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Exclamation Icon NOTIFICATION: Read Drury's April 1 COVID-19 updates
Last updated: 2:49 p.m. on April 1, 2020

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 coronavirus@drury.edu.


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 (2:49 p.m., April 1, 2020)

Detailed information about room and board reimbursements is forthcoming. 

We are actively working on a plan to address room and board reimbursements for students who have left campus due to the COVID-19 crisis. We will have detailed information to share on April 16.

Our goal is to allow students to be able to focus on their health and safety and on their studies, not on financial concerns, so know that we are looking at all options to determine the best approach.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the ongoing decisions and adjustments, by you and by us, in response to this unprecedented situation.


The Panther Clinic will temporarily close, effective March 31. 

The CEO of Cox Health is asking for our help in supporting the Springfield community’s COVID-19 response. As a result, we will be closing the Panther Clinic effective today so that healthcare workers can be redeployed to assist with those who have been most severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

For any students, faculty, or staff experiencing COVID-19 type symptoms, you can take advantage of the free virtual evaluations being offered by Cox Health.

For all other health-related issues, you should go to:

Cox Family Medical Care Clinic (FMCC) at Cox North
1423 N. Jefferson
(417) 269-8817

Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. The clinic is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

You will need to present your Drury ID and proof of insurance. Cox has agreed to waive any office visit co-pay if you go to the FMCC. 

We appreciate your flexibility as our community – here at Drury and throughout Springfield - continue to work together to do the best we can to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.


City of Springfield and Greene County issue "Stay at Home" order, effective 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 26. 

This afternoon it was announced the City of Springfield, Greene County, and surrounding counties have imposed a “stay at home” order that takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday and lasts for the next 30 days.

Given the announcement, we are updating the move-out schedule. If you have already scheduled a time to move out, you may proceed as planned. If you have not scheduled time, we ask that you wait to hear from us before coming to campus. Once the stay-at-home restriction is lifted, and it is safe to travel, we will notify you of dates and times you can come to campus and safely pick up your belongings.

The university has already taken steps for employees who can perform their jobs remotely to work from home under the Temporary Telecommuting Policy.  Tomorrow, our Human Resources department will provide additional guidance based on today’s announcement.

We should also note that the campus is officially closed.  This includes all academic and residential buildings as well as the mailroom.  Mail will continue to be distributed and will be open to students still on campus for mail receiving and sending needs through Friday, March 27. 

Limited food service will be available for students remaining on campus because of emergency situations.

This has been an ever-changing environment.  We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work through the details.  Meanwhile, we can’t stress enough the importance of following the “stay at home” guidelines so we can all stay safe and return to life as we know it as quickly as possible.


Classes will remain online through the end of the semester.

Just this weekend, Governor Parson issued a new social-distancing order that took place at 12:01 Monday morning, 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 dos@drury.edu.

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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