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Changes at Murray State College in preparation for August 17 fall semester start

August 10, 2020

Changes at Murray State College in preparation for August 17 fall semester start

 Students at Murray State College can expect changes when they return on August 17 for fall classes.  Masks will be required when inside all MSC buildings and classrooms in Tishomingo and Ardmore.  Both staff and faculty will receive an MSC mask for use on campus, with additional masks available for purchase at MSC bookstore locations.

Another change this year will be a staggered start during the first week of classes.  Students will report to MWF classes during the first week by alphabet.  Students with last names A-K will attend MWF classes on Monday and Tuesday/Thursday classes on Tuesday.  Students with last names L-Z will attend MWF classes on Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday classes on Thursday.  During the first week, students and faculty will work to determine which attendance options best fit which students.

“We want students to feel safe and comfortable.  Faculty will meet with students to determine the options for attendance that best fit individual needs. Parents and students can be assured that attention has been focused on protecting personal space and allowing for a productive learning environment,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.

Campus facilities and maintenance staff have been working diligently since March to prepare for the return of students by sanitizing classrooms, making room for social distancing and stocking up on equipment and cleaning supplies.

“Our theme this year is Resilient and Ready for the New Normal.  Our goal is to work through issues over which we have no control while embracing the changes that have been necessary,” added McDaniel.

Murray is also in the process of installing new computer software which will allow for many more virtual opportunities that include admissions, business office functions, and communication with faculty and office staff.  Enrollment for fall is open now and will continue through August 21.

For more information on COVID-19 plans and precautions, visit the college website at