Past Campus Updates

Current Campus Updates are available at murraystate.edu/racerrestart.

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August 3, 2020
Racer Safe and Healthy Q&A: Academics, Dining, Housing, Racer Card & University bookstore

July 15, 2020
Racer Safe and Healthy Student/Family Forum

Email updates

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September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Students – good morning.  As we work toward November 20, 2020, let's have a good week and adhere to guidelines as we work to keep our campus safe and healthy.  Please remember:

  • Wear a mask – it is required on campus, in classrooms, when walking outside on MSU property, off campus and at all times when required per our guidelines.  Please watch this short video.
  • Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has issued an Executive Order to limit social events and gatherings to ten (10) or fewer individuals.  Note:  Ten or fewer.

 This Order prohibits any type of social gatherings such as backyard events, room/apartment/house and block parties.  This Order does not include approved University-sponsored events which adhere to our Racer Restart Plan.    

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are not feeling well, please call MSU Health Services at 270-809-3809, Primary Care Medical Center at 270-759-9200 or contact your personal healthcare provider.

Please go to murraystate.edu/racerrestart for more information, videos, Q&A, among other guidelines.  This site also includes information regarding Counseling Services.

 To report any issues of non-compliance regarding our Racer Restart Plan, Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines, concerns or violations of non-university events and activities, please email msu.racersafeandhealthy@murraystate.edu.

Finally, let's make good choices this week and beyond.  We want to have a good, safe and healthy semester. 

Your agreement to adhere to all Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines is not just for yourself, but also for the health and safety of others.

Sincerely,
Dr. Robert L (Bob) Jackson

September 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

Students – good morning.  Last week was a good week, adherence to guidelines was much better as we work to keep our campus safe and healthy – thank you.  Let's do it again this week!

Please remember:

  1. Wear your mask – it is required on campus, in classrooms, when walking outside on MSU property, off campus and at all times when required per our guidelines.
  2. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has issued an Executive Order to limit social events and gatherings to ten (10) or fewer individuals.  Note:  Ten or fewer.
    This Order prohibits any type of social gatherings such as backyard events, room/apartment/house and block parties.  This Order does not include approved University-sponsored events which adhere to our Racer Restart Plan.    
  3. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are not feeling well, please call MSU Health Services at 270-809-3809, Primary Care Medical Center at 270-759-9200 or contact your personal healthcare provider.
  4. Please watch this short video regarding our Racer Safe and Healthy guidelines:  RacerSafe&HealthyGuidelinesVideo or go to murraystate.edu/racerrestart for more information, videos, Q&A, among other guidelines.
  5. Please see information regarding Counseling Services and other important information at Racer Restart:   https://www.murraystate.edu/racerrestart/.
  6. To report any issues of non-compliance regarding our Racer Restart Plan, Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines, concerns or violations of non-university events and activities, please email msu.racersafeandhealthy@murraystate.edu.
  7. Finally, let's make good choices this week and beyond.  We want to have a good, safe and healthy semester.  We all want to be on campus for the full semester which ends on November 20.

To do this, it requires your help and compliance by adhering to all guidelines and making good choices. 

Your agreement to adhere to all Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines is not just for yourself, but also for the health and safety of others.

Sincerely,
Dr. Robert L (Bob) Jackson

September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020

Students – Regarding the adherence to Racer Safe and Healthy guidance and our Racer Restart Plan, we must do better this week.

We continue to get regular reports of non-compliance and poor decisions among certain individuals and groups.  Importantly, some individuals and groups are currently facing disciplinary actions.  It takes our entire campus community, especially our students, to keep our campus safe and healthy.

As a reminder, per our Student Life Handbook and Student Life policies, the University will take disciplinary action – up to and including – suspension of any student in violation of health and safety guidelines.

  1. To report any issues of non-compliance regarding our Racer Restart Plan, Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines, concerns or violations of non-university events and activities, please email msu.racersafeandhealthy@murraystate.edu.
  1. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has issued an Executive Order to limit social events and gatherings to ten (10) or fewer individuals.  Note: Ten or fewer.

This Order prohibits any type of social gatherings such as backyard events, room/apartment/house and block parties.  This Order does not include approved University-sponsored events which adhere to our Racer Restart Plan. 

  1. Wear your mask – it is required on campus, in classrooms, when walking outside on MSU property, off campus and at all times when required per our guidelines.
  1. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are not feeling well, please call MSU Health Services at 270-809-3809, Primary Care Medical Center at 270-759-9200 or contact your personal healthcare provider.  Also, please see information regarding Counseling Services and other important information at Racer Restart:  Murraystate.edu/racerrestart.

Please watch this short video regarding our Racer Safe and Healthy guidelines: https://youtu.be/grIZWSlc_sU

Let's make good choices this week and beyond.  We want to have a good, safe and healthy semester.  We all want to be on campus for the full semester which ends on November 20.

To do this, it requires your help and compliance by adhering to all guidelines and making good choices.

Your agreement to adhere to all Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines is not just for yourself but also for the health and safety of others.

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert L (Bob) Jackson

September 3, 2020

September 3, 2020 

Students – good morning.  We have nearly completed Week Three of this semester.  Thank you for your adherence to Racer Safe and Healthy guidelines and, most importantly, wearing a mask.  Please watch this short video from Dr. Steven Stack on why it is important to wear a mask and over this long weekend, wear a mask, practice social-distancing, make good choices and continue adhering to our Racer Safe and Healthy guidelines.

These simple acts will help us have a good, safe and healthy semester for our students, faculty and staff.

To report any non-compliance to the Racer Safe and Healthy guidelines, please email msu.racersafeandhealthy@murraystate.edu.

Thanks again, 

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

August 31, 2020

August 31, 2020

Good morning. As we start week three of classes, let's continue to focus on the Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines.

  1. Masks are required on campus, including outdoors, in classrooms and off campus. Please wear your masks correctly, completely covering your mouth and nose.
  2. Practice social-distancing.
  3. Make good choices – on campus and, especially, off campus.
  4. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has issued an Executive Order to limit social events and gatherings to ten (10) or fewer individuals. This Order prohibits any type of social gatherings such as backyard events, room/apartment/house and block parties. This Order does not include University-sponsored events which adhere to our Racer Restart Plan.
  5. 5. To report any issues of non-compliance regarding our Racer Restart Plan, Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines, concerns or violations of non-University events and activities, please email msu.racersafeandhealthy@murraystate.edu.

These items, along with other guidelines, will help us complete the Fall 2020 Semester. These are small sacrifices in protecting our campus community. Watch the Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines video.

Review the Racer Restart Plan.

It will take everyone working together, students, faculty and staff, to have a good, safe and healthy semester.

We can do this...We are Racers!

Dr. Bob Jackson, President

August 24, 2020

August 24, 2020

Dear Students:

A few reminders for this week as we ALL work to have the best University experience possible this fall.  It will take our entire campus community, working together and adhering to all Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines, on and off campus, to have a successful, safe and healthy fall.  In furtherance of these efforts, please carefully review the following information as to how you can do your part to make the Fall 2020 Semester successful.

  1. If you have not already done so, please review the Racer Restart website – watch the short video and review the Q&A.
  2. As stated by healthcare professionals, wearing a mask, properly over your mouth and nose, coupled with other safe and healthy guidelines, is the best tool to control the spread of COVID-19.  Masks are required at Murray State University.  Wear your mask – it is required on campus, in classrooms, when walking outside on MSU property, off campus and at all times when required per our guidelines.  Please watch our short video outlining the importance of wearing a mask, coupled with other Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines.
  3. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has issued an Executive Order to limit social events and gatherings to ten (10) or fewer individuals.  This Order prohibits any type of social gatherings such as backyard events, room/apartment/house and block parties.  This Order does not include University-sponsored events which adhere to our Racer Restart Plan.  So, let's make good choices this week and beyond.  Gathering in large social events and house parties and not adhering to Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines will potentially cause COVID-19 outbreaks which other universities have recently experienced. 

We want to have a good, safe and healthy semester.  We all want to be on campus for the full semester which ends on November 20.  To do this, it requires your help and compliance by adhering to all guidelines and making good choices.  Your agreement to adhere to all Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines is not just for yourself but also for the health and safety of others.

Importantly, and please note, per our Student Life Handbook and Student Life policies, the University will take disciplinary action – up to and including – suspension of any student in violation of health and safety guidelines.

We can do this – let's work hard this week to follow all guidance in order to promote the health, safety and well-being of our campus community.  Go Racers!

Dr. Bob Jackson, President

August 19, 2020 (p.m.)

Faculty, Staff and Students:

Good afternoon.  First, thank you to everyone who helped with an excellent move-in process for our students and for a good start to a difficult semester.  As you have read, I sent another email message to students today.  I will be doing this regularly in order to reinforce our Racer Restart Guidelines and safe and healthy guidance.  It is important that we ALL adhere to these guidelines and set good examples for the health and safety of our campus community.

Nothing about this semester will be easy.  Many of us have been working near 24/7 since February.  It will take all of us, working together, to have a good, safe and healthy semester.  We have started off very well, but we have a long road ahead.

Importantly, I am grateful to the approximately 200 faculty, staff, students, administrators and healthcare professionals who assisted in the development of the Racer Restart Plan.  And, I am very proud of our work to date.  My job, along with all faculty, staff and administrators, is to work toward a good, safe and healthy semester.  In addition, we have many other challenges facing us, coupled with health and safety matters due to COVID-19; including significant COVID-19 expenses, state appropriations pressures, performance funding, pension costs, lack of an additional federal stimulus package at this time for colleges and universities and others which you hear me talk about often.  Last week, I discussed these and many other items at our Faculty Summit and Campus Town Hall meeting.

Lastly, the Calloway County Health Department (CCHD) reports daily COVID-19 cases in Calloway County which includes cases at Murray State University (MSU).  We are in daily communication with the local health department which handles case reporting, contact tracing, among many other public health requirements due to COVID-19.  This afternoon, the Calloway County Health Department reported the following information:

"Our case count is at 303 (cumulative since inception) with 260 recovered, 35 isolated at home, 2 hospitalized, and 6 deaths."  

Late yesterday, Dr. Steven Stack, our state's Chief Public Health Officer, announced he would be reporting K-12 schools positive cases.  I talk with Dr. Stack, along with my other university colleagues, on a regular basis.  Due to this change in guidance, we will be reporting positive case information on a weekly basis.  At the same time, we will continue to protect individual health information privacy and concerns of our students, faculty and staff.  As of today, the Calloway County Health Department reported to us that since August 1, 2020, we have had 14 positive student cases and four (4) positive faculty/staff cases.

The Calloway County Health Department asked us this morning to convey to you that, if you have questions, please give them a call at 270.753.3381

Dr. Bob Jackson, President

August 19, 2020 (a.m.)

August 19, 2020

Students – good morning.  Thank you for a good move-in process this past week and weekend and for starting off the Fall 2020 Semester very well.

I have had the opportunity to visit with many of you and your families during move-in or on campus during the past few days.  Thank you for wearing a mask/face covering.  Please continue to do so and ensure that your friends and classmates wear one too.  A mask/face covering is one of our best protections against COVID-19. 
There are several other components to keep Murray State University safe and healthy, including social-distancing, a daily temperature check, washing your hands and using hand sanitizer frequently and making good decisions, among others.  Please watch the short video which outlines our 12 Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines.

Finally, an important reminder regarding making good choices.  Kentucky's Governor, Andy Beshear, has issued an Executive Order regarding non-university sponsored social gatherings, including off-campus gatherings, parties and events, with a limit of ten or less.  Please adhere to this Executive Order.

This guidance is vitally important, along with our Racer Restart initiatives.  We need your help.  Use good judgement.  Make good choices.  Bad decisions can have far-reaching effects.  Based on a few reports, I have concerns with some off-campus, after-hours activities.  Please feel free to report any non-compliance to the University through msu.racersafeandhealthy@murraystate.edu.

Importantly, several universities have discontinued or suspended on-campus teaching and learning this week.  Let's do our part to have a good, safe and healthy semester. 

Please review this website regularly as information and guidance changes daily.  Watch the videos on this website and review the Q&A component.

Our goal is to have a good, safe and healthy Fall 2020 Semester for our students, faculty, staff and broader community.

August 17, 2020

August 17, 2020

Dear Students:

Again, I would like to welcome you back to campus.  The faculty, staff and all members of the campus community are excited to meet the challenges of the coming school year with you.  We look forward to having the best University experience possible this fall.  As a Racer, you know that we are working hard to maintain and advance the student-centered experience you expect at Murray State University.  In furtherance of these efforts, please carefully review the following information as to how you can do your part to make the Fall 2020 Semester successful.

We have made many adjustments and plans for this fall.  Based on prior experience this past spring, we also know that alternative plans must be ready until COVID-19 is no longer a local, state, national and global issue.  The University has implemented state and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines related to COVID-19.  The University believes that our Racer Restart Plan will allow us to have as near-normal of an on-campus experience as possible.  Because we cannot predict the direction or duration of the virus, it is possible that the University will be required to provide alternative learning experiences such as hybrid and off-campus experiences and, if required by state or national health policies or other guidance, we may once again provide classes and services remotely.

As you will see from the changes made on campus, Murray State University is deeply committed to doing our part to enhance health and safety measures across campus.  While no university can guarantee an environment free of COVID-19, by following our Racer Restart Plan, Safe and Healthy Guidelines, CDC guidance, among others, we are doing our very best to minimize the spread of this virus.  These measures include your help and personal responsibilities, such as temperature checks, social distancing, wearing masks or other facial coverings, not reporting to class or work if sick, isolating and quarantining when required AND making good decisionsYour agreement to do all of this is not just for yourself but is also for the health and safety of others – and because this is consistent with the spirit of Murray State University.

Finally, and importantly, whatever the shape of the learning environment for fall 2020, tuition and fee rates will be the same.  Importantly, we did not increase tuition for this academic year.  The tuition and fees you provide are in exchange for learning, academic credit and certain non-academic services that will be provided whether on campus, in a hybrid environment or in an entirely remote situation.

As I stated in a previous message to you dated August 12, 2020, we need your help.  Please adhere to our guidance and plans.  Go to murraystate.edu/racerrestart for additional information.  Make good choices and help us to ensure that the Fall 2020 Semester will be the best it can possibly be in this environment. 

Go Racers!

Dr. Bob Jackson, President

August 12, 2020

Students:

Welcome back!  We have missed you.

Importantly, we are embarking on a very unique and challenging semester.  We have made many changes to campus in order to assist you, faculty and staff and, most importantly, to keep everyone safe and healthy.

This message is very important; please read it closely, take it to heart and assist us in ensuring you, your friends and classmates adhere to this fall’s Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines.  Be a good example and make wise choices.  Following these guidelines is vitally important to ensure we have as near-normal of a semester as possible.  For nearly 100 years, Murray State University has been delivering a nationally-recognized education with caring staff and world-class faculty and we are going to do it again this fall.

But, we need your help.  You can find our Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines and other helpful information at murraystate.edu/racerrestart/guidelines.aspx.  Please review these guidelines closely and comply.  Make good choices this fall.  We want to have a successful Fall 2020 Semester and it will require your help in making this happen.  Visit this website regularly for new and updated information.  Watch videos, such as this video featuring several students and read the FAQ section of the Racer Restart website.

Recently, you should have received an email regarding a mandatory COVID-19 training module through Canvas.  This training takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is due by August 17.

Regarding “Making good choices;” a few key items, among others, wear a mask/face covering; practice social distancing; regularly wash your hands; take your temperature daily; get tested if needed; if sick, stay home or in your residence hall room and call MSU Health Services/Primary Care Medical Center for an appointment; get a flu shot and adhere to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s guidelines of limiting non-University sponsored social events to ten (10) or less participants.  Meaning – no social events with ten or more participants – unless it is a University-sponsored function which will adhere to all University, state, federal and Centers for Disease Control guidelines.  Part of the University experience is campus activities, social events and interacting with others.  We will do these things but in a safe and healthy manner.  We – and you – do not want any COVID-19 outbreaks this fall which could lead to an adjustment to all online courses like what occurred last spring.  So, please help us.

I know you want as normal of a semester as possible and so do we.  The guidance is simple and easy to understand.  We are counting on you and thank you in advance for your support.

Go Racers!
Dr. Bob Jackson, President

July 8, 2020

July 8, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

The Racer Safe and Healthy Checklist is now available via myGate for all students, faculty and staff returning in-person at all Murray State University locations. The purpose of this mandatory checklist is to help protect the safety and health of our campus community and must be used in conjunction with your own daily self-health assessments done via the COVID-19 Apple app or a similar type of COVID-19 screening app. Taking personal responsibility now to be as safe and healthy as possible is of the utmost importance as we collectively prepare for a successful fall semester. 

Below is a chart of specific groups returning to campus and the initial deadline to have completed the Racer Safe and Healthy Checklist:

Specific Groups Returning to Campus Deadline to Complete Checklist
Faculty/Staff Currently on Campus July 10, 2020
Faculty/Staff Returning in July July 10, 2020
Faculty/Staff and Students Returning to Campus for the Fall Semester August 1, 2020

 After initial completion, this checklist must also be completed by all students, faculty and staff returning in-person on the first day of each month during the fall semester. 

If you need assistance or have questions about the Racer Safe and Healthy Checklist, please email msu.racersafeandhealthy@murraystate.edu

As a reminder, please immediately notify MSU Health Services/Primary Care, or your medical provider, at 270.809.3809 or 270.759.9200 if you become symptomatic and/or feel you may have been exposed to COVID-19. Also, please continue to adhere to the MSU Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines and visit our Racer Restart website to read the University’s restart plans and other important updates. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to protect the safety and health of our campus community.

Sincerely,
Bob Jackson, President

June 16, 2020

June 16, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff:

First, I would like to extend my continued thanks and gratitude to each of you for your assistance and guidance regarding our Racer Restart Plan. Careful, thoughtful and proactive steps are being taken each day by many individuals as we continue to move forward with our restart process for the fall semester.

Please see below for several updates.

  • A COVID-19 Return to Work Employee Survey was emailed to faculty and staff on June 15. Please take time to complete this brief survey, which is an employee assessment in order to facilitate the return to work process. The deadline to provide your responses is 4 p.m. on June 22, 2020.
  • Departmental PPE. Procurement Services is in the process of making bulk purchases of PPE materials and supplies including face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, gloves and other items. Departments should not make purchases of these or similar items independently. Each department should begin to consider their needs, if they have not done so already.
  • Facilities Management – office and instructional space needs. As we slowly phase back, some departments will have a need to rearrange furniture and obtain partitions or plexiglass guards. Work requests for these purposes should be routed through your department head. Any customer requests for these items submitted through AiM will be placed on hold until the Racer Restart subcommittees and Facilities Management have a prioritized plan to address the needs of the entire campus.
  • Return to Work plans for departments and units are being compiled currently by department heads and submitted to Vice Presidents and the President’s Office for review.
  • Campus buildings remain locked and closed to the general public through July 31. At this time, the Susan E. Bauernfeind Wellness Center plans to re-open to faculty, staff and students beginning August 1, but will remain closed to the general public until further notice.
  • Finally, please be sure to familiarize yourself with our official Racer Restart web page, murraystate.edu/racerrestart. This website will continue to be a very important resource for not only our campus community, but our greater community with our Racer Restart Plan, University updates, helpful tips and much more. Our twelve Racer Safe and Healthy guidelines in particular will guide us in the weeks and months ahead, and include basic practices we can all continue to follow and utilize, such as checking your temperature daily, practicing social distancing and downloading the Apple COVID-19 app, or a similar app, for daily use – among other guidelines.

 In addition to the above updates, know that continued progress is being made daily, ranging from preparing and beautifying campus to facilitating fall course registrations for returning and incoming new students.

As a reminder, we have three phases for the restart of campus operations:  June 1 (planning and preparation), July 6 (implementation) and August 1 (new normal).

Thank you for your continued support, patience, flexibility and positivity as we move forward through the Racer Restart process.

Bob Jackson, Ed.D.
President

May 18, 2020

 

May 18, 2020 

Dear Campus Community:

First, I want to thank everyone who is assisting with our Racer Restart plans...we appreciate your help, support and guidance since this effort will take everyone working together in order to accomplish the necessary objectives.  We have a major undertaking ahead of us during the next several weeks and I am grateful for everyone's hard work and dedication as we move forward.

As you know, we are beginning the process of reopening parts of our Commonwealth as directed by Governor Andy Beshear.  Also, this week, we will send our abbreviated Racer Restart Plan to the Council on Postsecondary Education for Governor Beshear's review.

We will begin Phase I of our restart process on June 1, 2020, as we prepare to restart campus for our Fall Semester.  This will be a very gradual process during the next several weeks.  This does not mean everyone is returning to campus on June 1, 2020.  What it does mean is that we will begin the slow and intentional process of restarting our campus in preparation for the Fall 2020 Semester with several changes and tweaks to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and the greater community.  In short, Phase I is primarily a period of planning and preparation, with a few employees returning to campus, as needed.  Your immediate supervisor, with your Vice President/President's Office approval, will direct the process of your return to campus as it relates to the needs of your office/department/college or school.  

In addition, many of you will continue to work remotely through the summer and, most likely, into the fall.  We will be very thoughtful in this Racer Restart process as we gradually return to a new normal environment through July 31, 2020, and beyond.  We have three phases for the restart of operations:  June 1 (planning and preparation), July 6 (implementation) and August 1 (new normal).  We will keep you updated regarding what these phases may mean for your work schedule.

Per the Governor's guidelines, for those working on campus, we will practice social distancing, wear masks and ensure adherence to other health and safety guidelines, including our Racer Restart Plan.  We will supply masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, among other items, for everyone returning to work on campus.  We will continue to have meetings remotely using ZOOM or another tool.  Again, campus is closed to the general public through July 31 and, at this time, there will be no approved University travel and little/no overtime during this period.  Also, we will only hire needed student and temporary workers through July 31 and as approved by your Vice President/President's Office.  

Initially, I anticipate very few people coming back to campus during the first couple of weeks of June – but, there will be some.  In late June and early July, we will ask a few more staff members to return.  By the end of July, in accordance with guidance from the Governor, we will have others return to campus as we prepare for the Fall 2020 Semester.  Again, many individuals will continue to work remotely as directed by your supervisor, with Vice President/President's Office approval.

There are three groups of individuals to be considered as we go through this process:

  1. On-campus.  Those who cannot work remotely, and many are on campus working safely now, who must be on-site in order to perform their job duties.  Your supervisor, with approval from your Vice President/President’s Office, will determine this process.
  2. Remote Work.  Those who can effectively work remotely, as approved by your supervisor and Vice President/President's Office.
  3. High-Risk.  This group of individuals have underlying health conditions, among other issues, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Please see guidance here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html.

Finally, again, it is important to note the following:

  1. If you are sick, or have a temperature, do not come to work if scheduled, and call MSU Health Services at 270-809-3809 or 270-759-9200.
  2. Employees who are currently working remotely will continue to do so until you are contacted to return by your supervisor.

Finally, during the coming days, we will continue to work through our plans for Phase I and beyond, getting campus ready for all required changes, determining details for our restart, working on plans for our Fall 2020 academic calendar and, importantly, to ensure that we continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone.  

We will continue to keep you posted regarding any future changes and additional information.  This process is very fluid and dates and details may change.

Thanks again, Bob

April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020 

We have been reviewing Fall 2020 restart plans for the past few weeks.  Today, I am appointing a Fall 2020 Racer Restart Committee which will be co-chaired by our three Vice Presidents:  Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tim Todd, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services Jackie Dudley and Vice President for Student Affairs Don Robertson. Jordan Smith, Director of Governmental and Institutional Relations, will serve this Committee and the associated Subcommittees as the senior administrator who will assist in the coordination and draft the comprehensive restart plan for this summer and fall, including a phased approach for the campus reopening over the summer months.  The Subcommittees will work collaboratively, under the guidance of the three co-chairs.  Subcommittee memberships will be announced during the next few days.

We are working toward a traditional Fall Semester while making necessary adjustments for a new normal.  We will finalize a broad set of imperatives – guiding principles – very soon in order to assist our work. 

There will be seven Subcommittees and members will be appointed by the co-chairs to address specific areas of the University and will operate utilizing a shared-governance approach. 

  1. Academic Affairs and Faculty Support – Provost and Vice President Tim Todd, Chair
  2. Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Campus Life – Vice President Don Robertson, Chair
  3. Administrative Operations and Staff Support – Vice President Jackie Dudley, Chair
  4. Housing, Dining and Auxiliary Operations – Executive Director of Auxiliary Services David Looney, Chair
  5. Facilities Management – Director of Facilities Management Jason Youngblood, Chair
  6. Athletics – Director of Athletics Kevin Saal, Chair
  7. Development, Alumni and Branding, Marketing and Communication – Executive Director of Marketing and Communication Shawn Touney, Executive Director of Development Tina Bernot and Director of Alumni Relations Carrie McGinnis, Co-chairs

Importantly, we will begin the process of our fall 2020 restart immediately taking into consideration the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and broader community with every decision – this will be our primary guiding principle.

At this time, my preliminary thoughts related to our restart, coupled with guidance from state and federal authorities, include a phased process beginning June 1, 2020, and continuing through the beginning of the Fall Semester.  While none of us know exactly what fall 2020 will look like at this time, we will make certain we are prepared for all potential options.

Dr. Bob Jackson
President