We have risen to the challenges placed before us since 1873. No mean feat. We now take on our newest challenge – a safe and healthy return to campus this fall in the midst of COVID-19.
We have taken our first steps back to normalcy, with many more steps to be taken on this path.
We know each person plays an essential role in protecting our community and respecting the rights of all individuals. This fall, we will ask all students to sign the Drury University Community Health and Safety Pledge.
We can return to campus and protect each other by meeting the following conditions:
International students arriving from international destinations for the fall of 2020 will be expected to quarantine for 14 days in their residential location (on or off campus). This applies to all international students, regardless of COVID-19 testing status - no exceptions.
Likewise, domestic students traveling internationally over the summer of 2020 will be expected to quarantine for 14 days before coming to a Drury campus, regardless of COVID-19 testing status. Again, there are no exceptions to this requirement.
While in quarantine, students are expressly prohibited from leaving their assigned apartment or assigned residence hall room/bathroom 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, as well as have the opportunity to socially connect with the broader Drury community.
Any model we develop will include some risk of COVID-19 transmission, but together, we can minimize it.
A key requirement for reducing the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission involves significantly reducing the number of close people-to-people and people-to-infected-surface encounters.
To accomplish this we will:
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Contact the Panther Clinic or another health care professional and self-isolate if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
Drury has established the Student Health and Public Safety Committee. Members of this team will work with the already established Coronavirus Task Force to drive the rapid implementation of The Panther Plan this summer. Each team will engage directly with deans, departments chairs, faculty and executive leaders to achieve our milestones and prepare our community for fall.
Among the many mitigation measures we will deliver for fall 2020 are:
Starting June 10, we are happy to once again have visitors on Drury’s campus. The university offers two campus visit times per day for a limited number of attendees. So we can best accommodate our guests, we ask that guests pick a few dates that would be suitable for a visit when scheduling.
Please arrive at Bay Hall 10 minutes early. Upon arrival, all campus visitors will be greeted at the welcome desk, have their temperature taken and given a small bottle of hand sanitizer and visit guidelines. Perspective students will receive a Drury buff. If a person has a fever of 100.4 or greater, they will be asked to reschedule their visit.
For the health and safety of the Drury community, all campus visitors will be asked to comply with the following guidelines:
Per social distancing guidelines, we will discourage personal contact. Don’t worry, we won’t interpret the lack of handshake as rude.
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.
We will follow or exceed all guidelines recommended by the CDC and our local health department at the time. Currently, masks are required for everyone in Drury’s campus buildings unless a person is alone in a single office or room and everywhere on campus when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible.
If students exhibit symptoms, they will be referred to the Panther Clinic for further examination. We will follow their directions regarding if the student should be hospitalized or placed in self-isolation.Students will self-isolate in their residence room for the recommended time, since all students have single occupancy rooms. We will make food delivery to their residence and make sure they receive their class assignments.
Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will make a virtual appointment with the Panther Clinic or CoxHealth after-hours and a test will be scheduled at a drive-up testing site. The site is within walking distance of campus.
At this time, no one on the Drury campus has tested positive.
As is standard at Drury, all courses will be offered in-person this fall.
With significant travel restrictions in place globally, we will not have study abroad experiences for the summer or fall of 2020.
All residential students will be placed in single rooms. This will allow students to social distance and give them the ability to self-isolate in the event of a resurgence of the virus at any point.
We will abide by any GLVC and NCAA decisions on this matter for fall, winter and spring sports. All non-NCAA sports will fall under the same policy established for NCAA sports. The athletics department is currently working on a return to athletics participation plan that will implement best practices and local health official requirements.
We will make every attempt to keep the shared experiences and organizations that create our university’s close-knit bonds as close to normal as possible. However, safety is our first priority and we will ensure that all activities only take place within the health and safety guidelines set forth by the CDC and local health department at that time.
While on tour, your guide will be wearing a mask and will maintain a 6 feet distance. Hand sanitizer will be available for use at all times. All surfaces and doors along the tour route will be sanitized on a daily basis.
Yes. Through our partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health, students can access behavioral health consultation services at no cost. Students also continue to have access to our two Drury mental health counselors.
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