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Murray State College COVID-19 UPDATE

March 20, 2020

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It is the end of our spring break week, and I am writing with an updated summary of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to note that during this rapidly evolving situation Murray State will continue serving its students. Delivery methods may be altered, but there is no change in our commitment to student success and productivity.

We must be vigilant and do our part to protect everyone. We are working to reduce the number of individuals on campus and reduce the possibility of potential expo- sure to COVID-19.

With the goal of preserving health for all, Murray State College will move to

ALL ONLINE COURSE DELIVERY FOR THE REMAINDER OF SPRING SEMESTER 2020.

Please note the following information and refer to mscok.edu for detailed information:

  • Current online students will proceed as usual.  Courses resume March 23.
  • Courses previously offered using face-to-face and hybrid delivery will be transitioned to online instruction beginning March 30 as announced earlier this week.
  • If you have questions about learning in an online environment or about your courses, please visit your Blackboard account and/or immediately email your instructor.
  • Current undergraduates with questions not addressed on our COVID-19 page should contact: registrar@mscok.edu or academicadvisement@mscok.edu or your faculty advisor by email.
  • Prospective/new students with questions may contact registrar@mscok.edu or outreach@mscok.edu.

FROM MARCH 19, 2020, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 

Due to the rapidly changing public health challenges posed by COVID-19 and the guidelines/directives provided by state and federal health and government officials, Murray State is implementing the following changes in operations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by restricting the number of people on campus.  Please check your campus email on a regular basis and visit mscok.edu for updates.

May commencement will not take place as scheduled. Alternatives will be considered, input requested and decisions announced.

RESIDENTIAL HOUSING

This is a difficult decision, but we strongly encourage all residential-housing students NOT to return this semester to protect the health of our campus community. Students without other housing options may remain on campus, and we will assist with their needs.

TEMPORARY REMOTE OPERATION PLAN

Murray State will implement a Temporary Remote Operation Plan. This plan will be in effect as long as necessary to respond to challenges of COVID-19.

Remote operation does not apply to all positions and job functions. In consultation with supervisors, administration recommends that employees perform their work at home as long as remote work does not compromise college operations.

For those employees who have job functions that cannot be performed at home, supervisors will with employees to develop individualized plans. If you are sick, please contact your supervisor as soon as possible.

  • Develop flexible work schedules designed to minimize contact with others;
  • Practice social distancing in offices by maintaining six-foot spacing where possible; and
  • Minimize multi-person meetings and transition all possible meetings to phone or virtual formats;

Supervisors should contact employees by March 24 to develop plans, assess needs, and arrange for additional training and equipment as needed. If you have not been contacted by March 24, please contact your supervisor;

Please note that in general, individuals are expected to be available during normal hours, regardless of location.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO CAMPUS

Effective immediately, Murray State College is temporarily restricting access of the general public to all buildings in all locations. All events either college related or initiated by external groups, are suspended until further notice.

SPRING COMMENCEMENT 2020

Spring commencement will not take place in May based on recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cancel/postpone large group events.  Modifications and options are being discussed and spring graduates and current students will be consulted in developing these plans.

UNIVERSITY-RELATED TRAVEL

Travel for all college-related business or academic purposes (regardless of prepayment) is suspended unless such travel is deemed absolutely critical to the college and approved in advance by President McDaniel.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Murray State will continue to monitor and revise its plan based on the changing environment or as required by external entities. The Office of the President will continue to provide periodic updates and encourages all to visit the mscok.edu website for updates.

These actions are drastic, but required and consistent with guidelines/directives of state and federal officials to help protect the health of our campus and community partners. Details are available at mscok.edu.

Let’s stand together and do all we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (CDC- Steps to Protect Yourself).

Thank you for your cooperation and support,

Joy McDaniel