Housing Information and Requirements

Drew University Housing Information and Requirements, effective March 17, 2020

Last updated: March 18, 2020

Central to Drew’s decision-making during the COVID-19 outbreak is the health and safety of our students and their ability to make academic progress toward their degrees. As we have heard from every public health organization, the best course of action to reduce the risk of outbreak in our communities on-campus, in neighboring Madison and beyond is to practice social distancing. 

To date we have made it clear to our students that they may continue to live in the residence halls, and have accordingly provided dining, health and counseling and other services to our remaining on-campus students. We have embraced and implemented all local, state and federal requirements, and continue to remain in compliance throughout this period of mandated social distancing, and beyond, as the University deems necessary. 

The situation is evolving rapidly, and new factors have emerged. On March 16, the State of New Jersey and the federal government issued new guidance, and countless municipalities around the world have closed schools and businesses and restricted travel. Lastly, our athletic conference, the Landmark Conference, suspended the entire season. These factors have understandably caused greater and greater numbers of students to make the decision to leave our residence halls and return to their family homes or other locations.  

In order to increase certainty among our Drew community, we announced March 17 that we will not resume face-to-face instruction for the entire semester. Additionally, we are moving into a different phase with residential life. Students will now be required to seek an exemption to remain on campus.

In order to support the practice of social distancing, Drew has developed a phased approach to housing and moving:

  • Phase 1, which relates to any student currently remaining in residence on campus as of March 17, is outlined in detail in this document. (Students who have left residence halls are not yet permitted to return to retrieve room contents, see below,)
  • Phase 2, which relates to those who have already departed, is broadly outlined, with details to come after Phase 1 is completed.

Phase One – Students Remaining in Residence as of March 17

Drew students who are currently in the residence halls are encouraged to move out of the residence halls for the remainder of the semester by Monday, March 23 at 1 p.m., unless they request an exception (common exceptions are international students with difficulty in home countries, Drew is your permanent residence, etc.). Unless you have received written permission from a University official to remain in your residence hall, you are not permitted to remain on campus. Any student who has other concerns should email reslife@drew.edu.  

Special procedures will be in place for the Phase 1 move out; please read the following carefully. All of these special procedures are designed to protect your health and that of your loved ones by maintaining social distance and appropriate sanitation during the move out period.

Phase One Procedures

First, and most importantly, when you are packing your room and moving out, we request that any family remain in their car and loading/parking area. Should you need assistance, please practice safe behavior as you work together with your classmates and others already present in the Drew community who have been in residence on campus to move your belongings out of your residence halls. This is for the health and wellness of all community members, and we appreciate your cooperation. If there are items that you cannot take with you at this time, we will allow you to return at a later point to collect (see below for Phase 2). 

Again, if you are being picked up by family members, please ask them to wait in the parking/loading areas. Please ensure that anyone coming to campus is not experiencing symptoms of illness, including fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Anyone who lives in or travelled to areas with large numbers of COVID-19 cases should not come to campus.

All residents will find a key envelope taped to their residence hall door. The following guidelines apply to all residents as they prepare to leave the residence hall:

  • Discard any trash in the designated receptacles.
  • If you have a refrigerator rental, please clean out all food, unplug the refrigerator and leave the refrigerator door open.
  • Take all of your belongings.
  • Lock your door.
  • Drop off your key in the drop box at Pepin before you leave campus. Please note, all of your belongings must be moved out of your room before you turn in your key.
  • Email Residence Life at reslife@drew.edu that you have vacated and locked your room and dropped your key at Pepin.

Students packing and taking their belongings home

  • Pack up your room.
  • Please keep social distancing in mind as you move throughout the residence halls, being especially mindful of elevator use. 

Students packing up and needing summer storage

Drew is again partnering with Dorm Room Movers to assist with the storage needs of our students. Please sign up here to utilize their services. As supplies are available, students can pick up boxes and labels in the Residence Life Office, Ehinger Center Suite 138. The University can provide up to five boxes, on a first-come, first-served basis according to registration, for students who have signed up for the Dorm Room Movers storage service.

When all items are packed and labeled, take a photo of your boxes/items and send the picture to reslife@drew with:

  • Your name
  • Room Number
  • Number of Boxes
  • List of other items (e.g., bike, refrigerator, etc)
  • Note if you are leaving before or after your roommate
  • Leave all items in your room and lock the door.

Please note, items left behind that are not properly packed for Dorm Room Movers will be discarded.

Students leaving but unable to pack their belongings to move home

  • Take what items you may need with you.
  • Lock your door.
  • Drop off your key in the drop box at Pepin before you leave campus.
  • Email Residence Life at reslife@drew.edu that you have vacated and locked your room but LEFT your belongings and dropped your key at Pepin.

Phase Two – Students Who Have Already Departed Campus or Students Residing as of March 17 Who Are Unable to Remove All their Belongings in Phase 1

When we receive guidance from the state allowing for the relaxation of social distancing or other policies, we will send further instructions for those who have already left campus to come pick up their belongings and formally check out of  their room, including handing in your key.