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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.

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While Drexel University's campus, like much of our country, is closed, we wanted you to know that the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is very much open for business. A full array of courses in our 17 undergraduate and eight graduate programs will be offered online by our superb full-time faculty for our spring term. We continue to process applications for transfer students and our graduate programs, and we're here to answer questions or concerns. Drexel has long been a leader in online education so we are well-prepared to offer our students an uninterrupted and excellent education. Till we're able to meet again in person, we hope you and yours will remain safe and in good health, and please don't hesitate to contact westphaladm@drexel.edu if we can be of assistance. Thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Current Westphal Students

What will happen during spring term?

Spring break will be extended by one week. When spring term resumes on Monday, April 6th, courses will be taught remotely through the end of spring term with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous engagement using web, video and teleconferencing tools already widely adopted by faculty.

Do I have access to Westphal facilities?

Drexel closed all campus facilities to the public as of Friday, March 20th until further notice. Only certain faculty, professional staff, and other employees needed to maintain critical operations or required on campus to assist in delivering online education will be permitted to access facilities. Students are not permitted to return to campus until further notice for both their safety and that of the community.

What about my student activities and Westphal student clubs?

In alignment with the closure of campus effective the end of the day Friday, March 20th, there will be no access to university or off-campus spaces for student activities, clubs or coursework. We encourage your organizations to have online meet-ups and stay connected to each other virtually.

Are Academic Advisors still available?

Yes! Westphal’s Office of Academic Advising is offering remote advising sessions, both by phone and virtual. You can schedule an appointment with your academic advisor through the DrexelOne student portal. As always, your advisor can also be reached by email.

What about my co-op?

The Steinbright Career Development Center is available to help with any questions you may have. It is difficult to give general guidelines because every employment situation is different. The best way for Steinbright to help is for you to email your Co-op Advisor. Co-op Advisors can give advice and guidance specific to co-op placements.

Who do I contact if I have other academic concerns?

Your first point of contact should be your Academic Advisor. If you feel that your question or concern has not been addressed, please reach out to your Program Director, Department Head or Academic Associate Dean, Deb Ruben.

What if I have a technology question or request?

Westphal IT will continue to provide general technical support for Westphal students, faculty, and professional staff. Visit the technology resources page for technology tips and resources to help complete courses and stay connected. Submit a support request to Westphal IT team.

What if I need tutoring or academic coaching for my spring classes?

The Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS) is available for students who need these services. Please check their website for workshops, tutoring, academic coaching and other resources.

What if I need counseling services?

The Office of Counseling and Health Services is here to help students via teletherapy. To schedule an appointment or for more information visit their website.

How can I stay connected to the Drexel Westphal community?

We are actively working on ways to provide virtual engagement to our entire community during this unprecedented time. Follow the Westphal College on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and subscribe to the Westphal College newsletter for updates on news and events.

For Westphal Faculty and Staff

What are we doing about Westphal facilities access and safety while campus closes to the public?

Per President Fry’s message on Thursday, March 19th, you should have now picked up any items from campus and returned home promptly. Effective Friday, March 20th, at 5:00 pm, campus will be closed to the public. Only faculty and staff approved as critical personnel will have access to campus.

What if I have other questions?

You can visit Drexel’s Coronavirus: Information for Faculty and Staff page for more information.

For Future Westphal Students

What is the best way to contact college admission representatives?

Please contact our Westphal College of Media Arts and Design Directors of Recruitment, Tia James at tiajames@drexel.edu or Katie Gross at katiegross@drexel.edu for further questions.

Will you be hosting undergraduate virtual chats?

You can join admissions representatives online by going to our Undergraduate Virtual Experience page for more information. If you would like to chat one-on-one about our programs at Westphal, please contact our Directors of Recruitment, Tia James at tiajames@drexel.edu or Katie Gross at katiegross@drexel.edu.

What is the best way to find out more about our graduate programs?

Join admissions representatives for One-on-One Live Chats.

What if I have other questions?

Please visit Drexel’s Coronavirus: Information for Prospective Students page for more information.