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COVID-19 Drake Update - October 9, 2020

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

October 9, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message) 

  • There are two students in on-campus isolation 
  • There are eight students in off-campus isolation 
  • There are 44 students in quarantine; 10 on campus and 34 off campus 
  • Zero out of 244 students tested positive in our current cycle of random sample testing  

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 

There are two students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, down from three at the time of our last update on Oct. 2. One on-campus student is isolating at home. There are seven off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Currently, 44 students are in quarantine—10 residential students and 34 off-campus students.  

These numbers continue to represent strong student adherence to the Drake Together Compact, the expeditious work of our Contact Tracing Team, and the commitment of many others on campus to maintaining a safe and healthy environment so that we may maintain an in-person experience for those who have chosen that path.  

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediatelyYour quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Random Sample Testing Update 

The third of our COVID-19 random sample testing cycleconcludes today. Zero out of 244 students tested positive in this two-week cycle thus farThe next two-week cycle of testing will begin on Monday, Oct. 12. Notices to the students randomly selected for the next cycle have been sent. 

Symptomatic Testing and Testing Students in Quarantine 

As a reminder, all faculty, staff, and students (both on and off-campus residents) experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 may be tested for free on campus. Students who test positive off campus must immediately report it to the Dean of Students at DOS@drake.edu. 

Students in quarantine without symptoms are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 test on campus five to seven days before the end of their quarantine period. Details are provided to students as they enter quarantine. 

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ. 

Be Diligent 

As has been said before, whether you live on or off campus, it is critical that we all wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drakes plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.  

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

COVID-19 Drake Update - October 2, 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.

Oct. 2, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message)

  • There are three students in on-campus isolation
  • There are 19 students in off-campus isolation
  • There are 104 students in quarantine; 30 on campus and 74 off campus
  • Zero out of 131 students have tested positive in the current cycle of random sample testing, which runs through Oct. 9

Symptomatic Testing and Testing Students in Quarantine

As a reminder, all faculty, staff, and students (both on and off-campus residents) experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 may be tested for free on campus. Students who test positive off campus must immediately report it to the Dean of Students at DOS@drake.edu.

Students in quarantine without symptoms are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 test on campus five to seven days before the end of their quarantine period. Details are provided to students as they enter quarantine.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There are three students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, down from five at the time of our last update on Sept. 25. One on-campus student is isolating at home. There are 18 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Currently, 104 students are in quarantine—30 residential students and 74 off-campus students.

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediately. Your quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Random Sample Testing Update

The third of our COVID-19 random sample testing cycles is underway. Out of 131 students, none have tested positive in this current two-week cycle. It remains critically important that the selected students accomplish the COVID-19 test within their two-week cycle. The data gathered allow us to assess and manage our capacity to support isolated and quarantined students, and inform our ability to maintain in-person classes throughout the semester.

Be Diligent

As has been said before, whether you live on or off campus, it is critical that we all wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

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

COVID-19 Drake Update - September 25, 2020

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

Sept. 25, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message)

  • There are five students in on-campus isolation
  • There are 36 students in off-campus isolation
  • There are 228 students in quarantine; 84 on campus and 144 off campus
  • Five out of 192 students tested positive in our second cycle of random sample testing

Testing of Students in Quarantine

Students in quarantine without symptoms are now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 test on campus five to seven days before the end of their quarantine period. These tests will be offered Monday through Friday. Details regarding this change and how to sign up for a test will be provided to all eligible students in quarantine today and going forward.

As explained in our Quarantine and Isolation FAQ, testing negative will not change the duration of quarantine. Proactively testing quarantined students will help identify the incidence of COVID-19 among our student body. 

Symptomatic Testing

As a reminder, all faculty, staff, and students (both on and off-campus residents) experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 may be tested on campus for free. For more information, please see the August 28 COVID Update. Students who secure an off-campus positive COVID-19 test must immediately report that result to the Dean of Students by email to DOS@drake.edu.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There are five students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, up from four at the time of our last update on Sept. 22. Three on-campus students are isolating at home. There are 33 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Two hundred and twenty-eight students are currently in quarantine—84 residential students and 144 off-campus students.

Our last update noted the large number of students in isolation and quarantine who are affiliated with Greek organizations and/or attended off-campus parties. This will continue to be the case until those students’ recovery criteria are satisfied, which for most will occur over the next seven days. It remains absolutely imperative that the COVID-19 protocols in the Drake Together Compact are followed at all times. 

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediately. Your quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Random Sample Testing Update

The second of our COVID-19 random sample testing cycles has concluded. Five out of 192 students tested positive in this two-week cycle. The next two-week cycle of testing will begin on Monday, Sept. 28. Notices to the students randomly selected for the next cycle have been sent.

Be Diligent

As has been said before, whether you live on or off campus, it is critical that we all wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

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

 

COVID-19 Drake Update - September 22, 2020

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

Sept. 22, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message)

  • There are 4 students in on-campus isolation
  • There are 35 students in off-campus isolation
  • There are 239 students in quarantine; 60 on campus and 179 off campus
  • Four out of 127 students have tested positive in the current cycle of random sample testing, which runs through Sept. 25

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 

There are four students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, up from two at the time of our last update on Sept. 17. Two on-campus students are isolating at home. There are 33 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Two hundred and thirty-nine students are currently in quarantine—60 residential students and 179 off-campus students.

A large number of the students in isolation and quarantine are Greek house residents. Given the close living conditions in these houses, the virus spreads easily from one resident to another, making it all the more imperative that the COVID-19 protocols in the Drake Together Compact are followed at all times. Additionally, we can trace a number of infections and many quarantine cases to two off-campus parties that occurred during the week of September 7. This behavior undermines our ability to keep the campus and surrounding community safe, and puts the continuation of in-person classes at risk. It also violates the Drake Together Compact and is subject to disciplinary action under our Code of Student Conduct.  

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediately. Your quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Random Sample Testing Update

The second of our COVID-19 random sample testing cycles will conclude this week. Four out of 127 students have tested positive in this two-week cycle. Random sample testing provides intelligence into the incidence of asymptomatic spread in the Drake community. It is critically important that the selected students accomplish their COVID-19 test within their two-week cycle. The data gathered allow us to assess and manage our capacity to support isolated and quarantined students, and inform our ability to maintain in-person classes throughout the semester.

Be Diligent

We can trace most of the increase in isolation and quarantine cases over the last week and a half to behaviors that are not in keeping with our COVID-19 directives. While we continue to have a very low infection rate in our residence halls, the growth in cases and contacts for off-campus students is troubling. As has been said before, whether you live on or off campus, it is critical that we all wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

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

COVID-19 Drake Update - September 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.

September 17, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message)
  • There are two students in on-campus isolation
  • There are 20 students in off-campus isolation
  • There are 127 students in quarantine; 32 on campus and 95 off campus
  • Three out of 62 students have tested positive in the current cycle of random sample testing, which runs through Sept. 25
Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There are two students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, up from zero at the start of this week. One on-campus student is isolating at home. Importantly, 94 of 96 on-campus isolation rooms remain available for residence hall students who may contract the coronavirus. There are 19 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied.

The majority of the increases in the number of students currently in isolation or quarantine (both on and off campus) are attributable to new COVID-19 cases identified from three off-campus Greek houses. All chapters are working with their national organizations and the University to prevent further transmission. Members who tested positive have been isolated and all other members who are primary contacts are in quarantine.

Your cooperation in the days and weeks ahead is imperative. No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call from (515) 271-2353 please answer because this is our Contact Tracing Team trying to reach you. Your responsiveness could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Random Sample Testing Update

The second of our COVID-19 random sample testing cycles will conclude next week. Three of the 62 random samples taken so far this week have tested positive for COVID-19. Each of those students is now in isolation and contact tracing has been accomplished. We still need 80 students selected for the second two-week cycle of random testing to sign up for their test slot to meet our goal of 283 random tests in this cycle. 

The random sample testing program applies to all students who are coming to campus for any purpose during the semester. It is absolutely critical that if you are randomly selected to provide a COVID-19 test you sign up as soon as possible or provide proof that you are not coming to campus this semester. The data gathered through random testing allow us to assess and manage our capacity to support isolated and quarantined students, and inform our ability to maintain in-person classes throughout the semester.

Symptomatic Testing

As a reminder, all faculty, staff, and students (both on and off-campus residents) experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 can be tested on campus. For more information please see the August 28 COVID Update. If a student secures an off-campus COVID-19 positive test, that student must report that result to the Dean of Students by email to DOS@drake.edu

Stay Diligent

We continue to have an overall low incidence of positive results in our COVID-19 random sample testing and we are using only two of our 96 on-campus isolation rooms. But, we must stay diligent. Continue wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and practicing good hygiene. Let’s stay focused and keep working together for the health and safety of our campus and the broader community.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

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

COVID-19 Drake Update - September 14, 2020

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

Sept. 14, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message) 
  • There are no students in on-campus isolation 
  • One on-campus student has tested positive and is isolating off-campus 
  • Twelve off-campus students have tested positive or are presumed positive 
  • There are 132 students in quarantine; 43 on-campus and 89 off-campus 
  • One out of 129 students tested positive in the first cycle of random sample testing 
Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 

As of this morning, there are no students in on-campus isolation. All 96 on-campus isolation rooms are available for residence hall students who may contract the coronavirus. One on-campus student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home. Twelve off-campus students have tested positive or are presumed positive for COVID-19 and are isolating in an off-campus residence or at home  

There are 132 students in quarantine – 43 on-campus and 89 off-campusThis is a material increase over the number of students in quarantine last week due, in part, to new COVID-19 cases in two off-campus Greek houses. 

Drake students who contract COVID-19 are placed in isolation in order to prevent the spread of the virus to others. All students in isolation, whether on or off campus, receive regular check-in calls from the contact tracing team. Quarantine, on the other hand, separates and restricts the movement of students who have been exposed to COVID-19 until it can be determined whether they have been infected. Additional details regarding isolation and quarantine can be found here.  

Our contact tracing team works to identify students who have been in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19. If you receive a call from (515) 271-2353, please answer it because this is our contact tracing team trying to connect with you. It is critically important that anyone who is a primary contact strictly comply with our quarantine protocols. We all need to do our utmost to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our community. 

Random Sample Testing Update

Last week marked the completion of our first two-week COVID-19 random sample testing cycle. One person out of the 129 random samples taken tested positive for COVID-19. That student is now in isolation off-campus. The goal for the first two-week cycle was to test 216 randomly selected students. Due to lack of participation and no-shows during the second week of the first cycle, we fell short of that target.

The random sample testing program applies to all students who are coming to campus for any purpose during the semesterAs long as we get sufficient student participation, the program will provide valid data regarding the presence of COVID-19 in our communityThis data will allow us to assess and manage our capacity to support isolated and quarantined students, and inform our ability to maintain in-person classes throughout the semester.

This week will start our second two-week random sample testing cycle. The first email to those students selected went out on Thursday of last week and 61.5% have already signed up for their test slot. If you received the email indicating you were selected and have not yet signed up for a testing time, please follow the directions provided to secure your test as soon as possible. It is very important that the randomly selected students for each two-week cycle comply with the direction to get a COVID-19 test in their allotted time.

Symptomatic Testing

As a reminder, all faculty, staff, and students (both on and off campus residents) experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested at the Drake University Student Health Center. For more information please see the August 28 COVID Update. 

Stay Diligent

Both the results of the first two-week cycle of random sample testing and the continuing low utilization of our isolation capacity are good news regarding the incidence of COVID-19 in our community. These positive results are a direct consequence of all of us wearing our masks, maintaining social distance, and practicing good hygiene. Let’s keep up the good work. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drakes plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials. 

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

COVID-19 Drake Update - September 8, 2020

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

Sept. 8, 2020

Welcome back from the Labor Day three-day weekend. Anyone who traveled this past weekend, was part of a large gathering, or had any other experience of heightened risk of exposure to the coronavirus should take extra care in the coming days to strictly observe our COVID-19 directives and limit contact with others even more than normal. Holiday weekends have proven to be times of greater community spread. If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please follow the process outlined in the August 28 COVID Update.

Random Sample Testing Update 

Last Wednesday, September 2nd, we began COVID-19 random sample testing of students who are coming to campus for any purpose during the semester. This will provide a statistically reliable and valid sample size of over 200-student test results in rolling two-week periods. The main purpose of surveillance testing is to monitor data trends regarding the presence of COVID-19 in our community. The program is not designed to provide point-in-time incidence rates. Continuous bi-weekly random sample testing will allow us to assess and manage our capacity to support isolated and quarantined students, and will inform our ability to maintain in-person classes throughout the semester.

Noting again that the random sample testing program is not designed to provide point-in-time incidence rates, more than ninety students were tested during the first week of the program and none of these tests came back positive for COVID-19. This week is the second of our first two-week testing cycle and 29% of those students randomly selected for the first round of testing still need to sign up for their test. If this applies to you, follow the directions provided to you to secure your test at the Student Health Center as soon as possible. It is very important that the randomly selected students for each two-week cycle comply with the direction to get a COVID-19 test in their allotted time. We will start our second surveillance testing two-week cycle next week.

On-campus Student Isolation and Quarantine

As was the case when we issued our September 2nd COVID-19 update, we are still using less than 10% of our 96 isolation rooms for residence hall students who contract the coronavirus. Our contact tracing team has efficiently identified the limited number of students who have experienced a primary exposure to a person infected with COVID-19 and those students have received their quarantine instructions. If you receive a call from (515) 271-2353, answer it because this is our contact tracing team trying to connect with you. It is critically important that anyone who experiences a primary exposure strictly comply with our quarantine protocols. We all need to do our utmost to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our community. 

Stay Diligent 

Both the results of the first week (of a two-week cycle) of random sample testing and the continuing low utilization of our isolation capacity are good news regarding the incidence of COVID-19 in our community. We are thankful for this, but we must not take these encouraging results as an indication that anyone should relax when it comes to following our COVID-19 directives. Widespread adherence to these directives is producing these outcomes. Continue to wear your mask, maintain social distance, and practice good hygiene.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

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

COVID-19 Drake Update - September 2, 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.

Sept. 2, 2020

COVID Surveillance Testing Update

Thank you for your commitment to helping minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission on Drake’s campus. We must stay diligent. To that end, the University began the random testing of students earlier today. The details of this process were shared in the COVID Update from August 28. The first round of random testing will conclude next week; additional rounds will follow every two weeks. To this point in time, 32% of the students notified for the first round of random testing still need to sign up for a test slot before the end of next week. If you are one of these students, please sign up for your test as soon as possible.

The August 28th COVID Update also contained important information about how to obtain testing if you are not a student selected for random testing or if you are a faculty or staff member. Please be mindful of your health and get tested as quickly as possible should you have symptoms that might suggest COVID-19 infection. Last evening we became aware of new self-reported cases and those individuals are now safely in isolation. Our contact tracing team has been in touch with those who had direct exposure to these positive cases and those individuals are now quarantined. It is critically important that students placed into quarantine strictly comply with the applicable restrictions on movement in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on and off campus. 

Provost Mattison’s August 31st message noted that we will monitor the trends in our surveillance testing results, and our capacity to isolate students who have tested positive and serve quarantined students identified through our contact tracing program as the critical measures of our ability to manage COVID-19 at Drake.  As mentioned above, we started random testing today and have no trend data from that program as of yet. Regarding our capacity to take care of our students, we are currently using less than 10% of our isolation beds (based on single occupancy) and are in a comparable situation regarding quarantined students. Please do not take these positive results as an indication that anyone should relax when it comes to following our COVID-19 directives. It is widespread adherence to these directives that is producing this outcome. Continue to wear your mask, maintain social distancing, and practice good hygiene.

There will be additional cases in the coming weeks. Identifying such is the very point of our random testing program. We will continue to respond quickly to care for those who test positive and those with whom they have been in contact. We will continue to share updates regarding our testing programs and our isolation, contact tracing, and quarantine efforts in this format as we have been doing since the start of the pandemic earlier this year. As a reminder, you can see all past COVID-19 updates here.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

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

COVID-19 Drake Update - August 28, 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.

Aug. 28, 2020
Testing, Face Coverings Policy Update, and Class Schedules

Returning to campus safely requires each of us to fully comply with the University’s COVID-19 directives. Today’s COVID Update details the University’s random sample testing program, shares additional details on symptomatic and asymptomatic testing, provides an update to the Face Coverings Policy, and an update to in-person class schedules. 

Random Sample Testing

Beginning the week of August 31, the University will test a randomly assigned sample of students sufficient to estimate the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus. Tests will be scheduled and administered throughout the week at no charge to the student. Selected students will be notified via their University email account with further instructions. A new randomly assigned sample of students will be chosen every two weeks. Under this testing program, it is possible that a student may be tested multiple times over the course of the semester or not at all. 

Any student who has the opportunity to be on campus this fall will be included in the random sampling COVID-19 test process, including undergraduate and graduate students. Surveillance testing through a random sampling method is critically important to prevent outbreaks on campus. Those students identified for testing as part of the random sample must comply in a timely manner so that the University is able to collect actionable data.

Symptomatic Testing

On-Campus Testing for Students with COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Both residential and non-residential students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must call the Student Health Center at 515-271-3731 before showing up to the Student Health Center in person. Students will be evaluated virtually and upon confirmation of symptoms consistent with COVID-19, will be prompted to immediately schedule a testing appointment at the Student Health Center. There will be no charge for tests administered to symptomatic students at the Student Health Center.

On-Campus Testing for Faculty and Staff with COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at 515-271-3804 or chris.nickell@drake.edu. Chris will provide further instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Off-Campus Testing Options for Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Asymptomatic Testing

Students, faculty, and staff who do not have any COVID-19 symptoms may utilize off-campus testing sites such as the options listed above.

Update to Face Coverings Policy

The existing Face Covering Policy has been updated to reflect a requirement to wear a face covering at all University required or sponsored events, regardless of location or setting. This is in addition to the existing requirement to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and in outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible.

The new language is as follows:

All Drake required or sponsored events—regardless of location—require face coverings be worn by attendees and participants whether held indoors or outdoors unless an exemption is approved by Environmental Health and Safety. Everyone must maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others wherever possible, even when wearing a mask or other face covering. Exemptions will only be granted for athletic activities compliant with risk mitigation standards sanctioned by the NCAA or in situations where event organizers are able to demonstrate a significant need with no available alternative and have submitted a plan for how the variance will be handled.

The full, updated policy text is available on the Drake policy website.

In-Person Class Schedules

 In order to allow Drake’s Facilities team sufficient time to sanitize classroom spaces between uses, all faculty should let their in-person classes out five minutes earlier than scheduled. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

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

COVID-19 Drake Update - August 20, 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.

Aug. 20, 2020
Reporting Possible Exposures, Testing, Contact Tracing, Quarantine and Isolation, and Case Data Sharing

Returning to campus safely requires each of us to fully comply with the University’s COVID-19 directives. Today’s COVID Update reviews how to report possible exposures, explains the requirements for quarantine and isolation, details the University's testing plan, provides an overview of how contact tracing will take place at Drake, and reviews the University's approach to reporting cases.

Reporting Possible Exposures

Per guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health, an exposure is defined as close personal contact—being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer—with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Those who have been exposed to people who are known to have COVID-19 should refrain from potentially infecting others until it can be determined whether they have contracted COVID-19. 

Students who believe they have been exposed should immediately quarantine themselves and send an email to dos@drake.edu for further guidance. If a possible exposure takes place for a student during the academic term, the University will notify their professors that they will be taking classes virtually until it is safe for the student to return to in-person classes as determined by the University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

Faculty, staff, or contractors who believe they have been exposed should immediately quarantine themselves and notify the University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety by submitting this form. Environmental Health and Safety will assess whether quarantine or isolation protocols need to be followed.

Quarantine and Isolation

In our communications with campus, the terms quarantine and isolation have distinct meanings. It is important to understand the differences and expectations of both situations. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to COVID-19 until it can be determined whether they have been infected. Isolation separates COVID-19 positive patients from all others.

Quarantine

If you do not have a confirmed case of COVID-19, but have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case for 15 minutes or more while being within 6 feet of each other, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.

During quarantine:

  • Stay home unless it is essential to leave your home. If you do leave your home, avoid all close contact. Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others. Be especially mindful of people who are potentially in high-risk health categories. Do not use public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis.
  • Students must stay in their residence hall room or off-campus residence as much as possible in order to limit potential spread and they must not enter academic buildings or attend gatherings.
  • Monitor your health by taking your temperature and being alert for other symptoms. Call the Student Health Center or another health care provider if you suspect symptoms are appearing. Do not show up at a health care facility without calling in advance.
  • Students must attend all classes virtually until the quarantine period has passed as determined by Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Students who live in the residence halls will have food delivered to them or have the option to pick up Grab and Go items from the lower level of Hubbell Dining Hall. Students who live off-campus should utilize contactless food and grocery delivery services when possible.
  • Postpone all appointments until you have completed your quarantine.
  • If you have to be in public, wear a mask to protect others from possible infection.
  • Wash your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Isolation

If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you will be required to isolate until all the recovery criteria are met. For symptomatic confirmed cases, this means at least 10 days have passed since symptoms began, you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and all other symptoms have improved. For asymptomatic confirmed cases, 10 days must pass since the positive test was taken. Environmental Health and Safety will evaluate each case and may require the isolation period to extend beyond 10 days based on a student’s symptoms.

Residential students who test positive will have the option to return home for the isolation period or relocate to a designated residence hall or University real estate property identified for that purpose. Drake properties will be equipped with appropriate furniture, internet access, and amenities, including the delivery of three meals each day.

During isolation:

  • Stay home unless it is an emergency or you need to seek medical care. If you must seek medical care, make sure to avoid close contact with others and wear a mask. Do not use public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis.
  • Monitor your health by taking your temperature and being alert for other symptoms. Call the Student Health Center or another health care provider if you suspect symptoms are appearing. Do not show up at a health facility without calling in advance.
  • Students will attend classes virtually until the recovery criteria have been met.
  • Residential students, including those moved to an off-campus location by the University, will have food delivered to them. Students who live off-campus should utilize contactless food and grocery delivery services when possible.
  • Postpone all appointments until you have completed your isolation.
  • Wash your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Testing

All residential students are being tested for COVID-19 upon their return to campus. The University plans to test a random sampling of students during the semester to monitor the existence of COVID-19 on campus.

Students who decide to get tested off-campus should report positive test results by sending an email to dos@drake.edu. Faculty and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms, may be tested through Test Iowa or through their health care provider, and should notify the University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety of positive results by submitting this form.

Contact Tracing

Drake University will be assisting the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department in contact tracing within the Drake community to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Our contact tracing efforts will primarily be focused on contacts within the Drake community who work, live, or attend classes on campus and who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Individuals assigned to tracking and tracing duties are trained in appropriate tracking protocol, as well as privacy protections.

Expediency is critical when contact tracing, so if you receive a call from 515-271-2353 or another Drake phone number starting with the digits 271, please answer it immediately. Contact tracers may also attempt to reach you at your Drake email address. 

Case Data Sharing

Drake will not share or publish COVID-19 medical information. Those who need to know about individual positive cases will be notified during the contact tracing process. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

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 - August 3, 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. 

August 3, 2020
Returning to Campus, Requests for Remote Learning, and J-Term 2021


Returning to Campus

The University has begun a gradual return to normal campus operations in preparation for residential student move-in on Aug. 15. In this first week of on-campus operations, offices will be minimally staffed in-person and generally at no more than 50% of normal operations for any one area. To help prepare returning faculty, staff, and students, the EOC has published substantial updates to drake.edu/coronavirus—including Return to Campus Guides for faculty and staff and students—and many new answers to frequently asked questions. Additionally, a new section includes information meant to ensure visitors are aware of and follow our policies and expectations as they come to campus. It is strongly recommended that you read through these updates to understand the protocols that are in place to protect you and our campus community.

New Deadline to Request Remote Learning

As was communicated in an email to students from Dean of Students Jerry Parker on Friday, July 31, the deadline for students to request remote delivery for Fall 2020 semester courses has been extended to Friday, Aug. 14. If approved to do so, all coursework must be completed remotely and students may not convert to on-campus instruction after Aug. 14. Students may request remote course delivery by filling out this form. As a reminder, students are not able to choose remote learning for only part of their schedule. 

Study Abroad, Including J-Term 2021

Study abroad is currently suspended. The University previously announced the cancellation of summer 2020, fall 2020, and full academic year (2020–2021) study abroad programs. As of today, the University is also canceling J-Term travel seminars for 2021. The University is currently exploring contingency plans for J-Term 2021 travel seminar students. The University continues to review spring 2021 and summer 2021 study abroad programs. 

If you have questions related to travel suspensions and study abroad, please reach out to studyabroad@drake.edu.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state orders. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials. 

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 - July 28, 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.
 

July 28, 2020
Enhanced Sanitation and Disinfection

As communicated in the July 7, 2020 COVID-19 Update, the University is operating under a set of #DrakeTogether Commitments. These include mandatory masks, self-monitoring and reporting, social distancing protocols, enhanced sanitation and disinfection, and awareness and education. This week’s update focuses on enhanced sanitation and disinfection.

Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 through proper sanitation and disinfection is part of the #DrakeTogether Commitments and an important aspect of our safe return to campus. It is important for faculty, staff, and students to understand and adhere to the following practices.

Enhanced Sanitation and Disinfection Key Points

Facilities, Planning, and Management Responsibilities

  • High traffic areas and frequently touched objects such as door handles, handrails, and light switches are being cleaned with increased frequency by Facilities, Planning, and Management, with many high use areas being cleaned at least twice daily. In addition, specialized equipment is being utilized to increase disinfecting efficiency in critical high use areas.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be readily available in areas with heavy traffic, and as always, restrooms and kitchen areas will be equipped with hand soap.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Responsibilities

  • Use disinfectants to regularly wipe down their personal work areas and frequently touched objects (e.g., desks, phones, keyboards, white board markers, etc.).
  • Shared objects within labs and classrooms such as tools, work benches, and lab equipment should be wiped down with disinfectants after each use.
  • When using disinfectants, use only EPA-registered products and wear disposable vinyl gloves. 

Facilities, Planning, and Management has purchased cleaning supplies, including EPA-registered products, for high use common areas across campus. Distribution will take place in August. Building contacts will be able to request replacement supplies by utilizing the Facilities, Planning, and Management work order system.

We must be #DrakeTogether to accomplish a safe transition back to campus, so your cooperation is critical. Thank you.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state orders. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

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 - July 21, 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.

July 21, 2020
Social Distancing Protocols

As communicated in the July 7, 2020 COVID-19 Update, the University is operating under a set of #DrakeTogether Commitments. These include: mandatory masks, self-monitoring and reporting, social distancing protocols, enhanced sanitation and disinfection, and awareness and education. This week’s update focuses on social distancing protocols; forthcoming updates will focus on each of the other commitments.

While on campus, everyone must maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others wherever possible, even when wearing a mask or other face covering. Those returning to Drake the week of August 3–7 will notice additional signage around campus to serve as reminders of this policy as well as other directions to help encourage social distancing protocols. Please follow all directions communicated on these signs, including those that limit use of common spaces and require foot traffic to flow in a specific direction.

Enforced social distancing as part of the #DrakeTogether Commitments will help mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 on our campus.

 

Social Distancing Key Points

  • Students, faculty, staff, visitors, and vendors are required to maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others wherever possible.
  • Please abide by all campus signage, which will help encourage social distancing.
  • Minimize in-person meetings by utilizing Microsoft Teams or Zoom whenever possible.
  • Capacity for on-campus events will be limited to allow all attendees to engage in social distancing of at least six feet between individuals or to limit room capacity to 50%, whichever is less. In-person event organizers must submit a completed risk assessment and distancing plan to roomreservations@drake.edu to allow for University review and approval prior to the event being scheduled

We must be #DrakeTogether to accomplish a safe transition back to campus, so your cooperation is important. Thank you.  

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state orders. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

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 - July 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.

July 14, 2020

Face Mask Requirement and Upcoming Policy

As communicated in the July 7, 2020 COVID-19 Update, the University is operating under a set of #DrakeTogether Commitments. Those include: mandatory masks, self-monitoring and reporting, social distancing protocols, enhanced sanitation and disinfection, and awareness and education. This week’s update focuses on mandatory masks; forthcoming updates will focus on each of the other commitments.

The University instituted a Temperature Self-Monitoring and Face Mask Requirement on April 15, 2020. That requirement remains in effect and applies to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The University is currently reviewing a Face Coverings Policy, which will supersede the face mask requirement and will go into effect upon completion of its review on July 16. The University’s definition of a face covering includes cloth or surgical masks, as well as plastic face shields, that cover an individual’s nose and mouth. 

Face Coverings Policy Key Points 

  • Students, faculty, staff, visitors, and vendors are required to wear a mask or face covering while in campus buildings and outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible.
  • The University will provide all Drake employees and students (both residential and non-residential) with one reusable and washable cloth face mask. Details about distribution will be communicated via campus-wide email in the coming weeks.
  • Face coverings will not be required in the following situations:
    • Employees working alone in their offices
    • Students in their residence hall room (unless the door is open or visitors are present)
    • While participating in activities in which a face covering cannot be worn or would prohibit respiratory function


We must be #DrakeTogether to accomplish a safe transition back to campus, so your cooperation is important. Thank you. 


Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state orders. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

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 - July 7, 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.

July 7, 2020

Returning to Campus

As a community, we are committed to two overarching goals: ensure the safety and health of all students, faculty, staff, and community members, and deliver an outstanding educational experience. This shared commitment requires each of us to have courage, take responsibility, and show accountability to ensure we are doing all we can for each other.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been busy preparing for fall semester. Starting today, the EOC will share important information about returning to campus. You will receive COVID-19 Updates like this via email and each Update will be posted along with additional information and FAQs to the University’s COVID-19 website, drake.edu/coronavirus. Summaries will also be included in OnCampus for your convenience.

The University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is focused on the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the public with whom we all interact. To help reduce risk, Drake will operate under the following #DrakeTogether Commitments:

  • Self-Monitoring and Reporting
  • Mandatory Masks
  • Social Distancing Protocols
  • Enhanced Sanitation and Disinfection
  • Awareness and Education

More about each of these points will be communicated in the coming weeks. For now, it is important for you to know the following:

  • At this time, we anticipate beginning a gradual return to normal campus operations on Aug. 3. During the week of Aug. 3–7, departments should plan to operate with approximately 50% of their workforce on campus at any one time. The University will use this period to test the institution’s ability to exercise systems and procedures, care for community members, and plan for the beginning of the academic year. The following week, departments may increase the number of employees on-site as necessary to meet operational needs and in preparation for residential students’ move-in, which will start on Aug. 14.
  • Offices and departments will operate at levels necessary to maintain CDC social distancing guidelines. Departments will continue to use telework to the extent possible, as well as alternative scheduling to minimize the number of people in University offices.
  • The University will continue to enforce its requirement that all faculty, staff, students, and visitors wear face masks while inside campus buildings and on campus grounds when social distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state orders. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

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 - June 24, 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.

June 24, 2020  

Financial Aid Appeals for Loss of Income related to COVID-19

The following message comes from Ryan Zantingh, director of student financial planning:

As we navigate unprecedented economic upheaval created by the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to make you aware of Drake’s financial aid appeal process that is available for a recent loss of income or other special circumstances. For certain situations, financial aid administrators have the authority to make changes to a student’s FAFSA in order to more accurately reflect a student’s ability to pay for college.

If you have completed the 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and anticipate a reduction of family income in 2020 (compared to the 2018 income reported on your FAFSA), you may wish to submit Drake’s Special Circumstances Form to report your situation. Staff from the Office of Student Financial Planning will review your appeal and, if appropriate, adjust your FAFSA. This adjustment may result in increased eligibility for need-based student financial aid.

Adequate substantiation is required in order to consider an appeal for special circumstances. Please complete the Special Circumstances Form with as much detail as possible and include supporting documentation when submitting your form.

I recognize that a great amount of uncertainty about the pandemic remains and projecting 2020 income may be difficult. If this is your situation, I encourage you to submit this form later in the summer or during the fall semester when you are better able to provide accurate information. There is not a pressing deadline to submit this form, but understand that billing obligations will continue as scheduled. Accordingly, you should submit your appeal as soon as you have the information needed to do so.

If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please contact the Office of Student Financial Planning at financialaid@drake.edu.

Drake’s Special Circumstances Form for 2020–2021 is available here.

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 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.

Questions? Contact us with any COVID-19 questions.

Email: covid19@drake.edu