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 paying attention to the Dragon Pledge and the guidelines outlined in our Health & Safety section at all times. We urge you to respect and follow directions from Drexel’s Health Ambassadors, who are there to help everyone uphold the Dragon Pledge and practice mutually safe behavior. Drexel is also working to ensure that our campus spaces are clean and healthy (see more on our Facilities, Cleaning and Sanitation page).
Most cases of COVID-19 we see in the Drexel community come not from classes or other University activities, but from small social gatherings between groups of students who don’t share a household or pod. Following public heath guidelines and sticking with your pod (see below) is crucial at all times.
Avoid Social Gatherings to Mitigate the Spread of the Virus
Dragons taking care of Dragons means more than simply not partying. It’s a call to action to avoid putting others at risk for contracting COVID-19. View this collaboration with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health and learn more about some of the sobering statists of COVID-19 transmission.
When coming to campus
Complete the online health and safety training through DrexelOne and accept the Dragon Pledge [PDF]. Download the Drexel Health Checker app through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The app is your key to daily symptom reporting, communicating with Student Health, scheduling a weekly test, and accessing test results through an integrated, confidential health portal. In order to ensure you can access your test results through the app, make sure you register using the Drexel email that is in the format email@example.com.
We encourage everyone to use the app; you must use it to check in prior to entering any campus building. Any symptoms should be reported, even if mild.
Arriving at the start of a term
If you’re arriving on campus for the first time at the start of term, please access a COVID-19 test within five days of arriving and bring the results with you. If you’re living in Drexel housing, you will also be asked to take a test once you arrive, before you receive your room key. See our COVID-19 Testing page for more information about testing. We also recommend that you have a flu vaccination before you come to campus.
Any students in quarantine due to exposure to someone with an infection must complete their quarantine before coming to campus. No students with symptoms of any illness should participate in the campus move-in. Please wait to come to campus until you are well.
Campus social life
Stay with your pod
To socialize while keeping yourself and your friends safe, students should form a pod. A pod is a group of 6 people or fewer who follow a shared set of safety practices to protect one another from COVID-19. For example, you might gather in small outdoor groups while wearing masks and social distancing. Socializing safely within your pod while remaining more isolated from people outside can help reduce the chance of widespread COVID-19 transmission. If you’re living in group housing (off campus), it’s also important that you consider how to keep yourself and any housemates safe. Take a look at our guidelines for creating a pod [PDF], adapted from Brown University materials.
Follow health guidelines
There are many other guidelines that can help keep you and your pod healthy, both on and off campus. For example:
- Make sure you always wear a cloth face mask that covers your nose and mouth (not a bandanna or a gaiter) whenever you’re on campus; the only exception is when you are in a private space like a dorm or office, alone, with the door closed.
- Check in daily with the Drexel Health Checker app so you can catch any symptoms early and get help.
- Get tested regularly. If you are a student living, learning, or working on campus you must get a COVID-19 test weekly, and if you’re living off campus we encourage you to sign up for regular testing as well (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 at all times.
- Wash your hands frequently, and sanitize any shared equipment or high-touch surfaces.
For more recommendations, view these “Top Ways to Take Care” [PDF], also courtesy of Brown University.
Many thanks to Brown University for the use of these resources.
Updated March 10, 2021