Student Policies

Whether it is a policy regarding internships, student complaints, and payment policies - the information pertaining to affairs dealing with students can be found here.

Academic Honors

Degrees with Distinction: The degree of bachelor of arts with honors, bachelor of architecture, bachelor of music or bachelor of music education is awarded with merit in three grades: with distinction, cum laude; with high distinction, magna cum laude; with highest distinction, summa cum laude.

  • Candidates will be recommended for the degree cum laude if:
    • They have been in residence at least two years.
    • They have completed not less than 60 semester hours at Drury.
    • They have attained a standing of 3.6 during those years.
  • Candidates will be recommended for the degree magna cum laude if:
    • They have been in residence at least two years.
    • They have completed not less than 60 semester hours at Drury.
    • They have attained a standing of 3.75 during those years.
  • Candidates will be recommended for the degree summa cum laude if:
    • They have been in residence at least three years.
    • They have completed not less than 90 semester hours at Drury.
    • They have attained a standing of 3.9 during those years.

Internships

The three primary goals of Drury’s internship program are: 

(1) to help the student clarify educational and career objectives;
(2) to expand the student’s understanding of classroom theory by applying their training in some practical way; and
(3) to introduce the student to the world of work in terms of responsibilities and employer-employee relationships.

In addition to completing the on-site internship, the student may be asked to complete additional coursework as assigned by the faculty sponsor.

Juniors and seniors with a 2.5 or better grade point average are eligible to complete internships for credit. Students must have completed coursework appropriate for the internship experience and must be able to demonstrate potential benefit from an internship plan. The student is required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form, an Internship Agreement and an Internship Learning Contract. The Learning Contract must be completed and signed by the site supervisor, student and faculty sponsor. The Permission to Register for Special Coursework form must be signed by the advisor, faculty sponsor, department chair and a Career Planning and Development staff member.

All completed paperwork must be submitted to Career Planning and Development prior to the beginning of the work experience and before the deadline to add a class or register for credit. Credit will not be granted retroactively. Evaluation will be performed by the faculty sponsor in consultation with the on-site supervisor and grading will be on a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory basis.

In order to receive credit for the internship, the student must be registered for coursework (course numbers 380, 397, 398, 480, 497, 498). Each course carries three or six semester hours credit and it is recommended that not more than six hours of internship apply toward the baccalaureate degree. Internships cannot be undertaken without all approvals being given and formal arrangements having been made. Student interns must work at least 135 hours during the semester in which they are receiving credit for each three hours of academic credit.

All students pursuing a B.B.A. degree with a major in accounting, economics, finance, management or marketing are required to complete a 150 hour internship and must register for ACCT 480 or MGMT 480 Professional Business Experience to receive three hours of academic credit. Internship information is available in Career Planning and Development.


Payment Policy

All tuition and fees are due and payable the first day of classes.  Semester statements covering tuition and fees are available online through MyDrury.  If you need a paper statement mailed, please email studentfs@drury.edu.

No student will be officially registered unless payment or satisfactory deferred payment arrangements have been made by the first day of the semester.  Student account balances that become past due will result in notification from the Director of Business Services for official withdrawal from classes. 

Students with a prior semester balance will not be permitted to register for subsequent semesters.  All delinquent accounts will be assessed interest at one percent per month on the unpaid balance, or 12 percent per annum.  Any collection costs (up to 60% charged) or legal fees incurred in collecting an account will be the responsibility of the student.

Students who have failed to comply with payment policies in any semester may be denied the opportunity to register for future semesters and may be denied the opportunity to participate in the University deferred payment plan.

Students should become familiar with the Drury University deferred payment plan and our withdrawal refund policy.  All questions or requests should be addressed to

Accounts Receivable Coordinator
Burnham Hall
Drury University
900 N Benton Ave
Springfield, MO 65802
or email studentfs@drury.edu.

Deferred Payment Policy

It is the intention of Drury University to provide the means for students to pay tuition and fees over time.  Drury University has partnered with Nelnet Business Solutions to make the payment plan process easier for students and their families.  When you sign up for the payment plan determines how many months you have to pay off your account balance. Please contact Student Financial Services for details on payment methods and dates.

A new Payment Plan agreement must be completed for each semester in which you register.  If you change your registration, please DO NOT create a second payment plan.  Your payment plan will adjust based on your registration.  

Availability of the Payment Plan is determined by Drury University.  The University may elect to not have the Payment Plan available during specific times and dates during registration.  There is no payment plan available during the summer terms.  Plan Available dates are subject to change.

Any balance not covered by an approved payment plan will be assessed interest at one percent per month on the unpaid balance, or 12 percent per annum.  Any collection cost or legal fees incurred in collecting an account will be the responsibility of the student.

Official Withdrawal/Refund Policy

Students who withdraw from courses will be allowed a refund of tuition according to the schedule below. All refunds are calculated from the date the application for withdrawal is filed with the registrar. No other notice will suffice. Nonattendance of classes does not constitute official withdrawal. Applicable refunds for students receiving federal and/or state financial aid will be calculated in reference to the student’s date of notification of withdrawal, last date of academic attendance or the midpoint of the period.

The responsibility for initiating and completing the withdrawal process with appropriate university offices rests with the student. The first day of classes constitutes the beginning of the semester for tuition refund purposes. For courses that are scheduled out of sequence of the regular fall, winter, spring and summer semesters, the day published as the first day of the semester or term constitutes the beginning of the course for tuition refund purposes.

Refunds/ Day of Semester or Term Fall/Spring Full Summer 5 Weeks Summer Other
Prior to first day 100% 100% 100% 100%
During first 5 days 100% 100% 100% 0%
During second 5 days 100% 0% 0% 0%

If a student has an unpaid account with the university, any tuition refund due from withdrawal will be applied to such unpaid accounts.

Each year the university publishes a calendar guide for institutional refunds and complies with the Return of Title IV Funds policy for federal programs. Students should become familiar with the guide each semester or term, and must remember that credit courses that are less than a regular term in duration follow the refund schedule for the full semester or term in which they are taught, regardless of the start date of instruction. The refund policy for noncredit conferences, institutes, seminars and community services courses is a 100 percent refund if the official withdrawal occurs prior to the first day of instruction.


Residential Plan Refund Policy
Refunds generally are not granted after signing the annual room contract. Appeals to the no-refund policy should be directed to the vice president for student affairs. Students who exempt off campus mid-semester and receive pro-rated room rates are required to pay for the semester’s meal plan in full.  It will remain in effect for the remainder of the semester, as long as the student is enrolled.


Privacy Policies

Drury University complies with all applicable laws relating to personal privacy, including the
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. The act was designated to protect the privacy of education records and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through formal and informal hearings. Annually, Drury University informs students of their rights relating to FERPA (20 U.S.C. Sections 1232g; and implementing, 34 C.F.R. Section 99.1 et seq). Students have the right to file a complaint with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202, concerning this institution's alleged failure to comply with FERPA.

The university has designated certain information contained in the education records of its students as directory information for purposes of the FERPA.

The following information regarding students is considered directory information:

  1. name
  2. address (including e-mail address)
  3. telephone number
  4. date and place of birth
  5. major field of study
  6. part-time/full-time enrollment status
  7. participation in officially recognized activities in sports
  8. weight and height of members of athletic teams
  9. dates of attendance (including matriculation and withdrawal dates),
  10. academic classification by year
  11. prospective degrees, degrees awarded, and awards received
  12. the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student
  13. student's photograph.

Indications of religious preference along with name, addresses and telephone number of student's listing in the information are provided to the University Chaplain.

Directory information may be disclosed by this institution for any purpose in its discretion, without the consent of a student. Students have a right, however, to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the above information as directory information. In that case, this information will not be disclosed except with the consent of a student, or as otherwise allowed by FERPA.

Any student refusing to have any or all of the designated directory information disclosed must file written notification to this effect to the dean of student services during regular business hours. The written notification does not apply retroactively to previous releases of directory information (e.g., once the Student Directory has been published, the directory information contained therein will remain). To prevent publication of directory information in the student Directory, written notification must be filed no later than the second week of classes during the fall semester.

If no refusal is filed, this institution assumes that a student does not object to the release of the directory information designated. Questions or inquiries should be addressed to the registrar's office.


Student Photography Policy

Drury takes pride in using photographs of current students in materials that promote the university to prospective students, alumni, families, other universities and the community.

Student Photo Release Forms are available on Freshmen First Day or through the Office of Marketing & Communications, Bay Hall 211. This form releases to Drury University the right and license to use a student's name, image, likeness or comments in Drury's materials for internal and external audiences. Students will have the choice to opt-in to participate in official university photo shoots to submit comments for publication. Photos of public university events may be obtained without express consent.

University materials include but are not limited to: advertisements, brochures, news releases, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, videos, social media, and www.drury.edu.


Catalog Policy

Courses and policies listed in this catalog are subject to change through normal channels. New courses, changes in existing coursework and new policies are initiated by the appropriate institutional departments, committees or administrators. Policy revisions are normally implemented in the next academic year following notification thereof. However, occasionally a policy must
be changed and implemented in the same academic year. The university reserves the right to make changes that seem necessary or advisable, including course cancellations. A curriculum or policy change could be applied to matriculated students, and for this reason, this catalog should not be construed as constituting a contract between the university and any person.

To complete degrees, students are expected to meet requirements listed in the catalog that are in effect for the year of the student's admission or readmission to the university. Students also must meet any additional degree requirement of which they have been officially advised.

Information contained in the catalog is certified as correct in content and policy as of the date of publication in compliance with the Veterans Administration Circular 20-76-84 and Public Law 94-502.