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).
Starting in Academic Year 2021-2022, all students who participate in any on-campus activities or live in Drexel housing must be vaccinated. Learn more: COVID-19 Vaccination
Most cases of COVID-19 reported in the Drexel community come from small social gatherings between groups of unvaccinated students or employees. Following public heath guidelines, including getting vaccinated, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage everyone to use the Health Checker to report any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild.
Arriving at the start of a term
All on-campus students and employees must upload proof of vaccination to the Drexel Health Checker unless Drexel has provided you a medical or religious exemption (learn more about vaccine requirements and deadlines here). If you’re living in Drexel housing and are not yet fully vaccinated, you will be asked to quarantine and take a COVID test once you arrive. 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.
Students arriving from international travel who are not fully vaccinated are required to quarantine for seven days upon arrival to the United States. Students must arrange to safely quarantine for seven days before coming to campus. Drexel will not provide a quarantine location for non-residential students. Note: To attend classes on Monday, September 20, 2021, students arriving from international travel must arrive no later than September 12, 2021, to complete their quarantine.
Anyone who is not vaccinated and is in quarantine due to exposure to someone with an infection must complete their quarantine before coming to campus. If you are sick, please wait to come to campus until you are well.
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!
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth (not a bandanna or a gaiter) whenever you’re inside in public or shared spaces, regardless of your vaccination status. You should mask up on public transit and Drexel shuttles; in 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. A mask is an effective way to prevent transmission of many respiratory diseases, not just COVID-19!
- Wash your hands frequently.
- 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 maskless gatherings. Be on the lookout for symptoms and report them through the Drexel Health Checker.
- If you’re not able to be fully vaccinated, 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 at all times, especially indoors.
Updated August 31, 2021