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Working On Campus

Employees are not to report for work at a Drake work location unless directed to by their manager. 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.

Workplace Expectations and Policies

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

Please refer to the Return to Work Policy and the Face Coverings Policy.

Before Returning to Campus

All employees, whether working on campus or not at this time, will be required to complete an online training module on how to minimize COVID-19 transmission.

Employees who have been instructed to return to a Drake work location must conduct a COVID-19 symptom self-check each day before reporting to a Drake work location.

Working on Campus

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
If you work in an open environment, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from co-workers. You should always wear a face covering while in a shared workspace. A face covering is not required if you are working alone in a confined 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.

In coordination with Environmental Health and Safety, departments must assess work environments and meeting rooms to institute measures to physically separate and increase distance between employees, other coworkers, and visitors. These measures will include visual cues to indicate traffic flow and furniture placement that facilitates physical distancing.

In-person meetings are to be avoided to the extent possible. If an in-person meeting is necessary, participants must follow social distancing requirements. Meeting rooms must be sanitized before and after use.

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
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."


HR sent an email to all managers on July 15, 2020 containing extensive information to help plan for a safe return to campus operations. Managers should refer to this communication for details on preparing employees’ return to campus.

Questions? Contact us with any COVID-19 questions.

Call Center: (515) 271-2353