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Only first-year students and students with extenuating reasons of personal or academic hardship will be allowed to live in campus housing in the Fall. The Fall semester on-campus housing plan will decrease the number of students per common bathroom and lessen the potential of transmission. All students will be assigned to single rooms and Gryphons will be assigned to each floor. To further reduce the risk posed by COVID-19, we will limit access to campus facilities, including residence halls, and students will have access to academic facilities only as needed for their academic programs.  Students whose living circumstances allow them to learn remotely should strongly consider staying home and waiting until we can open campus more fully. Read the announcement>

Since we announced our intention in mid-June to open our campus for the Fall semester, we have closely monitored local and national rates of COVID-19 infection, consulted with numerous health professionals and implemented significant measures to make our campus as safe as possible. The number of states considered high-risk with large COVID-19 case amounts continues to grow; many are areas where our students currently live, greatly impacting our quarantining capacity for those returning to campus. Access to testing has become more limited as resources are diverted to hotspots. We have been clear that the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and Bethlehem community will guide our decision-making. The arc of this pandemic is ever-evolving, as we all know. While we hold out hope for the Spring semester that conditions and trends will allow more members of our community to return, we do not know what the future holds. We are also prepared to act if conditions deteriorate.

Travel, both domestic and international, can present risks associated with exposure to COVID-19. Those coming from countries listed by the CDC as level 2 and 3 and the states designated as “hot spots” by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must self-quarantine for 14 days, either in Pennsylvania or another location not listed by the Commonwealth just prior to arriving on campus. 

We are asking that all students who elect to come to campus quarantine for 14 days in Pennsylvania or in a state that Pennsylvania doesn't designate as a "hotspot" before coming:

  • This list may have states added or removed as we approach the start of the semester; any changes will apply and should be followed.
  • We are requiring students to have completed the quarantine before returning to campus.
  • Students are not permitted to quarantine in a state listed by Pennsylvania as being a hotspot. 
  • Unfortunately, we will not accommodate or provide this space for arrivals on campus.
  • There may be cases where we can accommodate late arrivals for those who are completing this quarantine, or in cases where a state is added to the list shortly before arrival. Students in these cases should await approval and guidance from the University before making travel arrangements.
  • A negative test for COVID-19 prior to arrival will not eliminate the requirement for quarantine.
  • Faculty will accommodate students who must start classes remotely during this quarantine and will work to accommodate students who need to quarantine at any point throughout the semester.  

All students, faculty, and staff will be required to complete training, complete health requirements such as testing and quarantining as required before returning, and follow proper health protocols when on campus.

For all students, faculty, staff and visitors:

  • A daily self-screening is required before coming to campus (download the Hawkwatch app to access the tool).
  • All are encouraged to wash their hands frequently and take proper health precautions, such as staying home when sick
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is requiring the use of cloth face coverings when in public. 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. Coverings may be removed when working in a private, single-occupancy office or when eating.
  • 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.

If you experience or witness a situation in which members of our community, regardless of whether they are students, faculty, staff, or visitors are not adhering to these standards, you have the following options:

  1. If you can safely address the concern directly with the individual or group, you may do so by reminding them of University standards and our shared responsibility in promoting a healthy, safe and inclusive learning and working environment.  We will issue guidance for ways in which you can address these situations.  Supervisors are expected to address these issues with their direct reports. 

  2. If addressing the concern directly is not an option, or if you are not satisfied with the response you receive or the behavior doesn’t stop, you may report the concern to the COVID Response Team (CRT) by completing this form at http://lehigh.edu/go/covidreporting.  While we encourage you to provide your name and contact information with this form so that the CRT may follow-up with you, if necessary, you may also submit this report anonymously.  

If students need to make changes to their submitted survey, they can do so up until August 21.The first step a student must take is submitting a ticket to https://go.lehigh.edu/emticket, or sending an email to emticket@lehigh.edu asking that their Modes of Instruction survey be reset.

The second step is for the student to use the link in a new email that they will receive to access the survey and resubmit their answers.

For those choosing the “fully remote” option:

  • You must elect the “fully remote” option to receive the 10-percent reduction in undergraduate tuition for the Fall semester.
  • No student, even if already registered in all online classes, is automatically considered “fully remote.”
  • Students living in campus housing are not eligible for the “fully remote” option.
  • Those who elect the “fully remote” option, whether they live off campus in South Bethlehem or elsewhere, will forgo all access to campus classrooms and facilities, with the exception of the Health and Wellness Center. This means you will not be able to attend in-person classes.
  • A student registered for exclusively online courses living off-campus in South Bethlehem who wants access to the limited but available campus facilities, such as the library and the gym, should not elect the “fully remote” option and therefore would not be eligible for the tuition reduction.

For those who do not select the “fully remote” option:

  • Even if all of your courses are remote, you are electing to access campus facilities and will not receive the 10-percent tuition reduction.
  • Students will have access to academic facilities only as needed for their academic programs.
  • Undergraduate students engaged in on-campus research can do so with the permission of the faculty advisor and must complete required safety training.
  • University libraries, the University Center, and athletic facilities will operate under strict health and safety protocols, including potentially limited access.
  • Students living off campus will similarly find access to campus very limited.
  • Extracurricular and social opportunities will be extremely limited.

*****Please refer to the updated message that was sent August 11. We have also prepared a FAQ specific to our pre-arrival and arrival testing program.*****

As part of our health and safety plan for returning to campus, we will be requiring COVID-19 testing for the following: 1. All undergraduate students who did not elect to be “fully remote”; 2. Graduate and professional students who are taking in-person classes; 3. All students who are living on campus; 4. All student-athletes participating in athletic activities 

Students will be required to do two separate tests. For students who will be living on campus and all athletes - the first test will be done prior to arrival on campus, followed by a second test that will be done on campus after arrival. For all other students, both tests will be done shortly after arrival on campus. The goal of testing all students attending in-person classes or accessing campus facilities prior to or soon after arrival on campus is to reduce the likelihood of a student arriving on campus who could transmit COVID-19 to members of the Lehigh campus and surrounding Bethlehem community. We are also exploring options for additional surveillance testing later in the semester. Learn more about arrival testing >

For questions:

  • If undergraduate students living on campus have any questions about receiving or sending back the mail kit, the status of your results, or about your virtual appointment, please reach out to Vault Health at covid@vaulthealth.com.
  • If you have questions about your test results once you have received them, please contact your primary care physician.
  • If you receive a positive test result, you should not travel and will not be able to immediately come to campus. Please contact the Lehigh Health and Wellness Center for additional guidance about isolation and next steps you will need to take to be cleared for arrival. It is likely that you will also hear from your local public health entity. 
  • For general information, please contact the COVID-19 Information Hotline: (888) 347-1966 (toll-free), 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT | July 31–August 12.

Academics

The academic semester will begin on Aug. 24. 

Courses in the Fall semester will be offered remotely, in-person and in a hybrid mode. Almost all courses for the Fall semester will be accessible remotely, and there will be a limited number offered in a hybrid mode and a relatively small number offered in person. Refer to the instructional methods page for additional information about course attributes and their definitions. We have invested in expanding and improving our approaches to online instruction and remote learning, and have confidence that remote learning will offer students a rigorous and challenging academic experience, allowing them to make progress in their degree plans.

We learned a tremendous amount about remote learning from the spring semester, not just from our experiences, but also from others across the higher education community, and we will greatly enhance our online and remote capabilities in the fall. Since the Spring, more than 350 faculty have participated in workshops and other forms of training in online and technology-enhanced teaching and are well-prepared to meet the high academic standards of teaching our students and families rightly expect. We have invested in additional classroom technology for creating a better learning experience for students in the classroom and online.This also involves providing critical opportunities for faculty and students to build meaningful connections with one another, whether in person or online. Our faculty are prepared to fully engage with, challenge and teach students in a way that will retain the essence of a Lehigh education.

Students must elect the “fully remote” option to receive the 10-percent reduction in undergraduate tuition for the Fall semester by. No student, even if already registered in all online classes, is automatically considered fully remote. A student registered for exclusively online courses living off-campus in South Bethlehem who wants access to the highly limited but available campus facilities, such as dining facilities, the library and the gym, should not elect the fully remote option and therefore would not be eligible for the tuition reduction.

Yes, if they are registered for a class that is held in person and do not select the “fully remote” option. Courses in the Fall semester will be offered remotely, in-person and in a hybrid mode. Almost all courses for the Fall semester will be accessible remotely, and there will be a limited number offered in a hybrid mode and a relatively small number offered in person. Please note that students off campus will find activity on campus very limited. We have confidence that remote learning will offer students a rigorous and challenging academic experience, and encourage all students to consider the remote option for the Fall semester.

No - Students must decide if they will pursue the "fully remote" option at the beginning of the semester so that our health and safety plans can adequately account for a certain number of people in campus facilities.

Students currently enrolled in courses that have on-campus labs should be aware that electing fully remote tuition will mean that they will not be able to complete on-campus labs. These students will need to work with the appropriate academic departments to determine their options for completing these lab requirements.

Classroom and lab space will be modified to comply with social distancing requirements. Cleaning schedules are being adjusted based on the activity in campus buildings, with a focus on the ongoing cleaning and disinfection of all entrances, door handles, and high-traffic areas on campus in accordance with the latest CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) guidelines. Hand sanitizers will be located at entrances to all buildings and dining and high-traffic areas. Ventilation systems are being adjusted to reduce air recirculation and upgrade air filtration.  We will also be providing a wellness/safety starter kit for all faculty, staff and students, which will include masks, hand sanitizer and other personal items.

 

Classrooms: In addition to daily cleaning, each classroom space will be equipped with EPA- approved spray sanitizer and towels for students and faculty to use prior to or after each class. Facilities will stock and maintain these classroom supplies. Instructors will be able to request additional PPE and also request access to larger spaces - likely including some outdoor tented spaces - for occasional in-person meetings. Plexiglass shields and dividers are being installed in some classrooms. Instructors with ideas about how to make their classrooms or other educational spaces safer can make these suggestions to their department chairs and deans.

 

Offices: Individual cubicle and office cleaning will continue to be completed weekly. Additional focus will be given to cleaning and sanitizing touchpoints. Before you leave any room in which you have been working or eating you should swab down all work or eating areas with EPA-registered disinfectant. This includes your private workspace or any shared-space location or equipment.

If students need to make changes to their submitted survey, they can do so up until August 21.The first step a student must take is submitting a ticket to https://go.lehigh.edu/emticket, or sending an email to emticket@lehigh.edu asking that their Modes of Instruction survey be reset.

The second step is for the student to use the link in a new email that they will receive to access the survey and resubmit their answers.

Undergraduate students considering a leave of absence should discuss their plans with their academic advisor, and reach out to the Office of Academic Life and Student Transitions. This office oversees the process that a student must complete in order to take a leave of absence. Please note that the process to take a leave of absence should be completed before the start of the semester of the leave.

If unapproved leaves are taken, students are declared as non-returning and must request readmission through the Dean of Students if they wish to re-enroll in a future term. Courses taken at another college or university while on an unapproved leave will not be permitted to transfer toward a Lehigh University baccalaureate degree.

It is extremely important to seek approval for the transfer of courses before beginning coursework at another university. Lehigh’s course approval process involves both the Office of Registration and Academic Services (RAS) and academic departments; faculty evaluate courses for transfer based on their equivalency and rigor. Courses taken at rigorous four-year institutions are viewed more favorably by faculty.

Nearly all students in the Class of 2024 have registered for their fall courses at Lehigh, with only a small number pursuing a gap year before beginning their first-year classes at Lehigh. Lehigh has a process for incoming undergraduate students who wish to defer their matriculation. Gap periods are typically one year, but approval may be given for shorter or longer durations, depending on the reason for the request and proposed activities during the deferral. Anyone considering a deferral/gap period should review Lehigh’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions information on the deferral/gap year process.

Incoming students who are approved for deferred enrollment spend their gap semesters/years engaged in some particular activity that typically does not involve enrolling for academic courses at another institution. While occasionally a student’s deferral proposal might include taking one or two academic courses at another university, this is not the traditional purpose of a gap year and  the request may be denied. Further, taking courses elsewhere may affect your financial aid, so you should also speak to your financial aid counselor before submitting a deferral/gap year request.

In the event you are approved for a gap period that will include college level courses, please note that there is no guarantee that those courses will be accepted at Lehigh for transfer credit. Lehigh’s course approval process involves both the Office of Registration and Academic Services (RAS) and academic departments; faculty evaluate courses for transfer based on their equivalency and rigor. Courses taken at rigorous four-year institutions are viewed more favorably by faculty.

For those choosing the “fully remote” option:

  • You must elect the “fully remote” option to receive the 10-percent reduction in undergraduate tuition for the Fall semester.
  • No student, even if already registered in all online classes, is automatically considered “fully remote.”
  • Students living in campus housing are not eligible for the “fully remote” option.
  • Those who elect the “fully remote” option, whether they live off campus in South Bethlehem or elsewhere, will forgo all access to campus classrooms and facilities, with the exception of the Health and Wellness Center. This means you will not be able to attend in-person classes.
  • A student registered for exclusively online courses living off-campus in South Bethlehem who wants access to the limited but available campus facilities, such as the library and the gym, should not elect the “fully remote” option and therefore would not be eligible for the tuition reduction.

For those who do not select the “fully remote” option:

  • Even if all of your courses are remote, you are electing to access campus facilities and will not receive the 10-percent tuition reduction.
  • Students will have access to academic facilities only as needed for their academic programs.
  • Undergraduate students engaged in on-campus research can do so with the permission of the faculty advisor and must complete required safety training.
  • University libraries, the University Center, and athletic facilities will operate under strict health and safety protocols, including potentially limited access.
  • Students living off campus will similarly find access to campus very limited.
  • Extracurricular and social opportunities will be extremely limited.

First, students should focus on staying home when sick and supporting their personal health, safety and wellness. Students should keep in contact with their professors about any course conflicts and work directly with their professors on a plan to make up missed coursework, if applicable. For extenuating circumstances, students who are unable to keep pace with studies in a given course should speak with the professor regarding how to complete the course. In some instances, it may be appropriate for a student to “take an incomplete,” meaning that the student would receive a temporary semester grade of N and complete some coursework after the end of the semester. For information on this process, and the circumstances under which it might be appropriate to take an incomplete, see the University Catalog’s information on the definition of grades (specifically the N grade).

There are a variety of situations that might lead a student to withdraw from an individual course. A student who has missed a very large proportion of the first half of a course might decide to withdraw before the withdrawal deadline. In a regular semester, a student may withdraw through the 11th week of the semester; see the Lehigh Catalog for additional information on course withdrawals.

In the event of a health situation that requires a student to withdraw from the university (that is, withdraw from all courses), the student may apply for a medical withdrawal. Supporting health documentation is required. In the event of a medical withdrawal from all courses in a semester, certified by the Dean of Students, tuition will be refunded in proportion to the semester remaining.

All undergraduate students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours in a semester to hold full-time status. Incoming first-year students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours of courses, or they will have their status changed to a nondegree student. Returning students may enroll in fewer than 12 credits and remain degree-seeking students, but they will be considered part-time students. There are a number of implications to this, and it is important to understand the ramifications of going part-time or (for first-year students) being a nondegree student.

First, students should consider time to degree. Students need to complete an average of 15 to 17 credit hours for eight semesters in order to complete their degrees in four years. (The exact number of credit hours required for a degree varies by college.) If students take a lower course load, they will need to take additional courses in other semesters.

There are also financial aid implications. Undergraduates must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits (full-time status) in order to receive institutional financial aid, and maintaining good academic progress for financial aid purposes requires a student to complete 24 credit hours in an academic year. There are also implications to the schedule for paying back loans, so it is important to speak with your financial aid advisor about these implications.

Finally, there are implications for your privileges as a Lehigh student. Certain students, such as athletes and ROTC students, must maintain full-time status. Students should also be aware that they are eligible to join a fraternity or sorority only after successfully completing a full-time Lehigh schedule of 12 credit hours or more and earning a 2.500 GPA or higher, so going part-time may affect your ability to rush, and there may be other implications for leadership positions in clubs and organizations. Students’ eligibility to enroll in Lehigh’s student health insurance plan varies by credit load.

With the exception of cross-registering for courses at LVAIC institutions, Lehigh students may not be simultaneously enrolled at two institutions; that is, students may not take Lehigh courses and take courses at another institution at the same time. Generally speaking, students who wish to take courses at another university would need to take a leave of absence if they are continuing students or defer their admission.

Students should talk with their advisor, and must speak with Lehigh’s director of retention, Dr. Donna Mohr (inretain@lehigh.edu), about their plans. Students must complete the permanent withdrawal/non-return form in advance of the start of the semester.

Events, Meetings and Gatherings

Meetings should be held via Zoom, telephone, or by other device whenever possible. Non-academic gatherings that cannot be accomplished virtually should be limited to 25 people and social distancing must be maintained. Larger public gatherings will be limited and subject to approval. 

The Commencement Ceremony originally scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, was postponed, and Lehigh held virtual celebrations to confer degrees and to honor the academic achievements of our graduates. We will keep the community informed of updates on the rescheduled in-person ceremony. The Lehigh University Commencement website will be updated with new information frequently, including answers to questions about regalia and other items.

Read the message from President Simon sent on March 31 >

  1. 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.
  2. Off Campus: Students must limit the size of off campus social gatherings to no more than 10 people and follow proper health protocols, including social distancing and wearing face coverings. (The 10-person limit includes residents of the particular space.)
  3. Students should physically distance during social interactions and avoid congregating in large 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.

Per the Pennsylvania Governor’s order of July 16, 2020, indoor events and gatherings of more than 25 persons, and outdoor events and gatherings of more than 250 persons, are prohibited.  These rules are applicable to Lehigh affiliated events and gatherings. Non-Lehigh affiliated public gatherings are not permitted for the Fall semester, regardless of size. All events in general will be limited and subject to approval. See the Facilities & Operations page for more information, including a list of considerations.

Health & Safety

We have prepared guidance on what to do if you are feeling sick and suspect you have COVID-19. Read more about COVID-19 symptoms, treatment and on-campus testing for students on this page >

Students living on- or off-campus who believe they have symptoms in line with COVID-19 should call the Lehigh Health and Wellness Center (HWC) at 610-758-3870. If you are living on campus, the HWC will assist with determining if you need to be relocated to on-campus isolation housing and the provisions for how you will receive care and support during the time you are isolating. 

  • The Health & Wellness Center remains open. To be seen at the Health & Wellness Center, call 610-758-3870 to schedule an appointment. Do not walk into the Health & Wellness Center without calling first. Visit the Health & Wellness Center website for additional information.
  • In these times of significant stress, counselors from University Counseling and Psychological Services are available for support and welcome and invite students to call the center to help address their concerns and anxiety to support their coping. They can be reached at 610-758-3880, or if this number is busy, please call 610-758-5183, Mon. - Fri. 8am-5pm. Overnight on-call services are also available and students can be connected to a clinician calling this same number.
  • Visit our "Coping with COVID-19" resource page for support services and wellness resources for the Lehigh community.

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. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is requiring the use of cloth face coverings when in public. 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. Coverings may be removed when working in a private, single-occupancy office or when eating but should be worn in public spaces even when others are not present. 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. In August, we will be providing a wellness/safety starter kit for all faculty, staff and students, which will include masks, hand sanitizer and other items. Since we often do not know when situations will require them, cloth face coverings and appropriate PPE should be kept with you at all times on campus.

More information:

Travel, both domestic and international, can present risks associated with exposure to COVID-19. Those coming from countries listed by the CDC as level 2 and 3 and the states designated as “hot spots” by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must self-quarantine for 14 days, either in Pennsylvania or another location not listed by the Commonwealth just prior to arriving on campus. 

We are asking that all students who elect to come to campus quarantine for 14 days in Pennsylvania or in a state that Pennsylvania doesn't designate as a "hotspot" before coming:

  • This list may have states added or removed as we approach the start of the semester; any changes will apply and should be followed.
  • We are requiring students to have completed the quarantine before returning to campus.
  • Students are not permitted to quarantine in a state listed by Pennsylvania as being a hotspot. 
  • Unfortunately, we will not accommodate or provide this space for arrivals on campus.
  • There may be cases where we can accommodate late arrivals for those who are completing this quarantine, or in cases where a state is added to the list shortly before arrival. Students in these cases should await approval and guidance from the University before making travel arrangements.
  • A negative test for COVID-19 prior to arrival will not eliminate the requirement for quarantine.
  • Faculty will accommodate students who must start classes remotely during this quarantine and will work to accommodate students who need to quarantine at any point throughout the semester.  

All students, faculty, and staff will be required to complete training, complete health requirements such as testing and quarantining as required before returning, and follow proper health protocols when on campus.

For all students, faculty, staff and visitors:

  • A daily self-screening is required before coming to campus (download the Hawkwatch app to access the tool).
  • All are encouraged to wash their hands frequently and take proper health precautions, such as staying home when sick
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is requiring the use of cloth face coverings when in public. 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. Coverings may be removed when working in a private, single-occupancy office or when eating.
  • 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.

We have developed an information page about the tool, including step-by-step instructions, here.

No, they do not need to present a negative test. However, each guest should complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment and follow all directions provided with their individual QR code. Those who receive a red QR code will not be permitted to assist with move in. Families who do not have access to the tool through Hawkwatch may complete the web-based version.

After receiving notification and consulting with the Lehigh Health & Wellness Center, Environmental Health and Safety, Human Resources and additional University leadership, LU Facilities will determine the extent of a closure, if needed. LU Facilities will then direct the deep-cleaning and sanitization of the space based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health protocols prior to re-opening. Facilities may rely on a third-party industrial disinfection provider to sanitize areas for COVID-19 as needed.

Please email the Bursar’s office at Bursar@lehigh.edu . When making your insurance decision, please consider what is a better choice for you and your individual situation. If you have coverage at home but not when physically on campus and are identifying yourself as a remote student, during this time we are making an exception to allow enrollment for spring only.

Regardless of your housing status and/or mode of instruction selection, you must Waive or Confirm enrollment in the student health insurance plan at https://www.universityhealthplans.com/letters/letter.cgi?group_id=4 . The Student Health Insurance policy guidelines are available at: https://financeadmin.lehigh.edu/HealthInsurance.

Currently, there is no different protocol for those who have had confirmed cases of COVID-19 and have presumably fully recovered than there will be for students who have not had the infection or do not know if they have had it. The medical community does not yet know if having had COVID-19 necessarily means you are immune from getting it again or from being an asymptomatic carrier. So wearing a mask at all times when in public places, practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene would still apply to those people who have already had COVID-19. These are standard, good practices that are recommended by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health for your individual health and safety as well as the health and safety of those around you and the community at large.

Yes, if you are traveling through a hotspot state en route to campus, you are required to complete quarantine.  It is important for students and families to check the PA DOH travel restriction web page frequently, as the list of states on the list will likely continue to change.

The University may be able to assist students with high financial need in cases where the costs related to quarantining present a significant hardship to you and your family.  For more information, please visit: https://www2.lehigh.edu/financial-aid/emergency-financial-aid.

At this time, Lehigh University is not requiring any COVID-19 antibody test documentation.  However, we recommend that you keep your COVID-19 testing documentation in case the Lehigh University requirements should change. When providing your information to the Health and Wellness Center, you may be asked additional questions about your diagnosis to help keep your records up-to-date and allow us to provide the most comprehensive care possible.

For all undergraduate and graduate students:

Students living on- or off-campus who believe they have symptoms in line with COVID-19 should call the Lehigh Health and Wellness Center (HWC) at 610-758-3870. If you are living on campus, the HWC will assist with determining if you need to be relocated to on-campus isolation housing and the provisions for how you will receive care and support during the time you are isolating. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, including those living off-campus, the student must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days (note the difference between quarantine and isolation). See additional details from the CDC about when you can be around other people (end isolation). In addition, once you have tested positive, you will be contacted by the local public health entity. In the case of Lehigh University, this is the Bethlehem Health Bureau. The Bethlehem Health Bureau will be managing contact tracing and notification and they will follow up with you, along with the HWC, until you recover.

For faculty and staff:

Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate, follow their primary care physician’s advice, and stay in touch with their supervisor, department chair or PI as they normally would when out sick.  If you test positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus or in close proximity with other Lehigh community members within fourteen days of experiencing symptoms or having a positive COVID test, you must notify Lehigh through this confidential survey to begin workplace contact tracing. Any questions regarding this process can be sent to Lehigh University Human Resources at intrace@lehigh.edu.

In all cases where a student, faculty or staff member tests positive COVID-19 and was on campus, Facilities Services is notified to conduct the cleaning and sanitization process of any physical spaces, as needed.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days. This means that you will be asked to stay in your apartment or room and not go out for anything except urgent medical care. See additional details from the CDC about when you can be around other people (end isolation). If you are living on campus, the Health and Wellness Center will assist with determining if you need to be relocated to on-campus isolation housing and the provisions for how you will receive care and support during the time you are isolating. In addition, once you have tested positive, you will be contacted by the local public health entity. In the case of Lehigh University, this is the Bethlehem Health Bureau. The Bethlehem Health Bureau will be managing contact tracing and notification and they will follow up with you, along with the HWC, until you recover.

According to the CDC:

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

More about Quarantine-

Read more from the CDC about "When to Quarantine," including a chart with guidance about when to start and end quarantine under various scenarios:

Who needs to quarantine?

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months.

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms. Read more.

More about Isolation-

Read more from the CDC about how to "Isolate If You Are Sick," including information about how long you should isolate. 

I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms

You can be with others after

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved

Read more.

Students who are living in on-campus housing, who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, will be able to self-quarantine in the residence halls either on their current residence hall floor (if the contact was another student on that floor) or in separate quarantine housing as determined by the LU HWC, the university and Bethlehem Health Bureau. Students who are living in off-campus housing will not be provided with on-campus quarantine housing if they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

*****Please refer to the updated message that was sent August 11. We have also prepared a FAQ specific to our pre-arrival and arrival testing program.*****

As part of our health and safety plan for returning to campus, we will be requiring COVID-19 testing for the following: 1. All undergraduate students who did not elect to be “fully remote”; 2. Graduate and professional students who are taking in-person classes; 3. All students who are living on campus; 4. All student-athletes participating in athletic activities 

Students will be required to do two separate tests. For students who will be living on campus and all athletes - the first test will be done prior to arrival on campus, followed by a second test that will be done on campus after arrival. For all other students, both tests will be done shortly after arrival on campus. The goal of testing all students attending in-person classes or accessing campus facilities prior to or soon after arrival on campus is to reduce the likelihood of a student arriving on campus who could transmit COVID-19 to members of the Lehigh campus and surrounding Bethlehem community. We are also exploring options for additional surveillance testing later in the semester. Learn more about arrival testing >

For questions:

  • If undergraduate students living on campus have any questions about receiving or sending back the mail kit, the status of your results, or about your virtual appointment, please reach out to Vault Health at covid@vaulthealth.com.
  • If you have questions about your test results once you have received them, please contact your primary care physician.
  • If you receive a positive test result, you should not travel and will not be able to immediately come to campus. Please contact the Lehigh Health and Wellness Center for additional guidance about isolation and next steps you will need to take to be cleared for arrival. It is likely that you will also hear from your local public health entity. 
  • For general information, please contact the COVID-19 Information Hotline: (888) 347-1966 (toll-free), 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT | July 31–August 12.

No. Space on campus is very limited given the health and safety protocols in place, such as low-density occupancy. Students living off campus will be required to self-isolate in their off-campus residence. We urge students and families to consider this when making decisions about living in the Bethlehem area in off-campus housing instead of remaining home.  All students will have access to services from the Health and Wellness Center and access to treatment, including through telemedicine.

International Students

New international students traveling from other countries are encouraged not to travel to campus at this time. The Office of International Students and Scholars has developed a page that answers questions that international students may have regarding the Fall 2020 semester.

Research & Graduate Studies

Lehigh is currently following a phased approach to reopening on campus research activities. Visit the Office of Research and Graduate Studies page for more specific information. Email with additional questions.

Graduate students can find up-to-date information on the Graduate Studies COVID-19 information page. Please visit this page for details about graduate student funding and the work of teaching assistants, research assistants and graduate assistants, as well as information about financial need, health and wellness, and other available support.

Yes. Graduate students will work with individual faculty members and departments about continuing their progress.

As the July 30, 2020 email from IOSS explained, Lehigh asks that international students who are not currently in the U.S. remain in their home countries for the Fall semester and start or continue their education remotely. This guideline applies primarily to newly admitted international graduate students. There are two exceptions to the policy. First, international graduate students who are already in the U.S. may come to campus. Second, new international doctoral students who are able to obtain a visa may petition their department for an exception. Please contact your department directly.

No. There will be no change in tuition for graduate students, even if you are taking all courses remotely.

Graduate students who have secured Lehigh-owned housing will not be affected by the university’s de-densifying plans. If you live in or plan to live in Lehigh graduate housing, nothing will change. If the university pivots mid-semester to fully remote learning, you will be able to stay in your housing.

Residential Life & Campus Resources

Only first-year students and students with extenuating reasons of personal or academic hardship will be allowed to live in campus housing in the Fall. The Fall semester on-campus housing plan will decrease the number of students per common bathroom and lessen the potential of transmission. All students will be assigned to single rooms and Gryphons will be assigned to each floor. To further reduce the risk posed by COVID-19, we will limit access to campus facilities, including residence halls, and students will have access to academic facilities only as needed for their academic programs.  Students whose living circumstances allow them to learn remotely should strongly consider staying home and waiting until we can open campus more fully. Read the announcement>

For those on campus, the semester will look and feel different from a regular fall semester. To further reduce the risk posed by COVID-19, we will limit access to campus facilities, including residence halls, and students will have access to academic facilities only as needed for their academic programs. University libraries, the University Center and athletic facilities will operate under strict health and safety protocols, including potentially limited access. Access to these facilities may be further restricted later in the semester if conditions warrant. Off-campus students who choose the “fully remote” option and the 10 percent undergraduate tuition reduction will only have access to the Health and Wellness Center.

Students must elect the “fully remote” option to receive the 10-percent reduction in undergraduate tuition for the Fall semester by. No student, even if already registered in all online classes, is automatically considered fully remote. A student registered for exclusively online courses living off-campus in South Bethlehem who wants access to the highly limited but available campus facilities, such as dining facilities, the library and the gym, should not elect the fully remote option and therefore would not be eligible for the tuition reduction.

Travel, both domestic and international, can present risks associated with exposure to COVID-19. Those coming from countries listed by the CDC as level 2 and 3 and the states designated as “hot spots” by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must self-quarantine for 14 days, either in Pennsylvania or another location not listed by the Commonwealth just prior to arriving on campus. 

We are asking that all students who elect to come to campus quarantine for 14 days in Pennsylvania or in a state that Pennsylvania doesn't designate as a "hotspot" before coming:

  • This list may have states added or removed as we approach the start of the semester; any changes will apply and should be followed.
  • We are requiring students to have completed the quarantine before returning to campus.
  • Students are not permitted to quarantine in a state listed by Pennsylvania as being a hotspot. 
  • Unfortunately, we will not accommodate or provide this space for arrivals on campus.
  • There may be cases where we can accommodate late arrivals for those who are completing this quarantine, or in cases where a state is added to the list shortly before arrival. Students in these cases should await approval and guidance from the University before making travel arrangements.
  • A negative test for COVID-19 prior to arrival will not eliminate the requirement for quarantine.
  • Faculty will accommodate students who must start classes remotely during this quarantine and will work to accommodate students who need to quarantine at any point throughout the semester.  

All students, faculty, and staff will be required to complete training, complete health requirements such as testing and quarantining as required before returning, and follow proper health protocols when on campus.

For all students, faculty, staff and visitors:

  • A daily self-screening is required before coming to campus (download the Hawkwatch app to access the tool).
  • All are encouraged to wash their hands frequently and take proper health precautions, such as staying home when sick
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is requiring the use of cloth face coverings when in public. 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. Coverings may be removed when working in a private, single-occupancy office or when eating.
  • 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.

No - Students must decide if they will pursue the "fully remote" option at the beginning of the semester so that our health and safety plans can adequately account for a certain number of people in campus facilities.

No, transfer students are not classified as first-year students for housing.

Yes. The Mail Center is accepting packages (effective immediately) for the fall semester and it is open to all students—on-campus and off, fully remote or not. Masks will be required, there are new hours and occupancy restrictions so plan accordingly. Visit mailcenter.lehigh.edu for more information.

No, they do not need to present a negative test. However, each guest should complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment and follow all directions provided with their individual QR code. Those who receive a red QR code will not be permitted to assist with move in. Families who do not have access to the tool through Hawkwatch may complete the web-based version.

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (OFSA) will work with our fraternity and sorority organizations to provide guidance and resources focusing on membership recruitment and retention through the Fall 2020 semester. OFSA will continue to encourage chapters to recruit and extend membership invitations to eligible potential new members based on Lehigh’s eligibility requirements. During the Fall 2020 semester, students interested in joining a fraternity and sorority organization in the Spring 2021 semester should be on the lookout for opportunities being hosted virtually by OFSA and the three councils (CGC, IFC & Panhellenic). Our community will continue to offer information sessions and provide engagement opportunities for interested potential new members. As we navigate the Fall 2020 semester, OFSA will work with industry experts, council officers and chapter leaders to prepare for Spring 2021 recruitment and intake. Guidelines will be provided on an ongoing basis as decisions are made about the Spring 2021 semester; all decisions will be primarily focused on the health and safety of our community, while also following Lehigh University and the State of PA guidelines.

  1. 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.
  2. Off Campus: Students must limit the size of off campus social gatherings to no more than 10 people and follow proper health protocols, including social distancing and wearing face coverings. (The 10-person limit includes residents of the particular space.)
  3. Students should physically distance during social interactions and avoid congregating in large 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.

Please email the Bursar’s office at Bursar@lehigh.edu . When making your insurance decision, please consider what is a better choice for you and your individual situation. If you have coverage at home but not when physically on campus and are identifying yourself as a remote student, during this time we are making an exception to allow enrollment for spring only.

Regardless of your housing status and/or mode of instruction selection, you must Waive or Confirm enrollment in the student health insurance plan at https://www.universityhealthplans.com/letters/letter.cgi?group_id=4 . The Student Health Insurance policy guidelines are available at: https://financeadmin.lehigh.edu/HealthInsurance.

The University may be able to assist students with high financial need in cases where the costs related to quarantining present a significant hardship to you and your family.  For more information, please visit: https://www2.lehigh.edu/financial-aid/emergency-financial-aid.

More information will follow in an email from Housing Services. To help you determine if it is absolutely essential for you to live on campus please review the criteria below:

  • International students who are currently residing at the University
  • International students currently in the US who need to return to the University
  • Students with specific basic needs that are not met at home (such as safe/reliable housing, food, internet or computer access)
  • Students whose home circumstances impede their academic or personal progress
  • Students who are in a University approved Co-op experience in the Lehigh Valley
  • Students with special academic requirements for graduation that cannot be postponed or done remotely because of the need for specific space or equipment that can only be accessed at Lehigh University
  • Other very limited, extraordinary circumstances impacting a student’s academic or personal success.

A statement describing these conditions will be required as part of the application form.

The opening of campus buildings and the numbers of people allowed in these buildings will be adjusted over the course of the semester as pandemic conditions change. When buildings like the library, fitness facilities are open, students in residence halls will have access to these campus facilities. The semester will start off with limited access to facilities, such as the library, as we resume the semester, determining what is safe, and adjusting throughout the semester as needed given changing conditions.

Those who live off-campus but are not fully remote will have similar access but not be allowed to live in on-campus housing. If there is a significant increase of COVID-19 cases in the surrounding area, this access may become more restricted.

Those students who choose the fully remote option and the associated tuition discount will only have in-person access to the Health and Wellness Center.

Per the Pennsylvania Governor’s order of July 16, 2020, indoor events and gatherings of more than 25 persons, and outdoor events and gatherings of more than 250 persons, are prohibited.  These rules are applicable to Lehigh affiliated events and gatherings. Non-Lehigh affiliated public gatherings are not permitted for the Fall semester, regardless of size. All events in general will be limited and subject to approval. See the Facilities & Operations page for more information, including a list of considerations.

As always, students are expected to comply with the guidelines in the Code of Conduct whether they are on or off campus. Now more than ever, it is imperative that off-campus students consider their impact on the South Bethlehem community. Students are expected to comply with local guidelines related to social distancing or other health measures, as well as the rest of the Code of Conduct. The sanctions related to violations could range from a warning to suspension/dissolution from the university depending on the severity of the case and the individual or organizations prior conduct record. 

 

 

Building access will be limited to Lehigh faculty, staff, and students as follows:

  • Access to all buildings requires completion of the relevant COVID-19 training and acknowledgment.
  • All buildings will be locked and only accessible via card-swipe.
  • Academic buildings will be accessible via card-swipe during regular campus opening hours. Final campus and building opening hours are to be determined. 
  • All faculty, staff, and graduate students will be permitted access to the same buildings but will require a Lehigh ID to gain entry.
  • Undergraduate residence hall or house access is restricted to students who live in the building.
  • Undergraduate students residing on campus (first-year students and those given permission for on-campus residency) will have access to their assigned residence halls and open campus facilities. 
  • Undergraduate students residing off campus, who do not choose the “fully remote” option will have access to open campus facilities.
  • Off-campus students who choose the “fully remote” option and the 10 percent undergraduate tuition reduction will only have access to the Health and Wellness Center, which will remain open to all students regardless of registration status.
  • Everyone on campus is required to have their Lehigh ID with them at all times, and to display their ID card when in public spaces.
  • If your Lehigh ID is missing, email inIDEAL@lehigh.edu as soon as possible for a replacement. Your email must include your name and LIN for a new card to be issued. The $30.00 card replacement fee will be waived for requests submitted before August 15.

The Community Service Office is excited to continue to meaningfully engage in South Bethlehem! 

Service is most effective when it responds to the voice of the community. Our Community Service Office has been working with our local partners to assess community needs during this challenging time and will be providing both hands-on and virtual opportunities in the fall. As in previous semesters, all opportunities will be coordinated & facilitated by Community Service Office Student Coordinators.

Feel Good Fridays, where we encourage our students to kick off their weekend with community service, is going to continue this fall semester. Students will be able to sign up in small groups to volunteer at a different agency each week in person. Additionally, we will continue to plan, cook, and serve dinner each week at a local homeless shelter. Lastly, we will be connecting with local non-profits to promote and support a vibrant set of programs that will provide learning experiences for our students and meet a critical community need remotely.  

We continue to affirm our partnership with the South Bethlehem community and are committed to providing meaningful opportunities for service and engagement. 

To facilitate an efficient move-in and to reduce complications in the event students are required to change rooms for isolation or quarantine purposes, students should limit the belongings that they bring to campus.

Students who are living in on-campus housing, who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, will be able to self-quarantine in the residence halls either on their current residence hall floor (if the contact was another student on that floor) or in separate quarantine housing as determined by the LU HWC, the university and Bethlehem Health Bureau. Students who are living in off-campus housing will not be provided with on-campus quarantine housing if they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Refer to the LTS phased opening plan for information about the opening of libraries. During the Open IV phase, estimated to begin August 10, the hours will be as follows. Check the link provided for the most updated information. 

Hours:

August 10 - August 23*

  • EWFM: M-F 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Starting August 24*

  • Linderman:  M-Th 7:45 a.m. to 9p.m.;  F 7:45 to 5 p.m
  • EWFM: M-Th 7:45 a.m. to 9p.m.; F 7:45 to 5 p.m;  Sat 10 am- 5p.m.; Su 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

* - May be adjusted based on demand or changes to the broader university re-opening plan.

Housing Services will be sending assignments the week of August 10. 

No. With the recent decision announced by Lehigh to limit the number of students returning to campus this Fall 2020, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs will be orchestrating an entirely virtual fraternity and sorority experience. Fraternity and Sorority chapter facilities will not be open for Fall 2020 and both OFSA and Housing Services will work with residential chapters to ensure a strong opening once Lehigh determines it is safe to open campus more fully. Our offices continue to be dedicated and devoted to the success of the fraternities and sororities at Lehigh University.

Housing Services is prioritizing a plan that will allow roommates to be housed near one another, even as each student will have a single room.

No. Space on campus is very limited given the health and safety protocols in place, such as low-density occupancy. Students living off campus will be required to self-isolate in their off-campus residence. We urge students and families to consider this when making decisions about living in the Bethlehem area in off-campus housing instead of remaining home.  All students will have access to services from the Health and Wellness Center and access to treatment, including through telemedicine.

Students will not be permitted to host visitors from off campus. 

Yes. Students will need to move out in November. Since the virus may increase or decrease over the winter, we need to be prepared for a wide range of options for the Spring. 

We anticipate that students living off-campus who purchase meal plans will be able to access on-campus food when these facilities are available - subject to capacity limitations.

Dining will be refunded if students go totally remote at the beginning of the semester.

Study Abroad

Lehigh-sponsored and Lehigh-led programs (Global Social Impact Fellows and Martindale) were suspended for August 2020. All other summer 2020 programs were also suspended. Our students who have applied for fall study abroad are working directly with program providers, who are continuing to adjust their schedules based on local conditions. ITAC will continue to monitor conditions that will affect study abroad programs directed by our partner providers.

Travel & Transportation

Lehigh-sponsored and Lehigh-led programs (Global Social Impact Fellows and Martindale) were suspended for August 2020. All other summer 2020 programs were also suspended. Our students who have applied for fall study abroad are working directly with program providers, who are continuing to adjust their schedules based on local conditions. ITAC will continue to monitor conditions that will affect study abroad programs directed by our partner providers.

Travel, both domestic and international, can present risks associated with exposure to COVID-19. Those coming from countries listed by the CDC as level 2 and 3 and the states designated as “hot spots” by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must self-quarantine for 14 days, either in Pennsylvania or another location not listed by the Commonwealth just prior to arriving on campus. 

We are asking that all students who elect to come to campus quarantine for 14 days in Pennsylvania or in a state that Pennsylvania doesn't designate as a "hotspot" before coming:

  • This list may have states added or removed as we approach the start of the semester; any changes will apply and should be followed.
  • We are requiring students to have completed the quarantine before returning to campus.
  • Students are not permitted to quarantine in a state listed by Pennsylvania as being a hotspot. 
  • Unfortunately, we will not accommodate or provide this space for arrivals on campus.
  • There may be cases where we can accommodate late arrivals for those who are completing this quarantine, or in cases where a state is added to the list shortly before arrival. Students in these cases should await approval and guidance from the University before making travel arrangements.
  • A negative test for COVID-19 prior to arrival will not eliminate the requirement for quarantine.
  • Faculty will accommodate students who must start classes remotely during this quarantine and will work to accommodate students who need to quarantine at any point throughout the semester.  

For students who will be living on campus, we are asking and encouraging them not to travel until instruction ends the week before Thanksgiving. We rescheduled the Fall Pacing Break, originally planned for October 12-13, to occur November 23-24 to allow students time to travel home. The academic calendar will be adjusted accordingly. All instruction, including exams, taking place after Thanksgiving will conclude remotely. There will be no classes during the week of Thanksgiving.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Yes. There will be a 10-percent reduction in undergraduate tuition for the Fall semester for those students who choose to take classes fully remotely. These students, whether they live in South Bethlehem or elsewhere, will not have in-person access to campus facilities, with the exception of the Health and Wellness Center. Please note: No one will automatically be considered fully remote. Read more

Need-based financial aid is based on the total cost of attendance; therefore, students receiving need-based aid will see their financial aid decreased to reflect the 10 percent reduction in tuition for those who choose the fully remote option. Students will be notified via email when their financial aid award has been updated and they can view their updated awards on the portal. If you are having trouble accessing your information on the portal, please follow these instructions.

If you have questions or concerns about your financial aid award, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@lehigh.edu, or by calling 610-758-3181. 

This guidance may be helpful to reference:

On Campus - Access to on-campus facilities, no tuition reduction, housing is charged and financial aid is not adjusted

Off Campus and remote - No access to on-campus facilities, with the exception of the Health and Wellness Center, 10% tuition reduction, housing is not charged and financial aid is not adjusted

Off Campus and NOT remote - Access to on-campus facilities, no tuition reduction, housing is not charged and financial aid is not adjusted

At home/with family and remote - No access to on-campus facilities, with the exception of the Health and Wellness Center, 10% tuition reduction, housing is not charged and financial aid is adjusted based on the commuter allowance

At home/with family and NOT remote - Access to on-campus facilities, no tuition reduction, housing is not charged and financial aid is adjusted based on the commuter allowance

No, you will not receive a new billing statement. The current bill will be adjusted, and all students and their authorized users that have access to the eBill suite can refer to the eBill suite when those adjustments are made. We are working on this process and we hope to have this credit reflected by August 10. Please wait for all adjustments to be made before paying your bill if you haven't done so already. The due date for bills will remain at the extended date of August 15. If you have submitted a 4PP, the second payment due August 15 will be adjusted to reflect any changes to the student account.

We strongly recommend that all payments be made on the e-Bill suite. Please note that payments can also be made via wire transfer or Flywire (international payments only). If you are paying with a 529 account, request the check be made payable to "Lehigh University," include your student LIN and mail it to: Office of the Bursar, Lehigh University, 27 Memorial Dr. West, Bethlehem PA 18015.

Questions concerning housing charges, when they are adjusted, should be directed to Housing Services at inhouse@lehigh.edu. The refund process for housing will begin after the drop/add period on the 10th day of class. Once the refund has been processed in the ebill suite, please allow 7-10 days for processing and mailing.

No. There will be no change in tuition for graduate students, even if you are taking all courses remotely.

For those who choose the “fully remote” option, you will only have in-person access to the Health and Wellness Center, which means you will not be able to obtain a work-study job that requires you to be on campus.  If you are a fully remote student, you are able to earn your work-study allowance by finding a work-study opportunity that allows you to work remotely. The Financial Aid Office will work with supervisors to determine which jobs can be done remotely. 

Students who are not considered “fully remote” (based on your response to the Mode of Instruction survey) can work on campus and must follow the campus safety guidelines put forth by the human resources office. 

All work study positions are able to be viewed through the Lehigh Office of Career & Professional Development "Handshake" system. Positions that are able to be done remotely will be indicated as such in Handshake. After you find a position that you are interested in, you should contact the supervisor to express your interest in the position. Each position on Handshake has specific application instructions from the supervisor.   

The University may be able to assist students with high financial need in cases where the costs related to quarantining present a significant hardship to you and your family.  For more information, please visit: https://www2.lehigh.edu/financial-aid/emergency-financial-aid.

Working at Lehigh

Meetings should be held via Zoom, telephone, or by other device whenever possible. Non-academic gatherings that cannot be accomplished virtually should be limited to 25 people and social distancing must be maintained. Larger public gatherings will be limited and subject to approval. 

Per the Pennsylvania Governor’s order of July 16, 2020, indoor events and gatherings of more than 25 persons, and outdoor events and gatherings of more than 250 persons, are prohibited.  These rules are applicable to Lehigh affiliated events and gatherings. Non-Lehigh affiliated public gatherings are not permitted for the Fall semester, regardless of size. All events in general will be limited and subject to approval. See the Facilities & Operations page for more information, including a list of considerations.