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Campus Health & Safety

Last updated: March 1, 2021 

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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.


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Pre-Arrival Testing

Drew University has implemented a pre-arrival testing protocol (also called “pre-entry testing”) for the spring 2021 semester.


All residential and commuter students planning to be on campus during the spring 2021 semester are required to:

  1. Submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within seven days of initial arrival to campus; and
  2. Self-quarantine between the date the test is performed and the return to campus. 

Students are responsible for the cost of pre-entry testing. For testing locations in your area, check with your primary healthcare provider or with your state or local health department. For testing sites in New Jersey, check here.

PCR (preferred) and antigen tests will be accepted. Antibody tests will NOT be accepted.

Submitting results

  1. An image of the test result, with the date of the test clearly visible, should be uploaded to students’ health portal by visiting Once logged into the portal, click on Document Upload, choose the “Pre-Entry COVID-19 test result” option, and upload the test result. The upload feature for pre-entry test results will be available starting the end of December as pre-entry COVID-19 test results must be taken within seven days prior to your move-in date.
  2. Prior to coming to campus, students should check the homepage of their health portal for the status of their COVID-19 test clearance. If the test result is negative, there will be a green checkmark next to the COVID-19 test category and students will be permitted to come to campus.
  3. If the test result is positive, students will not be permitted to come to campus until they meet the CDC and NJ Department of Health criteria for release from isolation (10 days from the date of the positive test if there were no symptoms; or 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms, and fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications).

Exceptions to the Pre-Entry Testing Protocol

  1. If a student has had a positive COVID-19 test result within 90 days prior to their arrival, they do not need to have another test as long as they remain asymptomatic. In this case, students will be required to submit a copy of their laboratory report with the positive result.
  2. Students who are enrolled as completely online for the spring 2021 semester are not residing on campus, and will not be physically present on campus at any time during the spring 2021 semester are not required to submit a pre-entry test result.


Unless a student meets criteria for an exception as outlined above, students will NOT be permitted to move into campus housing or attend in-person classes until this requirement is met.

Arrival Testing

Upon your move-in, and once you have checked in with Residence Life, residential students will be directed to complete your first on-site COVID test. You will most commonly have a nasal swab PCR test, a swab at the base of your nose. NOTE: this is NOT the extensively long nasopharyngeal swab! At times you may take a saliva test, which requires you to spit into a tube. The C’80 Pub inside the Ehinger Center is our primary testing location for the spring 2021 semester. Depending on your date of arrival, you will be directed to complete your on-site COVID test either in The C’80 Pub inside the Ehinger Center or at Health Services, which is located next to Holloway Hall and near the Simon Forum Athletics Center.

In preparation for working with our testing vendor, residential students should have received an email from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center requesting that you submit information via an online form. Completing the information requested prior to your move-in will help us to prepare for the best possible service and to keep on-site wait times to a minimum. Please be on the lookout for this email and complete the information promptly. Read about registration for the program here. For arrival testing, no appointment is necessary; you will receive instructions at check-in. You may experience a slight wait as we begin our testing program, but we anticipate a fast and convenient process as the semester progresses. Learn about how to access your test results here.

On-Campus Surveillance Testing

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Drew University and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center have partnered on a comprehensive COVID-19 testing program for the remainder of the 2020–2021 academic year. Through this program, Drew’s entire on-campus residential community is tested on a bi-weekly basis, and a randomized sample of others—commuter students with in-person courses or those who have indicated they intend to be on campus regularly, as well as faculty and staff with a “C” (a.k.a. on-campus) designation—is tested on a weekly basis. This testing program involves the use of a nasal PCR diagnostic test, which provides results in less than 48 hours. The results of the nasal PCR diagnostic test are provided through a secure portal, and positive test results also are shared with Drew.

Testing will take place on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. in the C’80 Pub located in the Ehinger Center. On-campus weekly surveillance testing began January 25, 2021.


Residential students and affected commuting students, faculty, and staff will have received an email from with the subject “Drew University COVID-19 Testing” or “Drew University COVID-19 Testing for Faculty and Staff,” which contains information and a link to a registration survey for Drew’s on-campus surveillance testing program. You may also access the registration survey link at this site.

The short registration survey allows you to add your insurance information as well as electronically sign a “consent for treatment” form to participate in our testing program. Complete the registration survey only one time. Please do so prior to your first testing appointment.

Note: Students who will not be accessing campus this spring, as well as faculty and staff with a virtual designation, do not need to complete this form and, therefore, will not have received an email from

Tips for completing the registration survey:

  • Have your health insurance information and a form of identification (Drew University ID card, state driver’s or non-driver’s license, etc.) handy.
  • Students who have insurance through the Drew University Student Health Plan can visit, then search for Drew University for necessary information.
  • Please use your Drew email to register and take care to fill out each field in the registration survey correctly and in its entirety to ensure a complete registration.
  • If you encounter any difficulty during registration please email

Completion of this information prior to the start of our testing program will help to ensure a smooth testing day and allow you to begin the scheduling process for your tests, when that time comes.

Within a few days of submitting the registration survey, you will receive an email from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center entitled “Invitation from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center to Communicate Online,” with a personalized link to set up your Change Healthcare online portal. Please follow the instructions and set up your online portal.

  • Once you are logged into the Change Healthcare Patient Portal, verify that “Bergen New Bridge” is listed as your provider. If you have no provider listed, hit “add provider” then search “Bergen New Bridge” (no zip code), then “Select”.

Please note: You may receive additional email communications from Bergen New Bridge offering additional optional services. Only the emails articulated in this message are necessary for registering and setting up your Change Healthcare online portal.

After you have set up your online portal profile, you’ll receive an email from Change Healthcare Communicator with the subject “Welcome to Change Healthcare Communicator” confirming your account setup and with a link to access the online portal. This is where you will access your test results.

On-campus weekly surveillance testing began January 25, 2021. Testing will take place on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. in the C’80 Pub located in the Ehinger Center. Read more about the process below.


On-campus surveillance testing began January 25, 2021. All those who are required to complete an on-campus surveillance test will receive an email notification that they are to be tested that week, along with instructions on when to report for this testing and tips to ensure a smooth experience.

Testing frequency details vary by cohort. On-campus residents are assigned to a bi-weekly cohort group. Commuting students with in-person classes and faculty/staff with a “C” (a.k.a. on-campus) designation will be randomly selected each week for testing. Again, each week a notification email will be sent to all those required to test during that testing time period.

Surveillance testing takes place on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. in the C’80 Pub located in the Ehinger Center. Please do not report for surveillance testing unless you received an email notifying you that you are to be tested that week.

Please note: Testing protocol information and notifications will be sent from the Campus Life & Student Affairs email account,

When you receive the email notification that you have been called to receive a surveillance test, the email will include a link to schedule a specific time for your test. You may use the link to make your appointment, then report to The Pub at your scheduled time. You may also simply report to The Pub during the open hours listed above to have your test completed at a time that works for you, without scheduling in advance. Please note, you may have to wait in line, so be sure to plan accordingly. Be reminded that masks and social distancing policies should be followed at all times.

If you fail to report for your required testing during your assigned testing period, you and your faculty or your supervisor(s) will be notified that you are restricted from attending in-person classes or reporting to work on campus.

For anyone not on campus those days of the week, we encourage you to come to campus to have this test completed by our testing vendor. However, if you should choose to have a surveillance test completed at an off-site location, you must have your test completed during the week you’ve been called for testing. Students, faculty and staff who prefer to complete an off-site test, should upload a .pdf or a .jpg (photo) file of your results to this secure form.

Testing Check-In Update: To aid with check-in efficiency, when you arrive for testing, please look for a poster with a link/QR code, which leads to a brief check-in form. Please be sure to bring a smartphone, iPad, or laptop with you to complete the form, which you need to fill out with each visit.


Drew receives COVID-19 surveillance testing results from Bergen New Bridge Medical Center approximately 24 to 36 hours after the testing time period. If you test positive for COVID-19, Bergen New Bridge will call you as soon as the test is confirmed positive. Drew Health Service will also be notified and will subsequently reach out to students to initiate the contact tracing process. Faculty and staff should also expect outreach from Bergen New Bridge regarding a positive test result, followed by contact from Drew University Human Resources for contact tracing. You will not receive a phone call if your test result is negative. All test results will be uploaded to your Change Healthcare Patient Portal for viewing. Negative test results may take longer to upload as the priority is communicating and documenting positive test results.

Setting up your Change Healthcare Patient Portal with Bergen New Bridge is optional. If you wish to do so, follow these instructions, located in the green box. Should you have any issues or questions about setting up your portal, please reach out to the Bergen New Bridge Support team at

Missed Assigned Testing Time Period

The purpose of our regular COVID-19 surveillance testing program is to screen our community in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. If you are assigned to participate in our surveillance testing program, it is important that you participate in the specific week you are assigned. Should you run into an issue participating in the on-campus testing program, we ask that you complete an off-campus test and upload it for our review. 

Please note, if you miss participating in your assigned testing week, you are not permitted to jump into the next week’s testing population. If you miss your assigned week, you must complete a test off campus and upload the results as outlined above.

Results of off-campus surveillance tests can be uploaded to this form for review. If you cannot participate or if you miss our on-campus testing, completing an off-campus test during the week you’ve been assigned for surveillance testing will keep you in compliance and not interfere with your in-person classes or activities.

Exemption from Weekly Testing Protocol

Anyone who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 will be exempt from the weekly surveillance testing for a period of 90 days following the date of their positive test. Students who receive a positive test result off-site should upload their result to their health portal: Employees who receive a positive test result off-site should upload their test result to this form.

COVID-19 Vaccine

If you have received or plan to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you are still required to participate in our surveillance testing program. You should also continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing even after being fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Insurance and Cost to You

Bergen New Bridge will directly bill your insurance company for the tests that are administered on campus through this program. Any costs not covered by insurance will be covered by Drew University. You may receive an explanation of benefits from your insurance company about your surveillance test; this is not a bill. Again, Drew is covering any costs not covered by insurance for surveillance testing.

Subsequent Testing

For subsequent testing throughout the semester, you will receive an email from prompting you to schedule a time for your next test.

Symptomatic Testing

Testing is available at the Health Service for students experiencing symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Call the Health Service to schedule an appointment. You can also visit the NJ Department of Health website for other locations.

If you get tested for COVID-19 outside of Drew, we ask that you inform the Health Service for tracking purposes.

Face Coverings & Physical Distancing

We all must contribute to a healthy and safe environment on campus. As such, and as mandated by the New Jersey Governor’s Executive Order No. 155, Drew will require everyone to wear a face covering when indoors and when outdoors, if unable to maintain required minimum physical distance. Large gatherings will need to be avoided, and we must maintain six feet of separation when feasible, while continuing to practice good personal hygiene.

Enhanced Cleaning & Disinfection

Drew has developed protocols for enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols for facilities throughout campus. This is to ensure both the health and well-being of our community and the compliance with all aspects of the state mandate. These protocols apply to high-touch areas, shared spaces, and high traffic areas such as classrooms, common spaces, public restrooms, and shared work spaces.

Cleaning kits and sanitization products will also be available in high-traffic and designated public and multi-use areas.

Behavioral Signage

New signs and informational posters are being placed strategically across campus as friendly reminders that we must each do our part for the health and safety of all. Please follow directions given on these signs—they are specifically intended to promote safety and physical distancing.

Want to download your own? Use our toolkit.

Screening & Contact Tracing


Drew faculty, staff, and students who plan to return to campus are expected to complete a daily COVID-19 health assessment before entering campus or leaving their residences via the LiveSafe mobile app (download here). The self-screening app will enable individuals to consult a symptoms checklist each day that they plan to be on campus prior to leaving their residence and engaging with others. LiveSafe will replace the Emergency Notification System (you can expect more information about this in the coming weeks), and therefore all community members should download this mobile application.

The University will direct students who develop symptoms while on campus to Health Services; staff, faculty, and visitors who develop symptoms while on campus will be required to leave campus and will be encouraged to see their personal primary care providers.

Contact Tracing

Drew has created a contact tracing team comprised of Drew staff and students. Health Services staff (or designee) will initiate the case investigation and contact tracing process in order to quickly identify those on campus who are considered to be close contacts (as defined by the CDC and New Jersey Department of Health) of the infected individual. Health Services staff will then, if necessary, assign a contact tracing team member the list of close contacts to carry out the interviews with the close contacts. Close contacts who reside on campus will be placed into designated quarantine housing on campus. Close contacts who live off campus will be advised to quarantine in their living quarters for 14 days and monitor their symptoms. After the initial contact tracing interview, Health Services staff will provide the Madison Health Department (MHD) with the names, phone numbers and addresses when possible, of the close contacts in order for the MHD to carry out their contact tracing protocols.

This protocol includes steps in which the contact tracers will interview the infected persons to determine with whom they have had close contact during the time frame since their exposure and infection. The University and Health Services staff will abide by all state and federal health privacy regulations throughout this process, including maintaining the confidentiality of students who test positive for COVID-19 while conducting contact tracing protocols.

Isolation & Quarantine


Under current public health guidelines, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate until cleared by medical personnel. Isolation spaces will be provided for students on campus. Food, health monitoring, and other support will be provided, and students should be able to continue studies remotely.

Health Services staff will follow the most up to date CDC guidelines for discontinuation of isolation. Current guidelines state that isolation may be discontinued: when 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms; resolution of fever for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medications; and symptoms have improved. If the student tested positive via asymptomatic screening, isolation may be discontinued 10 days after the date of the positive test.

Health Services staff will notify Residence Life and the Associate Dean of Students that a student has been released from isolation and may resume normal daily activities including class. Residence Life will contact Facilities to clean the isolation space after the student has vacated the area. For student athletes: Health Services will clear students to return to class. Return to play clearance will be at the discretion of the athletic team physician.


When a positive diagnosis occurs, contact tracing will be conducted, as described above. Students who have been identified as being exposed to a communicable disease as a result of contact tracing will be placed in a designated quarantine space on campus. Food service, academic support, health monitoring, and other essential services will be provided, and students should be able to continue their studies remotely. Students in quarantine will be required to self-monitor and complete a symptom monitoring form for the duration of the designated quarantine period, as determined by CDC and NJ DOH. For COVID-19 this period is currently 14 days.*

The Health Services staff will review the completed symptom monitoring form with the student via phone or telehealth at the end of the quarantine period. Once cleared, Health Services will notify the Associate Dean of Students and Residence Life that the student has been released from quarantine and can resume class and normal activities. For athletes, Health Services will notify the Athletic Trainer that a student has been cleared.

*Although the CDC and New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) released guidance in early December 2020 with options to shorten the quarantine period, both continue to recommend the 14-day quarantine as best practice to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Given the current rate of community spread in the area and the congregate nature of a college campus, the Madison Health Department will require Drew community members to follow the 14-day quarantine at this time.

View the full policy and procedure for isolation and quarantine here.

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.

Health Reminders For Flu Season

1) Get your flu shot! Flu shots, recommended by the CDC for anyone over the age of six months, are available at the Health Service.

2. If you feel sick and aren't sure if you need a COVID test, contact the Health Service and we will help you. We have telehealth and in-person appointments available. We can perform testing on-site. There are several testing options available and they can be billed directly to your insurance.

3. If your COVID test is positive, or if you are waiting for results of a COVID test, you will be placed in isolation housing on campus while you recover. Anyone you were in close contact with will also be placed in quarantine. Your privacy will be protected and there are resources on campus to assist you through this process.

4. Even if your COVID test is negative, you should still take precautions when you are sick: stay away from others as much as possible; avoid public places; wash your hands frequently; cover coughs and sneezes; get rest and sleep; drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy.