Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Last updated: November 25, 2020

The Drew University Open Campus Task Force has continued to meet throughout the fall is actively planning to more fully reopen campus for the spring semester. Our goal remains the same: to provide an authentic and meaningful experience for our students while prioritizing everyone’s health and safety.

Understanding that external circumstances could always affect our plans, it is our intention to offer courses in both virtual and in-person formats in the spring and to welcome residential students back to campus. Read the latest messages to the Drew community, including President Schwarz’s Thanksgiving email and Planning for Spring update.

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 stuaff@drew.edu.
  • Students, for residential life concerns: Contact Residence Life & Housing at 973-408-3520 or reslife@drew.edu.
  • Students, for academic concerns: Contact your academic advisor; alternately, reach out to cladean@drew.edu for CLA, gsdean@drew.edu for Caspersen or tsacademicdean@drew.edu for the Theological School.
  • Students who are studying abroad: Contact Stacy Fischer, director of the Center for Global Education, at 973-408-3047 or sfischer@drew.edu.
  • Faculty: Contact the Office of the Provost at 973-408-3611 or provost@drew.edu.
  • Staff: Contact the Drew Staff Association at dsa@drew.edu.
  • For Health Services: Contact 973-408-3414 or health@drew.edu.
  • For Counseling and Psychological Services: Contact counseling@drew.edu 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.

Spring 2021 Housing

On Monday, October 26, undergraduate students received an email on housing for the spring 2021 semester.

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.