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Pre-arrival and Arrival Requirements for Spring 2021

Last Updated: Jan. 14, 2021 at 5:43 pm

The below pre-semester checklist breaks down the pre-arrival and arrival requirements by category. Please read this guidance in detail to understand the requirements for your unique context.

Pre-Semester and Arrival Requirements Overview for All Students:

All undergraduate students who will be living in Bethlehem, whether accessing campus or fully remote, living on or off campus, and some graduate students, are required to complete pre-arrival testing. Be sure to order a test kit from Vault Health using the instructions that will be emailed to you. Outside tests will not be accepted for pre-arrival and arrival testing purposes. Graduate students and students arriving internationally should refer to their sections below for their specific requirements. Athletics will communicate the pre-arrival, arrival testing and quarantine plan for student-athletes living in Bethlehem or on campus, which is aligned with the University plan but may occur on a different schedule.  

All undergraduate students (100%) living in the Bethlehem area and some graduate students (refer to section below) must also complete two rounds of arrival surveillance testing (February 1-5 and February 8-12) and continued surveillance testing throughout the semester, proceeding weekly with most students being tested once every two weeks.

The University will require a modified quarantine for undergraduate students living on and off campus and some graduate students between January 25 and February 7 to facilitate Commonwealth requirements and to support the safety of the campus and Bethlehem community; a negative pre-arrival test does not eliminate the quarantine requirement. Refer to your section below for additional information about quarantining. We understand students may enter this modified quarantine during staggered times, particularly for students moving into residence halls. The goal of quarantining during a consistent timeframe across the University is to minimize campus interactions following travel while students are still completing arrival testing and quarantining. Building access may also be more limited during this timeframe. Students arriving on or after February 1 will need to register their late arrival date as described under the section for late arrivals. 

Many courses with an on-campus component will be fully remote between February 1-5. All courses with an on-campus component will begin on-campus activities by February 8. Further information about in-class meetings and building access will be available closer to the start of the semester.

Refer to the sections identified below for specific information for fully remote, not fully remote, graduate students and students arriving from international locations.  

**ON COVID-19 VACCINATIONS** Updated 1/13/21: For students who have received one or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, at this point, Lehigh is following guidance that students who have been vaccinated should still complete arrival and surveillance testing and quarantining as required.     

Fully remote undergraduate students not living in Bethlehem

Complete student affairs training with code of conduct and COVID-19 expectations information (forthcoming by January 18).

Newly enrolled transfer students should upload and submit all required health forms to the Health and Wellness Center.

Not required.

Even if not living in Bethlehem, students living in Pennsylvania are encouraged to install and use the state of PA COVIDAlert PA mobile device app to facilitate contact tracing.

Fully remote students who come to campus for reasons other than surveillance testing or accessing the Health and Wellness Center, or who fail to abide by the code of conduct, risk forfeiting their fully remote status and the accompanying 10 percent tuition reduction.

Fully remote undergraduate students living in Bethlehem

Register your local off-campus address if not already current.

Complete Student Affairs training with code of conduct and COVID-19 expectations information (forthcoming by January 18). All newly enrolled students are required—and first-year students who participated in orientation during the fall semester are invited—to attend orientation on Sunday, January 31.

Newly enrolled transfer students should upload and submit all required health forms to the Health and Wellness Center.

COVID-19 Pre-Arrival Testing

  • Complete pre-arrival testing. Information about how to order a test kit will be emailed to students by Wednesday, January 13, and you should complete the steps immediately to provide adequate time to receive and send back your test before traveling to Bethlehem. 
  • If you test positive, you should isolate for 10 days at home and not travel to Bethlehem.
  • If you test positive or are awaiting a test result on or after February 1, fill out this form letting us know you will be delayed. Students arriving late should follow the instructions under the category for late arrivals.  
  • While the goal of this testing is to prevent traveling while unknowingly carrying the virus, if you are already in Bethlehem, you should still order and complete a pre-arrival test, which will serve as a baseline test.
  • Students who tested positive on Nov. 8 or later and who are arriving on campus by January 31 do not need to take a pre-arrival test.

Arrival Testing

  • Complete two rounds of required arrival testing between February 1-5 and February 8-12 (further detail will be shared by email).
  • Students should check their email and respond in a timely fashion to communications regarding scheduling and completing required testing.

If You've Tested Positive or Are Experiencing Symptoms

  • Students who test positive should not take a surveillance test until 12 weeks after the date of your positive test (for example, students who tested positive on November 8 should not be tested again until February 1 or later).  
  • If you tested positive through a source other than Lehigh, and have not notified the LU Health and Wellness Center (HWC), please indicate this by uploading your positive test results on the HWC patient portal with the required information, including your name, date of your test, the type of test (antibody tests are not accepted), and your results. Until this information is submitted, you will still be required to complete surveillance testing.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms or came into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, you should not complete a surveillance test. Students with symptoms or who came in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 should call the Health and Wellness Center at 610-758-3870.

Surveillance Testing - A new requirement, fully remote students will be required to complete surveillance testing throughout the semester, unless exempted by the instructions for students who previously tested positive, above. Failure to comply with testing and contact tracing efforts results in conduct violations. If fully remote students are temporarily out of the region when their test is scheduled, they will need to provide information to inlutest@lehigh.edu about the timing of their planned return.

The cost of pre-arrival, arrival and surveillance testing throughout the semester is covered by the University.

If you are experiencing symptoms or came into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, you should not complete a surveillance test. Students with symptoms or who came in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 should call the Health and Wellness Center at 610-758-3870.

Arrival Quarantine - Complete modified quarantine as described below in your off-campus residence between January 25 and February 7 to facilitate state requirements and to support the safety of the campus and Bethlehem community; a negative pre-arrival test does not eliminate the quarantine requirement. During this time, campus building access will be limited and dining will be take-out only. Students who are exempted from surveillance testing requirements because it has been within 12 weeks after they tested positive for COVID-19 similarly do not need to complete quarantine. 

Modified Quarantine - Students may leave for meals and to complete arrival testing but should not otherwise leave their residence except for emergency or health reasons, such as filling a prescription. “Fresh-air breaks” or walks outside are permitted as long as they are completed alone; while we encourage social connectedness and want to encourage activities that promote mental health and well-being, the goal of quarantining in the beginning of the semester is to minimize the risk of interactions where the spread of the virus is possible, particularly after travel and before full arrival testing is completed. Students should not congregate in common spaces and should be cognizant not to share water bottles, cups and utensils with roommates. Wear face coverings, even within your suite or in apartment settings. 

Read the isolation and quarantine protocols to become familiar should you become symptomatic, test positive or have close contact with a person with known or suspected COVID-19 while at Lehigh.

Fully remote students who come to campus for reasons other than surveillance testing or to access the Health and Wellness Center, who fail to abide by the code of conduct, or who fail to complete required surveillance testing risk forfeiting their fully remote status and the accompanying 10 percent tuition reduction.

Install and use the state of PA COVIDAlert PA mobile device app to facilitate contact tracing.

During the semester, students should limit travel away from campus other than in the event of an emergency and follow all health and safety protocols. Students who travel will be expected to follow a return-to-campus testing and quarantine protocol, which will be updated and shared at the start of the semester.

Undergraduate students living off campus in Bethlehem and accessing campus

Register your local off-campus address if not already current.

Complete student affairs training with code of conduct and COVID-19 expectations information (forthcoming by January 18). All newly enrolled students are required—and first year students who participated in orientation remotely during the fall semester are invited—to attend orientation on Sunday, January 31.

Newly enrolled transfer students should upload and submit all required health forms to the Health and Wellness Center.

COVID-19 Pre-Arrival Testing

  • Complete pre-arrival testing. Information about how to order a test kit will be emailed to students by Wednesday, January 13, and you should complete the steps immediately to provide adequate time to receive and send back your test before traveling to Bethlehem. 
  • If you test positive, you should isolate for 10 days at home and not travel to Bethlehem.
  • If you test positive or are awaiting a test result on or after February 1, fill out this form letting us know you will be delayed. Students arriving late should follow the instructions under the category for late arrivals.  
  • While the goal of this testing is to prevent traveling while unknowingly carrying the virus, if you are already in Bethlehem, you should still order and complete a pre-arrival test, which will serve as a baseline test.
  • Students who tested positive on Nov. 8 or later and who are arriving on campus by January 31 do not need to take a pre-arrival test.

Arrival Testing

  • Complete two rounds of required arrival testing between February 1-5 and February 8-12 (further detail will be shared by email).
  • Students should check their email and respond in a timely fashion to communications regarding scheduling and completing required testing.

If You've Tested Positive or Have Symptoms

  • Students who test positive should not take a surveillance test until 12 weeks after the date of your positive test (for example, students who tested positive on November 8 should not be tested again until February 1 or later).  
  • If you tested positive through a source other than Lehigh, and have not notified the LU Health and Wellness Center (HWC), please indicate this by uploading your positive test results on the HWC patient portal with the required information, including your name, date of your test, the type of test (antibody tests are not accepted), and your results. Until this information is submitted, you will still be required to complete surveillance testing.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms or came into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, you should not complete a surveillance test. Students with symptoms or who came in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 should call the Health and Wellness Center at 610-758-3870.

Surveillance Testing - Complete surveillance testing throughout the semester, unless exempted by the instructions for students who previously tested positive, above. Failure to comply with testing and contact tracing efforts results in conduct violations. 

The cost of pre-arrival, arrival and surveillance testing throughout the semester is covered by the University.

 

Arrival Quarantine - Complete modified quarantine in your off-campus residence as described below between January 25 and February 7 to facilitate Commonwealth requirements and to support the safety of the campus and Bethlehem community; a negative pre-arrival test does not eliminate the quarantine requirement. During this time, campus building access will be limited and dining will be take-out only. Students who are exempted from surveillance testing requirements because it has been within 12 weeks after they tested positive for COVID-19 similarly do not need to complete quarantine. 

Modified Quarantine - Students on dining plans may leave for meals, to complete arrival testing, or to attend the limited classes occurring in person, but should not leave their residence otherwise except for emergency or health-related reasons, such as filling a prescription. “Fresh-air breaks” or walks outside are permitted as long as they are completed alone; while we encourage social connectedness and want to encourage activities that promote mental health and well-being, the goal of quarantining in the beginning of the semester is to minimize the risk of interactions where the spread of the virus is possible, particularly after travel and before full arrival testing is completed. Students should not congregate in common spaces or share water bottles, cups and utensils, and should wear face coverings, even within your suite or in apartment settings.

Read the isolation and quarantine protocols to become familiar should you become symptomatic, test positive or have close contact with a person with known or suspected COVID-19 while at Lehigh.

Install and use the state of PA COVIDAlert PA mobile device app to facilitate contact tracing.

Remember to complete your COVID-19 Self-Assessment each day. Campus ID access depends on completion of self assessment and green badge.

During the semester, students should limit travel away from campus other than in the event of an emergency and follow all health and safety protocols. Students who travel will be expected to follow a return to campus testing and quarantine protocol, which will be updated and shared at the start of the semester.

Undergraduate students living in residence halls

Complete student affairs training with code of conduct and COVID-19 expectations information (forthcoming by January 18). All newly enrolled students are required—and first year students who participated in orientation during the fall semester are invited—to attend orientation on Sunday, January 31. Residence Life will also welcome students who are living on campus for the first time this year.

Newly enrolled transfer students should upload and submit all required health forms to the Health and Wellness Center.

COVID-19 Pre-Arrival Testing

  • Even if you were living in on-campus housing over the winter break, complete pre-arrival testing. You will receive instructions by Wednesday, January 13, and should complete the steps immediately to provide adequate time to receive and send back your test so you can be cleared for move-in. You will be required to have a negative test result before moving into your residence hall. 
  • If you test positive, you should isolate for 10 days at home and not travel to Bethlehem.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you should isolate for 10 days at home and not travel to Bethlehem. If you test positive or are awaiting a test result by your planned date of arrival, students living in residence halls should email inhouse@lehigh.edu to arrange an alternate arrival date. 
  • Students who tested positive on Nov. 8 or later and who are arriving on campus by January 31 do not need to take a pre-arrival test.

Arrival Testing

  • Complete two rounds of required arrival testing between February 1-5 and February 8-12 (further detail will be shared by email).
  • Students should check their email and respond in a timely fashion to communications regarding scheduling and completing required testing.

If You've Tested Positive or Have Symptoms

  • Students who test positive should not take a surveillance test until 12 weeks after the date of your positive test (for example, students who tested positive on November 8 should not be tested again until February 1 or later).  
  • If you tested positive through a source other than Lehigh, and have not notified the LU Health and Wellness Center (HWC), please indicate this by uploading your positive test results on the HWC patient portal with the required information, including your name, date of your test, the type of test (antibody tests are not accepted), and your results. Until this information is submitted, you will still be required to complete surveillance testing.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms or came into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, you should not complete a surveillance test. Students with symptoms or who came in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 should call the Health and Wellness Center at 610-758-3870.

Surveillance Testing - Complete surveillance testing throughout the semester, unless exempted by the instructions for students who previously tested positive, above. Failure to comply with testing and contact tracing efforts results in conduct violations. 

The cost of pre-arrival, arrival and surveillance testing throughout the semester is covered by the University.

Follow move-in instructions and requirements (forthcoming by January 13). General arrival will occur between January 27 and January 31, with specific groups (below) arriving January 25 and 26. The email from Housing Services will include instructions about how to register your arrival.

The arrival plan for Gryphons will be communicated by the Office of Residence Life. 

Students participating in Panhellenic recruitment are able to return to campus on January 25 and 26. Specific details will be provided to registered students by Housing Services and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.

Arrival Quarantine - We recognize students may be moving into the residence halls at different times during the University quarantine period between January 25 and February 7; on your move-in date, you will begin and enter modified quarantine, as described below. The goal of this quarantine is to facilitate Commonwealth requirements and to support the safety of the campus and Bethlehem community; a negative pre-arrival test does not eliminate the quarantine requirement. Campus building access during this timeframe will be limited and dining will be take-out only.

Exceptions: Students who are exempted from surveillance testing requirements because it has been within 12 weeks after they tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to complete modified quarantine. Students who were living in on-campus housing over the winter break also do not need to complete modified quarantine.

Modified Quarantine - During this time, you should only leave your residence hall to pick up meals from dining, to complete arrival testing, or to attend the limited classes occurring in person. Students should not leave their residence otherwise except for emergency or health-related reasons, such as filling a prescription. “Fresh-air breaks” or walks outside are permitted as long as they are completed alone; while we encourage social connectedness and want to encourage activities that promote mental health and well-being, the goal of quarantining in the beginning of the semester is to minimize the risk of interactions where the spread of the virus is possible, particularly after travel and before full arrival testing is completed. Walking to the dining hall in groups, for example, should be avoided. Students should not congregate in common spaces or share water bottles, cups and utensils, and should wear face coverings, even within your suite or in apartment settings. 

Read the isolation and quarantine protocols to become familiar should you become symptomatic, test positive or have close contact with a person with known or suspected COVID-19 while at Lehigh. During the semester, students who live within a distance where isolating or quarantining at home is possible may leave to do so if traveling by personal vehicle (not public transportation such as by plane or bus).

Install and use the state of PA COVIDAlert PA mobile device app to facilitate contact tracing.

Remember to complete your COVID-19 Self-Assessment each day.  Campus ID access depends on completion of self assessment and green badge.

During the semester, students should limit travel away from campus other than in the event of an emergency and follow all health and safety protocols. Students who travel will be expected to follow a return to campus testing and quarantine protocol, which will be updated and shared at the start of the semester.

Students (graduate and undergraduate) arriving from international locations

All students arriving from international locations are not sent a pre-arrival test. Regardless of where you are living, you are required to quarantine for 10 days immediately upon arrival, per Commonwealth requirements, and are expected to participate in the two consecutive rounds of Lehigh arrival testing and subsequent surveillance testing. 

New international students received separate instructions from the Office of International Affairs (OIA) about early arrival dates and will receive follow-up information regarding testing and quarantining.

Graduate students

Complete training with code of conduct and COVID-19 expectations information (forthcoming by January 18).

Graduate students taking in-person classes should follow the same rules as undergraduate students living off campus in the Bethlehem area and accessing campus. 

Graduate students living in Lehigh housing should follow the same rules as undergraduate students living in residence halls, including testing requirements (this applies only to Lehigh students, not family members or roommates living in housing, if applicable). 

Graduate students not taking in-person classes who are accessing campus facilities, teaching classes or working on campus (e.g., in a lab) should follow the protocols for faculty and staff in these settings: that is, they must follow the safety plans established by their supervisor, department chair or lab PI and are not required to complete mandatory surveillance testing to gain access. As such, graduate students in this category should continue to follow the protocols that have been established and can access these spaces prior to the start of the semester as approved. The rules for taking classes and living in Lehigh housing would still apply for those settings.

Differing from undergraduate students living in the Bethlehem region who are fully remote, given the case data and low historical incidences of positive cases, graduate students who are not taking in-person courses or accessing campus, and who are not living in Lehigh housing, even if they are living in Bethlehem, are not required to participate in surveillance testing.

Late arrivals on or after 2/1

Students living on campus who are not arriving until or after February 1 (because you tested positive or are awaiting a pre-arrival test result), should email inhouse@lehigh.edu to arrange an alternate arrival date.

Students living off campus who will not arrive until or after February 1 (either because of your plans or because you tested positive or are awaiting a pre-arrival test result) should register their arrival date for testing and scheduling purposes. You should still request a pre-arrival test but should wait to take it until before you plan to arrive, allowing enough for mail and lab processing times.

If traveling from out-of-state, upon arrival, you should follow the PA DOH return guidelines for testing within 72 hours and 10 days quarantine or when you have a negative result, whichever comes first. Upon arrival, you will be required to participate in two consecutive rounds of surveillance testing on campus. Be sure to notify us of your late arrival as described.

Communication Schedule and Important Dates

Below is a reference chart clarifying when you will receive additional information regarding the arrival process.

Mandatory Declaration form

Was due December 22

Up until Feb. 5, 2021, email emticket@lehigh.edu with changes. February 5 is the last date for changes in status and tuition.

Move-in information

By Wednesday, January 13

 

Pre-arrival/at-home test instructions emailed to those required to take a test

By Wednesday, January 13

 

Directions for code of conduct and COVID-19 expectations training

By Monday, January 18

 

Modified Quarantine

January 25 - February 7

 

First round of arrival surveillance testing

February 1-5 (forthcoming detail by email)

 

In-person instruction begins

February 8

 

Second round of arrival surveillance testing

February 8-12 (forthcoming detail by email)

 

Questions and Contact Information

  • For all contact information, refer to the COVID-19 contacts resource page
  • If you have any questions about the status of your pre-arrival and arrival test status and results, contact Vault Health at covid@vaulthealth.com. Do not call the Lehigh University Health and Wellness Center for this information. Other (asymptomatic) test inquiries can be sent to inlutest@lehigh.edu.  
  • For questions about COVID-19 related symptoms and symptomatic or close contact testing, contact the Lehigh University Health and Wellness Center at 610-758-3870.
  • For questions about move-in and the arrival process for residential students, contact inhouse@lehigh.edu.
  • The COVID-19 Information hotline has been temporarily reestablished for questions about arrival. Call 610-758-1500 to speak with a Lehigh staff member during the following hours:
    • January 12, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
    • January 13-15, between 9:00 a.m. and noon 
    • January 18-22, between 9:00 a.m. and noon