Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 regarding student life.
It is our shared responsibility to support and protect the health and wellbeing of all members of our community. The Drake Compact will serve as our guiding expectations for our own behavior and the behavior of others.
Those who do not comply with our protocols will receive follow-up communication regarding our expectations. If there is a continued disregard of a University directive, the student will be charged with Disorderly Conduct through the Code of Student Conduct and will be unable to remain on campus for the remainder of the semester, thereby jeopardizing their ability to stay enrolled in coursework. In cases of severe or pervasive disregard to the Drake Compact and University policies, students will be placed on Interim Administrative Leave.
Yes. Students will be permitted to study in campus libraries and must adhere to social distancing, wear a face covering, and refrain from moving furniture. Failure to abide by these protocols will result in the student being removed from the library.
Yes. If a student disregards University requirements related to our expectations surrounding on-campus COVID-19-related protocols, they can be charged with Disorderly Conduct through the Code of Student Conduct. Sanctions may include a University reprimand, removal from on-campus housing, being trespassed from campus property for a specified period of time, placement on non-academic probation, suspension, and/or expulsion.
Yes. The Code of Student Conduct, under Section II.A, states, “Non-academic misconduct by students or student organizations constitutes a violation of this Code. The University’s disciplinary jurisdiction can extend to conduct on and off campus.”
Yes. Participants must follow social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be expected to abide by these directives. Upon scheduling an event, the organization will have to share how they plan to enforce these policies through their VEMS request.
Yes. All indoor spaces must not reach more than 50% of normal capacity. Please consult with the Office of Conference and Event Services to confirm room occupancy. For outdoor events, there are currently no capacity limits as long as social distancing guidelines are observed.
No. All questions and information will be included in the VEMS request for space or other paperwork currently in place.
Out of an abundance of caution, Fraternity and Sorority Life will enact a social moratorium for all events during the Spring 2021 semester. Under the social moratorium, social activities are prohibited, including registered socials. Chapters and/or their members that violate the social moratorium will face significant consequences such as Interim Administrative Leave.
Individual students who host such parties or non-approved events will be charged under the Code of Student Conduct and must follow the University’s quarantine protocols outlined in the Quarantine and Isolation FAQ.
Please note Fraternity and Sorority Life student leadership has created and approved their own set of guidelines that reinforces a social moratorium.
Yes. All student organizations, academic groups, and athletic teams must abide by the social moratorium for the Spring 2021 semester. Organizations and students that violate the social moratorium will face significant consequences such as an Interim Administrative Leave. Individual students who host parties and socials will be charged under the Code of Student Conduct.
At a minimum, students must quarantine and complete courses virtually during that time. Each situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with the assistance of the COVID-19 Behavioral Intervention Team (CBIT) and the Dean of Students Office.
Yes. If an occupant you live with tests positive within your off-campus residence, all occupants must remain off-campus to mitigate spread of COVID-19 based on CDC and our Contact Tracing Team’s guidance. Students will be able to complete their coursework via virtual learning until all students in that house or apartment are cleared to return to campus by Environmental Health and Safety.
No. Unlike off-campus properties, Drake University is responsible for the regular sanitization and disinfection of residence halls, community restrooms, and common spaces. As such, decisions regarding the need to quarantine additional students due to potential exposure will be determined through contact tracing.