Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Last updated: August 25, 2021

Drew University continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation. The University’s Open Campus Task Force meets weekly. Our goal remains the same: to provide an authentic and meaningful experience for our students while prioritizing everyone’s health and safety.

The University has gone back to a fully in-person fall 2021 semester, including a more traditional on-campus experience, complete with robust, in-person academic, research, living, and learning opportunities.

Recent updates

In April 2021, the University announced a policy requiring all students planning to be on campus for the 2021–22 academic year to be vaccinated for COVID-19. This includes undergraduate and graduate students; students participating in our joint and collaborative programs with other institutions; and visiting, exchange, non-matriculated, and special-program students. Read more about the policy, including answers to frequently asked questions here. On August 25, the University announced a policy requiring all employees to be vaccinated as well. Read the announcement here.

Following updated CDC COVID-19 guidance in July 2021 in response to the spread of the Delta variant, Drew confirmed health and safety policies in effect on campus through at least September 30, 2021. The updated policies and protocols, including those on vaccine requirements, masks, testing, and more, can be found here. These policies were extended until further notice on September 22, 2021.

Campus Alert Level: Green (COVID Normal Alert)

Drew University has established color-coded alert levels to indicate the status of campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We all must remain vigilant about the safety of our community in The Forest and our community beyond campus. For more than nine months, we’ve been dealing with this pandemic. We are now accustomed to meeting challenges in new ways and with a flexible attitude, and we must continue to do so. With everyone’s best efforts we will complete the semester uninterrupted. ”
Thomas J. Schwarz (Jan. 2021)

Contact Us

If you have questions, please reach out:

  • Students, for general student life concerns: Contact the Office of Campus Life and Student Affairs at 973-408-3390 or
  • Students, for residential life concerns: Contact Residence Life & Housing at 973-408-3520 or
  • Students, for academic concerns: Contact your academic advisor; alternately, reach out to for CLA, for Caspersen or for the Theological School.
  • Students who are studying abroad: Contact Stacy Fischer, director of the Center for Global Education, at 973-408-3047 or
  • Faculty: Contact the Office of the Provost at 973-408-3611 or
  • Staff: Contact the Drew Staff Association at
  • For Health Services: Contact 973-408-3414 or
  • For Counseling and Psychological Services: Contact to set up an initial consultation.

Drew University continues to work with the Madison Public Health Department, the New Jersey Department of Health and other government partners on public risk and response. Our current level of public health risk remains low. However, Drew is preparing for the possibility of a localized outbreak.

OSHE Higher Education Standards: Reopen Plan

On June 18, 2020, the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education issued standards for higher education in 10 key on-campus functional areas. Drew's plan was approved by the State.

OSHE Higher Education Standards: Addendum

On December 3, 2020, Drew created an addendum to the Reopen Plan and submitted it to the State.

OSHE Higher Education Standards: Summer 2021 Addendum

On May 27, 2021, Drew created an additional addendum to the Reopen Plan Addendum above and submitted it to the State.

How to Protect Yourself & Others

Keep up to date on the latest guidance on masks, social distancing, and vaccinations.