Safety and health
The Public Safety Department is responsible for safety and security of the university community, properties owned, leased, occupied or operated by Murray State University, which includes properties throughout the west Kentucky region. The Public Safety Department comprises two primary entities: the Parking Services/Business Office and the University Police. The University Police is the law enforcement branch and is staffed by 15 sworn law enforcement officers and a communications section in support. The Public Safety Department is guided by the campus-oriented policing philosophy as it provides law enforcement services to the university community. The Public Safety officer functions in various roles at the university. Officers are mentors, counselors, enforcers and partners. Public Safety officers are valued members of the university community interacting daily with faculty, staff, students and visitors. They take advantage of opportunities to assist various groups, departments, and individuals in meeting the challenges of a diverse educational setting. Public Safety also offers nighttime escort service through the Racer Patrol (call 2222 on campus). This popular service ensures peace of mind to students required to walk to and from parking lots and buildings after dark. The Public Safety and Information Center is located on North 16th Street across from Wells Hall. The office is open for business from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, but is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 270-809-2222 to reach the Public Safety Office. Call 911 for serious problems.
Student Health Services Clinic is located at ground level in the north wing of Wells Hall. The clinic is open for student visits from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30a.m. and 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays when classes are in session. Primary Health care is offered on an outpatient basis. Students are screened and assessed by professional nurses and may be treated or referred to the physician or a specialist, depending on the nature of the visit. If you do not have a hospital insurance plan, you might consider purchasing a basic policy which the University offers through a private agency. Information about this policy is available at Student Health Services.
It is not unusual to experience feelings of anxiety, confusion or depression about academic, career, family or relationship problems. Professional counselors are available on campus to help you through any difficulties you may face while you are a Murray State graduate student. The Counseling and Testing Center (270-809-6851), 100 Ordway Hall, offers confidential services to students and staff of the University community. Services at the Psychological Center (270-809-2504), 401 Wells Hall, are provided by trained clinical psychology practicing interns and supervised by a clinical psychologist. The Women’s Center, on the second floor of Ordway Hall, provides a variety of services including walk-in crisis counseling and support groups.
The Student Support Services (270-809-4327) program offers an array of academic and personal support services for students with physical disabilities. These services include providing readers, assistance with obtaining note takers, acquiring recorded textbooks, mobility orientation training, test proctoring, and personal counseling services. The disabilities coordinator works closely with all physically disabled students, serves as a liaison between students and their instructors, and maintains contact with rehabilitee counselors.
This Center exists to serve and support students of all colors. The Center sponsors cultural, social, and educational programs/workshops on campus. Since the largest minority group is African-American, the office spends much of its efforts in helping make Murray State a comfortable and welcome environment for African-American students. All students are encouraged to visit the Dr. Marvin D. Mills Multicultural Center and share concerns or seek assistance in career, education, or college/cultural adjustment. For more information, please call at 270-809-6836.