Planning for a Return to Campus
In order to reduce the risk to students, faculty and professional staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to support the research and experiential learning at the core of a Drexel education, the University is planning for a phased reopening and hybrid operation model for the fall term. This model includes increased campus health and safety measures and a modified academic calendar. It is guided by our community safeguards, as well as those recommended by local, state and federal agencies to mitigate the potential risk of transmitting the virus.
In anticipation of welcoming students back to campus, the University will be taking the following steps to ensure a safe and successful fall term:
- Begin a phased return to campus over the summer, that will enable new health and safety measures to be effectively implemented ahead of the fall term.
- Increase support for faculty and professional staff to accommodate a mix of teaching and working on campus and/or remotely.
- Continue to implement health, safety and hybrid academic delivery plans for accommodating students living and learning on campus in the fall.
While this plan draws on the latest health agency data and recommendations, and the collective wisdom and experience of University leaders and faculty experts, it will only be successful if everyone on campus actively participates in protecting the health and safety of others. More than 1,300 students, faculty, professional staff, parents and stakeholders contributed their insights and concerns in the planning process coordinated by the Fall 2020 Covid-19 Task Force [PDF] and the voices of our dynamic and diverse community will continue to guide the resumption of on-campus operations at Drexel. The task force provided an executive summary [PDF] with findings from the planning process.