The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is currently the focus of worldwide public health efforts, including in the United States. Drury is monitoring the situation closely. This page is where you’ll find the latest updates and links to health information from trusted sources. 

Please pay close attention to your Drury University email for updates and real-time information.

If you have questions or specific concerns, please email

Important contacts

If you have any questions, please reach out to the following:

  • Academics – Contact the Compass Center at (417) 873-3010
  • Housing – Contact Holly Binder at (417) 873-7654

We are fortunate to remain a campus community without any confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

We will continue to provide updates as warranted to ensure our community is informed. Please continue to practice social-distancing and the CDC guidelines for protecting yourself from this virus.

Updates (9:52 a.m., May 8, 2020)

June Events Cancelled

To protect the health and safety of our campus community, all external events, camps and conferences held on Drury’s campus have been cancelled through June 30. This policy will be reevaluated for events occurring in July and beyond based on current guidelines from local health officials.

This does not impact the Fusion First Day events scheduled for Friday, June 26, Tuesday, June 30 and Thursday, July 2.

Housing and meal plan reimbursement credits will be issued to student accounts by April 30, 2020.

Eligible students will be credited 40% of their on-campus housing charges for the spring semester. Those credits will be first applied to any outstanding balance. Any remaining credits will be posted to the student’s account.

We are still working with Fresh Ideas to determine the exact procedure for applying meal plan credits. We fully expect to credit student accounts for the unused portion of meal plans as well as Panther Bucks. As soon as we have specific information, we will let you know.

Students receiving full housing and meal scholarships, such as student-athletes, residence assistants and graduate assistants are not eligible for reimbursements. Reimbursements for students who receive partial housing and meal scholarships, including residential hall grants, will see that reflected in the computation of their credit.

All credits will be issued to student accounts by April 30, 2020.

Knowing that many students and their families have been adversely impacted by this pandemic, students and families have the additional option to apply any room and board credits to the newly established Drury University COVID-19 Student Support Fund. This Fund will help students facing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic and who are at risk of not returning to campus in the fall. Students and families who are interested in applying all or a portion of reimbursement credits to the COVID-19 Student Support Fund, should fill out this brief form.

Graduating seniors will receive refunds for any remaining credit not on their accounts after the conclusion of the academic year, per the normal timing for housing deposit refunds.

If you have any questions regarding the issuance of reimbursements, please email them to

Drury will temporarily amend its current unsatisfactory/satisfactory policy for the Spring 2020 semester due to COVID-19 disruptions. 

The amended policy will permit course evaluation on a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) basis for all undergraduate students. You must perform at a C- level or better in an S/U course to earn a grade of satisfactory and receive credit toward graduation. Students earning a grade of U will not receive credit toward graduation. Courses with S/U grades will not be included in the cumulative grade point average.

It is important to note that there may be some limitations to classes eligible for S/U credit. You should consult policies in your major or minor to confirm that this is an option. In addition, before deciding to apply for an S/U grade, you should be aware that doing so may affect graduate or professional school applications or professional credentials. You are strongly advised to consult with your major advisor before deciding to take a course for S/U credit.

Following is a summary of the temporary changes to the S/U policy: 

  • The deadline to apply for S/U grading will be extended to Friday, May 8.
  • All students are eligible to register for full term and B block courses on a satisfactory or unsatisfactory basis.
  • Courses taken on an S/U basis during Spring 2020 are eligible to fulfill graduation requirements.
  • Courses taken on an S/U basis during Spring 2020 are eligible to fulfill major or minor requirements with departmental approval.
  • Courses taken on an S/U basis during Spring 2020 will fulfill requirements toward the honors program.
    Instructor approval is not required for S/U grading, but instructors and advisors will be notified of students opting for S/U grading in their courses. Some courses will require approval of the department offering the course.

All other policies regarding S/U courses will still apply. The S/U policy and resources are located in the student tab of MyDrury.

If you have any concerns or questions about grades or learning outcomes, you should reach out to your professors. Close communication is the key to successful completion of the academic year.

Updates regarding the Spring 2020 commencement ceremony 

These last few weeks have been a trying and turbulent time. All of us at Drury are proud of the resilience you are showing in the face of these extraordinary circumstances. Drury, like nearly every organization across the county and the globe, has had to make many difficult decisions lately, including some related to events and campus traditions.

With this in mind, we have decided to postpone commencement ceremonies to later in the year, when COVID-19 has subsided and it’s safe to be on campus.

We would like to invite you to special rescheduled commencement ceremonies on the Drury campus in August 2020.  

  • The ceremony for evening, online, and graduate students will be held on Friday, August 14.
  • The ceremony for day school undergraduate students will be held on Saturday, August 15.

And although we cannot come together in May, faculty and staff are hard at work coming up with a plan to publicly honor your accomplishments in May. This will be a chance for you to connect with your faculty mentors, invite your family to share in your celebrations, and join your classmates and fellow graduates – virtually.

Keep an eye out for a special package from Drury University in the coming weeks that will include more details. Please note that if you have changed your permanent address to your campus apartment/dorm, you should change this to the place you currently reside so the package arrives at the right place.  You will need to do this by May 1.   

This is not how any of us planned to end the semester, and it is certainly not how our graduates had planned to end their college careers. It is hard, and it is perfectly normal to feel a sense of loss about it. But we would encourage you to take this time to reflect instead on what’s been gained: lifelong friends, caring mentors, connections that go beyond any amount of social distancing and a way of thinking and learning that will carry you through any of life’s trials and changes.

We will see each other again, and when we do, we will be even more grateful for the special bonds we share because we came together during this time at a place as special as Drury University. 

Together 2020. Drury Alway.

A message from the chair of Drury University's Board of Trustees 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and President Timothy Cloyd, I want to share my hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. We are very fortunate to have each other, bound by our shared Drury experience, regardless of generation or geographic location.

During the past several weeks, I have had the opportunity to speak with so many of you who are concerned about how this unprecedented challenge before us will shape the future – for yourselves, your family, and for Drury University. One thing is clear - you care deeply about Drury. From our students who inspire us, to our faculty and staff who are going above and beyond in this time of need, to our alumni and families with their compassion and courage, it is clear that we are a community passionate about student success.

For 147 years, Drury University has relied and thrived on community. I have every confidence we will emerge from this a stronger institution. Meanwhile, I wanted to take a moment to reach out and update you on our institution’s decisive response to this pandemic.

  • Established a Coronavirus Task Force in mid-February. The administration saw the potential for COVID-19 to become a serious threat early this year, establishing a multi-disciplinary Task Force to begin preparing. This group has been meeting daily since late February to discuss challenges and to implement elements of the business continuity plan, which was updated last year in anticipation of a situation like this. There is a plan in place. The Task Force, led by Drury’s Chief Operating Officer, David Hinson, and the University’s Senior Leadership Team, has been working that plan, tirelessly.
  • Safely and responsibly transitioned our students online. Our students, faculty, and staff have embarked on a new, virtual way of life. While students and faculty alike would much prefer to be together in the classroom, online classes have proven extraordinary in their own way. According to Dr. Beth Harville, Drury’s Provost, “faculty have embraced this challenge and are finding creative ways to engage with students.”
  • Maintaining regular contact with students. Even though the online transition has been effective, we cannot ignore the immense emotional toll that the loss of physical togetherness has had on the current student body, especially on our seniors. Commencement is being postponed and the May celebration reimagined to ensure we recognize this important milestone. More to come on this topic in the coming days. Meanwhile, Drury’s Student Affairs team, the Compass Center, and Online Student Support team are reaching out to students regularly to ensure they are okay. This high-touch outreach is all part of what makes Drury a special place.
  • Investigating new, innovative modalities for the Fall. If social distancing remains a reality for the foreseeable future, what will that mean for Drury’s academic experience? Rest assured, we will move forward in the Fall. Just as our innovation in introducing Your Drury Fusion has led the way, faculty are evolving the experience to meet the challenges and ensure our students receive an exceptional education regardless of the external dynamics at play.
  • Supporting our local community. While our number one priority is the Drury community, we are all in this together – our Springfield community and the surrounding region. We have closed our Panther Clinic so that healthcare workers can be deployed to areas most needed. Faculty also are working to create 3-D shields that can be used in protecting healthcare workers on the front lines. You can be proud of the many ways in which the Drury family is responding to this crisis by lending support to our broader community.
  • Financially, Drury remains secure. We will experience substantial increased costs to honor the commitments we have made in terms of reimbursements and supporting student financial needs coming out of this. The endowment was in a strong place before the obvious and unavoidable current declines. Drury continues to be fortunate, thanks to your generosity and to careful planning to preserve liquidity and build reserves. Maintaining Drury University’s excellence will require more than hard work, but ensuring the future of our great institution for generations to come is worth it.

The Drury community historically has risen to overcome challenges such as this. Today, thanks to our alumni and parents over many generations, we are fortunate, but we must be diligent and responsible about shepherding this incredible institution through a tough time.

I am pleased to report that Drury’s Board of Trustees has been working closely with the University’s administration to ensure we will weather this storm. To that end, we have committed additional financial support to help get us through this daunting period. A number of alumni and parents have done the same. Recognizing that the present state has affected us all, including financially, I ask you to consider joining us with any support you can offer to the Drury Annual Experience Fund or a soon-to-be established Drury COVID-19 Student Support Fund, both of which are vital to the work the University is doing today and will continue to do tomorrow.

It is each of you - our alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and students – who sustain Drury University and keep it strong. I hope, in return, Drury has in some manner, at some point in your life, helped you to rise to meet challenges you have encountered along life’s way. We have heard from many of you already with stories of how the Drury Difference and your experience and friendships have given you confidence in navigating these difficult times.

All updates are posted in real-time on the COVID-19 website to keep our community apprised of important events.

Be well. Be safe. In the words of our great alma mater, we are thinking of you and your families, Alway.

With gratitude,

Rita Baron ‘99
Chair, Board of Trustees

Classes will remain online through the end of the semester.

Governor Parson issued a new social-distancing order that took place at 12:01 Monday morning, March 23, instructing all residents to reduce public contact. Many states are issuing stay-at-home orders. It is abundantly clear that we must do everything possible to stem the tide and stop the spread of COVID-19. The only way to do that is to minimize all public contact.

To that end, we are taking the following actions, effective immediately:

Online classes 

We had hoped to reconvene classes on April 20. However, to ensure the continued safety or our students, faculty, and staff we will continue with online classes through the end of the semester. Faculty have been preparing for this moment since early this year when reports of COVID-19 first became prevalent.

Drury University is fortunate to have long-standing success in delivering online classes through our evening and online programs. This is not new to us and so we make this transition with the confidence of knowing you will continue to experience a high-quality educational experience. No, it is not the same as “being here” but we will continue to work hard to connect with each of you, virtually, to ensure your continued success.

Commencement ceremony

We are making adjustments to spring commencement ceremonies, and are looking at a variety of options for recognizing our graduates, from conducting virtual ceremonies to in-person celebrations once the COVID-19 situation subsides. Rest assured we will find a way to mark this important milestone in a way that ensures the health, safety, and welfare of our students, faculty, staff, parents and public. In the coming weeks, we will provide additional information on our plans for commencement activities for our undergraduate, graduate and evening and online graduates.

Campus housing will close.

Campus housing will be closing until further notice.

All residents must be checked out of housing with keys turned in by Friday, March 27.

Students who hope to stay beyond the deadline due to extenuating circumstances must email

We understand this is a difficult moment for us all. We are a university built on personalized education; an institution where we build relationships that last a lifetime. At the same time, your safety is and always has been our number one priority.

It is a particularly tough time for seniors who had hoped to finish out the year with their friends and campus community. Those connections will remain even if you aren’t able to congratulate and share in the camaraderie that would have happened on campus. A Drury education is about learning, growing and connecting. We encourage you to treasure and nourish your Drury connections if only virtually for the time being.

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