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Return to Campus & COVID-19 Safety and Resources


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.





A committee within the College of Medicine has been working to best determine how and when our entire community can safely make a full return to our campuses at Queen Lane and in Center City. As we continue with our multi-phased return, the College's top priorities are health, safety and high-quality education.

The College of Medicine continues to follow federal, state and local guidelines, as well as guidance from Drexel University, to maintain the wellbeing of our community and prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we resume in-person activities.

Returning to campus is an on-going process. The details and guidance below are subject to change, and we encourage you to follow the guidance of your department chairs, academic advisors and managers moving forward. The College of Medicine is grateful for your patience, understanding and flexibility in this unprecedented time.

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Call 215.703.2335 for questions about COVID-19 testing, illness and symptoms, quarantine/isolation, or safety protocols.

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Maintain Personal & Community Health and Safety

As the news about effective COVID-19 vaccines and their rollout continues, we are still in a pandemic that will continue for some time. While Drexel’s Return Oversight Committee has begun reviewing vaccine access with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, we must all continue to focus on the public health measures elaborated in the Dragon Pledge. These include:

  • Completing the online Drexel Health and Safety Training;
  • Wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth any time you are in a Drexel building, a Drexel-leased building, on campus or outside on other Drexel property;
  • Frequently washing hands for at least 20 seconds;
  • Monitoring your health using the Drexel Health Checker app and notifying Drexel if you feel sick or have been exposed to COVID-19; and
  • Maintaining six feet of distance between you and any other person at all times.

Learn more about our health and safety protocols.





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Latest Bus Service Schedules for Queen Lane, Center City, and Powelton/Spring Garden

Drexel University has shuttle bus service along the Dragon Route (Center City Loop), Queen Lane Route (East Falls Loop) and Powelton/Spring Garden. You should always check the latest schedules on the Campus Bus Service website.

The following protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of our riders and drivers:

  • Capacity for the buses is drastically reduced.
  • Masks will be required to enter any Drexel Transit vehicle.
  • Riders are required to maintain social distancing while loading onto the buses and to sit in designated seating to maintain our safety thresholds. Riders must enter from the front of the vehicle. Upon entering, please take the first available seat starting from the rear of the bus.
  • A hand sanitizer dispenser is provided on each bus.
  • Each bus put into service is disinfected twice per day.

If you have any questions about shuttle bus service, please send them to


Frequently Asked Questions

Current and prospective MD program and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies students, faculty and staff can find details below regarding the College’s methods of maintaining community wellbeing without sacrificing high-quality education. Individuals with questions that are not answered here are encouraged to directly contact departments and administrative offices for information. College of Medicine faculty and staff are committed to answering questions as they work remotely.

For current students:

Who can I contact for help and questions?

MD Program Students:

If you have questions related to your specific circumstances as a current student in the MD program, please contact Student Affairs directly. If emergent, you may use the Student Affairs emergency hotline (215.991.8184), or email if not urgent.

The Office of Student Affairs & Career Advising continues to operate full time (remotely) with uninterrupted delivery of all services and resources to support students personally, academically, for career guidance, with financial planning and/or for any other student needs. The Student Affairs deans and staff can be reached by email or phone.

Medical School Office of Student Wellbeing: The health providers in the Office of Student Wellbeing continue to provide care for medical students virtually. Students can contact the providers by phone or email.

All medical school course directors and thread faculty are conducting classes online and continue to be available to students by Zoom or email.

Graduate Students:

If you have questions related to your specific circumstances as a current graduate student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Students, please contact your program director, faculty advisor or academic administrator.

What do I do if I think I have coronavirus?

Aside from self-isolating, if a student has developed fever with cough or shortness of breath, 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. Students in the MD program must also contact Student Affairs using the Student Affairs emergency hotline (215.991.8184).

As a graduating medical student, where do I send my licensing forms?

Please send all licensing forms to Transcripts can be requested through Drexel One. Only electronic transcripts are available at this time. If you have any issue satisfying the transcript requirements for your residency, contact For residencies that require final transcripts, please request the transcript after you receive an email from the Registrar stating that you have satisfied all degree requirements and are clear to graduate. Emails are sent on a rolling basis as students complete fourth-year requirements.

Please also 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.

For my graduate program, what’s the status for our courses and graduation?

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 23 – March 27, the break will carry on as normal.

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.

What happens to my stipend as a graduate student?

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 principal investigator (PI) if you have any questions or concerns.

What support resources are still available remotely for my studies?

Please contact Drexel University Instructional Technology for IT help and for information on accessing Drexel services and resources remotely. For technical help and information on accessing medical school resources, please contact the Technology in Medical Education (TIME) team at

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.

For faculty and staff:

If you have questions related to specific circumstances in your work environment and/or the resources available to you, contact your HR Business Partner.

What should I do if I think I was exposed to the virus?

Faculty and professional staff are advised to seek medical care by calling their primary care doctor and asking to be evaluated for the COVID-19 infection. Immediately after calling your provider, please contact and provide your name and a phone number to be contacted by a Drexel representative. It is imperative that the University is aware of any exposure risk to the members of the Drexel community.

How will faculty members be compensated during the self-isolation period?

Faculty members will continue to be compensated in accordance with Drexel’s current practice.

How will professional staff members be compensated during the self-isolation period?

If the professional staff member is able and approved to work remotely, they will not be required to use their leave time. Members of a collective bargaining unit should refer to their union contract.

If the professional staff member is unable to work remotely, they will be paid via their sick leave. If they do not have enough sick leave accrued, the professional staff member will be permitted to utilize future sick leave accruals to ensure that there is no disruption in pay. Members of a collective bargaining unit should refer to their union contract.

If the individual is experiencing symptoms and is unable to work as a result, they are required to use their sick leave. If needed, the professional staff member will be permitted to utilize future sick leave accruals to ensure that there is no disruption in pay. Members of a collective bargaining unit should refer to their union contract.

How will this affect my research project(s)?

For prospective students:

Statement from the Office of Admissions Regarding Academic Work and MCAT Tests Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Office of Admissions would like to address the concerns of MD Program applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is causing unprecedented disruption to academic work and MCAT testing.

The College of Medicine is keenly aware of the many challenges that applicants are facing and we understand the need to be flexible in our approach to admissions during this time.

Please be advised of the following:

  • The Admissions Committee will accept Pass/Fail, online, and courses not taken at an applicant’s “home school” without penalty to the applicant.
  • The deadline to complete the 2021 application is extended from January 1 to February 1.
  • The date to submit MCATs will be extended from September of 2020 to the last date in 2020 that the MCAT is offered. MCATs from 2021 will only be accepted for special program students.
  • 2020-2021 applicants will not be penalized for experiences they had planned to complete or participate in that were impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • All applicants will receive a secondary application. Applicants with complete files who indicate they intend to sit for a future MCAT testing in 2020 will be held for review until the results of that testing have been received.

Please continue to visit our website for the latest information about this evolving situation.

For questions, please contact the Admissions Office by email at

MD Program Applicant Interviews

College of Medicine 2020-2021 MD program applicant interviews are being conducted virtually. Interviews are by invitation only. For questions about admission to the MD program, please email Detailed information about the MD program and the admissions process can be found at MD Program Admissions.

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies Programs

For questions about the graduate programs and applying to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, please email, or use the chat function on our program web pages. There are also many online open houses available for more information.




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