Faculty & Staff Feedback Form
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.
Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Learn more about our #DrakeTogetherCommitments, intended to minimize the risk of transmission. Although Drake is taking appropriate steps in accordance with established guidelines, the risk of contracting COVID-19 cannot be eliminated.
The University’s plans follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County Health. Knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continue to evolve, as will our policies and plans. This website is the University’s central source of updates and information regarding COVID-19.
Employees who have concerns about returning to their work location due to a medical condition or those who wish to seek a related ADA Reasonable Accommodation should contact HR.
All employees are expected to fully comply with Drake polices, protocols, and guidelines.
Reducing Campus Density
Managers should communicate to employees a staffing plan that may incorporate remote work, alternating days or shifts, and staggered reporting and departing times in order to reduce density within buildings.
Working in Office Environments
You should always wear a face covering while in a shared workspace. A face covering is not required if you are working alone in enclosed office space—this does not include partitioned work areas in a large open environment. Discourage use of others’ workspaces including desk, telephone, equipment, and other work items.
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
Employees should 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 a new tab called “COVID-19 Supplies."
The campus community stands united in our #DrakeTogether Commitments. Please pay close attention to these three principles:
Mandatory Face Coverings: All students—along with faculty, staff, vendors, and visitors—are required to wear masks or other face coverings while in campus buildings unless they are alone in their rooms or offices, or participating in activities where a mask cannot be worn (e.g., eating, drinking, playing a musical instrument, etc.). Faculty teaching in classrooms must wear masks unless an exemption has been granted by Environmental Health and Safety and approved by the provost. Face coverings are no longer required outdoors on Drake’s campus.
Social Distancing: Social distancing is no longer required on campus.
Self-monitoring and Reporting: Students are expected to monitor for indications of a COVID-19 like illness, seek testing if necessary, and report immediately any confirmed exposure or positive test result.