March 2021 – Drew University announced plans to have a fully in-person fall 2021 semester.
The news was shared with the Drew community in an email from President Tom Schwarz.
“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,” said Schwarz.
This spring, the University 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 Drew’s entire community of students, faculty, and staff throughout the semester paved the way for the school’s optimistic view of the fall.
Schwarz noted the encouraging continued rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, and strongly encouraged 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,” he said.
As has been the case since the pandemic began, the University’s first priority is the health and safety of the Drew community. Accordingly, 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 planning and execution.
Schwarz stressed the need to remain flexible and ready to adjust plans, should circumstances change.
“As we head towards a more normal future, please stay vigilant,” urged Schwarz at the end of the message. “Continue wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, adhering to on-campus protocols, and abiding by the local and state guidelines”
Additional fall 2021 semester details will be shared over the coming months. Visit this site for the most up-to-date information on Drew’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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