Date last modified: 3/27/2020

Please see the following for the College’s response to the COVID-19 virus. Cottey College has gathered the following questions and answers. This is a rapidly evolving situation and these items can be adjusted at any point. The college will continue to update this information in the coming weeks.

All campus events between March 13 and the end of the semester will be cancelled. In the coming weeks we will continue to monitor the situation and make announcements regarding future campus events.

For Students Currently Living On Campus

  • You may be required to relocate to another residence hall on campus;
  • Campus is dry (no alcohol or drugs permitted);
  • No guests are allowed in the residence halls during this time; and
  • Dining and other campus facilities and services may operate on a limited schedule.
  • Students currently living on campus must stay within Vernon County. In addition to a 14-day isolation period, failure to follow this requirement could result in conduct sanctions for “Failure to comply with orders or directives of College officials.” (see page 90 of the Cottey College Student Handbook).

This is a rapidly evolving situation and you may be required to go into isolation at any time.

For Students Currently Off Campus- Due to returning home during spring break or other travels

  • You will be required to complete this semester from home and not travel back to campus.
  • Knowing that you left campus fully intending to return after break, you might have personal items in your rooms that are needed to continue your coursework or to manage health conditions. Students who cannot return to campus can request that essential items (such as materials needed for class) be shipped to your permanent residence. Please email Connie Allen callen@cottey.eduwith your request and we will work to get those to you.

Additional Student Information

  • Please monitor your email.This is the primary way campus and professors will communicate with you about your classes. Please be monitoring it closely so you are up to date and don’t miss any information.

Faculty and Staff

  • If you have symptoms related to COVID-19, you must stay home and not try to come to work. Here is information from the CDC regarding symptoms of COVID-19.
  • We will be providing an exemption on sick days for the coming weeks and just ask that you communicate with your supervisor if you aren’t feeling well.
  • Supervisors, please meet with staff to identify any job duties that can be accomplished working from home.
  • If you have travelled extensively during spring break, we do ask that you exercise extreme caution and work with your supervisor to arrange working from home.


Please know that we are working tirelessly to take care of your student and their education. We appreciate the trust that you have placed in us to provide for your child.

P.E.O.s, Alumnae, and Friends of the College

Cottey College is always extremely appreciative of the generosity of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, our alumnae, and other friends of the College. During this time, we ask that if you would like to support Cottey and our students, the best way to do so would be to contribute to the Student Aid Emergency Fund. Information on this fund may be found at

Below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions.


Question: I have items I need immediately for academic or medical; how can I get those?

Answer: Students can request that items needed for classes or to manage health conditions be shipped to your permanent residence. Please email Connie Allen with your specific items needed and we will work to get those to you.

Question: Can I drive to campus or have someone pick up my belongings on my behalf?

Answer: Students who are able to arrange coming to campus or arrange someone picking up items on their behalf need to know the following:

  1. Residence Hall Staff will coordinate the packing and loading of belongings.
  2. Students will not be allowed back into their rooms or out of their cars on campus.
  3. Our Residence Hall staff will pack items for you and have a designated loading zone for you to drive up and sit in your vehicle while they load items.

If you would like to utilize this option, please contact the Director of Housing Cindy Spencer to arrange a pick up time.

Question: If I am unable to drive to campus, how will I get my belongings?

Answer: We are working on additional information for students who are unable to come and pick up items on campus. We will get this information out as soon as possible. If there are items that are necessary for your health or coursework please contact Connie Allen


Question: Will I be refunded for my housing and dining plans?

Answer: Cottey College is currently awaiting guidance from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. We look forward to sharing this information as soon as it’s available.

Question: What can I do with my Cottey Cash/Chellie Bucks?


  1. For students notreturning to campus next semester, you will be able to purchase items from the bookstore either online or by phone which can then be sent to your home. Contact Lois at and she will be able to assist.
  2. For students who arereturning next semester, we will accept 2019-2020 Cottey Cash through the end of the fall semester.

Question: As a student worker, will I continue to be paid?

Answer: All student employees will continue to be paid. Students who are off campus will not report to their position and will still be paid. Students who are on campus will continue to report to their on-campus offices.


Question: What Campus Services are closed?

Answer:  The following buildings and services on campus are closed through the remainder of the semester.

  • Chellie Club
  • Fitness Center
  • Gymnasium
  • Library Building access for students (online resources will be available)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Music Practice Rooms by appointment only for those students permitted to stay on campus. Contact Dr. Lordo to make an appointment.

Question: How does this impact Counseling and Health Services?

Answer: Any student may be seen for distant counseling as requested by the student.  We may provide scheduled counseling sessions by telephone, email, Zoom, or other electronic means during regular counseling hours of Monday-Friday, 8-5 p.m. beginning March 23, 2020. Students who are currently seeing Mrs. Simpson or Mrs. Donahoo on campus will be notified individually by email to assess the student’s on-going need and/or distance counseling preference. Students may contact the counselors at or ndonahoo@cottey.eduwith additional questions.

For now, health services for students currently on campus will be provided on a limited basis for basic health care needs from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on MWF  Students not on campus may contact Robin Conner at or 417-667-8181, ext. 2157 for health service questions.  We will coordinate a transition between Cottey College Health Services and our students’ home physicians.

Question: Will the library be open for students?

Answer: Library services will still be available in electronic format.  The library building will be closed until further notice. If you have any questions, email the library at or call 417-667-8181 x2153.


Question: How will I complete my coursework?

Answer: Currently, the faculty and staff at Cottey are creating alternative means of instruction. Each of your professors will be reaching out to you with instructions on how to complete your coursework in the near future. Please monitor your emails closely for instructions on coursework. If you have not heard from your professor by March 27 please contact Dr. Bangs at

Question: Will I be able to finish my coursework if I don’t have internet access?

Answer: We are exploring the use of teaching methods that extend beyond solely online learning. Please contact your professors and make your individual needs known to them.

Question: What is the P/D/F Grading System?

Answer: In an effort to alleviate some stress, the faculty has voted to offer students the option to switch to a Pass/D/Fail (P/D/F) grading system for the Spring 2020 semester only. Many other schools are offering similar opportunities to students.

Here is the important information students need to know:

  • Students may opt in to the P/D/F grade system for any eligible courses for this Spring 2020 semester only.
  • Capstones and EDU courses are not eligible.
  • To opt-in for eligible courses: Contact Academic Records Office ( and the instructor of the course by April 10 at 5pm.
  • If students wish to continue on the standard letter grade system for any of their courses, they do not need to take any action for these courses.
  • Students instructors will continue to grade your assignments as normal. For courses where students opt-in, the final grade will be a P if they earn a C- or higher.
  • Opting in to the new grading system only means that a student’s final grade will be either P/D/F. Final grades are not calculated until all work has been completed and/or final deadlines have passed. They are still enrolled in any course for which they choose the P/D/F grading system.

GPA calculations – P will have no impact on students GPA, but a D or F will lower their GPA.

Unless a student’s program requires a specific grade, they may still use a D grade to meet graduation requirements. They will still earn credit for a D. However, most schools (including graduate schools) will not accept transfer credit for grades lower than C-.


Question: Are campus offices open?

Answer: Campus is still open. Departments and offices are still open and available via email or phone.

Question: Will Cottey still have Commencement this spring?

Answer: We are planning to host Cottey’s first ever virtual commencement. Per the guidelines of the CDC on large gatherings, we decided it was in the best interest of everyone to begin planning now on hosting this special day online instead of delaying the decision. We will have more details in the coming weeks as we get closer to the event.

Question: What if I’m willing to self-quarantine on-campus in order to finish the semester on-campus?

Answer: The College does not have adequate facilities to quarantine or isolate a large number of students. Thus this is not an option that the College is able to provide.

Question: What should I do with my passdowns?

Answer: All passdowns can be left in your suite or room and will be redistributed for next year. If you are wanting certain passdowns to go to specific people, please have them clearly group and labeled. If there is a specific request, students can email Megan Vincent at with a description of the item and who they want it designated for.

Question: What will happen to my mail and packages?

Answer: For students who are now living at home, we will forward all mail to the home location we have on file. We are unable to forward Fedex and UPS packages to your home address. Please work with the sender of the package on getting those sent to your home address. For students who are still on campus, mail and package delivery will still occur.

For general questions not answered above please email:

For questions specific to your situation please contact:


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