Please complete a daily self-screening of symptoms by completing this form.


You may email questions or comments to . Your comment will be shared with the appropriate campus department. If you have a question, please allow 72 hours for a response.

Campus Updates


CARES Act Funds Available for McMurry Students

McMurry University has limited CARES Act funds to directly support current students. If COVID-19 has impacted you and your family, please let us know by filling out the survey below. You may also email providing an update on your current financial situation.

CARES Act Funds Distribution Report as 5/22/2020


FACULTY & STAFF TOWN HALL and PowerPoint SLIDES (pdf) from April 23, 2020
STUDENT TOWN HALL and PowerPoint SLIDES (pdf) from April 30, 2020
ALUMNI TOWN HALL and PowerPoint SLIDES (pdf) from May 7, 2020
FACULTY & STAFF TOWN HALL and PowerPoint SLIDES (pdf) May 14, 2020


UPDATE 5/5/20 - Keeping the McMurry Community Updated

With the increased COVID-19 testing in Taylor County over the past weeks, more cases are being identified in our community, which may be increasing anxiety levels. Some members of the McMurry University community have been tested for COVID-19, with all the tests returning negative as of May 5, 2020.

McMurry is committed to transparency and openness during these times. If a member of our McMurry community who has been on campus tests positive and we are notified, we will inform the campus and notify those around the person. For confidentiality reasons and state and federal regulations, we will not be able to identify the campus community member.

We are committed to the safety of our McMurry community and will do all that we can to protect you. If you have any questions or concerns, you may confidentially contact Lecia Hughes in HR.

Sandra S. Harper, PhD



Dear McMurry Community:

As McMurry University continues to take steps to protect the health and wellbeing of our campus community and align ourselves with the recommendations of the city of Abilene, the state of Texas and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the accessibility to certain campus buildings will be temporarily altered. 

Campus Building Closed

  • Bynum Band Hall
  • Furr Welcome Center
  • Iris Graham Education Building
  • Radford
  • Ryan Fine Art Center
  • All Athletics Facilities Closed
    • Hunt Physical Education Center
    • Phillips Family Student Athletic Center
    • All athletic annexes, courts, fields and practice facilities
    • Intramural Field 

Limited Access Buildings

Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with access via main entrances, unless otherwise noted.

  • Chapin Art Center: Card access only
  • Cooke Classroom Building (MOVE office): Enter via breezeway between Old Main
  • Finch Gray-Science Building
  • Garrison Campus Center: Special Hours: 8 am to 10 pm
  • Jay-Rollins Library
  • Maedgen Administration Building
  • Old Main: Enter via breezeway between Cooke

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience and cooperation during this trying time. The University strives to provide a safe environment for our community and continues daily cleaning and disinfecting of all buildings currently in use. We are doing everything in our control to help flatten the curve.

Thank you,

McMurry Leadership

War Hawks,

Easter break has always served as a reprieve from your studies as you head into the final weeks of the semester, and it is a special time for many families to share in their Christian faith.  This year is a bit different, as the world continues to fight the community spread of COVID-19.

If you are going home for Easter, McMurry is requesting that you not return in accordance with the city of Abilene mayor’s Limited Shelter-In-Place (LSIP) order, which restricts non-essential travel. Please go ahead and initiate the checkout process this week. Limited refunds will be available. If you choose to check out, please complete the checkout process and then submit a Refund Request Form.

Students who wish to remain on campus to accommodate technology and housing needs, jobs in Abilene, or internship/clinical or other requirements, may do so. McMurry also continues to work with our international students during this world crisis to ensure safe housing. We always want you and your family to consider campus to be supportive of you as we navigate these unprecedented times.

If you plan to attend May term or summer school and live in campus housing, please consider potential travel-restriction guidelines that recommend only essential travel. Additional information will be coming regarding housing arrangements for summer school.

McMurry University will continue to provide needed support for our students who choose to remain on campus, while facilitating your wellbeing during this pandemic.  Please contact residence life via email or talk with your residence director if you have any questions.


Sam Ferguson

Vice President of Student Affairs and Intercollegiate Athletics

Dear Student:

With the completion of the two weeks of classes in the new remote learning environment, McMurry University has shifted to address questions relating to non-academic instruction. The most common financial inquiry from students and their parents has related to housing refunds. Today, the University is announcing that it will provide prorated refunds to students who chose to leave their residence halls as a result of the necessary public health actions taken in response to the COVID-19 situation.

To determine your available refund please complete a brief questionnaire.

Questionnaire Link

Upon completion of the questionnaire, a refund statement will be provided for your review within 2-3 business days.

Following are the parameters relating to the McMurry refund plan:

  • The refund offering will be calculated for on campus housing and/or dining plans.
  • Housing and/or dining refunds will be based on calculations that begin on your move-out date.
  • Housing and/or dining adjustments will first cover any outstanding balance a student may have on their account.
  • Students that have no outstanding balance on their account will receive the full adjustment.
  • It will take 30 days from the time you submit your questionnaire to receive your credit or refund.
  • If you are due funds, a check will be mailed to the address provided on the questionnaire per your selection.
  • May 15, 2020 is the deadline for completing the questionnaire. All requests will be processed before May 31, 2020.

Thank you for your patience as we worked through the complexity of the refund process. If you have any questions, please email and allow us 24 hours to reply.

Lisa Williams
Vice President of Finance

Dear Students:

As we continue in the remote learning environment, we have received questions regarding semester-end grading.  We looked to see how other universities might be approaching this issue.  Many universities across the country are adopting different forms of Pass or No Pass ( Pass/ No Pass) grading scales.

McMurry has determined that students will have two choices for receiving a grade, including:

•    Accept  Letter Grade

•    Select  Pass/ No Pass

Faculty will assign a letter grade for your course work, but you may opt for “ Pass/ No Pass.” 

Students do not have to decide which grading scale they prefer until the end of the semester. There will be a very limited time frame for students to be able to choose in May. If a student does not meet the choice deadline, then they will receive the grade assigned by their faculty members.  

We realize you may have questions regarding grading details, and more specific information will be sent later in April. This new policy will be for Spring 2020 semester only.

Dr. James Hunt
Vice President of Academic Affairs
and Dean of the Faculty

McMurry’s Residence Life is aligning campus procedures to support Governor Abbott’s March 31, 2020, Executive Order. The focus of this Executive Order supports strategies in place to “flatten the curve” of the spread of COVID-19, including: 

  • Social distancing, stay 6-feet apart
  • Limiting and monitoring access to facilities
  • Limiting meeting sizes, no more than 10 people, spaced 6-feet apart
  • Short-term closures non-essential services
  • Limiting and canceling travel to high impacted communities
  • Postponing gatherings and events
  • Modifying study spaces

 The Executive Order begins April 2, 2020 and will remain in place through April 30, 2020. At this time, the State is encouraging Texas residents to only participate in essential activities. University activities are considered essential. 

Procedures for Campus Living and Returning to Campus as of April 2, 2020:

  • Any student currently living on-campus must fill out the “Remote Instruction On-Campus Stay Application” to continue their stay on campus. Residence life must have this on file for each student still here.
  • Students may not return to campus from outside of the City of Abilene or Taylor County between April 2, 2020, and April 30, 2020.
  • If you are within Abilene or Taylor County, you must schedule an appointment to access your residence hall. Contact your resident director to schedule a time:

Coursework Material/Computers:

If you are staying off-campus and need items from your room for the completion of your remote coursework, please complete and submit this Item Retrieval Form, and we will ship your items to you.

If you are having difficulty working remotely with your campus computer, contact IT at 325-793-4900. 

Move-Outs as of April 2, 2020:

Based on Governor Abbott’s Executive Order, move-outs cannot be accommodated until after April 30, 2020, as this is not deemed an essential activity. This order may be subject to change.

The Office of Residence Life and Housing knows that you are all going through change and transition during this time as we navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. The McMurry community is here for you as a steady source of support and resources. Reach out to your RA and your RD if you have questions. Your RA is STILL HERE FOR YOU and has great ways to connect and awesome resources for the rest of your Remote Learning semester!

Dear McMurry Students,

Though a majority of your peers are no longer on campus this semester, our highest priority continues to be serving and maintaining the health and wellbeing of all our students. We are dedicated to providing you with the safest environment possible while pursuing your educational goals.

Adapting our ways of doing things today is critical, not only for your health and safety, but also for your friends, family and for the University faculty and staff. The effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis today will impact society for years to come.

To keep you and your friends safe while on campus, whether you are studying or living, we are providing you with important tips and policies during this time.

Practice Social Distancing and the “6-foot Rule.”  Keep enough distance between you and others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 6 feet. This distance reduces the risk of breathing droplets produced by an infected person.  Actively practicing social distancing protects you and those around you.

No Group Meeting of More than 10. Per State of Texas and City of Abilene, group meetings or gatherings cannot exceed 10 people.

You Can Make a Difference

By knowing How to Protect Yourself , you protect others. The CDC (see link in previous sentence) provides additional tips to keep you and those you care about safe.

Ideas to Help Stay Safe

Respect personal space. Remember the “ 6-foot Rule” when meeting with individuals or groups. 

Get outside. Go for a walk or exercise if you are able.

Avoid close contact during team competition. Organize a scavenger hunt.

Try picnicking in the quad, when getting your “To Go” food from the dining hall.

Practice Smart Shopping. Make a list to ensure you get all the essentials items you need in one trip versus making multiple trips.

Travel Guidelines

Avoid travel to any COVID-19 shelter-in-place or stay-at-home communities if possible . Traveling to these areas put both you and others at risk and highly qualifies you for a 14-day self-quarantine, as recommended by the CDC and state of Texas.

Research before you travel to any area and keep in mind the State of Texas executive order regarding airway travel mandates.

Living on Campus

  • Only residents who live on-campus are allowed in residence halls and University Apartments.
  • No outside visitors are allowed. 
  • Practice social distancing at all times in residences and on campus.
  • Kitchen and Laundry open only, common spaces are closed. Please avoid group indoor meetings that do not allow social distancing.
  • For On-Campus Living Policies during this amended school year, please refer to the email sent on Thursday, March 19, 2020, subject heading On-Campus Living Policies and Forms from Ms. Jessica Nguyen, Director of Residence Life & Housing/Title IX Coordinator. 
  • Additional information is available on McMurry’s Coronavirus Information web page in the right hand menu titled, “Campus Housing”.

Campus Office Access

  • Offices are open for students to be able to handle university business, including admissions, registrar, student accounts, residence life, student affairs, counseling center, financial aid and others.
  • Follow established office guidelines to support social distancing practices. You may see blue tape on the floor designating the 6-foot distance.
  • Before visiting an office, we recommend you email or call ahead to schedule an appointment. A video meeting may be deemed better than an in-person meeting.

If you have questions or need further clarification, a dedicated email has been set up to respond to coronavirus questions at McMurry University:  You may also contact Student Affairs Staff as needed.

This has become our new normal for the time being.  We want to assure you our goal is to continue to assist our students in a way that is consistent with our Core Values and protect our campus community in the wake of this pandemic! 

Stay safe!

Allen B. Withers, Ph.D. | Dean of Students & Campus Life
Division of Student Affairs
McMurry University

Ronda Hoelscher, R.N. | Director of Health Services
Division of Student Affairs
McMurry University

Dear Students,

We hope your first week of remote learning has been a success and has gone off without issues! Having said that, we realize that in this unprecedented time there will be struggles, and we wanted to remind you that we are still offering academic support and assistance to help you achieve success.

This support will look a little different now that we are operating under different circumstances. To help navigate these changes, we have gathered resources from the Academic Enrichment Center, Mindset for Success Office and other campus departments that can be found in one central location.

Academic Support Link

Here you will find access to tutoring, academic resources, Mindset for Success Student module (via Moodle), and many other tools to increase your remote learning potential.

Your health and safety are of our utmost concern, and we look forward to helping you as we continue to transition together.

Members of the McMurry University Community, Families, Alumni, and Friends,


After careful consideration of the ongoing concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic, McMurry University has decided to postpone the regularly scheduled May commencement ceremony. After receiving feedback from the potential graduates, the commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

Please keep in mind that this postponement does not delay the conferring of degrees. When students have completed all the requirements for their degree (and completed any other obligations to the University), they will be considered graduates of McMurry University.

More details about this process and the schedule for activities for the August commencement ceremony will be forthcoming from the Office of the Registrar.

Ala Cumba,
Dr. Sandra S. Harper

Click below to hear Dr. Harper‘s message of encouragement and support of the McMurry community.

Dear Students:

Monday McMurry University returns to class with the new remote learning structure. You may have anxiety about the new format – relax, we understand. We know there will be issues during week one, so be patient with your professors – they will be patient with you. Your success in the new remote learning environment is our primary focus right now.

How will it work?

  • All courses will have a presence on the Moodle, the learning management system. (Moodle:
  • Please log in by   Monday, March 23, 2020,  to ensure you have access. Courses are being updated, so you may be able to get started early.
  • Teaching models may vary by professors (described below).
    • Synchronous classrooms   where you are required to attend the class at the originally scheduled time (i.e. 9 am on MWF). Assignments will be completed and submitted by a scheduled date.
    • Asynchronous classrooms   where you may complete readings, watch pre-recorded video lectures on demand, and participate in discussions or complete assignments over several days.
    • Some combination of the two, for example, participate in a live lecture, but complete readings, discussions, and assignments over several days.
  • You will hear from each of your professors by Monday, March 23, 2020, with instructions for how they plan to conduct their classes. Again, instructions will vary by professor.
  • New technology/software tools may be introduced into your course McMurry will be providing the software tools you need to complete coursework.

Course Syllabi:

  • Your professors are actively adjusting courses in response to moving to remote learning.
  • Your syllabi may be amended. Please pay close attention and note:
    • Overview of how the course will be taught (synchronous or asynchronous)
    • Revised timelines and assignment deadlines
    • Updated course Information and tools
    • Adaptations to course activities, assignments, discussions, and other deliverables
    • Revised virtual office hours and contact information

Your Responsibilities:

  • You will need your laptop, textbooks, and Internet access**. If you do not have your school laptop and textbooks, please email both  and your professors immediately. When emailing questions, please including name, email address, and phone number.  
  • Let your professor know if you are having difficulty accessing your courses at any time.
  • Pay close attention to the information from your instructors so that you can actively participate in the class. If you don’t know how to do something, please ask. Expect to learn some new things and use some new technologies!
  • Maintain your class schedule. There may be slight variations, but if you keep your current schedule and engage with each course at the same time as you would have on campus,  you will be more successful.
  • Be flexible!  If there are problems, let someone know.  We will work through this together.
  • Practice: get up to speed with Moodle and Microsoft Office, Teams, and OneDrive.  These are the main tools you will be most likely to use to complete your coursework.
  • If you have course questions that are not addressed by your professor, please email both, and identify what class by professor name and class name.
  • If you are struggling with the shift from classroom to remote, email us sooner than later at

** Internet Access Resources:

  • Campus remains open for students who may need support.
  • Other low-cost Internet options may be found on this   website. Access to low-cost and free Internet is being updated so check in your area.

Tech Support:

Information Technology:

For all issues outside of Moodle. Please email first, as this may be faster than calling. Provide your name and phone so they can contact you.

IT department:  Provide your name and phone so they can contact you.

Call: (325) 793-4900 (M-F)

Moodle Administrator:

Please email first, as this may be faster than calling.

Moodle: Provide your name and phone so they can contact you.

Call:  (325) 793-4982 (M-F)


More information coming soon! The Academic Enrichment Center is working on solutions. Some professors may provide their own tutoring.

Other Questions and Items:

You may email us at, and we will forward the email to the appropriate department/person. Please do not expect an immediate response.


As the remote learning model evolves, additional information and resources will be sent to your campus email. We are learning together!

Need something not connected to academics?   

  • Call 211 – A Link to Texas Community Services. You can connect to many different types of services outside of academics – food, housing, medical care and more. Most communities have a 211 number, so no matter where you live, this is a resource you should know about.  This is a statewide service.
  • Abilene Community Services  

Thank you,
McMurry Academic Affairs

Dear Students, Parents, Faculty, and Staff:

After extensive evaluation, McMurry University has determined that the university will move to a  REMOTE LEARNING   format through the end of the semester. Classes resume as scheduled on MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020 . Remote learning will provide online and some nontraditional classroom structures, such as video conferencing. Students will not need to return to campus to attend classes .

We realize you may have questions about technical details, and  more information will be provided by Friday, March 20, 2020. Please be patient as we finalize instructional support, and WATCH for multiple emails from your faculty members regarding class formats.

Remote Learning Technology and Textbooks

Students who are choosing to stay at their permanent residences will need their laptops and textbooks. If these items were left on campus in your room, please make arrangements to return to campus before Monday to retrieve technology/textbooks. If you have issues with returning to campus, email at

Campus remains open.

Campus Housing and Dining Open

Residence halls, campus apartments, and the dining hall remain open. Students currently on campus or who choose to return to the residence halls or apartments may do so. You may also continue to participate in your meal plan in the dining hall.

Campus leadership is aware of the fact that campus housing is critical for some students to provide them access to the Internet and library support. The decision for the campus to stay open was made to support our students who may need to return to campus to achieve their learning objectives. Again, students will not need to return to campus to attend classes.

Residence Halls and Apartment Move Out

You do not need to move out of the residence halls or apartments at this time. Move out may be done in May.

In these unprecedented times, universities across the country, including McMurry, have been adjusting to look at new models of education delivery to ensure continuity in the educational experience for students. Please remain calm and smart as we address the COVID-19 health crisis and its impact on the world.

During this time, we encourage you to stay connected with McMurry, and we will work to provide updates from campus.

Ala Cumba,

Sandra S. Harper, PhD

McMurry University is continuing to assess educational and operational plans for the campus. Emails have been sent to students, faculty, and staff asking for input to help guide the campus leadership and response planning team. We are asking students, faculty, and staff to complete a survey by 11:59 pm, March 16, 2020.

Please feel free to email additional comments to

Student Survey

Faculty/Staff Survey

Today the McMurry University campus leadership team met to continue to monitor and evaluate the current COVID-19 situation and its impact on the campus. The cabinet will continue to participate in daily briefings to ensure that we are in unison across all departments. Our objective is to communicate frequently to students, faculty, and staff. Relevant updates will be posted regularly to our website by approximately 2:30 pm if an announcement is made. Students and the campus community will receive an update email before the website posting. If you have questions or need further clarification, a dedicated email has been set up at


Sandra S. Harper, PhD


Student Services

Residence Halls

Residence halls continue to be open at McMurry. At this time, the university encourages students to stay where they feel safest, whether it is at their campus or permanent residence.

As each student considers their return to campus, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for high- risk people, including people with chronic medical conditions and older adults.

CDC High-Risk People


The dining hall will reopen Monday, March 16, 2020, at 7:30 am. Hours are as follows:

  • Breakfast: 7:30 am – 10 am
  • Lunch: 11 am – 2 pm
  • Dinner: 4:30 pm – 7 pm
  • Light snack service will be available between meals.

Campus Cleaning

University staff is diligently working to deep clean and disinfect common areas. Cleaning will continue during the extended Spring Break in campus and residence hall common areas. High-touch surfaces in campus and residential hall common areas are will be disinfected daily. 

Personal Space Cleaning

We encourage students to check out and use the provided cleaning kits for cleaning and disinfection of personal residential spaces. Cleanings include Halt, latex gloves, and microfiber cloths, and are available by calling your RA On-Duty:

  • Gold Star: 325-793-6545
  • Apartments: 325-793-6545
  • President: 325-793-6545
  • Hunt and Martin: 325-320-5163


Campus security continues normal operations.

Health Services

The University Clinic will resume regular hours on Monday, March 16, 2020. Hours available on the Health Service web page.


Hours for the week are as follows:

  • March 13, 2020, 8 am – 5 pm
  • March 14 – 15, 2020, Closed
  • March 16 – 20, 2020, 8 am – 5 pm

      Additional hours to be determined.

Student FAQ’s 

Nursing Students

Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all courses will go online until further notice. PHSSN will determine the path for clinical requirements with the ongoing COVID-19 situation. More information will be shared during the week of March 16, 2020.

Student Teaching

For students who are participating in student teaching, you will be able to come back to campus and the residence halls. Assignment decisions will be made by the school districts in which you are working.


If a student is participating in an internship but will not be returning to campus, we strongly encourage you to communicate promptly with your advisor and your employer. 

Student Workers

  • Student workers who worked before and continue during the extended Spring Break will be paid via direct deposit.
  • Student workers may return and work their assigned hours during extended Spring Break.

Faculty & Staff

  • Faculty and staff will report back on Monday, March 16, 2020, to support planning for the next steps to continue the education of our students.
  • Faculty committee meetings scheduled for next week will continue to occur. Depending on the size of the group, they should be planned in a big enough room where concerned participants are able to practice social distancing from each other. 

Campus Events

Campus events are being evaluated on a rolling 30-day plan. Below are the current plans for campus events scheduled through the end of March:

  • Knox-Bennett Lectureship, March 24, 2020 – Postponed
  • Women’s Luncheon on March 26, 2020 – Decision to be made by March 19.
  • Dr. Robert Monk Dinner, March 30, 2020 – Postponed
  • Bennett-Willson Lecture, March 31, 2020 – Pending


McMurry Athletics is suspending all athletic-related activities for an indefinite period of time. This includes practice, competition, and voluntary workouts. We will continue to monitor the ASC strategy on this and will update it as necessary.

Campus Communications

Communication is critical, and university leadership will provide regular updates via email and the university web page. McMurry’s leadership team meets daily, Monday through Friday, to review and discuss regional updates that effect McMurry, Abilene, Taylor County, and the state of Texas. A member of the campus leadership team also participates in a daily briefing hosted by the Texas Health and Human Services for healthcare systems, facilities, and providers, as well as affected organizations and businesses. 

Based on learning, updates may be crafted to share with students, faculty, and staff via campus email and the university web page. Links to web page updates will be shared via social media.

Web Page

Support Email

A dedicated email has been established.  Questions will be routed to appropriate departments for follow up. We will work to respond within 72 hours. We appreciate your patience.

Helpful Links


City of Abilene Update Briefing


Texas Health and Human Services


CDC Traveler Information

CDC Situation Summary

CDC Frequently Asked Questions

CDC People at High Risk

CDC How it Spreads

CDC Prevention & Treatment


Dear McMurry Community: 

COVID-19 is creating a fluid situation for communities throughout the United States, including universities. New information received this morning has prompted McMurry to extend Spring Break for our students for one week. The current plan is for McMurry to resume classes on Monday, March 23, 2020.

During the extended Spring Break, McMurry will continue to monitor COVID-19 and its impact on Abilene, Taylor County, and the state of Texas as we evaluate whether we will resume classroom and/or online instruction. The university’s priority is to ensure that we best serve the needs of our students.


Faculty and staff will report back on Monday, March 16, 2020, to support planning for the next steps to continue the education of our students. We will evaluate whether to transition to online or resume classroom instruction by Thursday, March 19, 2020. Plans will be updated at as well as emailed to students via their campus email.


  • Residence halls remain open.
  • Cleaning kits are available from Residence Life for students to checkout for cleaning of their personal room in the residence halls. Access to cleaning kits are available by calling your RA On-Duty:
    • Gold Star: 325-793-6545
    • Apartments: 325-793-6545
    • President: 325-793-6545
    • Hunt and Martin: 325-320-5163
  • Food service will resume at 7:30 am on Monday, March 16, 2020, in the dining hall only to accommodate student needs.

Hours are as follows:

    • Breakfast: 7:30 am – 10 am
    • Lunch: 11 am to 2 pm
    • Dinner: 4:30 pm to 7 pm
    • Light snack service will be available between meals.
  • Campus security continues normal operations.
  • The University Clinic will resume normal hours on Monday, March 16, 2020 . Hours available on Health Service web page.


The American Southwest Conference athletic directors will be meeting today at 3 pm to determine the next steps regarding conference play. McMurry’s non-conference baseball series against LeTourneau University has been canceled, and the team is returning to Abilene. No team events are scheduled until Tuesday, March 17, 2020.


Open lines of communication are critical. This email is available to contact MIDTEAM with information or concerns.

During this extended Spring Break, we encourage students to continue to practice prevention and social distancing while they are away. We want you all to be safe and healthy.


Sandra S. Harper, PhD

McMurry Community:

We hope you are enjoying Spring Break! We are looking forward to welcoming you back to War Hawk Territory on Monday! Classes will resume Monday, March 16, 2020, at 8 am.

McMurry Student Services Schedules:

  • Residence halls remain open during Spring Break.
  • Food services will begin on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 4 pm with the opening of the Grille.
  • The dining hall reopens at 7:30 am Monday, March 16, 2020.
  • The library is open Friday, March 13, 2020, from 8 am to 5 pm; closed on Saturday, March 14, 2020; and reopens Sunday, March 15, 2020, at noon.

While you are away from campus, we are busy continuing to monitor and prepare for the coronavirus health issue. Here is what has happened since our last update on March 4, 2020.

  • Disinfecting the common areas on campus, including the residence halls.
  • Assembling special cleaning kits for students to check out from Residence Life.
  • Developing educational reminder posters to help the university campus stay healthy. Posters will be displayed in common areas around campus.
  • Moving forward with cancellation of study-abroad programs for art department (Italy), Johnson School of Business (Spain and Croatia), and Harlaxton (UK).
  • Revising the dedicated web page to allow for a central location for future Campus Updates. A link to this page is now on the homepage at

This is a fluid situation and things can change rapidly. Please continue monitoring your email and the website (, for McMurry updates with the most recent information. Weekly updates, at a minimum and more often if necessary, will be provided from trusted sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Health and Human Services (DSHS) as well as the World Health Organization (WHO).

Following is a summary of information from CDC and DSHS that has been released this week. Please continue reading to learn more about novel coronavirus, also known as coronavirus and COVID-19. We will refer to this virus as COVID-19 in our communication­ns.


Sandra S. Harper, PhD



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. Coronavirus may be referred to as novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

As of March 11, 2020, there are no confirmed cases at McMurry University, the City of Abilene, Texas, or in Taylor County. 


Know the symptoms.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath  

Call your doctor if you.

    • Foreign:  China, Italy, Iran, Japan, and South Korea, including the province of Hong Kong.
    • Domestic: States reporting more than 100 cases of COVID-19 to the CDC as of March 11, 2020, include California, New York, and Washington.   

Inform McMurry if you have traveled.

  • If you have traveled in foreign or domestic areas affected by COVID-19, please email McMurry nurse Ronda Hoelscher at and alert her to where you traveled.




  • Over Spring Break the public spaces and offices on campus were disinfected.
  • For your personal space, cleaning kits are available for check out through Residence Life.
  • Health Habit posters have placed around campus as reminders of proper hygiene to help protect you.

Below are CDC tips:

o   Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

o   If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

o   Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

o   Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

o   Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

o   Stay home when you are sick.

o   Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. COVID-19 Fighting Products

Additional CDC Prevention Information


McMurry University created the McMurry Infectious Disease Response Planning Team (MIDTEAM) as a part of the McMurry Emergency Response Team. This team is meeting regularly to assess and discuss the regional situation and potential impact to our campus and Abilene. 

MIDTEAM designated the following organizations as primary sources during this coronavirus outbreak: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). A member of the MIDTEAM is also participating in a daily briefing hosted by DSHS. These briefings provide the most up-to-date information for the state of Texas.

We have also received communication from both the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) about how this health issue might affect colleges and universities in the state and throughout the southern region of the United States. McMurry has designated Vice President for Marketing and Communication Robin Daniels as the point person for the ICUT working group that is monitoring this issue.  


Marty CashBurless, University Chaplain

Robin Daniels, VP for Marketing and Communication

Sam Ferguson, VP for Student Affairs and Intercollegiate Athletics

Jerri Gazaille, Executive Assistant to the University President

Sandra Harper, University President

Ronda Hoelscher, University Nurse

Lecia Hughes, Director of Human Resources

Debra Hulse, VP for Institutional Advancement

Jim Hunt, VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

Norm Jones, Interim Associate VP for Enrollment Management

Alaisha Montanez, Assistant Director of Communications

Mark Odom, Director of Security

Carl Scott, Chair of Campus Safety Committee; Director of Facilities & Campus Projects

Mark Waters, Director of International Education

Lisa Williams, VP for Finance and Administration

Allen Withers, Dean of Students and Campus Life   

The team may be expanded if community spread of the disease reaches Abilene, Texas.




The American Southwest Conference (ASC) athletic directors (ADs) met on March 11, 2020, to exchange information about their campus and community statuses relating to COVID-19 planning and actions.


The ADs reported no institution is canceling the semester, but most institutions are working on contingency plans including online instruction should the need arise. Athletic competition is not being canceled or spectator limits enacted at any ASC campus. ADs have agreed to eliminate postgame contact as a precautionary measure. Each AD reported active and ongoing campus precautions in all facets of operations – students, faculty/staff, academics, athletics, and auxiliary functions.




  • No McMurry students are currently studying abroad.
  • McMurry University is not supporting travel by faculty, staff, or students to countries listed by the CDC in their COVID-19 risk assessment by country at any of the Levels 1, 2, or 3. Currently these countries are China, Italy, Iran, Japan, and South Korea, as well as the province of Hong Kong.  CDC Travel Updates
  • All Summer 2020 student study-abroad programs are canceled, including Harlaxton. If you have registered and are concerned regarding study-abroad programs, please contact Mark Water at






COVID-19 Texas Situational Overview

As of March 11, 2020

County of Residence 2

Number of Cases 3





Fort Bend












Texas COVID-19 Cases, 3/10/20 1

1 DSHS will update the state case count each day by 10 a.m. CT.
2Patient may be undergoing treatment in facilities in other counties
3Does not include repatriation cases.





CDC Travel Advisory (link)

Risk-Stratification criteria for the purpose of travel health notices to countries with COVID-19 have been established:

Level 3            Avoid nonessential travel, widespread in communities

Level 2            Special precautions for high-risk travelers, sustained community transmission

Level 1            Practice usual precautions, cases may exist


Helpful CDC Links:

CDC United States Cases Reporting

CDC Traveler Information

CDC National Update from CDC Situation Summary

CDC Frequently Asked Questions

CDC People at Higher Risk

CDC How it Spreads

CDC Prevention & Treatment


As we approach our much anticipated Spring Break, many of us will be traveling. Please be aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued warnings and alerts for the locations listed below relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Be sure to click on this link for the most updated information from the CDC. We want to remind you to be informed of any travel warnings related to the virus and encourage you to stay aware of ongoing developments via the CDC  Travel Advisory website. As more countries see an increased risk, there is the possibility of further travel restrictions for anyone who is traveling abroad.

Coronavirus Disease 2020 Information for Travel

Affected Geographic Areas with Widespread or Sustained Community Transmission

Last updated March 3, 2020

Warning Level 3

CDC recommends that travelers  avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations:

Alert Level 2

These destinations are experiencing sustained community transmission of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus can spread from person to person.  Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.

Japan ( Level 2 Travel Health Notice)

Content source:
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD),  Division of Viral Diseases



McMurry University seeks to provide proactive and responsive information to our campus community to ensure our health and wellbeing. Concerns over the coronavirus from China (COVID-19) and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding its spread have raised awareness and created apprehensions around the world, including here in Abilene. With this open letter, my goal is to provide updates relating to our McMurry community and to connect you with resources to help you stay informed regarding the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Information Resources

Campus nurse Ronda Hoelscher, as well as other campus leadership, are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for update and emerging information, and this relevant information will be shared with campus. The CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage is a resource providing helpful information and recent updates related to the worldwide spread.

Currently, no cases of coronavirus have been reported at McMurry or in Abilene. Nonetheless, precautions are always recommended. Tips to avoid catching and spreading illnesses like coronavirus and the flu include:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow, sleeve, scarf, sweater, etc. if no tissue is available.
  • Remember to wipe down door handles with disinfectant.
  • Carry/use hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol.

You may find additional prevention tips on the CDC website.

McMurry Travel Abroad

In the Wall Street Journal Thursday, it was reported that many US colleges and universities are canceling study-abroad trips as reported cases of the coronavirus continue to spread beyond China, into northern Italy, South Korea, Japan, and Iran. With spring break in a few weeks, we want to remind you to be informed of any travel warnings related to the virus and encourage you to stay aware of ongoing developments via the CDC   Travel Advisory website. As more countries see an increased risk, there is the possibility of further travel restrictions for anyone who is traveling abroad.

McMurry’s summer study abroad programs are scheduled to visit Italy, Spain, Croatia, and England (Harlaxton) this summer. With the spread of the coronavirus continuing, McMurry department directors and campus leadership are closely monitoring the situation to determine whether or not to suspend our planned trips before cancellation deadlines that may cause financial harm. Updates will be posted later in March on the McMurry Study Abroad website, or you may contact your trip advisor to gain more insights.

Stay Informed

The situation is continuing to evolve rapidly. Stay updated regarding ongoing developments via these website links:

CDC Situation Summary  

CDC About the Coronavirus

World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Report

WHO Travel Advice