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CoAS Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Last updated October 14, 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 fall and winter terms be conducted online?

Remote learning will be continued through the fall term. Decisions about the winter term have not yet been announced.

How will I take my fall courses?

Your remote courses this fall 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 undergraduate student advisors 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?

Drexel’s academic resources have moved online, so you can still receive the same free tutoring, with no appointment required! Please visit our Academic Resources and Support webpage for the most up-to-date information on remote tutoring. Additionally, the Learning Alliance website compiles a network of offices on campus and online that support students' academic success, with both general and discipline-specific help.

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. Additionally, in the College of Arts and Sciences, funds from the Dean's Excellence Fund and the Student Assistant Fund have been 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 can I stay connected to the Drexel College of Arts and Sciences community?

Please visit the College’s events calendar to view the virtual events hosted by our departments. We also invite you to follow the College of Arts and Sciences on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and tag us with #drexelcoas. We 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 have been 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?

You may be able to return to campus without preapproval upon certain conditions, such as by completing online training and the Dragon Pledge as well as using the Drexel Health Tracker app. Please contact your Department Head for more information.

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

If you already approved for Phase 1, you will need to fill out a Phase 2 amendment. Please contact ADR Marenda (dm562@drexel.edu) for more information. If you have not yet been approved, you will need to fill out a Phase 2 Research Ramp-up Request. 

Are we permitted to continue purchasing materials and services?

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. As the P-Card Program has changed direction from years past and per direction from Internal Audit, our objective in reviewing the P-Card Program has been to limit institutional and departmental risk by significantly reducing the number of individual p-cards, lowering limits and consolidating that spend to a department or travel card where possible. If you are a p-card holder who needs to utilize a p-card while the P-Card Program and cardholders are being reviewed, please email Associate Dean Darius Graziani with details of the item to be purchased (vendor, cost), the fund/org, justification for the purchase, and why the purchase must be completed on a p-card.

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?

In response to COVID-19, Drexel Admissions is virtual and the Admissions Visit Center is temporarily closed to all visitors. However, we are still offering opportunities to learn more about life at Drexel through events like virtual open houses. If you would like more information about Drexel, please visit our Undergraduate Virtual Experience or our Graduate Virtual Experience page to connect live with admissions staff, view presentations, take a virtual tour, and more. We thank you for your patience.

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