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Residence Life

Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 regarding residence life.

When will fall move-in occur for Drake students?

Students received an email to their email account on August 2, 2021 with instructions on how to register for a specific move in time slot.

Residence Life will implement a phased move-in process for New First Year students and Transfer students August 23 and 24 between the hours of 8 a.m.–Noon and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. to minimize the number of residents and those helping them move in at any single time. 

Returning Upper Class students will have a phased move-in process on August 27 and 28 between the hours of 8 a.m.–Noon and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. and will need to register for a specific move-in time slot.

Testing for COVID-19 will occur during each resident’s move-in time slot at their residence hall. Residents unable to move in on those dates must make special arrangements for extenuating circumstances by emailing Move-in earlier than these dates will not be possible.

If I am not vaccinated and choose not to participate in the COVID-19 testing, can I still move into the residence hall?

No. Students who have not voluntarily provided proof of vaccination to Drake University will need to be tested upon move-in.

How do residential students sign up for a move-in time slot?

Once assigned to residence hall housing, students will receive a notification email in their Drake email account. Students must register for a move-in time slot by following these steps: 

  1. Click on the link provided in the email 
  2. Select a desired move-in time slot, save, and continue 

Students may cancel and reselect another available move-in appointment up until August 13, 2021. In order to do this, log back in, cancel the appointment, and select a new one from available appointments. For additional assistance, please contact

What are the move-in protocols for students living on campus?

All residential students must check-in at Lot 24 (28th Street and University Avenue).

Residents should check in 10 minutes before their move-in time that they registered for on SignUpGenius.

Students who have submitted proof of vaccination by Friday, August 13, will receive a slip at Lot 24 allowing them to proceed to their hall. 

If a student has not submitted proof of vaccination by August 13 or is in between their first and second shot, they will need to be tested in order to be allowed to move in to their residence hall.

**Students will have the ability to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Lower Level Hubbell but will still be required to test during move-in.**

Move-in helpers (parents, guardians, etc.) will not be tested or required to show proof of vaccination. As a reminder for move-in, each residential student is allowed to have two healthy helpers assist with their student's move-in. In addition, masks will be required for everyone during move-in within all campus buildings, including residence halls.

How many family members or others are allowed to help students move-in?

In order to reduce the density of the residence halls during move-in times, assistance will be limited to no more than two healthy people per student for a three-hour period of time.

Will family members or others need to wear face masks while in the residence hall or around campus during move-in?

Yes. All students, staff, and faculty are required to wear face masks in common areas such as the main residence hall lobby and the front desk area, including on the floors during move-in. All family members or others assisting with move-in must abide by this policy for the safety and wellbeing of our community.

Will students living in residence halls be allowed to have guests/parents visit them?

Drake University is returning to our regular residence hall guest policies following move-in. Please refer to the policy.

If an on-campus resident tests positive for COVID-19 or experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19, where will they be moved to?

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will be relocated to a designated residence hall, other Drake provided housing, or if appropriate, a medical facility. Students who are sick for causes unrelated to COVID-19 may remain in their assigned room during recovery.

Who will provide care to on-campus residents who contract COVID-19?

Drake University has assembled a team that will provide oversight for residential students who test positive for COVID-19 or experience symptoms consistent with the virus.

If a student should become sick with or show signs of COVID-19 and is relocated to a designated residence hall or Drake property to isolate until they test negative for COVID-19 or fully recover, can they remain in their classes?

Yes. However, the student will continue their coursework exclusively through remote learning in consultation with their professors and until approved by Contact Tracing to return to face-to-face classes.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 or experiences symptoms consistent with the virus, can they go home to live with their family/guardians instead of relocating to a designated residence hall or Drake property?

Yes. However, they will need to drive themselves or a family member will need to pick them up out of safety for the general public.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 or experiences symptoms consistent with the virus, how will they acquire meals while in self-isolation or quarantine?

Drake Dining Services will deliver meals to isolated and quarantined residential students.

Will international students who are unable to come to campus until later in the fall 2021 semester be able to live on campus?

Yes. The Office of Residence Life and Drake International will work together to reserve a room for late-arriving international students. International students will be able to continue their academic classes remotely until they are situated on campus.

Do international students have to complete an additional quarantine upon arrival to campus?

If international students arrive on campus during set move-in dates and times, they will be required to quarantine for three days. For students arriving after the start of the semester, please contact Environmental Health and Safety at for the most up-to-date protocols.

Can a student request to be housed only with a roommate who has been vaccinated?

Drake strongly encourages students to get a complete vaccination prior to a student’s arrival in the fall. Drake will not share a student’s vaccination status with other students.

We are encouraging roommates to communicate their vaccination status with each other should they feel comfortable in doing so after the roommate assignments are released on July 30. Should a resident desire a room change they can contact the Office of Residence Life ( prior to their move-in. Following move-in, residents should contact their Area Coordinator.