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|For three-quarters of a century Murray State University
has served students from the region, the nation and the world. Founded
in 1922, the university has grown from an enrollment of 202 students to
9,200 today. Students receive individual attention from a teaching faculty
which numbers 390. Murray State University has consistently ranked among
the top Southern regional and liberal arts colleges in U.S. News &
World Report’s annual publication, America’s Best Colleges.
Recognition of the quality of MSU programs is reflected in accreditations. Murray State has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) since 1928. Program accreditations have also been attained in animal health technology, art, business, counseling, dietetics, engineering physics, several engineering technology programs, chemistry, journalism and mass communications, music, nursing, occupational safety and health, physics and engineering physics, social work, special education, teacher education and veterinary laboratory diagnostics.
Located in the Jackson Purchase lake area of west Kentucky,
Murray State is a state-assisted comprehensive university with five academic
colleges. The university’s 236-acre main campus is in Murray, a city of
Other notable campus facilities and programs providing
high-quality instruction and regional service include:
Three agricultural laboratory farms totalling 356 acres, an animal health technology facility, and the West Kentucky Exposition Center are all within a mile of campus. Regional veterinarians and animal owners benefit from the animal disease diagnostic services provided at the university’s Breathitt Veterinary Center in nearby Hopkinsville, Kentucky; in addition, animal health technology students receive instruction, conduct research and perform field service investigations at the accredited facility.
Ten miles east of campus, on Kentucky Lake, is the Hancock
Biological Station, one of the finest centers of its kind in the Midwest.
HBS is the field research home for the Center of Excellence for Reservoir
Research and the Ecological Consortium of Mid-America; its facilities (including
housing) are available year-round to ecosystem scientists.
Murray State University has a commitment to extend its educational programs throughout the region. Off-campus courses are available at a number of sites including Paducah, Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, and Madisonville. In addition to teaching courses on-site at these locations, the university provides a variety of distance learning alternatives for students who may not be able to attend classes on the main campus, including interactive television courses, Web courses, correspondence study and Kentucky Educational Television telecourses.
The international dimension of the university’s offerings has been dramatically broadened in recent years. In addition to summer study-abroad programs in several countries, direct exchange programs have been developed for students and faculty with universities on five continents — Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America and Europe. On campus, the English as a Second Language program prepares nonnative speakers of English for full-time study and for future professional careers.
In its ninth decade of service, Murray State University’s mission focuses on undergraduate, graduate and professional instruction and continuing education programs as well as enhancement of the educational, economic, and cultural opportunities of the people of west Kentucky.
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Murray State University serves as a residential, regional
university offering core programs in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences
and selected high-quality professional programs.
Degree Levels. Murray State University shall emphasize selected undergraduate associate and baccalaureate programs of distinctive quality. Subject to demonstrated need, a limited number of master’s degree programs as well as the specialist program in education shall be offered.
Strategic Directions/Program Priorities. Murray State University shall prepare graduates who can function in a culturally diverse and increasingly interdependent world, by making a commitment to international education as an integral dimension of the university experience. The highest priority of the university is given to academic programs of distinctive quality in the core liberal arts and sciences, and to those programs that meet regional needs by preparing graduates in the essential professions of education, business, health services and applied technologies. In response to additional demonstrated demand, the university’s academic priorities also include programs in communications, human services and selected areas in agriculture. These strategic priorities translate into a core of liberal arts baccalaureate degree programs, in addition to degree program priorities at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and education specialist levels that may include the following: liberal arts and sciences, education, business, health services, applied technologies, communications, human services and agriculture.
Enhancement of Instruction. At Murray State University,
instructional enhancement is based on continuous program review and assessment
of individual student knowledge and performance. Fostering student-centered
learning and development is the primary goal of faculty and staff. Through
honors programs, international education, cooperative education/internship
experiences, co-curricular activities, and projects that demonstrate creativity,
research skills, and technical mastery, the university offers students
a challenging academic environment.
Academic research is expected of all faculty for enhancement of instruction and currency in the discipline. Research and service related to the unique features and needs of the region are emphasized. Murray State University, as a designated Center of Excellence for Reservoir Research, places particular emphasis on research and service which support the objectives of the center.
Collaborative Ventures. Murray State University shall seek cooperative programming with other institutions of higher education, regional industry, businesses, and schools. Curriculum development shall emphasize the transfer of credits from other institutions toward degree completion. Models for collaborative programming exist throughout the university. Especially significant is the telecommunications network in partnership with other institutions of higher education, schools, businesses, health and human service agencies, and training and testing services. The university also engages in exchange agreements with a number of foreign universities and with joint doctoral programs.
Efficiency and Effectiveness. Murray State University shall promote cost effectiveness in academic planning and institutional management by basing budget priorities on strategic planning and measures of quality of performance which promote continuous improvement of programs and services. Strategic planning resulting in the elimination of duplicative and unproductive programs is essential, while the development of carefully selected new programs compatible with this mission is appropriate.
Organization of the University
The Waterfield Library, the main library of the university, houses the entire circulating collection, reference sources, government documents, microforms, and periodicals. All classified materials of the libraries’ holdings are contained in an on-line catalog for the entire library system. Government documents and manuscripts are listed separately. The libraries also provide on-line access to numerous other electronic resources and remote databases. Full Internet search capabilities are available on computers in both library facilities.
The reserve collection consists of books and photocopied materials assigned by faculty members for class use in the library or for a limited checkout period. A centralized interlibrary loan service for faculty and students is maintained for the borrowing of research materials from other libraries. On-line information searches are also provided by the reference department. Photocopying services are available for self-service use at a minimum rate. Informal and formal seating areas combined with individual carrels allow for a diversified study atmosphere.
The Special Collections Library, located in the Forrest C. Pogue Library, includes materials relating to the history and culture of western Kentucky, Tennessee and those states from which the early settlers of this area came. Its holdings include books, periodicals, newspapers, state documents, manuscripts, rare books, prints and paintings, tape recordings, maps, and microforms. Especially noteworthy are its outstanding collections of local and regional history, TVA materials, Civil War materials, political papers of Harry Lee Waterfield, Robert A. Everett, Noble J. Gregory, Edward T. Breathitt, and Frank Albert Stubblefield. Additional holdings include materials relating to Kentucky authors Irvin S. Cobb and Jesse Stuart. Stuart materials are housed in the Jesse Stuart Room. Also available for research purposes is the Forrest C. Pogue War and Diplomacy Collection which consists of personal papers, books and other materials donated by noted historian and Murray State University graduate Dr. Forrest C. Pogue.
The James O. Overby Law Library, located on the lower level of the Pogue Library, consists of basic legal materials governing the United States and selected individual states. Included are codes, statutes, digests, reports, debates, citations, regulations, encyclopedias, dictionaries, forms, and standard treatise works covering major areas of law. Current and bound legal periodicals and updating services in such areas as labor relations, insurance, occupational safety and health, workman’s compensation, and social security are included in this library’s collection.
The Media and Curriculum Resources Collection, located in the Waterfield Library, serves as a library and a laboratory for students enrolled in the teacher education program. Its collection includes a variety of specialized materials such as audiovisual aids, curriculum guides, textbooks and reference materials. Cassette players, filmstrip viewers, VCRs and other equipment are available for use in the Media and Curriculum Resources Collection which also houses the libraries’ collection of videos and motion pictures.
Instruction in the Use of Library Resources. As a service to students who desire directed instruction in the use of the library’s resources, the bibliographical course LOR 101, The Library and Its Resources, is taught by the library faculty. This two-credit-hour course is taught in multiple sections each eight-week session in the fall and spring. One section is also offered during the summer. This introductory survey of the libraries’ research materials and facilities will also assist the library patron in becoming information literate.
Radio and Television. Participation in productions of WKMS-FM and MSU-TV 11 is open to interested and qualified students.
Religious Life. Nine campus ministry programs, many staffed by full-time clergy, and 23 churches in Murray representing 19 different faiths provide rich and diverse opportunities for the student’s spiritual growth and faith enrichment.
Special and Traditional Events. Great Beginnings Week kicks off the year with a variety of social events. Homecoming is the most notable and colorful of traditional campus events, featuring a parade, football game, entertainment, and scores of open houses, receptions, dances, reunions and special observances. Family Weekend is a special fall event featuring activities to honor Racer families.
“Campus Lights” is an all-student musical production which takes place each February. The Miss Murray State Scholarship Pageant is held early in the spring. Another spring event is the “All Campus Sing,” in which campus organizations vie for trophies in an outdoor singing competition. The Senior Breakfast recognizes the achievements of and marks the end of an era for the university’s senior class members. Honors Day, usually held in May, is a time when the university pauses to pay tribute to the campus’ most outstanding scholars.
Student Publications. The Murray State News, the university newspaper, is edited and published by the students of journalism under the direction of an instructor in journalism. The News is published weekly while the university is in session. The paper reflects the life of the university from week to week.
The Shield, the university yearbook issued in the spring, is published under the advisorship of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications. It portrays through pictures and stories the activities of the university for the year.
Theatre. In addition to the course offerings for the Department
of Theatre and Dance as outlined in the College of Humanities and Fine
Arts, there is a complete schedule of productions offered to the public.
Children’s Theatre and student-directed one-act plays are presented along
with regular University Theatre productions. Dance Theatre productions
also are scheduled throughout the year. Participation in these activities
is open to all students.
Each residential college is composed of students from a variety of academic majors, grade classifications, ethnic backgrounds and extracurricular interests. Residential colleges are designed to celebrate the rich diversity of Murray State University students, staff and faculty. Each residential college offers a stimulating living-learning environment for students.
Residential colleges provide students with opportunities to interact with faculty on a daily basis outside of the classroom. The small community atmosphere allows students the chance to establish a sense of pride and common purpose. After being assigned to a residential college, the student is connected with that community throughout the undergraduate years. Students, staff and faculty establish enduring friendships through the experience. The residential college develops traditions and lasting bonds that remain with students years after graduation.
Murray State has eight residential colleges for students, all modern and well-equipped. The residence halls house approximately 3,000 students. Each residential college is equipped with a television lounge, study rooms, coin-operated laundry facilities, vending machines, and kitchenettes with microwaves. All residence halls are coed with the exception of Springer Hall (females only). All halls offer quiet wings and are nonsmoking.
The Housing Office staff seeks to make residential college living a unique experience. Murray state’s living and learning program includes academic assistance, counseling, social and educational programs — all in the residence halls. The nature and extent of academic assistance and counseling is limited by budgetary constraints, and the university makes no representation as to the success or failure of such efforts.
Students living in the residence halls are permitted to have automobiles, and parking is available in areas convenient to the colleges. Individual student rooms are equipped with telephone jacks, basic cable, Internet access, beds, desks, desk chairs, closets and drawer space. Students can receive expanded cable through a local cable company for an additional charge.
College Courts are 144 furnished apartment units which
are available for married, nontraditional, and graduate students, or older
students who are 21 years of age by the first day of registration. All
apartments are air-conditioned, have laundry facilities in the buildings,
and are equipped with telephone jacks, basic cable, and Internet access.
Housing Requirements. All freshmen and sophomores who have not reached their 21st birthday prior to the first day of registration as it appears in the university academic calendar will be required to live in university housing and to purchase one of the available university cafeteria meal plans.
Exempted from this requirement are students who are veterans of at least two years of active military service; students who daily commute from the permanent, legal residence of their parents or legal guardian (within a 50 mile radius); students who are married and living with their spouse; students who have resided in a university residential college four semesters, excluding summer terms; and students who have obtained junior status (sixty hours earned) who have enrolled full time at a postsecondary institution for four semesters, excluding summer.
Students who meet one of these criteria must complete
a Request for Housing Exemption form with the Housing Office. The form
must be on file prior to the first day of classes. Forms may be obtained
from the Housing Office.
Applications, Deposits, Refunds, Forfeits. Students desiring university housing must complete an application, enclose a $75 deposit for a residential college room or $100 deposit for a College Courts apartment, payable to Murray State University, and submit both to the Housing Office of the university as early as possible to assure accommodations. Scholarships do not cover the housing deposit. It is imperative to remember that before a student is permitted to move into university housing, the student must be admitted academically to the university.
Any student desiring to cancel a housing application must do so in writing to the Director of Housing no later than July 1 for a fall semester reservation, December 1 for the spring semester, and May 15 for the summer term.
Cancellation of a housing application after this date will result in a forfeiture of the deposit. Any student having a reservation but failing to register in a residential college also must forfeit the room deposit.
Room deposits are held while a student resides in university housing. After the initial application, a student need only complete a room reservation form to maintain a room in the residential college each year. The room reservation forms are distributed by each residential college office to students living in the college. When a student permanently moves from the residential college, the room deposit is refunded approximately 60 days after final departure. Costs for damages, missing inventory, outstanding debts, etc., will be deducted from the deposit refund.
Any student who applied for a room and accepts a key to a room is considered an occupant and is required to be a resident of that college. Students who withdraw from university housing to move to an off-campus residence during the contractual period must still pay for university housing. The residential college contract is for one academic year (fall and spring semesters). Students who formally complete an official withdrawal from the university are required to move from the residential college. They are eligible for a refund of the unused portion of their rent. Students who get married during the semester are also eligible for a refund after their marriage license is presented at the Housing Office.
National Honor Societies. National honor societies at
Murray State University are:
Honor Societies, Professional Fraternities and Recognition Societies. These academic organizations recognize students in their particular areas of study. Honor societies recognize academic achievement and leadership, and most have minimum membership requirements such as GPA, class standing or rank. Recognition societies confer memberships based on interest and participation, and generally have more liberal membership requirements. Murray State’s academic organizations include: Alpha Delta Mu (social work), Alpha Epsilon Rho (broadcast journalism), Alpha Kappa Psi (business), Alpha Mu Gamma (foreign language), Alpha Phi Sigma (criminal justice), Alpha Zeta (agriculture), Beta Alpha Psi (accounting), Beta Beta Beta (biology), Beta Gamma Sigma (accounting), Delta Pi Epsilon (business education), Delta Sigma Rho/Tau Kappa Alpha (speech communication and theatre), Gamma Beta Phi (political science), Kappa Delta Pi (elementary and secondary education), Kappa Pi (art), Kappa Omicron Nu (family and consumer studies), Lambda Alpha Epsilon (criminal justice), Phi Alpha Theta (history), Phi Beta Lambda (business), Phi Mu Alpha (music), Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics), Pi Omega Pi (business education), Pi Phi Delta (speech communication and theatre), Pi Sigma Alpha (political science), Psi Chi (psychology), Sigma Alpha Iota (music), Sigma Pi Sigma (physics), Sigma Theta Tau (nursing).
University/Department Clubs. University/departmental clubs complement a student’s academic education by bringing together students, faculty and staff to promote leadership, fellowship and scholarship. University/departmental clubs on the Murray State campus are: Academic Team Association (university-wide), Accounting Society, Advertising Club, Agriculture Engineering Technology Club, Agronomy Club, American Home Economics Association, American Humanics Student Organization, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Society of Interior Designers, American Society of Safety Engineers, Animal Health Technology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club, Anthropology/Archaeology Club, Art Department Design Group, Association for Childhood Educational International, Association of Engineering, Graphics and Design, Association of Environmental and Engineering Technology, Association of Students in Telecommunications Systems Management, College Music Educators National Conference, Collegiate Future Farmers of America, Data Processing Management Association, English Student Organization, Euclidean Mathematics Club, Finance and Economics Club, Foreign Language Club, Horseman’s Club, Horticulture Club, Kentucky Association of Nursing Students, Marketing Club, Murray State Amateur Radio Club, National Art Education Association, National Education Association Student Program, National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Omicron Sigma Kappa (speech communication and theatre), Organization of Murray Art Students, Physics Activity Club, Pre-Health Professions Club, Psychology Club, Public Relations Student Society of America, Rodeo Club, Social Work Club, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Sock and Buskin, Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, Student Construction Association, Student Council for Exceptional Children, Student Dietetic Association, Student Law Association.
Student Government/Leadership Organizations. These organizations
plan and govern student activities and represent the university:
Interest Organizations. The following organizations are primarily special interest or independent religious, social or service groups: Alliance, Alpha Delta Chi, Alpha Phi Omega, Alternative Spring Break, Baptist Student Union, Black Student Council, Bowling Club, Campus Outreach, Chess Club, Chi Alpha, Civitan International, College Republicans, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Fencing Club, Gaming Association, Gulf Students Organization, International Student Organization, Kenpo, Jujitsu and Karate Club, Korean Students Organization, Latter-Day Saints Student Association, Lutheran Student Fellowship, Murray Christian Fellowship, Nontraditional Students’ Organization, Peer Educators, Peoples Environmental Awareness Club, United Methodist Campus Fellowship, University Christian Student Center, Voices of Praise, Wildlife Society, Young Democrats.
Greek Organizations. The following national social fraternities
have chapters at Murray State and are members of the Interfraternity Council:
Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Sigma Phi, Alpha Tau Omega, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi
Kappa Alpha, Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Pi, Sigma Tau Gamma.
The presidents of all Greek chapters meet together monthly as the All Greek Council. Order of Omega is the honor society for members of national Greek organizations.
Statement of Philosophy: As the primary purpose of the University, the educational experience for the student-athlete will be stressed at all times, which is to state that, academic achievement precedes any participation in intercollegiate athletics. Thus, Murray State University recognizes its athletics program as a substantial adjunct to the accomplishments of university objectives in education, research and service. In like manner, the athletics department embraces a wide variety of interests and believes that intercollegiate athletics offers a more attractive environment for prospective students seeking admission while enhancing retention of those students already admitted.
Additionally, athletics fosters a positive atmosphere for the student body, the university community, the alumni and the regional community, and as such; is greatly affected by the image portrayed by our student-athletes both on and off the playing surface. Therefore, athletics has a substantial responsibility and obligation to these constituencies for outreach and community service coupled with an obligation to the Ohio Valley Conference as well as the National Collegiate Athletic Association to adhere to all collectively held principles of ethical conduct and sportsmanship.
To meet both of these primary objectives of athletics for Murray State University, athletics will seek to recruit student-athletes who are capable of academic success while providing support and development opportunities that will allow the physically as well as academically gifted and talented an environment to express themselves to their maximum potential.
The Murray State University athletics program will be conducted in a manner that exercises fair and equitable treatment of student-athletes as well as personnel regardless of gender or race. The department of athletics will undergo regular and periodic evaluations to maintain its course in meeting these stated objectives.
Campus Recreation. The Campus Recreation office is responsible for the management of all recreational sports programming including intramural sports, sport clubs, and special events. A wide variety of leagues, such as softball, flag football, volleyball, soccer and basketball, are offered throughout each semester.
Outdoor Recreation. Murray State students can spend many hours in the vast recreational area of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes and the Land Between the Lakes national recreational area, all located within a short drive from campus. Here students enjoy swimming, fishing, water skiing, golfing, camping, horseback riding, hiking, and just soaking up the sun on the beaches. The Leisure Connection is a service at Murray State that allows students to check out tents, sleeping bags, stoves, coolers, and other recreational equipment at very low rates. Travel information and maps are also available for help in planning a weekend or vacation trip.
Murray State University, its officers, agents, and employees
disclaim any responsibility for injury to a student engaged in an activity
not directly supervised by university personnel, and if supervised, only
to the extent permitted by law.
Murray State University, its officers, agents, and employees disclaim any responsibility for injury sustained by a student participating in a sport club unless the sport is directly supervised by university personnel, and then only to the extent of the law.
Sports and Physical Fitness Facilities. Murray State has a great number of facilities to meet the sporting and fitness needs of faculty, staff and students. In the Carr Health Building/Racer Arena, there are four racquetball courts, three multipurpose gymnasiums, a gymnastics room, an indoor jogging track, a swimming pool, and dressing rooms. Outdoor facilities include four basketball courts, 16 lighted tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, and numerous athletic fields for team sports. The Regional Special Events Center houses a jogging track and numerous courts for basketball, volleyball, and other indoor activities. The Miller Memorial Golf Course is available to Murray State students, faculty, and staff as well as the community. The Curris Center and Hart Residential College each have fitness centers consisting of cardio-equipment, weight machines and free weights.
African-American Student Services/Ethnic Programs. The
Office of African-American Student Services/Ethnic Programs was established
to provide ongoing assistance and support to Murray State’s ethnic student
population prior to and following their enrollment. The office serves as
a clearinghouse, a referral service, and a liaison among administration,
academic units and the community. For additional information contact the
Office of African-American Student Services/Ethnic Programs in the Multicultural
Center, first floor Curris Center, or call 270-762-6836.
Center for Academic Advising. This center, located in Faculty Hall, advises all students who have not decided on an academic major. A wide range of services is provided to help the undeclared student choose a suitable major.
Community College. Community College. The Community
College, located in Lowry Center, offers the following services for all
Murray State students.
Counseling and Testing Center. Located in the east wing of Ordway Hall, the center has a full-time staff available for educational, career and personal counseling. Students with concerns of a personal or emotional nature should feel free to contact the Counseling and Testing Center for confidential assistance. Appropriate referrals to additional mental health services will also be provided to students. The Counseling Center also extends its counseling and referral services to faculty and staff through an employee assistance program. Interested faculty and staff should call the Counseling and Testing Center for more information. You may also check our website at http://www.murraystate.edu/secsv/ct.htm.
A wide range of admission tests used nationally, such as the American College Test (ACT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) series, are available to students through the testing service. In addition, appropriate tests to assist students with career exploration and self-understanding are available. We are an Educational Testing Service Computer Based Testing Center and offer a variety of computer delivered assessments. For more information, please see testing information on the web at www.murraystate.edu/secsv/test.htm
A full range of credit by examination opportunities is available at Murray State University through the CLEP and APP programs. Our policy on accepting credit through these programs may be found at www.murraystate.edu/secsv/clep.htm
The Counseling Center offers computer-assisted career
guidance through the use of the DISCOVER computer system. The Career Library,
also located in the center, contains a variety of materials designed to
inform students about career opportunities, job characteristics and employment
forecasts. Detailed information concerning the various major degree programs
available at Murray State University is also available.
Food Services. The University operates seven dining facilities, two of which are located in the residence hall complex at the north end of campus (Winslow Cafeteria, and Fast Track C-Store). The remaining five are all in the Curris Center—the Thoroughbred Room (T-Room), Domino’s Pizza, Subway, Sugar Cube and Sunset Strips-Orville and Wilbur’s Chicken Restaurant. Information on meal plans is printed in the University catalogs or available from the Food Services Office on the first floor of the Curris Center.
Freshman Orientation. All new full-time freshmen are required to register for an orientation class during the fall semester unless excused by the department chair. The course carries one hour credit and is graded on the pass-fail system. The purpose of this orientation is to acquaint students with information concerning curricula, courses, activities, facilities and personnel, and to assist students in making adjustments to college life. In addition, incoming students are urged to attend the summer orientation program.
Health Services. Health Services 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 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays when classes are in session, with the exception of Wednesday afternoons. Primary health care is offered on a drop-in outpatient basis. Students are screened and assessed by professional nurses. They may be treated or referred to the physician, depending on the nature of the visit. The local hospital provides physician services on a 24-hour basis for emergencies.
International Education. Murray State University has a strong commitment to international education. The university promotes the development of international content in the curriculum, encourages study, teaching and research abroad, and provides a variety of services to international students enrolled in the university. For additional information, see Academic Programs, Chapter 4.
International Student Services. International students are welcomed at Murray State University. Currently, the university enrolls students from more than 60 different countries throughout the world. Advisors are available at the Institute for International Studies to assist international students with their special concerns. The Institute for International Studies sponsors orientation sessions for new students, helps students adjust to life on campus and in the U.S., and provides opportunities for international students to share their experiences with U.S. students and faculty. The international student advisor is a designated official for all student immigration matters. International students who are unsure of whom to contact for personal or academic concerns can receive assistance at the Institute for International Studies in Woods Hall, 14th Street and Olive Boulevard.
Career Services. The mission of the Career Services Office
is to support the institution’s purpose of educating individuals to become
productive citizens in society by serving as a liaison between students,
alumni, faculty and the world of work, while providing integrated career
placement services. These services include career counseling, job search
strategies, credential building opportunities and information on employment
trends and current hiring procedures, which will ultimately result in meaningful
and satisfying employment upon graduation.
Career Services also maintains several other opportunities for students. These include part-time employment for both on and off campus employers through work-study programs. They also promote the National Student Exchange program, where students can attend another college or university for up to one year. Graduate school information is available for students looking to complete their studies at another university. In addition, services which are provided to all students, faculty and alumni include: workshops, seminars, presentations, on-campus and mock interviews, cover letter and resume assistance, on-line recruiting services, credential referrals, and individual career counseling.
Career Counseling. Choosing a career is one of life’s most important decisions. The Career Services Office provides important career-oriented assistance, of which “Discover” is the centerpiece. Discover is a complete, computer-based career information and planning system, which has been designed to meet career and educational planning needs. It can quickly assess and identify work-related values and compare those to up-to-date information about occupations. Individual career counseling and the use of a comprehensive career library is provided in conjunction with Discover to help students implement a career action plan. To schedule an appointment, contact Career Services at (270) 762-3735 or stop by 210 Ordway Hall.
Psychological Center. Located in Wells Hall, the Center serves as a training facility for graduate students in the Psychology Department. It offers psychotherapy without charge to Murray State students. Psychodiagnostic assessment is offered to students at a minimal charge. Psychological services are also offered to children and adults in the community for fees charged on a sliding-scale basis. Telephone number: 270-753-2504.
Public Safety Department. (University Police) Located
at the corner of North 16th and Olive Streets and is open 24-hours-a-day,
seven-days-a-week. Telephone number: 270-762-2222. Emergency number:
Within the University Police Division, state certified police officers are responsible for a full range of public safety services, including crime reports, investigations, medical emergencies, fire emergencies, traffic accidents, enforcement of state and local laws and all other incidents requiring police assistance. The Public Safety Department is also responsible for escort services after dark, guest and visitor information, enforcement of traffic and parking regulations, and lost and found.
Murray State University's annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by Murray State University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting Public Safety or by accessing the following web site: www.murraystate.edu/publicsafety/crime99.htm. The Murray State University web-based Crime Log has information regarding recent crime and is available at: www.murraystate.edu/publicsafety/crimelog.
Rehabilitation Services. Located in Suite 207 of the Special Education Building, the Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Services office provides services to individuals who have a physical or mental impairment which constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment. Reasonable expectation that vocational rehabilitation services will benefit the individual in terms of employment outcome must exist. Services provided can include vocational assessment, vocational counseling, rehabilitation technology, training (tuition, books, fees, etc.), job placement, and other services as needed on an individual basis. The amount provided is based on financial needs assessment and availability of funds. Telephone number: 270-762-3371.
Speech and Hearing Clinic. This clinic, part of the Department of Wellness and Therapeutic Sciences, is located on the first floor of the Special Education Building. The center provides a full range of professional diagnostic and therapeutic services in speech-language pathology and audiology for Murray State University students and for area residents. Telephone number: 270-762-2446.
Summer Orientation. The primary aim of summer orientation is to help incoming freshman students adjust to college life. New freshmen and transfer students are invited to come to campus for two days during the summer to learn about residential college life, classes, university terminology and organizations. Students receive advice from trained counselors on fields of study and also register for fall classes at this time.
TRIO Programs. The TRIO Programs are: Upward Bound,
Student Support Services, and Educational Talent Search. The TRIO Programs
are located beside the National Scouting Museum on North 16th Street.
Student Support Services is a federally funded program
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed
to enhance the retention rate of students who demonstrate academic and
financial need, who are first-generation college students and/or who have
physical disabilities. This program offers personal, academic and career
counseling; individual, group and computer-assisted tutoring; instruction
in self-development and career exploration; college survival workshops;
and services to students with disabilities. Telephone number: 270-762-4327
University Store. Located in the Curris Center, the University Store is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m during the academic year. During final exams, the store also operates a book buy-back service. School supplies, current textbooks both new and used, computers and software, paperback books, commencement caps and gowns, magazines, novelties, tapes, greeting cards, souvenirs and personal items can be purchased at the University Store. Telephone number: 800/749-8580.
Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs, a unit of Student
Affairs, is located in Ordway Hall. The primary mission of the office is
to assist the veteran student with the successful transition from military
to university campus life. Eligible candidates should contact the office
immediately concerning general procedures and documents required to complete
enrollment certification with the VA regional office. This will help ensure
prompt payment of education benefits.
Tuition fees may be waived at any state-supported institution of higher education in Kentucky for those children, spouses and widow(er)s of Kentucky residents who, while serving in the armed forces or the Kentucky National Guard, were killed on active duty, or who have died as a result of a service-connected disability, or who are permanently and totally disabled, or who were prisoners of war, or who have been declared missing in action. Dependents of living qualifying veterans must be between the ages of 17 and 23. Tuition fees are waived for up to 36 months, or until age 23, whichever comes first. Neither the age restriction nor the 36-month limitation applies to dependents of deceased veterans.
For more information on these programs, please visit the Veteran Affairs Office located in 119 Ordway Hall or call 270-762-6837 or 6838.
Policy on Academic Honesty
Note: Faculty reserve the right to invalidate any examination or other evaluative measures if substantial evidence exists that the integrity of the examination has been compromised.
Policy on Attendance
Policy on Racial Harassment
Policy on Combating Sexual Harrassment
Policy on Hazing
Policy on Intolerance
Policy on Use of University Facilities
1Revenue-producing shall include any program having entrance fees or generating income. Any event at which voluntary offerings are collected shall be considered revenue-producing.