All residence halls and fraternity houses are considered communal living areas and are closed for breaks with limited staffing. Housing contracts for these residences do not include residency for any of the break periods. “Break periods” include the following times when class is not in session: fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, winter Break, and spring Break.
Break periods are included in the contract price to live in the apartment-style housing options (College Park, Manley, Midtown, Jefferson Park, Summit Park and University Suites). Apartment residents who are signed up for both fall and spring semesters may stay in campus housing during the aforementioned breaks.p>
Closing Dates & Opening Dates
Fall Break closing: Wednesday, October 17 at 6 pm. Buildings reopen Sunday, October 21 at 10 am.
Thanksgiving closing: Tuesday, November 20 at 6 pm. Buildings reopen Sunday, November 25 at 10 am.
Winter Break: Friday, December 14 at 6 pm. Buildings reopen for returning students on Sunday, January 20 at 10 am.
Spring Break: Friday, March 15 at 6 pm. Buildings reopen Sunday, March 24 at 10 am.
Friday, May 17 at 6 pm ALL CAMPUS HOUSING CLOSES for the academic year, except for May graduates.
Sunday, May 19 at 5pm all May graduates should be moved out.
Residence Hall & Fraternity Houses – Request to stay
Students who desire to stay in their residence hall or fraternity house over a break period, must submit a Housing Break Access Request form to the Housing Office by the specified date and time for each break (usually by 5pm the Friday before a break) and be authorized by their Hall Director or Fraternity House Director. There is an $18 per night charge for residents who stay over any break period.
For students who are required to stay in their residence for a Drury-related function, their coach, supervisor, or advisor may request the fee to be waived. This includes athletic teams that are actively practicing and/or participating, on-campus job requirements, or other faculty/staff-approved organizations. The staff or faculty advisor is responsible for submitting a request form and roster to the Housing Office by the specified date and time for each break (usually by 5pm the Friday before a break) and be authorized by their Hall Director or Fraternity House Director. If the form is not submitted on time, there will be an $18 per night charge for residents who stay over any break period. Holding an off-campus job does ,b>not qualify the student to receive the fee waiver.
Authorization & Supervision
All requests for housing over breaks are subject to final approval by the Residence Life and Housing Offices. Requests may be denied for reasons including, but not limited to: previous policy violations, outstanding fees or sanctions, or limited staff availability. Each residence hall (and the fraternity quad) will have an on-call Residence Life staff member to address any issues that may arise and to make sure all residents are properly registered. Residents will receive an email notification if their requests are granted detailing how to contact the on-call staff members. These instructions will also be posted in the residence halls and fraternity houses.
The guest policy will be identical to the policy during the normal academic year. Guests are allowed during normal open hours, and overnight guests are allowed if they are registered with the on-call staff member in advance.
The commons cafeteria and Campus Exchange are closed for break periods. The Cox Hospital cafeteria is open to the public and within walking distance to campus. Furthermore, many departments on campus close down for part or some of the break periods – be sure to check ahead of time for hours of operation.
Late Departure or Early Arrival
Fall-only/Spring-only semester students in any housing type will be charged the $18 a night fee if they arrive early or depart after their contracted single semester timeframe. For example: A student who is leaving Drury in December and asks to stay past the checkout deadline would pay $18 a night for every night. This fee applies to all locations in campus housing.