Health and Safety
Dragons on the Frontline: The Student Response to COVID-19
Meet some of the Drexel students, staff and faculty who have been working tirelessly to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and learn about their efforts to protect the Philadelphia community.
What to do if you feel sick
Drexel Health Checker
Health and Safety FAQs
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
Face masks that cover the nose and mouth are required in all campus buildings, facilities, and leased properties. Face masks are also required outdoors. 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 face 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. Face 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.
According to the CDC’s current guidelines, masks worn by members of the public should:
- Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.
- Completely cover your nose and mouth.
- Fit snugly against the sides of your face and not have gaps.
- NOT have exhaust/exhalation valves.
- NOT be made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, such as vinyl.
While the CDC has not yet recommended it, more infectious disease experts are recommending “double-masking” (layering one mask over another), especially if you don’t have access to medical-grade masks or masks with insertable filters. An extra mask adds a layer or two of filtration. It may also help to close gaps at the side of the mask. Infectious disease specialists have recommended wearing a close-fitting cloth mask over a surgical or disposable mask if you do decide to double-mask. As we learn more about prevention—and as we face new and more contagious variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus—Drexel suggests double-masking as a way for students and staff to reduce their risk of infection while in indoor spaces.
Monitor your health
Use the Drexel Health Checker 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. Regular COVID testing is also required or recommended for all groups who spend time on campus or live in University housing. You can learn about COVID-19 testing at Drexel here.
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 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]
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.
Questions? Please call the COVID Questions line at 215-703-2335 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated February 7, 2021