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Overview

Drexel continues to be committed to the success of its students. As Drexel’s campus emerges from the pandemic with a renewed optimism, we must continue to do all that we can to ensure the health and safety of both ourselves and our communities. Our goal is within reach — it’s up to us to support one another as we complete this final stretch. #DragonsTakingCareOfDragons

Please check this FAQ page regularly, as information is updated to reflect the situation as it evolves. 

Key Information for Students

Questions? Contact covid19questions@drexel.edu. If you have specific questions about testing procedures, test scheduling, receiving test results, and using the Drexel Health Checker, email COVIDtesting@drexel.edu.

Key Dates (Summer/Fall 2021)

  • Vaccination deadline for semester students: July 1
  • Vaccination deadline for quarter-based students: August 1
  • Welcome Week (undergraduate orientation): September 13-19
  • Fall quarter classes begin: September 20

See University Messages for latest updates.

Vaccination Requirement

Starting in Academic Year 2021, all undergraduate and graduate students taking part in any face-to-face classes, participating in extracurricular or other program activities on campus, accessing any facilities on campus, participating in any team sports, or working in Drexel facilities, will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This applies to both full- and part-time students who spend time on campus, whether they live or work on campus or off campus, although students can apply for a medical or religious exemption if needed. Students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the College of Medicine must also be vaccinated for clinical placements as must students planning for university-related domestic or international travel. Vaccinated students are exempt from weekly testing requirements.

SIGN UP FOR VACCINATION at Drexel

Those who have received a vaccine must upload their proof of vaccination to the Drexel Health Checker.

Vaccination is not required for students who are attending fully online classes with no in-person requirements, who are not living on campus, and who are not returning to campus at any time for any other reason (such as on-campus work, social engagements, or other extracurricular or programmatic activities).

For more information, please visit the Counseling and Health page: COVID-19 Immunization Requirements. Or visit our vaccines information page: COVID-19 Vaccination.

MASK POLICY

Persons who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are currently recommended to wear masks inside Drexel campus or Drexel-owned buildings. Masks are required in the following locations:

  • Vaccinated persons must mask in any Drexel health care settings including medical/nursing clinics, Student Health Services and any testing or vaccination site.
  • Vaccinated persons must mask on public transit including on Drexel shuttles.

Persons who are not fully vaccinated are required to always mask when indoors, including on public transit and Drexel shuttles, unless they are in a room alone with the doors closed. This also applies to those who have been granted exemption from vaccination.

Anyone who wishes to continue wearing a mask, for any reason, is encouraged to do so. Data indicates that masks are an excellent tool in reducing transmission not only of COVID-19, but also many other respiratory diseases.

Face shields are available for employees and students who cannot wear a face mask for health reasons or have a specific need to use both a mask and a face shield. Students should contact disability@drexel.edu and staff/faculty should contact their HR business partner to request a reasonable accommodation if needed.

Residential Life & Dining

Drexel University housing and dining halls will be open for the summer term. If you have any questions, please contact Housing and Residence Life at housing@drexel.edu or visit the Housing and Residence Life website. You can also call 215.895.6155 for the latest information regarding housing at Drexel.

Financial Commitment

Drexel University remains committed to helping students overcome financial obstacles. The following are some of examples of what Drexel is doing to assist students:

  • The University will be freezing undergraduate tuition at the 2020–2021 rate for fall quarter 2021. This freeze will be reflected on a student’s eBill once they have registered for fall coursework; it will be listed as a Fall Tuition Reduction credit.
  • Drexel will also continue to keep the general University fee costs for undergraduate students the same as they have been the past five years.
  • Drexel has remained committed to offering institutional financial aid to students during the pandemic.
  • The University continues to offer a payment plan option to eligible students. This plan can be used to cover costs over the span of a term. More information is available on the Drexel Central website.

COVID-19 Illness or Exposure

Please go to "If You Feel Sick" for information about what to do if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.

Reporting an Unsafe Situation

If you know of a recent (or upcoming) situation in which people in the Drexel community may have been exposed to COVID-19, especially due to a health and safety violation, please visit the Drexel Compliance Hotline site at www.drexel.ethicspoint.com and click the button under "For COVID-19 Questions or Concerns."

 

Classes and Exams: Info for Students

What if I need help accessing Drexel services and resources remotely?

What expectations should I have for remote classes?

Students should expect that their remote courses will be a mix of synchronous (i.e., course sessions that will be offered virtually to all registered students at the same time using tools like Zoom) and asynchronous engagement.

Any course sessions that are being delivered synchronously must be conducted during the originally scheduled time slot (Eastern Time).

To accommodate students in widely varying time zones or who need other academic accommodations, all synchronously delivered content must be recorded and made available to students (i.e., posted to Blackboard). In keeping with current University policy, students are free to download and use these recordings for their own use but are prohibited from distributing them.

To avoid course scheduling conflicts that may arise due to synchronous engagement, we will be following our normal registration process, which restricts students from registering for two classes during the same time slot.

As always, faculty are required to provide office hours, which will now be conducted remotely (e.g., online, phone, etc.) and should be clearly listed in the course syllabus.

How can I connect with my academic advisor?

Academic advisors within the colleges and schools are ready to work remotely with students, using Microsoft Teams and Zoom, in addition to corresponding by phone and email. Students can continue to schedule appointments with their academic advisors as before; scheduling appointment technology is available through the DrexelOne portal on the My Success Team Channel.

What should I know about Disability Services regarding COVID-19?

What if I am a semester student?

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies: Remote instruction will continue for all courses in the graduate programs. Except where otherwise specified, classes will meet remotely at their regularly scheduled times. 

For other semester programs, including those in the College of Medicine, Dornsife School of Public Health and Kline School of Law, please consult your college/school officials for updates.

Who decided which courses will be held on campus?

The decision to hold a particular course on campus was made collaboratively by the academic unit, the Provost's office and the Office of the University Registrar. The decision-making took into consideration the need for the course to be taught in person to maintain the academic rigor and integrity of the course, along with the capacity of the University to safely deliver instruction.

How will students be notified whether their class is on campus or not?

All information regarding instructional methods for each course are noted in the Term Master Schedule of courses as well as in DrexelOne when students search and register for winter courses.

My class is scheduled to be held on campus and I would rather take it remotely. What do I do?

Students in this situation should contact their academic advisor to explore alternative options.

What do I do if I have questions or concerns regarding my courses and/or graduation?

We recommend that students contact their academic advisor as soon as possible so that any questions or concerns can be properly addressed.

What support and resources are available for students?

Drexel continues to offer a wide variety of support resources for students engaged in all learning modalities. If a student is seeking academic support for coursework, they should visit the Learning Alliance webpage to explore tutoring and other content resources. In addition, the Center for Learning and Academic Success Support Services (CLASS) offers peer and professional academic coaching to customize learning strategies to individual student needs; they are also well-versed on all institutional resources and can help students get connected to the appropriate support. There are also programs to support specific student communities, such as the Drexel Autism Support Program (DASP), the Office of Disability Resources, the Center for Inclusive Education and Scholarship, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, and Veteran Student Services.

Additionally, Drexel University’s Student Success team offers a variety of experiences and services to help students get connected to social, residential, spiritual/religious, wellness and civic opportunities. Visit the Student Life webpage to learn more about services and activities.

Students who have hardware or software needs should contact their academic advisor for support. In addition, Drexel IT provides guidance on its web page for connecting to Drexel resources remotely. This includes information on accessing free or discounted internet and data services during COVID-19. There is also an online form for students to request a loaner laptop.

Will faculty and academic advisors provide online office hours outside of class?

Academic advisors, faculty and support services will be accessible remotely for students to ask questions, address concerns and receive assistance. If a student has any difficulty connecting with these individuals and services, they should contact their academic advisor for assistance.

Will the Pass/No Pass option be continued for this term?

Pass/No Pass will NOT be extended for summer and fall of 2021 quarters. Semester students should contact their programs directly to determine whether P/NP is an option for them.

Residential Students: Housing and Dining

Who do I contact if I have housing questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Housing and Residence Life at housing@drexel.edu or visit the Housing and Residence Life website. You can also call 215.895.6155 for the latest information regarding housing and Drexel's coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

Will students still be able to live on-campus?

Drexel University housing will be open to undergraduates during the summer. Dorms will be single-occupancy only. Priority will be given to students with emergency or hardship situations (such as international students who cannot travel home).

What is the Residential Guest Policy?

Guests, including family members, are now permitted on campus.

Will students and employees returning to campus from states experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases be required to quarantine?

Members of the Drexel community coming from U.S. states outside Pennsylvania are no longer required to quarantine prior to arriving on campus.

Will international students returning to campus be required to quarantine?

International students should quarantine for 7 days prior to departing their home country for the United States, unless they have been vaccinated with a vaccine authorized by the United States FDA or one acceptable to Drexel as listed in our vaccination FAQ. Per CDC guidelines, they will also need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test no more than 3 days prior to arriving in the United States. Upon arrival to campus, unvaccinated students arriving from international locations will be required to receive COVID-19 testing and quarantine for 7 days.

Students coordinating traveling inbound from international locations should reach out to the Health Insurance and Immunization office for support in facilitating testing and quarantine.

If you have any other questions, please contact the COVID-19 Response team at covid19questions@drexel.edu.

What should I plan to bring with me if I'm asked to quarantine or self-isolate?

Students should plan to bring two weeks' worth of supplies if they are asked to quarantine or self-isolate. Review this list of suggested items to pack [PDF] and visit our Quarantine and Isolation page for more information.

Who can I contact with questions about my lease with ACC?

Drexel University housing will be open to undergraduates during the winter quarter and spring semester. Residence halls will be single-occupancy only. Priority will be given to students with emergency or hardship situations (such as international students who cannot travel home).

Questions regarding American Campus Communities should be addressed directly with the property.

Where can I find information about on-campus dining services?

For information on dining plans, locations and operations, please visit the Drexel Campus Dining webpage.

Where can I eat and drink on campus?

Eating on campus is no longer restricted to particular spaces. Those who are not fully vaccinated should take precautions including physical distancing while eating.

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.

Events

Will on-campus events continue?

As of June 10, 2021, all Drexel events on and off campus are allowed without requiring specific approval from the Return Oversight Committee. Event hosts should work with Event Services for reservations and setups, and must still keep accurate lists of all attendees before and after events in case contact tracing is required. Food and beverage are permitted.

Please refer to the Visitors and Events page for the most up-to-date information.

 

Additional Information for Students

Please visit the pages below for additional information for students on Drexel’s COVID-19 response and resources. Please also refer to your school, college, or department’s website for information specific to your program of study.

 

Updated July 29, 2021