Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 regarding residence life.
For the safety and wellbeing of every resident within your hall, non-Drake guests will not be permitted to visit residence halls—including your room—outside of move-in and move-out.
To help protect the safety and wellbeing of every resident, only students who live on-campus in residence halls will be allowed access to the residence halls. Each resident of a room may host one guest in their room at any given time. Guests must be on-campus residents.
Each resident of a room may host one guest in their room at any given time. Guests must be on-campus residents.
Following move-in, parents may not enter the residence halls.
Residence hall move-in for students assigned to Carpenter, Herriott, Stalnaker, and Crawford Halls will be on Jan. 30, 2021. Students assigned to live in Goodwin-Kirk, Morehouse, and Jewett Halls will be on Jan. 31, 2021. Move-in times will be reserved in advance and staggered 8 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–5 p.m. each day. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Move-in earlier than these dates will not be possible.
Once assigned to residence hall housing, students will receive a notification email at their Drake email account. Students must register for a move-in time slot by following these steps:
Students may cancel and reselect another available move-in appointment up until Jan. 20, 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 email@example.com.
Students must not eat or drink 15 minutes prior to their assigned move-in time slot in order to obtain accurate COVID-19 test results.
In order to reduce the density of the residence halls during move-in times, move-in assistance will be limited to no more than three healthy people per student.
Yes. All students, staff, and faculty are required to wear face masks in common areas, including the residence halls (excluding your residence hall room when the door is closed). All family members or others assisting with move-in must abide by this policy for the safety and wellbeing of our community.
If a space becomes available in a residence hall room, the University reserves the right to reassign it as needed prior to or during the academic year.
Yes. Students who decide to take remote classes this spring and live at home must email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the commuter application be opened for completion by Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Students approved to have commuter status during the Spring 2021 semester and who wish to live on campus for the Fall 2021 semester must email email@example.com to participate in housing sign-up during the Spring 2021 semester.
Yes. We understand many of our students prefer to be on campus to complete their studies, whether face-to-face or taking classes remotely. As such, students who elect to learn remotely may submit a housing application to live on campus in the Drake residence halls.
Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will be relocated to a designated residence hall, other Drake provided housing, or a medical facility, as appropriate. Students who are sick for causes unrelated to COVID-19 may remain in their assigned room during recovery.
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.
Yes. However, the student will continue their course work exclusively through remote learning in consultation with their professors and until approved by Contact Tracing to return to face-to-face classes.
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.
Students who must travel away from campus—including outside of Iowa—during the Spring 2021 semester, should only do so for essential reasons. In order to reduce the chance of spread at the student’s destination or when returning to campus after travel, we strongly encourage that travel should be for essential reasons only during the Spring 2021 semester.
Drake is strongly encouraging that all travel away from campus be for essential reasons only. Students who do travel away from campus within in the United States will not be tested upon return unless they appear symptomatic for COVID-19, at which time they will be self-isolated and tested.
Drake Dining Services will deliver meals to isolated and quarantined residential students.
No. However, many students who live off-campus still choose to purchase a commuter meal plan. Students who elect to enroll in a commuter meal plan are responsible for payment of that meal plan as outlined in the dining agreement. These plans include flex dollars for use at Starbucks, Cowles Library Coffee Shop, and the C-Store, in addition to meals in Hubbell. For more information, please visit: https://drake.sodexomyway.com/my-meal-plan.
Students who opt to take their courses remotely after the semester has started will not be able to receive a prorated room and board refund unless the University decides close residence halls or the student withdraws from the University.
This will depend on the timing of the decision to transition to all remote learning and whether students are given the option to remain 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.
If international students arrive on campus during set move-in dates and times, there is no additional quarantine protocol that will be required. For students arriving after the start of the semester, please contact Environmental Health and Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org for the most up-to-date protocols.