Updated Campus Operations Due to Coronavirus
Drexel University continues to monitor closely the coronavirus 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.
Faculty and professional staff have been asked to work remotely 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.
We encourage you to reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a phone or virtual appointment. We are still accepting and processing all forms and documents in a digital format.
Updates for the Graduate Student Population
The following memo was distributed to all graduate students on Tuesday, March 17, 2020:
Dear Graduate Students,
First, we would be remiss not to acknowledge the challenges and uncertainty we all face as we attempt to navigate this unprecedented event. As things rapidly evolve, there is a continuous need for communication.
We ask that you read the following message in its entirety. We are providing additional information relevant to the graduate community following the President’s message from Monday, 3/16, which is archived with all communications and University updates on Drexel’s Response to Coronavirus website.
The following addresses all semester programs, including online:
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies: Remote instruction will continue for all courses in the graduate programs. Except where otherwise specified, classes will meet remotely at their regularly scheduled times. For those programs participating in Spring break, March 23rd - March 27th, the break will carry on as normal.
For other semester programs, including those in the College of Medicine, Dornsife School of Public Health and Kline School of Law, please consult your college/school officials for updates.
The following adjustments are effective for all quarter programs, including online:
The upcoming spring break will be extended through Sunday, April 5th.
The winter quarter grade submission deadline has been pushed back to 12PM ET Wednesday, April 1st. Faculty have been made aware of this change but are encouraged to enter grades ASAP to avoid any issues.
Academic standing will be processed and notifications will go out from the Graduate College via email on Thursday, April 2nd and Friday, April 3rd during the extended spring break period. Students will be required to communicate with their advisors to complete a probation contract or request reinstatement by Friday, April 10th. This discussion should be done remotely via phone, Zoom or as the advisor recommends.
The spring quarter will begin on Monday, April 6th during which we will continue remote course instruction for the entire duration of the condensed 9-week spring quarter which concludes on Saturday, June 6th.
Spring quarter classes will conclude after Week 9 and finals will continue in a remote format as scheduled the week of Monday, June 8th. Faculty will keep students up to date regarding course adjustments.
The University's Academic Calendars have been updated with all relevant information, including adjusted spring quarter course drop/add and withdraw dates.
Posted graduation dates and deadlines, including application for degree, will remain the same. Please consult with your academic program regarding any additional graduation dates and deadlines. Please continue to check your Drexel email and the Commencement website for updates.
Students who have questions about financial aid, billing, etc. should contact Drexel Central.
Housing & Residence Life
The following applies to all students in University housing:
All students living in University housing will be asked to vacate their residences by Wednesday, March 25th, including quarter and semester program students. Housing and Residence Life sent a detailed communication earlier today which included information for those who need to appeal for housing accommodations or who cannot return to campus to move their belonging out by the posted date. Students must respond by 5PM ET Thursday, March 19th.
Please understand that this was not an easy decision for University officials to make and we know the hardships this decision causes for many. We are doing everything we can to support students who may need temporary accommodations. Ultimately, this decision was necessary to follow guidelines from the State of Pennsylvania and City of Philadelphia to protect the health and safety of our communities.
We advise you to continue following all travel restrictions and guidelines outlined by the University and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
The University is canceling all international co-op placements for the spring-summer cycle and study abroad programs for the spring term, as well as the spring break Intensive Courses Abroad and student organization international travel. All education abroad programs will be discontinued for the spring term.
Remote Operations & Learning
We understand that the change to remote operations does not come easy for many. We appreciate your patience as we make this transition together.
Graduate students receiving compensation via stipend are asked to complete their work remotely. 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 Instructional Technology for IT help and for information on accessing Drexel services and resources remotely.
Student and academic support services 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 on online learning.
As clearly articulated in the President's message, we have an imperative to take actions that slow the spread of this virus and protect those most vulnerable in our communities. As announced yesterday, we have taken actions to limit on-campus research activities to only "critical research activities", therefore:
All non-critical on-campus research activities will be suspended by Wednesday, March 18th.
On-campus research activities will be limited to only critical procedures or processes that require regular attention to maintain the long-term viability of the research project, laboratory, reagents, animals, and equipment.
Please note that buildings managed by Drexel Public Safety will require DragonCard ID access and only those who are required to maintain critical operations will be permitted on campus. For access to non-Drexel managed buildings, please contact your college/school officials.
Other research activities that can be done remotely, such as writing grant proposals, reviewing articles, writing thesis or dissertation chapters, manuscript writing, compiling data and/or synthesizing important research data analyses, etc., will continue.
We recognize this will provide a significant challenge, but please understand the health and safety of our community is paramount during this unprecedented public health event. Graduate student researchers should consult with their faculty advisors to make decisions on how best to continue their research activities remotely.
Faculty have been provided guidelines and must obtain approval from their department chairs/heads and Associate Deans of Research regarding "critical research activities". Faculty should clearly discuss plans for their graduate students and provide guidance and support as they work remotely.
Please find more detailed information on the Office of Research & Innovation Research Enterprise Guidance In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic website.
Clinical/Practicum & Co-op Students
We strongly 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. As things continue to evolve, many sites and supervisors are in communication with college/school officials.
All clinical experience for third- and fourth-year medical students in the College of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies are suspended through at least Sunday, March 29th. More updates to follow.
The Kline School of Law is working with all external partners to move its externships and work-related clinics to a remote arrangement.
With many of the School Districts closed, our teacher education students are not able to complete their clinical observation hours or student teaching, therefore, impacting their graduation. The School of Education, like all Schools of Education in PA, are working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education on an alternative solution. Here is as quote from the State, "The PA General Assembly intends to introduce legislation on Monday, March 16, 2020 to facilitate accommodations. It can take several days for legislation to be processed and passed. PDE will notify each education preparation program as soon as accommodations are available."
Dornsife School of Public Health students should follow the guidance from their School about management of Applied Practical Experiences.
Information for Student Instructors & Teaching Assistants (TAs)
We know that the transition to remote teaching may present a challenge for some. There are several institutional resources and training sessions being organized and we continue to encourage faculty to share these resources with student instructors and TAs.
Visit the Faculty Affairs website for Remote Teaching information, resources and workshops.
Drexel University Libraries can also help those preparing to teach remotely.
We encourage you to visit Drexel’s Instructional Technology Blog for instructional technology resources and information.
Drexel’s Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE) also provides resources for transitioning to online teaching.
The Online Learning Council (OLC) Faculty Fellows invites faculty and graduate student instructors to participate in a webinar series each weekday from 10:00-10:50 AM ET which will feature various remote teaching topics. Tune in via this Zoom link beginning tomorrow, 3/18 at 10 AM ET. Contact Chair, Deirdre McMahon, Ph.D., at email@example.com for the full schedule.
Oral Thesis/Dissertation Defenses
All upcoming oral thesis/dissertation defenses and related committee meetings and evaluations should be scheduled in a remote format, such as via Zoom.
Aside from self-isolating, if a student has developed symptoms or has had contact with someone who is suspected to have coronavirus, the student is advised to call the Drexel Student Health Center right away at 215.220.4700.
We encourage you to utilize available health and wellness resources outlined on the Graduate College website, many of which are available in an online/remote format.
We recognize that this message may not answer all of your questions and we strongly encourage you to communicate with your college/school officials if you have additional questions or concerns.
The University will continue to send regular updates as new information becomes available. Please continue to check your Drexel email and Drexel’s Response to Coronavirus website which is frequently updated with the latest information.