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.
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.