Dear members of the Drew community,
I am pleased to share with you that Drew plans to have a fully in-person fall 2021 semester. Although the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still with us and will linger into the future, we are hopeful and actively planning for a return this fall to a more traditional on-campus experience, complete with robust, in-person academic, research, living, and learning opportunities.
This spring, we welcomed students back to campus for a modified semester, with firm health and safety protocols and testing procedures in place. The commitment and participation of our entire community of students, faculty, and staff during this time have paved the way for our optimistic view of the fall.
Additionally, we are encouraged by the continued rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines—and strongly urge members of the Drew community to get their vaccine as soon as they are eligible. Having as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible is our best defense against the virus and gives us the greatest chance for a normal fall semester.
As has been the case since the pandemic began, our first priority is the health and safety of the Drew community. Therefore, the shape of the fall 2021 semester will ultimately depend upon local, state, and CDC health and safety guidelines, which the University will follow closely in both our planning and execution. As always, we must remain flexible and ready to adjust our plans, should circumstances change.
Students, please note this important information:
As we head towards a more normal future, please stay vigilant: Continue wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, adhering to on-campus protocols, and abiding by the local and state guidelines, wherever you are spending this semester. Additional fall 2021 semester details will be shared over the coming months.
Thomas J. Schwarz