Racer Restart Initiative

We are forward-moving. We are family. We are Racers.

Racer Safe and Healthy logoThrough the Racer Restart initiative and planning process, Murray State University will follow a collaborative, thoughtful and proactive approach in re-opening campus. For questions about the Racer Restart Plan, please email msu.racersafeandhealthy@murraystate.edu.

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.

Current Campus Update

January 19, 2021

Students, Faculty and Staff – An important update.  Starting today – January 19, 2021 – MSU Health Services, 1st floor of Wells Hall facing the Quad, will be the location for COVID-19 rapid tests.  Please see further instructions below.

These rapid tests which provide results in approximately 15 minutes are for any student, faculty or staff member with symptoms, any possible symptoms, at no cost, as long as our supply of rapid tests are available which we anticipate will be through March 31, 2021.  If you test positive and need to see a healthcare provider or require other care, you will need to use your medical insurance. 

Again, COVID-19 rapid testing is at no cost, including any related administrative charges for the tests which will be paid by the University as long as we have rapid tests available, again, which I anticipate will be through March 31, 2021.

We encourage you to take advantage of these tests in order to keep our campus community safe and healthy and as we prepare for campus vaccinations.

  1. Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests for symptomatic patients are available ONLY at MSU Student Health Services (1st floor of Wells Hall facing the Quad) for any faculty, staff or student with possible symptoms.  These tests cannot be used on asymptomatic patients or those who may have been exposed and have no symptoms.

Symptoms may include:

  •  Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • This list does not include all possible symptoms.  The Centers for Disease Control will continue to update this list as more is learned about COVID-19.
  1. To obtain a rapid test, you must make an appointment by calling 270.809.3809 or by emailing msu.healthservices@murraystate.edu.  
  2. When making an appointment, please let them know you are a student or a faculty or staff member at MSU and need a Free Rapid Test. 
  3. MSU Health Services is open Monday-Friday,1 p.m. – 4 p.m. for testing.
  4. There is no cost associated for either the test or visit for faculty, staff and students.
  5. Please take your valid MSU ID with you for your rapid test appointment.

Thanks, Bob

View Past Campus Updates

Twelve Racer Safe and Healthy guidelines

The Importance of Wearing a Mask

Contact Information

  • 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 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

    Providing tele-counseling services via Zoom, as well as limited in-person services. On-call counselors are available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for crisis sessions. 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.

  • The Psychological Center

    Providing in-person counseling sessions as well as walk-in crisis sessions. Please call 270.809.2504 for more information or visit them in 401 Wells Hall.

  • Calloway County Health Department

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

  • The Murray State Department of Human Resources

    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)

    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.