Westphal Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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.
UPDATED: January 31, 2021
Westphal Facilities Information
- Beginning Monday, January 25, 2021, Westphal facilities will be open for classes being offered face-to-face or hybrid.
- Some program specific labs, making spaces and studios will be open by reservation only, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Access privileges and procedures for studios and labs vary by program depending on necessity and safety concerns. Program Directors will be in touch with detailed information for program specific courses and spaces, including how to access the reservation system. All Westphal facilities will be closed at night and on the weekends.
- Please note that performance and practice spaces are not open for reservation other than for faculty supervised, prescheduled rehearsals.
- Our classrooms, labs and studio spaces have been enhanced with air filtering systems and equipped with hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
- When reserving space in Westphal facilities, please note that room capacities include the students, faculty and staff occupying the space.
- Each space occupied by a class or reservation will be monitored by a Westphal faculty or staff member for the safety of our community.
- If you have specific questions about your program, please reach out to your program director.
Westphal IT Information
Help Desk and A/V Support Services
The Westphal IT Help Desk (URBN Center, 132) and staff offices will remain closed to walk-in services and in-person support. Our staff will continue to provide support services remotely for Westphal students, faculty, and professional staff, unless the nature of an incident requires on-site or in-person support.
Get in touch with our team by emailing email@example.com or by calling 215.895.2906. Westphal IT will review and respond to all incidents and service requests as quickly as possible.
For students with face-to-face or hybrid courses and/or access to Westphal facilities through their specific programs, self-service printing will resume on Monday, January 25 with modified services. Paper refills will be scheduled on a limited basis, on Tuesday and Friday mornings, and the 13" × 19"-page size for self-service color printing will be unavailable until further notice. Learn how to print at drexel.edu/westphal/print.
The Westphal College Print Center will remain closed and full-service large format printing will be unavailable until further notice.
Please continue to check our COVID-19 Technology Resources page for new information and updates about our resources and services.
Many students will participate in a mandatory, weekly testing program. Please note that testing through this screening program is reserved for asymptomatic students. If you feel ill, have any symptoms of illness, or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19 infection, you must contact Student Health Services at 215.220.4700. Screening testing is one component of the key risk reduction steps that will help you stay healthy and safe. Each of us plays a key role in the collective health of our campus community. Always remember to wear your face mask, keep your distance, and wash your hands frequently. You must also perform a daily symptom check-in through the Drexel Health Checker App. In general, all students participating in required weekly testing have been assigned a day when they are expected to schedule the time of their test. Once mandatory testing begins, when students go on the app to schedule their appointments, they will only see their assigned day and will pick a time.
The following students are required to undergo COVID-19 screening testing on a weekly basis:
- Students who live in Drexel Housing including all residence halls and Greek housing.
- Students who live in properties that are connected to Drexel buildings. This includes all Drexel students living in American Campus Communities (ACC) or Academic Properties Inc. (API)
- Students who have registered for any face-to-face or hybrid classes this term (includes semester and quarter programs).
- Graduate students who are engaging in any research that requires spending time in Drexel facilities.
- Healthcare students (including College of Medicine and College of Nursing and Health Professions students) as directed by their colleges.
Open Testing Program
Students not in any mandatory screening group listed above are welcome to schedule a weekly COVID-19 test as the testing schedule permits by selecting an available appointment Monday – Friday. We particularly advise students with 3 or more roommates to consider taking advantage of open testing.
Face-to-Face Classes and Hybrid: Undergraduates
- Mandatory weekly testing will begin the week of January 25th (unless you are also in any of the above categories that begin earlier), coinciding with the start of face-to-face classes.
- Undergraduate students taking face to face classes will be assigned a designated testing day. This will be your testing day throughout winter quarter.
- You will be responsible for scheduling your appointment time on your assigned day.
- 48 hours prior to your designated testing day, you will receive a notification through the Drexel Health Checker and an email from the app reminding you to schedule.
Drexel Libraries – Winter 2021 Services
The Drexel Libraries will reopen on campus services in the W. W. Hagerty Library and the first floor of Hahnemann Library on January 18, 2021. Libraries staff will continue to offer remote resources and services, as well as access to print materials via contactless pickup and digitization and delivery services.
When the Libraries locations reopen on Jan. 18, we will launch several new and modified services, including a new mobile printing service, self-service scanning, and access to computer workstations in the W. W. Hagerty Library. The Libraries will also invite access to its physical collections in the W. W. Hagerty Library for browsing and check out starting on Jan. 18.
The Libraries has also expanded its online reservation system to identify 300 seats for individual and group work in study rooms on the University City and Center City campuses in collaboration with Drexel University Facilities and the Engineering and Westphal Colleges.
Libraries staff will continue to provide remote resources and services, including digitization and delivery of print materials, remote consultations, interlibrary loan services, and 24/7 access to authoritative information resources.
Please continue to check our COVID-19 website for new information and updates about our resources, services and facilities: https://www.library.drexel.edu/about/overview/COVID-19-Response/
Our ability to stay safe, healthy, and open depends on all of us following the protocols that Drexel has put in place, included but not limited to those listed on the Drexel Response to Coronavirus site and the Dragon Pledge [PDF]. As Dragons, it is important that we look out for each other. Together, we can take the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of both ourselves and our local communities — in particular, wearing face masks, washing your hands, monitoring your health via the Drexel Health Checker App, maintaining physical distance, and especially avoiding gatherings with people outside your pod or household. Most COVID-19 infections occur in situations where masks are not worn during time spent indoors with anyone outside your immediate household. View our Four Steps Together: Drexel's Return to Campus video to remind yourself of the four easy measures that you can take to proactively halt the spread of COVID-19.
The Code of Conduct is now available online and includes updates, as related to COVID-19 and behavioral expectations included within the Code and the Dragon Pledge. There are specific examples of sanctions for noncompliance with expectations, including wearing a face covering, social distancing, and participating in surveillance testing and contact tracing. As it relates to COVID-19 protocols, all alleged misconduct will be considered on a case-by-case basis. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the Code of Conduct.
Remember to continue to take care of each other and always wear your mask. Because at Drexel, Dragons wear masks.