College Response to COVID-19

Last updated: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Drexel University is committed to preserving and maintaining the health and safety of all members of its community. Details on all university-wide measures being taken can be found on the Drexel coronavirus website.

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The College of Engineering is grateful to all of our community members for their patience and understanding as we navigate through this period of unprecedented change in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our faculty and staff continue to work remotely and are dedicated to being available to assist you. Information regarding actions being taken by our college to support our students, faculty and staff, and future students is available below, and will be updated regularly.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Current Engineering Students

  • What is happening with Senior Design?

    Due to Governor Tom Wolf’s order of Thursday, March 19, to shutdown most businesses and schools in Pennsylvania, as well as Drexel’s closing of the campus to the public, there will be an impact to Senior Design. Faculty have been advised that students will not be doing further prototyping, laboratory or testing work. No physical component is to be asked of students on these projects. For reasons of safety, you are not expected nor encouraged to work remotely on a physical element of the project. Moving forward, expectations are all based on work that can be done remotely at your computer. As a college, we stand aligned with Drexel policies on research safety and accessibility.

  • What about my student activities and Engineering student clubs?

    In alignment with the closure of campus effective the end of the day Friday, March 20, there will be no access to university or off-campus spaces for student activities, clubs or coursework. We encourage your organizations to have online meet-ups and stay connected to each other virtually.

  • Are student advisors still available?

    Yes! Our student advisors are working virtually and ready and available to assist you. Last week, all student advisors sent direct email to their advisees regarding Advising Continuity. Please email your advisor or schedule virtual appointments using the links provided in that email.

  • What tutoring resources are available to me?

    Our Academic Center for Engineers (ACE) continues to operate virtually. Email coe.ace@drexel.edu or contact the Director of ACE Ilene Marker with questions.

  • What about my engineering co-op?

    Since every co-op is unique, we advise you to contact your co-op advisor with any questions or concerns about how COVID-19 will or will not impact you.

  • Who do I contact if I have other academic concerns?

    Your first point of contact should be your advisor. If you feel that your question or concern has not been addressed, please reach out to your Department Head or Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs Kevin Scoles. Graduate students may reach out to Associate Dean for Enrollment and Graduate Education Kapil Dandekar.

  • How can I stay connected to the Drexel engineering community?

    We are actively working on ways to provide virtual engagement to our entire community during this unprecedented time and will provide an update soon. We also welcome your submission of ideas and suggestions to engineering@drexel.edu.

  • What if I have other questions?

    Please visit Drexel’s Coronavirus: Information for Students webpage for more information. This includes the latest information on classes and exams, campus living, tuition and fees and more.

For College Faculty and Staff

  • What are we doing about lab access and safety while campus closes to the public?

    Per President Fry’s message on Thursday, March 19, you should have now picked up any items from campus and returned home promptly. Effective Friday, March 20, at 5:00 pm, campus will be closed to the public. Only faculty and staff approved as critical personnel will have access to campus. We are actively working on a critical staffing plan to address the safety of labs as well as IT support while campus is otherwise closed.

  • What if I have other questions?

    For questions related to labs and research, please contact Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs Caroline Schauer. For all other college-related questions, faculty and staff should refer to the CoE Academic Continuity site and Drexel Staff Assembly-Engineering Team site, respectively (internal access only) for regular announcements and updates. You can also visit Drexel’s Coronavirus: Information for Faculty and Staff webpage for more information.

  • What resources is the college offering to faculty and staff working remotely?

    Please refer to Dean Sharon Walker’s recent email updates, which include access instructions and information about internal repositories for our faculty and staff.

For Our Future Engineering Students

  • What is the best way to contact college undergraduate student admissions?

    Please contact your undergraduate admissions representative.

  • What is the best way to contact college graduate admissions?

    Join admisions representatives for One-on-One Live Chats.

  • Will you still be hosting open houses?

    We are in the process of converting our open house activities to make them available virtually.

  • What if I have other questions?

    Please visit Drexel’s Coronavirus: Information for Prospective Students webpage for more information.

  • I was recently admitted to Drexel Engineering. What is happening with Admitted Students Day?

    This April, we’ll be offering Admitted Students opportunities to celebrate your big achievement and prepare you for life as a Drexel Dragon. Visit drexel.edu/undergrad/admitted for additional information and updates. You can also join us for the Admitted Students Virtual Experience at any time that works for you – then confirm your enrollment here!

  • Can I take a virtual tour?

    Yes, join us for a video tour of campus at any time that works for you. We also welcome you to learn more about our offerings at a virtual information session.

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