Coronavirus Update

Murray State University continues to proactively monitor and assess the COVID-19, novel Coronavirus. We are working closely with Chief Medical Officer, Robert C. Hughes, MD, Murray State Health Services, the Calloway County Health Department, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta through regular updates, among others.

We encourage you to view the below Frequently Asked Questions as well as campus updates. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, along with the broader community, is paramount to us.

Current Campus Update

April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020

Students, Faculty and Staff:

Last Friday, our Board of Regents met in Special Session.  During the meeting several actions were taken and I wanted to outline those for you, along with other administrative items for the days ahead.  In addition, as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic, causing many operational and academic changes during the past several weeks coupled with tremendous budget pressures, I want to thank you for your support and guidance as we ensure a successful Spring Semester for our students.  This is the most challenging period of our careers and the actions we take and the responses we provide will define 500 Internal Server Error

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As we work through the budget issues for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020, ending June 30, 2020, and Fiscal Year 2021, beginning July 1, 2020, we are committed to addressing our budget challenges in an open and transparent manner, protecting jobs to the best of our ability but also having to make strategic cost-saving measures, safeguarding academic quality and teaching excellence and ensuring our students and families of a student-centered, high-quality, high-value educational experience which we have been known for nearly 100 years.

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Fall 2020 Racer Restart Plan

We have been reviewing Fall 2020 restart plans for the past few weeks.  Today, I am appointing a Fall 2020 Racer Restart Committee which will be co-chaired by our three Vice Presidents:  Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tim Todd, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services Jackie Dudley and Vice President for Student Affairs Don Robertson. Jordan Smith, Director of Governmental and Institutional Relations, will serve this Committee and the associated Subcommittees as the senior administrator who will assist in the coordination and draft the comprehensive restart plan for this summer and fall, including a phased approach for the campus reopening over the summer months.  The Subcommittees will work collaboratively, under the guidance of the three co-chairs.  Subcommittee memberships will be announced during the next few days.

We are working toward a traditional Fall Semester while making necessary adjustments for a new normal.  We will finalize a broad set of imperatives – guiding principles – very soon in order to assist our work. 

There will be seven Subcommittees and members will be appointed by the co-chairs to address specific areas of the University and will operate utilizing a shared-governance approach. 

  1. Academic Affairs and Faculty Support – Provost and Vice President Tim Todd, Chair
  2. Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Campus Life – Vice President Don Robertson, Chair
  3. Administrative Operations and Staff Support – Vice President Jackie Dudley, Chair
  4. Housing, Dining and Auxiliary Operations – Executive Director of Auxiliary Services David Looney, Chair
  5. Facilities Management – Director of Facilities Management Jason Youngblood, Chair
  6. Athletics – Director of Athletics Kevin Saal, Chair
  7. Development, Alumni and Branding, Marketing and Communication – Executive Director of Marketing and Communication Shawn Touney, Executive Director of Development Tina Bernot and Director of Alumni Relations Carrie McGinnis, Co-chairs

Importantly, we will begin the process of our fall 2020 restart immediately taking into consideration the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and broader community with every decision – this will be our primary guiding principle.

At this time, my preliminary thoughts related to our restart, coupled with guidance from state and federal authorities, include a phased process beginning June 1, 2020, and continuing through the beginning of the Fall Semester.  While none of us know exactly what fall 2020 will look like at this time, we will make certain we are prepared for all potential options.

 

Budgetary Actions Taken This Spring

Following are several actions, among others, already taken which will continue for the upcoming fiscal year.

  1. Hiring freeze.
  2. A review of all currently open positions.  Many will be paused or eliminated.
  3. A strategic review of other positions which may be eliminated due to this crisis.
  4. Overtime will be reduced or eliminated.
  5. Temporary hires will be reduced or eliminated.
  6. No across-the-board cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) raises for Fiscal Year 2021.
  7. Professional travel will be reduced in every area.
  8. A strategic review of certain operations of the University in order to enhance efficiencies and/or reduce budgeted expenditures.
  9. We will prepare for other possible budget reductions as dictated by events in the coming weeks and months.
  10. Student employment will resume in the fall, unless exceptions have already been approved by a Vice President or me for summer operations.  Student employment is an important component of student financial aid, as well as an important professional development opportunity for our students who are employed in various campus positions.

These are decisions which will be handled in a manner which ensures our known academic quality is fully protected and we are positioned to take advantage of future growth and opportunities as we emerge from this pandemic crisis. 

 

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and transparent manner, protecting jobs to the best of our ability while also having to make strategic cost-saving measures, safeguarding academic quality and teaching excellence and ensuring our students and families a student-centered, high-quality, high-value educational experience which we have been known for nearly 100 years.

Spring 2020 Commencement

As has been previously discussed, Spring 2020 Commencement will be postponed and combined with our December 2020 Commencement exercises.  Commencement is a very important day in the lives of our students and families and we hope everyone will return on Saturday,

December 12, 2020, for this special Commencement ceremony.  Additional details will be forthcoming at Commencement and by email.  A special May 2020 Commencement program will be mailed to you this summer.

CARES Act Funding for Student Aid

We are finalizing the awarding parameters based on federal government guidance for approximately $3.15 million in student financial grants.  We expect a student application and further details to be available during the next few days.  We will alert our students once these details are finalized and awarding will occur as soon as possible thereafter.

Tuition, Housing and Dining

We will maintain tuition and fees at current levels in order to assist our students and families for the 2020-21 academic year.  In addition, we have raised new funding for need-based scholarships for this fall, coupled with the Murray State Promise.  Students, please contact our Student Financial Services office for scholarship and financial assistance.  Please complete the request form at Murray State University Request for Additional Financial Informationand a Counselor will reach out to you.  The Racers Give Scholarship Committee is currently reviewing awards for these monies.  Students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor and register for fall classes today.

The following actions have been taken, upon the recommendation of the administration and approval by the Board of Regents:

  1. Tuition for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students will have a 0 percent increase.
  2. Housing rates will be increased by .5 percent in order to provide additional funding for deferred maintenance, furniture and other related needs in our residence halls.  This increase results in a $2-$20 annual increase per student depending on the residence hall and type of room.
  3. Dining rates will be increased by 3.09 percent which is our contractually-committed inflationary obligation through our partnership with Sodexo.

Summer Camps, Events and Campus Activities

As has been previously discussed, as a reminder, there are no scheduled camps, events or activities on campus through July 31, 2020.  Any previously-scheduled events have been postponed, canceled or will be conducted virtually.

This outlines many of the decisions of late.  We will keep you informed during this time as additional information becomes available.  Once again, our commitment is to provide a transparent, thoughtful and strategic decision-making process as we work through this difficult period and our related budget.

This crisis will pass and we will be better positioned for future growth and enhancement regarding the high-quality, high-value academic work for which we have been known for nearly 100 years.

Thank you,

Dr. Bob Jackson
President

Frequently Asked Questions

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Coronavirus Basics (updated 3/10)

What is the COVID-19, novel Coronavirus?

A novel Coronavirus is a new Coronavirus that has not been previously identified. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel Coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is Coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus? What if I have symptoms?

Current symptoms reported for patients have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Additional information is available at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

How do I best protect myself from contracting Coronavirus?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Everyday actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

University Information (updated 5/13)

What is the University doing to prepare for possible Coronavirus impacts to campus?

The University continues to proactively monitor and assess the COVID-19, novel Coronavirus. We are working closely with Chief Medical Officer, Robert C. Hughes, MD, Murray State University Health Services, the Calloway County Health Department, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta through regular updates, among others.

This website will continue to serve as a centralized location for updates about the Coronavirus as it pertains to the campus community along with helpful links including the CDC, U.S. State Department Travel and Murray State University Health Services.

Resources and Helpful Links

Who is part of the Coronavirus workgroup at Murray State?

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  • Dr. Bob Jackson, President
  • Jackie Dudley, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services
  • Dr. Don Robertson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
  • Dr. Tim Todd, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Bob Hughes, Chief Medical Officer, Murray State University Health Services
  • Jeff Gentry, Deputy Chief, Murray State University Police Department
  • Jill Hunt, Senior Executive Coordinator for the President, Coordinator for Board Relations and Secretary to the Board
  • Jordan Smith, Director of Governmental and Institutional Relations
  • Shawn Touney, Executive Director of Marketing and Communication
  • Melanie McCallon Seib, Director, Education Abroad
  • Dr. Guangming Zou, Assistant Vice President for International Studies
  • Rob Miller, General Counsel
  • Dr. Robert Pervine, Associate Provost
  • Markie Burkeen, Director of Patient Access and Business Development, Primary Care Medical Center of Murray
  • David Looney, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services
  • Kevin Saal, Director of Athletics
  • Eric Frederick, Assistant AD - Sports Medicine & Head Athletic Trainer
  • Joyce Gordon, Director of Human Resources
  • Brian Verkamp, Chief Information Officer
  • Shawn Smee, Director of Undergraduate Recruitment
  • Tina Bernot, Executive Director of Development
  • Carrie McGinnis, Director of Alumni Relations
  • Cami Duffy, Executive Director of IDEA/Title IX Coordinator
  • Dr. K. Renee Fister, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning

Is University-sponsored travel for students, faculty and staff prohibited at this time?

Travel abroad to and from campus has been suspended. Non-essential University-sponsored domestic travel outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky has been suspended. This includes visitors coming to the University, such as guest speakers and visiting lecturers, among others. The University will continue to review all abroad programs as well as professional international and domestic travel involving our students, faculty and staff.

We are strongly encouraging every member of our campus community to carefully reconsider all non-essential travel plans - both domestically and internationally.

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voluntary travel form so we can provide support to returning travelers and safeguard our entire campus community.

If you have recently been in, or transited through, mainland China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong or any new areas that the CDC identifies as a travel risk, you need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date you departed one of these areas. If you choose to travel to one of the aforementioned areas, please inform Murray State University Health Services by calling 270.809.3809.

Will study abroad students be reimbursed for expenses related to their education abroad experience?

The University is handling these instances on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Melanie McCallon Seib, Director of Education Abroad, by calling 270.809.3236 or by email at mmccallon@murraystate.edu.The Education Abroad office is located at 131 Blackburn.

Are education abroad programs scheduled for summer 2020 canceled?

Education abroad programs have been suspended through summer, impacting all summer study abroad programs, regardless of start date. This includes both University-sponsored and provider-sponsored programs.

I have questions regarding student financial aid, scholarships and/or related tuition and fees. Who should I contact?

Students or their family members should contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 270.809.2546 or by email at msu.sfa@murraystate.edu. Each situation is unique and the University is following the most recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Education in regard to federal aid.

I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed. What services are available?

University Counseling Services provides free and confidential mental health counseling for all enrolled students. At this time, the mental health professionals in the Counseling Center are available to provide remote counseling sessions through Zoom. If you are interested in setting up remote sessions, please contact us at msu.counselingcenter@ murraystate.edu for more information. Self-help resources are available on our website. If it is an emergency situation, please contact the Murray State Police Department at 270.809.2222.

What other helpful resources are available?

Part of the University’s safety initiatives include a free mobile app, LiveSafe, that allows students to contact Murray State Police. Emergency Options gives you instant access to call 911, the Murray State Police or to message the Murray State Police.

What is Murray State doing to protect the campus community?

  • In addition to standard cleaning procedures, University Facilities Management staff continues to focus on disinfecting all door handles and knobs, elevator buttons, handrails, water fountains, vending machines, light switches, countertops, stove and refrigerator handles and frequently used hard surface touchpoints.
  • Informational flyers from the CDC on proper handwashing techniques are visible in numerous locations across campus.
  • Murray State University Health Services continues to assist members of our campus community and is located on the first floor of Wells Hall, facing the quad. Operating hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1-2 p.m.) and from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Individuals can reach a physician at 270.809.3809. Individuals can also call after hours to reach a physician. After hours, call Primary Care Medical Center at 270.759.9200 and ask for Dr. Robert Hughes, our Chief Medical Officer. Members of the campus community may also contact Primary Care Medical Center of Murray at 270.759.9200.
  • A University Work Group continues to meet daily and discuss the University’s preparedness for the Coronavirus and appropriate steps to take in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and broader community.

I’m a student. During the online/alternative delivery method of class instruction, I don’t have internet at home. What can I do?

Students who live near Murray State’s regional campus locations in Paducah, Madisonville or Hopkinsville can access the University’s wi-fi network from the parking lots in their vehicles in order to maintain necessary social distancing.

If you live outside of the region, your local library may continue to be open and these, or similar, resources may be available.

Charter is offering free Spectrum and Wi-Fi for 60 days beginning March 16. Please note that this service is provided by Charter/Spectrum and not by Murray State.

Other providers are offering similar services at this time, including AT&T, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

What resources are available through University Libraries?

Waterfield Library, Pogue Library and Wrather Museum will remain closed to the public.

Library staff will be available to assist with research services by phone, text, chat, or email from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Library Virtual Contact

A wealth of library resources are available completely online.  These resources are available in our discovery tool/catalog, or in one of our many databases.  If you need assistance in finding peer-reviewed journal articles, books, or any other content, start with our subject guides or please feel free to contact us.

Books and other materials will not be available to check out. Items that are currently checked out will have an adjusted due date in May. Waterfield Library will not charge late fees.

Are campus buildings open?

Campus is closed to the general public through July 31. Buildings should remain locked and accessed by employees with building keys. If special access needs exist, please work with the building coordinators in each building. This includes our regional campus sites in Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.

Details will be forthcoming as part of the Racer Restart initiative for a phased-in re-opening of campus this summer.

Are campus dining facilities closed?

As announced by Gov. Beshear on Monday, March 16, restaurants have been asked to close and adjust their service appropriately. Fast Track (north side of Winslow Dining Hall) will remain open daily from Noon-5 p.m. and provides a wide variety of snacks, pre-packaged healthy foods, refrigerated, frozen and ready to eat selections as well as many common groceries and personal care items. Winslow Dining Hall, Curris Cafe, Thoroughbred Room, Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Starbucks, Business Express, Market 22 and Pony Express will be closed.

Have campus events been canceled?

All campus and student events and activities, as well as camps are postponed or canceled through July 31, 2020. Any previously scheduled events have been postponed, canceled or will be conducted virtually.

What will happen to mail or packages addressed to me while I am away from campus?

For student mail and packages, please check with the Curris Center Post Office. The University will request FedEx and UPS drivers to deliver all packages addressed for delivery directly to a residence hall, to be delivered to the Curris Center Post Office. The Post Office will be operating adjusted hours March 23 – May 15. During this time, the retail window will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week only for mail and package pick-up. All access to the Post Office will be through the back-dock doors of the Curris Center (loading dock).

For University departmental mail and packages, the Post Office and Central Receiving will continue to deliver to departments at this time.

Are campus visits for prospective students and family members currently available?

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, along with the broader community, is paramount to us. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, on-campus visits have been postponed. However, virtual campus visits are available. For more information and to schedule your virtual campus visit, please go to murraystate.edu/visit.

What is the effect on my housing stipend as a veteran or military-connected student receiving benefits from the Department of Defense since my classes have changed from in-person (resident) to online?

On March 21, 2020 the Bill S.3503 was signed into law by President Trump authorizing the Department of Veteran Affairs to pay education benefits regardless of the fact that your program has changed from resident training to online training. 

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The Housing and Dining offices have applied credits to student accounts. Pro-rata refunds for housing and dining are applied to existing balances or future semester charges based on federal financial aid guidelines. Dining meal plans receiving a credit include the following: All Access, All Access Premium, 175 Block and 8 Meal Per Week. Dining flex plans receiving a credit include the following: Bronze, Silver, Copper and Platinum. Please check your myGate for an updated balance. Additionally, the University will apply the remaining portion of flex dollars for use at on-campus dining venues through the end of the fall 2020 semester.

How can I contact Murray State University Health Services?

Murray State University Health Services is located on the first floor of Wells Hall, facing the quad. Operating hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1-2 p.m.) and from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Individuals can reach a physician at 270.809.3809. Individuals can also call after hours to reach a physician. After hours, call Primary Care Medical Center at 270.759.9200 and ask for Dr. Robert Hughes, our Chief Medical Officer.

Members of the campus community may also contact Primary Care Medical Center of Murray at 270.759.9200.

Aside from on-campus health resources offered through Murray State University Health Services, are there other virtual-based options?

Yes – Murray State University Health Services, through their partnership with Primary Care Medical Center, offers virtual visits through the below steps:

  1. Contact Primary Care Medical Center at 270.759.9200 to schedule your virtual visit.
  2. Make sure you have updated your insurance, mobile phone number and e-mail address with Primary Care Medical Center. If you are a new patient, you will be asked a series of questions to set up your profile prior to your telemedicine visit.
  3. Once you have scheduled your virtual visit, you will receive a text message or e-mail from your provider instructing you to click a link and register.
  4. You will be redirected to the Doxy.me to register. Doxy.me supports Safari or Google Chrome.
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  6. You will be directed to your provider’s virtual waiting room.
  7. You will be alerted once connected with your provider for your virtual visit.  

What resources are available to me if I am experiencing COVID-19 harassment?

Illegal harassment and illegal discrimination as defined by the University's Non-Discrimination Statement provides for complaints to be filed in the Office of IDEA.  Please report such incidents to the Office of IDEA, 103 Wells Hall, Murray, KY 42071, 270.809.3155, by email at msu.idea@murraystate.edu, or online.

 Please know that incidents that involve bodily harm etc. should immediately be reported to the local police (off campus), Murray State University Police Department (if on campus) so that they can help discuss a safety plan. All members of the University community are encouraged to download the Livesafe app which also quickly connects to the Murray State Police. If the individuals involved in a matter involving bias, illegal discrimination or illegal harassment (both the one allegedly harmed and the one allegedly causing harm) are Murray State faculty, staff or students, then the University grievance procedures to address allegations of discrimination may be used to file an official complaint. If the matter involves student-to-student interactions, then the Student Disciplinary Procedures can be engaged.  

 Further, the City of Murray has a Human Rights Commission positioned to also hear complaints of alleged discrimination or hate within the City of Murray.

 Additionally, processing such events can be difficult.  Please know that for employees, the University offers its EAP (Employee Assistance Program) and for students, they have access to University Counseling to provide assistance.

 The Office of IDEA welcomes a call (270.809.3155 during University working hours) or email from anyone impacted by illegal discrimination, illegal harassment or bias to discuss the experience and discuss possible options.

Are all Summer 2020 classes online?

All Summer 2020 courses, with the exception of clinicals, co-ops, directed studies, internships, practicums and theses have been moved to an online format. There are more than 300 online courses from which students can choose.

Is the Racers Helping Racers food pantry open?

Students needing food assistance will continue to receive support from the Racers Helping Racers food pantry. By completing this form, students may place a food order and have it delivered to the curb, in front of the Curris Center. This service will be available on Mondays and Fridays. For questions, please contact the Curris Center administration office at 270.809.6921.

Will there be a normal fall semester?

Murray State is working toward a traditional fall semester while making necessary adjustments for a new normal. A Fall 2020 Racer Restart Committee and subcommittees comprised of various areas across campus has been established, covering the following areas:

  • Academic Affairs and Faculty Support
  • Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Campus Life
  • Administrative Operations and Support Staff
  • Housing, Dining and Auxiliary Operations
  • Facilities Management
  • Athletics
  • Development, Alumni and Branding, Marketing and Communication

As these committees meet, the primary guiding principle will be the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and the broader community.

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campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare. Students who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus can complete the application within the University’s myGate portal in the Financial Aid Forms channel on the Financial Aid/Scholarships tab, and are asked to complete by Friday, May 15, 2020 for priority consideration. Completion of the application does not guarantee eligibility or receipt of funding.

 

Human Resources and Employee Information (updated 4/2)

I’m a supervisor. What proper precautions should I take with staff or faculty members who may have concerns about becoming sick in the workplace?

Faculty or staff members who have symptoms of acute respiratory illnesses are recommended to stay home and not come to work or class until they are free of fever (100.4 F or 37.8 C or greater), signs of a fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours. Notify your direct supervisor and stay home if you are sick or need to take care of a sick family member.

I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed. What services are available?

Faculty and staff along with their family members are eligible to receive free counseling services through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered through Human Resources. Employees can contact the Wayne Corporation directly at 800.441.1327 or visit their website. If you have questions, you can also contact Human Resources at 270.809.2146 to ask about the services provided or the process to access them.

I'm a faculty or staff member. What information is available to myself or my department/unit to maintain connection to vital systems remotely?

Murray State Information Systems' "Technical Pandemic & Disaster Planning Quick Guide" will be updated as new information becomes available. Information Systems can be reached at msu.servicedesk@murraystate.edu or by calling 270.809.2346.

I’m a student worker. Can I work for the remainder of the spring semester?

University student workers need to communicate directly with their supervisor to determine the ability to work on campus or remotely during this period.

I am a staff member. Is working remotely an option for me?

The University is encouraging as many faculty and staff as possible to work remotely, while continuing our commitment to remain open and operational. We will maintain basic operations in every area in order to ensure that we remain open and operational. Each Vice President, Director, other administrators and the President’s Office, are reviewing remote-work options.

What if I am approved to work remotely but don’t have the necessary tools?

Department managers must ensure that employees who have been approved to work remotely have all necessary tools and that the employee is being productive during the remote work status. The department head will make the request through the Information System’s Emergency Remote Access process.

What if my child’s regular school or child provider is closed?

Since children can’t be in the workplace, either sick or vacation leave could be used if working remotely isn’t an option.

What if I am unable to work because I am ill or need to care for a family member?

If the University is open, the time would be charged to accrued sick or vacation leave. Sick leave approval for staff will be granted without a physician’s statement, as strongly recommended by the CDC. If this can’t be resolved at the department level, HR will provide assistance.

I am a temporary employee. Can I continue to work?

Temporary employees may continue to work, if needed by the department, while the University remains open

I am a Racer Wellness Pledge participant. How does this impact me?

Murray State’s Racer Wellness Pledge is a program designed to provide incentives to encourage faculty and staff to continuously improve all aspects of their well-being. However, due to the COVID-19 issue, all Racer Wellness events, including the Lunch and Learn series, have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

We encourage you to use this time to take advantage of online resources, such as Healthy Lifestyles and Murray State’s EAP, Wayne Corp. The Racer Wellness team understands that this is an uncertain time, and we want to reassure you that your Racer Pledge eligibility will not be impacted by this situation.

How can campus departments and units receive their mail?

With all campus buildings being closed departments may pick up their mail Monday thru Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. until further notice. You will pick up mail at the back door to the Post Office, which is down the hall and first door to the left as you enter the building from the loading dock. Questions regarding the Post Office should be directed to James Smith at 270.809.5415 or jsmith1@murraystate.edu.

Will faculty and staff continue to be paid while working remotely or in the case of a closure?

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order to continue to remain operational. We are committed at this time to pay all regular full-time and regular part-time employees through May 15, 2020.

Will I be required to complete my leave report and/or timesheet during this time?

Hourly paid employees will not be required to submit a time report for any pay periods beginning after March 13, 2020 through May 8, 2020. Faculty and exempt staff will not be required to submit a leave report for March and April. Employees should still report to their supervisors when they are sick or on vacation. Supervisors will be expected to submit this information to the President or appropriate Vice President when the University return to normal operations. All employees will continue to accrue leave at the normal rate.

I am currently on an approved leave of absence (sick leave, approved vacation, leave without pay, etc.) How will this impact me?

Staff who were not scheduled to work or were not at work due to either a paid or unpaid leave, will continue in that status for the duration of the leave. You may contact Human Resources at msu.hr@murraystate.edu for additional information.

I am a University student worker or a temporary employee. Will I be paid during these campus changes?

Temporary employees do not receive pay for time not worked or any paid-time-off benefits.

All university student workers that are already in Banner as authorized to work for this current pay period (March 14– March 27) will receive a pay check for the same number of hours they worked in the pay period that just ended on March 13, 2020. The same number of hours will roll over and be paid on the April 10, 2020 payday.

If there is a critical need for a student worker or a temporary employee to continue working, it will be handled on an exception basis.

I am a hiring supervisor with an ongoing search. Does the disruption associated with COVID-19 affect hiring at Murray State?

Based on the circumstances, we do not anticipate many, if any new hires prior to May 15, 2020. However, if these are necessary for the ongoing operations of the University, they will need to be approved through the appropriate Vice President and President. Faculty searches will continue with the interviews and final search meetings being conducted remotely for the 2020 fall semester. Human Resources will continue to work directly with hiring supervisors and search committee chairs for faculty searches. Additional information on all current searches will be communicated as it is available.

What resources are available to me if I am experiencing COVID-19 harassment?

Illegal harassment and illegal discrimination as defined by the University's Non-Discrimination Statement provides for complaints to be filed in the Office of IDEA.  Please report such incidents to the Office of IDEA, 103 Wells Hall, Murray, KY 42071, 270.809.3155, by email at msu.idea@murraystate.edu, or online.

 Please know that incidents that involve bodily harm etc. should immediately be reported to the local police (off campus), Murray State University Police Department (if on campus) so that they can help discuss a safety plan. All members of the University community are encouraged to download the Livesafe app which also quickly connects to the Murray State Police. If the individuals involved in a matter involving bias, illegal discrimination or illegal harassment (both the one allegedly harmed and the one allegedly causing harm) are Murray State faculty, staff or students, then the University grievance procedures to address allegations of discrimination may be used to file an official complaint. If the matter involves student-to-student interactions, then the Student Disciplinary Procedures can be engaged.  

 Further, the City of Murray has a Human Rights Commission positioned to also hear complaints of alleged discrimination or hate within the City of Murray.

 Additionally, processing such events can be difficult.  Please know that for employees, the University offers its EAP (Employee Assistance Program) and for students, they have access to University Counseling to provide assistance.

 The Office of IDEA welcomes a call from anyone impacted by illegal discrimination, illegal harassment or bias to discuss the experience and discuss possible options.

What leave options are available to employees specifically related to COVID-19?

Effective April 1, 2020, full-time and part-time employees are eligible for two new leave options through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). An employee can learn more about the Emergency Paid Sick Leave and/or Emergency FMLA Expansion Act Leave through the Human Resources webpage.

Self-Quarantine Information (updated 3/10)

Who needs to self-quarantine?

Murray State University is continuing to monitor the novel Coronavirus situation and to work with all of the pertinent, reputable agencies in this arena of knowledge. Right now there are a number of countries on the level 3 risk list as defined by the CDC, and there are some countries at level 2. This list is frequently changing - please visit the CDC website for the latest list.

Knowing the changing nature of this, we highly advise you to see a doctor if you have been overseas in the last 14 days and are not feeling well. This would also apply to someone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) and is feeling well.

If you have been in, or transited through, mainland China, Iran, South Korea, Italy or any new areas that the CDC identifies as a travel risk:

  • You need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date you departed one of these areas.
  • If you begin to feel unwell and develop a fever or shortness of breath, a cough, or a respiratory illness during your period of self-quarantine you should seek immediate medical attention. Also, please call Murray State University Health Services at 270.809.3809 and if calling after-hours, contact Primary Care Medical Center at 270.759.9200 and ask for Dr. Robert Hughes, our Chief Medical Officer at Murray State University.
    Wherever you decide to seek medical attention, call ahead and mention your travel history and if you have been exposed to someone diagnosed with the Coronavirus.
  • If you develop any other symptoms during your period of self-quarantine, you should also seek medical attention. You may call Murray State University Health Services at 270.809.3809 and if calling after hours, contact Primary Care Medical Center at 270.759.9200 and ask for Dr. Robert Hughes, our Chief Medical Officer. If you seek medical attention from another medical service, call ahead and mention your travel history before you arrive.

What does self-quarantine mean?

Self-quarantine means staying in your home, hotel room or provided accommodation, and not leaving for the period of time you are required to isolate for. Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home. Do not allow visitors into the home.

What if I know or think I have been in close contact with someone who has the Coronavirus?

  • You need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with the confirmed case.
  • If you begin to feel unwell and develop a fever or shortness of breath, a cough or a respiratory illness during your period of self-quarantine, please seek the same medical attention and advice as listed above for travel recommendations.

Does this mean my family or other people I live with need to self-quarantine as well?

Other members of the household are not required to self-quarantine unless they meet one of the criteria for self-quarantine outlined above. If you develop symptoms and are suspected to have novel Coronavirus, members of the household will be classified as close contacts and will then need to be in self-quarantine.

How do I receive what I need while in self-quarantine?

The University will be partnering with groups or individuals to ensure people have access to support during their period of self-quarantine. This service will include a regular phone call from Murray State Health Services to check in on the person’s well-being and to identify any practical support needs they may require assistance with. For example, organizing the delivery of items such as groceries, access to educational materials, replacement of medications, etc.

What happens when I end my 14 days of self-quarantine?

If you have self-quarantined for 14 days without any symptoms, you are free to go about your usual activities. This includes returning to work, school, childcare and the University.

If you need a medical certificate, you will need to see Murray State University Health Services or your regular physician.

Please notify Murray State University Health Services at 270.809.3809 of your status at the end of the self-quarantine period. Should you develop any illness symptoms over the next three weeks following your self-quarantine, please notify Murray State University Health Services.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting - Cares Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

  1. Murray State University signed and returned the ‘Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement’ for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on April 13th, 2020. Murray State University will spend no less than 50% of the funds it receives under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. 
  2. Murray State University will receive $3,135,385 under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.  This amount represents 50% Murray State University’s total allotment under the legislation.
  3.  As of July 2, 2020, $1,282,780.57 has been distributed to students.
  4. Murray State University estimates around 6,000 students are currently eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
  5. As of July 2, 2020, 1562 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. Murray State University’s methodology for distributing funds under the CARES Act:
    1. All students at Murray State University were able to apply for funds through the myGate Student portal.  The application collected the following information:  (1) Time of Application, (2) Murray State Student ID Number, (3) Name, (4) Murray State Email Address, (5) Confirmation student incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including eligible expenses associated with cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care (6) Estimate of incurred expenses, and (7) Certification that information provided was true and correct.
    2. Applications will be evaluated to confirm eligibility and reviewed for approval by an appointed committee.  The awards will  be based on the amount the student requested and the max award will be determined by the number of eligible expected applications.
  7. Prospective applicants were sent the following communication:

Email communication

From: Admin News <news.admin@murraystate.edu>
Date: Mon, May 4, 2020 at 1:38 PM
Subject: CARES Act Student Emergency Grant Funding Application
To: <students@list.murraystate.edu>


Murray State University understands that for many of our students, the disruptions caused by COVID-19 mean more than simply transitioning to online or remote coursework. Many Racers are experiencing additional expenditures related to items such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Murray State has received funding from the Federal CARES Act.  According to 18004(c) of the CARES Act: Institutions of higher education shall use CARES funding to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare).

If you have expenses related to the disruption of campus, please click on the link below to complete the application. For priority consideration, please complete by Friday, May 15, 2020.   Submitting this application does not guarantee that you will be eligible to receive funds.

Murray State CARES Emergency Grant Application

This application can also be found in the Financial Aid Forms channel located on your Financial Aid/Scholarships tab in myGate.

From: Presidential News <news.president@murraystate.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:41 AM
To: students@list.murraystate.edu
Subject: CARES Act Student Emergency Grant Funding Application

 

May 13, 2020

Students:

Murray State University understands that for many of our students, the disruptions caused by COVID-19 mean more than simply transitioning to online or remote coursework.  Many Racers are experiencing additional expenditures related to items such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Murray State has received funding from the Federal CARES Act.  According to 18004(c) of the CARES Act: Institutions of higher education shall use CARES funding to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare).

If you have expenses related to the disruption of campus, please click on the link below to complete the application.  For priority consideration, please complete by Friday, May 15, 2020.  Submitting this application does not guarantee that you will be eligible to receive funds.

Murray State CARES Emergency Grant Application

This application can also be found in the Financial Aid Forms channel located on your Financial Aid/Scholarships tab in myGate.  If you have additional questions, please reach out to Student Financial Services by email at msu.sfa@murraystate.edu or by phone 270-809-2546.

Sincerely,

Bob Jackson
President

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 Texts to eligible students that had not applied on 5/12/20 and 6/23/20

 The MSU CARES Emergency Grant application is now available through myGate.  Priority application deadline is May 15, 2020.

The MSU CARES Emergency Grant application is available through myGate on the Financial Aid/Scholarship tab. The
next deadline is 6/26/20.

 Email to Grant recipients

 

CARES Emergency Grant                      

 

You have been awarded a CARES Emergency Grant based on your recent CARES application.  To see the amount of the grant, you may log into your myGate account and review your student account.  The check or direct deposit will be processed in the next few business days. 

You are receiving this grant based on the expenditures that you have identified as being related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.  Eligible expenditures may have included food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare.

If you have additional questions, please email msu.bursar@murraystate.edu.

 

Wendy Cain
Director of Student Financial Services
Student Financial Services
Murray State University

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Past Campus Updates

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Students, Faculty and Staff:

One of my favorite quotes is by Admiral Bill McRaven: “We will all find ourselves neck deep in mud someday.  This is the time to sing loudly, to smile broadly, to lift up those around you and give them hope that tomorrow will be a better day.” 

As we continue to encounter the unprecedented realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am reminded of the strength and perseverance of our Racer family.

You may be aware of many efforts made within our campus community to assist others.  This includes the donation of essential personal protective equipment, Murray State-made face shields for area healthcare workers and offering services to small businesses that are navigating the economic impact of what is taking place.

Read the full story.

We are all working together to finish the Spring Semester strong.  Faculty and staff from various departments and units throughout campus are calling and writing notes to all of our Fall 2020 admitted students and to our nearly 10,000 students who are completing their coursework for the Spring Semester.  We are staying in touch while providing a helping hand and responding to their needs.  I greatly appreciate the time and effort by everyone to ensure the success of our students.

Students, you are doing an outstanding job handling these dramatic changes.  Please continue to work with your faculty and advisors – they are here to assist you.  Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need assistance in any area.  The spring success site is a helpful resource

To our faculty and staff, thank you for quickly adapting in so many ways in order that we are able to maintain our student-centered teaching and learning mission.

Recent decisions and points to remember include the following:

  • As we have previously stated, we have postponed our May 9, 2020, Commencement ceremonies.  We will decide alternative plans very soon.  All earned degrees at the end of the Spring Semester will be conferred.
  • All Summer 2020 classes will be delivered online or through an alternative approach.  We have a record number of new online courses in several short-term formats for your convenience.  Summer classes are an opportunity for you to get ahead of your requirements for graduation by taking one or more courses.   Your faculty members or advisors can assist you in choosing the right class or classes for this Summer and the upcoming Fall Semester.
  • Registration for Summer and Fall Semester Classes opened on April 6.  Please register at your earliest convenience as many students registered last week.  We are making arrangements for classes now. 
  • Our long-standing tradition of Senior Breakfast will be held virtually on April 29, 2020.  This is always a favorite event and we look forward to sharing a few stories during “breakfast.”   Stay tuned for additional details on Murray State’s social media platforms as well as email.
  • For new students this Fall and for recruiting classes going forward, we have changed our admissions policy to an ACT/SAT test-optional format in order to accommodate students who cannot take the test(s) and to relieve some of the stress of admission.
  • Importantly, students, you may have your tuition already covered with our Murray State Promise program.  We are still making scholarship awards for Fall 2020 to assist you. Last year, we awarded over $44 million in grants, scholarships and waivers.  In addition, during the past few days, we have allocated additional scholarship funds to assist students – give us a call at (270) 809-3225 or email  500 Internal Server Error

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  • Do not forget to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You may qualify for financial aid, especially during these times as financial circumstances are changing.  Visit fafsa.ed.gov and use Murray State code 001977.
  • Not sure what to study at Murray State University?  While you are being healthy at home take this survey at murraystate.mymajors.com.  Finding your passion and declaring a field of study will help reduce college costs and allow you to complete a degree program sooner.  Give it a try. It takes just a few minutes – we have 143 high-quality, high-value degree programs available.
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    as possible.  The housing application is open now and the earlier you submit a completed application the better we will be able assist you in your residence hall choice.
  • We are making many enhancements to Racer Academy, our dual credit program for high school students for Fall 2020 and beyond.  These changes will allow high school students to take courses which can be easily applied to a degree track at Murray State, provide a Racer Academy certificate after the completion of courses and, in short, enrich the educational experience for our future Racers and their families.

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in a traditional fashion – we miss our students on campus and the many academic opportunities, campus activities and athletic events, among many other happenings each day.  But, in the meantime, stay healthy at home, take care of yourself and others, call or email if we can assist in any way and practice the healthcare advice which has been provided to us by local, state and national authorities.  As the ancient adage states, this too shall pass and we will be better and stronger for it.

Finally, this video sums up many of the attributes and feelings that I, along with many others at the University, have at this time.  Despite these challenging times, this is when Racers truly come together.

Stay safe and healthy. While we may be apart at this time, know that we are one Racer family.

Dr. Bob Jackson, President 

March 17, 2020

March 17, 2020

Members of our Campus Community:

Under my Delegation of Authority as granted to me by the Board of Regents, and in consultation with Board Chair Dan Kemp, following are items to provide you with new information regarding additional steps that our University is taking to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19.  This is an unprecedented international public health issue which is changing daily.

These decisions, which are very difficult to make for our University, are done with great thought and consideration with review of state and national directives, as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Governor Andy Beshear and other agencies and health professionals.

The health, safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and the broader community are of utmost importance and we are taking aggressive action, as recommended, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Online/Alternative Instruction

Online/alternative instruction, effective Monday, March 23, 2020, will continue through the end of the Spring Semester.  Our faculty will guide this process (previously, we announced an end of online/alternative instruction on Sunday, April 5, 2020).

Regarding online/alternative technical assistance, please contact the Service Desk at msu.servicedesk@murraystate.edu or by calling (270) 809-2346 or by submitting your request at //murraystate.teamdynamix.com/.  It is important to stay in touch with your faculty members regarding your classes and delivery methods.

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semester.  Students need to begin making preparations now to move out of their residence halls.  Move out instructions and schedules will be distributed via email no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, from the Housing Office.  All personal items will be expected to be out of the residence halls by Friday, March 27, 2020, at 8 p.m. (CT).

Importantly, we understand that some students cannot leave campus at this time and must continue to reside in the residence halls.  However, we are able to make very few exceptions in this area.  Students who cannot leave campus will receive instructions from the Housing Office by Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 4 p.m.  Due to this public health crisis, we will not enforce all provisions of our housing contract and more information will be forthcoming regarding pro-rata refunds for housing and dining, subject to all financial aid guidelines, to be applied to existing or future outstanding balances.  Additional information will be provided in the next few days regarding this information.

Campus and Student Events

Based on previous notifications and consistent with state and federal guidance, all campus and student events and activities are postponed or cancelled through Friday, May 15, 2020.

Commencement

Our Saturday, May 9, 2020, Commencement ceremony is postponed as we review other options and a future date for this event.

Campus Operations – Working Remotely

Limited campus services, including dining, will remain operational.  All campus buildings, including those on the regional campuses, will be closed to the general public.  Please continue to monitor this site for regular updates.

We are encouraging as many faculty and staff as possible to work remotely, while continuing our commitment to remain open and operational.  We will maintain basic operations in every area of the University.  Each Vice President, Director, other administrators and my office, have been reviewing remote-work options since last week.  If you have questions, please direct them to Human Resources at (270) 809-2146.

Finally, we are responding to an unprecedented international health issue.  Please bear with us and be patient as we make these decisions.  Again, many thanks to everyone for their hard work, responsiveness, patience, support and guidance as we make these changes in this extraordinary environment.

Sincerely,
Dr. Bob Jackson
President

March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020

Students,

As you know, Murray State University continues to proactively monitor and assess the COVID-19, novel Coronavirus.  Careful and thoughtful decisions are being made and the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, along with the broader community, will continue to guide us.

As part of a campus update on March 11, Spring Break for students remains as scheduled – Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, 2020.

Beginning on Monday, March 23, class instruction will continue through online or alternative delivery methods, but not face-to-face instruction, through Sunday, April 5.  This includes our regional campus sites at Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.

During this period of time, we are strongly encouraging students to remain at home unless there are unpreventable circumstances (such as international students, student teachers or practicum and clinical students who need to stay on campus).  While residence halls and Waterfield Library will be open during this time, no campus activities and events will take place and resources such as the Wellness Center, gyms and activity areas inside John W. Carr Hall, Wrather Museum, Cutchin Field House (Racer Arena) and Lovett Auditorium will be closed.  It is important to recognize the need for social distancing at this time in order to mitigate the possible effects of COVID-19.

Before this period of time, students may checkout laptops from the University Libraries for their use while away from campus.

As we approach Spring Break, we are strongly encouraging every member of our campus community to carefully reconsider all non-essential travel plans – both domestically and internationally.  If you have not done so already, we also encourage anyone traveling domestically or internationally during Spring Break to complete the voluntary travel form so we can provide support to returning travelers and safeguard our entire campus community.

Please continue to visit this website regularly for additional updates in the days ahead.

Students and family members with questions may contact the Office of Student Affairs at 270.809.6831 or email msu.studentaffairs@murraystate.edu.

As shared in the March 11 communication to campus, these represent significant updates in an ever-changing environment and require important discussions, all of which are centered around your health, safety and well-being.

Sincerely,

Don Robertson
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

March 11, 2020

March 11, 2020

Students, Faculty and Staff:

Murray State University continues to proactively monitor and assess the COVID-19, novel Coronavirus.  We are working closely with all appropriate authorities in regard to this matter.

Several weeks ago, I commissioned a University Work Group that continues to meet daily and discuss the University’s preparedness for the Coronavirus and appropriate steps to take in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and broader community.

Please note the following:

All previous travel restrictions remain in effect – please view recent updates below.
Spring Break for students remains as scheduled – Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20.  Also as planned, the University will remain closed Wednesday, March 18, Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 for Spring Break. 
Faculty, staff and teaching assistants who are involved in instruction will begin on-site, online course training on Friday, March 13.  Additional information in this regard will be forthcoming shortly from the Provost’s Office.
Beginning on Monday, March 23, instruction will continue through online or alternative delivery methods, but not through face-to-face instruction, through Sunday, April 5.  During this period, Murray State will remain open and staff operations will continue as normal.  This includes our regional campus sites at Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.  Campus residence halls will be open and dining opportunities will be available.  The University will be evaluating all campus events on a case-by-case basis.
 The University’s Work Group continues to meet daily and will re-evaluate future plans and decisions prior to Friday, April 3, 2020.

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discussions.  Again, in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of our campus community, these actions are necessary.

Sincerely,
Dr. Bob Jackson
President

March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

Students, Faculty and Staff:

As we approach Spring Break, we are strongly encouraging every member of our campus community to carefully reconsider all non-essential travel plans – both domestically and internationally. Faculty, staff and administrators, please encourage your students to review this message and voluntary travel form this week.

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voluntary travel form so we can provide support to returning travelers and safeguard our entire campus community.

Please note the following:

  • The Coronavirus Work Group has been meeting regularly for the past few weeks to stay abreast of the major national Coronavirus updates and make recommendations for our campus community.
  • University leadership is meeting and discussing this situation daily in order to address the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
  • Also – we are reviewing the possibility of moving classes to an online format should the need occur.
  • Please review this website regularly for additional updates in the days ahead. We will post important information on a regular basis. 

Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us as we continue to proactively monitor developments and make decisions associated with the Coronavirus.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Murray State University Health Services directly at 270.809.3809 (or after hours at 270.759.9200.

Sincerely,
Dr. Bob Jackson
President

March 6, 2020

March 6, 2020 -

Students, Faculty and Staff:

With Murray State University’s Spring Break approaching, we continue to proactively monitor and assess the COVID-19, novel Coronavirus. We are working closely with Chief Medical Officer, Robert C. Hughes, MD, Murray State Health Services, the Calloway County Health Department, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta through regular updates, among others. 

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, along with the broader community, is paramount to us.

Travel abroad to and from campus has been suspended through April 30, which includes only one Spring Break study abroad program. The University will continue to review all abroad programs and international travel involving our students, faculty and staff.  

We remain in close, regular communication with those students and their families who are currently abroad.

We strongly encourage our campus community to reconsider their plans for personal domestic travel, recognizing that the status of Coronavirus infection in the United States continues to change. 

We are recommending the following be done as we continue to monitor all information released by the CDC and what is occurring in Kentucky and adjacent states:

  • IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME. Students, faculty and staff who have symptoms of acute respiratory illnesses are recommended to stay home and not come to work or class until you are free of fever (100.4 F or 37.8 C or greater), signs of a fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours. Notify your direct supervisor or the appropriate faculty member and stay home if you are sick or need to take care of a sick family member.
  • USE RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE AND HAND HYGIENE. Clean your hands often with hand sanitizer or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • BEFORE TRAVELING FOR WORK, UNIVERSITY FUNCTIONS AND PERSONAL TRIPS FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW:
    •  Murray State has temporarily suspended travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea and is closely monitoring other countries.
    • Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations.
    • Check yourself for signs of respiratory illness and, if present, stay home.
    • If you become sick while traveling or on temporary assignments, notify your supervisor/faculty member/or Murray State University Health Services and promptly call a healthcare provider for advice.
    • If you become sick while traveling inside or outside the United States, contact a healthcare provider or overseas medical assistance company to assist with finding an appropriate healthcare provider in that country. A United States Consular Officer can help locate healthcare services.

The University continues to provide assistance to members of our campus community as needed. We are hopeful to resume normal travel schedules in the very near future in furtherance of important academic and cultural opportunities and exchanges.

Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us as we continue to proactively monitor developments associated with the Coronavirus.  

Sincerely,

Bob Jackson, Ed.D.
President

We encourage you to visit the following websites for resources and updates:

March 3, 2020

March 3, 2020 - Murray State University continues to proactively monitor and assess the COVID-19, novel Coronavirus. There are no known cases in Kentucky, including Murray State University. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, along with the broader community is paramount to us.

Travel abroad to and from campus has been suspended through April 30, which includes only one spring break study abroad program. The University will continue to review all abroad programs and international travel involving our students, faculty and staff.  

The University continues to provide assistance to members of our campus community as needed. We are hopeful to resume normal travel schedules in the very near future in furtherance of important academic and cultural opportunities and exchanges.

We encourage you to visit the following websites for resources and updates:

March 2, 2020

March 2, 2020 - Murray State University continues to proactively monitor and assess the spread of the Coronavirus as it relates to the health and well-being of our campus community.

The University has temporarily suspended study abroad and other travel to Italy, Japan and Iran. These suspensions are in addition to China and South Korea.

We are monitoring developments in other countries very closely.

The University continues to review all scheduled trips abroad and trips to campus from foreign countries, and we are providing assistance to members of our campus community as needed. We are hopeful to resume normal travel schedules in the very near future in furtherance of important academic and cultural opportunities and exchanges.

We encourage you to visit the following websites for resources and updates:

February 26, 2020

February 26, 2020 - Murray State University continues to proactively monitor and assess the spread of the Coronavirus as it relates to the health and well-being of our campus community.

Currently, faculty, staff and student travel to and from China and South Korea is temporarily suspended. We are monitoring developments in other countries very closely.

The University continues to review all scheduled trips abroad and trips to campus from foreign countries, and we are providing assistance to members of our campus community as needed. We are hopeful to resume normal travel schedules in the very near future in furtherance of important academic and cultural opportunities and exchanges.

We encourage you to visit the following websites for resources and updates:

All content provided on this web page consisting of, or related to, medical information, or web links to medical information and resources, is provided for informational and educational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as specific medical advice. If you are experiencing any physical symptoms, or if you have additional questions, you are encouraged to contact a medical provider.