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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.

Before Returning to Campus

All undergraduate students, whether living on campus or not, will be required to review and electronically accept the terms of the Drake Together Compact through MyDUSIS beginning Welcome Week. Failure to do so will prevent students from accessing their class schedule, student account, and other features in MyDUSIS, including registering for spring courses. Every student must complete the process by no later than August 28.

Additionally, students will be encouraged to complete an online training module regarding how to minimize COVID-19 transmission.

Residence hall move-in for NEW students will occur on Aug. 15 and 16, with move-in times staggered between 7 a.m.–7 p.m. each day. Residence hall move-in for RETURNING students will occur on Aug. 17 and 18, with move-in times staggered between 7 a.m.–7 p.m. each day. Move-in times must be reserved in advance. Questions may be direct to

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.). Masks are required on campus grounds when a social distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained. A reusable, washable mask will be provided to each residential student at the start of the semester. Faculty teaching in classrooms must wear masks unless an exemption has been granted by Environmental Health and Safety and approved by the provost.

Social Distancing: While on-campus, all students, faculty, staff, vendors, and visitors must maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others wherever possible. Classroom assignments and configurations have been adjusted accordingly. Everyone on campus is expected to follow any signage or other instruction regarding the use of common spaces, hallways or pathways.

Self-monitoring and Reporting:Students are expected to monitor their own body temperature for indications of a COVID-19 like illness, seek testing if necessary, and report immediately any confirmed exposure.


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.

Questions? Contact us with any COVID-19 questions.

Call Center: (515) 271-2353