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Murray State Moving To Online Instruction For Rest Of Semester

Matt Markgraf
WKMS (NPR Member Station with Murray State University)

Murray State University President Bob Jackson announced Tuesday the university will instruct courses exclusively through online means for the remainder of the spring semester, and close all campuses to the general public. This follows the first confirmed case of the new Coronavirus in west Kentucky’s Lyon County. 


“This is an unprecedented international public health issue which is changing daily,” Jackson said in an email. “These decisions, which are very difficult to make for our University, are done with great thought and consideration with review of state and national directives.”


Jackson said residence halls will not reopen following the end of the university’s spring break. Students will receive instructions Wednesday to move out, and personal items from students are expected to be out of residence halls by March 27.


He also said while he understands some students cannot leave the residence halls because of various circumstances, “very few exceptions” can be made regarding who is allowed to stay. Not all housing contract provisions will be enforced during the transition, and information will be made “forthcoming” regarding dining and housing refunds for students.


All campus activities are also cancelled or postponed through May 15. Commencement, scheduled for May 9, is postponed to a future date. Jackson said he is also encouraging staff and faculty to work remotely.


University updates regarding the coronavirus can be found at 


"Liam Niemeyer is a reporter for the Ohio Valley Resource covering agriculture and infrastructure in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia and also serves Assistant News Director at WKMS. He has reported for public radio stations across the country from Appalachia to Alaska, most recently as a reporter for WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio. He is a recent alumnus of Ohio University and enjoys playing tenor saxophone in various jazz groups."
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