Because of the tragedy that many in our university community have experienced this past week we will need to accommodate, and possibly adjust, the way we deliver services and instruction for the next two weeks.
Students, faculty and staff may have lost homes, family and friends, and may be without electricity. Their ability to travel and access the Internet may also be limited. This means they may have difficulty attending classes, returning to work, or just meeting normal daily obligations.
Morehead State University appreciates all of the efforts everyone will make over the next few weeks to help the students, faculty and staff recover from the traumatic events and return to the classroom and work assignments.
MSU at West Liberty is closed until further notice.
Counseling Services: 606-783-2123, or 783-2035 after 4:30 p.m. (counselors will be on call). Counseling and Health Services will see students at any time they need to talk to someone about their loss and the storms on Friday evening. Counselors are available 24/7. There will be a disaster debriefing for any faculty, staff or students who want to meet as a group with mental health counselors - March 12, ADUC 312, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Employees may use MSU's Employee Assistance Program - for a range of services, including counseling.
A website with resources on disaster relief for the region is set up at www.moreheadstate.edu/msucares and phone calls may be directed to 606-783-9055.
How to apply for FEMA assistance: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Faculty are asked to deliver their courses in various ways during the next two week period. Specifically, faculty should post course materials on their Blackboard shells for students who cannot make it physically to class but could electronically work to complete their assignments. Materials would then be archived and accessible to students once they have electricity or Internet service.
Faculty are also asked to work with students to schedule make up work and exams for those who present legitimate excuses either before or after an absence for the next two weeks. This is also with the understanding that midterm exams may need to be taken after spring break.
ITV courses will be recorded for students who are not able to attend a class, in order for them to receive the important course materials once they are again able to be in the classroom.
Department chairs and faculty should work together to assist colleagues who are in similar situations and cannot teach their courses. The best solution would be to have another faculty familiar with the content deliver the course until the faculty of record returns. If the course cannot be covered by another faculty, the department chair will contact the students either in the class or through e-mail to provide instructions for when and where the class will resume, and post signage on classroom doors.
If students have lost books and materials for class due to the storm - please direct them to the Textbooks for Storm Victims online form.
Please be aware that many of your colleagues may not be able to travel to work, or may have been affected by these storms. Staff are asked to cover and reorganize to keep MSU services operational. Students and families may have many questions about what has happened, processes and procedures.
MSU has established two funds to assist students, employees and others affected by the weather damage in the region. The MSU Cares Student Support Fund will provide financial support for academic-related costs incurred by our students who have been impacted by the disaster. The MSU Cares Community Outreach Fundwill provide financial support to our official relief efforts coordinated through the Center for Regional Engagement and/or support employees who have been impacted by the disaster. Gifts can be made to the MSU Foundation and directed to either fund by sending a check to Palmer Development House, Morehead, KY 40351, or by credit card online at https://alumni.moreheadstate.edu/makegift.
606-496-8756 (To request relief help, or volunteer)Volunteer Reception CenterRifle Coal FacilityHwy 172, West Liberty
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