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Committed to Keeping You Safe During the COVID-19 Crisis

Drexel University School of Education

A Message from Penny Hammrich, PhD
Dean and Distinguished University Professor

We hope you are well and staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis represents an unprecedented moment in our nation and has caused dramatic changes in our everyday lives. I want to assure you that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and health of all students, faculty, and staff.

I urge you to please stay informed by checking this website and your Drexel email regularly for updates from the University, as well as communications from your advisors, professors, and the School of Education. You can also check for updates from the University regarding the COVID-19 pandemic at drexel.edu/now/coronavirus/response/.

We know that this is a very trying time for our students and we appreciate your understanding as we navigate the challenges associated with this crisis. I am confident that we will get through this together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my academic advisor still available?

Yes. Our Student Services team, including our advisors and program managers are working remotely during this time and are available to assist you. A full list of program managers and advisors may be found on our website at https://drexel.edu/soe/faculty-and-staff/advisors/. If you are unsure who your program manager or advisor may be, please log into Drexel One and click on “Academic Advisor” under the “My Success Team” box on the front page.

How can I stay connected to my classes and advisors online?

Drexel University is utilizing Zoom to conduct face-to-face courses online. Additionally, advisors may be available to meet with you via Zoom as well. For information on how to use Zoom, please visit https://drexel.edu/it/help/a-z/zoom/zoomfaq/.

I am suffering a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis, are there any resources available to help me?

Drexel University’s Student Emergency Fund is available to support students who have an immediate financial need due to unexpected emergency expenses. To learn more about the fund and to apply, please visit Drexel Central at https://drexel.edu/drexelcentral/finaid/eligibility/student-emergency-fund/.

Will you still be hosting information sessions and open houses?

Drexel’s University City is currently closed and all face-to-face events have been canceled. However, we will host events online. Events includes our monthly Doctoral Student Colloquiums, Dean’s Lecture Series, and Global Education Colloquiums. We will also host information sessions and “Virtual Teas” for prospective students to learn more about our programs. To view our current list of events, please visit: https://drexel.edu/soe/resources/events/upcoming-events/ or request more information about our programs.

What about student groups and organizations?

Drexel’s campuses are currently closed including all campus buildings and other facilities. Student Life is still available and is supporting student groups remotely at this time. Groups can choose to continue to meet and conduct programming remotely.

With the closure of schools and other agencies, can I have my field experience/student teaching requirements waived?

The School of Education is in close communication with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and other agencies regarding this issue. We are awaiting guidance and we will notify students as soon as an update is available. As an FYI, the state must enact legislation to waive or adjust student teaching requirements. The Pennsylvania Department of Education released this statement on the issue:

The Wolf Administration is committed to working with the General Assembly to enact legislation that will provide the Secretary with authority to adjust field experience and other requirements impacted by school or educator preparation program closures resulting from COVID-19 response efforts.

We know this creates a difficult situation for our students and we hope to have an update soon. We encourage you to keep in contact with the Field Placement Office and your academic advisor, and check back here for updates.

How does an extended spring break effect the spring quarter?

The Spring Quarter will now begin on April 6th with your syllabus being made available to view in your course shell on March 30th. Additionally, the ten-week term will now be condensed to nine weeks.

What will a 9-week term look like in BBLearn?

Instructors have many options to condense their courses into nine weeks. Many School of Education courses will have the first two weeks of term opening on April 6th, thereby condensing the first two weeks into one. Your instructor will clearly outline how they are condensing their shells and what the deadlines will be moving forward.