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Overview

Drexel continues to be committed to the success of its students. As Drexel resumes most on-campus activities and in-person instruction, we must continue to do all that we can to ensure the health and safety of both ourselves and our communities. #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. For questions about vaccination, call 215-703-2335. If you have questions about classes and exams that aren't answered here, view the Provost's Office's detailed Fall 2021 Return to Campus FAQ for Students.

>>View the Provost's FAQ

See University Messages and Drexel's Public Health Guidelines for the 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 (unvaccinated students must follow additional guidelines to minimize their health risk). 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.

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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). If you have questions about vaccination, call 215-703-2335 or visit our vaccines information page: COVID-19 Vaccination.

Additional information is available on the Counseling and Health website: COVID-19 Immunization Requirements.

MASK POLICY

Face masks are required indoors in all University shared and public spaces, regardless of your vaccination status. All students, employees, and visitors must wear a mask on public transit and Drexel shuttles; in instructional and research spaces including classrooms, lecture halls, and seminar rooms; in Drexel libraries and designated research laboratories/spaces; and in all public spaces and settings where members of the public will use University facilities or visit the University. For more, see our Public Health Guidelines page.

Face shields are available for students who cannot wear a face mask for health reasons or have a specific need to use both a mask and a face shield. Contact disability@drexel.edu 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

How do I know if my class is in-person or online?

Most Drexel courses will be held in person for the Fall 2021 term. 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?

All students enrolled in on-campus programs are expected to return to campus in fall 2021. There are a few student populations that will face unique challenges this fall, requiring or requesting remote course accommodations to remain enrolled. We are committed to serving our international undergraduate and graduate students who are unable to obtain visas and travel to the U.S., as well as supporting students with documented disabilities through the Office of Disability Resources. The linked FAQs for international undergraduate and graduate students who are outside the U.S. detail the accommodation processes for these students.

We are also working to support our U.S.-based international students and domestic students facing extenuating circumstances, whenever possible. Colleges and schools, in collaboration with the University Registrar, are managing these requests directly.

The deadline for all students requesting remote accommodations was September 1, 2021. Please note that courses already scheduled to be in person cannot switch to a remote format.

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

See this page for students from the Office of Disability Resources: COVID-19 Disability Resources.

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

No, normal grading policies will apply. The University returned to normal grading in Summer 2021 after offering optional Pass/No Pass grading from Spring 2020 to Spring 2021.

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.

Is on-campus housing open?

Drexel University housing is fully open for the fall 2021 term.

What is the Residential Guest Policy?

Guests, including family members, are now permitted on campus. However, guests must follow all the guidelines on our Visitors and Events page, including obtaining a Drexel Health Checker Visitor Pass. In addition, non-Drexel guests to residence halls and fraternity/sorority housing must bring a state-issued ID and may be required to show proof of vaccination. Students are currently allowed up to three guests in a dorm at one time—including outside visitors who obtain a Drexel Visitor Pass.

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?

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?

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, jc52@drexel.edu. 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 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 October 8, 2021