Racer Restart Initiative

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Through the Racer Restart initiative and planning process, Murray State University will follow a collaborative, thoughtful and proactive approach in re-opening campus.

Racer Restart Guiding Principles and Strategies

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Prevention Measures and Minimizing Risk

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University Health Procedures

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Academic Affairs and Instructional Delivery

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Employees: Faculty and Staff

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Facilities Management

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Travel and Events

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Student Affairs and Campus Auxiliaries

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Athletics

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Visitor Policy

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Contact Information

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Restart Committee and Subcommittees

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Sources Used by the Committee

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Racer Restart Guiding Principles and Strategies

Racer Restart Committee Charter

The safety, health and well-being of Murray State University’s students, faculty, staff and the broader community are paramount. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Bob Jackson established the Racer Restart Committee, co-chaired by the University’s Vice Presidents, to develop the Racer Restart Plan. Mr. Jordan Smith, Director of Government and Institutional Relations, serves as the senior administrator on the committee and as the University’s Healthy at Work Safety Officer. President Jackson charged the committee to develop a phased-in process for a safe and effective campus restart, of a new normal, traditional semester, with many tweaks and adjustments, for fall 2020.

The Racer Restart Committee developed a campus restart plan with a shared governance approach by way of subcommittees made up of faculty, staff, students and healthcare professionals. The following subcommittees were established in order to assist the co-chairs with the University’s restart plans: Academic Affairs and Faculty Support; Administrative Operations and Staff Support; Athletics; Facilities Management; Housing, Dining and Auxiliary Operations; Development, Alumni and Branding, Marketing and Communication; Enrollment Management; and Student Affairs/Campus Life.

These subcommittees reviewed a series of questions developed by the committee and analyzed various reports, external articles and state, local and national data to help inform their recommendations jointly with the committee co-chairs, which was then reported directly to President Jackson.

Once the President receives all final recommendations from the Racer Restart Committee, he will consult with the Governor’s Office, the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), Murray State Health Services/Primary Care Medical Center and others to implement all current and final restart recommendations.

For organizational purposes on restarting, phase I for the University is currently set to begin June 1, 2020 (planning and preparation) and phase II (implementation) is currently set to begin July 6, 2020. The campus remains closed to the public through July 31, 2020. Phase III (restart) begins August 1, 2020. The first day of class is scheduled for Monday, August 17, 2020.

The University understands these dates and plans are fluid as we collectively monitor the COVID-19 situation while continuing to follow all state and federal guidance.

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) Restart Guiding Principles

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) established guiding principles for Kentucky’s colleges and universities to safely restart and prepare for the upcoming academic semester, to which the University will adhere.

The guidelines entitled, “Guiding Principles: Fall 2020 Restart Plan for Kentucky’s Colleges and Universities,” are the following:

  1. The health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and the broader community are paramount to each institution as we restart fall 2020 with a new normal, traditional, on-campus experience.
  2. Adherence to all State, Federal and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines including Governor Beshear’s 10 Rules to Re-opening and President Trump’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.
  3. June 1, 2020 begins the phase-in process of restarting each institution in order to ensure scheduled opening dates as established by each college and university.
  4. During the fall of 2020, we will use a combination of in-person, hybrid (a mixture of both in-person and online delivery) and online instruction while maintaining a new-normal, traditional, on-campus experience.
  5. Compliance with all social-distancing and other health and safety protocols as directed by State and Federal Governments and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  6. As many of our most high-risk students have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, recovery measures will be implemented to ensure that these students are not left behind.
  7. Each institution is committed to limiting physical contact and protecting high-risk populations until a vaccine or treatment is developed.
  8. Each college and university will develop its own detailed restart plan and will comply with these overarching guiding principles.

Restart Guiding Principles for Murray State University

Murray State University continues to closely monitor all state and federal guidelines regarding a safe and healthy restart of our campus and facilities/space at regional campuses. The following documents are a few examples of the items used to guide the committee’s work: CPE Guiding Principles: Fall 2020 Restart Plan for Kentucky’s Colleges and Universities, Governor Beshear’s 10 Rules to Reopening Healthy at Work, the Guidelines to Opening up America Again, established by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the American College Health Association’s (ACHA) Considerations to Reopening Institutions of Higher Education (IHE). Additional guidance has been provided to the University by Dr. Bob Hughes, Murray State Health Services Chief Medical Officer, the Calloway County Health Department, as well as various other state, local and national safety and health resources.

Through the work of this committee, the University has established internal guidelines for the entire collegiate community as we move into restarting campus, with a careful and thoughtful approach.

These 12 guidelines entitled, “Racer Safe and Healthy,” are the following:

  1. Regularly wash hands for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer frequently
  2. Check your temperature daily
  3. If you feel sick, stay home
  4. Wear a face mask
  5. Utilize MSU Health Services (call, visit, or tele-visit)
  6. Practice social distancing
  7. Keep your workstation/room sanitized
  8. Get a flu shot
  9. Exhibit healthy behavior
  10. Download the Apple COVID-19 app for daily use
  11. Eat Well. Exercise. Get Plenty of Rest.
  12. Make good choices

Timeline

  • Phase I: Planning and Preparation - is currently set to begin June 1, 2020
  • Phase II: Implementation - is currently set to begin July 6, 2020.
  • Phase III: Restart - is currently set to begin August 1, 2020.
  • The campus remains closed to the public through July 31, 2020.

Summary of Key Strategies

  1. The University will institutionalize required safety and health protocols, such as social-distancing, face coverings/masks, testing and tracing.
  2. The University will monitor, in conjunction with Murray State Health Services/Primary Care Medical Center, appropriate safety and health protocols, such as daily self-administered health checks via the Apple COVID-19 app (or others).
  3. Racer Safe and Healthy kits, which will include a thermometer, face coverings/masks, hand sanitizer and other items deemed essential by state and federal guidance, will be distributed to all faculty, staff and students at the beginning of fall 2020.
  4. To the greatest extent practicable, supervisors will work directly with the Human Resources Department and/or the Office of Institutional, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) to provide accommodations for all employees who are members of CDC-defined COVID-19 high-risk populations and request assistance.
  5. Education on COVID-19, via an online, mandatory training module, will be required of all students, faculty and staff, highlighting the risks of personal infection, the consequences of spreading the virus to others, proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing guidance and other items.
  6. There will be a campus wide communication plan and specific plans developed by Human Resources for employees and by Student Affairs for students.
  7. All faculty and staff will be required to follow the Governor’s 10 Healthy at Work Guidelines at all times.
  8. The Racer Safe and Healthy Checklist will need to be completed by faculty, staff and students prior to their arrival on campus for the fall 2020 semester.
  9. An over-arching focus on cleaning, disinfecting, training, and communicating will continue throughout the fall semester and beyond.
  10. If the COVID-19 spread continues to decrease and a vaccination is developed, restrictions will be relaxed in a cautious and safe manner.
  11. The recommendations provided by the Racer Restart Committee were made using the most current information available at the time, however the existing COVID-19 situation will require flexibility and ongoing University adjustments.

Important Considerations

The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving as new information and data is made available. Therefore, the Murray State University Racer Restart Plan is also an evolving, working document that can be altered at any time due to updated information from the state, local and federal authorities. The University will also develop contingency plans for potential COVID-19 scenarios as new data and information arises.

Communication will continue to be forthcoming from the University to our collegiate community as we enter into phases I, II and III of the campus restart.

It is important that all individuals at the University understand their responsibility for personal health as well as protecting other members of the campus community and the risks associated with participating in various types of activities.

Mandatory student and employee training regarding safety and health remain vital for fall 2020 and beyond. Personal good hygiene, individuals taking responsibility for their own health, proper usage of PPE, social distancing, the health protection of others and total compliance of the Racer Safe and Healthy guidelines, as well as adherence to all state, local and national health policies are also vital to a successful academic year at Murray State University.

Prevention Measures and Minimizing Risk

Personal and Public Hygiene

  1. Good personal hygiene habits are expected on campus of all University persons (no shaking hands, all individuals will wash hands often, etc.).
  2. All students, faculty, staff and campus visitors must wear a face covering/mask, unless exempted with documentation by a medical professional.
  3. All students and employees must remain home if sick or if anyone in their respective homes are exhibiting symptoms of or have COVID-19.
  4. All public spaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected on a more frequent basis.
  5. High-touch surface areas will be regularly cleaned and disinfected on a more frequent basis.
  6. Hand sanitizing stations will be positioned at all major entrances to campus buildings and high-traffic locations.
  7. High-touch shared items such as paper, pens, etc. will be removed when possible and additional high-touch areas will be identified to determine a reduced touch usage plan (for example, minimizing the passing to others of student identification cards).

Social Distancing

  1. The CDC defines social distancing as maintaining a minimum of six feet in all directions. The University will ensure, to the greatest extent practicable, that there will be at least six feet between individuals within assigned and available workstations and instructional spaces.
  2. Students, faculty, staff and visitors should follow all social distancing guidelines in both academic and campus life, to the greatest extent practicable.
  3. Training and educational reminders on correct social distancing guidelines will be ongoing.
  4. Facilities Management (FM) will work with all units on campus to add floor markings, plexi-glass coverings and signage on doorways, entrances, elevators, lobbies, one-way traffic in halls and other items to facilitate social distancing guidelines.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Prevention Measures

  1. All units will determine and report their ongoing needs for and supply of PPE and hand sanitizer to the Procurement Services Office.
  2. Instructions will be provided to the campus regarding the procedure to request PPE.
  3. Murray State is developing online training for students, faculty and staff on proper social distancing, use of PPE and other safety and health measures.
  4. PPE will be provided to employees in public facing work areas/stations, such as dining areas, residence halls, Curris Center, CFSB Center, Murray State Service Desk, Waterfield Library, University Bookstore and the Bauernfeind Wellness Center, among others.
  5. Racer Safe and Healthy, which includes the University’s guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, will incorporate posters, informational cards and other items posted throughout campus, including every residence hall room and classroom, and in prominent locations in every building.
  6. FM and our custodial/environmental services contractor, SSC Services (SSC), will fully stock PPE and administer all cleaning, sanitizing and maintenance tasks.
  7. Custodial staff at all regional campuses will work with FM to learn appropriate services for their respective campuses
  8. A pre-August 1, 2020 deep clean of campus classrooms and residence halls will occur.

University Health Procedures

Murray State Health Services/Primary Care Medical Center will administer, in tandem with the University, local and state health departments, among others, all testing, vaccination and quarantine procedures for the overall collegiate community.

Temperature Monitoring

  1. Faculty, staff and students will be given thermometers by the University and will be required to self-check their respective temperatures daily prior to reporting to work.
  2. If any individuals register a high temperature, as defined by CDC, they will be advised to stay home or in their residence hall room, and contact Murray State Health Services/Primary Care Medical Center immediately.
  3. Health officials, due to the openness of campus facilities and other complications, do not currently recommend remote body temperature monitoring on campus.

Testing and Quarantine Policies

  1. Individuals will be advised to visit Murray State Health Services/Primary Care Medical Center for potential testing, as determined by medical professionals, if they have any of the CDC-listed COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. Symptomatic students awaiting test results for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine and self-isolate in their personal home/residence hall or in another designated area until test results are determined.
  3. Symptomatic faculty and staff awaiting test results for COVID-19 will be sent home immediately until test results are determined.
  4. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 14 days, in compliance with all state and national guidelines.
  5. Upon the acquisition of a rapid test, there will be widespread testing at the University, which will minimize the need to isolate or quarantine until test results are known.

Contact Tracing

  1. The University will abide by contact tracing measures identified by the Calloway County Health Department and additional safety and health officials to protect our campus population.
  2. Contacts received by the University that show possible exposure to COVID-19 will swiftly be sent to the Calloway County Health Department and other applicable health agencies.

Vaccinations

  1. The University will communicate frequently with all students, faculty and staff regarding the importance of receiving a flu-vaccine annually.
  2. Flu vaccinations will be available on campus, with priority given to individuals who self-identify as being a member of the CDC-defined COVID-19 high-risk population.
  3. As part of Racer Safe and Healthy, the Racer Wellness flu-shot initiative will take place in early fall 2020.

Mental Health and Well-being

  1. The mental health and well-being of students, faculty and staff will be emphasized even more on campus for fall 2020.
  2. The University will provide adequate mental health counseling and tele-counseling mental health options through the University’s Counseling Services for students and the University’s Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff.

Academic Affairs and Instructional Delivery

Academic Affairs Overview

  1. All students and faculty must wear a face covering/mask in the classroom, unless exempted with documentation by a medical professional.
  2. The Office of the Provost, Deans Council, Faculty Senate leadership, Academic Restart Committee, Chairs Council and other healthcare advisors, have proposed an adjustment to the 2020 Academic Calendar (see page 12).
  3. A combination of in-person, hybrid (a mixture of both in-person and online delivery), HyFlex model and online instruction will be available to all students, while maintaining a new normal, traditional, on-campus experience for fall 2020.
  4. Faculty will be asked to create course delivery contingency plans that could be implemented at any time throughout the academic year in response to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation.
  5. The examination of classroom and laboratory space throughout all sections of campus will continue to occur, so that classes can be set up to maintain social distancing guidelines.
  6. Research and non-classroom instructional spaces may be used to continue research and individuals may study in the space as long as work areas are separated by at least six feet, with PPE worn at all times.
  7. Faculty will continue to afford that any student who is disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 will not be left behind academically.
  8. The University’s faculty and staff will offer enhanced tutoring, advising and alternate course delivery methods for these students.
  9. Course syllabi will include the Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines.

Academic Calendar

The University’s Academic Calendar has been condensed this semester to minimize student travel to and from campus during the holidays for the safety and well-being of our students. Classes will now begin on Monday, August 17 (instead of Tuesday, August 18). The University will now hold classes on the two days formerly scheduled as fall break, Thursday and Friday, October 8 – 9. In-person instruction is finalized on Friday, November 20, 2020. Students with internships, clinicals, practicum and other experiential learning may proceed with completion of those through the end of the fall semester on December 11. There will be a finals week of three days, Wednesday through Friday, November 18 – 20, with an additional 3:30pm and 6:00pm examination slot on each day. Murray State’s Commencement will now occur on Saturday, November 21 (if allowable).

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to advance their academic goals by taking a course remotely via our “Holiday Term” beginning Monday, November 23 and ending Friday, December 11. Students may enroll in a maximum of one (1) course for this “Holiday term.” The “Winter Term”/Online Only will begin on Monday, December 14 and end Wednesday, January 6, 2021. The Spring Semester will begin on Monday, January 11, 2021.

Academic Calendar Dates

Academic Calendar Dates  
August 17 Fall 2020 Semester Begins
November 18 - 20 Finals Week
November 20 Traditional/Hybrid Fall Courses End
November 21 Murray State Commencement (if allowable)
November 24 (by 10:00 a.m.) Grades Due for Traditional/Hybrid Courses
November 23-December 11 "Holiday Term"/Online Only
December 11 Fall Semester Ends
Effective December 11 Degrees Conferred
December 14-January 6 "Winter Term"/Online Only
January 11, 2021 Spring 2021 Semester Begins

Employees: Faculty and Staff

Employees Overview

Prior to and upon returning to work, employees must adhere to all University, state and national guidelines regarding personal health responsibility. Therefore, employees will be required to self-monitor their own health daily and contact Murray State Health Services/Primary Care Medical Center or their medical provider if they are symptomatic and/or exposed to COVID-19.
  1. All employees will be given a Racer Safe and Healthy kit, which will include a thermometer, face coverings/masks, hand sanitizer and other items deemed essential by health officials at the beginning of the fall semester.
  2. Daily self-administered health checks will be required of all employees.
  3. The Racer Safe and Healthy Checklist will be administered via myGate for faculty and staff in order to protect the health and safety of our campus community.
  4. If diagnosed with COVID-19, employees must stay home, contact Murray State Health Services/Primary Care Medical Center and inform close contacts if diagnosed with COVID-19.
  5. All employees testing positive should participate in contact tracing investigations, as determined by the state and local health departments.
  6. All employees must wear a face covering/masks, unless exempted with documentation by a medical professional, including for any interactions between co-workers or while in common travel areas of the office (e.g., hallways, conference rooms, bathrooms, entries and exits).
  7. Employees are not required to wear face coverings/masks while alone in personal offices or if doing so would pose a serious threat to their health or safety.
  8. As employees plan to return to work, there may be requests for reasonable accommodations connected to a documented disability or requests for an adjustment (non-disability related). Requests for reasonable accommodations for employees may be made through the Office of IDEA using the Request for Reasonable Accommodations form. Requests not connected to a documented disability should be made through Human Resources.
  9. Many employees will continue to work remotely, if feasible, with supervisor approval, or until directed to return to campus.
  10. All employee meetings will continue to be held remotely as much as possible, with slow integration of small in-person meetings, where all official safety and health guidance will be followed.
  11. Common areas within employee offices should not be used.
  12. If any common areas, such as kitchens, should be used, employees must wear face coverings/masks, unless exempted with documentation by a medical professional, and only one individual will be permitted to use the space at a time.
  13. Employees will be strongly encouraged to have a flu vaccination. Employees will have access to a flu vaccination on campus through the Racer Safe and Healthy plan and Racer Wellness flu-shot initiative.

University Contractors

  1. All outside contractors performing services on campus, which brings them into contact with students, faculty, staff or campus visitors, shall wear appropriate PPE.
  2. Contractors shall hold their employees to the same standards applied to University employees.
  3. Any contract worker who appears to be sick should not come to campus.
  4. Outside contractors shall notify the Racer Safe and Healthy Officer immediately if any of their employees who have worked on campus within the previous 14 days are diagnosed with any communicable illness.

Facilities Management

Facilities Overview

  1. Hand sanitizer stations will be located at each of the entrances to campus facilities, with significant attention paid to academic and office buildings, the Bauernfeind Wellness Center, Curris Center, CFSB Center, Waterfield Library, dining facilities, restrooms, residence halls and other campus locations that incur frequent visitors.
  2. FM will coordinate with every unit on campus all physical barrier needs, such as the installation of plexi-glass shields, etc. and install where deemed necessary.
  3. Racer Safe and Healthy educational signage will be placed within every facility on campus.
  4. SSC will provide the University with their corporate cleaning plan and modify it to meet the ongoing cleaning and disinfecting needs of campus.
  5. SSC will continue to regularly clean and disinfect all other campus facilities, particularly high-traffic areas such as academic and office buildings, dining areas, the Curris Center, Waterfield Library, Bauernfeind Wellness Center, bathrooms, residence halls, computer labs, research spaces, studios and other areas.
  6. Special cleaning attention and disinfection efforts will be paid to high-touch surface areas, such as elevator call buttons, door handles, handrails, drinking fountains, restrooms, common spaces, etc. throughout campus.

Regional Campuses, Breathitt Veterinary Center (BVC) and other University Facilities

Murray State’s regional campuses, the BVC and all other University facilities will adhere to the same guidelines and procedures contained herein or adhere to similar guidelines if the regional campus is located on a Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Campus.

Travel and Events

  1. University-sponsored travel during fall 2020 will continue to be on hold for students, faculty and staff, unless deemed necessary by the President and/or Vice Presidents of the University, or amended based upon state and national safety and health guidance.
  2. Any University-sponsored travel that does occur will follow all official safety and health guidelines.
  3. Large events (since this definition and guidance are changing regularly, large events will be defined as fall 2020 begins) significantly increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Therefore, decisions that would entail large gatherings must be approved in advance and will be closely evaluated.
  4. An emphasis on outdoor events will occur with appropriate social distancing and adherence to all safety and health guidelines across the University’s campuses and facilities, as outdoor events reduce the risks of viral transmission.
  5. The University will continue to determine which events and meetings can be changed to virtual events.
  6. Events that occur on Murray State’s campuses, or are officially approved events, will meet all safety and health guidelines, including but not limited to group and individual visits to campus. These guidelines are also strongly recommended for any off-campus student social event.
  7. Guidelines will be established for the rescheduling of any campus event. All rescheduled events will be consistent with current campus policy and approved by the University.
  8. New dates will be determined for all rescheduled events, but with the caveat that these dates could change if the Commonwealth experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases and with the advice and consent of safety and health authorities.
  9. Capacity and social distancing measures will be determined, using all state and federal health guidelines, for future on-campus events.
  10. The aforementioned guidance includes Greek and University recognized student organization events.

Student Affairs and Campus Auxiliaries

Student Affairs Overview

  1. The Racer Safe and Healthy Checklist will be administered to students via myGate prior to their arrival on campus for the fall 2020 semester.
  2. Daily self-administered health checks will be required of all students.
  3. All students will be given a Racer Safe and Healthy kit, which will include a thermometer, face coverings/masks, hand sanitizer, and other items deemed essential by University, state and federal guidance, at the beginning of the fall semester.
  4. Student conduct guidelines, in particular regarding social distancing enforcement, PPE requirements, etc. will be established.
  5. Intramural/Club Sport protocols will follow all established state and federal guidelines in order to maintain the safety and health of all involved.
  6. Students will be strongly encouraged to have a flu vaccination.
  7. Vaccinations will be available at the Murray State Health Services/Primary Care Medical Center.
  8. All sessions of New Student Orientation and student advising sessions will be held remotely until it is determined safe to resume in-person advising.

Susan E. Bauernfeind Wellness Center and Other Gymnasiums

  1. The Bauernfeind Wellness Center, John W. Carr gymnasiums and other on-campus gymnasiums will remain closed to non-University visitors for fall 2020, i.e. only current students, faculty and staff may use the facilities with a Murray State identification card.
  2. Plans to resume operations at the Bauernfeind Wellness Center are set for August 1, 2020.
  3. Upon restarting, equipment will be spaced to warrant social distancing (at least six feet between individuals and equipment).
  4. Occupancy limits of individuals and class sizes will be established prior to the restart for the Bauernfeind Wellness Center.
  5. The Bauernfeind Wellness Center facility and equipment will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times daily, including common high-touch areas.
  6. While using the Bauernfeind Wellness Center, individuals will be required to clean and disinfect the equipment after every use, as well as wear appropriate PPE.
  7. Disinfectant spray/wipes will be provided throughout the Bauernfeind Wellness Center.

Campus Housing

  1. Guidelines and training will be developed for Residence Advisors (RAs), Residence Directors (RDs), Faculty College Heads and Residential College Councils (RCCs) to reinforce social distancing/capacity limits, and that an overall safe and healthy environment is maintained within the residence halls.
  2. RAs will go through mandatory training on all signs/symptoms of COVID-19 and develop wellness check plans for students, while following all state and federal health guidelines.
  3. When advised by the University regarding if and/or when common areas can resume, individuals must wear face coverings/masks in common areas to the greatest extent practicable or unless exempted with documentation by a medical professional, and follow additional Racer Safe and Healthy guidelines.
  4. When common areas are revived, the Housing Office will work with FM to reconfigure seating in them to meet occupancy requirements.
  5. Room occupying guidelines for student health and safety will be established.
  6. Students who are in the CDC-defined high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 populations may request single room accommodations through the Student Disability Services office.
    A limited number of single occupancy rooms will be available on a first-come first-serve basis in Regents, White and Elizabeth halls at a special rate.
  7. Student move-in and move-out schedules will be staggered, with an appointment process implemented.
  8. Additional cleaning schedules will be executed for all public areas and restrooms in the residence halls.
  9. Specific training will be provided to all students living in the residence halls regarding proper cleaning of bathrooms and acceptable social distancing protocol while in the residence hall.

Greek/Off-Campus Housing

All Greek/off-campus housing should adhere to the same protocols as outlined in this document, in all areas, for the safety and health of our students and the entire campus community.

Racer Dining

  1. Sodexo, the University’s dining contractor, will develop guidelines to support all campus initiatives regarding the restart.
  2. All Racer Dining employees will wear PPE and follow social distancing protocols in the kitchen, serving and dining areas at all times.
  3. Open seating restrictions, proper social distancing and other health guidelines will be required in University dining spaces, with no more than 50% normal occupancy seating, or allowable occupancy based on University, local, state and federal guidance.
  4. All high-contact surfaces (countertops, doors, trash bins, etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected every thirty minutes.
  5. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided at the entrance to all dining facilities, with signage requiring use before entering and after exiting the facilities.

Athletics

  1. Decisions about holding particular athletic activities, practices and events (organized and informal) and under what conditions will be determined on a case-by-case basis, with full adherence to University, state and national health guidelines and in compliance with NCAA and Ohio Valley Conference guidelines.
  2. The Athletics Director will communicate NCAA and Conference policy, protocol and/or decisions to the University Administration, as the situation arises.
  3. The use of weight rooms and training/treatment rooms must be scheduled through athletics staff to reinforce proper social distancing and occupancy limits.
  4. Enhanced cleaning and disinfectant protocols will be established for all athletics facilities with guidance from SSC and all state and federal authorities, medical professionals, NCAA and the Ohio Valley Conference.
  5. Athletics will implement a pre-determined spectator access model regarding required PPE and reduced capacity seating for all athletic events, based upon social distancing guidelines as a percentage of overall capacity or prescribed square footage per person.
  6. All fans and volunteers must wear a face covering/mask, unless exempted with documentation by a medical professional, when attending events.
  7. Athletics fans and volunteers should follow all state and federal safety and health guidelines when attending events.
  8. All concessions equipment and areas will continue to be cleaned and disinfected in advance of the fall semester. In addition, all concession equipment and areas will be cleaned thoroughly before and after usage, once health officials deem athletic events appropriate.

Visitor Policy

  1. Murray State expects all visitors to adhere to the same Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines, including the daily self-health check via a COVID-19 app that the University has established for students, faculty and staff.
  2. Visitors will be required to wear face coverings/masks to protect the overall University population.
  3. Standardized guidelines and communications of those guidelines to faculty, staff, students and visitors will be critical.
  4. Meetings with visitors and community and business partners that can happen effectively remotely should continue to be conducted in this manner, but recognizing that Murray State will have visitors throughout the semester for tours of campus and to conduct important campus business.
  5. Murray State should not allow guests or groups of visitors, if they are unable to adhere to social distancing and public health guidelines established by the University.
  6. For high-traffic areas, such as the Curris Center, Waterfield Library, CFSB Center and other areas, the University should be prepared to provide face coverings/masks and any other supplies needed to enforce Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines.
  7. A widely distributed plan for who to call and what to do if a visitor to campus refuses to follow Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines will be developed.
  8. Increased signage on the outside of public buildings, particularly high-traffic area buildings, regarding Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines and additional information needed for visitors, will be placed.
  9. Signage will include Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines and the COVID-19 App information.
  10. All on-site activities, which involve guest speakers, donor visits, etc., will need to follow guidance for the rest of campus or be conducted virtually.
  11. Some specialized groups visiting campus may require temperature tests, such as national testing participants and others, of which there are non-contact infrared thermometers at the University that can be checked in/out from Jordan Smith, the Racer Safe and Healthy Officer.

Contact Information

Murray State Health Services/Primary Care Medical Center

is available for visits on campus at 100 Wells Hall, by phone at 270-809-3809 and by email at mburkeen@primarycaremedcenter.com. Additionally, Primary Care Medical Center is available for visits off campus at 1000 South 12th Street and by phone at 270-759-9200.

The Murray State Counseling Center

is currently providing tele-counseling services via Zoom. To schedule an appointment, please email msu.counselingcenter@murraystate.edu. In addition, many self-help resources are listed on their website, at murraystate.edu/CounselingCenter.

Calloway County Health Department

is available for visits off campus at 602 Memory Lane and by phone at 270-753-3381.

The Murray State Department of Human Resources

is available on campus at 412 Sparks Hall, by phone at 270-809-2146 and by email at msu.hr@murraystate.edu.

The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)

is available on campus at 103 Wells Hall, by phone at 270-809-3155 and by email at msu.idea@murraystate.edu and msu.titleix@murraystate.edu.

The Racer Safe and Healthy Officer

Mr. Jordan Smith is available on campus at 219 Wells Hall, by phone at 270-809-5706 and by email at jsmith3@murraystate.edu.

Restart Committee and Subcommittees

Commissioned by Dr. Bob Jackson, President
Co-Chair: Ms. Jackie Dudley, Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services
Co-Chair: Dr. Don Robertson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Co-Chair: Dr. Tim Todd, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Senior Administrative Representative: Mr. Jordan Smith, Director of Government and Institutional Relations

Additional guidance provided by:
Dr. Bob Hughes, Murray State Health Services Chief Medical Officer
Calloway County Health Department
Ms. Joyce Gordon, Director of Human Resources
Mr. Rob Miller, General Counsel

Subcommittee Membership

Academic Affairs and Faculty Support Subcommittee

Dr. Tim Todd, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs - Chair

  • Mr. David Balthrop, Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Dr. Brian Bourke, Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Services
  • Dr. Tony Brannon, Dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture
  • Dr. Dina Byers, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professionals
  • Mrs. Wendy Cain, Director of Student Financial Services
  • Dr. Kathy Callahan, Professor and Chair in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Dr. David Eaton, Interim Dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business
  • Dr. Renee Fister, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning
  • Dr. Claire Fuller, Dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Ms. Shelia Haley, Executive Assistant of Academic Affairs
  • Ms. Ashley Ireland, Dean of Libraries
  • Dr. Heath Keller, Associate Professor in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business
  • Mr. Dan Lavit, Executive Director of the Center for Adult and Regional Education
  • Ms. Molly Logsdon, Student Government Association Representative
  • Mr. David Looney, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services
  • Mr. Mickey Miller, Instructor in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business/Residential College Head
  • Mrs. Susan Miller, Assistant Director of Facilities Management
  • Dr. Bob Pervine, Associate Provost
  • Dr. David Roach, Professor in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Ms. Tracy Roberts, Registrar
  • Mr. Brian Verkamp, Chief Information Officer of Information Systems
  • Dr. David Whaley, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services
  • Mrs. Peggy Whaley, Director of Student Engagement and Success
  • Dr. Robin Zhang, Professor and Chair in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Administrative Operations and Staff Support Subcommittee

Ms. Jackie Dudley, Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services – Chair

  • Mr. Kenneth Ashlock, Director of Student Disability Services
  • Mrs. Cami Duffy, Executive Director of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)/Title IX Coordinator
  • Mr. Duane Dycus, Senior Security Analyst
  • Mr. Jamie Herring, Police Chief
  • Ms. Joyce Gordon, Director of Human Resources
  • Mr. Orville Herndon, Publications System Manager
  • Dr. Bob Hughes, MSU Chief Medical Officer
  • Mrs. Courtney Hixon, Associate Director of Human Resources
  • Mr. Bill Lawrence, Assistant Director of the Breathitt Veterinary Center
  • Mrs. Heather Roy, Director of the MSU Madisonville Regional Campus
  • Mr. Jordan Smith, Director of Government and Institutional Relations
  • Mr. Brantly Travis, Director of Business and Student Information System
  • Mrs. Beth Ward, Director of Procurement Services
  • Mr. Jason Youngblood, Director of Facilities Management

Athletics Subcommittee

Mr. Kevin Saal, Director of Athletics – Chair

  • Mr. Scott Barnhart, Associate Athletic Director
  • Dr. Richard Blalock Jr., Team Physician
  • Dr. Richard Blalock Sr., Team Physician
  • Mr. Michael Bliss, Marketing Intern
  • Mrs. Susan Darnell, Assistant Athletic Director of Ticket Operations
  • Mr. Eric Frederick, Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine
  • Ms. Natalie Garfield, Budget Coordinator
  • Mr. Parker Griffith, Media Relations Assistant
  • Mr. Fulton Hart, Head Athletic Trainer
  • Ms. Charde Hudspeth, Academic Advisor and Student Services Coordinator
  • Mr. AJ Januchowski, Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Mr. Greg Jocelyn, Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Mr. Matt Kelly, Senior Associate Athletic Director
  • Mr. Scott Kopacz, Director of Multimedia and Production
  • Mr. Brandon Leblanc, Football Operations Coordinator
  • Mr. Jamie Miller, Building and Equipment Maintenance Supervisor
  • Mr. Taylor Mudd, Development Officer for Racer Athletics
  • Mr. Chris Neal, Network Administrator
  • Mr. Justin Parks, General Manager
  • Dr. Shea Porr, Associate Professor in the Hutson School of Agriculture
  • Mr. Connor Richey, Coordinator of Sales and Fulfillment
  • Mr. Brock Rydecki, Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities and Game Management
  • Mrs. Lori Shephard, Administrative Assistant
  • Ms. Meagan Short, Assistant Athletic Director of Academics
  • Ms. Meaghan Wetzel, SSC Custodial and Grounds Contractor
  • Mr. Dave Winder, Associate Athletic Director of Media Relations
  • Mrs. Amy Wyatt, Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing

Development, Alumni and Branding, Marketing and Communication Subcommittee

Mrs. Tina Bernot, Executive Director of Development - Co-Chair

Mrs. Carrie McGinnis, Director of Alumni Relations - Co-Chair

Mr. Shawn Touney, Executive Director of Branding, Marketing and Communication - Co-Chair

  • Mrs. Charley Allen-Dunn, Web and Digital Ad Manager for Branding, Marketing and Communication
  • Ms. Raquel Armstrong, Administrative Assistant for the Office of Development
  • Mrs. Carol Brunn, Special Projects Coordinator for the Office of Development
  • Mrs. Laura Castleberry, Assistant Director for IS Services Management
  • Mrs. Jennifer Cline, Associate Director for Branding, Marketing and Communication
  • Mrs. Nicole Hand-Bryant, Assistant Dean in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Mr. Taylor Mudd, Development Officer for Racer Athletics
  • Mrs. Rachel Stewart, Database Administrator for University Information Systems
  • Mrs. Natalie Thurmond, Assistant Director of the Center for Adult and Regional Education
  • Dr. Lucia Unrau-Terry, Professor and Chair in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Mrs. Joyce Whitney, University Advancement Executive Assistant
  • Mrs. Misty Williams, Manager of Research and Records for the Office of Development

Enrollment Management Subcommittee

Dr. Don Robertson, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management – Chair

  • Mr. Jonathan Barrett, Senior Systems Analyst
  • Ms. Sara Ann Bazzell, Summer Orientation Counselor/Student Ambassador
  • Ms. Christian Cruce, Associate Director of Student Financial Services
  • Dr. Renee Fister, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning
  • Ms. Dereka Jones, Minority Graduate Fellow
  • Mr. Matt Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment and Retention
  • Mr. Tyson Manering, Director of International Recruitment
  • Dr. Kemaly Parr, Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Services
  • Dr. Dan Lavit, Executive Director of the Center for Adult and Regional Education
  • Ms. Tracy Roberts, Registrar
  • Mrs. Maria Rosa, Director of Undergraduate Admissions/Transfer Center
  • Mr. Shawn Smee, Director of Recruitment
  • Ms. Jennifer Smith, Coordinator of Student Engagement and Success
  • Ms. Roslyn White, Senior Associate Director of Recruitment

Facilities Management Subcommittee

Mr. Jason Youngblood, Director of Facilities Management – Chair

  • Ms. Re’Nita Avery, Director of Student Life/Curris Center
  • Mrs. Jennifer Frazier, Director of the MSU Paducah Regional Campus
  • Mr. Rick Grogan, Associate Director of Grounds and Custodial Services
  • Dr. Bob Hughes, Murray State Chief Medical Officer
  • Mrs. Angela Lampe, Associate Director of Facilities Design and Construction
  • Mr. Chris Lavery, Department Chair in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Dr. Maeve McCarthy, Interim Assistant Dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Mr. Dave McKenna, Director of Systems Administration
  • Mr. Scott McKnight, SSC Director of Operations
  • Mr. Jamie Miller, Superintendent of Building and Equipment Maintenance
  • Dr. Susan Miller, Assistant Director for Environmental Safety and Health
  • Dr. Debbie Reed, Director of the MSU Breathitt Veterinary Center
  • Mrs. Jennifer Thorn, Procurement Contract Specialist
  • Mrs. Michelle Verkamp, Interim Business Manager of Facilities Management
  • Mr. Garrett Wheatley, Associate Director of Technology Support Services

Housing, Dining and Auxiliary Operations Subcommittee

Mr. David Looney, Executive for Auxiliary Services – Chair

  • Ms. Emily Asher, Data and Communications Manager
  • Ms. Re’Nita Avery, Director of Student Life/Curris Center
  • Mrs. Julie Boyd, Instructor in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Dr. Traci Byrd, Assistant Professor in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Mr. Rick Grogan, Associate Director of Grounds and Custodial Services
  • Mr. Jim Halcombe, General Manager of Racer Dining
  • Mrs. Karol Hardison, Director of the University Bookstore
  • Ms. Dawn Jones, Senior Systems Analyst
  • Mr. Scott McKnight, SSC Director of Operations
  • Dr. Chris Trzepacz, Assistant Professor in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology/Residential College Head
  • Dr. David Wilbanks, Professor in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Dr. David Wilson, Director of Housing

Student Affairs/Campus Life Subcommittee

Dr. Don Robertson, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management – Chair

  • Mr. Kenneth Ashlock, Director of Student Disability Service
  • Ms. Re’Nita Avery, Director of Student Life/ the Curris Center
  • Ms. Martha Briones-Coronado, Multicultural Initiatives Student Representative
  • Mrs. Jen Caldwell, Coordinator of Student Conduct and Special Projects
  • Dr. Slone Cansler, Director of the MSU Hopkinsville Regional Campus
  • Dr. S. G. Carthell, Executive Director of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence
  • Ms. Melissa Cooper, Director of Student Support Services and TRiO Programs
  • Mr. Clark Feckter, Residence Director for Regents College
  • Mr. Kenny Fister, Senior Instructor in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology/Chair of the Residential College Heads
  • Mr. Jeffrey Gentry, Deputy Police Chief/Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Dr. Bob Hughes, Murray State Chief Medical Officer
  • Mrs. Angela Lampe, Associate Director of Facility Design
  • Ms. Molly Logsdon, Executive Vice President, Student Government Association/President, Campus Activity Board
  • Dr. Priscilla Maghrabi, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professionals
  • Mr. Brent Menchinger, Department Chair in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Mr. Warren Norman, SGA Student Representative
  • Dr. Shea Porr, Associate Professor in the Hutson School of Agriculture
  • Mr. Matt Purdy, Director of Career Services
  • Mr. Travis Rawe, Director of Wellness Center and Campus Recreation
  • Dr. Angie Trzepacz, Director of the University Counseling Services
  • Mrs. Peggy Whaley, Director of Student Engagement and Success
  • Dr. Guangming Zou, Assistant Vice President for International Studies

Sources Used by the Committee

Sources Used by the Committee