Spring 2021 is an opportunity for Lehigh University to strengthen its commitment to providing our community members a healthy and safe educational and social environment in which learning can occur. Since August 2020 we have learned much about COVID-19 and how our community responds to the challenges that this global pandemic brings to campus. While there is some positive news concerning treatments and vaccines, the situation with COVID-19 remains critical and will require Lehigh Students to meet behavioral expectations to ensure that we are all safe and healthy this Spring.
Whether living on campus or off, all who are enrolled in Lehigh coursework are considered students, and are expected to uphold the Lehigh University Code of Conduct. The following expectations align with Article III, Section 2: Respect for Others, which states, “Lehigh University expects that all students will act in a civil manner that reflects maturity, social responsibility, and respect towards others and the Lehigh Community” and Article III, Section 4: Respect for Community, which states, “As members of the Lehigh University Community, students are expected to serve as ethical representatives. They are expected to know and follow the Code of Conduct, and show respect for the faculty, staff, community members and administrative processes that are in place to maintain and support our community standards. Students are expected to hold themselves and others accountable and report violations of the Code of Conduct or other violations to the University.”
All students are expected to uphold both the existing standards noted in the Code of Conduct and the items noted below, which pertain to the exceptional circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and our community-wide commitments to supporting one another’s health and safety. Failure to uphold any of the standards outlined in this document may be a violation of the Code of Conduct, and may result in disciplinary action up to and including being asked to leave campus, suspension or expulsion.
In order to participate in the Spring 2021 semester at Lehigh University, all students must commit to upholding the following expectations.
Before returning to campus, students will:
- Complete the Student Return to Campus training at least 3 days before returning to campus. The training will be sent to students via email and will be accessible through Course Site. Students will not be permitted to access campus until the training is successfully completed.
- Follow all guidance in Lehigh’s Arrival Protocol.
If I am experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, I will not return to campus and will consult with my physician to determine whether COVID-19 testing is advised and when travel is permitted. If I have a COVID-19 diagnosis, I will contact the Health and Wellness Center via secure message in the health portal. Students must upload a copy of the lab report including their first and last name, date of specimen collection, type of test performed (i.e. PCR, antigen) and test results. I will not return to campus until I receive explicit clearance for return to campus from HWC.
- Follow all instructions for re-entry testing for COVID-19 before coming to campus.
- For students living on campus:
- Move into my room at the time scheduled with Housing Services.
- Provide Lehigh University with an accurate cell phone number and other required contact information. Students can submit contact information by clicking this link and logging into Banner. If this information changes, I will update with new information in Banner.
- For students living off campus: Provide Lehigh University with an accurate local address, cell phone number, and other required contact information. Students can submit contact information by clicking this link and logging into Banner. If this information changes, I will update with new information in Banner.
While on-campus or in adjacent off-campus environment, students will:
- Students will cooperate with all Lehigh University and Health and Wellness Center requirements regarding surveillance testing, symptomatic testing, symptom monitoring, contact tracing, and quarantine/isolation requirements. Students are also expected to report positive test results to the Health and Wellness Center from tests that were administered off campus.
- Students who fail to meet these expectations (surveillance testing, symptomatic testing, symptom monitoring, contact tracing, test result reporting, quarantine/isolation requirements) are subject to immediate interim suspension, removal from University housing without refund, banning from campus, and other disciplinary action.
- Complete a daily self-screening using the COVID-19 Self-assessment tool, available through Hawkwatch, before accessing the Lehigh campus.
- Follow Health & Safety protocols in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 including:
- Properly wearing cloth face coverings. Any employee, student or visitor entering a University building must wear a cloth face covering to minimize risk to other building occupants and the Lehigh community. On the Lehigh campus, face coverings are required to be worn in any public area, and in any circumstance where interacting with others on campus. At Lehigh, we consider this to include all of our buildings as well as outdoor spaces such as campus walkways, where social distancing is not possible.
For students living in the residence halls, cloth face coverings need to be worn at all times in the residence halls except when in a private room, in common bathrooms when brushing teeth, washing your face, or showering. (Note: in private rooms, cloth face coverings should be worn at any time when others are present).
Help Stop the Spread (Pennsylvania DOH)
Use Cloth Face Coverings (CDC)
Homemade Mask Guidance (Pennsylvania DOH)
- Observing physical distancing. Community members are required to maintain a minimum physical distance of at least 6 feet from other persons whenever possible. A face covering is not a substitute for social distancing. Everyone should still be striving to maintain a six-foot distance between each other at all times.
- Washing hands. Community members are required to wash their hands multiple times throughout the day and are responsible for cleaning areas where they are working or spending time on a regular basis.
- Staying home when sick. Community members are required to stay home when feeling sick and request testing if symptoms match those of COVID-19.
- Carry my Lehigh University ID card at all times and display as requested. ID cards will be necessary for access to campus buildings. Lehigh University requires that students show their ID to any University Staff member, including Gryphons, when requested. Failure to carry and/or present your ID when requested could constitute a violation of the Code of Conduct.
- Follow Health & Safety protocols regarding guests, including:
- Not inviting off-campus guests, including students studying remotely, to campus.
- For residential students: Following all guidelines about residential guests in your residence hall. At no time may students gather in residence halls in larger groups than the gatherings/meetings number approved by CRT listed on the Campus Status page.
- Limit the size and scope of events to comply with COVID-19-related expectations.
- On Campus: Planned events must be limited in size according to the occupancy limitations of specific outside areas and campus facilities. To encourage full community access to events, we encourage all student groups to prioritize virtual programming options. Student clubs and organizations will have very limited access to reserve space on campus to host events, programs, meetings, or gatherings. All student group event reservations must be submitted through the Event Planning Form in LINC and must be approved by the Campus Event Advisory Group, in consultation with the COVID Response Team.
- Off Campus: Students must limit the size of off-campus gatherings to those limitations set by the COVID Response Team and other campus officials.
- Students should physically distance during social interactions and avoid congregating in groups, such as at parties, bars, or other social gatherings, which have been shown to spread the virus. This is the expectation for both on-campus and off-campus students, and is critical for keeping our neighbors in our campus community, and also in the greater Bethlehem community, safe. Acting in a way that compromises the safety of others or failure to abide by the Student Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action up to and including being asked to leave campus, suspension or expulsion.
- Avoid all non-essential travel out of the immediate area and adhere to the university’s prohibition against inviting guests to your residence or to campus. For students who must travel, consult Lehigh’s COVID-19 Transportation & Travel page for up-to-date guidance on expectations. Since quarantine requirements may change quickly, we recommend reviewing quarantine requirements both before leaving and prior to returning.
- Follow all instructions for on-campus dining.
- Follow the instructions given by faculty and staff regarding COVID-19 restrictions in a courteous and professional manner.
- Raise concerns about community members failing to meet expectations in an appropriate and caring manner. Concerns can be reported through this linked COVID-19 Behavior Expectation Reporting Form, which is also available directly at lehigh.edu/go/covidreporting.
- Comply with all University policies, rules and procedures related to COVID-19, as modified and updated from time to time. Although the University will take reasonable steps to advise students of modifications and updates, it is my responsibility to ensure that I am aware of the most current University policies, rules and procedures related to COVID-19.
While Participating in Remote Learning:
- Students who have opted in to “fully remote” learning will not visit campus, with the exception of the Health and Wellness Center if needed.
- Students will continue employing academic practices that are built on honesty and integrity.
Off Campus Hosting of Events:
Students and/or student organizations who host off-campus events must limit the size of off-campus gatherings to those limitations set by the COVID Response Team and other campus officials. Failure to do so will result in matters being referred to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Expectations.
OUTCOMES FOR VIOLATION OF COVID-19 RELATED EXPECTATIONS
In an effort to clarify the serious nature of following these COVID-19 related guidelines, the following outcomes will be imposed on students who have been found responsible for violating them.
Note that these sanctions may be adjusted based on a student’s disciplinary history and/or other mitigating circumstances.
||Second and Subsequent
|LEVEL 1 Violation (Some Harm/Potential Harm to Others. Example: not wearing a face covering, failure to maintain social distancing)
||Disciplinary Probation for not less than 1 full semester, bLUeprint self reflection questions (or other self reflection project, list of consequences for second offense.
||Disciplinary Deferred Suspension for not less than 1 full semester or Suspension, removal from housing (and bar from campus), self reflection project.
|LEVEL 2 Violation (Moderate Harm/Potential Harm to Others. Example: Flagrant disregard and/or repetitive non-compliance for the welfare of others through the intentional avoidance of social distancing, use of face coverings, failure to comply with university-required quarantine)
||Deferred suspension and removal from housing (if applicable), and the bLUeprint reflection questions
||Suspension for not less than 2 semesters, bar from campus, self reflection project.
|Level 3 Violation (High potential for harm and intentional actions that put others at risk. Examples: Failure to comply with testing, symptom reporting, and contact tracing. Failure to follow isolation requirements with a positive COVID diagnosis, Retaliation against someone for reporting COVID-19 compliance violations.)
||Suspension not less than 2 full semesters or expulsion
||If after return: Expulsion
Note that these sanctions may be adjusted based on an organization’s disciplinary history and/or other mitigating circumstances.
||Second and Subsequent
|LEVEL 1 Violation (Some Harm/Potential Harm to Others. Examples: Hosting a gathering that exceeds the limit set by the COVID Response Team, hosting an event where safety guidelines are not observed (such as wearing facemasks,enforcing social distancing, inviting large groups of people to an event via social media)
||Disciplinary Probation for not less than 1 full semester, Restrictions on hosting events of any type until education and plans in place to prevent recurrence, list of consequences for second offense.
||Disciplinary Deferred Dissolution for no less than 1 full semester and Disciplinary Probation for 1 full semester Restrictions on hosting events of any type during probation.
|LEVEL 2 Violation (Moderate Harm/Potential Harm to Others. Example: (Hosting an event for a large group of people 25+, hosting an event with alcohol without proper management in regards to social distancing)
||Deferred Dissolution and removal of Officers
||Dissolution for not less than 1 full academic year
|Level 3 Violation (High potential for harm and intentional actions that put others at risk. Examples:Knowingly or recklessly exposing guests to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, Shared sources of alcohol, Retaliation against someone for reporting COVID-19 violations)
||Dissolution for not less than 2 full academic years, removal of officers, lack of access to group housing in future.
||If after return: Termination
Statement of Expectation
All students are expected to read and understand the expectations listed above, and uphold the standards outlined in this document to support a safe and healthy Lehigh community. Failure to uphold any of the standards outlined in this document may be a violation of the Code of Conduct, and may result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from campus and/or campus housing, suspension or expulsion.