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Research Ramp Up FAQs


I am a graduate student and wish to voluntarily return to research. What should I do?

Graduate students and post-docs 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 post-doc voluntary participation process.

I am an undergraduate student and wish to voluntarily return to research. What should I do?

To ensure equitable implementation of undergraduate participation in Phase 2 and given our pivot to remote delivery of undergraduate courses and the closure of the University's dormitories this fall, the following guidance will be utilized to assess an undergraduate student's participation in research, scholarly and creative activities on-campus, in the field, or in the clinic.

  • Undergraduate activities CANNOT be related to their curricular requirements; this means no credit-bearing activities can occur. 

    • Examples include on campus, field-based, Senior / Freshman Design, Senior Thesis, Senior Research, etc. 

  • Undergraduate activities related to the needed operational activities of the research, scholarly and creative activities ARE allowed. 

    • Examples include: STAR program participants, Work Study, COOP, paid "research" positions, and unpaid "research" positions. 

    • Please note: Work completed within the scope of these operational activities cannot be applied to any credit-bearing experiences.

Click here for information on the graduate student and post-doc voluntary participation process.

Phase Details

Why was June 8th chosen as the date for transitioning to PHASE 1 of the research ramp up?

With the improving public health situation and the governor's office announcement that on June 5th Philadelphia county will transition from red to yellow phase. Given that research is designated as a life sustaining activity and the transition to yellow we decided that June 8th would be an appropriate date to transition to PHASE 1 of our research ramp up. This will allow us to slowly start to expand activities that were not allowed since March 18th. We will be closely monitoring the activities and adjusting our guidance and rules.

What is the difference between Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the research ramp up?

In Phase 2, the density of on-campus research, scholarly and creative activities can increase to no more than 66% of normal density. The overriding principle is that the physical distancing restrictions must be maintained. In addition to increasing density undergraduates can participate in operational aspects of research, scholarly and creative activities that are not associated with any credit-bearing activities.

Health & Safety

How do I order PPE?

Please contact Procurement Services at to access current inventory for urgent needs. Procurement Services is also coordinating new orders.

Will anyone be taking temperatures when entering and exiting the research buildings?

No, but Drexel requires the use of the daily use of the Drexel Health Tracker app for individuals coming to campus. This app requires the individual to attest to the absence/presence of a variety of COVID-19 related symptoms.  Individuals with symptoms are instructed to immediate next steps and connected with resources.

Will there be hand sanitizing stations available for moving through doorways?

Hand sanitizing stations will be available at each entrance to the building.

How should staff dispose of PPE after use? Regular trash? Biohazard?

Regular trash.

What are the recommendations for PPE outside of labs? Gloves-when to change? Sanitizer stations?

Personnel must wear a face covering at all times in campus buildings (unless there is a designated office), interacting with others in outdoors and public spaces and when using University vehicles (unless there is a designated vehicle). We are not requiring the use of gloves outside the laboratories. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at each entrance to the building.

What is the protocol for when a person is exposed or tests positive for COVID-19?

The protocol would be the same as the current essential personnel protocol, COVID-19 for Essential Personnel [PDF]. Using the Drexel Health Tracker app will connect an individual to information and resources.


The “Request to Resume Research” form states that researchers must confirm they’ve completed a COVID-19 training, where can I find this training?

The Research Ramp-Up COVID-19 Training is accessible via Career Pathway for Postdocs, Faculty, and Staff and bbLearn for Graduate Students and Undergraduates.

COVID-19 Essential Travel Guidance

If my travel is related to specific research travel, must I complete the return to research process?

Yes. The return to research approval must be received from ORI prior to submitting an Essential Travel Request to the Essential Travel Review Committee. For more information about COVID travel guidance, please visit the Procurement website.


Can I use my P-card to make research related purchases?

Use SmartSource to place your orders. If you have questions send an email to

What is the status of on-campus parking?

Those employees who are required to support onsite operations and who currently utilize public transportation will have the option to park at Drexel during this period at no charge. Flexible parking arrangements are available for faculty and professional staff at the Drexel Garage (34th and Ludlow Street) or Lot F (31st and Ludlow Street).

To register for the new flexible parking option:

  1. Log into DrexelOne 

  2. Click on the Campus+Community tab 

  3. Click Register for Parking via ParkDrexel in the Commuting channel 

  4. Click Order Permits. Please select the Flex Parking permit type and choose your location.  Vehicle information such as license plate and VIN are required for registration. Employees will use their DragonCard to access the parking lot. 

For updates, contact

When can I get to my office to either pick up or grab materials without going through lots of steps with getting permission and dealing w/ campus police? When will it ease off for faculty access to our offices?

At this time, you should simply contact your supervisor to inform them of your need to visit campus. Prior to visiting campus you are required to check-in via the Drexel Health Tracker app.