602 - Emergency Closings
Closing & Cancellation Policy
Drury's policy on whether to close or remain open during inclement weather is simple: Except in extraordinary situations, the university never closes. The President of Drury University will decide when to close the institution.
However, the safety of our students, faculty and staff is of paramount importance. If, in your opinion, traveling to Drury is not safe, please stay home. Students may work with professors to make up any lost work. Employees may make up lost time with vacation time, or through other arrangements with their supervisors.
With Drury's high proportion of residential students, classes rarely will be cancelled for Day College undergraduates. When possible, a decision will be made by 5:30 a.m. the day of the closing.
When classes remain in session, faculty who are unable to reach campus should call the Office of Academic Affairs at 873-7225, as well as their department chairs. If possible and appropriate, other faculty may cover the class; otherwise it will be cancelled and a notice posted on the door of the building where the class would have been held.
Because most CGCS students commute, classes in this division are more likely to be canceled. At the Springfield campus, the Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies is responsible for deciding whether to cancel classes. Directors at each of the branch campuses will decide for each location, and should call Bill Noblitt, Director of University Communications at (417) 429-7293, as well as Dr. Brian Holloway, Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The decision to cancel classes should be made no later than 3 p.m. in order to allow enough time to inform students, staff and faculty.
Communicating a closure or cancellation
Updates will be posted on the Drury homepage, www.drury.edu and emailed to faculty, staff and students. Information Center staff or a recorded message will be available at (417) 873-SNOW.
TV and Radio
Drury participates in a centralized school closing program in Springfield. This program uses a verification system and advance registration, so there are a limited number of people who can call in a closing. Drury's representative is Bill Noblitt, Director of University Communications, at (417) 429-7293. Closings will be broadcast on all local TV stations and many radio stations, including KSMU 91.1 FM and KTTS 94.7 FM.
The Springfield campus and all branch campuses are also registered with Cancellations.com. Students, faculty, staff, etc. can subscribe to e-mail alerts from that site when a cancellation is posted. Branch campus directors are responsible for posts to Cancellations.com; University Communications maintains the listing for the Springfield campus and Day School.
When a department or function is officially closed due to a weather emergency, staff members required to work in the affected department or function during the hours of partial operations must receive off actual hours worked at a later date convenient to the staff member and his/her supervisor.
Unless a department or function is officially closed, full-time and part-time staff unable to report for work due to weather will have the absence charged to accrued vacation or unpaid leave of absence.
Staff members on leave of absence without pay will receive no compensation, and staff members on vacation or other paid leave will not be granted additional time-off.
Staff members may leave early only at the discretion of their immediate supervisor or his/her designate. All time lost from work may be charged to accrued vacation or made up during the standard workweek.
Temporary and part-time staff members will not receive vacation and are not paid for the time not worked.
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