Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Last updated: January 21, 2021

Drew University continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation. The University’s Open Campus Task Force meets weekly, while our Subcommittee on Campus Operations meets at least twice per week, as we take measures to protect the Drew community. Our goal remains the same: to provide an authentic and meaningful experience for our students while prioritizing everyone’s health and safety.

This spring semester, Drew is offering courses in both virtual and in-person formats and has welcomed back to campus those residential students who have chosen to be on campus. Drew’s commitment to de-densify and operate a safe and healthy campus is evidenced in our instructional, testing, residential, employment, and facilities plans and policies in accordance with requirements from the state and recommendations from the CDC.

Drew requires everyone to wear a face covering when indoors and when outdoors, if unable to maintain required minimum physical distance. Large gatherings are not permitted, and we must maintain six feet of separation, while continuing to practice good personal hygiene. Read more about campus health and safety.

COVID-19 Dashboard

Drew’s COVID-19 dashboard reflects our commitment to transparency related to the health and safety of our campus community.

We all must remain vigilant about the safety of our community in The Forest and our community beyond campus. For more than nine months, we’ve been dealing with this pandemic. We are now accustomed to meeting challenges in new ways and with a flexible attitude, and we must continue to do so. With everyone’s best efforts we will complete the semester uninterrupted. ”
Thomas J. Schwarz
Interim President

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: Reopen Plan

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.

An addendum to this plan was submitted to the State on December 3, and can be found in the following section below.

OSHE Higher Education Standards: Addendum

On December 3, Drew created an addendum to the Reopen Plan and submitted it to the State.

How to Take Care of Yourself

As the distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to unroll, the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remains adhering to measures such as physical distancing, 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 mask 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 mask 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.