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CoAS Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Last updated April 28, 2020

Drexel University is committed to preserving and maintaining the health and safety of all members of its community. Details on all university-wide measures being taken can be found on the Drexel coronavirus website.

The College of Arts and Sciences thanks its community members – current students, faculty, staff, alumni and prospective students – for their patience, flexibility, dedication and understanding during this unprecedented time. As the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 continue to challenge all of us, we remain focused on providing students with an outstanding, impactful, uniquely Drexel educational experience. In compliance with official directives, our faculty and staff are up and running remotely, ready to help. Information on how CoAS is supporting our current students, future students, faculty and staff is available below and will be updated as circumstances change.

For any health questions, contact the Student Health Center, 215.220.4700.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Current CoAS Students

Will the summer and fall terms be conducted online?

Remote learning will be continued through the summer term. A task force, co-chaired by Dean Norma Bouchard, has been convened to look at options for the fall term.

Will there be a CoAS Commencement?

We are currently investigating ways to celebrate our graduates at the end of spring term. We welcome your submission of ideas to coas@drexel.edu.

What can I do if I am in need of emergency funding?

Funds from the Dean's Excellence Fund and the Student Assistant Fund will be redirected to support students who are in need of immediate financial assistance due to expenses incurred during COVID-19. The Fund is designed to provide one-time support for temporary and unexpected hardships. Our goal is to help students during this time of need to continue their education at Drexel and make progress towards a degree. For more details and eligibility, please contact coas@drexel.edu.

How will I take my spring courses?

Your remote courses this spring will be a mix of synchronous (in other words, course sessions offered virtually to all registered students at the same time using tools like Zoom) and asynchronous engagement.

Are student advisers still available?

Yes! Our student advisers are working virtually and are ready and available to assist you. Please email your adviser or schedule virtual appointments through their signature or through DrexelOne.

What about my co-op?

Since every co-op is unique, we advise you to contact your co-op adviser with any questions or concerns about how COVID-19 will or will not impact you.

What tutoring resources are available to me?

The following online tutoring resources are available for students during the spring term.

  • Biology Tutoring - Check with your BIO instructor or your online course page for information on remote tutoring during the spring term.

  • Chemistry Tutoring - The links for the tutoring room have been distributed to all instructors of 100-level courses, so all enrolled students should have access to that through the course Blackboard Learn pages or from their instructors.

    Tutoring will occur online through Zoom, at https://drexel.zoom.us/j/95272238782

    Tutoring Hours: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • Drexel Writing Center - The Drexel Writing Center has moved all appointments online, please visit their website to schedule an appointment.

  • Math Resource Center - The Math Resource Center will be providing online tutoring for the following courses only: Math 101, 102, 117, 121, 122, 123, 200, 201, 239. If you are registered for one the listed courses, your Math instructor will provide additional details on how to access these online tutoring sessions. If you are registered in a Math course not listed, please contact your instructor if you need additional help.

  • Philosophy Tutoring - Contact Dr. Peter Amato to inquire about available tutors at pa34@drexel.edu.

  • Physics Help Center - Visit the Physics Resource Center website for information on remote tutoring during the spring term or check with your PHYS instructor.

Additionally, the Learning Alliance website offers both general and discipline-specific help. The Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS) is offering academic coaching, tutoring and workshops online until further notice. Appointments for tutoring and academic coaching can be made via Accudemia, found under the “Academics” tab in DrexelOne. Information on workshops can be found on the CLASS website. The professional staff members from the Office of Inter-College, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-AMP), the Bridge to the Doctorate (BTD) Graduate Fellowship, and Office of Veteran Student Services are available through phone, email, Zoom and Teams video conferences.

Where can I find information on Drexel’s libraries?

Please visit Drexel Libraries Resources & Services webpage for more information.

What resources are available for graduate students?

For resources specific to graduate students, please see the Graduate College coronavirus update page.

Who do I contact if I have other academic concerns?

Your first point of contact should be your adviser or the instructor for the class. If you feel that your question or concern has not been addressed, please reach out to the Department Head for the course.

Who do I contact if I have financial concerns?

The Student Emergency Fund website is live on Drexel Central's page. Students can access it now and use the Qualtrics link on the page to submit requests for funds and attach documents.

How can I stay connected to the Drexel College of Arts and Sciences community?

We are actively working on ways to provide virtual engagement to our entire community during this unprecedented time and will provide an update soon. In the meantime, we invite you to follow the College of Arts and Sciences on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. We also welcome your submission of ideas and suggestions to coas@drexel.edu.

What if I have other questions?

Please visit Drexel’s Coronavirus: Information for Students webpage for more information. You can also reach out to any of our departments or centers (listed below) for department-specific information.

For Faculty and Staff

Are there any financial resources for faculty addressing the impact of COVID-19?

Funds from the Dean's Excellence Fund will be redirected to provide emergency microgrants to help faculty defray small and unexpected expenses in research, scholarship and creative endeavors incurred during COVID-19. Requests will be reviewed by a committee of Associate Deans, and funds will be awarded on a rolling basis. For more information and instructions, please contact coas@drexel.edu.

Where can I find the documents the Dean's Office has sent out regarding remote teaching?

You can view/download the files in the Remote Teaching Advice section of the Dean's Office SharePoint site.

How can I assist Drexel’s efforts to respond to the pandemic?

A new initiative, Drexel’s COVID-19 Research & Innovation Collaborative, aims to:

  • Develop new research and innovation programs based upon the strengths of Drexel and our partners, scientific needs, society's needs and best opportunities for funding and impact
  • Coordinate and synergize existing research efforts
  • Identify and respond to research opportunities
  • Provide centralized information to the research community

If you are currently engaging in any research activities related to COVID-19, or you have expertise and/or capacities that can be brought to bear, please let us know by completing a COVID-19 research survey.

Where can I find guidance on research at Drexel during this time?

The Office of Research & Innovation has posted pandemic-related guidelines for researchers at the University.

Who do I contact with technology questions?

Reach out to the Instructional Technology Group at itg@drexel.edu. ITG's blog also has lots of information on Blackboard Learn and other technologies you’ll need to reach remotely.

How do I ensure student privacy while teaching remotely?

Contact the Office of Compliance, Privacy and Internal Audit at privacy@drexel.edu for assistance, and be sure to adhere to the University’s policy on the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

What are we doing about lab access and safety?

As you know, the campus is closed to the public. Only faculty and staff approved as ‘Critical Personnel’ have access to campus facilities.

What do I do if I need to return to campus for materials I need for teaching?

The Governor’s and Pennsylvania Department of Health orders, which restrict access to campus to only those deemed Essential Personnel for life-sustaining operations, have not been modified and remain in effect. Although access to campus must remain limited per these orders, there is a procedure in place to allow an individual faculty and professional staff member, when absolutely necessary, to access and/or retrieve specific campus resources and promptly leave thereafter:

1. Contact Dean Bouchard or your Division Head with specific reason(s) for why the request is urgent and necessary.

2. If approved, Dean Bouchard or your Division Head will send authorization to CoAS’ HR Business Partner.

3. The HR Business Partner will work with you and Public Safety, adhering to strict protocols.

How can I request that my research activity be approved as ‘Critical’?

Please fill out the spreadsheet sent by Dean Bouchard via email March 24.

Are we permitted to continue purchasing materials and services?

All purchases must be approved by the Dean’s Office. All non-essential spending should cease. Please visit the Procurement webpage for more information.

For SmartSource transactions, enter orders with all necessary information, shipping address, fund/org and all necessary documentation. Assign the order to Darius Graziani, who will approve and submit.

Drexel has temporarily suspended the P-Card program due to the heightened threat of cyber-financial crimes. We are working to identify any cardholders who need to remain active for critical business purposes. See Drexel Official Mail: “P-Card Program Changes Effective Friday, March 27.”

Can we still receive assistance from Drexel University Libraries?

The librarians at Drexel University Libraries are helping faculty to identify alternate information resources that are accessible electronically. These experts are also identifying temporary access some vendors/publishers are offering to information resources (including e-books) that DUL might not otherwise have licensed to support the academic needs for scholarly literature during this pandemic.

What if I have other questions?

Feel free to also reach out to Dean Norma Bouchard or her assistant, Betsy Bozzarello, to schedule 1:1 zoom meetings.

You can also visit Drexel’s Coronavirus: Information for Faculty and Staff webpage for more information.

Help with Online Courses (For CoAS Faculty)

CoAS IT Support

Drexel Facilities

Please visit Drexel Facilities webpage for more information.

For Our Future Students

Have requirements about GRE/GMAT changed for graduate admissions?

No changes have been announced regarding changes to GRE/GMAT requirements. Please refer to the individual admissions criteria for each graduate program on the CoAS Graduate Admissions page.

What is the best way to contact college undergraduate student admissions?

What is the best way to contact college graduate admissions?

Join admissions representatives for One-on-One Live Chats.

Will you still be hosting open houses?

All on-campus events and visits through April 30 have been canceled. However, we are still offering admitted students opportunities to celebrate your big achievement and prepare you for life as a Drexel Dragon! Visit the Admitted Student Events webpage for additional information and updates.

What if I have other questions?

Please visit Drexel’s Coronavirus: Information for Prospective Students webpage for more information. You can also reach out to any of our departments or centers for department-specific information.

Department and Center Contacts

  • College of Arts and Sciences: coas@drexel.edu
  • Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science: bees@drexel.edu
  • Department of Biology: so3256@drexel.edu, joneswbg@drexel.edu, biology@drexel.edu
  • Department of Chemistry: tml37@drexel.edu
  • Department of Communication: gehmsk@drexel.edu
  • Department of Criminology and Justice Studies: mls46@drexel.edu
  • Department of English and Philosophy: brenneem@drexel.edu
  • Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages: globalstudies@drexel.edu
  • Department of History: sg46@drexel.edu
  • Department of Mathematics: math@drexel.edu
  • Department of Physics: lpd22@drexel.edu
  • Department of Politics: sg46@drexel.edu
  • Department of Psychology: bpd36@drexel.edu
  • Department of Sociology: rek76@drexel.edu
  • Center for Mobilities Research and Policy: mimi.sheller@drexel.edu
  • Center for Public Policy: irene.cho@drexel.edu
  • Center for Science Technology and Society: rek76@drexel.edu, cbs78@drexel.edu
  • Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science: nes24@drexel.edu