The recently-renovated Adron Doran Center on Wednesday, January 16. Photo by Adeline Hogan.

MSU moved all classes online because of concern due to the novel coronavirus.

All classes will be online from March 23 until April 3, but student housing and Morehead State University (MSU) facilities will be open after spring break. Reevaluation of the issues will begin after spring break to decide what the course of action is after April 3. 

“We have been for the past two to two and a half weeks in careful consideration of what maybe we should do,” said Dr. Joseph Morgan, MSU president. “Our goal was to try to go as long as we could before we started to go online.”

The goal is for all classes to go online, however, some may have a harder time than others transitioning to online. 

“Our challenge is if we continue to go past the two weeks, I think we are going see some instructional challenge. How do you teach an art studio online,” said Morgan. “Maybe it can be done. Maybe they can work on it, but it will be difficult. That will be our challenge in going past the two-week period.”

Morgan advised students to speak with their professors about their individual classes.

Spring break will continue as normal for students with the residence halls closing at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 13 with the exception of break housing.  However, from March 16 until March 20 our campus and all regional campuses are going to operate on a 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. schedule.

This includes general buildings, the library, counseling and health services. It will exclude the food venues on campus.

After spring break all facilities will be open and the labs should remain open. It is advised to check with the respective labs on this. 

Student employees are advised to speak to their managers to see about their schedules. 

The decision to cancel University sponsored events such as meetings, conferences, events and extracurriculars has been left to the Vice President of each division.

“We did not want to create a one size fits all for everybody because everything is different,” said Morgan. “We wanted to leave a little discretion up to our Vice Presidents to look at individual situations on a case by case basis.”

Due to the suspension of non-essential University-sponsored out-of-state travel through April 1, some sports events will be canceled as will any other events that match this description.

All international or domestic travel by commercial airline has been suspended until May 1 pending further review at this time.

All of this was decided at an 8:00 a.m. meeting Thursday, March 12, 2020 and was communicated to the student body through email at 10:00 a.m. 

A second email had to be sent as the first caused too much traffic to the MSU website and shut it down. The website is now back up.