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
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.
Students will additionally pick up a boxed meal that includes a dinner option and breakfast for the following day. Each box will include:
- A sandwich, wrap, or microwavable entrée.
- A side salad, veggie cup, fruit cup, or whole fruit
- Bag of chips or pretzels
- Dessert (cookie, brownie, or Rice Krispie treat, etc.)
- 1 bottled water/1 soda or tea/1 Dunkin Donuts coffee
- Pastry, bagel, granola bar, cereal bar, cereal, or muffin
- Additional whole fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese
Please be sure to continue good hand hygiene and social distancing. We will only allow a maximum of 10 people in the Commons at one time to make sure we are following Missouri and Greene County health department guidelines. We will also continue the following practices:
- All meals will be available for takeout only. The Commons will provide to-go boxes and disposable utensils, including beverage cups, lids, and straws.
- Personal beverage containers (hot or cold) CANNOT be brought into the Commons or CX.
- There will no longer be self-service stations. Fresh Ideas team members will provide the service to minimize potential contamination of utensils and food.
- Students with special dietary needs should ask a server or manager for items that have been available for self-service in the past (i.e. whole fruit, gluten-free items, etc.).
- The Commons will replace the salad bar with pre-made and packaged fresh veggie cups, fruit cups, and side salads with pre-packaged dressings. Dessert items will be individually packaged or wrapped.
- Only single-use disposable cups will be used at the beverage stations.
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- The Drury Tutor Lounge Discord Server
Tutoring is available online for the rest of the semester via Discord. Drury's tutoring site lists all of the times and dates tutors are available.
- Online Student Support Team
A member of our Online Student Support Team will contact you weekly to see how you are progressing in online classes, connect you with resources, and find answers to your questions.
- The Cox Compass Center
The Compass Center staff will be available for meetings online and by phone for academic advising (email@example.com), career planning and development conversations (firstname.lastname@example.org), and academic support questions (email@example.com or 417-873-3010)
Online tutoring will be available. Contact the Cox Compass Center to access this resource or visit www.drury.edu/academic-life-coaching/tutoring.
- Drury Help Desk
Contact the Help Desk for any technology or Moodle related problems (firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-873-7300).
- The Drury Tutor Lounge Discord Server
As your classes at Drury shift to an online environment, please be assured that you will still have access to most of the library and information resources that you would normally use in your seated classes. In particular, there will be no interruption of access to the F. W. Olin Library’s databases. You can find a list of those databases at the Library’s homepage (library.drury.edu), under the round “A-Z Databases” button, or at http://library.drury.edu/az.php. For best results, you should always access these databases through the Library’s webpage. Should you have any trouble accessing these resources, or have any questions related to research, please contact us through our reference desk account, email@example.com . Please note that daytime and early evening hours are best, and we will do our best to respond to your query as soon as possible.
Remember that if you are accessing databases from off campus, you will have to enter your Drury user ID and password when prompted. Your user ID is everything in your e-mail address before the @ symbol, including any numbers. A few of our databases have a “simultaneous user” limit, so if a number of other students are logged into the database at the same time, you might be denied access until others finish and log off. Again, if you are experiencing any trouble logging onto a database, please contact us using the reference desk account listed above.
Please remember that we now have about twice as many electronic books as paper books in our collection. They are accessible through the Library’s online catalog, SWAN, and most are provided through Ebsco. (SWAN can be accessed by clicking the round “SWAN Catalog” button on the Library’s homepage, or at https://swan.searchmobius.org . To search Drury books, click on the pull-down menu labeled “View Entire Collection,” and select Drury University.) To access an electronic book listed in the catalog, go into the record and click on the link that says, “Drury electronic book; click to connect.” This will take you to a separate window. There, on the left side of the screen, the user has the option of downloading the book or viewing it in PDF Full Text format. If you use an electronic book, we ask that you please view the book in PDF format, since downloading the book to a device will “check out” the book and may deny others use of it.
For the time being, the Library is closed, and we will not be offering the borrowing of physical materials through the MOBIUS system or interlibrary loan. In some cases, electronic materials will be available through our interlibrary loan service. For questions regarding interlibrary loan materials, please contact the interlibrary loan desk at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Things to remember
If you do not have a computer or compatible device, please submit a Help Desk Ticket to email@example.com 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.
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.
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:
- Offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020.
- To be eligible for this offer, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- Household income 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines
- Households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start
- Learn more
- Offering 60 days of complimentary Mediacom Connect2Compete service to qualifying families who subscribe before May 15, 2020.
- To be eligible for this offer, you must meet the following criteria:
- You have at least one student in grades K-12 living at home who qualifies for free or reduced-price school lunch through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- You are not a current Mediacom internet customer and have NOT subscribed to our internet service in the past 90 days
- You do not have an outstanding Mediacom bill or unreturned equipment
- Learn more
- Offering 60 days of free Altice (Spectrum) Advantage broadband free to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not currently have home internet access.
- To enroll, call (888) 633-0030.
- Learn more
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.
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.