COVID-19 Updates for Law School


If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or you believe you have had close contact with someone who has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 please reach out to Dean Lee Schneider or the University Dean of Students Office at

Symptomatic Testing

On-Campus Testing for Students with COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Both residential and non-residential students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must call the Student Health Center at 515-271-3731 before showing up to the Student Health Center in person. Students will be evaluated virtually and upon confirmation of symptoms consistent with COVID-19, will be prompted to immediately schedule a testing appointment at the Student Health Center. There will be no charge for tests administered to symptomatic students at the Student Health Center.

On-Campus Testing for Faculty and Staff with COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at 515-271-3804 or Chris will provide further instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Off-Campus Testing Options for Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Asymptomatic Testing

Students, faculty, and staff who do not have any COVID-19 symptoms may utilize off-campus testing sites such as the options listed above.

Random Sample Testing

Beginning the week of August 31, the University will test a randomly assigned sample of students sufficient to estimate the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus. Tests will be scheduled and administered throughout the week at no charge to the student. Selected students will be notified via their University email account with further instructions. A new randomly assigned sample of students will be chosen every two weeks. Under this testing program, it is possible that a student may be tested multiple times over the course of the semester or not at all.

Any student who has the opportunity to be on campus this fall will be included in the random sampling COVID-19 test process, including undergraduate and graduate students. Surveillance testing through a random sampling method is critically important to prevent outbreaks on campus. Those students identified for testing as part of the random sample must comply in a timely manner so that the University is able to collect actionable data.



Law Students

Law students should report directly to Dean Lee Schneider at or to the University Dean of Students Office at

Faculty & Staff

If an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19 or has had close personal contact with anyone that has been diagnosed with COVID-19, that employee must immediately provide the University notification of exposure by submitting the COVID-19 Reporting Survey to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety and must also notify his/her manager. If the employee is already on the Drake University campus, he/she must leave campus immediately and must not report or return to campus until notified that it is safe to do so by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

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