Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Last updated: July 2, 2020

Since the beginning of the spring semester in January, Drew University has been monitoring the impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is committed to keeping the community informed of this rapidly changing situation. The University has adopted the practice of physical distancing, is operating in Drew Virtual Time for both learning and business and will not resume regular business operations at least through the first part of August. The University intends to welcome students to campus for the fall semester beginning August 16, with an on-time start of classes August 24. Learn more.

On this site is a variety of resources, including a list of frequently asked questionsmessages to the University community and a section devoted to Drew’s plans to COVID-19 return to campus operations. You’ll also find links to important resources. This information will be regularly updated.

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COVID-19 Return to Campus

The University intends to welcome students to campus for the fall semester beginning August 16, with an on-time start of classes August 24.

Building upon the experiences of the spring, Drew is preparing a phased approach for a safe return to campus operations in keeping with best public health practices and guidance from federal and state government, and through the expertise and leadership of the group, including members of Drew’s accredited campus Health Center team. All in-person courses will be taught in tech-mediated classrooms to also allow for students who are not able to be on campus to participate remotely.

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 or
  • 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.

Travel Guidelines for the Drew Community

Because the risk of the virus outbreak is still not fully understood, we strongly recommend you do not travel abroad to countries where cases have been reported (you can find a list of those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website). If you pursue personal international, non-Drew trip over Spring Break, we request that you complete the Drew travel registry and also register with the U.S. Department of State through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. You should continually monitor ongoing guidance from the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website).

Please note that those traveling anywhere may experience disruption to their travel plans, resulting in the alteration of their travel itinerary due to U.S. or other nations’ quarantine decisions. If traveling to an impacted area, you may need to self-isolate and/or be quarantined for at least 14 days. Drew reserves the right to limit any University-sponsored travel at any time.

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.

• When possible, keep six feet between yourself and another person in all public places.
• 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.