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Residence Life

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

Will students living in residence halls be allowed to have overnight guests in their room?

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.

Are all Drake students allowed access to the residence halls?

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.

How many guests may students have in their room?

Each resident of a room may host one guest in their room at any given time. Guests must be on-campus residents.

Will parents be allowed in the residence halls following move-in?

Following move-in, parents may not enter the residence halls. 

When will spring move-in occur for Drake students?

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 15 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 Move-in earlier than these dates will not be possible. 

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

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: 

  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 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 

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. 

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, move-in assistance will be limited to no more than three healthy people per student.

Will family members or others need to wear face masks when 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, 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 my roommate decides to take all courses remotely this semester and opted to live at home, will another roommate be placed in my room for the spring?

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.

Will students who opt to take remote classes this spring and stay home be able to return to live on campus next fall?

Yes. Students who decide to take remote classes this spring and live at home must email to request the commuter application be opened for completion by Friday, Jan. 22, 2021Students approved to have commuter status during the Spring 2021 semester and who wish to live on campus for the Fall 2021 semester must email to participate in housing sign-up during the Spring 2021 semester.

May students live on campus in a residence hall and take all courses remotely 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. 

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 a medical facility, as appropriate. 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 course work 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 needs to travel during the Spring 2021 semester to an event that will take them away from campus, including out of Iowa, whom should they notify?

Students who must travel away from campusincluding outside of Iowaduring 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.

If a student must travel away from campus at some point during the Spring 2021 semester, will they be required to test for COVID-19 upon their return?

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.

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.

Do students who have been released from the on-campus housing requirement before the semester starts pay room and board to Drake?

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:

Will students who opt to transition to remote learning during the Spring 2021 semester receive a prorated room and board refund?

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.

If circumstances require the University to transition to all remote learning at some point during the spring semester, will residential students receive a prorated room and board refund?

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.

Will international students who are unable to come to campus until later in the Spring 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, 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 for the most up-to-date protocols.

Questions? Contact us with any COVID-19 questions.