Campus Health & Safety
Last updated: February 13, 2023
Drew’s commitment to operate a safe and healthy campus is evidenced in our instructional, testing, residential, employment, and facilities plans and policies in accordance with requirements from the state and recommendations from the CDC.
For new incoming students for fall 2022, all health forms, including COVID-19 vaccine documentation, are due on July 15, 2022.
For the fall 2021 semester, residential and commuter students were required to be vaccinated and upload their vaccine records to their Student Health Portal at least two weeks prior to arriving to campus for the fall 2021 semester. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons were considered on a case-by-case basis. Less than five percent of the student body were approved for exemptions.
On December 20, 2021, the University announced that students, faculty, staff, and contract workers were required to receive their booster as soon as possible, with a March 31, 2022 deadline. Read the announcement here. This policy remains in effect for the fall 2022 semester.
Faculty and Staff
On August 25, 2021, shortly after the FDA announced full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the University implemented a policy to require full vaccination for all faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, temporary employees, and independent contractors working on Drew’s campus by October 15, 2021. Read the full message here.
On December 20, 2021, the University announced that students, faculty, staff, and contract workers were required to receive their booster as soon as possible, with a March 31, 2022 deadline. Read the announcement here.
The above policies remain in effect for the fall 2022 semester, and all members of the Drew community are encouraged to receive a second booster if/when eligible.
Spring 2023 Testing | Symptomatic Testing
We will continue to observe local, regional, and global infection rates and transmission trends, and may increase or adapt our testing requirements at any time. Any changes will be communicated to the community via email. Our current testing protocols are outlined below.
Pre-Arrival and Arrival Testing
We strongly encourage students to get a COVID-19 test prior to arriving on campus, although it is not mandatory. If you test positive prior to returning to campus, please remain off campus until your isolation period is complete and upload a copy of your positive test to your student health portal. If you are ill or experiencing symptoms, do not come to campus until you are tested.
There will not be weekly surveillance testing throughout the semester, regardless of vaccination status. Accordingly, the University will suspend use of the COVID-19 dashboard.
All students, regardless of vaccination status, will be tested by Health Services if they report symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Faculty and staff who exhibit symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should test and report any positive tests to HR and their supervisor.
Masks will not be mandated on campus, including indoor locations, with the exception of the Health Service.
Faculty, staff, and student conveners may require masks to be worn at their discretion in their classroom, lab, office, or event location. Conveners must notify students of a mask requirement in advance, and students are required to comply with any such direction.
In instances of one-on-one meetings, either party may request that a mask be worn. If this is not acceptable to both parties, an alternative arrangement (e.g., a Zoom meeting) should be made.
While masks are no longer a requirement, the University wholeheartedly supports anyone who continues to wear a mask for any reason. We have instituted this mask policy with the expectation that all members of the Drew community will be understanding of individual situations and choices.
The University reserves the right to reinstate a mask requirement should a need arise due to guidance or on-campus conditions.
We trust that all members of the Drew community will self monitor for signs and symptoms of illness, and stay home if feeling ill and get tested for COVID-19 if experiencing symptoms.
If you are positive for COVID-19, students and employees must follow the below procedures:
The CDC defines a close contact as anyone within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period.
Positive student or employee cases will be responsible for notifying their own close contacts. Instructions will be provided and the Health Service will follow up with any positive student cases.
Isolation (positive for COVID-19)
If positive, students and employees must isolate for at least five days and are able to leave isolation on day six if fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medications and symptoms have mostly resolved. On days six through 10, the positive case must remain fully masked and not eat or drink with others.
Quarantine (close contacts)
In August 2022, the CDC updated their health and safety protocols for close contacts, removing the quarantine component. Regardless of vaccination status, close contacts should wear a mask for 10 days, monitor symptoms, and get tested at least five days after exposure. Positive cases must follow proper reporting protocols.
Templates for both out of office messages and customized signage are available for download here. Simply insert your message in the provided Powerpoint file and print.These templates are available to faculty and staff for unique signage needs. Use of approved signage is strongly encouraged whenever possible.
In addition to vaccination, the best strategies to prevent the spread of the disease are exercising common-sense precautions and practicing physical distancing.
The New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) has shared a series of resource guides for various issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.