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.
Wear a mask in all campus buildings, facilities, and leased properties. Masks are required indoors; they are also strongly recommended outdoors if you are not fully vaccinated. 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. 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. 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.
If you're not fully vaccinated, maintain distance between yourself and others for your safety and the safety of other unvaccinated or immunocompromised persons.
Wash your hands frequently. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer has also been made more available on campus.
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.
- Requiring masks indoors for everyone entering campus buildings, facilities and leased properties.
- 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 are cleaned based on current CDC and local health department 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.
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.