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Academic success resources for students and families

Students, Murray State University is here to support you this spring!

Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

January 19 — Classes begin
February 24 — Non-instructional study day
March 11 — 1st half semester courses end
March 12 — 2nd half semester courses begin
March 30 — Non-instructional study day
May 4 — Classes end
May 5-7 — Finals
May 8 — Commencement

Please note: Spring Break will not be observed during the 2021 semester.

Please continue to be in touch with your faculty members and academic advisors. They are prepared to help answer your questions related to your courses. 

Information Systems is also working hard to assist you as an emphasis is placed on more virtual-based technology needs. Please contact the Service Desk at msu.servicedesk@murraystate.edu or by phone at 270.809.2346 with technology questions.

If you have a diagnosed medical condition that prevents you from attending classes in the modality that they are offered, please contact Student Disability Services.

We hope the following information, resources and tips are helpful to you. Stay positive, safe and healthy. Murray State is here to assist you in any way possible as we successfully complete the spring semester. 

Zoom classroom spaces

  • Waterfield Library - Until building capacity is reached
  • Various Classrooms - Business Building - See availability posted at each room
  • Various Classrooms - I&T Building - See availability posted at available rooms
  • Various Classrooms - Wilson Hall - See availability posted at each room
  • Various Classrooms - Alexander Hall -  See availability posted at each room
  • Various Classrooms - Applied Science South -  See availability posted at each room
  • Room 311 - Mason Hall 
  • Ohio Room (Curris Center) - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Mississippi Room (Curris Center) - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Cumberland Room (Curris Center) - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 


Frequently Asked Questions

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University Counseling Services provides free and confidential mental health counseling for all enrolled students. The Counseling Center is now open, and counselors are available to meet with students. We are strongly encouraging all clients to participate in remote sessions via Zoom rather than in-person sessions, in order to protect everyone's health. 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.

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.

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.  

Academic Advising

Your academic advisor is here to assist you in many ways and help you make the best decisions including courses, schedules and degree requirements.  

Learn more about Academic Advising

Helpful Contact Information

Advice and Tips

Tips for successful learning online:

  • Prepare your space for success. Avoid spaces that include distractions, whenever possible. Establish a good workspace that is comfortable. 
  • Practice time management. Be intentional about when you will learn. Tell others in your space about these learning times.
  • Continue to use your calendar. Set goals. Incorporate study breaks, but hold yourself accountable. 
  • Have patience with your instructors. They are learning how to do this, too, and are also balancing competing priorities in a rapidly changing environment.  
  • Inform your instructors about any barriers to your learning, including challenges with technology. 
  • Check your email and Canvas daily. Do not rely on the Canvas app, as it doesn’t deliver announcements to the app.  
  • Prepare for your advising session. Be looking for communication from them. That communication should be coming over the next few weeks. 
  • Look for resources that you need from the University Libraries.
  • Care for your mental health. This is a troubling time; be aware of your thoughts and feelings.  A good resource for dealing with mental health through COVID-19 is virusanxiety.com. You may also schedule appointments with Murray State Student Counseling Services at msu.counselingcenter@murraystate.edu or by calling 270.809.6851.

Tips for live video conferencing:

  • Log in 5-10 minutes early to get familiar with the application and test your settings.
  • You should plan to join the session in a distraction-free environment. This means that you should be in a quiet, well-lit room and plan on clearing your calendar for the length of the session. 
  • Ensure that you are positioned in front of the camera where the lighting is strong enough to illuminate your face and where the visual background is not distracting.
  • Remember to mute your audio when not speaking. Depending on how your faculty sets up the session, you may not have audio access. If this is the case, you will need to use the chat functionality to communicate. 
  • Use a wired internet connection if possible. If you have a weak or unstable wireless connection, you can turn off your video as needed to save bandwidth. 
  • Use the chat area for communications to the group or individuals; just remember to double check the intended audience before sending any messages. 
  • If you are screen-sharing, make sure you close all other applications to avoid inadvertently sharing the wrong information. 

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