Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Last updated: August 14, 2020

Important Update: Fall 2020

Dozens of Drew faculty, staff, and students have been preparing for a fall return to campus. The Open Campus Task Force endeavored to provide an authentic campus experience while prioritizing health and safety standards.

We have known all along—and have repeatedly shared—that our plans were subject to the vagaries of this quickly evolving health crisis, federal and state mandates, and other external circumstances. Our reopening plan called for flexibility and nimbleness in light of that reality and it has become clear to me and to the other members of the administration and Board of Trustees that the most responsible and judicious action is to change course.

The current reality requires that all fall 2020 semester courses will be offered online only, and most of our students will study from home.

Fall 2020 FAQs

General FAQFirst Year and New Transfer Students • Returning Students • Tuition and Financial Aid • Faculty and Staff • Contact Us

General FAQs

First Year and New Transfer Student FAQs

Returning Students FAQs

Tuition and Financial Aid FAQs

Faculty and Staff FAQs

Contact Us

If you have questions, please reach out:

  • Students, for general student life concerns: Contact the Office of Campus Life and Student Affairs at 973-408-3390 or
  • Students, for residential life concerns: Contact Residence Life & Housing at 973-408-3520 or
  • Students, for academic concerns: Contact your academic advisor; alternately, reach out to for CLA, for Caspersen or for the Theological School.
  • Students who are studying abroad: Contact Stacy Fischer, director of the Center for Global Education, at 973-408-3047 or
  • Faculty: Contact the Office of the Provost at 973-408-3611 or
  • Staff: Contact the Drew Staff Association at
  • For Health Services: Contact 973-408-3414 or
  • For Counseling and Psychological Services: Contact to set up an initial consultation.

Drew University continues to work with the Madison Public Health Department, the New Jersey Department of Health and other government partners on public risk and response. Our current level of public health risk remains low. However, Drew is preparing for the possibility of a localized outbreak.

OSHE Higher Education Standards

On June 18, the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education issued standards for higher education in 10 key on-campus functional areas. Drew's plan has been approved by the State.

How to Take Care of Yourself

There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and there are no medications approved to treat it. That means the best strategies to prevent the spread of the disease are exercising common-sense precautions and practicing physical distancing. Physical distancing is a public health practice designed to limit the spread of infection by ensuring there is significant distance between individuals.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
• When possible, keep six feet between yourself and another person in all public places. When not possible to maintain a six-foot distance between you and others, a face covering must be worn.
• Avoid close contact with others including shaking hands, high-fives or hugging.
• Maintain a clean environment. The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
• Open windows for some fresh air, especially with the current nice weather.
• Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Don’t share personal items with others.
• Cover your coughs. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or crook of your arm when you cough or sneeze (not your hands). Toss the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after.
• Wash your hands often. The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing should be done regularly, including after you’ve been in public, after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing, using the restroom and before you eat any food.