FAQs: Campus Safety

What if I forget my ID card and I’m locked out of my hall? What if I’m locked out of my room or apartment?
Use the call box outside your housing facility to contact Safety and Security or use your cell phone to call them at 417-873-7400. Students may also contact a Resident Assistant (RA) or Community Assistant (CA). The after-hours/weekend on-call CA phone number is 417-873-7500.

What if I lose my Drury ID?
It is very important that you are in possession of your Student ID card at all times. NEVER lend it to anyone (even a friend) or leave it lying around due to the potential for theft. Your ID is a precious commodity! If you lose your ID or think it has been stolen, report the loss immediately to Drury Safety and Security at 417-873-7400. You will need to purchase a new ID card for a fee that will be posted to the student's Drury account.

What if I lose my room key?
If you or your roommate loses your room key, you must report the loss to the Safety and Security Office (417-873-7400) immediately. Facilities will put a new lock on your door and the Safety and Security office will issue you and your roommate new keys. The charge for replacing a core and lost keys is $50.00. The student should pay the $50.00 charge at the Business Office and bring the receipt to Security in order to pick up his/her new keys. Under no circumstances may a Drury housing key be duplicated.

How can I keep my bike safe?
You may store your bike in any of the bike racks on campus. Smith Hall also has a bike rack inside the building at the bottom of the two stairwells. We recommend you lock your bike to a bike rack with a U-lock through the frame AND a tire. Chain locks or locks around tires can result in a stolen or damaged bike. Locking your bike to anything other than a bike rack (tree, handrail, street sign, etc.) may be subject to removal by Drury University Safety and Security.

How can I protect my personal belongings from theft?
First, keep your room door locked at all times, especially when you’re sleeping. Second, create a detailed, itemized list of the valuables in your room. Include brand names, model/serial numbers for electronics, original receipts and photos of your possessions. Keep the list and photos in a safe, secure place. If you are a victim of theft, this information will help Drury University Safety and Security identify your belongings if they are recovered.

Be aware that books are a valuable commodity on campus because they can be returned to the University Bookstore (receipt required) or sold to a private bookstore for cash. Keep track of your books and backpack at all times, and NEVER leave books unattended in study areas such as lounges or the library. Keep your books and receipts separate. Books are especially vulnerable to theft during the first few weeks of school and Finals Week. We recommend getting a personal property insurance policy.

Is it safe to walk on campus at night?
We recommend students use common sense when walking around campus at night. Always walk with a friend on well-lit, well-traveled paths. If you are by yourself and need to return to the hall, call your roommate and see if a couple friends could meet you and return with you. If you are walking and feel that you are in danger or something doesn’t seem right, call Drury University Safety and Security at 417-873-7400. Give them your location and where you are headed and an officer will be dispatched to your location. Visit Safety and Security’s Escort Service webpage for more information. For Drury University crime statistics and more information, visit the Safety and Security office web site.

What if I need a ride home from off campus?
Drury University has a cooperative agreement with Yellow Cab Company. Students can call a cab and the driver will accept a Drury University student ID number as payment at the time of service. Yellow Cab Company (417-862-5511) sends the bill to Drury and we place the fee for the cab ride on your student bill.

What should I do if the fire alarm goes off?
If the fire alarm goes off, all students must vacate the building and meet at the designated meeting area for the hall, regardless of time of day or weather. See the emergency instructions on the back of your room door for instructions. During a fire alarm, students should put on shoes, wear protective clothing and lock their door on the way out of the building. ALWAYS take the stairs; NEVER take the elevator during a fire. Students must follow directions of staff members during the fire alarm and may return to the hall only after receiving the "all clear" from Residence Life staff and fire department officials.

What if there’s a tornado warning for Greene County?
If you hear the sirens, go to your building's designated evacuation spot (typically on the lowest level, away from windows, doors and exterior walls. Do not leave these protected areas until the danger has passed. Follow the instructions of hall staff.

If you live in an apartment you may check out weather radios from the Residence Life office. Apartment and Midtown residents should go to the bottom floor of the apartment complex or house. The safest place to take shelter is in a bathroom away from windows. The basement of the Kappa Alpha house, located in the Fraternity Quad, is also available for shelter. Please stay protected until the tornado warning has ended.

Where should I go in the event of an earthquake?
IF INDOORS: Stay indoors unless you are in immediate personal danger. Take cover under a desk or table, or brace yourself in a doorway. Stay away from windows. Protect yourself from objects that can fall on you or items that might shatter.

IF OUTDOORS: Move to an open area away from overhead hazards, like power lines or trees. Stay away from buildings, as bricks, glass or other objects might fall on you. Stay away from parking lots. Cars might be thrown into you by the force of the earthquake.

AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE: If significant damage is evident, evacuate the building and go to the designated assembly area for your hall. Wear sturdy shoes to protect your feet from broken glass. Do not use a land-line telephone. For information, listen to a battery-powered radio. Do not use the elevators due to possible damage or aftershocks. In the assembly area, check in with the Resident Director (or wait until your name is called) and wait quietly for further instructions. There may be one or more aftershocks. Be prepared for them. DO NOT LEAVE CAMPUS WITHOUT NOTIFYING RESIDENCE LIFE STAFF.

What about safety in the classrooms at Drury?
Most of our classrooms have been outfitted with locks that allow faculty/students/staff to lock the room from the interior in a campus lock-down scenario.

How will Drury contact me if there is a campus-wide emergency?
The Security Office collects student, staff and faculty cell phone numbers so that a campus-wide text message can be sent in the event of a Drury-wide safety threat (like an active shooter). Submission of your cell phone number is optional. The information will not be used for other purposes. General safety announcements and recommendations will go out to the Drury community via Drury email.

Why should I worry about what I post online?
Be cautious when you are using social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. You should realize that anyone can view these sites. Don’t post personal contact information, like your address or phone number.