COVID-19 Return to Campus


COVID-19 Return to Campus

Last updated: July 2, 2020 (Final reopen plans will be reviewed by local/state agencies.)

Extensive planning is happening on campus since we announced our intention to resume on-campus teaching, learning and living for the fall semester, beginning August 16. Our plan allows for a staggered move-in for optimum safety protocols; remote classes beginning August 24 and lasting for the first three weeks of the semester as individuals transition back to campus; in-person instruction for 10 weeks beginning September 14; an end to campus residency, with a staggered move-out, Thanksgiving week; and a return to remote instruction after the week of Thanksgiving. Since that announcement, our Open Campus Task Force has charged planning groups, established principles and goals to guide decision-making, and is working steadfastly to prepare for a return to campus this fall. Planning is well underway and will be complete later in July.

The Drew community is enthusiastically looking forward to being back on campus, and to resuming normalcy. This semester, however, will be like none we have ever experienced. For example, teaching will involve a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online learning, and all courses with in-person components will be designed to also accommodate students remotely if they are unable to join us on campus. All activities, including co-curricular experiences for student engagement, must allow for necessary physical distancing. There will be state-mandated capacity limitations on dining that will require us to feature primarily take-out, staff-served hot meals, and grab-and-go options.

Here we have a hub of resources and information to help the community prepare for a return to campus this fall. This information will be regularly updated.

Reducing Risk Through Personal Behavior

Changes on the institutional level are alone insufficient to protect the health and safety of members of our campus community. It is equally important for each of us to adjust our personal behavior. Please remember that while the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 may be small for most students, individual community members may be at much greater risk. Epidemiological studies are also beginning to show that young people may be at a greater risk than previously thought. The Drew community must work together to protect each other and reduce the risks associated with COVID-19 through a spirit of shared care and responsibility. All community members will be asked to take part in a community pledge to uphold the health and safety of our community.

Stay Connected

As plans develop, we will stay in touch via direct emails, updates on social media and our website. To keep current, please visit this site often. By the close of business each Friday, we’ll post updates and notes about our plans for the fall, which you can find here.

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.