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Murray State College makes changes to prepare for return of students this fall

June 22, 2020

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Students at Murray State College can expect changes that will make the campus safer for all when they return on August 17 for fall classes.  Facilities’ staff have been working daily since March to address safety issues and provide ample social distancing space for students, faculty and staff.

Most lecture classes that do not require labs and/or clinicals will return with a flex option that allows for student and parent choice regarding physical attendance.  Students may choose to attend every lecture course as they normally would or may select the option to participate via Zoom for interaction with instructors and fellow students.  They may also elect to complete assignments online as part of their lecture classes.

“We want students to feel safe and comfortable when they return this fall.  We have and are in the process of taking multiple steps to increase options and prepare for our students’ return,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.

As families make the decision to enroll, they can be assured that areas being addressed will help protect personal space and allow for a productive learning environment.  Plans are being implemented that will impact classrooms, testing centers, the library, dorms, office buildings, the bookstore and the dining hall on Tishomingo’s campus.

Partitions and personal protective equipment will be visible in classrooms, and masks will be made available to students.  Students will be supported by faculty and staff as they work to determine their levels of comfort at all levels.  The college 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. 

“We remain committed to student success and will provide every opportunity for safety with regard to physical distancing and emotional well-being.  Our goal this year is to work through issues over which we have no control while embracing the changes that have been necessary.  We encourage students who might have been considering a larger environment to consider beginning college with us in 2020,” added McDaniel

While the Tishomingo campus is currently closed to the public, there are plans to reopen in July.  Students interested in enrolling at MSC or taking a tour should contact outreach@mscok.edu or visit mscok.edu for more information.  Enrollment for fall is open now and will continue through August 21.