Drexel Public Health Guidelines
- COVID cases are increasing. To avoid the need for new restrictions, please take precautions and pay attention to public health guidelines. Read the announcement.
- Some Drexel campus spaces (including classrooms) are "Masks Required" and others are "Masks Optional." However, we strongly recommend wearing a mask in shared spaces.
- Food is not permitted in any Drexel classrooms, laboratories, and studios that are actively being used for lectures or instructional purposes.
- See updated event guidelines here.
- New isolation guidelines provide an avenue for certain students diagnosed with COVID who either do not develop respiratory symptoms, or whose illness resolves quickly, AND who have a rapid negative test for COVID-19 after a week, to return to normal housing and classes on Day 8 as opposed to Day 11. They must continue to wear a mask in all shared spaces for two days after isolation ends. To learn more, visit If You Are Infected or Exposed.
- Continue to assess your individual, group and situational risk, and take appropriate precautions. Remember to stay home and get tested if you feel sick.
Keeping Our Community Healthy
The health and safety of the entire Drexel community is our top priority. Our ability to maximally reduce risk and stay safe, healthy, and open depends on all of us. The guidelines below are provided to protect your health and the health of others in our community. Guidance will continue to be shaped by regional and campus pandemic trends, the experience of other institutions, public health /medical science, and federal, state and local public health authorities. Experts agree that a “layered approach” is key to risk reduction. Layers of protection involve vaccination and boosting, masking, testing, hand hygiene, healthy ventilation, healthy behaviors, and making responsible choices. The following are updates as of May 11, 2022.
For aggregate results of COVID testing among members of the Drexel community (students, faculty, and staff), view our COVID-19 Dashboard.
- All on-campus employees, as well as undergraduate and graduate students in full-time and part-time face-to-face programs, must be fully vaccinated AND boosted, and must submit proof of vaccination through the Drexel Health Checker. Failure to provide proof of vaccination can result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University.
- International students and others unable to receive an approved vaccine prior to arrival may get vaccinated or boosted once on campus. They should follow all guidelines for unvaccinated community members until they have completed the full course of vaccination. More information here: International Students and Scholars: COVID-19 Information.
- The University grants limited religious and medical exemptions to vaccination. Those granted an exemption must remain masked at all times, both inside and outside, and get tested once weekly.
- Drexel students and employees can sign up for vaccination through Student Health (call 215.220.4700) or through a Drexel/Sunray Pharmacy vaccine clinic.
- Booster shots: Drexel now requires booster shots for all on-campus students and employees who are eligible. If it's been 2+ months since you received a J&J vaccine, or 5+ months since your Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series (or any WHO internationally approved COVID vaccine), you can sign up for a booster shot through Student Health (call 215-220-4700) or through a Drexel/Sunray Pharmacy clinic, or at area retail pharmacies at no cost to you.
- Members of the Drexel community must upload their booster information into the Drexel Health Checker. In the Health Checker, click on "More," then select the Vaccine Records menu. Choose the option to ADD a vaccine record, then select BOOSTER plus the vaccine manufacturer/type from the list and add the booster dose information.
- The CDC has released new guidance for certain individuals to obtain a second booster dose of vaccine. This guidance is optional, and Drexel does not require a second booster for students or employees. However, if you are within one of the eligible groups, you can obtain a second booster dose at Drexel’s vaccination sites or retail pharmacies near you.
More: COVID-19 Vaccination
- Drexel has returned to a two-tiered system for indoor masking: "Masks Required" and "Masks Optional." All community members AND campus visitors must adhere to the mask guidelines for campus spaces.
- Drexel REQUIRES mask-wearing in the following locations:
- ALL classrooms, laboratories, and studios that are being used for lectures or instructional purposes.
- Disability Resources testing spaces.
- Ticketed events in Mandell and the Urban Annex Black Box Theaters, and dance studios (attendees must mask).
- All health care facilities—including, but not limited to: Student Health Services, Occupational Health Services, and the Counseling Center.
- All health care rotations (CNHP, COM, Co-op Health Care Positions).
- Masks are required in these areas regardless of vaccination status.
- Mask wearing is OPTIONAL (but usually encouraged) in the following locations:
- Non-clinical office spaces and meeting rooms
- Drexel University libraries
- Shared workspaces (unless in health care settings)
- Research spaces (unless the space is being used for a class or if masking is required for research purposes)
- Common areas of buildings including restrooms, stairwells, and elevators
- The Drexel Shuttle
- Drexel University Housing (unless you are isolating in place)
- The Drexel Recreation Center and the Daskalakis Athletic Center
- Wearing a mask indoors is still recommended wherever distancing is not possible and COVID risk remains present. Further, Drexel strongly recommends that unvaccinated persons always mask when indoors for their protection. Community members should always carry a well-fitting mask and be prepared to enter Masks Required spaces.
- The responsibility to have and wear a mask belongs to each member of the campus community.
- Get a well-fitting mask. 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. You might consider a respirator mask, or double up with a surgical mask underneath a cloth mask that fits snugly against your face. See CDC mask guidelines here. Bandannas, balaclavas, scarves, neck gaiters and masks with
ventilation valves are NOT permissible face coverings in Masks Required
spaces at Drexel.
- Drexel will provide KN95 and/or KF94 high filtration masks to students and employees who request one. Locations to request a mask include the Hagerty Library, DAC, Recreation Center, Main Building Lobby, Kline School of Law, New College Building lobby, the Queen Lane security desk and COVID testing centers. The federal government also makes N95 respirator masks available for free; find a location online.
- Students should contact email@example.com and staff/faculty should contact their HR business partner to request a reasonable accommodation if needed.
- All exempted employees and exempted on-campus students will be tested once weekly.
- If you had a positive test outside of Drexel, please upload this information on the Drexel Health Checker App. Depending on the date of your infection, Drexel will advise regarding booster date and any change in testing schedule.
- If you recently tested positive please wait to come to campus until your required isolation period is over.
- All students and employees can schedule a test as needed or come to walk-in hours. Please give priority to symptomatic, exposed, vaccine-exempt or residential students/employees in the first weeks of term.
- Tests are scheduled through the Drexel Health Checker.
More: COVID-19 Testing
- If you contract or are exposed to COVID-19, follow the steps in the chart below and comply with case investigator and contact tracing team calls.
- Report your symptoms and/or exposure through the Drexel Health Checker.
- You may be required to quarantine or self-isolate.
- See reporting and contact tracing information here, and learn more about what to do if you are (or suspect you might be) sick.
- Do not come to campus if you do not feel well or suspect you may have COVID-19.
- New isolation guidelines effective May 2, 2022 provide an avenue for certain students who either do not develop respiratory symptoms, or whose illness resolves quickly, AND who have a rapid negative test for COVID-19 after a week, to return to normal housing and classes on Day 8 as opposed to Day 11. However, they must continue to wear a mask in all public spaces for the next two days after isolation. To learn more, visit If You Are Infected or Exposed.
|What should I do if...
| I have a positive COVID-19 test?
|| I have COVID-19 symptoms, but no known exposure?
| I was exposed to COVID-19?
|IN ALL CASES of symptoms, exposure, or positive COVID test: Notify Drexel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (if you are a student) or email@example.com (if you are a Drexel employee).
Stay home and start self-isolation.
- Report test results through Drexel Health Checker if test was obtained outside of Drexel.
- Expect a call from Drexel Contact Tracing, and an email with home care instructions.
- You cannot return to campus activities until notified by Occupational Health partners/Worknet Occupational Medicine (employees) or the contact tracing team (students).
- Wear a mask around other people at all times for 5 days after isolation ends.
- Stay home, report symptoms to Drexel Health Checker, and schedule test* within 24 hours.
- Isolate until test results return.
- Negative test result: Continue to stay home until symptoms end, then return to normal activity.
- Positive test result: See positive test instructions.
- If you have symptoms, stay home and schedule a test.*
- You will receive a call from Drexel Contact Tracing.
- In all cases of exposure, take a test (or retest)* 5 days from last exposure. If you test positive on day 5, follow Positive Test directions.
- If you’re fully vaccinated and have no symptoms, you can otherwise continue normal activity, BUT for 10 days after exposure you must:
- Wear a mask around others.
- Avoid sharing a bedroom.
- Self-monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, isolate yourself and take a test within 24 hours.
- If you’re not fully vaccinated, in addition to the steps above, you must quarantine for the first 5 days after last exposure.
*A PCR test is preferred (Drexel testing sites use PCR tests), rather than an at-home antigen test.
For any health questions or concerns, please consult your primary care doctor.
More: If You Feel Sick or Are Exposed
- For information about mask requirements, as well as how to enforce them, see the Winter 2022 FAQ from the Provost's Office.
- Employees who are seeking COVID-related accommodation (including mask exemptions) based on a documented disability must contact Disability Resources to determine if they meet the criteria for approval.
- If you learn that you have been exposed to COVID-19, or if you learn about a case on campus, please follow the protocols in this Dos and Don'ts document [PDF].
- For the most up-to-date guidance on COVID and teaching, review the Provost's winter 2022 FAQ.
Planning events during times of regional increases in COVID-19 infection should be done with careful attention to participant seating, food type and location, masking recommendations and number of attendees. Close attention to ventilation in the planned location should always occur.
Drexel events with less than 100 planned guests, on and off campus, are currently permitted without requiring specific approval from the Return Oversight Committee. Events can include Drexel students, employees and outside guests considered to be visitors to campus. Maximum occupancy is limited to the host program’s ability to successfully adhere to all University COVID-19 protocols. Event hosts who are employees should work with Event Services for reservations and setups. Students should work with Student Life.
If you are planning an indoor event with over 100 planned guests in single, given space on any campus inside any Drexel owned, leased or controlled building, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with event details (faculty and professional staff) or work with Student Life (students).
- Outdoor events are always preferable, weather permitting.
- Ensure that any food and beverage at an event is served responsibly.
- Ensure hand sanitizer is available.
- In communication with event attendees prior to the event, hosts should ensure that everyone is informed about health guidelines for visitors.
- All visitors must wear a well-fitting face covering in "Masks Required" indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. Drexel strongly recommends wearing high filtration masks such as KN95s, KF94s and N95s. Masks with valves are not permitted.
- Indoor events:
- Food is not permitted in any Drexel classrooms, laboratories, and studios that are actively being used for lectures or instructional purposes.
- We recommend structuring events so that guests are seated while eating.
- We strongly encourage that all attendees wear masks except when actively eating or drinking.
- Allow for distance when planning indoor events. Consider structuring events so that attendees who prefer physically distanced seating have that option.
- Choose well-ventilated areas. Speak with your facilities building manager concerning ways to enhance ventilation in the space you plan to utilize.
- Accurate attendee lists must be kept before and after events.
- Off campus events must follow the specific health and safety guidelines of the venue or location.
More: Events and Visitors
We are happy to welcome visitors to campus! Visitors must follow all Drexel public health policies and procedures.
- Visitors should not physically come to campus if they feel ill or have been exposed to a case of COVID-19.
- All visitors must wear a well-fitting face covering in "Masks Required" indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Drexel strongly recommends wearing high filtration masks such as KN95s, KF94s and N95s. Masks with valves are not permitted. Disposable face masks will also be available onsite, if needed.
- Drexel strongly recommends that unvaccinated persons always mask when indoors for their protection.
- All visitors should wear or carry a well-fitting face mask in case they need to enter a "Masks Required" area.
- Drexel's guidelines for visitors also apply to non-Drexel guests to residence halls and fraternity/sorority housing.
More: Visitors and Events
Meals often serve as an important and enjoyable time to socialize with others. However, mask removal indoors can increase the risk of viral transmission. Eating and drinking are prohibited in instructional settings and certain other spaces (see below). In general, it is always safer to eat outdoors regardless of your vaccination status, so plan your schedule to make this option possible.
- The campus dining program is open. Hours and locations are posted at https://drexel.campusdish.com/. There will be limited seating available in the dining halls consistent with the city guidelines. We will be offering robust grab-n-go offerings at all Campus Dining locations, including a take-away option for its two all-you-care-to-eat locations (Urban Eatery and The Handschumacher Dining Center).
- Eating is prohibited in "Masks Required" spaces including instructional settings during class, Disability Resources testing spaces, ticketed theater events, and health care facilities, although you can remove your mask briefly to take a drink.
- Eating is allowed in most other spaces.
- We recommend that those who are not fully vaccinated take additional indoor precautions including physical distancing, and wear a mask unless actively eating or drinking.
A map of outdoor seating areas on the University City Campus is available on the Drexel Business Services website. Seating options include a variety of tables and chairs as well as shaded and non-shaded. A list of dining options is also provided at https://drexel.campusdish.com.
Questions about larger events and activities with food should be coordinated through your College's/School's Implementation team designee.
More: Dining Services
- Drexel continues to follow CDC and OSHA guidelines to ensure that all spaces on campus are as safe as possible.
- If you have questions about facilities safety or concerns about your specific work space/classroom, please speak to your building manager and/or department manager. Departmental concerns should be brought to the attention of EHRS so that spaces of concern can be verified/evaluated as needed.
- Facilities has assessed and adjusted ventilation systems in Drexel buildings to improve air filtration and circulation, including routine cleaning, updating and optimizing of HVAC systems. All facilities follow ASHRAE 62.1 standards for ventilation and indoor air quality.
- Drexel maintains, cleans, and disinfects facilities in accordance with CDC guidelines, using a hospital-grade disinfectant when disinfecting buildings, giving special attention to high-traffic areas. We are also using electrostatic sprayers in some areas when needed or appropriate. Facilities staff are fully compliant with PPE at all times.
- For faculty and staff offices/workspace, housekeeping will provide full cleaning and disinfecting weekly.
- Additional sanitation provisions have been made in our leased buildings, as monitored by the Drexel Real Estate and Facilities. If there is any discrepancy between Drexel’s health/safety procedures and guidelines provided by the company managing your building, follow the strictest rule for maximum safety.
More: Facilities COVID-19 Operations
- Drexel is in Phase 3 for University-related travel. All Drexel travelers participating in university-related travel must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Travel by non-vaccinated travelers with a University-approved medical or religious exemption may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Read more.
- For international travel, all travelers must follow CDC guidelines. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students arriving in the United States from overseas are required to complete a full seven-day quarantine with COVID tests on day 1 and day 5. If both tests are negative, student is cleared to end quarantine on day 8. If the student does not get tested for COVID-19, they must complete a full 10-day quarantine before coming to campus. Per CDC guidelines, non-U.S. citizens are not currently allowed to enter the United States if they are not vaccinated.
- Students arriving from U.S. states outside of Pennsylvania are not required to quarantine on arrival.
- For details on essential and approved travel, review the guidelines below:
More: COVID-19 Essential Travel Guidance
- Masks are no longer required on public transit including Drexel shuttles. However, they are still recommended.
- For information on the Drexel shuttle bus service, please visit the Shuttle Services web page.
- For the latest SEPTA updates, please visit the SEPTA website.
- For information about parking, visit the Parking Services webpage.
- In addition to the above, all members of the Drexel community should maintain regular public health practices including frequent hand-washing and making sure surfaces stay clean.
- For in-depth information about academics and teaching, you can view the Provost's Winter 2022 Return to Campus FAQs for Faculty/Staff and for Students.
- Make sure you have signed up for the Drexel Health Checker. You will use the Health Checker to report vaccination status, make testing appointments, receive important notifications, and record and track potential symptoms.
Public health guidance at the University may differ from what has been advised at the federal, state or local level. Guidance may change depending on COVID-19 trends and positivity rates on campus and within Drexel’s surrounding communities.