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

Students, Faculty and Staff:

First, I hope everyone had a safe, healthy and enjoyable holiday break.  Following is information regarding Spring 2022 as we continue to move forward in a safe and healthy manner.

The following is an update regarding Murray State University’s (MSU) 2022 Spring Semester plans regarding COVID-19 protocols. All Racer Restart protocols from Fall 2021 will remain in place for the Spring 2022 Semester.  In addition, we continue to meet with our state and local healthcare officials regarding COVID-19 plans and these protocols will be adjusted as necessary.

COVID-19 Vaccines

While voluntary, we strongly encourage everyone, in consultation with your healthcare provider, to get an initial COVID-19 vaccine and booster vaccine. The vaccines are safe and effective against this disease and are our best defense; please help us have a good, safe and healthy semester.

Below is a current list of walk-up, no appointment necessary, COVID-19 vaccine (including booster vaccine) and testing clinics held by Kentucky Care on campus during 2022:

ALL CLINICS WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Curris Center.  Locations within the Curris Center are noted by each date.

  • January 18 – Mississippi Room
  • January 25 – First Floor
  • February 1 – First Floor
  • February 8 – First Floor
  • February 15 – First Floor
  • February 22 – First Floor
  • March 1 – First Floor
  • March 8 – First Floor
  • March 15 – First Floor
  • March 29 – First Floor
  • April 5 – First Floor
  • April 12 – First Floor
  • April 19 – First Floor
  • April 26 – First Floor

Other daily COVID-19 vaccine locations

Quarantine/Isolation Measures

The Calloway County Health Department recently provided MSU with the newest Centers for Disease Control quarantine/isolation recommendations. Please visit the University’s Health Procedures section of the Racer Restart page to see updated information regarding all quarantine, isolation and contact tracing measures.

Healthcare Needs and COVID-19 Testing

If you are sick, stay home. If you need a COVID-19 test or have other healthcare needs, please contact MSU Health Services or the medical provider of your choice. Please visit MSU Health Services for more information and to schedule a visit. The Racer Restart page also has a listing of local COVID-19 testing locations.

Face Masks/Coverings

Face masks/coverings will continue to be required indoors, for all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, in all campus locations, including classrooms. This includes visitors to campus and applies to all Murray State buildings in all locations.  

Faculty and staff: If you are fully vaccinated and have received a booster vaccine and feel you are safely distanced from others in your office, classroom, laboratory or work location, you are not required to wear a face mask/coverings.

Students: Face masks/coverings are not required inside personal living spaces in the residence halls.

Face masks/coverings are not required outdoors.

It is important to note, outside of the requirements stated above, that face masks/coverings may be worn on campus by anyone, at any time and in any location.

Other guidance: As we move forward, we will continue to update you regarding Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines and Updates. Please review this information on a regular basis.

We have proven over the course of the past two years that we can work together to keep our campus safe and healthy. Thank you for your adherence, support, patience and assistance as we move through the 2022 Spring Semester together.

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert L (Bob) Jackson
President
Murray State University

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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, 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, Executive 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
  • Courtney Hixon, Interim 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. 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.

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.

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 instruction, I don’t have internet at home. What can I do?

Students who live near Murray State’s regional campus locations in Paducah, Madisonville or Hopkinsville can access the University’s wi-fi network from the parking lots in their vehicles in order to maintain necessary social distancing.

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.

What resources are available through University Libraries?

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

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

A wealth of library resources are available completely online. These resources are available in our discovery tool/catalog, or in one of our many databases.  If you need assistance in finding peer-reviewed journal articles, books, or any other content, start with our subject guides or please feel free to contact us.

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.

Are campus buildings open?

Campus is closed to the general public through July 31. Buildings should remain locked and accessed by employees with building keys. 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.

Details will be forthcoming as part of the Racer Restart initiative for a phased-in re-opening of campus this summer.

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.

Have campus events been canceled?

All campus and student events and activities, as well as camps are postponed or canceled through July 31, 2020. Any previously scheduled events have been postponed, canceled or will be conducted virtually.

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 a.m. - 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, on-campus visits have been postponed. However, virtual campus visits are available. Learn more information and schedule your virtual campus visit.

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 have applied credits to student accounts. Pro-rata refunds for housing and dining are applied to existing balances or future semester charges based on federal financial aid guidelines. Dining meal plans receiving a credit include the following: All Access, All Access Premium, 175 Block and 8 Meal Per Week. Dining flex plans receiving a credit include the following: Bronze, Silver, Copper and Platinum. Please check your myGate for an updated balance. Additionally, the University will apply the remaining portion of flex dollars for use at on-campus dining venues through the end of the fall 2020 semester.

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.  

What resources are available to me if I am experiencing COVID-19 harassment?

Illegal harassment and illegal discrimination as defined by the University's Non-Discrimination Statement provides for complaints to be filed in the Office of IDEA. Please report such incidents to the Office of IDEA, 103 Wells Hall, Murray, KY 42071, 270.809.3155, by email at msu.idea@murraystate.edu, or online.

Please know that incidents that involve bodily harm etc. should immediately be reported to the local police (off campus), Murray State University Police Department (if on campus) so that they can help discuss a safety plan. All members of the University community are encouraged to download the Livesafe app which also quickly connects to the Murray State Police. If the individuals involved in a matter involving bias, illegal discrimination or illegal harassment (both the one allegedly harmed and the one allegedly causing harm) are Murray State faculty, staff or students, then the University grievance procedures to address allegations of discrimination may be used to file an official complaint. If the matter involves student-to-student interactions, then the Student Disciplinary Procedures can be engaged.  

 Further, the City of Murray has a Human Rights Commission positioned to also hear complaints of alleged discrimination or hate within the City of Murray.

 Additionally, processing such events can be difficult.  Please know that for employees, the University offers its EAP (Employee Assistance Program) and for students, they have access to University Counseling to provide assistance.

 The Office of IDEA welcomes a call (270.809.3155 during University working hours) or email (msu.idea@murraystate.edu) from anyone impacted by illegal discrimination, illegal harassment or bias to discuss the experience and discuss possible options.

Are all Summer 2020 classes online?

All Summer 2020 courses, with the exception of clinicals, co-ops, directed studies, internships, practicums and theses have been moved to an online format. There are more than 300 online courses from which students can choose.

Is the Racers Helping Racers food pantry open?

Students needing food assistance will continue to receive support from the Racers Helping Racers food pantry. By completing this form, students may place a food order and have it delivered to the curb, in front of the Curris Center. This service will be available on Mondays and Fridays. For questions, please contact the Curris Center administration office at 270.809.6921.

Will there be a normal fall semester?

Murray State is working toward a traditional fall semester while making necessary adjustments for a new normal. A Fall 2020 Racer Restart Committee and subcommittees comprised of various areas across campus has been established, covering the following areas:

  • Academic Affairs and Faculty Support
  • Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Campus Life
  • Administrative Operations and Support Staff
  • Housing, Dining and Auxiliary Operations
  • Facilities Management
  • Athletics
  • Development, Alumni and Branding, Marketing and Communication

As these committees meet, the primary guiding principle will be the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and the broader community.

How do I apply for CARES Act funding?

Through the Federal CARES Act, the University has received funding to provide emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare. Students who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus can complete the application within the University’s myGate portal in the Financial Aid Forms channel on the Financial Aid/Scholarships tab, and are asked to complete by Friday, May 15, 2020, for priority consideration. Completion of the application does not guarantee eligibility or receipt of funding.

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 and 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 a.m. and 1 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.

What resources are available to me if I am experiencing COVID-19 harassment?

Illegal harassment and illegal discrimination as defined by the University's Non-Discrimination Statement provides for complaints to be filed in the Office of IDEA.  Please report such incidents to the Office of IDEA, 103 Wells Hall, Murray, KY 42071, 270.809.3155, by email at msu.idea@murraystate.edu, or online.

Please know that incidents that involve bodily harm etc. should immediately be reported to the local police (off campus), Murray State University Police Department (if on campus) so that they can help discuss a safety plan. All members of the University community are encouraged to download the Livesafe app which also quickly connects to the Murray State Police. If the individuals involved in a matter involving bias, illegal discrimination or illegal harassment (both the one allegedly harmed and the one allegedly causing harm) are Murray State faculty, staff or students, then the University grievance procedures to address allegations of discrimination may be used to file an official complaint. If the matter involves student-to-student interactions, then the Student Disciplinary Procedures can be engaged.  

Further, the City of Murray has a Human Rights Commission positioned to also hear complaints of alleged discrimination or hate within the City of Murray.

Additionally, processing such events can be difficult.  Please know that for employees, the University offers its EAP (Employee Assistance Program) and for students, they have access to University Counseling to provide assistance.

The Office of IDEA welcomes a call from anyone impacted by illegal discrimination, illegal harassment or bias to discuss the experience and discuss possible options.

What leave options are available to employees specifically related to COVID-19?

Effective April 1, 2020, full-time and part-time employees are eligible for two new leave options through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). An employee can learn more about the Emergency Paid Sick Leave and/or Emergency FMLA Expansion Act Leave through the Human Resources webpage.

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.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting - Cares Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Murray State University signed and returned the ‘Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement’ for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on April 13th, 2020. Murray State University will spend no less than 50% of the funds it receives under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Murray State University will receive $3,135,385 under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. This amount represents 50% Murray State University’s total allotment under the legislation. As of August 14, 2020, $1,699.684.95 has been distributed to students. Murray State University estimates around 6,000 students are currently eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. As of August 14, 2020, 2045 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Murray State University’s methodology for distributing funds under the CARES Act: All students at Murray State University were able to apply for funds through the myGate Student portal. The application collected the following information: (1) Time of Application, (2) Murray State Student ID Number, (3) Name, (4) Murray State Email Address, (5) Confirmation student incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including eligible expenses associated with cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care (6) Estimate of incurred expenses, and (7) Certification that information provided was true and correct. Applications will be evaluated to confirm eligibility and reviewed for approval by an appointed committee. The awards will be based on the amount the student requested and the max award will be determined by the number of eligible expected applications. Prospective applicants were sent the following communication:

May 4, 2020

From: Admin News <news.admin@murraystate.edu>
Date: Mon, May 4, 2020 at 1:38 PM
Subject: CARES Act Student Emergency Grant Funding Application
To: <students@list.murraystate.edu>

Murray State University understands that for many of our students, the disruptions caused by COVID-19 mean more than simply transitioning to online or remote coursework. Many Racers are experiencing additional expenditures related to items such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Murray State has received funding from the Federal CARES Act.  According to 18004(c) of the CARES Act: Institutions of higher education shall use CARES funding to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare).

If you have expenses related to the disruption of campus, please click on the link below to complete the application. For priority consideration, please complete by Friday, May 15, 2020. Submitting this application does not guarantee that you will be eligible to receive funds.

Murray State CARES Emergency Grant Application

This application can also be found in the Financial Aid Forms channel located on your Financial Aid/Scholarships tab in myGate.

May 13, 2020

From: Presidential News <news.president@murraystate.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:41 AM
To: students@list.murraystate.edu
Subject: CARES Act Student Emergency Grant Funding Application

May 13, 2020

Students:

Murray State University understands that for many of our students, the disruptions caused by COVID-19 mean more than simply transitioning to online or remote coursework. Many Racers are experiencing additional expenditures related to items such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Murray State has received funding from the Federal CARES Act.  According to 18004(c) of the CARES Act: Institutions of higher education shall use CARES funding to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare).

If you have expenses related to the disruption of campus, please click on the link below to complete the application. For priority consideration, please complete by Friday, May 15, 2020. Submitting this application does not guarantee that you will be eligible to receive funds.

Murray State CARES Emergency Grant Application

This application can also be found in the Financial Aid Forms channel located on your Financial Aid/Scholarships tab in myGate. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Student Financial Services by email at msu.sfa@murraystate.edu or by phone 270.809.2546.

Sincerely,

Bob Jackson
President

The MSU CARES Emergency Grant application is now available through myGate. Priority application deadline is May 15, 2020.

The MSU CARES Emergency Grant application is available through myGate on the Financial Aid/Scholarship tab. The
next deadline is 6/26/20.

CARES Emergency Grant

You have been awarded a CARES Emergency Grant based on your recent CARES application. To see the amount of the grant, you may log into your myGate account and review your student account. The check or direct deposit will be processed in the next few business days. 

You are receiving this grant based on the expenditures that you have identified as being related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Eligible expenditures may have included food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare.

If you have additional questions, please email msu.bursar@murraystate.edu.

Wendy Cain
Director of Student Financial Services
Student Financial Services
Murray State University

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