Coronavirus Update

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

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

Current Campus Update

March 17, 2020

Members of our Campus Community:

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

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

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

Online/Alternative Instruction

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

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

Residence Halls

Effective Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 2 p.m. (CT), our residence halls will not be reopening following the Spring Break and will remain closed for the remainder of the semester.  Students need to begin making preparations now to move out of their residence halls.  Move out instructions and schedules will be distributed via email no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, from the Housing Office.  All personal items will be expected to be out of the residence halls by Friday, March 27, 2020, at 8 p.m. (CT).

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

Campus and Student Events

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

Commencement

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

Campus Operations – Working Remotely

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Bob Jackson
President

Frequently Asked Questions

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Coronavirus Basics

What is the COVID-19, novel Coronavirus?

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

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

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

How do I best protect myself from contracting Coronavirus?

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

Everyday actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

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

University Information

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

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

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

Resources and Helpful Links

Who is part of the Coronavirus workgroup at Murray State?

A workgroup convened by Murray State President, Dr. Bob Jackson continues to regularly meet and discuss the University’s preparedness for the Coronavirus and appropriate steps to take, with the health and well-being of the campus community taking precedence.

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

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

Travel abroad to and from campus has been suspended through April 30. Also through April 30, non-essential University-sponsored domestic travel outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky has been suspended. This includes visitors coming to the University, such as guest speakers and visiting lecturers, among others. The University will continue to review all abroad programs as well as professional international and domestic travel involving our students, faculty and staff.

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

We encourage anyone – all faculty, staff and students – traveling domestically or internationally during Spring Break to complete a voluntary travel form so we can provide support to returning travelers and safeguard our entire campus community.

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

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

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

Are education abroad programs scheduled for summer 2020 canceled?

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

What actions are being taken with members of our campus community who are currently participating in education abroad programs?

We remain in close, constant communication with students who are currently abroad, and are in touch with their families as well. We continue to monitor CDC guidelines for every country. The University strongly encourages the return from any education abroad or other international travel from high-risk areas as defined by the CDC.

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

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

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

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

What other helpful resources are available?

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

Is the University canceling Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies?

Due to the postponement or cancellation of all campus events and activities through May 15, the Spring 2020 commencement ceremony has been postponed. The University is reviewing other options and a future date for this event. All earned degrees at the end of the current spring semester will be conferred. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with our graduates and families at a future date.

Have classes been canceled?

No - classes have not been canceled. Beginning on Monday, March 23, class instruction will continue through online or alternative delivery methods through the remainder of the spring semester. This includes our regional campus sites at Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.

What is Murray State doing to protect the campus community?

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

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

If you live in the local region, Waterfield Library will be open during this time and have computer workstations available to students.

Students may checkout laptops from Waterfield Library for their use while away from campus. These laptops are equipped with webcams, basic Microsoft Office software, Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor. Students will need their Murray State ID in order to checkout a laptop, which will be issued on a first-come, first served basis.

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

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

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

Is the grading policy for Spring 2020 courses changing?

As shared by campus e-mail to students, faculty and staff on March 26, students will have the option to choose between receiving traditional letter grades or taking classes as Pass/Fail this semester, with some exceptions.  Details about an online request form, the approval process and a list of approved courses will be announced soon to students.  The deadline for students to submit their request is Friday, April 24, 2020. Students may decide and/or change their mind based on their progress up until that date.

What resources are available through University Libraries?

Beginning March 23, Waterfield Library will be open for lab use and to check out laptops from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday-Friday until further notice. Waterfield Library will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Waterfield Library Hours

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

Waterfield Library will circulate laptops only, which are due back at the end of the semester.  Books and other materials will not be available to check out. Items that are currently checked out will have an adjusted due date in May.  Waterfield Library will not charge late fees.

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

Will campus be open during the online/alternative delivery method of class instruction through the remainder of the spring semester?

Campus will be closed to the general public through the remainder of the spring semester. Buildings should remain locked and accessed by employees with building keys, with the exception Waterfield Library, specific residence halls and specific academic buildings as deemed appropriate for our on-campus student population. If special access needs exist, please work with the building coordinators in each building. This includes our regional campus sites in Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.

Waterfield Library Hours

Are campus dining facilities closed?

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

Are campus events canceled during the online/alternative delivery method of class instruction through the remainder of the spring semester?

All campus and student events and activities are postponed or canceled through May 15.

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

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

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

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

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, along with the broader community, is paramount to us. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, campus visits have been postponed. We encourage prospective students or family members of prospective students to visit admissions.murraystate.edu or email or Office of Recruitment with any questions to assist them during this time, at msu.recruitment@murraystate. edu.

When can I move out of my residence hall?

Effective Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 2 p.m. (CT), our residence halls will not be re-opening following Spring Break and will remain closed for the rest of the semester. Students living in housing should have received an email Wednesday evening, March 18th. The email contains the check-out date and time. Please check your Murray State email for more information and contact housing at msu.housing@murraystate.edu or by calling 270.809.2310 if you did not receive the email. 

During spring break, the Housing Office is open Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The office will resume regular business hours on Monday, March 23rd. Regular business hours are Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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

How is the University handling refunds for student housing and dining payments?

The Housing and Dining offices will be working on applying credits to student accounts the week of March 27.  Pro-rata refunds for housing and dining (meal plans and flex plans) will be applied to existing balances or future semester charges based on federal financial aid guidelines.  Please check your myGate for an updated balance on April 6, 2020.

How can I contact Murray State University Health Services?

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

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

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

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

  1. Contact Primary Care Medical Center at 270.759.9200 to schedule your virtual visit.
  2. Make sure you have updated your insurance, mobile phone number and e-mail address with Primary Care Medical Center. If you are a new patient, you will be asked a series of questions to set up your profile prior to your telemedicine visit.
  3. Once you have scheduled your virtual visit, you will receive a text message or e-mail from your provider instructing you to click a link and register.
  4. You will be redirected to the Doxy.me to register. Doxy.me supports Safari or Google Chrome.
    Make sure your camera and microphone turned on “allow” in your privacy settings if you are using a mobile device. On a desktop, go to Settings—Safari—Camera (allow)-----Microphone (allow).
  5. Once on Doxy.me, enter your name and ‘check in’.
  6. You will be directed to your provider’s virtual waiting room.
  7. You will be alerted once connected with your provider for your virtual visit.  

I’m a student. What if I’m having difficulty finding certain books for my spring classes?

Through a partnership with Redshelf, students can take advantage of free e-book access. Create an account at Redshelf (Redshelf does not use your Murray State credentials). Once an account is created, students can search by title or using the ISBN of the book, which can be found on the ‘Textbook List’ under the student links on myGate. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Please feel free to contact the University Bookstore at msu.books@murraystate.edu.

Human Resources and Employee Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How can campus departments and units receive their mail?

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

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

All regular employees (faculty/exempt and non-exempt staff) are needed to work in order to continue to remain operational. We are committed at this time to pay all regular full-time and regular part-time employees through May 15, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Self-Quarantine Information

Who needs to self-quarantine?

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

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

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

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

What does self-quarantine mean?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resources and Helpful Links

Past Campus Updates

March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020

Students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Don Robertson
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

March 11, 2020

March 11, 2020

Students, Faculty and Staff:

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

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

Please note the following:

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

Please visit this webpage regularly for additional updates in the days ahead. We will post important update information as soon as it becomes available.  These represent significant updates in an ever-changing environment and require thoughtful and careful discussions.  Again, in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of our campus community, these actions are necessary.

Sincerely,
Dr. Bob Jackson
President

March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

Students, Faculty and Staff:

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

We also encourage anyone – all faculty, staff and students – traveling domestically or internationally during Spring Break to complete a voluntary travel form so we can provide support to returning travelers and safeguard our entire campus community.

Please note the following:

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Bob Jackson
President

March 6, 2020

March 6, 2020 -

Students, Faculty and Staff:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Bob Jackson, Ed.D.
President

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

March 3, 2020

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

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

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

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

March 2, 2020

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

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

We are monitoring developments in other countries very closely.

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

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

February 26, 2020

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

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

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

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

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