Return to normal capacity in the fall | Now
The following message regarding the return to normal capacity in the fall of 2021 has been sent to the Drexel community.
Recently, we asked all units to provide 3 feet of social distancing in our teaching and research spaces for the fall term of 2021, so that we may be in the best position to pivot in response to any changes in the COVID-19 regulations. Today I am happy to share that we are now planning a return to normal capacity (no social distancing required), based on recommendations from Drexel’s Scientific Advisory Group and the Returns Monitoring Committee.
This change follows encouraging news: Our campus is experiencing the lowest number of COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic and vaccination is in full swing, with a full vaccination required for students on campus at the autumn. Additionally, the City of Philadelphia announced this week that all home security restrictions will be lifted on June 11. The CDC’s guidelines for those vaccinated were also updated this week to include a change in the need to mask. We expect to hear from the Returns Oversight Committee soon on how these recent changes in federal, state and local policies and regulations will further affect campus policies and procedures.
In light of the rapidly evolving science of COVID-19 vaccination and corresponding changes in public health guidelines, faculty and professional staff have worked diligently to transition the fall class schedule. in order to maximize our teaching spaces on campus. After consulting with the Feedback Oversight Committee, the Office of the University Registrar informed course planners and university departments yesterday that the course section creation and validation deadline has been extended in order to allow more time for s ” adapt to necessary changes. The university registrar will continue to work with the departments on their fall schedules.
All courses that were to be remote due to capacity restrictions will now take place on campus face-to-face or in hybrid mode, excluding sections reserved for international students who may be affected by the travel restrictions. Similar changes will occur in our research, academic and creative activities on and off campus, and will be communicated separately by the Office of Research and Innovation.
I am grateful for the hard work and collaboration of the Drexel community as we navigate the process back to campus. I can’t wait to meet in person without the restrictions of social distancing in the fall.
Paul E. Jensen
Executive Vice President
Nina Henderson Provost