Heard Around Campus — March 2024

Make sure to submit your unreimbursed FSA claims by March 31, register to vote by April 8 and learn about monthly and weekly observances in April.
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Last Call: Submit Unreimbursed FSA Claims by March 31

If you were enrolled in a 2023 health care and/or dependent care flexible spending account (FSA), this is your reminder that March 31, 2024, is the final due date to submit any unreimbursed claims for services incurred from Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2023.

  • Carryover Provisions for Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts: The Health Care FSA features a carryover provision, where up to $610 of your unused 2023 balance will carry over to the 2024 plan year. However, any unused funds over the carryover amount will be forfeited. Dependent Care FSA accounts have no rollover provisions, and all claims against 2023 funds must have been incurred by Dec. 31, 2023. All unused funds will be forfeited after the claim run-out period ends March 31, 2024.
  • What Are Eligible FSA Expenses?: You can find more information on what eligible expenses are by logging into your FSA portal via DrexelOne, or you can visit the WEX site for a list of eligible expenses, and filter by your account (Health Care or Dependent Care FSA).
  • How Do I Submit Claims?: Manual claims are submitted electronically through the My Drexel Benefits portal. To access the portal, select the My Drexel Benefits link on the Employee tab of DrexelOne.

If you have questions on eligible expenses or what the claims process is, or if you need assistance for any other issue not listed, contact the Drexel University Benefits Center at 844.690.3992 or help@mybenefitexpress.com.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) at Drexel

In the United States, April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During this month, individuals, organizations and communities are called upon to raise awareness for sexual violence and promote methods for prevention. In the spirit of collaboration, connection and enthusiastic work to promote awareness, the Office for Institutional Equity and Inclusive Culture (EIC), in collaboration with other Drexel departments and organizations, has built a robust calendar of events for April 2024. Visit the EIC website for more information about how you can get involved and show your support.

Register to Vote in the PA Primary by April 8

2024 is a presidential election year, and there are many other important elections up and down the ballot in every state. It’s never too early to register to vote and/or check your registration status. If you’re voting in Pennsylvania, the deadline to register to vote in the April 23 primary is April 8. Head to vote.phila.gov for information on how to register online, vote by mail and/or find your polling place. Not sure if you’re registered yet? It’s easy to check on pavoterservices.pa.gov. For more resources and important information on this election cycle, visit drexel.edu/vote.

Earn Money While Addressing Your Physical, Financial and Emotional Wellbeing

Drexel’s award-winning Wellness Incentive Program has brand-new events in 2024 to help you foster your physical, financial and emotional wellbeing. Visit the program website for information about how to log in to the program and earn points that turn into dollars in your paycheck.

Upcoming webinars include:

Register in Career Pathway for the event of your choice.

Developmental Leadership Workshop: April 16

Developmental Leadership is intended to encourage leaders to engage in practices that support the development of their team members. Participants will identify approaches and practices for development conversations and create a plan for using these practices with their team members. This session is a core component of the Supervisory Certificate Program. Register in Career Pathway.

April Observances and Your Benefits

  • National Infertility Awareness Week (April 21–27): Progyny, Drexel’s fertility and adoption assistance provider, aims to drive awareness around the barriers that millions face during family planning. Join Progyny this April to empower individuals and couples on their family-building journeys, help drive the conversation on the important topic of infertility, and learn more about Progyny along the way.
  • Stress Awareness Month: Stress is, of course, that feeling of mental, emotional and physical strain or exhaustion that can make your heart race, cause sleep issues, stimulate irritability and more. Recognize Stress Awareness Month this April by learning about the effects of stress and how you can manage it. One way to seek help managing stress is by taking advantage of the free counseling and mental health resources offered by SupportLinc, Drexel’s Employee Assistance Program.

Lunch Perks for Drexel Employees at CO-OP

Drexel Business Services is pleased to share that one of its retail partners, CO-OP Restaurant & Bar, located at 20 S. 33rd St. within The Study at University City, has two new perks to share with Drexel faculty and staff. The Drexel community is invited to dine from a special $13 Drexel Provisions Lunch Menu — choose two items from a selection of favorites. Alternatively, enjoy 10 percent off when you dine for breakfast or dinner. Please be prepared to show your valid DragonCard identification. Whether you’re looking to swing by with friends or colleagues or pick up a meal for your family on your way home, CO-OP serves dependable, fresh food with heart. They hope to serve you soon!

Policy Compliance Program Updates

The following policies are under review:

Public Comment Period is open now until April 19 for:

  • Doctoral Candidacy and Dissertation Committees (PO-97)
  • Doctoral E-forms Usage (PO-98)

Please visit the Policy Directory for information on all Official University Policies.

Update: New College Building Shuttle Stop Location

The Drexel bus stop location at 15th and Race streets in Center City has moved to Vine Street, midblock between Broad and 15th streets, outside of the New College Building. Both the Dragon (Center City) and Queen Lane shuttle routes will now pick up and drop off at this location on Vine Street; please look for signage directing you to the stop. Due to traffic pattern changes in the area, this new location will be safer for our community.

To receive real-time Drexel Transit notifications, alerts and shuttle tracking, download the TripShot app (iOS | Android), enter “Drexel” as the service name, and log in with your Drexel Connect user ID and password.

Browse or Donate Office Supplies via the Drexel Buy Nothing Depot

The Drexel Buy Nothing Depot is a free supply exchange program aimed to both divert still-useful office products from landfill and help reduce University spending on office and school supplies. The program collects and gives away supplies* such as pens, pencils, Post-It notes, tape, standard-sized binders, printer paper, markers and folders. Dragons can retrieve items from the Buy Nothing Depot for either work or personal use. For more information, including where and when to browse the depot's inventory, and how to donate your own items, visit the Climate and Sustainability website and/or email sustainability@drexel.edu.

Try Out a Self-Protection Class

Have you checked out a SAFE class yet? Public Safety offers a two-part self-protection course to anyone in the Drexel community who would like to reinforce their personal safety. Due to the hands-on nature of the class, we strongly recommend you register with a fellow Dragon. Participation in the techniques is recommended, but not required. Registration is required 72 hours prior to the class. You can register via Eventbrite for these classes. These classes are also available by request for your group.

  • SAFE I classes will be offered the second week of every month on Monday and Wednesday from 5–7 p.m. Upcoming classes are on April 8 and 10.
  • SAFE II classes will be offered the fourth week of every month on Monday and Wednesday from 5–7 p.m. and cannot be taken until you have completed SAFE I. The next classes are on April 22 and 24.

June 12 Training for Journal Workflow 3.0

This course on June 12 from 1–3 p.m. will provide an explanation of the functionality of the Journal Entry Workflow 3.0 tool for actual journal types only and allow for hands-on application in a test environment on how to process a journal entries (funding transfers, transaction corrections) using the tool. Register in Career Pathway by 1 p.m. on June 11 to participate.