At Drake University we all share responsibility for minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about our return to campus plans for students, faculty and staff, and visitors. Also, read our latest updates.

COVID-19: Our Response

The health, safety, and well-being of our entire campus community—students, faculty, staff, and visitors—is our top priority.

University leaders from across campus meet daily to discuss the evolving pandemic and address emerging issues and concerns. In addition, personnel from Drake’s Environmental Health and Safety department are in regular communication with local and state health officials and have been monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

#DrakeTogether Commitments

The campus community stands united in our #DrakeTogether Commitments:

  • Mandatory Masks: Everyone is required to wear a mask or face covering while in campus buildings and outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible.
  • Self-monitoring and Reporting: Students, faculty, and staff are expected to monitor their own body temperature for indications of a COVID-19 like illness, seek testing if necessary, and report immediately any confirmed exposure.
  • Social Distancing Protocols: While on campus, everyone must maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others wherever possible, even when wearing a mask or other face covering.
  • Enhanced Sanitation and Disinfection: Our facilities team is regularly sanitizing high traffic areas and often-touched objects with products that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to use hand sanitizer stations and sanitize surfaces after use.
  • Awareness and Education: Before returning to campus, all students, faculty, and staff must complete online training about how to help reduce COVID-19 transmission.

Do your part. Help prevent the spread.


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Please Note: This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take, as well as information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to stem the outbreak. This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.