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Coronavirus Updates

coronavirus

Updated Campus Operations Due to COVID-19

Drexel University continues to monitor closely the COVID-19 outbreak and is following guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Pennsylvania Department of Public Health and Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

For the latest updates, please Drexel's Response to Coronavirus website. All University email communications and updates related to COVID-19 are archived here.

Those that can work remotely are encouraged to do so until further notice to promote social distancing and the health and well-being of our community during this time. The Graduate College will continue its operations in a remote fashion until further notice.

Join us for our Zoom Room office hours featuring the Graduate College staff and a variety of guest speakers and topics of interest to the graduate community. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for casual conversations and check-ins throughout the term. Talk with your peers and professionals about how your term is going, get answers to FAQs and more. Please RSVP at the link below and we will send you the schedule and links to upcoming Zoom Room office hours and invite you to share your topic ideas.

RSVP for schedule and Zoom links: https://drexel.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2aBz1ORVpO57ikJ

We encourage you to reach out via email at graduatecollege@drexel.edu to schedule a phone or virtual appointment. We are still accepting and processing all forms and documents in a digital format. We are offering most of our regular workshops and programs virtually. Please visit our "News & Events" tab for the latest information about upcoming programs and events.

We encourage you to communicate with your College or School officials if you have additional questions or concerns.

Key Updates for Graduate Students

For semester program updates, please consult with your academic program.

 

Fall 2020 Updates

 

Please refer to Drexel's Response to Coronavirus website for return plans and FAQs.

 

Summer 2020 Updates

 

The University will continue remote learning for the duration of the summer quarter. The Pass/No Pass (P/NP) Grading Option has also been extended through the summer quarter. Please visit the Provost's website for a list for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and be sure to consult with your graduate academic advisor before you opt in for P/NP grading.

 

International Students and Scholars

 

International students and scholars should consult with International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) for the latest information and updates and review the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by population on the ISSS website. Please contact isss@drexel.edu if you have additional questions or concerns.

 

Academic Dates & Deadlines
 

The University's Academic Calendars are up to date with all relevant dates and deadlines. All posted graduation dates and deadlines, including application for degree, remain the same. Please consult with your academic program regarding any additional graduation dates and deadlines.


Remote Operations & Learning 


We understand that the transition to remote operations and learning is not easy for everyone. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this "new normal" together. Don't hesitate the reach out to your graduate academic advisor and/or the Graduate College for assistance and support.

 

Graduate students receiving compensation via stipend are asked to complete their work remotely, if possible. Stipends will continue during this period as long as work is performed. Please contact your supervisor if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Please contact Drexel University Information Technology for IT help and for information on accessing Drexel services and resources remotely.

 

Drexel continues to utilize Zoom and other web conferencing services for remote operations, teaching and learning. Additional workshops and trainings are available through Drexel's Instructional Technology Group (ITG) (the Blackboard experts) and Video Collaboration and Production (VCaP) (the Zoom and web conferencing experts).

 

The Graduate College is offering Remote Course Facilitators (RCFs) to help support the remote teaching and learning environment.

 

Student and academic support services, including academic advising, will continue to operate in a remote format. Please check Drexel websites for updated hours and operations.

 

Visit the Drexel University Libraries website for updated hours and information about remote operations.

 

The Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS) will be offering tutoring and peer academic coaching exclusively through online modalities. They can also help support students adjust to online learning. Register for one of their upcoming workshops.


Research Activities

 

Please visit the Office of Research & Innovation's website for the latest updates and information on Return to Research.

 

Graduate students and postdocs who have been identified as part of APPROVED “Return to Research” plans will be invited to complete the “Voluntary Participation” process by the Graduate College and Office of Research & Innovation. Click here for information on the graduate student and postdoc voluntary participation process.

 

Clinical/Practicum & Co-op Students 

 

We encourage students to reach out to their individual Colleges/Schools and departments regarding the status of any clinical/practicum or co-op placement or experience. Many sites and supervisors are in regular communication with College and School officials.

 

Information for Graduate Student Instructors & Teaching Assistants (TAs)


We know that the transition to remote teaching may be challenge for some. There are several institutional resources and training sessions available to assist faculty, graduate student instructors and TAs.

 

The Graduate College hosts virtual check-ins and professional development workshops and trainings for graduate student instructors and TAs featuring remote teaching and learning experts from across the University to discuss challenges and best practices. Please check your Drexel email for the latest updates and session dates.

 

Drexel continues to utilize Zoom and other web conferencing services for remote operations, teaching and learning. Additional workshops and trainings are available through Drexel's Instructional Technology Group (ITG) (the Blackboard experts) and Video Collaboration and Production (VCaP) (the Zoom and web conferencing experts).

 

The Graduate College is offering Remote Course Facilitators (RCFs) to help support the remote teaching and learning environment. Graduate students can sign up to serve as an RCF.

 

Visit the Faculty Affairs/Teaching and Learning Center website for more information about remote teaching, resources and workshops.

 

The Drexel University Libraries offers resources for teaching and learning remotely.

 

Drexel’s Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE) also provides resources for transitioning to remote teaching.

 

The Online Learning Council (OLC) Faculty Fellows offers professional development courses and and webinars which are open to graduate student instructors and TAs. Contact Chair, Deirdre McMahon, Ph.D., at dhm33@drexel.edu for a complete list of offerings.

 

Oral Thesis and Dissertation Defenses

 

All upcoming oral thesis and dissertation defenses and related committee meetings and evaluations should be scheduled in a remote format, such as via Zoom. Please visit the Graduate College's "Remote Oral Defense Guidelines" folder for a list of recommendations and best practices for remote oral defenses and presentations, as well as workshop recordings.

 

More information about thesis and defense processes are available on the Graduate College and Drexel University Libraries websites.

 

Health & Safety

 

For guidance on health and safety protocols and what to do if you fee sick, visit Drexel's Response to Coronavirus website.

 

We encourage you to utilize available health and wellness resources outlined on the Graduate College website, many of which are available in a virtual format.

 

Counseling Services

 

Students can continue to utilize services offered through the Counseling Center using a confidential Zoom platform. Appointments can be requested by e-mail at counseling@drexel.edu or by calling 215.895.1415. The after-hours emergency line is 215.416.3337. Counseling Center staff also offer virtual workshops and other self-help modules, downloadable at the Center’s website. In addition, 7 Cups provides peer counseling to students who want to reach out anonymously for help.

 

Housing

 
Please visit the Housing website for updates and contact information, or Drexel's Response to Coronavirus website for FAQs.

 

Travel

 

We advise you to continue following all travel restrictions and guidelines outlined by the University and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

 

Financial Aid & Billing

 

For information or questions about financial aid, billing, etc. please contact Drexel Central.

 

See also Graduate Student Financial Resources

 

Additional Financial Support

 

The Student Emergency Fund (SEF) was established as a partnership between Student Life, Institutional Advancement, and Drexel Central to support students who are in need of immediate financial assistance due to unexpected emergency expenses. Click the link for more information and the link to apply.