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Updates from Drake University

Please see below for Operational Updates, Leadership Messages, and Messages from the Dean of Students about the ongoing situation with COVID-19.

COVID-19 Drake Update - May 14, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

May 14, 2020

CARES Act Student Emergency Grant Application

Drake University will receive funding through the CARES Act to provide emergency grants to students. Per the direction of the U.S. Department of Education, these grants can only be used for student "expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.” The Department of Education has explicitly prohibited using the grant dollars to compensate a student for lost income due to their or another’s loss of employment.

You may be eligible for this funding if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are eligible to receive federal student aid as either an undergraduate or graduate-level degree-seeking student. Eligibility must be confirmed through submission of your 2019–2020 or 2020–2021 FAFSA;
  • You were enrolled in coursework in the spring 2020 semester, and that coursework is not part of a program that is offered entirely online; and,
  • You incurred eligible expenses caused by the disruption to campus operations.

Students who meet the above criteria must complete the CARES Act Student Grant Application to be considered for these federal funds. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis and funds will be distributed until they are exhausted. Completing an application does not guarantee that a student will receive funds. As part of the application, students will be asked to substantiate their reported eligible expenses. The maximum amount of assistance a student may receive from this funding is $6000.

Drake University will provide these federal funds to students as quickly as possible, while adhering to the U. S. Department of Education’s guidance. To apply, complete the CARES Act Student Grant Application.

If you have questions as you complete the application, please email covid19@drake.edu or call (515) 271-2353. 

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions

COVID-19 Drake Update - May 8, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

May 8, 2020

CARES Act Emergency Funds

The CARES Act will provide emergency grants to students who meet certain qualification criteria. Drake University has applied for this federal funding and expects to receive access to the funds in the coming weeks.  When the funds become available, Drake University will notify all students and provide a link to an application to request emergency grant funding. Graduating students may apply for these funds, as well as any students who previously received support from the University’s Student Emergency Fund.

Per the direction of the U.S. Department of Education, these grants can only be used for student “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.”  The Department of Education has explicitly prohibited using the grant dollars to compensate a student for lost income due to their or another’s loss of employment.

Eligibility for grant funding will include a) students that have filed a FAFSA for either 2019–2020 or 2020–2021, b) undergraduate or graduate level degree-seeking students, c) students enrolled in coursework in the spring 2020 semester and that coursework is not part of a program that is offered entirely online, and d) students that incurred eligible expenses caused by the disruption to campus operations.

Until the application link becomes available, please consider whether you are eligible as a student and begin to compile information for eligible expenses you have incurred. If you have questions, please email covid19@drake.edu or call (515) 271-2353.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - May 5, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.
 
May 5, 2020
 
Face Mask Requirement Reminder
 
In recent days, Drake Public Safety and others have observed a number of people on campus not adhering to the face mask policy. The EOC would like to remind everyone that all those who come to campus are required to wear a face mask while inside University buildings, and are also required to do so on University grounds when they are within six (6) feet of others. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors while they are on campus.
 
The complete details of this policy are available on the Drake COVID-19 website here: Temperature Self-Monitoring and Face Mask Requirement. If you have questions about this policy, please contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety at chris.nickell@drake.edu.
Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 22, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

April 22, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 Case

As of today, April 22, 2020, a contractor working on the University campus has been confirmed to have a case of COVID-19. At this time, the loading dock and tunnel area of Olmsted is closed to complete a thorough cleaning and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 23rd. As a result, and in compliance with requirements of the Clery Act, Drake University is providing this Emergency Notification to the campus community.

Neither Drake nor public health authorities will identify any individuals who have tested positive for the virus, nor will information be provided that may compromise confidentiality.

Drake has extensively planned for this situation and there are numerous steps being taken with the health and well-being of the campus community in mind. The University is following all protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County Health Department regarding this situation.

Drake leadership is continually monitoring the situation and strongly encourages you to adhere CDC guidance, including:

  • Avoid contact with persons who are sick;
  • Wear a face mask (required while on campus);
  • Practice social distancing of at least six feet;
  • Frequently clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer; and
  • Cover your cough and sneezes (into your flexed elbow or tissue) and wash your hands immediately. 

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 17, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.
 
April 17, 2020

Move-out Procedures for Residential Students

Students who had been or are still living in Drake residence halls received communication via e-mail this morning, April 17, regarding move-out procedures, which will take place May 8–24, 2020. Extra precautions are being taken to ensure continued health and safety for all Drake students, their families, faculty, and staff.
 
Because of the necessary precautions the University is taking regarding move-out, there will not be an opportunity for faculty, staff, or other students to help with move-out procedures this year. Students moving out from Jewett and Morehouse Halls prior to the end of the term are reminded that there are approved students who are still living in those halls. Please be mindful in all situations to maintain social distancing and wear face masks in common areas.
 
Please note that as of April 17, 2020, Governor Reynolds has not issued an executive order that would prevent a move out process as outlined in the communication to residential students. If the Governor were to issue such an order that prevents access to the residence halls, we will issue additional communication via e-mail regarding move outs at that time.
 
Complete details on move-out procedures are posted online at drake.edu/coronavirus/students.
 
If you would like to discuss individual concerns not addressed above, please contact the Residence Life Office by email at housing@drake.edu.
 
Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 15, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

April 15, 2020  

Expansion of Temperature Self-Monitoring and Face Mask Requirements

Earlier this week, Drake University implemented a body temperature self-monitoring and face mask requirement for faculty and staff who are classified as essential workers or must come to campus to complete certain work tasks. This policy is not because of any case or concern specific to the University, but rather a directive from Polk County Health Department based on the University’s classification as a long-term care facility through its continuation of providing limited residential housing. In order to further minimize the spread of COVID-19, Drake University is extending the face mask requirement to students and campus visitors as described below, effective April 16.

Residential Students
Students still residing in Drake residence halls will be expected to wear cloth masks while in common areas on campus. The Dean of Students is communicating directly with these students, and the University will provide one reusable cloth face mask to each residential student.

Non-Residential Students and Visitors
When non-residential students and visitors must come to campus, they will be expected to wear a cloth mask inside University buildings and on University grounds when they are within six (6) feet of others. The University will not provide non-residential students or visitors with face masks. These individuals are encouraged to either acquire a facemask from another source or consult the Iowa Department of Public Health instructions for homemade face coverings.

Please review the complete details of these updated guidelines here: Temperature Self-Monitoring and Face Mask Requirement.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 13, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

April 13, 2020  

Temperature Self-Monitoring and Face Mask Requirements

In an effort to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, Drake University will soon require temperature self-monitoring for faculty and staff who must come to campus, in accordance with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Polk County Health Department (PCHD). This new process is not because of any case or concern specific to the University. In Iowa, residential colleges and universities fall within the state’s definition of long-term care facilities for communal living as long as we have students staying in residence halls; as such, PCHD has directed that Drake University take additional steps.   

Beginning April 15, 2020, all Drake University faculty and staff members (including sub-contracted employees) not otherwise classified as essential who must come to campus to perform their job functions are required to measure and record their own body temperature from home or at one of several self-serve stations on campus for indications of a COVID-19 like illness. ​At this time, essential employees will have their temperature taken on campus pursuant to processes established by their department in consultation with Environmental Health and Safety. This includes those in Facilities, Public Safety, Mail, and Residence Life. This step will be required before each work shift or work session on campus.

Additionally, PCHD directed that Drake faculty and staff who come to campus be required to wear fabric or cloth face masks. The University will provide essential employees in Facilities, Mail, Public Safety, and Student Life with masks; other Drake employees will have the option to choose from a University-provided mask (as supplies last) or one they already own. 

Students and visitors to campus (other than delivery drivers) are exempt from the temperature self-monitoring and face mask requirements.

Complete details of these new guidelines are available here: Temperature Self-Monitoring and Face Mask Requirement.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 10, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.
 
April 10, 2020
Summer Courses Online
Given that summer is fast approaching and that we will still be confronting the effects of the coronavirus into May and most likely June, Drake University will continue to remotely deliver all courses through the summer sessions. Faculty and staff have proven this spring their ability to deliver on the Drake Commitment via remote learning, while students have demonstrated their adaptability and resilience.
 
Summer at Drake begins May 20 and ends August 25 for most of campus, with online courses offered during two sessions. For Drake Law School, the summer session runs June 1 through July 31.  
 
Many courses are offered at Drake in the summer, and summer can be a great time to pick up additional credits or work to improve your grade point average. Use Drake’s online scheduling system to see the current listing of summer courses: https://mydusis.drake.edu/prodssb/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched 

In the coming weeks, Provost Sue Mattison will convene a group of campus leaders to work on a plan to “pandemic-proof” the Drake curriculum for the coming academic year. This working group includes: each of the academic deans, Carrie Dunham-LaGree (associate professor and Faculty Senate president), Craig Owens (professor and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence), Chris Gill (chief information technology officer), Christina Trombley (executive director, online programs), and incoming president of Student Senate, Adam Koch. Strategy and planning will then quickly pivot to operationalizing initiatives to ensure Drake continues to provide an exceptional education to all students.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - March 31, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

March 31, 2020 

Student Emergency Fund

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the University is able to award a limited number of student emergency funds to students facing hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. These emergency funds will support students in navigating and overcoming a variety of challenges that could limit their ability to complete the Spring 2020 semester at Drake. Emergency funds are awarded on a case-by-case basis with the maximum award approximately $250.

If you are a student in need of emergency funds, please visit https://drake.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4HZmDH05TeIcOOx to confidentially apply online.

If you would like to donate to this special fund to help Drake students, please visit https://crowdfunding.drake.edu/project/20480. 100% of contributions will be distributed to Drake students.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - March 19, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message. 

March 19, 2020 

Building Access

The following building access changes will go into effect on Friday, March 20, 2020:

  • Students will be able to access all academic buildings with their Drake ID cards 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on weekdays only. Faculty and staff access to academic buildings remains unchanged. 
  • Cowles Library remains closed in response to the Governor’s statewide orders.
  • Law Library remains closed to the public in response to the Governor’s statewide orders.
  • Administration buildings including Old Main, Cole Hall, and the Kinne Center, will not be accessible except by appointment.
  • All Athletic facilities are closed.  

Additionally, the Olmsted Center will be accessible for dining services food pickup and Starbucks carryout on Sunday, March 22, 4–7:30 p.m. From that point and until further notice, Olmsted will be open for those services 7 a.m.­–7:30 p.m. on weekdays and and 9 a.m.–7:30 p.m. on weekends.

With the exception of the Olmsted Center, every building to which you have access during the above times will require entrance via your Drake ID card.  

Cowles Library Resources

Although Cowles Library is physically closed, all electronic resources are available remotely. Cowles Library staff will continue to troubleshoot issues and respond to research, policy, and procedural questions through its online chat service accessible at http://library.drake.edu. The chat service is staffed 9 a.m.­–8 p.m. Monday­–Thursday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday.

COVID-19 Drake Update - March 18, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

March 18, 2020

Building Access

Campus buildings remain open 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on weekdays, with these exceptions:

  • Cowles Library is closed in response to the Governor’s statewide orders
  • Law Library is closed to the public in response to the Governor’s statewide orders
  • Cole Hall (Admission) is by appointment only
  • Dial Center is closed
  • Lower level of Carnegie Hall is closed

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - March 16, 2020

Drake University has opened the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The EOC is comprised of colleagues with specific emergency responsibilities and led by Scott Law, Executive Director of Campus Public Safety, and Chris Nickell, Director of Environmental Health and Safety. The EOC will convene twice daily and work under the direction of the President’s Council.

The EOC will send brief updates to all faculty, staff, and students as the situation warrants. These updates will also be posted to . Supplemental messages will be shared by President Martin and Provost Mattison, as needed and appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

March 16, 2020 Updates

Building Access

All campus buildings are currently open 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the exception of Cowles Library which will be open 10 a.m.–2 p.m. those same days. Student access outside of these hours has been deactivated and the Cowles Library after-hours area has been closed.

Remote Work

Based on new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Public Health, managers are directed to take the following actions:

  1. Ensure that those positions that can telecommute begin doing so as soon as feasible.
  2. Ensure that employees who must remain on campus are able to perform their functions while practicing social distancing protocols. Specifically, this means to keep a recommended six feet of distance between yourself and others.

Managers should contact their designated Human Resources Partner with any questions. Employees should direct their questions to their supervisors.

Please continue to visit , which provides answers to frequently asked questions and a repository for all campus COVID-19 messages.

Leadership Messages

Message from the President - May 12, 2020

Campus Update from President Martin

Dear students,

Drake University is a mission-driven institution. Our promise to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares our students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship guides everything we do. Since the middle of March, the onset of the coronavirus has necessitated changes in how we strive to keep this promise, but that in no way has lessened our commitment to do so. Indeed, the Drake Commitment, the translation of our mission promise into action, is more relevant and imperative than it has ever been. No matter the circumstances, we will always deliver:

Personal Mentorship. Drake surrounds you with dedicated faculty and staff who support and guide you while you are at Drake and serve as mentors for life.

An Opportunity to Serve. Drake provides dynamic service experiences – on campus, across Des Moines, and around the world – that expose you to diverse perspectives and allow you to make a difference in the lives of others.

The Power of Community. Drake connects you with diverse learning experiences, a dynamic city, and a vast network of alumni eager to help you succeed.

A Lifetime of Value. Drake delivers hands-on academic and co-curricular experiences that prepare you to make an impact in your community and navigate an increasingly complex world.

As we anticipate the start of the fall 2020 semester, we find ourselves in the uncomfortable position of not knowing what the future holds regarding the continuing impact of COVID-19 on our lives. Therefore, we are preparing for an array of possible scenarios guided by the Drake Commitment, the imperative to maintain the health and wellbeing of our community, and the conviction that together we can overcome any challenge.

It is our intent to offer both in-person instruction and a residential experience for our students this fall. To do this will require innovative practices touching most of campus life – classroom usage, occupancy levels in residence halls, dining schedules, engagement with student organizations, athletic practices and competitions, cleaning protocols and schedules, and many other activities. Every aspect of how we live, learn, and work is being evaluated against our goal of returning to campus in August. We are determined to do everything in our power to enable our students to come back and be a part of one of the most positive and impactful campus communities in the country.

While our planning for returning to campus continues, I want to share a few specific practices that will be in place when we come back to Drake at the start of the semester. Informed by our experience this spring, the conversations we have had with many of you over the last two months, and guidance from local, state, national authorities, we will:

  • Utilize larger classrooms to maximize social distancing.
  • Allow both live and remote participation in classes.
  • Support students who cannot come to campus via remote learning.
  • Reduce residential density by expanding capacity and offering releases to first and second year students.
  • Dedicate residential space where students can safely self-isolate.

We will share more in the weeks ahead regarding the innovations that will greet you when you arrive on campus in August, but as you can see, we are already well underway in our preparation. You can count on Drake.

We are building safeguards into our plans to minimize disruption in the event we have to return to full remote delivery of our courses at any time in the fall. For the last month, Provost Sue Mattison has been leading an effort to “pandemic proof” the Drake educational experience. This planning is progressing assuredly – we will be ready, if necessary, to teach our entire curriculum with high quality, real-time, online pedagogy. This experience would include meaningful experiential learning opportunities and a wide array of co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings. Additionally, whether participating in-person or remotely, students will engage directly with their faculty and classmates in collaborative, student-centered learning that is responsive to their individual needs. Finally, all students, whether on or off campus, will have access to the full range of Drake support services, including tutoring, library resources, advising, career and professional preparation, and student accessibility services. This work continues guided by our promise to deliver an exceptional learning environment no matter the challenge. We will have more to share on the “pandemic proof” Drake experience in the weeks to come.

Two months have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic upended our daily routines and way of life. Through it all, the Drake community has shown tremendous adaptability, resilience, and generosity of spirit under incredibly disruptive circumstances. This crisis presents an opportunity for us to use our intellect and ingenuity to reimagine how we live, learn, and work. That is what our faculty and staff have done and will continue to do, as this great University upholds our mission promise.

Congratulations on reaching the end of the spring semester and best of luck with your finals. Your perseverance over the course of this challenging time has been inspiring.

Sincerely,

Marty

Message from the President - April 3, 2020

Campus Update from President Martin

Good afternoon,

As we come to the end of the second week of delivering our classes remotely, I want to thank everyone for how well this institution keeps functioning. Our faculty members continue to deliver courses through a combination of skill, innovation, and determination. Our staff colleagues continue to keep the university operational through a combination of adaptation, self-discipline, and teamwork. Everyone has stayed the course driven by a commitment to deliver on our mission promise. 

A powerful example of rallying to the cause is the work so many of you have been doing to recruit our next first-year class. Today, we are up thirty-four deposits versus this time in last year’s recruiting cycle. Although this gap has shrunk due to the effects of COVID-19, we are still well into positive territory. Additionally, our two Virtual Admitted Student Days (the second of which is going on right now) have engaged over 450 potential new students for Drake from twenty-five states and seven countries. This level of participation far exceeds what we are normally able to generate through our on-campus Admitted Student Days. We will be holding additional VASDs, as well as putting on virtual visit days for high school sophomores and juniors. We must continue to find new ways to spread the word about Drake University to as many prospective students as we can.

As we confront the unprecedented disruption of the coronavirus, the challenge is to continue to do our best no matter the obstacles placed in front of us. That is what I see you doing now and that is what I am confident each of you will do going forward.

Message from the Provost - March 25, 2020

Credit/no credit coursework option for students

In light of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Drake University will be allowing more flexibility to students who are worried about maintaining their GPAs during this extraordinarily taxing semester. All undergraduate and graduate students, excluding the programs/courses listed below, will have the option to convert any or all of their courses to credit/no-credit grading. The deadline for selecting this option is Friday, April 10, at 4:30 pm.

All courses for which students receive credit (CR) grades will be counted toward degree requirements; this includes major, minor, concentration, honors, and area of inquiry courses. In addition, there are no limitations to the number credits an undergraduate student can convert to Credit/No-Credit grading for the Spring 2020 semester. Graduate students must check with their advisor to determine if their program has limits. A studentreceives credit (CR) for a course in which they earn the equivalent of the grade “C-“ or better. Credit/no credit grades are not included in a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA).

The following programs or required coursework are excluded from Credit/No-Credit grading option:

  • Law School
  • School of Education Doctorate (PhD or EdD)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)
  • Masters of Athletic Training
  • Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Occupational Therapy prerequisite coursework that requires a GPA.

Students must submit the Spring 2020 Course Change Form (here) by 4:30 pm on Friday, April 10

Students do not need the approval of the instructor to make this change. The Office of the Registrar will notify the student’s college/school dean’s office and instructor of the change.

This information, along with credit/no credit FAQ’s will be included on the COVID-19 link of the Drake website
www.drake.edu/coronavirus/ under the “Academics” section.

Message from the President - March 25, 2020

Good morning,

I want to begin with words of gratitude. I am thankful for the love and support of my family and friends. I am thankful for the partnership and leadership of my President’s Council colleagues. I am thankful for the talent and dedication of our faculty and staff. I am thankful to be part of a community that includes our wonderful students, parents, and alumni.

The spread of COVID-19 has continued to accelerate, as has the intensity of the responses of both state and local governments. Starting this past Saturday, numerous Midwestern states and cities have issued some variation of a “stay-at-home” order. The duration of these orders go out as far as April 24, but all are subject to extension if necessary.

The continuing impact of the coronavirus, along with the directives of local, state, and national authorities, make it clear that we cannot return to in-person classes any time soon. Accordingly, we will continue the remote delivery of our classes through the end of the spring 2020 semester. I know that while we all appreciate the necessity for this, it is nevertheless a sad and unwelcome reality. The second half of the spring semester is a particularly special time at Drake and it is painful to lose this. However, this action is in the best interest of your health and safety, and in the best interest of our broader community.

The necessity to move to remote delivery for the remainder of the semester also requires that we cancel our live commencement ceremonies scheduled for the middle of May. These events gather large groups of people from many different places into confined spaces – something that will not be safe for some time into the future. Additionally, given the scope and scale of these events, we would have to start entering into contracts and ramping up our planning efforts if we were going to hold our commencement ceremonies in May. 

Understanding that earning a higher education degree is a seminal moment that deserves public recognition, we are working on alternative plans to celebrate our May 2020 graduates. This will include an invitation to each graduate to attend our December 2020 live commencement and an opportunity to participate in a virtual commencement in May.

With the extension of remote delivery for the remainder of the spring semester, we will begin processing prorated refunds of room and board fees for our students who are no longer in their residence halls or utilizing meal plans. This will be done no later than Monday, April 13. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.

We will share information about the move out plan for our residence halls in the near future. For now, please do not come to campus to move out of your room. The same reasons we have to extend remote delivery and cancel live commencement strongly counsel against having students and families come to campus at this time.

Additional information regarding all of the above
items can be found at drake.edu/coronavirus

A couple of years ago we went through a process to redefine the core values for Drake University. One of the four we committed to is that we are all in this together. The genesis of this value is that it was something that Paul Morrison said every day during his over eighty years of working and volunteering at Drake. Paul did not claim to be the original author of the phrase, but he did rely on it to remind himself and others that no person stands alone. No one is the lone creator of her or his life blessings or burdens. We are an interdependent species, always called to be in fellowship with each other.

As we struggle with the present, we look forward to the future. Drawing upon our 139-year history, our commitment to education and service, and the power of our community, we will emerge from this crisis stronger than we were when it started.

Message from the President - March 20, 2020

Dear students and colleagues,

I hope this message finds you healthy and continuing to take appropriate precautions to guard your health and the well-being of others. As we have heard many times over, it is only through our collective commitment that we will manage our way through this public health crisis. We all have our role to play in combating COVID-19. 

I have received messages over the last few days asking to extend the remote delivery of classes through the spring semester. At the same time, I have received requests not to take that action and not to cancel our live commencement celebrations in May if we do extend remote delivery. I appreciate the sentiments and motivations behind all this outreach. We are confronting something that is unprecedented for all of us.

Provost Mattison’s March 11 message to campus stated that we planned to deliver our courses remotely, at least until April 6. While many colleges and universities have extended remote delivery for the rest of their spring semester, I am not prepared to make that decision today. The consequences of doing so on the totality of the student experience and our May commencement exercises cautions against rushing to that action. It is certainly highly unlikely that we will be able to return to on-campus classes on April 6; however, we can take a little more time to determine if a return to on-campus classes later in April is possible. I promise to communicate with you again on this topic no later than Wednesday, March 25. Any decision will be based solely on your safety and the safety of the community around us.

Because some of you have already raised the issue, I will take a few moments to contrast the postponement of the Drake Relays with the action of moving to remote delivery for the remainder of the semester. First, the widespread suspension of high school and college/university athletics and the ramp-up time needed for the Drake Relays left us with no choice but to make the decision to postpone that event earlier this week. Second, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s large gathering guidance explicitly applies to events like the Drake Relays, but does not apply to the normal educational operations of a university. Third, we still intend to hold the 2020 Drake Relays as contrasted to the finality of a decision to move to remote delivery for the remainder of the spring semester.

On Monday, we will experience the new reality of delivering all our courses remotely. There will undoubtedly be some glitches as we launch, but I am confident in the commitment and ability of our faculty, supported by staff, to meet the challenges and in the capacity of our students to achieve their goals in this new paradigm. Everyone needs to bring their best selves and best effort to the forefront. I know you will.

We continue to monitor the progress of the virus and the advice and directives from local, state, and national authorities. Stay safe and healthy. Again, I will communicate with you on the topic of remote delivery no later than Wednesday, March 25.

Message from the Provost - March 18, 2020

Drake University has postponed the 2020 Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom, along with related special events and programs, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 111th edition of the event was scheduled for April 22–25 at Drake Stadium.

Recent directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Iowa Department of Public Health, and City of Des Moines regarding large gatherings make it clear that postponing the Drake Relays is necessary.  We will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and will work with local, state, and national officials to reschedule the Drake Relays at a date that ensures the health and wellbeing of participants and fans.

Our goal is to hold the 2020 Drake Relays early this summer. Student Affairs staff will work with the SAB Relays Committee to organize some student activities around the rescheduled Relays, recognizing there may be minimal attendance. Assuming public health officials deem it safe for spectators to attend, students would be permitted to enter the rescheduled Drake Relays for free by showing their Drake ID. Keep in mind, per usual Drake policy, residence halls will be closed over the summer, excluding orientation, camps and conferences, and summer school.

The postponement of the 2020 Drake Relays also impacts all events associated with the Relays. The Spring SAB Concert is cancelled. We are working on a plan to hold the SAB Relays Carnival, SAB Blast OFF Breakfast, and Street Painting, to include the Paint it Black event, during Spirit Week in the fall. You can find more information on the Drake Road Races and the Grand Blue Mile here and on the Beautiful Bulldog Contest here.

The postponement of the Drake Relays also impacts all alumni programming scheduled to take place in conjunction with the Relays. Here are the details:

  1. The 1960 and 1970 Class Reunions, Black Alumni Reunion, SJMC Centennial Celebration, and other affinity programming will be celebrated during Relays weekend 2021. All registered and paid participants for these events will be refunded. All registrants who reserved a hotel room in one of the reunion blocks should contact the hotel directly to cancel their reservation.
  2. The 2020 National Alumni Awards, scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2020, will be re-scheduled. We are working on a plan to appropriately honor these esteemed alumni in the future.
  3. There will be alumni programming for the rescheduled 2020 Drake Relays. More information will be shared when available.
  4. Please monitor our website, the alumni social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and your email for future announcements.


Certainly, the postponement of the 2020 Drake Relays and related events will be disappointing for many. However, in this extraordinary time, postponing Relays is the right decision in order to help protect the health and safety of our campus and extended community. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Message from the Provost - March 13, 2020

Effective immediately, any travel outside of the state of Iowa on behalf of the University is suspended, unless deemed critical and approved by the senior administrator in your area. This policy applies to all University-sponsored travel, including international, academic, athletic, conferences and workshops, and research-related travel, and will continue through at least April 5, 2020. Please work through your direct supervisor, who will escalate the request to senior administration.

If you have booked travel, please cancel reservations and seek refunds for payments already made. Short’s Travel Management can assist with cancelling airline or other reservations initially made through Short’s. Many airlines are allowing cancellations without penalty or are providing vouchers for future travel; the Short’s agents can assist with these details.

We strongly encourage you to share any personal travel plans through April 5 with Human Resources via http://drake.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2fURdl1hjCS2pff

On March 11, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Travel Advisory Warning Level 3 for Europe's Schengen countries. On March 12, spring study abroad students studying in Europe's Schengen countries were notified that they must return to the U.S. by March 20. President Trump also announced that all travel from mainland Europe to the U.S. for foreign nationals would be suspended for 30 days starting at midnight (EST) on Friday, March 13. Please note this travel ban does not apply to U.S. citizens; however, U.S. citizens will likely encounter enhanced screening procedures at U.S. airports upon return from Europe. We are following guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding protocols for individuals returning from a CDC Warning Level 2 or 3 country, which includes voluntary self-isolation for 14 days. As of March 12, all countries in the world are considered to be CDC Warning Level 2, and would require this self-isolation protocol.

Given the rapidly changing travel restrictions and protocols within and outside the U.S., we ask that you strongly reconsider personal travel outside of Iowa. It is important to keep in mind possible restrictions that may be put in place while you are away. Certain regions within the U.S., as well as domestic air travel, present a significant risk of infection, and in the interest of protecting our community and lowering the impact on our local health care system we have already requested of students and may request of employees self-isolation for 14 days following return.

We are constantly evaluating new information in this unprecedented environment with a commitment to the safety and security of our faculty, staff, and students. Thank you for your continued attention, diligence, and cooperation.

Message from the President - March 13, 2020

As we enter spring break and the uncertainty of what the weeks ahead will bring, I encourage each of you to take care of yourselves and those around you. It is only through a unified and lived commitment to the welfare of our community that we will be able to control the spread of COVID-19.

Although what we are facing is unprecedented in our lifetimes, we know what we can do to mitigate the risk to others and ourselves. Practice all of the hygiene tips that we have been hearing about every day (washing our hands, not touching our faces, etc.). Avoid large gatherings of people. Maintain social distancing of at least three feet, particularly if you encounter someone who is symptomatic. Limit travel to only that which is absolutely necessary. At the first sign that you might be infected, put yourself into isolation. Our collective safety depends on the diligence of each and every person. 

We will continue to communicate frequently with you as the situation evolves and as we confront this virus together. Our primary objectives are to keep our community safe and to continue to deliver our educational program for your benefit. Neither is without significant challenge, but we are called to deal with what is put in front of us to the best of our ability and that is what we are doing. I know that each of you will do the same.

Be safe and ever diligent in protecting the health and welfare of others. Ground yourselves in patience and kindness as we travel this journey together. We will get through this.

Message from the Provost - March 11, 2020

In order to help minimize spread of the coronavirus and protect our campus community, Drake University will deliver all courses remotely from March 23—April 3, 2020.  Students are strongly encouraged to remain at home for the two weeks following spring break, although residence halls and dining services will remain open.  Importantly, there are no confirmed cases on our campus or in Des Moines at this time.

If students plan to be on campus between March 23 and April 5, they must return by March 23 and notify Residence Life using this form: http://drake.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3CrEJJxVc3bw08B. Please note that guests will not be allowed in the dorms during this time.  Students who do not complete the form by Monday, March 16, will have access to residence halls disabled during this period. 

(Note: This survey is only intended for students who live on campus.)

Students who have experiential learning obligations such as clinical experiences, student teaching, internships, etc., are expected to report to those sites unless they are specifically told not to report.  Some organizations such as hospitals and pharmacies are likely to move to a scenario where students aren’t allowed, but until that time please remain in communication with the sites. 

Faculty and staff: campus operations are proceeding as normal during this period. 

Faculty are expected to deliver all courses remotely as provided in the plan submitted to deans.  IT will be providing three Blackboard training sessions, as well as an email with advice.  The Chronicle of Higher Education had an excellent article on emergency, short-term remote delivery of courses: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Going-Online-in-a-Hurry-What/248207.

Craig Owens, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, and Christina Trombley, executive director of Drake Online, will be available from 9 am – 4 pm on Monday and Tuesday next week (as well as the remainder of this week), if faculty would like to discuss issues surrounding remote delivery of their courses. 

Communication from faculty to students is key.  For advising in the next few weeks, please make plans to communicate with students through Blackboard, email, phone, etc.

Staff operations will proceed normally during this period, unless otherwise notified.  Our action will be informed by guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department. 

Be mindful about travel the next few weeks. If you’re visiting a high-risk area, you may be subject to quarantine upon return. University-sponsored spring break domestic and international travel has been reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and programs that have been suspended have been notified.  For students that are currently studying abroad, please continue to follow the plans and protocols of your on-site provider.  Drake continues to communicate with providers and monitor international developments.

Gatherings pose unique risks. For that reason, most on-campus events will be canceled starting Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, April 5.  Organizers of these events will be contacted, or they may contact the event office directly.  We will continue to monitor and assess the risk for any events beyond April 5, including Drake Relays and commencement. For now, those events are expected to continue as planned. 

Be assured that we intend to return to normal campus operations as soon as possible.  We will continue to consult with public health officials in order to make the most prudent decisions.  Please know that we will share updates as soon as we can.  In the meantime, rely upon our COVID-19 website, , for answers to frequently asked questions, tips on how to keep yourself healthy, and details on our response to the outbreak. 

Finally, we are in extraordinary circumstances.  I ask that each of you show a generosity of spirit when things don’t go as expected.  Thank you all, take good care.

Message from the Provost - March 9, 2020

Yesterday evening, Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Health announced that Iowa has its first presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, found in three Johnson County (eastern Iowa) residents who recently returned from a cruise in Egypt. I want to assure the Drake community that the University has been actively engaged in preparing for this eventuality. As always, the health and safety of our campus community is our top priority.

We remain in ongoing communication with local and state health officials and have been monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with careful attention to the impact COVID-19 could have on our campus. The special website we have developed to provide information about COVID-19, , includes answers to frequently asked questions, tips on how to keep yourself healthy, and updates on Drake’s response to the coronavirus situation.

Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, University leaders have been meeting regularly to assess conditions and develop response plans for a variety of possible scenarios. Students - in the event of a disruption to campus operations, all faculty members have provided their deans and me with a description of how they will use technology for distance learning to allow Drake students to continue their studies even if campus has shut down.

University-sponsored spring break domestic and international travel has been reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and programs that have been suspended have been notified. As stated in our written protocols, Drake University will automatically suspend and restrict international travel during the period of time that a US Department of State Level 4 Travel Advisory, or a CDC Warning Level 3, is in effect. Due to such travel advisories currently in place surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak we are restricting travel to China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. This includes all University-sponsored travel, including study abroad, academic, and research-related travel. 

The University is currently assessing domestic travel on a case-by-case situation, and suspending travel to areas where the number of cases elicit a formal state of emergency declaration. Please keep in mind that with the fluidity of the situation, any University-sponsored travel may be canceled with short notice.  We will keep campus updated with the latest information and decisions.

Regarding the upcoming Spring Break, we strongly recommend all members of our community consult the CDC travel information page prior to any travel.  Individuals planning any personal travel do so at their own risk. Additionally, while no current domestic travel restrictions or isolation requirements are in place for personal trips, this may change with little to no notice. Based on the quickly evolving travel guidance, your return to the United States or to campus may be interrupted by federal or state restrictions.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will respond accordingly, including providing you with updates.

Message from the Provost - March 4, 2020

As the situation around the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 evolves, the University has published an informational webpage to serve as a reference point on questions related to the outbreak. The page, , will be updated regularly as new information comes to light. It is also important to know that the Iowa Department of Public Health will contain the most current general information about the situation.   

Many thanks to everyone involved in developing this outstanding website resource.

Message from the Provost - March 2, 2020

Concerns are increasing surrounding the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.  I want to assure you that campus leaders have been working diligently to prepare for a possible outbreak.  The safety and welfare of the entire Drake community is our highest priority.

Campus Preparedness and Response Protocol

We are grateful to have experienced team members and processes in place to follow in preparation for catastrophic disruptions to campus, such as epidemics and pandemics, and acts of nature or violence.  Regarding the novel COVID-19 virus, the University adheres to protocols provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Polk County Health Department, and the United States Department of State.  We are monitoring the latest developments continuously; refining our response plans near daily; and communicating with local, state, and federal authorities.  We have and will take action immediately when appropriate. 

Travel Restrictions and Study Abroad Impacts

As stated in our written protocols, Drake University will automatically suspend and restrict travel during the period of time that a US Department of State Level 4 Travel Advisory, or a CDC Warning Level 3, is in effect.  Due to such travel advisories currently in place surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak we are restricting travel to China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran.  This includes all University-sponsored travel, including study abroad, academic, and research-related travel. 

Drake International continues to work closely with our affiliate study abroad providers and international university partners, and consults the US State Department and CDC in making any decisions regarding Drake students currently studying abroad in other countries.  We will communicate and work directly with students and their families if the status of a student's program changes, or if a new travel restriction is put in place.  Students who were scheduled to be in China for the semester made alternative plans last month.  Drake’s affiliate Italy programs were suspended this past weekend.  We are in regular communication with these students and their families. 

Spring Break Plans

Before traveling for spring break or other reasons, we encourage you to check the latest travel warnings and alerts on the Department of State and CDC websites.  This information can change on a daily basis, so please check regularly and be aware of developments that may affect travel to and from your destination.  The University strongly discourages any personal travel to a location with a CDC Level 3 Travel Advisory (currently China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran).  Personal travel to these locations could result in an assessment with a health care provider and a required 14-day self-quarantine upon return.

Daily Vigilance

The Student Health Center is following guidance from the Polk County Health Department, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Students’ symptoms that suggest additional testing will be referred to community providers.  In the meantime, two of the best things you can do to protect yourself and the rest of the Drake community from illness is to practice good hand sanitation and stay in your residence if you are not feeling well. That standard advice pertains to helping restrict the possible spread of influenza A and B viruses, COVID-19 virus, and many other communicable illnesses.  

The CDC urges each of us to:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, as that is the route of transmission for many viruses and bacteria.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow, or alternatively with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The situation surrounding COVID-19 will continue to evolve in the coming days, weeks, and likely months.  We will share timely updates pertinent to the Drake community, as necessary and appropriate.  In the meantime, please continue relying upon the CDC for the most current information and advice.

Messages from Dean of Students

Message from the Dean of Students - March 25, 2020

Good morning Students,

A few moments ago, President Martin shared that classes will continue online for the remainder of the spring semester. I know many of you hoped classes would return to face-to-face instruction by Monday, April 6, but due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic this timeline is no longer feasible. To ensure the safety and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff, I’m sharing with each of you important information on how we will be handling residence hall move-out and prorated room and board refunds. 

For those students who reside in on-campus housing and/or have a commuter meal plan, the following FAQs are important for you to review: 

Commencement

Understanding that earning a higher education degree is a seminal moment that deserves public recognition, we are working on alternative plans to celebrate our May 2020 graduates. More information can be found by clicking here

Call Center Info

I ask that you review these resources thoroughly prior to calling the Drake University COVID-19 Response Line. If you have additional questions after reviewing the online resources, please call 515-271-2353 (or extension 2353 from on campus). Drake staff members are available to answer calls 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CDT, Monday through Friday. 

Working together, we will continue to meet the challenges we are facing as a global society and as a campus community.   The University will continue provide updates via the COVID-19 website and email students when appropriate.

Message from the Dean of Students - March 24, 2020

Grab N Go Meals

For those students that are residing off-campus that wish to use their meal plan (including flex, Bulldog Bucks, cash/credit) for Grab N Go meals, all meals are to be picked up on Pomerantz Stage (Olmsted).  Please note that for those students that need to self-isolate based on new state guidance (see my email from Monday, March 23), you can participate in Grab N Go meals based on the system we have set up to enforce social distancing and no gathering in Olmsted. However, if you have any flu like symptoms, including fever, cough, and/or respiratory symptoms, you are not allowed to participate in Grab N Go meals out of precaution for the safety and welfare of other students and staff.  If you have any of these symptoms and currently reside in the Drake Neighborhood or in a residence hall, please follow the guidelines shared in my Monday email or visit Drake’s COVID-19 website by clicking here.   

Revised Hours for Grab N Go (Pomerantz Stage)

Monday – Friday
Breakfast: 7:15am – 8:15am
Lunch: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm – 6:30pm 

Saturday - Sunday
Breakfast: 8:00am – 9:00am
Lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Starbucks & C-Store (Olmsted, Open Monday – Friday)

Convenience Store (Olmsted) *No more than 4 people in the store at a time*
10:00am – 4:00pm

Starbucks *No more than 5 people in the area at a time*
7:30am – 4:00pm

Thank you for taking the time to review this information.  I ask that you continue to take the appropriate social distancing precautions by staying a minimum of six feet of distance from one another, and no gatherings of more than 10 people.  The University will continue provide updates via the COVID-19 website and email students when appropriate.

Message from the Dean of Students - March 21, 2020

Remote classes begin on Monday for at least the next two weeks. I am writing to share important information you need to know regarding auxiliary and student support services:

  • Section 1 only applies to students who will be residing on campus or in the Des Moines area.
  • Second 2 applies to all students regardless of location and summarizes important services that will continue during the weeks ahead.

Please remember that the Code of Student Conduct and all other University policies apply to every student enrolled at Drake no matter where they are living. 

SECTION 1: For students residing on campus or in the Des Moines area

General Information
  • Only residents that have received written approval can return to their residence hall and room beginning Sunday, March 22. 
  • Only residents can be in their own rooms.
  • Off-campus students are not allowed in any residence hall.
  • In emergency situations, contact Drake Public Safety at 515-271-2222.  Drake Public Safety is available 24/7.  If not residing on-campus or within the Drake Neighborhood, please dial 911.    
Drake Dining Locations & Hours (March 22-April 5)

All meals will be Grab & Go, with pick-up located on Pomerantz Stage. Hours of operation:

Sunday, March 22

Pomerantz Stage Grab & Go
Dinner 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Convenience Store (Olmsted)
Closed

Starbucks
Closed

Monday-Friday

Pomerantz Stage Grab & Go
Breakfast - 7:30am – 9:00am
Lunch - 11:00am – 1:00pm
Dinner - 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Convenience Store (Olmsted) *No more than 4 people the store at a time*
10:00am – 4:00pm

Starbucks *No more than 5 people in the area at a time*
7:30am – 4:00pm

Saturday-Sunday

Pomerantz Stage Grab & Go
Breakfast - 8:00am – 9:30am
Lunch - 11:00am – 1:00pm
Dinner - 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Convenience Store (Olmsted)
Closed

Starbucks
Closed

Campus Building Hours

All students will have access via card swipe to academic buildings Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Closed buildings

  • Cowles Library
  • Bell Center
  • Underground Fitness 
  • Non-academic buildings (e.g., Cole Hall, Old Main)

Olmsted Center’s Hours

  • Sunday, March 22, 4pm – 7:30pm
  • Monday – Friday, 7am – 7:30pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 7:30pm

SECTION 2: For all students

Student Health

If you are living away from Drake, we ask that you please visit or call your primary health care provider for immediate health needs.

The Drake Student Health Center will serve students through remote access only. Students can call 515-271-3731 and set up a phone consultation appointment.  By calling the Student Health Center, medical staff will be able to respond to your health questions. The Student Health Center will set up appointments for existing medication refills by phone or Microsoft Teams. 

If you have symptoms associated with COVID-19 or believe you have been exposed, please contact the Student Health Center during business hours or your primary care doctor.  If you reside in the Drake neighborhood or have received written approval to return to your residence hall, after-hour support can be provided by Drake Public Safety at 515-271-2222.  Additional nationwide guidance outside of University business hours can be provided by calling 2-1-1.  For those students experiencing flu like symptoms and have been advised by a medical professional to seek care, we ask that you arrange your own transportation. In an emergency, and if you reside in the Drake Neighborhood or a residence hall, please contact Drake Public Safety at 515-271-2222 to discuss alternative transportation options.

For more information on Des Moines medical clinics, please click here.  Additional information can be found by visiting Drake’s COVID-19 website and scrolling down to the Student Services & Student Life section.

Student Counseling

The Drake Counseling Center will provide remote access appointments only, using Microsoft Teams.  If you currently meet with a therapist at the counseling center and are in Iowa, you can meet via remote counseling on HIPAA protected, Microsoft Teams. If you are interested in this option, please let your therapist know and they will offer you the paperwork and instructions to make this available before your next session. Utilizing this option will mean that you have access to a completely quiet and confidential space from which to engage in your session. At this time you may schedule an appointment by emailing the therapist you wish to see.

If you are outside the state of Iowa, a therapist can work with you on the phone or Microsoft Teams and provide brief consultation, crisis intervention, and point you to resources. If you would like to meet with a therapist where you are currently residing, we can also help you find a therapist in your community. 

For more information on remote counseling services and online support programs, please visit Drake’s COVID-19 website and scroll down to the Student Services & Student Life section.

Drake Social Media

It’s important to stay connected during this time.  Be sure to follow Drake Student Central on Facebook, including Drake’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.  There will be a variety of posts supporting wellness and ways to stay connected. 

Scheduling Remote Meetings

We want to assure students that you will continue to have access to support services staff during the next two weeks of remote course delivery.  Students can utilize the Starfish Student Success platform to schedule appointments with staff to occur either by phone or video chat through Microsoft Teams.  Click here for resources on how to use Starfish.  Instructions for how to access a Microsoft Teams meeting will be included with your appointment confirmation through Starfish.

Internet Connectivity away from Campus

As universities and colleges around the country transition classes online for part or all of the spring semester, Spectrum announced plans to offer free internet for 60 days to households with students. Depending on where you live, check with your local provider to see what services they are providing during this unprecedented time. 

Spectrum: 1-844-488-8395

Additional Student Services & Student Life Information

Students can find additional information on Student Disability Services, Tutoring, Academic Success, Professional & Career Development Services, Student Financial Planning, Co-Curricular Engagement, including many other services by visiting Drake’s COVID-19 website and scrolling down to the Student Services & Student Life section. 

Thank you for taking the time to review this information.  I ask that you continue to take the appropriate social distancing precautions by staying a minimum of six feet of distance from one another, and no gatherings of more than 10 people.  The University will provide updates via the COVID-19 website and email students when appropriate.

 

Questions? Contact us with any COVID-19 questions.

Call Center: (515) 271-2353
Email: covid19@drake.edu