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Heard Around Campus – January | Now

It's a new year (well, a month in a new year) and a lot has happened at Drexel. There was a return to campus of around 1,900 faculty and professional staff (an increase of over 400 people), but whether it was included in that phase or not, there are some news, events and deadlines that are relevant, from the knowledge of health. benefits and opportunities and be sure to review your first pay stub for 2021.

Here's what was heard on campus in January:

Drexel Police Raise Awareness of Recent Auto Thefts in The Triangle

As detailed in a "Timely Warning" message sent to the university community on January 22, Drexel Public Safety has seen a continued increase in motor vehicle thefts in and around the University City campus, occurring at various times throughout the day. . In most cases, the vehicles were left unoccupied and running with the keys inside. This month, the student newspaper The Triangle published an article detailing the efforts of the Drexel Police Department to spread awareness of the increase in auto thefts and promote safe and responsible community practices. You can read the article, which includes information and advice shared by Drexel Community Relations Officers Kim McClay and Thomas Cirone, on the website of The Triangle .

Learn everything you need to know about the Drexel Wellness Incentive Program

Want to maximize your wellness points and earn your $ 400 faster? Curious about your spouse / partner's eligibility or how to sync your smartwatch? Come learn everything you ever wanted to know about Drexel's award-winning Wellness Incentive Program at the Human Resources virtual event, Navigating the Wellness Incentive Program, February 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. Please sign up for the Career Pathway. Attendees of this program will earn 15 wellness points for learning how to optimize this popular program.

Book your supplemental biometric exam (and win $ 100!)

With the uncertainty of COVID-19 still popping up, you have two easy options to schedule your free biometric exam through the Wellness Incentive Program. To protect your safety and support social distancing, we will not be holding a screening day on campus this year. However, you can visit your primary care physician or make an appointment to visit a LabCorp facility:

  • Log into the Wellness Incentive Program and click the arrow at the top right "My to-do list" that says "Complete your health exam."
  • On the next page, download and print a “Physician Form” to take directly to your primary care physician or click “Find a LabCorp Location” to schedule an appointment at the LabCorp location of your choice. Print your LabCorp ticket during programming.
  • When scheduling your appointment with LabCorp, select "Employee Wellness with Body Measurements" as the reason for your visit. For the payment method, select "Other". The cost of the appointment will be billed to Drexel.
  • The process is the same for spouses / partners who participate in the Wellness Incentive Program.
  • Your biometric exam is worth 100 points ($ 100 in your paycheck); however, please note that you must complete your 2021 Personal Health Profile before any payments can be processed.

    If you have questions about this process, please call 1.866.695.8622.

    Check your first pay stub for 2021

    Happy New Year! To kick off the new year, the Drexel Benefits team strongly encourages you to review your first 2021 pay stub to make sure your Open Enrollment choices are accurately reflected in your benefit deductions. The benefit elections you made during open enrollment went into effect on January 1, 2021, along with the 1% health plan rate increase. It is very important that you review your first 2021 pay stub to confirm that your benefit deductions are accurate. If you have any concerns, please contact the Human Resource Services Center at

    College Contributions to Your Health Savings Account

    If you are enrolled in the Consumer Directed Health Plan, the University will contribute to your Health Savings Account (HSA) each January in the amount of $ 500 for individual coverage and $ 1,000 for employee coverage plus dependents. Funds will be deposited into your HSA account within five business days of your first paycheck in 2021. For details on deposit dates and how to view your pay stub, see the article "Benefit Reminders for January 2021 "in this month's HR @ Your. Service. If you have any concerns, please contact the Human Resources Services Center at

    Center City and Queen Lane Transit Service Expansion

    Drexel University Bus Service along Dragon Route (Downtown ) and the Queen Lane route will begin operating at extended hours beginning February 1. The Dragon route will run from 7:15 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the Queen Lane route will run from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For complete information on the shuttle bus schedule, visit the Transportation Services section of the Goods website roots and facilities. Click on each transportation route's web page to view the new schedules that will take effect on February 1.

    Campus Outdoor Dining and Dining Guide

    If you return to campus and are unsure which retailers are open, Drexel Business Services is in close contact with retail establishments and private restaurants operating on and near the University City campus. Many are offering a Dragon Special to welcome the campus community. Anyone wanting a new Dragon gear as part of their return to campus essentials is invited to check out the Barnes & Noble discount for faculty, professional staff, and alumni. For an up-to-date list of what's open, visit the Restaurant and Retail Directory on the Drexel Business Services website. Be sure to contact individual companies directly to confirm business hours and offers.

    Construction Update

    Several major construction projects that took place on and around the campus reached substantial completion in late 2020, including roof and skylight renovations to the building Main, Powel Elementary / Science Leadership Academy High School, and the Arlen Specter US Squash Center. (“Substantial completion” means the work is being done primarily, although crews may remain on site to put the finishing touches) For more construction updates, visit the Current Projects page on the Real Estate & Facilities website. To receive email notification of construction work, scheduled utility outages, and other scheduled maintenance work being done by real estate and facilities, please email with just the following information at the body of the message: subscribe facilities -notifications-L.

    Journal Workflow 2.0 virtual training sessions

    Save the date for two upcoming virtual training sessions on Journal Workflow 2.0., Which will be available on Career Pathway:

    • Feb. 16, 10 am at 12 p.m.
    • June 16, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    If you have any questions, please contact

    General Ledger Reminder

    Departments awaiting receipt of funds (deposits): Email General Ledger at with the expected receipt amount, as well as FOAPAL for apply this receipt.

    Concur chosen for travel and expense management software

    Following a recent Request for Proposal (RFP) for travel management and travel management software, Procurement Services, in consultation with Travel RFP Advisory Group, has chosen to award the portion of the software to Concur. Concur was the clear choice based on both their offerings and the highly competitive prices quoted. Concur's solution will enable greater efficiency, transparency and automation of the travel booking and expense reimbursement processes, will drive compliance with Drexel travel policies, and will save time for end users submitting reimbursement requests. Concur also expands our capabilities in travel and expense management, with the ability to offer new solutions as needed. Procurement Services is pleased to begin implementing this solution in the coming months. Look for additional updates on the travel management portion of this RFP

    The Office of Equality and Diversity received a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education

    The Office of Equality and Diversity (OED) has been selected for a grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Education's "It's On Us" program to combat sexual misconduct on campus. The OED grant proposal, which was selected as part of a competitive bidding process, focuses on: 1) improving the reporting of incidents of sexual misconduct at the University by raising awareness and providing educational programs to whistleblowers mandatory; 2) evaluate existing processes for responding to incidents of sexual misconduct to ensure that the University remains aligned with the institutional culture and evolving best practices; and 3) obtain conflict resolution training for OED staff tasked with processing reports of sexual misconduct. For more information on the grant, read the article in HR @ Your Service or the press release from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

    New website for resources for people with disabilities

    Disability Resources has been moved to its own website: Disability Resources are now jointly managed by Student Life and Human Resources and are no longer under the Office of Equality and Diversity. The Disability Resources website contains information and resources for students and instructors (supervised by Student Life) and employees and supervisors (supervised by Human Resources), as well as resources for campus guests and volunteers. For student inquiries, please contact For employee inquiries, contact

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