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University Messages

Messages from President John Fry and University Leadership

campus update Sept. 21

Important Drexel Health and Well-being Update

A message, proving important updates to information related to campus health and well-being, was sent to the Drexel community.

Dragon statue with the words Campus Update August 22

COVID-19 Guidance and the New Academic Year

A message, providing new guidance about COVID-19 in advance of the start of the fall term, was sent to the Drexel community.

campus update July 13

Information on COVID Variant BA.5

A message, with information about the COVID variant BA.5, was sent to the Drexel community.

Dragon statue with the words campus update June 16

COVID-19 Updates for Summer Term and Academic Year 2022-2023

A message, with updates on masking and vaccination for the summer term and academic year 2022-23, was sent to the Drexel community.

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Taking Care in the Final Stretch

A message about taking care during Memorial Day Weekend while COVID-19 transmission remains relatively high, was sent to the Drexel community.

campus update May 10

COVID Cases Increasing: Taking Care of Ourselves

A message, about COVID-19 cases increasing and how we can take care of ourselves, was sent to the Drexel community.

Dragon statue with the words campus update April 28

Drexel Public Health Procedures: Updates and Reminders

A message, with reminders and updates about Drexel's public health procedures, was sent to the Drexel Community.

campus update April 22

Drexel Updating Mask Policy in Response to City Lifting Indoor Mask Mandate

A message, about Drexel updating its mask policy in response to Philadelphia lifting its indoor mask mandate, was sent to the Drexel community.

Dragon statue with the words campus update April 14

COVID Cases Increasing, Indoor Masking Returns Starting April 18

 A message on Drexel returning to masking in most indoor shared spaces was sent to the Drexel community.

Dragon statue with the words April 8

COVID Watch: Next Week Could See Masking Changes

A message regarding possible changes to indoor masking requirements was sent to the Drexel community.

Dragon statue with the words campus update March 28

Starting Spring with Cautious Optimism

A message was sent to the Drexel community regarding public health guidelines for the start of the spring quarter. Students returning to Drexel housing will receive COVID testing this week. Drexel will retain its current two-tiered system for indoor masking for at least the first week of term. Any further changes to public health guidelines for spring quarter will be announced the week of April 4.

Dragon statue with words Campus Update March 9

Drexel Moves to Two-Tiered System for Indoor Masking

A message about the Drexel moving to a two-tiered system for indoor masking was sent to the University community. Starting March 14, Drexel will move to a two-tiered system for indoor masking. Instructional spaces, ticketed cultural performances, shuttles and health care settings will continue to be “Masks Required” spaces. Most other campus spaces will be “Masks Optional.”

campus update March 2

Local Guidelines Loosen: What That Means for Drexel

A message, about how changes to local public health guidelines will affect the University, was sent to the Drexel community.

campus update February 27

A Hopeful Spring, Thanks to You

A message, about developments with Omicron and COVID-19 policy updates, was sent to the Drexel community. 

 

Dragon statue with the text campus update Feb. 2

Keeping the Drexel Community Prepared: COVID-19 Booster Deadline Is Feb. 28

An email was sent to the Drexel community with information regarding the deadline to upload proof of COVID-19 booster vaccination for all faculty, professional staff and students who are booster-eligible and on campus.

campus update January 21

A Safe Welcome Back to In-Person Classes

A message welcoming back students, faculty and professional staff who returned to campus this week, was sent to the Drexel community. 

 

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Academic Information Regarding the Return to In-Person Instruction

A message with information regarding the return to in-person instruction was sent to the Drexel faculty and professional staff.

The following message with information regarding the return to in-person instruction for winter term was sent to Drexel students.

Academic Information Regarding the Return to In-Person Instruction

The following message with information regarding the return to in-person instruction for winter term was sent to Drexel students.

Dragon statue with the text campus update Jan. 12

Returning to In-Person Instruction Next Week

A message about the return to in-person instruction the week of January 17 was sent to the Drexel community.

Dragon statue with the text campus update Jan. 5

Preparing for In-Person Classes During the Omicron Surge

The following message with updates and reminders about COVID-19 guidelines was sent to the Drexel community.

Dragon statue with the words campus update Dec. 30

Classes to Remain Remote for Week 2 of Winter Term

A message regarding classes remaining remote for the second week of the winter term was sent to the Drexel community.

The following message was sent to Drexel students announcing a remote start to winter term and some spring semester programs due to current COVID-19 data and forecasted pandemic conditions, as well as new booster requirements for all eligible students, faculty and staff and a staggered return to on-campus housing.

Return to Winter Term: Important Updates

The following message was sent to Drexel students announcing a remote start to winter term and some spring semester programs due to current COVID-19 data and forecasted pandemic conditions, as well as new booster requirements for all eligible students, faculty and staff and a staggered return to on-campus housing.

interior of the Main Building with the words faculty/staff update Dec. 20

Boosters to Be Required for Winter Term

A message about COVID-19 vaccine boosters to be required for winter term was sent to the faculty and professional staff.

faculty staff update dec 17

Remote Start to Winter Quarter

A message about starting the winter term remotely in response to available COVID-19 data and forecasted pandemic conditions.

Dragon statue with the words campus update Dec. 2

Cases Moderately Increasing: An Update on COVID-19

A message about a moderate increase of COVID-19 infection among students, faculty and professional staff, post the Thanksgiving holiday break and reminders on how to minimize infection risk was sent to the Drexel community.

Dragon statue with the words campus update Nov. 29

COVID Vaccines Boosters, Flu and You: Important Health Information for Everyone

A message with information on monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms after the Thanksgiving break and where to get the COVID booster or flu shot on campus this week was sent to the Drexel community.

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, it's important for Drexel students to continue adhering to all public health protocols and safety precautions in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Continue Remaining Safe During Thanksgiving

A Nov. 22 message reminded Drexel students of the importance in continuing to adhere to all public health protocols and safety precautions in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 this holiday season, and also included information about testing, booster doses and flu shots.

Dragon sculpture with the words campus update Nov. 16

This Holiday Season, Make a Plan, Take Good Care

 A message with guidelines on how to plan for the upcoming holiday season was sent to the Drexel community.

Dragon statue with the words campus update Oct. 27

Campus Life and COVID-19: Guidelines and Reminders

A message with reminders about COVID-19 and public health guidelines was sent to the Drexel University community.

campus update September 28

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses: What You Need to Know

A message from the Return Oversight Committee explained new CDC guidance on COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. It also recommended flu vaccinations for students and employees and informed the Drexel community of new vaccine clinic hours for booster doses and flu vaccinations.

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COVID-19 Guidelines for Campus Visitors

A message from the Return Oversight Committee outlined how programs bringing visitors to campus are responsible for having a system in place to notify and ensure that visitors utilize the new Drexel Health Checker Visitor Pass prior to coming to campus.

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Reducing Risk and Staying Safe On Campus This Fall

A message on reducing risk and staying safe on campus this fall was sent to the Drexel community.

Main Building with the text faculty and staff update Aug. 27

Expectations and Accommodations for the Return to Campus

A message was sent to faculty and professional staff about expectations and accommodations as Drexel prepares for a return to normal capacity this fall.

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Guiding Our Return with Flexibility

A message with updates related to remote and flexible work arrangements this fall was sent to faculty and professional staff.

Dragon statue with the text campus update Aug. 19

Drexel Campus Public Health Update

A public health update was sent to the Drexel community announcing that in order to further reduce the risk of infection among vaccinated persons, Drexel now requires masks for all students and employees (vaccinated or not) in all indoor public, shared, instructional and research settings on campus.

Dragon statue with the text campus update August 3

Masking Expanded for All on Campus as Delta Precaution

A message about Drexel requiring that all students and employees wear a face mask whenever they are in Drexel instructional and research spaces — even if they are fully vaccinated was sent to the University community.

campus update 7-27

Deadline Approaches for Proof of Vaccination

A message to students, faculty and staff about the approaching deadline to submit proof of vaccination, reiterating the vaccine and masking policies and recommending that fully vaccinated people also wear masks inside University facilities due to the COVID-19 Delta variant circulating in Philadelphia.

Interior of the Main Building with the text: faculty/staff update July 12

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, Procedures and Exemption Process

A July 12 message sent by Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Megan Weyler detailed deadlines, procedures and resources for faculty and professional staff related to the return to campus.

Dragon statue with the text campus update June 23

Drexel COVID-19 Measures Update

A message with updates on Drexel's COVID-19 measures was sent to the University community. Masking now optional for fully vaccinated persons inside Drexel buildings. Eating indoors is no longer restricted. The deadline for all Drexel students and employees to be vaccinated or have received an exemption is July 1 for semester students and August 1 for employees and students on the quarter system.

Main Building interior with text faculty/staff update June 10

Vaccination and Return to Campus

A message was sent to faculty and professional staff about vaccination requirements and the lifting of some University-wide COVID-19 precautions.

A June 3 communication from the Return Oversight Committee communication conveys further guidance concerning the COVID-19 immunization requirement for Drexel students.

Take Steps to Prepare for Fall

A June 3 communication from the Return Oversight Committee conveys further guidance concerning the COVID-19 immunization requirement for Drexel students.

Interior of the Main Building with the words faculty/staff update May 28

Drexel Moves to Phase 3: Allowing Limited University-Related Travel

A message on allowing limited University-related travel was sent to the Drexel community.

Dragon statue with text campus update May 18

Drexel Continues to Reopen Safely

A message about local COVID-19 restrictions easing, amid new CDC guidelines for vaccinated people, and how that affects Drexel was sent to the University community.

Image of Main Building interior showing steps with the words faculty/staff update May 14

Returning to Normal Capacity in the Fall

A message about Drexel planning on returning to normal capacity in the Fall 2021 term was sent to the Drexel community. The decision was made based on recommendations from Drexel’s Scientific Advisory Group and the Return Oversight Committee.

Drexel announced the University is planning for a return to normal capacity (no required social distancing) in instructional and research spaces for the Fall 2021 term.

Returning to Normal Capacity in the Fall

A message about Drexel planning on returning to normal capacity in the Fall 2021 term was sent to Drexel students. The decision was made based on recommendations from Drexel’s Scientific Advisory Group and the Return Oversight Committee.

Main Building interior facing steps with text faculty/staff update April 30

Update on Fall Planning & Course Scheduling

A message on fall term planning and course scheduling was sent to faculty and professional staff. Drexel will be returning to full on-campus operations in the fall to the maximum extent permittable.

Dragon statue masked with the words campus update April 23

Drexel Returning to Normal Grading

A message announcing that Drexel will end the Pass/No Pass option and return to normal grading beginning in the summer term was sent to the University community.

Drexel University leadership announced that COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all undergraduate and graduate students in full-time and part-time face-to-face programs this fall.

Student Update: COVID-19 Vaccine and Fall 2021

Drexel University leadership announced that COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all undergraduate and graduate students in full-time and part-time face-to-face programs this fall.

Main building interior facing steps with the text faculty/staff April 20

Pandemic Rebound to Include $11 Million Investment in Academics

A message was sent to Drexel faculty and professional staff about the University requiring student vaccinations and academic investments to support the strategic plan.

interior of Main Building facing steps with test faculty/staff update April 7

Planning for Fall Return to Campus

A message with updates on planning for a fall return was sent to faculty and professional staff. Based on available data, Drexel is currently working with Real Estate and Facilities and the Office of the University Registrar to plan for 3 feet of masked socially distanced in-person instruction in the fall term. Instructors will be able to distance 6 feet or more and the University will continue to follow guidance from public health authorities as it becomes available.

Dragon statue with the text campus update April 6

Drexel to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine to Students, Faculty and Professional Staff

An announcement about Drexel offering the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible students, faculty and professional staff was sent to the University community. Drexel will make vaccine available to eligible populations prioritized by Philadelphia’s phased distribution, Drexel’s return to campus phases and vaccine availability.

Dragon statue with the text campus update March 30

COVID Safety Reminders for Spring

A message with COVID safety reminders for the spring was sent to the Drexel community. Pandemic safety measures remain crucial as campus activity levels increase.

Dragon statue with text campus update March 15

Drexel Looking to a Full Return in the Fall

The University will be ramping up in-person and hybrid classes through the summer. Drexel expects that, by the fall, every student will be able to have face-to-face learning experiences, although some hybrid classes and other operational modifications may remain based on public health guidance.

Dragon statue with text campus update March 15

Enjoy a Safe Spring

A message by Janet Cruz, MD, Director, Student Health Services, and Marla J. Gold, MD, Director, Return Oversight Committee, on how to stay safe during spring was sent to the Drexel community.

update feb 27

New York Times Tracking COVID-19 Cases on College Campuses

A message by Marla J. Gold, MD, director of the Return Oversight Committee, about The New York Times tracking COVID-19 cases on college campuses.

dragon statue with the text campus update Feb. 12

Planning Ahead for a Safe Spring Break

A message by Janet Cruz, MD, Director, Student Health Services, and Marla Gold, MD, Director, Return Oversight Committee, with recommendations and resources to ensure a relaxing and safe spring break was sent to the Drexel community.

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Academic Plan for Spring Quarter

In a message to the Drexel community, Paul Jensen, PhD, Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost, announced academic plans for the spring quarter.

Dragon statue with the text campus updaye Feb. 8

Staying the Course on COVID-19 Risk at Drexel

A message by Drexel President John Fry and Marla J. Gold, MD, Director of the Return Oversight Committee, about staying the course and redoubling efforts as other Philadelphia-area universities are reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases among their undergraduates was sent to the Drexel community.

It is Drexel students’ responsibility to take the proper precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and particularly critical to avoid social gatherings.

Student Update: Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 Together

It is Drexel students’ responsibility to take the proper precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and particularly critical to avoid social gatherings.

Students forming true pods with roommates and staying safe are important parts of a prevention strategy which supports reducing the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

Student Update: Maintaining a Safe Campus

Students forming true pods with roommates and staying safe are important parts of a prevention strategy which supports reducing the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

Screening testing is one component of the key risk reduction steps that will help students stay healthy and safe this term if returning to campus.

Student Update: COVID-19 Screening Testing Plans

Screening testing is one component of the key risk reduction steps that will help students stay healthy and safe if returning to campus.

Dragon statue with the words campus update Jan. 12

Exploring Vaccine Access for the Drexel Community

In a message to the Drexel community, Drexel President John Fry and Marla Gold, MD, Director of Return to Campus Operations, provide an update on Drexel's efforts to secure access to the COVID-19 vaccine.