What can I do to stay safe when I return to campus?
Get vaccinated! Vaccination will be required for all on-campus students and employees. We are lucky to have very safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19. Vaccination is also free. You can sign up for a vaccine through Drexel, or get vaccinated through the City of Philadelphia or numerous other organizations, including local pharmacies. Learn more on our COVID-19 Vaccination page.
Monitor your health. If you’re not able to get vaccinated, use the Drexel Health Checker to take note of how you’re feeling each day. Everyone should use the Health Checker to report symptoms of COVID-19. Even if you are fully vaccinated, don’t come to campus if you are ill. Find more information here on what to do if you are sick.
Wash your hands frequently. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer has also been made more available on campus.
Wear a mask indoors in all University instructional, public, and research spaces, regardless of your vaccination status.
If you're not fully vaccinated:
- Maintain distance between yourself and others for your safety and the safety of other unvaccinated or immunocompromised persons.
- Wear a mask in all campus buildings, facilities, and leased properties.
Masks are required indoors for unvaccinated community members; they are also strongly recommended outdoors
if you are not fully vaccinated. The responsibility to have and wear a
mask belongs to each member of the campus community.
Learn more about campus wellness.
What is being done to protect the health and safety of the Drexel community?
Health and safety protocols have been established across campus, including, but not limited to:
- Requiring all on-campus students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 starting in the 2021-2022 Academic Year, unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption. Faculty, professional staff, and postdocs must be fully vaccinated by August 1, 2021. This will greatly reduce the chances of disease transmission within the campus community. Learn more on our COVID-19 Vaccination page.
- Facilitating access to testing and important COVID-19 health information through use of the Drexel Health Checker app (Apple and Android) and web application.
- Implementing COVID-19 surveillance testing strategies for unvaccinated employees and students. (Note: Vaccinated students and employees who have uploaded proof of vaccination to the Drexel Health Checker are exempt from mandatory screening testing.)
- Making sure that we identify and trace contacts of infected persons to keep people safe and healthy as well as prevent spreading of the virus.
- Making sure that campus facilities, including dorms, are cleaned and disinfected based on current CDC and local health department guidelines—including routine cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day—and installing hand sanitizer dispensers in high-traffic areas.
- Assessing ventilation, air flow, and air quality throughout all Drexel buildings and modified where needed to ensure shared spaces meet ASHRAE’s 62.1 standards for acceptable indoor ventilation.
Are the local businesses near Drexel's campus open?
Drexel Business Services is in close contact with the private retail and dining establishments that operate on and near the University City campus. Many are offering a Dragon Special to welcome back the campus community. For an updated list, visit the Dining and Retail Directory. Be sure to visit the individual businesses’ website directly to confirm hours of operation and offerings.
Where will I be able to eat and drink on campus?
Meals often serve as an important and enjoyable time to socialize with others. However, mask removal indoors can increase the risk of viral transmission. In general, it is always safer to eat outdoors regardless of your vaccination status, so plan your schedule to make this option possible. Eating indoors on campus is allowed in designated eating areas such as dining halls and eateries, during approved events, and in a select number of indoor eating areas that are primarily located in the center city campus at this time. Eating in classrooms and lobbies is otherwise prohibited. Eating is allowed when you are alone in your office with the door closed as well as in work cubicles where you are below cubicle walls when seated. To establish a designated eating area, implementation team members should contact Jon Chase, email@example.com. When eating indoors, only remove your mask when seated with your meal. Reduce your risk further by eating with no more than 4 other people. A list of dining options is provided at https://drexel.campusdish.com.
Those who are not fully vaccinated should take precautions including physical distancing while eating. Students, faculty, and professional staff looking for places to enjoy the seasonable weather can view a map of outdoor seating areas on the University City Campus https://drexel.edu/business-services/dining-retail/outdoor/. Seating options include a variety of tables and chairs as well as shaded and non-shaded.
Questions about larger events and activities with food should be coordinated through your Colleges/Schools Implementation team designee.
Are dining halls and other dining options open?
Yes. The campus dining program is now open. Hours and locations are posted at https://drexel.campusdish.com/. There will be limited seating available in the dining halls consistent with the city guidelines. We will be offering robust grab-n-go offerings at all Campus Dining locations.
Students, faculty and professional staff looking for places to enjoy the seasonable weather can view a map of outdoor seating areas on the University City Campus on the Drexel Business Services website. Seating options include a variety of tables and chairs as well as shaded and non-shaded.
Is the Recreation Center open?
Yes, the Recreation Center is open as of January 25, 2021.
Are any changes being made to ensure safe transportation to and from campus?
Masks are required (regardless of your vaccination status) on all public transit including on Drexel shuttles.
For information on the Drexel shuttle bus service, please visit the Transportation webpage.
Drexel will be coordinating with SEPTA/NJT/PATCO/AMTRAK to ensure that students who use those services have access to safe public transportation options to travel to and from campus. For SEPTA updates, please visit the SEPTA website for the latest information.
What behavioral health support is Drexel providing?
Counseling Center therapists can conduct teletherapy using a HIPAA-compliant, confidential Zoom platform to preserve students’ privacy. They will also be able to provide students within Pennsylvania and students residing across state lines with ongoing support as licensing restrictions permit. Students who would like to schedule an appointment with a therapist can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215.895.1415. An after-hours emergency line can be reached at 215.416.3337. Counseling Center staff also will be offering virtual workshops and other self-help modules, downloadable at the Center’s website.
Earlier this year, we launched 7Cups, a digital peer counseling resource for students who prefer to reach out anonymously for peer support. Finally, for students in recovery or seeking support around substance-use issues, the Haven continues to host virtual meetings every day at 8 p.m. EST at Haven Recovery Meeting or by phone at 872.240.3412 (661-666-741 access code).
Employees and their spouses, domestic partners and dependents can access free, confidential counseling sessions though Drexel's Employee Assistance Program by calling 888.628.4824. The University also offers assistance navigating the healthcare system through Health Advocate, as well as the daily Ten at 10 program designed to help employees stay healthy and connected. For details, visit HR’s COVID-19 Resources page.