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Campus Updates


UPDATE 9/8/20 - New COVID-19 Case - Sept 8th

COVID-19 Cases Update as of September 8, 2020

McMurry University learned Monday that a student who resides on campus tested Antigen-positive for coronavirus. The student had returned home around September 1 to quarantine. Contact tracing has been completed. Individuals who came into close contact* with this person have been notified and advised of the necessary precautions.  

If you have personal concerns, please email with your phone number, and someone will follow up. 

The new case brings McMurry's total cases on campus to four since the beginning of the Fall Semester. Two have recovered and two are active cases.

From the Office of the President

Dr. Sandra S. Harper

*Contact Tracing Recommendation / Close Contact

According to the CDC, to have been classified as exposed, someone will have been in close proximity (less than 6 feet apart for 15 minutes or longer) to a positive person. Contact will have been within the last three days before symptoms appear or a positive-test result date (asymptomatic). McMurry contact tracers, who have taken the Johns Hopkins Contact Tracing Course, are also defining close contact as those near the individual for an extended period.



  • No off-campus guests in campus housing including residence halls and apartments
  • No more than 4 students in a room 


Safeguarding McMurry requires us to avoid behaviors putting others at risk and ultimately placing you at risk.

  • Not wearing a face covering or mask when in the presence of others
  • Not practicing social distancing
  • Not wearing a mask properly (fully cover your nose and under your chin)
  • Attending off-campus parties, especially indoors
  • Gathering in groups of more than 10, especially not wearing masks



Campus Update: Monday, August 31, 2020

Monday afternoon, McMurry University learned of a student who tested positive for coronavirus. The student was initially on campus, but returned home for quarantine last week. This individual has not been in close contact* with others on campus during the timeframe where contact tracing is recommended* – 3 days prior to symptoms appearing or positive-test result date.

If you have personal concerns, please email with your phone number, and someone will follow up.

This brings McMurry total cases on campus to three. 

From the Office of the President
Dr. Sandra S. Harper


*Contact Tracing Recommendation / Close Contact

According to the CDC, to have been classified as exposed, someone will have been in close proximity (less than 6 feet apart for 15 minutes or longer) to a positive person. Contact will have been within the last three days before symptoms appear or a positive-test result date (asymptomatic). McMurry contact tracers, who have taken the Johns Hopkins Contact Tracing Course, are also defining close contact as those near the individual for an extended period.




  • No off-campus guests in campus housing including residence halls and apartments
  • No more than 4 students in a room 


Safeguarding McMurry requires us to avoid behaviors putting others at risk and ultimately placing you at risk.

  • Not wearing a face covering or mask when in the presence of others
  • Not practicing social distancing
  • Not wearing a mask properly (fully cover your nose and under your chin)
  • Attending off-campus parties, especially indoors
  • Gathering in groups of more than 10, especially not wearing masks

Campus Update: Saturday, August 29, 2020

Friday night, McMurry University confirmed one additional student residing on campus has tested Antigen-positive for coronavirus. The individual is isolated and contact tracing has been completed. Individuals who came into close contact* with this person have been notified and advised of the necessary precautions.

If you have personal concerns, please email with your phone number, and someone will follow up.

This new case does not have connections to the first Antigen-positive case from Monday night. This brings McMurry total cases on campus to two.  

From the Office of the President
Dr. Sandra S. Harper


*Defining Close Contact

According to the CDC to have been classified as exposed,

someone will have been in close proximity (less than 6 feet apart for 15 minutes or longer) to a person who tests positive. Contact will have been within the last three days before symptoms appear or a positive-test result (asymptomatic). McMurry contact tracers, who have taken the Johns Hopkins Contact Tracing Course, are also defining close contact as those who are in the immediate vicinity of the individual for an extended period of time.





  • No off-campus guests in campus housing including residence halls and apartments
  • No more than 4 students in a room  


Safeguarding McMurry requires us to avoid behaviors putting others at risk and ultimately placing you at risk.

  • Not wearing a face covering or mask when in the presence of others
  • Not practicing social distancing
  • Not wearing a mask properly (fully cover your nose and under your chin)
  • Attending off-campus parties, especially indoors
  • Gathering in groups of more than 10, especially not wearing masks
(Image) How to wear a mask

Monday night, McMurry University confirmed that a student residing on campus has tested Antigen-positive for coronavirus. Campus Safeguard protocols in place helped the University quickly identify the case, confirm the case, and implement the contact tracing process. This individual did not attend classes on Monday, and the student is returning home outside of Abilene to recuperate.

Contact tracing began last night and has been completed. Individuals who came into close contact with this person have been notified and are quarantined. If you have personal concerns, please email with your phone number, and someone will follow up. 


According to the CDC to have been classified as exposed, someone will have been in close proximity (less than 6 feet apart for 15 minutes or longer) to a person who tests positive. Contact will have been within the last three days before symptoms appear or a positive-test result (asymptomatic).  


Safeguarding McMurry requires us to avoid behaviors putting others at risk and ultimately placing you at risk.

  • Not wearing a face covering or mask when in the presence of others
  • Not practicing social distancing
  • Not wearing a mask properly (fully cover your nose and under your chin)
  • Attending off-campus parties, especially indoors
  • Gathering in groups of more than 10, especially not wearing masks


  • No off-campus guests in campus housing including residence halls and apartments
  • No more than 4 students in a room

Safety First. Protect Each Other.
From the Office of the President
Dr. Sandra S. Harper

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be required to have their temperature checked prior to entering any McMurry campus building beginning Monday, August 24, 2020.

There will be four temperature check tents at various locations around campus between the hours of 7:30 AM and 1:30 PM, Monday through Friday. You will be required to go through a temperature check station before entering any building each day. If your temperature is 100.4 or greater, you will not be granted access to any building. Temperatures below 100.4 will be issued a colored sticker and this will allow you to gain access to all buildings on campus for that day. There will be staff members located at the entryways of each building to ensure you have your sticker.

Tent Locations:

  • Breezeway between Old Main and Cooke
  • Between Library and Science
  • Hunt PE Southeast door
  • In front of Dining Hall

Building Entrances:

  • Cooke and Old Main - Breezeway
  • Science - Front Door
  • Library - Front Door
  • Hunt PE - Southeast Door by Activity Gym
  • Education - Front Door
  • Dining Hall - Front Door
  • Radford/Furr - Front Door
  • Maedgen - Front Door
  • Ryan Fine Arts - Front Door
  • Chapin - Front Door
  • Band Hall - Front Door


Symptoms Screening App

McMurry University has teamed with Health Roster to provide an online tool for daily symptoms reporting. Beginning Friday and every morning including Saturday and Sunday throughout the semester, you will receive a text and/or email reminding you to check in that day for symptoms reporting. Click on the link and follow the prompts.

Do I need to register?

  • If we have your mobile phone number in our system, it has been uploaded to Healthy Roster. If you need to update your mobile number click here.
  • If we have no mobile phone number, you will receive an email at your email address. To add your mobile number, click here.



Check your phone or email for an email from Healthy Roster before leaving your room or home. Fill out the form to receive first level clearance for class.

If you report symptoms, stay home. You will receive the following text notification:

“Please stay home! Someone from McMurry will be in contact with you shortly.
Thank you!”

If you are symptom free, you will receive this message:

“You have been cleared to come to campus. We will see you soon. Have a great day and thanks for keeping the McMurry community safe! Please click on the link for your green screen access to campus (link will follow).

What If I do not get an email or text?

If you do not receive a text or email, please proceed to one of the temperature-check tents on campus. You may complete the symptoms screening on a form, and then get your temperature check to receive your clearance for class.


Go to one of the four temperature check tents across campus to receive your sticker to gain building access.

  • You will have you will have your temperature check and receive a sticker to enter the buildings, dining hall, and campus center that day.
  • Temperatures will be taken from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Refer to "Fall Temperature Check Procedure" email for more information.


  • Building access is centralized through one door.
  • Proceed to the designated entrance and have your sticker in plain view. Staff will be checking for stickers as you enter from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm.


As you enter the classroom be prepared to show your green clearance pass to your professor for each class you attend that day.

If you have any questions, please email

The summer months have dwindled away and we are now a mere two weeks away from the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

Having entered Phase 3 of our campus reopening plan on August 1, Dr. Harper takes a moment to deliver another campus update the day before Commencement.

Congratulations to our Class of 2020.


McMurry Scholar-Athletes,

Tonight, the American Southwest Conference announced that fall sports will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference’s plan is to have fall sports commence in the spring semester. Currently, there has been no decision made regarding our winter season (swimming and basketball).

It is important that we make the best of our situation and remain positive. Remember, fall sports are not canceled, just postponed .

A positive attitude will help separate us from other schools across our conference and nation, who are receiving similar news. We empathize with you and wish circumstances were different, but this is a prudent decision made in the best interest of our communities. Let us work together to make the most of our situation.

The NCAA has adjusted and is allowing for flexibility in creating an athletics experience during the pandemic. Work with us and take advantage of these opportunities. We will use the NCAA Core Principles of Resocialization of College Sport to create a safe environment for practices and conditioning activities leading into the spring semester. We will also develop non-athletic related activities designed to position you for success in competition and beyond . Our coaches are here to help you grow this fall and use this pause to our advantage, while being intentional about minimizing our risk factors.

We will continue to plan for pre-season activities, as you return with the new and returning general student body in August.

Your coaches will be in touch with you soon regarding adjustments that will need to be made. McMurry University is committed to moving forward with an athletics experience that will allow you to grow in your sport skills , in your leadership , and most importantly in your academic pursuits .

Beyond the experience in athletics, our student affairs staff, residence life staff, faculty, and the rest of the McMurry community are working to deliver instruction and a campus life experience that is meaningful and safe. I encourage you to review the communication that the University has released to remain informed and up to date on this changing situation. What you will learn is that our entire community is dedicating countless hours to the delivery of an exceptional and safe experience, given the circumstances. Be confident in the steps we are taking on behalf of our community to keep you safe.

War Hawks , understand that one of the greatest benefits of working on a university campus is the opportunity to connect with students and observe you engaging in activities that will transform your life. We strongly believe that athletics is one of the most powerful of those activities. While we would rather see that happen in the fall, we are thankful for the ASC presidents’ creativity in ensuring that participation will happen in a non-traditional season.

This pandemic has created challenges and outside of the box thinking. Thanks to our ability to adapt, we remain optimistic for a bright future at McMurry. As author and pastor Erwin McManus stated, “Greatness is never born from easy circumstances. We can become stronger when the world becomes harder.”

The year of 2020 has not given us the start we were hoping for on New Year’s Day. It’s not over yet and there is time left to make it great! Let’s look ahead and commit to finishing strong. If the year 2020 was a football game, we would’ve just started the third quarter. We’d be early in the second half of a basketball game. Let’s come together and make this one of the greatest comebacks of all time.

Comebacks define McMurry – the willingness to give all that we have until the end. In fact, just last year our men’s basketball team overcame an early 16-point deficit to beat HSU on the road, our volleyball team trailed 2-1 on the road and won a dramatic fourth set to save the game, and later win, 3-2 at LeTourneau, and our softball team posted six runs in the sixth inning to defeat UT Dallas 7-5 on the road. Now that I think about it, even our 2012 NCAA Men’s Track & Field Championship required overcoming a 26-point deficit heading into the final day of competition. We are no strangers to rallies. Comebacks are in the DNA of McMurry!

I’m confident that we will pull off more late heroics in finishing strong in 2020! It’s going to take belief, positive attitudes, resilience, and care for others to rally for a win. This pandemic is tough, but we are tougher!

Your courage, enthusiasm, passion, and servant hearts are inspiring. I can tell you that our coaches, staff, and McMurry community are equally passionate, encouraging, and enthusiastic. More importantly, we’re all focused on you. Let’s make a commitment to rally and finish strong in 2020! The best is yet to come.

Stay healthy, take care of one another, and GO WAR HAWKS!

Sam Ferguson
Vice President, Division of
Student Affairs and Intercollegiate Athletics


Dining Plans for Academic Year 2020-2021 as of July 24,2020
* Please note that plans may change as local, state and federal guidelines are revised.

  • McMurry Dining Services, managed by Pioneer College Catering, is working with the University to make sure dining services adhere to social distance and other health and safety guidelines through the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • A variety of food options will be available for our students with high quality and nutritious choices.
  • The dining hall will be offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Seating capacity will be arranged to accommodate social distancing with a maximum capacity of 50% in accordance with state and local regulations.
  • Starbucks, in the Library, and the C-Store, in Old Main, will operate as normal with social distancing set up and seating reduced to 50% capacity.
  • Carryout will be available for students who prefer taking the meal back to your room, or eat in a de-densified public space, adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Dear McMurry Parents and Families,

Over the past couple of days, we have received an influx of responses regarding our August 8 commencement plans. Although we cannot truly fathom the level of disappointment that you are experiencing as parents and loved ones, we understand your frustration as we too are disappointed. Commencement is a time to celebrate the completion of a multi-year journey and applaud the significant accomplishments of each McMurry graduate as the move from student to alumni. We look forward each year to sharing this with our students and their families.

This year has presented a unique whirlwind of challenges, and we are doing our very best to shift and adapt. Given the recent state of the COVID-19 situation throughout the state of Texas, the health and safety of everyone involved is our top priority. The decision to only allow graduates at the commencement ceremony was difficult but one that we feel will not only protect our campus community and your families and loved ones as well.

Although commencement looks different from what we originally planned, we are still committed to providing a quality experience for our students and their families. Along with an event live stream (details will follow), we will also be providing photos and a complementary video of the event for graduates.

Jimmy Dean was quoted as saying, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” In this season of change, we hope that you will partner with us one last time to adjust and allow our students the opportunity to reach their destination.

Dr. Sandra S. Harper
President, McMurry University


Commencement Details

December 2019, May 2020, August 2020 Graduates

One Ceremony - August 8, 2020 at 10 AM
Kimbrell Arena in Hunt PE
McMurry University
Attendees: Graduates and Faculty Only
No Families, Friends and Guests will be allowed in Kimbrell

Live Broadcast Available

For Families, Friends and Guests

Link on McMurry University Homepage | 
(Additional information will be emailed week of graduation)

Available Free to Graduates

Video Recording
Personal Photos
Event Photos
(Links Will Be Sent To Allow For Download) 

Information for Graduates


All graduates should arrive by 8:30am on August 8, 2020. We will conduct a rehearsal and be out of the gym in time for the processional. All graduates will participate in the same ceremony, which will begin at 10:00am.


Graduates will meet in Kimbrell (gym). Enter through the main north doors only.


Temperatures will be checked for each person before entering the gym. Anyone with a 100.4 or higher will not be allowed to enter.


McMurry face mask will be provided for each graduate. Face covering must be worn at all times by graduates. You may remove your face mask for the entry photo, crossing the stage, and diploma portrait after you exit the stage.


Processing, recessing, and seating will follow social distancing guidelines at all times.


  • See full policy sent in previous student emails.
  • You may wear approved academic honor cords if applicable. BSN students may wear nursing pins.
  • NO items associated with social clubs or other non-academic organizations or personal affiliations are worn with the academic regalia.
  • Caps can be decorated on the top only. (refer to full policy for details)
  • If you still need to purchase a cap & gown, they are available in the McMurry bookstore.


If you plan to attend and have not previously notified the Registrar, please send an email by July 24, to

If you have any questions, contact the Registrar at 325.793.3808 /


Welcome War Hawks,

We are excited that you’ve decided to live on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year, whether this is your first year or you are a returning student!

While we are busy preparing for your return, the McMurry Residence Life and Housing staff would like to provide you with the latest information and updates about the Fall20 extended move-in process.

*Please note that these policies may change to reflect the climate of the current pandemic. If any of these policies change, students will be informed, and information about these changes will be posted on the housing page and on


Fall 2020 Important Housing Dates


New and Returning Students Drop-Off Days
Tuesday, August 11th-Friday, August 14, 2020

New Student Check-In/Move-In
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Welcome Week
Wednesday, August 19th-Sunday, August 23, 2020

Returner Move-In
Saturday, August 22nd-Sunday, August 23, 2020


Move-In Information


Face Covering/Masks: Face masks, face shields, or face coverings are required anytime one, student or visitor, is walking through the halls, occupying common spaces, and entering or exiting the residence halls, as these spaces do not always allow for social distancing to be observed.

Drop-Off Days: Between Tuesday-Friday of the week before move-in week, August 11th-14th, the Residence Life office is providing students with the unique opportunity to sign up for a time to drop off their stuff early. The purpose of offering an early drop-off week is to help limit the number of people moving in on the high traffic check-in days. Participating in early drop-off week is completely optional but is highly encouraged, especially if the student lives within a three-hour radius of campus. Further information, including the sign-up process and drop-off policies and procedures, will be available on the housing website and sent to all new and returning residential students via McMurry email soon.

New Student Check-In/Move-In: New Student Check-In Day is mandatory for all new students, including transfer students. Students who live closer than three hours away are asked to check in from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, and students who live further than three hours away may check in from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. This helps to accommodate for social distancing, both in the check-in line and in the residence halls. Students new to McMurry will receive an email regarding the check-in/move in process to their McMurry email soon.

Returner Move-In: Returner move-in is Saturday, August 22-Sunday, August 23. Returners will be asked to reserve a time slot for move-in to ensure staff availability and allow all to practice social distancing. Students will receive a link to sign up via email.

Cleaning and Sanitizing During Move-Ins: The Residence Life staff, cleaning staff, and Orientation Leaders will frequently wipe down surfaces throughout days when there will be more traffic in the residence halls. This includes drop-off and move-in days. There will also be hand-sanitizing stations at the entrances of the buildings so that students and guests helping with the move-in process may sanitize their hands upon entering and/or leaving the building.

Early Move-In for Fall Sports and Band/Drumline: If you participate in a fall sport or are in band/drumline, you will receive an email detailing the early check-in/move-in process very soon.


Updated Housing Policies for 2020-2021*


On-Campus Residential Commitment to Safety: In addition to their lease, all students who live on campus will be required to read, sign, and adhere to an On-Campus Residential Commitment to Safety Covenant, which will be inserted in each student’s move-in packet to be received in the residence hall on one’s move-in day.

Visitation: Off-campus visitors are not permitted in the residence halls at this time. Students will be able to bring two guests to help with the move-in process, but once the move-in process is complete, only students who live on campus are permitted in the residence halls. On-campus guests of the opposite gender or of romantic nature must be signed in and accompanied at all times, and overnight stays for guests of the opposite gender or romantic nature are not allowed.

Use of Common Spaces and Kitchens: The lobbies are currently closed until further notice; however, the kitchen is open. There should be no more than two students in the kitchen at a time to accommodate social distancing. In addition, students will be encouraged to practice good hand hygiene and clean up after themselves by wiping down all surfaces with disinfecting supplies provided by the Residence Life staff before leaving the kitchen.

Residence Hall Programming: Programs within the residence halls may look a little different this year, but the Resident Advisors will be trained on how to offer fun, educational, and developmental programs for students in new and creative ways. Some of the fun programs offered in the spring semester after classes moved online included a virtual escape room, a game night, and a Netflix watching party. Residence Life staff have been hard at work to make sure students are able to stay safe and “connected” in the residence halls.

if you have questions or need additional assistance, please email residence life here.


McMurry Residence Life and Housing Staff

McMurry University is planning for students’ safe return to campus. While we cannot guarantee a campus that is free of the virus that causes COVID-19, preventive actions may help protect our students, faculty, and staff. Since March 2020, we have been promoting and encouraging our campus to adopt “healthy habits.” We continue to encourage preventive actions across campus, reminding our community, “Safety first. Protect each other.”

We are striving to keep communication lines open and transparent while we work to ensure we are providing accurate and timely information. We send out campus update emails to students' ( emails and have developed a dedicated web page at "". If you would like to sign up to be on an email and text lists, please click here and provide McMurry with your email and mobile number (optional). Multiple family members may enroll by submitting their own form.


Listed below are recent updates that you may find helpful as you prepare to join or rejoin the McMurry community in the fall. Additional information regarding move-in and campus safety procedures will soon follow. Please keep in mind that these plans are subject to change if local, state, or federal guidelines or recommendations shift.

Summer Term Protocols:

  • Since May 1, McMurry has been offering face-to-face classes to a small number of students with a maximum of 9 students plus the professor.
  • Rooms are configured with the appropriate social distancing and outfitted with classroom safety kits.
  • The courses were completed successfully and provided our campus with a better plan for fall in-person instruction.

Health Protocols:

  • Everyone on campus is required to wear a face covering in the presence of others. We believe covering your nose and mouth with a mask in all settings is an effective way to protect you and others.
  • Face coverings will be required in the fall.
  • McMurry will also provide one face covering to each student, but you are encouraged to bring your own to campus.

Health Screenings:

  • Daily online symptom screenings and temperature checks are required by anyone planning to visit campus that day (students, employees, visitors, vendors, etc.).
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms or whose temperature is 100.4 or higher is asked to stay home.
  • If someone feels they may have been exposed to someone infected, they are asked to quarantine at home until a diagnosis is confirmed.
  • All guests coming to campus must follow these protocols, including daily symptom screening, temperature check, and wearing a face covering.

Student Care:

  • The President's Residence Hall is reserved for any residential students who require quarantine or isolation protocols.
  • Any students quarantined will be cared for in a comfortable living space ensuring essential campus services are delivered (food, care, coursework, etc.) to the best of our abilities.
  • Contact tracing will be implemented for known cases on campus. A care team will assess the extent of exposure and follow up appropriately to maintain the safest possible campus environment while ensuring privacy and confidentiality.

Classroom Experience and Instruction:

  • Face-to-face instruction begins on August 24, 2020.
  • Fall schedule has been adjusted to allow on-campus instruction to conclude Tuesday, November 24, 2020, before Thanksgiving finishing the last week and finals online. Students have two options following Thanksgiving. (1) They may return home at Thanksgiving and finish classes and finals remotely. (2) The campus will be open after Thanksgiving, even though instruction will be online for those who need technology and services at McMurry. If you have any additional needs, please let us know.
  • Classrooms and gathering space have been measured for maximum capacity and adjusted and configured for social distancing protocols. Classrooms may appear different you will receive the same exceptional education and experience from your faculty members.
  • Classrooms are equipped with safety kits, including disinfecting wipes and gloves for cleaning, hand sanitizer, and disposable masks.
  • All faculty will be provided with face shields and will be required to wear them.
  • Your faculty are designing each of their courses to have both a face-to-face and remote component. This dual format will allow for flexibility.

Remote Instruction:

  • We are planning a flexible approach to instruction this fall.
  • Faculty have been asked to design all of their classes so that they can be offered BOTH online and face-to-face simultaneously. We are referring to this as ‘concurrent design’. This design will allow students to learn online if they wish while allowing others to meet face-to face in the same class.
  • Additionally, if a student becomes sick with the virus and must quarantine for a period of time, they will be able to continue in their classes remotely and not have to miss any instruction.


  • Our student life and housing staff created an extended move-in plan for both new and returning students.
  • The plan incorporates staggered check-ins, social distancing, and additional health protocols to ensure we move each student into their room and follow social distancing recommendations. This plan was sent on July 21, 2020 to your McMurry email.


  • The American Southwest Conference presidents are meeting to discuss all potential options for fall athletics this week, Thursday, July 23, 2020. We will be sure to promptly relay any critical information or possible changes after the conclusion of that meeting.

We know in-person class instruction is your need, and we recognize you may have concerns about your safety and wellness. If we all do what is required to protect others, we may be able to protect the McMurry campus allowing us to deliver the in-person college experience you want.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at or reach out to admissions, athletics, or student life to serve you as best we can. We are planning daily for your safe arrival to campus and a great semester.

Sandra S. Harper


McMurry University supports Gov. Abbott as Texas works to get its coronavirus surge under control. The new executive order requires Texans living in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases to wear a face-covering over the nose and mouth while inside a business or other building open to the public, as well as outdoor public spaces, whenever social distancing is not possible. Outdoor events are also restricted to 10 or less.   

McMurry Campus Mask Policy Update

With the start of the Summer II term, masks and face-coverings will no longer be optional on campus. We require you to wear a mask or face-covering on campus when in common areas and in the presence of others. This includes all students and professors wearing face-coverings throughout the face-to-face classes and research activities.

Effective Friday, July 3, 2020 at noon

Homecoming is about just that, coming home. It’s a coming together of alumni… of family. Through generations we see that no matter when we came to McMurry, we’re family, connected, a part of something bigger. Like every year, the health, safety and well-being of all our Homecoming participants and our greater McMurry community are our highest priorities. It is because of these priorities that we have made the very difficult decision to announce a change from the traditional in-person event-driven Homecoming format, to a weeklong virtual celebration for Homecoming 2020.

Although it certainly was not an easy decision, we believe it is the right one.

McMurry’s Homecoming attracts hundreds of alumni and their guests from around the country every year, as public health guidelines continue to emphasize social distancing, minimal close contact, limitations on group sizes, along with the governor’s recent mandate regarding the wearing of masks, our ability to provide the experience we know our alumni count on us delivering is limited.

We know that while many of you will support our decision, it is likely to cause much disappointment among our alumni family. We had remained hopeful this would not be necessary, but at this point we want to ensure that the same measures we take to protect our students and campus community are in place for our alumni.

Alumni Relations is actively exploring virtual programming, along with several stakeholder groups across campus and alumni leadership, to help continue the spirit of Homecoming in October. Events related to this new format for 2020 are in the early stages of planning, and updates will be provided as soon as possible.

Kimberly Tate '07, President of the McMurry Alumni Association, said, "Virtual Homecoming is a wonderful opportunity to keep the McMurry spirit alive for all of the McMurry community, in the comfort and safety of their own home, regardless of where they are in the world. Participants can look forward to a host of different events on digital platforms that will put a twist on the traditional experience, while allowing us to continue to engage with fellow alumni, as well as support and celebrate McMurry."

As we continue prioritizing the health and safety of our community and alumni above all else, we look forward to a time when we can all be together again and celebrate our memories, our connections, and our university.

Shifting the Homecoming 2020 format is a part of McMurry’s larger COVID-19 response, which is online at

Stay up-to-date on McMurry Homecoming 2020 – and view announcements as it approaches – at

If you'd like to volunteer to help plan your class reunion during a future Homecoming weekend, please reach out to Suzann Couts in the Alumni Office at couts.suzann@mcm.eduor call 325-793-4608.


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

McMurry Health Services has confirmed an employee and two students with campus connections have tested positive for Covid-19.  

One student is registered for campus housing but is reportedly living off campus. This student has visited a building on campus within the last week. The other student is enrolled but has not been on campus for two weeks. The employee did not have an assignment on campus for the Summer 1 term. Individuals are self-isolating, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health guidelines.

Contact tracing has been conducted by McMurry Health Services and campus leadership, supported by the local health district. Those in the McMurry community who may have come into close contact with the positive cases have been notified and given further instructions. The campus building was cleaned and disinfected over the weekend.

In accordance with Department of Education guidelines, we are notifying campus, as is regulated by DOE Immediate Threat to Health or Safety (§ 668.46):

“The Clery Act and its implementing regulations require institutions to notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff occurring on campus. The Department does not interpret the statutory language as requiring institutions to give regular, on-going updates on COVID-19 or to proactively identify positive COVID-19 cases within the campus community. The Department also does not interpret the statutory language to apply to positive COVID-19 cases among individuals who are not attending classes, working, or residing on campus or to require notifications to such individuals.

An institution may satisfy the emergency notification requirements of the Clery Act and § 668.46 as follows: (1) provide students and employees a single notification through the regular means of communicating emergency notifications informing them about COVID-19 and necessary health and safety precautions, as well as encouraging them to obtain information from health care providers, state health authorities, and the CDC’s COVID-19 website; or (2) create a banner at the top of the institution’s homepage containing that same information, including a statement about the global pandemic and a link to the CDC’s website.”

Reminder. Safety First. Protect Each Other.

With the rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases in our local community and state, we would like to stress and emphasize the importance of following the CDC's personal health protection guidelines:

  • Wear a mask or face covering on campus when around other people.
  • Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face (mouth, nose and eyes) with your hands.
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces.
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue or inside of your elbow.
  • Monitor your health for symptoms and stay home if you're sick.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

If you plan to visit campus, you are required to complete a daily symptoms screening form, which can be found at the top of the webpage , or in your daily email.

Important information regarding COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, testing and more can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, call McMurry Health Services at 325-793-4857 or email . McMurry is dedicated to support and guide you through the process for testing for the coronavirus, if you meet required criteria.

Information Resources:

Centers for Disease Control

Texas Department of State Health Services

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District

McMurry University is required to dispatch an Emergency Notification, as part of Clery Act requirements for all universities, to students and employees of a positive COVID-19 case(s) on campus. This notification is being sent via email and will be posted at Additional updates will follow through status reports at

Joint Notification from:
McMurry University
Security, Student Affairs
and Human Resources Departments

The McMurry University administration appreciates the feedback we have received from the McMurry Academic Transition Team (MATT) and the broader faculty community. Taking all of this information into consideration as well as the current situation in Abilene and the State of Texas, we have made the following decisions about the Fall 2020 semester:

  1. We will retain the academic calendarr as posted: same start time, same holidays, same end time, and the same final examination calendar.
  2. Face-to-face instruction will conclude Tuesday, November 24, 2020 , which is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The Division of Student Affairs will be presenting more detailed explanations to our residential students in a separate message.  Faculty will have access to their offices after Thanksgiving.    
  3. Remote instruction will occur the week following the Thanksgiving holidays . All activities that are best suited to in-person instruction such as juries, art shows, theater productions, musical performances, and honors presentations should occur by November 24, 2020. Faculty should also consider what elements of their respective courses lend themselves to remote instruction and plan accordingly. 
  4. Faculty who are interested in proctored online examinations should contact Dr. Cynthia Rutledge by July 24, 2020, to develop appropriate solutions.
  5. Since it is apparent that social distancing measures will need to be practiced for the entire Fall 2020 semester, faculty members should plan for concurrent delivery (that is, a portion of the students may need to be participating in the course remotely at the same time another group will be participating face-to-face in the classroom). Alternatively, faculty may wish to use asynchronous methods for the remote aspects of their courses. Science and art laboratories will have somewhat different restrictions based on the learning objectives of these activities. Dr. Draud will be presenting more detailed explanations about specific academic expectations and logistics in a separate message. 
  6. If the national/state/local/university COVID-19 environment changes in the future, the academic calendar and dominant education delivery system may change accordingly.
Sandra S. Harper

The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing in Taylor County and throughout the State of Texas. On Monday, Gov. Abbott addressed the increasing numbers reinforcing the importance of social distancing practices.

The McMurry community must be diligent in following safety recommendations. These practices, such as regularly sanitizing your hands, staying six feet away from others, and wearing a mask or face covering, are as crucial as ever. They are the best combatant in place to reducing the spread of the virus.

McMurry supports Gov. Abbott in reinforcing safety strategies that protect our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

  • Continue daily health screenings when on campus , making yourself always aware of the warning signs. Health screening surveys can be found at or in your McMurry email daily.
  • Wear masks or face coverings while within six feet of another person or while traveling about campus. Campus recommendations are masks below.
  • Remain diligent in adhering to safety considerations if you must move around the community.
  • Always use your best judgment to avoid places that could become crowded or overpopulated and risk being incompliant with the current 50% capacity requirements.


  • Masks are required when you are within six feet (social distance) of another person across campus.

  • Masks are required when entering and exiting buildings, residential halls, and classrooms. 


Outside Walkways

  • Between buildings, masks should be either worn or kept handy so that they can be put on if the sidewalks become crowded.

Building Hallways

  • Masks should be worn in the hallways and other common areas throughout buildings.

  • Masks should be worn entering and exiting a classroom.


  • If a classroom is appropriately socially distanced, no mask is required once all students are appropriately seated.

  • When entering a classroom, masks are required for both the professor and students.

  • Once class begins, the professor and students may remove their masks if social distancing is observed.

  • If a professor gets closer than six feet to the students, a mask is required for both the professor and the students.

  • Professors have the authority to require stricter guidelines.

  • Professors' expectations should be outlined in the syllabi.

Work Groups and Committee Meetings

  • Masks are required for small group work, private conversations, or board work that requires being closer than the social distancing guidelines.

If you have concerns relating to compliance, you may anonymously report your concerns via the toll-free Campus Conduct Hotline at 866.943.5787.


  • Masks are required when you are within six feet (social distance) of another person across campus.
  • Masks are required when entering and exiting buildings, residential halls, and classrooms.  


Outside Walkways

  • Between buildings, masks should be either worn or kept handy so that they can be put on if the sidewalks become crowded.

Building Hallways

  • Masks should be worn in the hallways and other common areas throughout buildings.
  • Masks should be worn entering and exiting a classroom.


  • If a classroom is appropriately social distanced, no mask is required once all students are appropriately seated.
  • When entering a classroom, masks are required for both the professor and students.
  • Once class begins, the professor and students may remove their masks if social distancing is observed.
  • If a professor gets closer than six feet to the students, a mask is required for both the professor and the students.
  • Professors have the authority to require stricter guidelines.
  • Professors’ expectations should be outlined in the syllabi.
Work Groups and Committee Meetings
  • Masks are required for small group work, private conversations, or board work that requires being closer than the social distancing guidelines.

If you have concerns relating to compliance, you may anonymously report your concerns via the Campus Conduct Hotline toll-free at 866.943.5787.


Since the May 14 virtual town hall, we’ve welcomed the return of staff to campus June 1, beginning Phase 2 of our campus reopening. 

Now, two weeks into the Phase 2 plan, Dr. Harper takes time to provide us with another campus update.  

If you have questions or comments after watching the video,  please visit with your supervisor, call HR, or email Thank you for your commitment to McMurry University through these challenging times.

We are now into week two of Phase 2 of our Return to Campus initiative and it appears to be going very well. It’s great to have your many faces back on campus as we take steps towards normalcy.

With the increase of folks on campus, we are also seeing an increase of questions regarding face coverings and expectations. We stand firm in continuing to protect our students, faculty, staff and visitors and so we wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate our campus face covering guidelines.

Face Covering Guidelines

The public health recommendation behind face coverings is to protect and respect those around you. When we all follow the guidelines, we have greater protection against COVID-19 within the McMurry Community. Always be mindful of the intent of face coverings when in the presence of others. The following are parameters to help clarify questions relating to face masks.

Around Campus/Out and About

  • Mask should be worn in the presence of others.
  • Wear your mask when moving from one office to another.
  • Wear your mask when you go to common areas, such as printers, bookstore, post office, etc.
  • If you are taking a walking break around campus, be aware of others and keep your face mask handy.

Open Offices

  • Within a department, you may choose not to wear a mask, if social distancing protocols are established. The cabinet must approve.
  • Make sure to wear a mask when visiting an open office area, such as IT, registrar, student billing, etc.

Your Private Office

  • No mask is required.
  • You may choose to put on a mask if someone comes into your office.

Visiting a Private Office

  • Please wear your mask unless the host extends the invitation to remove your mask.

If you continue to have questions regarding face coverings that are not addressed in the parameters above, please contact Lecia Hughes at 325-7934998 or email

We appreciate your cooperation and vigilance during this period of transition.


Commencement planning is underway for the ceremony on Saturday, August 8. Social distancing and group size limitations may be a significant influencer on plans. Kimbrell Arena will continue to be the location of choice, so we need to know if you are planning to attend the ceremony.

Please complete the Reservation Survey Form by
Monday, May 25, 2020.

Dear McMurry Community,

We would like to first thank you for adapting over the last two months to complete the spring semester. The adjustment has been difficult, but you all handled it like champions. We are shifting our attention to finding ways to welcome our community back to campus safely. While we have no guarantees, we can educate and put processes in place to proactively serve and protect one another.

As McMurry moves toward a fully functional campus by August 1, the University is putting processes in place designed to protect the McMurry community. A COVID-19 Safety Task Force was established to apply, as the campus can, recommendations in Governor Abbott’s Open Texas Report, which include:

  • COVID-19 Education
  • Daily screenings of symptoms
  • Hand hygiene & respiratory etiquette
  • Social distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of facilities
  • Wearing of mouth and nose coverings

McMurry University is implementing the following processes on Monday, May 11:

  • Each employee will be required to complete online training from SafeColleges designed to educate us on strategies to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
  • Require daily self-screenings of symptoms by completing an online, self-screening form.
  • If you are not coming to campus daily, log in Monday, May 11, using the Form Link and report when you will be returning. On days you do come to campus, please log in and report.
  • Continue Social Distancing practices in classrooms and other campus facilities.
  • Enhancing cleaning and disinfecting practices to sanitize our campus facilities.
  • Assembled disinfecting kits for our face-to-face May term classes, including face masks for each May term classroom (in rooms).
  • Requiring face coverings for all shared spaces on campus, including classrooms.
  • Encouraging all faculty, staff, and students to be mindful of personal hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (cover mouth and nose when sneezing/coughing).

The societal and campus changes are an adjustment for us all, but the above guidelines must be followed. Our new routine is a great way for us to model our core value of Service as the measure of life. We must protect the most vulnerable among us. 

Protect Yourself. Protect Others. Please follow the guidelines.

Ala Cumba,

Sam Ferguson | Vice President
Division of Student Affairs and Intercollegiate Athletics

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