Will Murray State cancel or delay fall classes?
The first day of classes for the Fall 2017 semester will be Tuesday, August 15. At
this time, University officials do not foresee this incident delaying the start of
Will I be able to get housing at Murray State this fall?
The University’s goal is for every student who applies for a room to be able to stay
on campus. Housing assignments are currently being reviewed and will be released to
students as soon as possible.
When will I be able to move into my room?
Currently, move-in weekend is scheduled for August 11-13.
Will housing rates increase?
No. Housing rates will not change from what was approved by the University’s Board of Regents in June
When will I know my housing assignment?
The Housing Office is currently working on housing assignments for the 2017-18 academic
year. Housing assignments will be available to students on their MyGate accounts beginning
When did the explosion happen?
There was an explosion at JH Richmond Hall at 4:53pm on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
Was anybody hurt?
Two injuries were reported. One employee, the residence director, was taken to Vanderbilt
with non-life threatening injuries. The other victim was treated onsite for a minor
injury and immediately released.
What caused the explosion?
Based on the preliminary investigation, the explosion is believed to have been related
to a natural gas release.
Can JH Richmond be saved? What about the other residence halls?
Structural engineers are assessing the extent of the damage to New Richmond Hall.
Four residential halls (Hester, JH Richmond, Clark and Hart) and Winslow cafeteria
suffered some damage, the extent of which is still being assessed.
What about the structural integrity of the other residence halls?
Murray State University is committed to the safety and security of our campus community.
The University had an external engineering firm assess the structural integrity of
the campus buildings surrounding JH Richmond Hall following the June 28th incident.
This assessment included all other residence halls located north of Chestnut Street,
Winslow Dining Hall, Heritage Hall, Bauernfeind Wellness Center, Stewart Stadium,
CFSB Center and the Chestnut Street Pedestrian Bridge. According to the engineers,
“no evidence of structural damage from this event was observed.”
Are there other details related to the investigation?
As of June 29, 2017, the Kentucky State Police have transferred control of the affected
incident area on the campus of Murray State University to the Kentucky State Fire
Who can I call if I have additional questions?
Students and parents can reach University representatives at 270-809-5100.