Student Disability Services
SDS COVID-19 Updates
Taking personal responsibility to be as safe and healthy as possible is of the utmost importance as we collectively prepare for a successful fall semester. Students are expected to monitor their own health and complete daily self-health assessments via the COVID-19 Apple app or a similar type of COVID-19 screening app.
To stay informed on the latest information as it pertains directly to you the student please visit– RACER Restart Initiative for Students
Campus and Community Resources:
There are a number of resources available on campus, and throughout the community. Here are just a few that you are encouraged to become familiar with this fall:
- Murray State Health Services/Primary Care Medical Center
Available for visits on campus at 100 Wells Hall, by phone at 270.809.3809 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Providing tele-counseling services via Zoom. To schedule an appointment, please email email@example.com. In addition, many self-help resources are listed on their website, at murraystate.edu/CounselingCenter.
- Calloway County Health Department
Available for visits off campus at 602 Memory Lane and by phone at 270.753.3381.
Contacting the SDS Staff:
As most schools and businesses across the Commonwealth (and country) have had to alter their everyday operations, the Office of Student Disability Services has had to make some changes to some of our procedures and practices as well.
Our offices are located on the fourth floor of Wells Hall (423 WE). Please note that there are some changes on how to enter and exit Wells Hall. The doors on the southside of the building (closest to the Business Building) have been designated as enter only, while the doors on the northside of the building (closest to Faculty Hall) are now exit only. In addition, the stairwells on the southside of the building are for going up, and the stairs on the northside are for going down. The elevator is also available; however, there will be limited capacity, and priority usage will be given to those with mobility issues.
SDS Staff are available to meet with students via Zoom, over the phone or in person. Regular office hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you are visiting the office in person, please stop by the main office, 423 Wells Hall to make sure the individual you are wishing to speak with is available, and that their office space has been cleaned and prepared for visitors. Please note that appropriate precautions (i.e. practicing social distancing, wearing face masks/coverings, routine cleaning of office spaces, having hand sanitizer available, etc.) will be taken to keep all parties as safe as possible during all face-to-face interactions.
Some SDS Staff member will be splitting time between working on campus and working some hours remotely. However, please know that our top priority is to be available for you during these unusual times.
Ken Ashlock, Director
Initial In-Take Appointments/ESA Inquiries/Meal Plan Accommodations
Working on campus, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Please call 270.809.2018 to schedule an appointment (Zoom, over the phone or in person)
Phone: 270.809.6888 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacie Collins, Associate Director
Project PASS Coordinator
Working on campus, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (class times TR 11:00-12:00)
Fridays, working remotely
Phone: 270.809.5737 | Email: email@example.com
Paige Barnes, Project Mentor Coordinator/Retention Specialist
Testing, Tutoring/Mentoring, Books in Alternate Format, Assistance with Assistive Technology
Working on campus, 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Monday-Friday
Working remotely, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: 270.809.4340 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayda Ragsdale, Administrative Assistant
Note Taking and Parking Accommodations
Please contact the main office at 270-809-2018 or msu.studentdisabilities@
Phone: 270.809.6942 | Email: email@example.com
Space to Access Zoom:
Our private testing rooms will have limited availability for students to access their Zoom classes or meetings. Please contact our SDS Testing Center regarding the availability of these rooms. Please note that priority will be given to students who need the space for testing.
The Office of Student Disability Services is committed to promoting the full participation of students with disabilities in all areas of university life. The Office of Student Disability Services works with Murray State faculty and staff to provide equal access to University resources, academics, programs and activities for students with disabilities.
What We Do
The Office of Student Disability Services provides accommodations and services to students with documented disabilities. These disabilities can include, but are not limited to:
- cognitive disabilities (i.e learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and traumatic brain injury),
- mental/emotional disorders,
- seizure disorders,
- sensory disorders,
- mobility impairments, and
- other physical or health impairments.
Through an interactive process between the student and SDS staff, student's eligibility for accommodations with be determined following a review of their reasonable documentation. SDS staff will work to ensure appropriate accommodations are in place in order for the student to have equal access to the University's resources and academic programs. Additionally, we serve to educate the University community about the kinds of practices and processes that will allow students, parents, and community members to feel welcomed and included with the campus of Murray State University.
- Paige Barnes
- Retention/Project Mentor Supervisor
- 420B Wells Hall
- SDS Testing Center
- 418 Wells Hall