In this chapter...
|Visiting the Campus|
|Characteristics of the MSU Graduate|
|Organization of the University|
|Graduate Administration and Organization|
|Graduate Degrees Conferred|
|International Student Services|
|Other Campus Activities, Organizations and Services|
|Statement on Research Involving Human Subjects|
|Policy on Academic Honesty|
|Policy Against Sexual Harassment|
|Policy on Attendance|
|Policy on Hazing|
|Policy on Intolerance|
|Policy on Racial Harassment|
|Policy on Use of University Facilities|
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 nearly 10,000 today. Students receive individual attention from a teaching faculty which numbers 375. Murray State University has consistently been ranked among the top 25 percent of Southern regional and liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s annual publication, America’s Best Colleges. Kaplan, Inc. and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine have also highlighted Murray State’s positive attributes. 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 art, business, counseling, several engineering technology programs, animal health technology, chemistry, journalism, radio-television, music, nursing, occupational safety and health, social work, special education, teacher education, and veterinary laboratory diagnostics.Located in the Jackson Purchase lake area of west Kentucky, Murray State is a tax-supported university with five academic colleges and one school. The university’s 232-acre main campus is in Murray, a city of 17,000.
The main campus comprises 70 major buildings, including classroom and office buildings and two libraries. Waterfield Library houses the circulating collection, reference sources, government documents, microforms, and periodicals. Historic Pogue Library contains special materials relating to the history and culture of west Kentucky and the region.
Other notable campus facilities and programs providing high-quality instruction and regional service include:
• The Martha Layne Collins Center for Industry and Technology, housing programs in industrial and engineering technology and occupational safety and health, and providing regional industries and businesses with training, consulting services, and research opportunities.
• The Center of Excellence for Reservoir Research, conducting interdisciplinary long-term studies of rivers and reservoirs and assisting with management and protection of waterways and natural ecosystems.
• The Mid-America Remote Sensing Center (MARC), a component of the Center of Excellence, studying satellite-generated data for resource management and developing a geographic information system for Kentucky Lake and its surrounding environments.
• The Chemical Analysis Laboratory, another component of the Center of Excellence, equipped with sophisticated instrumentation for environmental analytical chemistry as well as regional laboratory service for industries, institutions and individuals.
• The Diagnostic and Remediation Center, providing diagnostic, remedial and consultative services for persons with reading, learning, behavioral, speech, language and/or hearing disorders.
• The Price Doyle Fine Arts Center, offering excellent facilities for fine arts programming and featuring year-round art exhibitions, a variety of musical performances, and a season of full-scale theatre productions.
• Flourishing business administration programs, offering classes on campus, via the Internet, and at three off-campus sites and at several others through interactive television, and training a significant number of international students.
• The Interactive Telecommunications Network, operated by the Center for Continuing Education and Academic Outreach, linking several sites with full duplex video and audio capability to deliver both credit and noncredit programs among several locations simultaneously.
• WKMS-FM, a National Public Radio-affiliated 100,000-watt station with a listening audience in five states.
• Listed with the National Registry of Historic Sites, the Wrather West Kentucky Museum, offers programs, exhibits and collections of west Kentucky history, as well as, traveling exhibits.
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 (HBS), 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.
Other off-campus facilities include:
• Murphy’s Pond, a 279-acre primitive wildlife habitat 30 miles west of campus, preserved in its natural state and used as both a biological laboratory and a public outdoor recreational area.
• Wickliffe Mounds Research Center in Wickliffe, Kentucky, an archaeological study area and museum situated on a village site of a prehistoric mound-building culture of the Mississippi River Valley.
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 Internet courses, interactive television 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 Language Institute 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.
Visiting the Campus
Visitors are enthusiastically welcomed at Murray State. They are encouraged to tour the campus, visit the residence halls, and talk with faculty members and students. Overnight accommodations, special tours, or specific appointments with faculty or administrators may be arranged by calling the School Relations Office at 1-800-272-4MSU. Correspondence may be mailed to the School Relations Office, Murray State University, 500 Sparks Hall, Murray KY 42071-3312. During the fall and spring semesters, office hours Monday through Friday are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on selected Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. During the summer sessions, office hours vary.
The following mission statement was adopted by the Murray State University Board of Regents on September 26, 2003.
Murray State University serves as a nationally recognized residential comprehensive university, offering high- quality baccalaureate and master’s degree programs. Academic programs are offered in the core areas of arts and sciences, agriculture, business, health and human services, teacher education, communications, engineering, and applied technologies. Teaching, research, and service excellence are core values and guiding principles that promote economic development and the well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the region.
Murray State University places a high premium on academic outreach, collaborative relationships with alumni, the public schools, business and industry, governmental agencies, and other colleges and universities at home and abroad.
Murray State University prepares graduates to function in a culturally diverse, technologically oriented society and increasingly interdependent world. The university is committed to international education as an integral dimension of the university experience.
Murray State University emphasizes student-centered learning and educational experiences that include first year experience, the honors program, internships, study-abroad programs, service learning, research and creative projects, residential colleges, and student organizations.
In sum, Murray State University fosters an exciting and challenging learning environment.
Murray State values broad, equal, and affordable educational access for all.
• Academic Freedom
Murray State values the generation and free exchange of ideas in a peaceful and orderly environment that encourages communication and the resolution of differences.
Murray State values a comprehensive accountability system through outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness, supporting our primary mission as a university.
Murray State values attracting, developing, and maintaining a diverse, high-quality faculty, staff, and student body.
Murray State values a sustained commitment to teaching, research, and service excellence.
Murray State values an environment that demands high levels of professional and academic ethics.
• Nurturing Environment
Murray State values a safe, friendly, and supportive campus and community environment.
• Shared Governance
Murray State values a culture of shared governance, open communication, and understanding among administration, faculty, staff, and students.
• Student-Centered Learning
Murray State values an environment that fosters the engagement of the student in the learning process both in and beyond the classroom.
Characteristics of the Murray State University Graduate
The excellence of a university’s baccalaureate program is ultimately best demonstrated by the qualities, characteristics, and performance of its graduates. Murray State University sets as its goal a baccalaureate experience that ensures graduates who:
·Engage in mature, independent, and creative thought and express that thought effectively in oral and written communication;
·Understand and apply the critical and scientific methodologies that academic disciplines employ to discover knowledge and ascertain its validity;
·Apply sound standards of information gathering, analysis, and evaluation to reach logical decisions;
·Understand the roles and applications of science and technology in the solution of the problems of a changing world;
·Demonstrate a critical understanding of the world’s historical, literary, philosophical, and artistic traditions;
·Understand the dynamics of cultural diversity, of competing economic and political systems, and of complex moral and ethical issues;
·Understand the importance of and engage in ethical behavior and responsible citizenship;
·Understand the importance of the behaviors necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle;
·Demonstrate mastery of a chosen field of study, and
·Value intellectual pursuit and continuous learning in a changing world.
Organization of the University
The government of the university is vested in the Board of Regents of Murray State University, a corporate body established by statute and enjoying all immunities, rights, privileges and franchises of an educational governing body.
The president serves as the chief executive officer of the university and as such is ultimately responsible to the Board of Regents for all matters pertaining to the institution. The president reports directly to the board.
Following the organizational structure established by the Board of Regents, responsibility for most operational units of the university is divided among four executive officers who report to the president: the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the vice president for student affairs, the vice president for administrative services, and the vice president for institutional advancement. These four vice presidents serve as the president’s management team, advising the president on the operation of the university, making recommendations on the establishment of administrative policy, and executing responsibilities, both individually and collectively, within the university governance system. The provost and vice president for academic affairs is the senior vice president.
Murray State University is comprised of five colleges and one school. The colleges are Business and Public Affairs, Education, Health Sciences and Human Services, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Science, Engineering and Technology. The School of Agriculture completes the academic structure. Each college offers a unique program of human endeavor with interdisciplinary study among the colleges to provide students with broad educational perspectives.
The College of Business and Public Affairs offers graduate programs in accounting, business administration, economics, mass communications, organizational communication, and telecommunications systems management.
The College of Education offers graduate programs in early elementary education, middle school education, secondary education, school administration, guidance and counseling, human development and leadership, career and technical education, reading and writing, and special education.
The College of Health Sciences and Human Services offers graduate programs in exercise and leisure studies, nursing, occupational safety and health, and speech-language pathology.
The College of Humanities and Fine Arts offers graduate programs in English, history, music education, clinical psychology, general psychology, public administration, and teaching English to speakers of other languages.
The College of Science, Engineering and Technology offers graduate programs in biology, chemistry, geosciences, management of technology, mathematics, telecommunications systems management, and water science.
A Master of Science in Agriculture is offered by the School of Agriculture.
Murray State University maintains high academic standards in a wide variety of programs, offers close student/faculty relationships, and provides career and job placement counseling.
Graduate Administration and Organization
Graduate programs are under the administration of the president of the university, the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the coordinator of graduate studies, the deans and graduate coordinators of the colleges and departments, and the Graduate Studies Committee of the Academic Council.
Review and supervision of all graduate programs are administered by the provost and vice president for academic affairs through the coordinator of graduate studies. Collegiate graduate coordinators assign students to advisors or advisory committees.
Graduate student representatives from each college serve on a graduate advisory committee convened by the coordinator of graduate studies to discuss and make recommendations about issues of graduate education at Murray State. Two members of the committee are elected to represent graduate students on the Academic Council, which also includes members from academic administration, faculty senate, collegiate faculty, libraries, extended education, and undergraduate students.
Graduate Degrees Conferred
Graduate degrees conferred by Murray State University are:
• Master of Arts (M.A.) in clinical psychology; English; general psychology; geosciences; history; mass communications; mathematics; organizational communication; and teaching English to speakers of other languages;
• Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) in early elementary education; guidance and counseling; middle school education; reading and writing; school administration; secondary education; and special education;
• Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in mathematics;
• Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in creative writing;
• Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.);
• Master of Music Education (M.M.E.);
• Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.Ac.);
• Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.);
• Master of Science (M.S.) in agriculture; biology; career and technical education; chemistry; clinical psychology; economics; exercise and leisure studies; general psychology; geosciences; human development and leadership; management of technology; mass communications; mathematics; occupational safety and health; organizational communication; speech-language pathology; telecommunications systems management; and water science.
• Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.);
• Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) in early elementary education; guidance and counseling; middle school education; school administration; and secondary education.
Courses leading to the following degrees are also offered:
• Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in cooperation with the University of Kentucky, the University of Reading, and the University of Memphis;
• Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in biology in cooperation with the University of Louisville.
The university libraries – the Harry Lee Waterfield Library and Forrest C. Pogue Library – contain over 928, 000 resource materials, including 505,960 bound volumes and 2,238 current subscriptions.
The Waterfield Library houses the entire circulating collection, reference sources, government documents, microforms, and periodicals. All classified materials of the libraries’ holdings are listed in the online catalog “Racernet”. The libraries also provide access to numerous electronic resources and databases. A centralized interlibrary loan service for faculty and students is maintained for the borrowing of research materials from other libraries. 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 Forrest C. Pogue Library houses special collections and the law library. Holdings include books, periodicals, newspapers, state documents, manuscripts, rare books, prints and paintings, tape recordings, maps, and microforms. Noteworthy are collections of TVA materials, Civil War materials, political papers of Harry Lee Waterfield, Robert A. Everett, Noble J. Gregory, Edward T. Breathitt, and Frank Albert Stubblefield, and materials relating to Kentucky authors Irvin S. Cobb and Jesse Stuart. The Forrest C. Pogue War and Diplomacy Collection 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.
Instruction in the Use of Library Resources. For students who desire directed instruction, Library Research for Information Literacy (LOR 101) is taught by 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.
International Student Services
International students are welcome at Murray State University. Currently, the university enrolls more than 300 students from over 50 countries throughout the world. Two full-time advisors are available at the Institute for International Studies to assist international students with their special concerns. The international student advisors provide orientation, acculturation, and immigration workshops and classes, help students adjust to life on campus and in the U.S., and are Designated School Officials and Alternate Responsible Officers for all student immigration matters.
International students are required to show proof of English ability by providing a recent official TOEFL score. International students who do not provide a TOEFL score that meets the admission requirements of the program they are applying for will be referred to our intensive English program to apply and gain the English proficiency necessary to enter their chosen university program. This program also has a full time advisor and fully qualified professional staff.
International students who are unsure of whom to contact for help with personal, employment, immigration or academic concerns will receive assistance at the Institute for International Studies, 165 Woods Hall, telephone 270-809-4152 or by email at: <email@example.com>.
Institute for International Studies. The Institute for International Studies (IIS) was designated in 1998 for the unified coordination of international programs and activities at Murray State University. Evolving from the separately created Center for International Programs (1981) and the English Language Institute (1993), IIS supports Murray State’s commitment to international education as an integral dimension of the university experience. IIS provides the following services to students, faculty and the community:
• Assistance to International Students and Scholars. The International Student Advisor(s) provide assistance in addressing the academic, personal, intercultural, and immigration needs of international students. Additionally, IIS provides students, research scholars and visiting faculty with orientation programs, immigration advising; and cultural enrichment activities. International students have also organized to offer an active, caring community of support for both degree and ESL students.
• Information Clearinghouse. The institute maintains a library of materials on study, work, research, teaching and travel abroad. IIS publishes brochures and announcements of study and teaching abroad opportunities, and newsletters on international programs. An international speakers bureau serves as a resource to regional public schools in support of KERA, while events are publicized by press releases and the web site’s calendar.
• Special Program Development. IIS is involved in initiating special programs with an international emphasis. Internal and external groups can work to develop programs to support their specific interests. These have ranged from lecture series to longer curricular programs designed for language study, ESL training, or professional development emphasizing administration, education, training, and other topics.
• Curriculum Support. With IIS support, the university has also developed and refined a Global Studies curriculum on campus, initiated an English-as-a-Second-Language Program, created professional development seminars abroad, supported the development of a graduate TESOL program, and worked toward the creation of degree programs abroad.
• English-as-a-Second Language Program. The ESL Program prepares nonnative speakers of English for full-time study at Murray State or other North American schools. Through careful assessment, intensive instruction, and out-of-class activities such as field trips, seminars, and a mentoring program, international students receive the personal attention they need to advance their English skills. For more information, see the section on International Student Admission in Chapter 2.
• Study Abroad. Through IIS, Murray State University maintains cooperative agreements with institutions in 10 countries as well as consortial membership with five organizations, which provide international experience and education for its students. Each year, through these various venues, MSU students may select from over 50 study abroad program sites. Because new programs are always being reviewed and added, students interested in study abroad may inquire at any time at IIS for information (169 Woods Hall), or they may visit the Study Abroad Resource Center (171 Woods Hall) at their leisure.
Exchange Programs are available through the Institute for International Studies. These programs offer students the ability to be more fully integrated into a university overseas, taking courses taught by the natives, adjusting to a new university system, and living with people of multiple cultures.
Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA). As a member of CCSA, MSU provides several options for study in English-speaking countries including winter break, summer, and fall semester programs. These programs involve formal academic coursework, excursions and independent travel.
International Business Seminars (IBS). Business students may participate in one of several multi-country business seminars in Europe. The seminars, offered during winter and summer academic breaks, focus on marketing and management for both graduate and undergraduate students.
Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS). Murray State is headquarters of the Kentucky Institute for International Studies. KIIS provides students with several options for study in non-English speaking countries including summer sessions and semester sessions in both the fall and spring. These programs involve formal academic course work, independent study, travel and the option for language study.
AustraLearn. Students can choose from 22 universities in Australia and New Zealand through the AustraLearn program. The academic range of the AustraLearn universities spans the entire MSU curriculum, thus offering at least one option for every MSU student. AustraLearn offers semester or full academic year programs in which students are fully integrated into a university overseas.
Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA). As a CEA affiliate, MSU students have the opportunity to study for a semester or full academic year in several different countries. Many CEA programs offer intensive language options in addition to courses taught in English. On CEA programs, students are fully integrated into universities and/or language programs overseas.
The primary concern of Student Affairs is the student. This concern encompasses retention, welfare, and growth and development in all dimensions of student life including educational, vocational, social-cultural, civility and tolerance, psychological, values clarification and physical. Student Affairs provides a variety of educational and administrative services, programs and activities in support of the Strategic Plan of the university. It is committed to excellence in and the integration of curricular and co-curricular activities to ensure a supportive living-learning environment.
Student Affairs offices include Adventures in Math and Science; African-American Student Services/Ethnic Programs; Campus Recreation; Career Services; Counseling and Testing; Curris Center; Educational Talent Search; Enrollment Management; Financial Aid; Food Services; Governor’s Minority Student College Preparation Program; Greek Affairs; Health Services; Housing; Judicial Affairs; School Relations; Student Activities; Student Government; Student Organizations; Student Services for Students with Learning Disabilities; Student Support Services; University Scholarships; University Store; Upward Bound; and Veterans Affairs. These units are coordinated through the Office of Student Affairs, located on the first floor of Ordway Hall, 270-809-6831. Students, their families, and the public are encouraged to contact any of these offices for information and assistance with any student-related concern.
•African-American Student Services and Ethnic Programs
The Office of African-American Student Services and 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 Marvin D. Mills Multicultural Center, Room 110B, Curris Center, or call 270-809-6836.
The Career Services office provides Murray State graduate students with a variety of services that are designed to enhance the student’s ability to find a career upon graduation. Career Services provides resources for students to investigate cooperative education and internship opportunities that will provide valuable insight into their career path.
Updated information about permanent full-time or part-time jobs are located on the Career Services website in addition to information on the development of the resume, cover letter, and other job search techniques. On-campus interviews are scheduled regularly and career fairs hosting an average of 85 companies each semester are also provided through this office.
For more information, visit the Career Services Office, 210 Ordway Hall or call (270) 809-3735.
•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. Counseling and referral services are also extended to faculty and staff through an employee assistance program. Interested faculty and staff should call the Counseling and Testing Center for more information.
A wide range of admissions tests used nationally are available to students through the testing service, as well as appropriate tests to assist students with career exploration and self-understanding. A computer based testing lab is available to students needing to take the GRE and similar graduate admissions and professional qualification tests. The Counseling Center also offers computer-assisted career guidance through the use of the DISCOVER computer system.
Murray State Food Service operates eight dining facilities on campus, plus University Catering. Winslow Dining Hall and Fast Track are located in the center of the residential hall complex on the north end of campus. Board plans and declining balance are used in these facilities. The Curris Center is the home of the T’Room (Thoroughbred Room), Sugar Cube, Sunset Strips, and Subway. Depending on the operation, limited board plan use and declining balance may be used in the Curris Center facilities. Two Thoroughbrewed Cafes have opened on campus, one in Regents College and the other in Hart College. Both cafes proudly brew Starbucks® coffee. Food Service also provides food carts which are located in Waterfield Library, the Business Building, and Faculty Hall. Meal plans, declining balance, and cash are welcome at all three carts. Further information is available from the Racer Card Office on the first floor of the Curris Center, 270-809-3003.
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. However, the clinic is closed after 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday for health education presentations at other sites on campus.
Primary health care is offered on a drop-in basis. Students are screened and assessed by professional nurses. They may be treated by 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.
All enrolled students are eligible for free services at the clinic. During the summer, students must be enrolled in the current session to be eligible for services. All services with other health care providers or agencies are at the student’s own expense.
Residential College System. The residential college system at Murray State University redefines collegiate living and educational experiences for undergraduate students. Every undergraduate student belongs to one of the residential colleges. At the heart of each residential college is the residence hall. The residence hall provides the focal point for all residential college activities.
Each residential college is comprised 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, students are connected with that community throughout their 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 nine residence halls for students, all well equipped. The residence halls house approximately 3,000 students. Each residence hall is equipped with computer rooms or labs, a television lobby, study room, coin-operated laundry facilities, vending machines, and kitchenettes with microwaves.
Students living in residence halls are permitted to have automobiles, and parking is available in areas adjacent to the halls. Individual student rooms are equipped with telephone jacks, two cable outlets, two Internet ports, beds, desks, desk chairs, closet and drawer space. Cable television is available in rooms from the local cable company for an additional charge. Basic cable and Internet access are provided.
The Housing Office staff seeks to make residence hall living a unique experience. Murray State’s living and learning program includes academic assistance, counseling, social and educational programs. 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.
College Courts are 144 furnished apartment units available for married, non-traditional, and graduate students, or older students who are 21 years of age by the first day of registration. All apartments are furnished, air-conditioned, and equipped with a telephone jack, two cable outlets, and two Internet ports. Laundry facilities are located in each building. Basic cable and Internet service are provided. Cable television is available from a local cable company for an additional charge. Most units are one-bedroom apartments, though a limited number of two-bedroom apartments are available.
Applications and information concerning the residence halls and apartments may be obtained by writing the Director of Housing, Murray State University, Murray KY 42071.
•Intracollegiate Sports and Recreation
A variety of sporting events are programmed by the Campus Recreation Office each year. They range from traditional sports such as football, basketball, softball and soccer to individual activities such as racquetball, tennis and golf. The office is located in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, 270-809-6791.
Located in the Curris Center, the University Store is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. During final exams, the store also operates a book buy-back service. School supplies, both new and used textbooks, paperback books, a large selection of bargain books, computer hardware, computer software, commencement caps and gowns, magazines, eight newspapers, novelties, tapes, CDs, greeting cards, souvenirs, softgoods (T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and more for adults as well as a children’s line), and personal items can be purchased at the University Store. Visit the University Store or place an order by E-mail or telephone (firstname.lastname@example.org; 1-800-749-8580).
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.
Veterans under the Vietnam era Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 34) should be aware that this program was terminated on December 31, 1989. Active-duty personnel (Chapter 34) entering the service after June 1, 1988, and those who entered after July 1, 1985, will qualify for educational assistance under the new Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 30). A six-year commitment is required with the National Guard or Selected Reserve for the Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 106). People who have a disability rating will receive funding through the rehabilitation program (Chapter 31). Those who have served between January 1, 1977, and July 1, 1985, and participated in the matching funds program (Chapter 32 VEAP) also have educational benefits. Children, spouses and widow(er)s of veterans who, while serving in the armed forces, were killed on active duty, or have died as a result of a service-connected disability, or are permanently and totally disabled, or were prisoners of war, or are missing in action qualify for benefits under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35).
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 Veterans Affairs Office on campus or call 270-809-6837 or 6838.
Other Campus Activities, Organizations and Services
Alumni Activities. Membership privileges of the Murray State University Alumni Association are extended automatically to all graduates and any individual attending MSU for two consecutive semesters who did not graduate. Activities sponsored by the Alumni Association include chapter meetings and receptions, events during Alumni Weekend and Homecoming, and recognition programs such as Distinguished Professor, Golden Horseshoe and Distinguished Alumnus. Affiliated with the Alumni Association is the Student Alumni Association, a service-oriented organization with open membership which provides students an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the university. Inquiries and suggestions are always welcome. Interested individuals may telephone 270-809-3737 or 3001, or visit the Development and Alumni Affairs Center.
Arts and Cultural Opportunities. Cultural offerings abound on campus and in the community, including art exhibits, concerts, recitals, musical theatre and drama productions as well as lectures, readings and film festivals. The university publishes a calendar of events each semester and weekly events are listed in the Murray State News, the campus newspaper. A listing can also be heard by dialing 270-809-ARTS.
Intercollegiate Athletics. Murray State is a charter member of the Ohio Valley Conference and is a Division I member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Racer athletic teams are perennial challengers for major honors in the sponsored nine men’s sports and ten women’s sports.
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.
Sport Clubs. The Campus Recreation Office houses the Sport Clubs which include: rugby, soccer, fencing, paintball, cycling, triathalon, tennis, chess, bass anglers, ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, swimming, and women’s field hockey.
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. The newly constructed Susan E. Bauernfeind Student Recreation and Wellness Center includes basketball courts, aerobics studio, free weights, selectorized machines, cardio workout equipment, swimming pool with whirlpool, racquetball courts, walking/jogging track, and a café/lounge with Internet access. A multipurpose room is also available for meetings and classes. 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 has fitness centers consisting of cardio-equipment, weight machines and free weights.
Student Organizations. There over 200 student organizations on the campus of Murray State that serves the various needs and interest of our students. Student Organizations is a vital part of our campus life and a great way for students to get involved at Murray State University. The organizations are divided into various categories such as departmental, professional, sports/recreational, political, religious, service, and honor society organizations. Special qualifications are required for membership in some of the honor societies, professional, and departmental organizations. Eight national social sororities and 13 national fraternities have chapters at Murray State.
For more information on student organizations, see Chapter 1 of the Undergraduate Bulletin. A current list of student organizations may be obtained from the Student Organizations Office in the Curris Center, 270-809-6953 or the student organization website.
Murray State University considers the following information to be “directory information” as defined in the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act as amended, and to be available for public release unless the student has indicated that any of or all of the items are not to be released: name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, date of birth, place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degrees and awards received, classification, dates of attendance, and most recent previous educational institution attended. The student may register his/her objection to the release of this information by coming to the Registrar’s Office during the first five days of classes and signing a form indicating the items to be withheld. This form must be completed each semester during which a student wishes that information to be withheld.
University Police/Public Safety
Located in the Public Safety and Information Center at the corner of 16th and Olive Streets, the University Police Department makes every reasonable effort to provide emergency assistance, escort services after dark, guest and visitor information, criminal investigations, enforcement of traffic and parking regulations, and lost and found. Public Safety also complies with the Student Right-to-Know Act by making available security policies and campus crime statistics upon request. Public Safety is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Telephone: 270-809-2222. EMERGENCIES: Dial 911.
Statement on Research Involving Human Subjects
Murray State University faculty and students must adhere to strict rules regarding the use of human subjects in research. All research involving human subjects (including, but not limited to the use of existing records as well as the collection of new data) must be reviewed and approved in advance by the University Institutional Review Board (IRB). Failure to obtain IRB approval or to follow IRB approved research protocols can result in serious penalties as well as restrictions on the use and dissemination of research findings. Faculty and students should consult the IRB Procedures and Guidelines for information on this subject.
Policy on Academic Honesty
Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person’s material as one’s own), or doing work for another person which will receive academic credit are all impermissible. This includes the use of unauthorized books, notebooks, or other sources in order to secure or give help during an examination; the unauthorized copying of examinations, assignments, reports, or term papers; or the presentation of unacknowledged material as if it were the student’s own work. Disciplinary action may be taken beyond the academic discipline administered by the faculty member who teaches the course in which the cheating took place.
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 Against Sexual Harassment
It is the policy of Murray State University to maintain the university community as a place of work and study for faculty, staff and students, free from sexual harassment and all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation. All faculty, staff and students should be aware that the university is concerned and prepared to take action to prevent and correct such behavior, and that individuals who engage in such behavior are subject to discipline.
Behaviors which constitute sexual harassment can be classified in three categories: (1) repeated and unwanted sexual behavior involving physical contact; (2) verbal comments or suggestions of a sexual nature which adversely affect the working or learning environment; (3) coercive behavior, including suggestions that academic or employment reprisals or rewards will follow the refusal or granting of sexual favors. These constitute gross misconduct and will not be tolerated. In such cases, a single incident would establish grounds for action.
Misconduct involving students in a nonemployment setting is governed by the University Codes of Conduct, and complaints about such behavior should be referred to the Office of Student Affairs. Anyone who is subject to offensive sexual behavior in the employment setting is encouraged to pursue the matter through the Office of Equal Opportunity.
Policy on Attendance
Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled for credit or audit purposes. An instructor may establish attendance policies for each class so long as they : (1) are clearly published in the course syllabus, (2) distinguish between excused and unexcused absences and (3) are consistent with university policies as outlined in this Bulletin.
Excused absences fall into two broad categories:
1. Absence due to personal illness or death in the immediate family or other extraordinary personal circumstance. Faculty may require appropriate authentication or documentation.
2. Absence due to student participation in a University Sanctioned Event in which the student serves as a representative of the institution.
University Sanctioned Events shall include those officially scheduled activities (practice and training sessions NOT included) related to intercollegiate athletics, performing groups, and teams who represent the university in debate, forensics or other academic competitions. Other activities and events may be added to this listing upon recommendation of the Sanctioned Events Committee and approval by the Provost. This committee shall consist of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director of Athletics, the Faculty Senate President, a student appointed by the President of the Student Government Association, and the Provost or his designee. The official list of approved, sanctioned activities and events shall be maintained in the Office of the Provost.
Attendance and participation in class activities is essential to success in college. Absences, for whatever purposes, can potentially undermine the shared goal of student learning. In cases where student absences are clearly unavoidable, it is essential that students and faculty alike approach the resolution of the difficulty with a clear commitment to the mutual goal of student learning.
Responsibilities of Students: Students missing class(es) as a result of activities covered above shall notify the instructor in writing at the beginning of the semester and, in the case of scheduled events, this notification shall not be less than one week prior to the absence. Students with excused absences are excused from class attendance but are not excused from work assigned or expected as a part of that class period. Students, in conjunction with each course instructor, are required to develop a plan for alternative assignments or the make-up of all work missed and must complete this work within a time frame mutually agreed upon with the instructor.
Responsibilities of Faculty: Faculty are expected to plan with students who have excused absences to develop alternatives and make-up assignments. Such alternatives are not expected to diminish faculty expectations of students, nor may they reduce opportunities for students to demonstrate performance.
Responsibilities of Others: Deans and department chairs share the responsibility for insuring proper orientation of all full and part-time faculty regarding the provisions of this policy. Administrators, sponsors and coaches of various student activities share an important role in ensuring that students understand their responsibilities with respect to this aspect of student performance. Specific guidelines and procedures should be developed for each sport or activity to ensure timely communication between students and faculty. Advance lists of varsity/participating students along with schedules of away or off-campus activities or matches should be provided to students so that they, in turn, can share this information with faculty at the beginning of the semester.
Questions and Appeals: In the event of questions or concerns regarding the implementation of this policy in specific classroom situations, students and faculty should be guided by the following:
1. If there is a question regarding whether a specific activity is an officially sanctioned event for which terms of this policy might apply, the inquiry should be addressed to the Office of the Provost.
2. In the event a student is concerned with the implementation of this policy in a specific course, the student should try to resolve the matter by discussing it first with the instructor, then with the department chair, and if resolution is still not reached, then with the collegiate dean. If the matter is not settled through this process, the student may seek resolution through the appropriate collegiate grievance/appeal process.
3. Instances of student abuse or violation of the terms of this policy should be reported to the dean or director responsible for the sanctioned event and to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Policy on Hazing
Murray State University recognizes that student organizations exist for the purpose of extending opportunities for education, social interaction, leadership and skill development, and personal growth beyond the classroom. Therefore, the practice of hazing pledges, associate members, initiates or members is antithetical to the purposes of registered student organizations at Murray State University and is strictly prohibited by the university. Furthermore, as of July 1986, hazing is a violation of Chapter 164 of Kentucky Revised Statutes. In pertinent part, the statute reads as follows:
“(This statute) prohibits any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation or affiliation with any organization. . . . In the case of a student or faculty violator, (violation of this statute shall result in) his suspension, expulsion, or other appropriate disciplinary action and, in the case of an organization which authorizes such conduct, (violation shall result in) recision of permission for that organization to operate on campus property. Such penalties shall be in addition to any penalty pursuant to the penal law or any other chapter (of Kentucky Revised Statutes) to which a violator or organization may be subject.”
Specifically, on the campus of Murray State University, hazing is defined as any on-campus or off-campus activity which results in mental or physical harassment, humiliation, degradation, ridicule, shock, endangerment, physical disfigurement, excessive fatigue, danger to health, or the involuntary consumption of alcohol or drugs.
This prohibition against hazing applies equally to student organizations, individual students, faculty, and staff members, visitors to the campus, and licensees and invitees on the campus.
Any student who participates in hazing as defined above has violated the Murray State University Code of Conduct and will be subject to disciplinary action as described in the Standards in Disciplinary Proceedings of the Student Life Policies. Any organization which authorizes or permits hazing to occur has violated the policy statement on Regulation of Student Groups and will be subject to group disciplinary action as outlined in that policy.
Policy on Intolerance
The university is committed to creating an educational environment which is free from intolerance directed toward individuals or groups and strives to create and maintain an environment that fosters respect for others. As an educational institution, the university has a mandate to address problems of a society deeply ingrained with bias and prejudice. Toward that end, the university provides educational programs and activities to create an environment in which diversity and understanding of other cultures are valued.
Intolerance refers to an attitude, feeling or belief wherein an individual shows contempt for other individuals or groups based on characteristics such as race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or political or religious belief.
Actions motivated by intolerance violate the principles upon which American society is built and serve to destroy the fabric of the society we share. Such actions do untold and unjust harm to those who experience this kind of discrimination and threaten the reputation of the university.
The expression of diverse views and opinions is encouraged in the university community. Further, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution assures the right of free expression. In a community which recognizes the rights of its members to hold divergent views and to express those views, sometimes ideas are expressed which are contrary to university values and objectives. Nevertheless, the university cannot impose disciplinary sanctions upon such expression when it is otherwise in compliance with university regulations.
When any violation of a university policy, rule or regulation is motivated by intolerance toward an individual or group based on characteristics such as race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or political or religious beliefs, the sanction will be increased in severity and may include separation from the university.
Policy on Racial Harassment
It is the policy of Murray State University to conduct and provide programs, activities and services to students, faculty and staff in an atmosphere free from racial harassment. Racial harassment is any behavior that would verbally or physically threaten, torment, badger, heckle or persecute an individual because of his/her race. Isolated instances of misconduct, although never condoned, do not necessarily constitute racial harassment, nor a hostile environment.
Racial harassment of university faculty, staff, students or visitors is prohibited and shall subject the offender to appropriate disciplinary action ranging from disciplinary warning to expulsion.
The administration has an open-door policy for any student who feels he or she has been subjected to racial harassment or discrimination. Students are urged to contact the Office of Student Affairs, Ordway Hall, in the event that racial harassment arises outside of the employment setting. All others should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, Wells Hall.
Policy on Use of University Facilities
The intent of this policy is to permit appropriate use of university facilities. Murray State University is committed to both the practice and the philosophy of equal opportunity. The principles contained in these guidelines will be followed without regard to and in a non-discriminatory manner as to race, religion, and/or political affiliation. The guidelines shall also be applicable to all faculty, staff, students, and non-university persons or groups. In addition, persons who are not students or employees of the university are expected, while on university property, to adhere to the standards of usage and conduct applicable to faculty, staff, and students. The facilities of the university shall mean buildings and structures, land, equipment, utilities, walks, streets and recreational areas. The following applies to all university facilities.
The basic requisite for granting the use of university facilities is relevancy to the educational purpose as determined by the university. Facilities may be used for non-educational activities when it is considered to be in the best interest of the university. However, the university reserves the right to make final determination as to the true educational value or appropriateness of the event being scheduled and whether or not the university will make its facilities available. University facilities may not be used for non-educational programs unrelated to the university when adequate private facilities are available. Generally speaking, facilities will be made available on a “first come, first served” basis.
The order of classification of requesting groups will be determined by the university. The order of classification to be followed in scheduling facilities is as follows:
(a) academic departments, administrative departments and registered student organizations scheduling non-revenue-producing1 programs, except grant programs that are funded for facility expense;
(b) academic departments, administrative departments and registered student organizations scheduling facilities for university-sponsored, revenue-producing1 programs (requests must be approved by appropriate dean, vice-president, department chairman, director or organization advisor);
(c) university faculty, staff or students scheduling facilities for non-university-sponsored, revenue-producing1 programs;
(d) non-university groups requesting facilities for non-revenue-producing programs;
(e) non-university groups scheduling facilities for revenue-producing1 groups.
Only registered organizations are eligible to schedule university facilities. A non-registered group may schedule a meeting for the purpose of organization. Additional meetings or functions shall not be allowed until the group has registered with the Office of Student Activities.
Minimal charges are necessary to offset operational care of facilities. In addition, any additional necessary charges are the responsibility of the individual or group using the facility.
Guidelines for the use of university facilities, schedule of rental charges and appropriate applications are available from the Scheduling Coordinator, Administrative Services, General Services Building.
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.