University moves forward with phased approach for successful fall semester
MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University has announced its Racer Restart plan as the institution continues to move forward with a phased process for a safe and effective restart in preparation for the fall 2020 semester.
The Fall 2020 Racer Restart Committee, as well as seven subcommittees comprised of various areas of the institution, used a shared-governance approach to address all areas in adherence to state and federal guidelines, including the development of a set of guiding principles to assist the University.
The Racer Restart plan can be viewed in its entirety at murraystate.edu/racerrestart; the web page will continue to keep the campus and broader community informed with updates, health and safety-related resources as well as important information.
Several items of note within the Racer Restart plan include the following:
- The implementation of a Racer Safe and Healthy initiative, with guidelines for University students, faculty and staff, as well as visitors to Murray State, in adherence with state and federal guidance
- Adjustments to the fall 2020 academic calendar, including classes beginning on Aug. 17 and a modified finals week schedule occurring Nov. 18-20, with commencement taking place Nov. 21, pending consent of state health officials
- A combination of in-person, hybrid (a mixture of both in-person and online delivery) and online instruction will take place while maintaining a new normal, traditional, on-campus experience
- A traditional campus life experience for students while making necessary modifications in adherence with state and federal guidance
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve with new information and data, Murray State’s Racer Restart initiative is an evolving plan that can be altered at any time with updated information from state, local and federal authorities. The University will also develop contingency plans for potential COVID-19 scenarios as new data and information arises.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in creating our Racer Restart plan,” Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson said. “Nearly 200 faculty, staff, students, healthcare professionals and others have assisted and collaborated throughout the development of this plan as we take a proactive, careful and thoughtful approach in preparation for a successful fall semester. In the midst of an ever-changing situation, our guiding principle will continue to be the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and broader community.”
As Murray State prepares for the fall semester, prospective students interested in joining the Racer Family can learn more, schedule a virtual campus visit and apply for admission today for the upcoming fall 2020 semester at admissions.murraystate.edu.
Individuals and their families can visit murraystate.edu/visit to take a virtual campus tour as well as schedule a one-on-one meeting with a Murray State staff member virtually through Zoom or by phone.