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Drexel COVID-19 Guidelines

Latest Updates

  • It’s time to update your COVID-19 booster. The CDC recommends that all vaccinated adults receive a booster dose of the revised mRNA bivalent vaccine, which is more effective against currently circulating COVID variants. Drexel strongly recommends staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including obtaining all boosters for which you are eligible. Drexel will hold free booster clinics for students and employees in mid-October (flu vaccination will also be available for a fee). Learn more.
  • Masks are recommended in most indoor public areas including classroom settings; masks remain required in all health care settings, including Drexel COVID testing sites, Student Health, and on clinical rotations. Students at the College of Medicine and College of Nursing and Health Professions may be required to mask in additional clinical instruction settings. Note: masks are required for individuals in cases of COVID exposure, symptoms, or post-COVID infection (see "If You Are Sick or Exposed" below).
  • Drexel requires full vaccination for all on-campus students and employees.
  • PCR COVID testing remains available to all students and employees.
  • Continue to assess your individual, group and situational risk, and take appropriate precautions. Remember to stay home and get tested if you feel sick.

View the latest public health announcement.

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 September 22, 2022. 

Vaccination and Boosters

UPDATE 9/22/22: The CDC recommends that vaccinated adults receive a booster dose of one of the new, reformulated COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, which are effective against currently circulating COVID variants. Drexel will hold free vaccine clinics October 12–13 for students (you will receive information directly) and an employee clinic with Sunray Pharmacy on October 19 (employees can sign up here). Flu vaccination will also be available at these clinics for a fee.
  • 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 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. You are considered fully vaccinated when you have received both doses of an FDA-authorized two-dose vaccine such as the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines, or when you have received a single dose of an FDA-authorized one-dose vaccine such as the Janssen/J&J vaccine. Drexel also accepts any COVID-19 vaccination approved by the World Health Organization.
  • International students and others unable to receive an approved vaccine prior to arrival may get vaccinated once on campus. More information here: International Students and Scholars: COVID-19 Information.
  • The University grants limited religious and medical exemptions to vaccination.
  • 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 strongly recommends booster shots for all students and employees who are eligible. You can sign up for booster shots through Student Health (call 215-220-4700), through a Drexel/Sunray Pharmacy clinic, or at area retail pharmacies at no cost to you. 
  • Members of the Drexel community should upload their vaccine and 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 and select appropriate options.

More: COVID-19 Vaccination

Masks

  • All community members AND campus visitors must adhere to the mask guidelines for campus spaces.
  • Drexel REQUIRES mask-wearing in the following locations, regardless of vaccination status:
    • 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).
  • Mask wearing is OPTIONAL (but strongly encouraged) in all other indoor campus locations
  • Wearing a mask indoors is strongly recommended wherever COVID risk remains present. Further, Drexel recommends that unvaccinated persons mask when indoors for their protection. Community members should carry a well-fitting mask at all times.
  • 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 them. 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 disability@drexel.edu and staff/faculty should contact their HR business partner to request a reasonable accommodation if needed.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Exempted employees and exempted on-campus students are no longer required to receive weekly surveillance testing.
  • 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.
  • 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.

More: COVID-19 Testing

If You Are Sick or Exposed to COVID-19

  • If you contract, have symptoms of, or are exposed to COVID-19, follow the steps in the chart below and comply with case investigator and contact tracing team calls. Email COVIDtracing@drexel.edu (if you are a student) or covid19health@drexel.edu (if you are a Drexel employee).
  • Report positive test results or schedule tests through the Drexel Health Checker.
  • You may be required to self-isolate. Students who test positive for COVID and live in Drexel Housing will isolate in place in their room rather than move to separate isolation housing.
  • 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.
What should I do if...
 I have a positive COVID-19 test?  I have COVID-19 symptoms?
 I was exposed to COVID-19?
IN ALL CASES of symptoms, exposure, or positive COVID test: Notify Drexel by emailing COVIDtracing@drexel.edu (if you are a student) or covid19health@drexel.edu (if you are a Drexel employee). 
  • Stay home and isolate for 5 days after positive test.
  • 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.
  • If you are a student, you cannot return to class until cleared by the contact tracing team.
  • Wear a mask around other people at all times for 5 days after isolation ends.
  • Stay home, report symptoms to Drexel via email, 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. Retest after 48 hours if still symptomatic.
    • Positive test result: See positive test instructions.
  • Wear a well-fitting, high-filtration face mask around others while you have symptoms, even if you test negative.
  • You will be contacted by 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.
    • For 10 days after last exposure, wear a well-fitting, high-filtration mask around others and self-monitor for symptoms.
  • If you have no symptoms, you can otherwise continue normal activity.
  • If you have symptoms, stay home and schedule a test within 24 hours.*

 *You can schedule a test through the Drexel Health Checker app.

NOTE: If you have severe or worsening COVID symptoms, please speak with a medical professional. Students can schedule an appointment at Student Health by calling (215) 220-4700 (if calling after work hours, select option 5 to speak with an on-call doctor).

More: If You Feel Sick or Are Exposed

Faculty and Professional Staff

Events

Planning events during times of regional increases in COVID-19 transmission 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.

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.

Please note:

  • Outdoor events are always preferable, weather permitting.Choose well-ventilated areas. If indoors, speak with your facilities building manager concerning ways to enhance ventilation in the space you plan to utilize.
  • If indoors, any reception-style events are discouraged; we recommend planning for guests to be seated while eating.
  • We strongly encourage that all attendees wear masks except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Ensure that any food and beverage at an event is served responsibly.
  • Consider structuring events so that attendees who prefer physically distanced seating have that option.
  • Ensure hand sanitizer is available.
  • Visitors must follow mask-wearing guidelines for the space they are visiting.
  • 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. Please take Drexel's public health guidelines into consideration when planning your event.

More: Events and Visitors

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

Dining

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.

  • 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" health care spaces, although you can remove your mask‚Äč briefly to take a drink.
  • Eating is allowed in most other spaces.

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

Facilities, Cleaning and Sanitation

  • 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

Travel

  • 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

Transportation

  • 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.

Other

  • 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.

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For more information on top questions and concerns related to COVID-19 Health & Safety, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

Questions? Please contact covid19questions@drexel.edu.

Updated September 22, 2022