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Working on Campus

Drake University’s policies and protocols regarding COVID-19 are focused on the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the public with whom we interact. This guide is intended to assist employees with their safe return to campus.

Drake returned to normal operations on August 1, 2021. Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections remains a shared responsibility on campus and within the community.

Although Drake is taking appropriate steps in accordance with current guidelines, the risk of contracting COVID-19 cannot be 100% eliminated. The best line of defense is to get vaccinated. If you have not yet done so, Drake strongly encourages all employees to get vaccinated. Submitting proof of vaccination is also encouraged so the University can make accurate and informed decisions about safe campus operations. Employees should submit documentation using this secure, mobile friendly, and easy to use form.

The University continues to track and follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County Health. Even at this stage of the pandemic, knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, as will our policies and plans.

Employees who have concerns about returning to their work location due to a medical condition or those who wish to request a related ADA Reasonable Accommodation should contact HR at drakehr@drake.edu.

Workplace Expectations and Policies

All employees are expected to fully comply with Drake polices, protocols, and guidelines.

Working on Campus

Return to Normal Operations
Effective August 1, 2021, Drake returned to regular operations. Managers retain the discretionary authority to assess whether remote work arrangements may make sense for their departments. You can read more about this topic here.

Working in Office Environments
The University’s Face Coverings Policy remains in effect. This means you must continue wearing a face covering while in a shared workspace, including partitioned areas in a large open environment. A face covering is not required if you are working alone in enclosed office space. Discourage use of others’ workspaces including desk, telephone, equipment, and other work items.

Laboratory Work
Specific criteria have been developed for faculty and staff working in laboratory environments. Contact Environmental Health and Safety for more details specific to your lab space.

Maintaining Clean Workspaces
It remains a best practice for employees to regularly wipe down commonly used surfaces before and after use with products that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19 and are appropriate for the surface. This includes any shared-space location or equipment such as copiers, printers, computers, keyboards and mice, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, and doorknobs.

Hand sanitizer dispensers are located at every major entrance to campus buildings.

Facilities has provided sanitizing wipes for use in all computer labs and at copier stations, as well as disinfectant and paper towels in common areas of each building.

Building managers may reorder supplied products through the work order system under the “COVID-19 Supplies tab.