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Campus Life and Health

Drexel is an extended community of scholars, scientists and professionals who understand that our health is interconnected. To keep our community safe and allow our campus to remain open, the Drexel community follows both the science and the spirit of public health.

For anyone who spends time on campus, that means abiding by the Dragon Pledge and the guidelines outlined in our Health & Safety section at all times. Drexel is also working to ensure that our campus spaces are clean and healthy (see more on our Facilities, Cleaning and Sanitation page). All students and employees who participate in any on-campus activities or live in Drexel housing must be vaccinated AND receive a booster vaccine if they are 5+ months out from their initial vaccination. Learn more: COVID-19 Vaccination

Most cases of COVID-19 reported in the Drexel community come from indoor, extracurricular social gatherings. Avoiding large and indoor gatherings, and following public heath guidelines, including getting vaccinated and wearing a mask in all shared spaces, is crucial.

When coming to campus

Review our health and safety guidelines and download the Drexel Health Checker app through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store (or access the online version). The Health Checker is your key to reporting symptoms of COVID-19, doing daily health checks, communicating with Student Health, scheduling a weekly or on-demand test, uploading vaccination records, and accessing test results through an integrated, confidential health portal. In order to ensure you can access your test results through the Health Checker, make sure you register using the Drexel email that is in the format abc123@drexel.edu.

We encourage everyone to use the Health Checker to report any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild.

Arriving at the start of term

All on-campus students and employees must upload proof of vaccination AND a booster shot to the Drexel Health Checker unless Drexel has provided you a medical or religious exemption. We also recommend that you have a flu vaccination before you come to campus.

If you’re living in Drexel housing, regardless of vaccination status, you will be asked to take a COVID test once you arrive. See ourCOVID-19 Testing page for more information about testing. Vaccine-exempt persons will be required to take a COVID test once per week during the course of term.

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID, has COVID symptoms, or is in quarantine due to exposure to someone with an infection, MUST complete their quarantine before coming to campus. Drexel will not provide a quarantine location for non-residential students. If you are sick, please wait to come to campus until you are well. 

Campus life

While you may need to get creative, COVID-19 doesn’t have to put a damper on your social life. In the cool weather, consider keeping an extra warm layer of clothing on hand for impromptu outdoor meetups or meals .

Always follow public health guidelines to keep yourself and others healthy. For example:

  • Get vaccinated! Vaccination protects you from COVID-19 disease, as well as protecting those around you who are unvaccinated or immunocompromised. Make a vaccination appointment today!
  • Get a booster shot. ALL eligible, non-exempted students and employees must obtain COVID vaccine booster shots, which increase the protection offered by the vaccine. Find out if you're eligible and schedule a booster shot during Drexel's vaccine clinic hours.
  • Upgrade your mask. We recommend you consider doubling up, with a surgical mask underneath a cloth mask that fits snugly against your face. All masks should completely cover your nose and mouth and fit well to prevent air escaping out of openings in the mask while still being comfortable. Other options for masks include a properly fitting KF94 or KN95. See more from the CDC here. You should mask up inside in public or shared spaces; on public transit and Drexel shuttles; in classrooms, lecture halls, and seminar rooms; in Drexel libraries and designated research laboratories/spaces; and in all settings where members of the public will use University facilities or visit the University. A mask is an effective way to prevent transmission of many respiratory diseases, not just COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay home if you're sick. If you have any symptoms that might reflect COVID-19 (e.g., cough, congestion, headache, sore throat), do NOT attend classes or other communal activities. It’s easy to dismiss your concerns as allergies or flu, but don’t take the risk of exposing others.
  • Don't assume that being vaccinated erases all risk. Vaccination is very effective, but it's still possible to be infected with COVID-19—in which case you may still feel sick, you'll have to isolate, and your contacts may be required to quarantine. Try to avoid risky activities like large or maskless gatherings. Be on the lookout for symptoms and report them through the Drexel Health Checker.
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated (if you're in the process of vaccination or have been granted a medical or religious exemption), you should also take these precautions for your health and safety:
    • Keep your mask on in all shared settings, including with roommates.
    • Check in daily with the Drexel Health Checker so you can catch any symptoms early and get help.
    • Get tested. If you are a student or employee living, learning, or working on campus, and you have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will be enrolled in a regular COVID testing program for your safety (see the COVID-19 Testing page for more information).
    • Make sure to keep your physical distance—stay at least 6 feet away from other people where possible, especially when eating indoors.

Food and Drink

Eating indoors on campus is only allowed in designated eating areas: dining halls and eateries, approved events, and a select number of marked, indoor eating areas. Eating in classrooms and lobbies is not permitted currently permitted. You can find a list of dining options at https://drexel.campusdish.com. While in other indoor settings, you are of course allowed to take a drink of a beverage; just make sure to do so quickly and replace your mask immediately afterward. Eating and drinking are not permitted at Drexel events at this time.

Safe dining tips:

  • Plan to eat outdoors as much as possible for maximum socialization and safety. You can view a map of special outdoor seating areas on the University City Campus on the Drexel Business Services website.
  • When eating indoors, remove your mask only when seated with your meal, and if possible, try to dine with no more than four other people to minimize risk of transmission while people aren't masked.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated should take extra precautions including physical distancing while eating.

Philadelphia’s vaccine mandate for indoor dining is in effect as of January 3, 2022. This does not apply to Drexel dining halls, but Drexel community members should be prepared to show proof of vaccination if dining in off-campus locations. Many establishments will accept a photo of your vaccine card. If you have lost your vaccine record card, contact your vaccine provider or, if that is not possible, your state health department’s immunization information system (IIS).

Visitors

You're welcome to invite family and friends to visit you on campus. Note that all visitors to Drexel campus facilities must obtain a Drexel Health Checker Visitor Pass, and show proof of vaccination and identification, before they are allowed inside campus spaces or at events. They must also follow all of Drexel's public health guidelines. Students are currently allowed up to three guests in a dorm at one time—including outside visitors who obtain a Visitor Pass.

Stay Safer, On and Off Campus

Living and learning in a highly vaccinated community that routinely masks indoors allows us to hold in-person classes and activities. However, traveling outside our community and/or visiting friends and family off campus may not afford the same protection. Large social events also remain places of disease transmission, especially when people aren’t masked. Please be responsible when weighing your social options and travel plans.

Updated January 19, 2021