly Taylor

A message sent to all undergraduate and graduate students from the Health and Wellness Center.

A message sent from the Task Force to Safely Open the Lehigh Campus.

A message sent to Class of 2024 Families.

A message sent to the Class of 2024.

A message sent to members of the Lehigh community and Lehigh families.

July Updates

A message from Provost Urban to faculty and staff. 

A message to graduate students from Beth Dolan and Kathleen Hutnik. 

A message sent to students, faculty, staff and families.

An email sent to students from Registration and Academic Services.

Provost Urban's message sent to the campus community on July 23.

A message sent to faculty, staff, students and families. 

A message from Provost Urban to faculty and instructional staff. 

A message sent to students and families and shared with faculty and staff. 

A message to faculty and instructional staff from Provost Urban.

A message sent to faculty, staff and graduate students from the Task Force to Safely Open the Lehigh Campus.

A message to faculty from the Faculty Senate. 

A message to Lehigh faculty, graduate students and staff from Greg Reihman and Library and Technology Services.

An update sent to faculty, staff and graduate students from the Task Force to Safely Open the Lehigh Campus

A message to faculty and instructional staff from Provost Urban.

June Updates

An email sent to faculty and instructional staff from Pat Farrell and Nathan Urban.  

An email sent to undergraduate students from Registration and Academic Services.

A message sent to Lehigh students and families on June 26, 2020.

A message sent to members of the Lehigh community on June 24, 2020. 

Updates sent the week of June 22, 2020 regarding housing.

Sent to faculty and staff on June 22, 2020.

A message to faculty from Greg Reihman. 

A message sent to all students from Housing Services. 

Registration and Academic Services survey for instructors of record.

Update to faculty and instructional staff from Provost Pat Farrell and Incoming Provost Nathan Urban.

A message from President Simon, Provost Farrell, and incoming Provost Urban. 

A message for faculty and staff from the Task Force to Safely Open the Lehigh Campus.

A message for faculty and staff from the Task Force to Safely Open the Lehigh Campus.

A University financial update sent to faculty and staff.

May Updates

An update to students who have belongings remaining in residence halls.

A message from President Simon to students and families about the Task Forces engaged in planning for the fall and the 2020-21 academic year, as well as information about how students and families may provide input. 

A message from President Simon to faculty and staff.

An update sent to students from the Financial Aid office regarding the CARES Act funding. 

An update about planning for fall. 

A message from President Simon to faculty and staff about the Task Forces engaged in planning for the fall and the 2020-21 academic year, as well as information about how faculty and staff may provide input. 

How to make your first-year housing selection and information for fall. 

Reflections to close out the end of the academic year.

This year's Honors Convocation will take place virtually on Friday, May 15 at 5pm. 

A update sent to faculty and staff. 

An email sent to students from the Financial Aid office. 

Steps students, faculty, and staff can take to support well-being and maintain balance in life during what we recognize is an extraordinarily challenging time.

A message sent to members of the campus community, families and alumni from President Simon.

A update sent to faculty and staff. 

April Updates

Students with items still in residence halls can now pack and ship belongings home. 

An update sent to faculty and staff.

A message from Provost Pat Farrell to undergraduate and graduate students. 

A message to faculty and instructional staff regarding online exam proctoring for Summer 2020 from Provost Farrell.

Important information about graduate student and post-doctoral trainee funding and employment for Summer and Fall 2020.

An update from the Lehigh Health and Wellness Center outlines guidance on using masks.

A virtual celebration will be held for graduating students on May 17, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. 

An update sent to faculty and staff. 

President Simon updates the community and provides information on working groups, outlook for fall. 

A message from Human Resources on CARES/FFCRA Act COVID-19 Related Impacts on Benefits.

An update sent to faculty and staff regarding reducing university expenses.

All on-campus summer programs through the end of July have been canceled. 

An update on remote teaching and learning.

We are delaying the start of the second-year housing selection process until at least May 15, after final exams.

All Lehigh courses offered during the summer of 2020 will be delivered via remote instruction. 

Provost Pat Farrell's Week 3 message to faculty and instructional staff. 

Take action now to prevent disruptions to Zoom classes, meetings, and events.

March Updates

An update regarding Commencement activities for the Class of 2020. 

An update from Provost Farrell to undergraduate students.

Whether you are here on campus or back home with your families, we would encourage you to access the health and wellness resources that continue to be available here at Lehigh.

One thing we all have in common during this time—faculty, students, staff—is that we’re all human, and we’re all dealing with the challenges of this pandemic.

Information on Health Center and Counseling Resources

A year of shared responsibility--President Simon reflects on the grit and determination of the Lehigh community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

ITAC met yesterday to review all planned summer programs. Given the current conditions with the COVID -19 pandemic, we have made the following decisions.

We wanted to provide additional information regarding the issuing of credits and refunds for Lehigh housing, parking and dining plan costs on a prorated basis for the time period undergraduate students are not parking on campus, living in residence halls or using meal plans.

We have been informed that another Lehigh student has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Most of those working remotely have taken what they need from their workplaces. If there is something critical to your working effectively, you have until midnight tonight, March 20, to go into your workplace and retrieve it.

Information regarding the closure of EWFM Library and Computing Center.

Guidance on graduate course grading, virtual dissertation defenses, on-line submission of theses and dissertations, and an extension of graduation deadlines for graduate students.

Lehigh does not support, will not finance, and will not ask students to finance online proctoring.

As shared by President Simon yesterday, we are working together as a community to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. As cases continue to be reported in communities around the country, we have been informed it has now impacted members of the Lehigh community.  

Undergraduate students will be able to elect out of the regular grading system and convert a course grade to what we will call the CR (credit) grading system. They can make this choice beginning in April, and any time through to after grades are reported to students at the end of the semester.

We are now up and running with remote education. I realize this has been a very fast transition, and many of us—myself included—are still in transition as we figure out how to best navigate a remote learning environment for our particular courses. This is no small task, and I thank you for your continued efforts to provide a high-quality academic experience for our students.

This communication includes an update on credits issued to student accounts for Lehigh housing and dining plans, new guidance on meeting size and remote work for faculty and staff, and other information.

An update sent to students remaining on campus.

This update includes resources for students to aid in this adjustment, information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with new travel and event guidance, updates on available campus resources, changes to building access and hours, and other important information.

On-campus alumni events are being canceled or postponed, as well as regional and off-campus events. We will be in touch with alumni who are registered for events that are being changed. We will keep you informed about any changes to Commencement, scheduled for May 18, and Reunion, scheduled for June 4-7.

Information from Housing Services regarding access to rooms, move-out options and procedures. 

For any students--graduate, undergraduate, domestic or international--who are experiencing financial hardship and do not have the resources to purchase travel home, we can work with you on these concerns.  As we have already started using our housing system to track some requests, this remains the best system to gather information and respond to residential students. 

Several new developments have led us to conclude that conducting classes remotely for the remainder of the semester (through the end of final exams on Wednesday, May 13) is necessary and in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and of the greater Bethlehem community.

A message sent to the campus community from President Simon. 

President Trump announced this evening that all flights from Europe to the US will be suspended for 30 days, beginning Friday, March 13 at midnight.  These restrictions will not apply to the UK.

New guidance for domestic travel, hosting events, visitors to campus, human resource-related matters, and other information regarding Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19). 

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and to provide updates.

Faculty guidance for instructors in all departments to plan for teaching in an online environment. 

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and to provide updates.

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and to provide updates.

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and to provide updates.

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and to provide updates.

February Updates

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and to provide updates.

The purpose of this page is to keep the Lehigh community informed about the public health situation relating to the Coronavirus. Check this page for ongoing updates and answers to frequently asked questions.

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and to provide updates.

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and to provide updates.

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and to provide updates.

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and to provide updates.

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and to provide updates.

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and to provide updates.

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center have been monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak since it emerged, and continue to do so.

January Updates

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center have been monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak since it emerged, and continue to do so.

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center have been monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak since it emerged, and continue to do so.

News and Stories related to COVID-19

Kathryn Kundrod and her fellow researchers aim for a test that can be used in a limited-resource setting.

President John Simon noted that Lehigh has made significant investments in remote teaching and learning to ensure a rigorous academic experience.

During the discussion, Provost Nathan Urban announced that a decision on Lehigh’s return to campus plan would be made by Aug. 3.