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Drexel Public Health Guidelines

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, masking, testing, hand hygiene, healthy ventilation, healthy behaviors, and making responsible choices. The following are updates as of August 30, 2021. 


  • 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 submit proof of vaccination through the Drexel Health Checker by the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. 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 once on campus. They should quarantine for 7 days prior to arrival and 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.
  • Consistent with Philadelphia Department of Public Health regulations, the University grants limited religious and medical exemptions to vaccination. Those granted an exemption must follow additional public health guidelines as outlined below (see “Exempted, Unvaccinated Students and Employees”).

More: COVID-19 Vaccination



  • Drexel currently requires that all students, visitors, and employees (vaccinated or not) wear a mask in ALL indoor public, shared, instructional, and research settings on campus. The responsibility to have and wear a mask belongs to each member of the campus community.
  • Vaccinated students and employees may remove masks while alone in single-occupancy offices (with doors closed), as well as with roommates in Drexel housing.
  • These exceptions do not apply to unvaccinated individuals. All unvaccinated students and employees must remain masked at all times, both inside and outside.
  • Information concerning acceptable masks on campus may be found here: CDCs Guide to Masks and Face Coverings.
  • Students should contact and staff/faculty should contact their HR business partner to request a reasonable accommodation if needed.

COVID-19 Testing

  • All students living in Drexel residential housing will be tested upon arrival for Fall quarter.
  • All exempted, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students living in Drexel residential housing will be tested twice weekly.
  • All exempted employees and exempted off campus students will be tested once weekly.
  • Students in certain group settings and participating in group activities such as competitive sports may also be required to take part in regular testing.
  • All other students and employees can schedule a test as needed or come to walk-in hours.
  • Tests are scheduled through the Drexel Health Checker.

More: COVID-19 Testing

If You Are Sick or Exposed to COVID-19

  • If you contract or are exposed to COVID-19, please isolate yourself, notify Drexel immediately, 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. Report symptoms through the Drexel Health Checker.
What should I do if... I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19 I am not fully vaccinated against COVID-19
I have a positive COVID 19 test?
  • Stay home and start self- isolation for 10 days
  • Report with Drexel Health Checker
  • Contact tracing will advise on return to work/school
  • Stay home and start self- isolation for 10 days
  • Report with Drexel Health Checker
  • Contact tracing team will advise on return to work/school
I have symptoms of COVID 19 (with or without exposure)?
  • Stay home, report symptoms to Drexel Health Checker app, and schedule test now.
  • Isolate until test results return.
    • Negative test and no exposure: Return to normal activity when symptoms improve.
    • Negative test and exposure: Resume normal activity with masking while around others. Self-monitor for symptoms for 7 days and retest 5 days from last exposure.
    • Positive test: See positive test instructions above.
  • Stay home, report symptoms to COVID Health Checker app, and schedule test now.
  • Isolate until test results return.
    • Negative test and no exposure: Return to normal activity when symptoms improving.
    • Negative test and exposure: Quarantine for 7 days and retest 5 days from last exposure. Contact tracing will advise on return to work/school.
    • Positive test: See positive test instructions above.
I do not have symptoms of COVID 19, but I was exposed?
  • Resume normal activity with masking while around others.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms for 7 days and retest 5 days from last exposure.
  • Quarantine for 7 days and retest 5 days from last exposure.
  • Contact tracing team will advise on return to work/school.

More: If You Feel Sick


Drexel events on and off campus are currently permitted without requiring specific approval from the Return Oversight Committee. Event hosts should work with Event Services for reservations and setups. When planning events, always prioritize risk reduction practices:

  • Outdoor events and meals are always preferable, weather permitting.
  • Prioritize grab-and-go or boxed food and beverage over buffets.
  • When indoors, face coverings should be worn until sitting down to eat or drink in designated areas.
  • Attendees must be seated while eating indoors; indoor events should not have reception-style eating and drinking.
  • Allow for distance when planning indoor events that include food and choose well ventilated area/s. 
  • Ensure hand sanitizer is available.
  • 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. Drexel hosts may choose to use the Drexel Health Checker Visitor Pass at off-campus events.

More: Visitors and Events


We are happy to welcome visitors to campus! Visitors should comply with Drexel’s public health policies and procedures, including not coming to campus if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.

  • All visitors to Drexel campus facilities must obtain a Drexel Health Checker Visitor Pass before they are allowed in campus spaces. This applies to anyone who is not a student or employee (anyone without a current Drexel email address) who will be entering any Drexel building or attending a Drexel indoor event on any campus inside any Drexel owned, leased or controlled building.
  • All visitors must wear a well-fitting face covering indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks with valves are not permitted. Disposable face masks will also be available onsite, if needed.
  • In addition to following all other guidelines for visitors, non-Drexel guests to residence halls and fraternity/sorority housing must bring a state-issued ID and may be required to show proof of vaccination. 

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. In general, it is always safer to eat outdoors regardless of your vaccination status, so plan your schedule to make this option possible.

  • Eating indoors on campus is allowed in designated eating areas such as dining halls and eateries, during approved events, and in a select number of indoor eating areas that are primarily located in the center city campus at this time. 
  • Eating in classrooms and lobbies is otherwise prohibited.
  • Eating is allowed when you are alone in your office with the door closed as well as in work cubicles where you are below cubicle walls when seated.
  • To establish a designated eating area, implementation team members should contact Jon Chase,
  • When eating indoors, only remove your mask when seated with your meal.
  • Reduce your risk further during indoor dining by eating with no more than 4 other people.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated should take additional indoor precautions including physical distancing while eating.

Students, faculty and professional staff looking for places to enjoy the seasonable weather can view a map of outdoor seating areas on the University City Campus 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

More: Dining Services


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Students arriving from U.S. states outside of Pennsylvania are not required to quarantine on arrival.


  • 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 Fall 2021 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.

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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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Updated October 8, 2021