8.19.21: Building Access Updates | Lehigh University

Dear members of the Lehigh Community,

In preparation for the new academic year, university leaders have reviewed Lehigh’s Building Access Policy to facilitate access and support the full scope of resumed campus activity while maintaining protocols that keep the community safe.

Before COVID, almost all academic buildings were open from morning until late at night. Only a few buildings were open to students on weekends. Many have expressed a wish to use these rooms for studying at a later date and on weekends.

Our revised building access protocol offers a combination of open access hours for academic buildings during the morning and afternoon hours with extended evening and weekend hours accessible through Lehigh ID to ensure security for those who work in academic buildings and outside of normal business hours to study.

Students, faculty and staff should keep their Lehigh ID with them. All campus community members and visitors must continue to follow all required health and safety protocols. Students, faculties, and staff who have received approved medical and religious exemptions from Lehigh’s compulsory COVID vaccination must continue to perform a COVID symptom self-assessment and take mandatory surveillance tests in order to gain access to all campus areas.

Effective immediately:

  • Most academic buildings will be unlocked Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. These include: Whitaker Lab, Neville Hall, Maginnes Hall, Wilbur Powerhouse, Christmas-Saucon Hall, Chandler-Ullmann Hall, Williams Hall, Coppee Hall, Iacocca Hall, Mohler Lab, Seeley G. Mudd Building, Sinclair Lab, STEPS Building, Fritz Lab, Sherman Fairchild Center for Physical Sciences, Packard Lab, Coxe Hall, Drown Hall and Building C.
  • Most academic buildings still require card access Monday to Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Some non-residential buildings will implement a different schedule than the academic buildings mentioned above. For example, Clayton University Center will remain open Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. and during opening hours on Friday (6:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday (10:00 a.m.) until 9:45 p.m. Clock) and the libraries have extended opening hours if they can be accessed by swipe card. Other buildings with special opening hours are the Rauch Business Center, the Alumni Memorial Building (staff with access and admission staff have 24/7 access to the card), the EW Fairchild Martindale Library, the Linderman Library and the Zoellner Arts Center. For the full list and opening hours, visit the Lehigh University Police Department (LUPD) website. or the websites of the respective locations.
  • Some specific non-residential buildings will continue to be programmed for card access only to those students, faculty, and / or staff who need access to that building. These include the Philosophy Building, IMBT Labs, Cundey Varsity House, Carol & John Covert Pavilion, 416 E. Fifth St., Jordan Hall, Building J, 125 Goodman Drive, the Offices at 3rd & New Sts. and the Flatiron Building.
  • Residential buildings will still only be accessible to residents with card access.
  • Anyone planning events on campus that require unlocked doors after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays or at the weekend can send a programming request to the IDEAL office.
  • For more information on opening times and identified buildings, see Visit the LUPD website.
  • Please note that many of the buildings available for weekend access are integrated into the university’s energy-saving program, which means that during times of less use, e.g. than on weekdays.

All employees who have been granted special access to certain buildings continue to have the same access. For example, many employees, faculty members, and PhD students previously required 24/7 access to offices and laboratories. These special authorizations remain.

We hope this will give members of the campus community additional flexibility to fully enjoy Lehigh’s beautiful campus spaces and have access to any location at any time, while maintaining a safe environment for this new academic year as well.

For specific questions please contact the IDEAL office at (610) 758-6175 or [email protected].


Jason D. Schiffer

Police chief

Lehigh University Police Department

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