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

Student Resources

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. FMCC 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.

Fresh Ideas will operate limited food service beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020. 

Hot lunch service will be available every day from noon - 1 p.m. 

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.

Please take the remote access survey. Your answers will help us evaluate all students’ technical abilities and resources as we move to online courses. 

Your professors are your main point of contact and will help you navigate any challenges. Don’t hesitate to ask – there are no dumb questions. Drury’s Online Learning office has also put together several helpful resources to help you transition.

Student Resources for Online Transition

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.

Additional Drury resources

Things to remember

Computer access

If you do not have a computer or compatible device, please submit a Help Desk Ticket to to see if there are laptops available to check out.

Drury will try to make accommodations on a case-by-case basis and to the best of our ability.

Computer requirements

You will need internet access and computer with an updated operating system. If you do not have these basic requirements, please contact your professor.

Ideally, your computer will have video, microphone and speakers to enable video conferencing through Zoom. If you do not have a camera or microphone, you can still access Zoom through a telephone.

Internet access

As classes move online, we understand that internet access is a concern for many of you. Many internet providers in our region have current offers for free or low-cost internet access to help students connect. We’ve compiled a list of available resources for our area:

This list represents large providers in the Southwest Missouri region but is not comprehensive. To locate other offers from providers serving your household, search the “News” section of the provider's site, if available, for the most current COVID-19 information and offers.

We suggest that students start the process of gaining internet access as soon as possible, as it may take several days to activate the service.

Disability accommodations 

Ed Derr will reach out to all students with disability accommodations. He is available to answer questions and advocate for you as a student. He is your main point of contact for any concerns.