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Please see below for operational updates from Drake University.

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