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Return to Campus

Drake University’s policies and protocols regarding COVID-19 are focused on the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the public with whom we interact. This guide is intended to assist students with their safe return to campus.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Learn more about our #DrakeTogether Commitments, intended to minimize the risk of transmission. Although Drake is taking appropriate steps in accordance with established guidelines, the risk of contracting COVID-19 cannot be eliminated.

The University’s plans follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County Health. Knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continue to evolve, as will our policies and plans. This website is the University’s central source of updates and information regarding COVID-19.

While on Campus

The campus community stands united in our #DrakeTogether Commitments. Please pay close attention to these three principles:

Mandatory Face Coverings: All students—along with faculty, staff, vendors, and visitors—are required to wear masks or other face coverings while in campus buildings unless they are alone in their rooms or offices, or participating in activities where a mask cannot be worn (e.g., eating, drinking, playing a musical instrument, etc.). Faculty teaching in classrooms must wear masks unless an exemption has been granted by Environmental Health and Safety and approved by the provost. Face coverings are no longer required outdoors on Drake’s campus.

Social Distancing: Social distancing is no longer required on campus.

Self-monitoring and Reporting: Students are expected to monitor for indications of a COVID-19 like illness, seek testing if necessary, and report immediately any confirmed exposure or positive test result.


For answers regarding other aspects of campus life and operation during the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the detailed FAQ. This section contains the most current information.