Health and Safety
A Message from Vice Provost of Community Health Care Innovation
Marla Gold, MD, vice provost of Community Health Care and Innovation, talks about staying healthy and safe while returning to campus in fall 2020.
Keeping Our Community Safe
The health and safety of the entire Drexel community is our top priority. We are examining every facet of learning, living and working at the University to ensure that the latest evidence-based public health measures are in place to make our campus as safe as it can be. Our ability to reduce risk and stay safe, healthy, and open depends on all of us. As key health and safety measures are implemented across the University, each of us can follow these simple steps to protect our health and the health of others in our community:
Wear a face mask
Masks are required in all campus buildings, facilities, and leased properties. Masks are also required outdoors when social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible. Wearing a mask is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19, even if you don’t feel sick. One washable cloth mask will be provided to all students, faculty and professional staff, and disposable masks will be available to those who forget to bring their own. However, the responsibility to have and wear a mask belongs to each member of the campus community — all employees, students and visitors. Masks may only be removed if you are in a private office, alone with the door closed. This policy aligns with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health mask requirement.
Monitor your health
Use the Drexel Health Tracker app to monitor your health and symptoms each day and find information on what to do if you are sick. All students, employees, and visitors to campus are required to check in on the app each day that they will be on campus.
Maintain distance between yourself and others. Reminders have been placed throughout campus to help everyone remember to stay at least 6 feet apart. Additional measures, such as reducing the size of in-person classes and events and installing plexiglass barriers in high-traffic areas like reception desks, are underway to promote social distancing.
Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands frequently, and for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer has also been made more available on campus.
Health and Safety Training & Dragon Pledge
All students, faculty, and professional staff will be required to complete an online health and safety training. The health and safety training will be available on Career Pathway and Blackboard.
In order to complete the mandatory health and safety training, students, faculty and professional staff will be required to sign the online “Dragon Pledge [PDF].” By taking The Dragon Pledge, we commit to maintaining a culture of health and safety on campus, in transportation vehicles, facilities, properties and buildings, and in shared public places to protect ourselves, each other and those in the community around us. The Dragon Pledge is the commitment we each make as Drexel University students, faculty, professional staff (including employees covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreements), trustees, officers, and all other members of the University community, including but not limited to campus guests, visitors, and third parties doing business or providing services on campus (e.g., vendors, independent contractors and consultants). The Dragon Pledge is our individual and shared commitment to take critical, proactive measures that keep each other safe.
Dragon Pledge [PDF]
Please visit the Return to Campus page for more information on Drexel’s phased approach to welcoming back students, faculty, and professional staff. For more details on how Drexel is working to mitigate risk in all campus buildings, visit the Cleaning and Sanitation page.
For more information on top questions and concerns related to COVID-19 Health & Safety, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
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