What can I do to stay safe when I return to campus?
Masks are required in all campus buildings, facilities, and leased properties. Masks are also required outdoors when social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible. Wearing a mask is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19, even if you don’t feel sick. One washable cloth mask will be provided to all students, faculty and professional staff, and disposable masks will be available to those who forget to bring their own. However, the responsibility to have and wear a mask belongs to each member of the campus community— all employees, students, contractors and visitors.
Monitor your health. Use the Drexel Health Checker app to take note of how you’re feeling each day and find information on what to do if you are sick.
Maintain distance between yourself and others. Reminders have been placed throughout campus to help everyone remember to stay 6 feet apart.
Wash your hands frequently. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer has also been made more available on campus.
Stay with your pod. Socializing safely within a pod while remaining more isolated from people outside can help reduce the chance of COVID-19 transmission.
Learn more about pods and campus wellness.
What is being done to protect the health and safety of the Drexel community?
New health and safety protocols are being established across campus, including, but not limited to:
- Masks are required in all campus buildings, facilities, and leased properties. Masks are also required outdoors when social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible. Even when you are outside with the ability to distance, wearing your mask is strongly encouraged.
- Mandatory online health and safety trainings for students, faculty and professional staff.
- Implementing social distancing protocols in all common spaces, including the installation of signage and physical barriers in high-traffic areas.
- Facilitating access to testing and important COVID-19 health information through use of the Drexel Health Tracker app (Apple and Android).
- Implementing COVID-19 surveillance testing strategies for employees and students.
- Making sure that we identify and trace contacts to infected persons to keep people safe and healthy as well as prevent spreading of the virus.
- Making sure that campus facilities are cleaned based on current CDC and local health department guidelines.
- All campus buildings will be locked during business hours, and Dragon ID cards will be required to access buildings.
What is being done to encourage social distancing?
Drexel is taking measures to support and promote social distancing across campus. Fewer students and employees on campus will make social distancing easier. In-person classes will be smaller, and instructional spaces will be configured to promote social distancing and encourage space between students. The installation of signage and physical barriers in high-traffic areas also reinforces distancing protocols. Our plans are based on federal and Philadelphia Department of Public Health guidelines.
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 on campus?
There are designated areas across campus where faculty, professional staff and students can eat outside. Within each academic building, common areas have signage that indicate appropriate spacing so that individuals can be socially distanced while eating or drinking. Students with accommodations to eat or drink during classes or exams should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options for the winter term. Questions about larger events and activities with food should be coordinated through Event Services.
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.
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?
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.
Employees whose presence is required to support on-site operations, and who normally commute by mass transit, have the option to park at the Drexel garage at 34th and Ludlow streets or in Lot F at 31st and Ludlow streets. Employees can find more information about parking on Business Services’ COVID-19 Operations webpage.
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 email@example.com 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.