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We have risen to the challenges placed before us since 1873. No mean feat. We continue fighting our newest challenge – another safe and healthy academic year in the midst of COVID-19.

Last Updated: September 21, 2021

Campus Safety Measures

Campus mitigation efforts

In the spring of 2020, Drury established the Student Health and Public Safety Committee and the Coronavirus Task Force to develop and implement the Panther Plan as we returned to in-person learning. Made up of students, faculty, staff and administration, both of these groups continue to meet to drive virus mitigation efforts on campus.

We are in regular communication with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and healthcare leaders in our area to remain informed of the latest pandemic news and mitigation recommendations. We also closely monitor all CDC guidance. With input from these experts, we will continue to adjust our response as needed to keep our campus community safe.

As of now, the 2021-22 academic year will look much like a “normal” year with some precautions in place.

  • COVID-19 vaccinations are strongly recommended but not required. A vaccination clinic will be held on campus August 23 for all students, faculty and staff.

  • A masking policy will be enforced in situations where sizable number of individuals are gathered for a significant period of time. The policy provides flexibility with smaller gatherings where masking cannot be adequately enforced.

  • Vaccination incentives are being offered for students and employees.

  • All students living on campus will be required to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test prior to moving into a residential facility. Anyone helping them move in will also need to supply proof of vaccination or a negative test.

  • Commuter students will be required to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test on or before August 23.

  • All unvaccinated students, staff, and faculty will be tested every 2 weeks and unvaccinated athletes and their coaches will be tested weekly.

  • Drury will continue to do the contact tracing for members of our community to ensure a timely and accurate process.

  • Clorox wipes and masks will be available in the offices of all academic buildings.

Masking Policy

Masks will be required in classrooms and indoor gatherings where social distancing is not possible.  Masks will not be required in residence halls, dining hall, individual offices and work spaces, or in areas that allow for social distancing.  This policy will be reevaluated every 30 days for revision based on local COVID-19 conditions and the campus vaccination rate.  

Help minimize the spread of COVID-19

Vaccination incentives

Residential day school students

To help encourage our student body to continue to get vaccinated, we have some exciting prizes and incentives to keep the ball rolling. All students who have submitted proof of vaccination to the Dean of Students office will automatically be entered to win one of these great prizes:

  • Three $1000 tuition discounts for either the fall or spring semester 
  • Two “park anywhere” parking permits 
  • One night in the president’s box at a basketball game 
  • Laptop or iPad
  • Apple pencil
  • Three $100 bookstore vouchers
  • Three $50 bookstore vouchers
  • One $200 Panther Bucks voucher
  • One $100 Panther Bucks voucher
  • Two $50 Panther Bucks voucher
  • Assorted restaurant gift cards 

The first prize drawing will be held the first week of classes.

We also have some exciting rewards once the student body hits certain vaccine goals:

  • When 55% of the student body is vaccinated, we will throw a COVID-safe campus celebration.
  • If 70% of students are vaccinated, we will add on one extra day to fall break.

If students have not yet shared your proof of vaccination, they can email an image of their vaccine card to DOS@drury.edu or stop by the Dean of Students office to show it in person.

Drury GO students

We are working with branch campus leaders to develop vaccination incentives for our Drury GO students. Keep an eye out for an announcement in the coming weeks.

Faculty and staff

We are offering a $30 per month discount on health insurance for all regular faculty and staff members who provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. This began June 1 and will be in effect for the entire 2021-22 fiscal year, for up to $360 in savings. 

Regular faculty and staff are eligible immediately upon presenting proof of vaccination to the Human Resources office. This discount will not be applied retroactively, however, if employees submit proof of vaccination later in the fiscal year. This discount applies only to employees. Spouses and dependents on the Drury health plan are not eligible.

For regular faculty and staff who do not participate in Drury’s insurance and were not vaccinated by July 15, 2021, we are offering a $300 direct payment upon proof of vaccination. For two-shot vaccinations, eligible employees may receive half of their benefit after their first shot and the other half after their second shot, via direct deposit. This incentive may be modified or terminated at the discretion of the university.

Staff may email a copy of their vaccination card to HR@drury.edu or stop by the Human Resources office to show your vaccination card if you are not comfortable emailing it. Faculty may email theirs to Marline Faherty or stop by her office.

Guidelines for unvaccinated students, faculty and staff

Community Testing

All unvaccinated students, faculty and staff will be required to participate in regular community testing to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 on campus. Details on testing dates and times will be sent to these individuals via email.

COVID-19 Exposure Protocol

If an unvaccinated student, faculty or staff member is exposed to COVID-19, they will work with a health department official or a Drury contact tracing representative to determine if they will need to quarantine.

If it is determined that an individual should quarantine, they must complete a 10 day quarantine. Individuals will only be released from quarantine if not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Students will quarantine in their residence hall rooms unless they develop symptoms of COVID-19. 

Quarantine can be shortened to seven days with a negative test collected within 48 hours of an individual’s planned release from quarantine. He or she must quarantine the full seven days even if their negative test comes back sooner.

To get asymptomatically tested, utilize CoxHealth’s virtual visits or make an appointment with a local pharmacy such as Walgreens or CVS

While in quarantine, students are expressly prohibited from leaving their quarantine location for any reason other than medical appointments as directed by a physician. Additionally they are prohibited from participating in University co-curricular activities (athletic practices, rehearsals, student organization events, Greek activities, etc.).

If quarantining will prevent a student from attending in-person classes, they must contact their instructors to make arrangements to receive their assignments and turn in work until they are able to attend class in person.

A team will be in place to ensure all students who are quarantining receive delivery of food and other necessary items.

Complete the form at drury.edu/covid-result to confidentially report to campus officials that you are in quarantine.

Positive Test Result for COVID-19

If an individual exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, they can make an appointment at the Panther Clinic or utilize CoxHealth’s virtual visits on demand. The individual should follow their healthcare professional’s directions regarding if they should seek additional medical care or be placed in self-isolation.

Any individual who tests positive must self-isolate for 10 days after the date they were tested and be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication before returning to on-campus activities. Students who live on campus will be relocated to self-isolate away from their roommate and/or suitemates.

We will deliver food and other necessities to on-campus students who are self-isolating.  

We will work directly with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to conduct contact tracing to identify anyone an individual who tests positive may have come into prolonged contact with and notify them of their next steps.  

Drury GO students should contact their local healthcare provider for guidance.

All individuals who test positive should complete the form at drury.edu/covid-result to confidentially report their test results to campus for contact tracing and support purposes.

Guidelines for vaccinated students, faculty and staff

Community Testing

Vaccinated students, faculty and staff will not be required to participate in regular community testing if they have provided proof of vaccination.

COVID-19 Exposure Protocol

If a vaccinated student, faculty or staff member has been around someone who has COVID-19, they should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms. Individuals should mask until they receive a negative test result. (Note they do not need to quarantine.) We recommend wearing a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure.

If a vaccinated individual exhibits COVID-19 symptoms at any time, they should get tested right away and quarantine until their test results are received. Complete the form at drury.edu/covid-result to confidentially report to campus officials that you are in quarantine.

To get asymptomatically tested, utilize CoxHealth’s virtual visits or make an appointment with a local pharmacy such as Walgreens or CVS. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, you can also make an appointment with the Panther Clinic at (417) 873-6300. 

Positive Test Result for COVID-19

If an individual exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, they can make an appointment at the Panther Clinic or utilize CoxHealth’s virtual visits on demand. The individual should follow their healthcare professional’s directions regarding if they should seek additional medical care or be placed in self-isolation in their own residence.

Any individual who tests positive must self-isolate for 10 days after the date they were tested and be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication before returning to on-campus activities. Students who live on campus will be relocated to self-isolate away from their roommate and/or suitemates.

We will deliver food and other necessities to on-campus students who are self-isolating.

We will work directly with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to conduct contact tracing to identify anyone an individual who tests positive may have come into prolonged contact with and notify them of their next steps.  

Drury GO students should contact their local healthcare provider for guidance.

All individuals who test positive should complete the form at drury.edu/covid-result to confidentially report their test results to campus for contact tracing and support purposes.

Guidelines after international travel Fully vaccinated individuals

Fully vaccinated individuals

To be considered fully vaccination, an individual is must be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine that is authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization.

Upon arriving in the United States, international travelers must get a COVID test three days after traveling.

If you test positive, you must self-isolate for ten days after your test date. If your test is negative, self-monitor for symptoms. Self-isolate and get tested again if symptoms develop. Please review to the section titled “Guidelines for vaccinated students, faculty and staff” for more details.

Follow all state and local recommendations and requirements after travel.

Unvaccinated Individuals

Unvaccinated individuals must immediately quarantine upon arrival to campus and remain in quarantine for a full seven days. Students will be quarantined away from their roommate if they are in a shared room.

After seven days, you must get a COVID test. If you test positive, you must self-isolate for ten days after your test date. If your test is negative, self-monitor for symptoms. Self-isolate and get tested again if symptoms develop. Please review to the section titled “Guidelines for unvaccinated students, faculty and staff” for more details.

If individual chooses NOT to get tested after seven days, they must quarantine for a full ten days after travel.

Follow all state and local recommendations and requirements after travel.

Community Health and Safety Pledge

We know each person plays an essential role in protecting our community and respecting the rights of all individuals. Just as we did in 2020-21, we will ask all students to sign the Drury University Community Health and Safety Pledge.

We can continue to learn on campus and protect each other by meeting the following conditions:

  • Act intentionally and diligently to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Do my part to create a community where all students, staff, and faculty can safely assemble, learn and live together.
  • Protect and support each individual’s rights to good health.
  • Follow the community health practices and protocols recommended by local health professionals.
  • Adhere to the health and safety policies and procedures developed by Drury University.
  • Hold others accountable and be held accountable for following all health and safety guidelines, recommendations and policies.

Campus Move-In Day Procedures

New incoming freshman and transfer students living in a residence hall

Move-in Day will be Friday, August 20. In our efforts to keep the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff at the forefront there will be special COVID 19 procedures in place. Please read these procedures carefully.

All students will need to provide either a copy of their COVID 19 vaccination card or a negative COVID 19 test taken within 72 hours of their arrival.  Two guests will be allowed into the residence halls / apartments at a time to help move in. All guests must a provide a copy of their vaccination card or a negative COVID 19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival during screening.

Students should email their vaccination card to the Dean of Students Office at dos@drury.edu by Wednesday, August 18 to speed up the process.   We also recommend to bring your card with you. Parents/guests will need to show their card/negative test at screening, they do not need to email their card to the Dean’s office.

Move-in will be staggered by building.

Sunderland Hall – 8:00 – 11:00 am
Smith Hall – 11:30 -2:30 pm
Wallace Hall – 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Students in each of the residence halls will travel north on Benton Avenue, turn right on Calhoun and then into the appropriate lot.  Staff will be directing traffic, and doing screenings as you pull up.

Please arrive at the appropriate time for your building. You will not be allowed to move-in earlier than your scheduled time.  All students and guests will be screened in line. Once vaccination card or negative test results are verified you will receive wrist bands that will need to be worn throughout the day. You will then move to an unloading area where crews will be on hand to help unload and move your items to your room. Students will retrieve keys and guests will remain with the vehicle. As soon as the vehicle(s) are unloaded you will be asked to move your car(s) to an open parking lot and then return to unpack.  No one will be allowed into the buildings without a wristband.  Please do not bring more than 2 vehicles with you.  There is limited space in each dorm room so please keep that in mind when packing.

All guests will be asked to leave once the move-in time for each building has expired.  New Student Orientation begins the evening of August 20 and runs through Monday, August 23. This is a student only event. 

Testing information

To find a no cost testing site near you please visit your local health department website or https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites.  

New transfer students moving into an apartment

All students will need to provide either a copy of their COVID 19 vaccination card or a negative COVID 19 test taken within 72 hours of their arrival.  Two guests will be allowed into the residence halls / apartments at a time to help move in, but all guests must also provide a copy of their vaccination card or a negative COVID 19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

All new Transfer students should plan to move in between 8am and 3pm on Friday August 20. Transfer students will need to go to the Safety and Security Office located in the lower level of the Findlay Student Center to be screened and receive your keys. All guests must be screened. Once your vaccination card or negative test is verified, you will receive a wristband and your keys. You may then proceed to your building to move in.

New Student Orientation begins at 6:00pm on Friday, August 20 and runs through Monday August 23.

Testing information

To find a no cost testing site near you please visit your local health department website or https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites.  

Returning students

Returning students can begin moving in on Saturday, August 21 between 8am and 5pm. 

All students will need to provide either a copy of their COVID 19 vaccination card or a negative COVID 19 test taken within 72 hours of their arrival.  Two guests will be allowed into the residence halls / apartments at a time to help move in, but all guests must also provide a copy of their vaccination card or a negative COVID 19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

If you have already submitted your vaccination card to the Dean of Students Office we will have you listed, but we recommend bringing it with you.

Returning students (and all guests) will go to the Safety and Security Office to be screened. Once your vaccination card or negative test results have been verified you will be given a wrist band and your keys and can then proceed to your building to move in.

You will not be issued keys without a vaccination card on record or proof of a negative COVID 19 test within 72 hours of moving in.

Testing information

To find a no cost testing site near you please visit your local health department website or https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites.  

Early move-ins

If you have been pre-approved to move-in early due to being on an in-season athletic team, Orientation Leader, Greek member helping with move-in, or applied and approved for early move-in through the Housing Office, you must provide a copy of your COVID vaccination card or a negative COVID 19 test within 72 hours of your arrival on campus.  Two guests will be allowed into the residence halls / apartments at a time to help move in, but all guests must also provide a copy of their vaccination card or a negative COVID 19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

If you have been approved for early move-in, you will receive confirmation of your move-in date from the Housing Office.  You will not be allowed to move-in early if you have not received pre-approval.

Testing information

To find a no cost testing site near you please visit your local health department website or https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites.  

Community Testing

Who needs to participate?

All unvaccinated students, faculty and staff must participate in community testing.

What is community testing?

Community testing, also known as surveillance testing, is ongoing sampling of a percentage of a population to infer how many people in the population likely have active cases of COVID-19. This will help us slow the spread of COVID-19 by allowing us to identify and isolate current cases, while also allowing us to know if its presence on our campus is growing.

How does this work?

All unvaccinated students, faculty and staff must be tested regularly for COVID-19. Dean Tijuana Julian, Provost Beth Harville and Chief HR Officer Marilyn Harris will send reminders and will remove individuals from the testing list once proof of vaccination is received. Testing is done via Abbott rapid tests.

All of those being tested must download the NAVICA app and create an account in order for their test results to be reported. Those tested will get their results directly on their app.

This test is at no cost to you.

FAQ

I am struggling to handle all of the stress and changes. Does Drury offer mental health resources they can access?

Yes. Through our partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health, day school students can access behavioral health consultation services at no cost. Learn more at drury.edu/counseling. Counseling is available for faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Plan.

 

Are there any guidelines or restrictions for student organizations?

Student organizations may meet with no restrictions. We ask that groups implement basic sanitation practices such as serving food with gloves or tongs, having hand sanitizer available and keeping clean spaces. 

What are the COVID-19 guidelines for athletics teams?

  • All student-athletes and Athletics staff who are unvaccinated will be tested once a week, regardless of whether or not their sport is in season.
  • Masks will be encouraged in group settings like team meetings and bus travel.
  • As last year, Drury will follow NCAA rules for isolation and return to play protocols for student-athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Prospective students who visit campus for try-outs must show a negative test or be tested on campus.
  • Anyone feeling ill will be asked to wear a mask.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever of 100.4+ or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Are COVID-19 tests be available on campus?

COVID-19 tests are offered through the Panther Clinic on campus. You must call them at (417) 873-6300 to make an appointment before your visit. CoxHealth’s virtual visits are still available any time and they can refer you to offsite testing.

Government Relief Acts

CARES Act Student Grant Policy and Procedure

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. It establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), providing emergency funds to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Drury University will receive a total of $120,724 under 18004(a)(2), the Strengthening Institutions Program section of the CARES Act.

Drury will provide funds to students who demonstrate financial need and wish to continue their education in the 2020-2021 academic year. To demonstrate financial need, students must be Pell eligible and owe a balance to the university from the Spring 2019 semester. Funds will be credited to their account on or before July 15, 2020.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

Bi-Weekly Updates Archive

Student Health and Public Safety Committee

The committee has been meeting weekly since April 2020 in order to make COVID-19 response plans. The members are comprised of students, faculty and staff.

  • Mary Blair, Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting
  • Stephen Bomgardner, Professor of Music
  • Mike Brothers, Executive Director of University Relations
  • Laurie Edmondson, Professor of Education
  • Jim Fenton, Director of Dining Services – Fresh Ideas
  • Kate Hall, Student and SGA member
  • Emilee Harless, Student and SGA member
  • Beth Harville, Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Bailey Howery, Assistant Director of Custodial Services
  • Tijuana Julian, Executive Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Erin Kineman, Head Athletic Trainer
  • Kevin Kropf, Executive VP for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communication
  • Jahmonni Martin, Enrollment and Academic Advising Specialist – St. Robert
  • Laree Moore, Associate Director of Facilities Services
  • Sarah Nenninger, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

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