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Chapter 7: Support Services

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7.1 Administrative and Fiscal Services

The Office of Administrative and Fiscal Services provides services for the instructional, research, and service components of the University.

7.1.1 Planning and Budgets

The Office of Planning and Budgets coordinates and manages the University's annual strategic planning and assessment process and formulates and administers the University's unrestricted operating budget and personnel roster to effectively support the goals and objectives defined within the University's Strategic Plan. Furthermore, the office provides relevant management information to administrators, communicates budget policies and guidelines, and coordinates the development of annual operating budgets and budget-related reports required by the Council on Postsecondary Education and other constituents.

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7.1.2 Fiscal Services

Fiscal Services has responsibility for the business and financial activities of the University and includes the Office of Accounting and Budgetary Control, Purchasing, Payroll, University Store, Food Services, and Post Office.

7.1.2.1 Accounting and Budgetary Control

The Office of Accounting and Budgetary Control provides faculty with travel regulations, credit card service, and check cashing.

7.1.2.2 Check Cashing

The Office of Accounting and Budgetary Control operates a cashiering facility. Faculty members may cash personal checks up to a $100 limit.

7.1.2.3 Payroll

Faculty members are given the option of being paid on a monthly or bi-weekly basis. In addition, faculty members may choose to have their earnings deposited directly into their checking account at their designated bank.

7.1.2.4 Purchasing

The University is subject to the purchasing regulations of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Model Procurement Code. To insure compliance with these regulations, all purchases made on behalf of the University are coordinated with the Office of Support Services.

7.1.2.5 Travel

Travel policies are detailed in a Travel Regulations Manual that is available on-line or through the Office of Accounting and Budgetary Control. The University sponsors a program with American Express to provide American Express "green" cards to faculty members to be used while on official University travel. The cards are provided at no cost to the faculty member.

7.1.2.6 Food Services

Food service on campus is managed by ARAMARK, which provides food court food service with an optional EagleCard Program, catered full-service dining, and on-campus delivery.

Food Services facilities are located on the second floor of the Adron Doran University Center and in the Alumni Tower residence hall.

7.1.2.7 Cafeteria Services

Dining facilities are readily available on campus. Faculty may use cash payments or the EagleCard Program.

Any full-time faculty member is eligible for membership in the EagleCard Program. The EagleCard can be used at any University food facility.

To be a member, a faculty member must deposit at least $100 with the University cashier, or the EagleCard office. Subscription to the program can occur at any time during the school year.

7.1.2.8 Catering Services

Catering Services exist for the convenience and use of the University community, the students, faculty, staff, and officially sponsored organizations of Morehead State University. A goal is to provide the quality of food and courteous service required to insure that every catered event is a success.

A complete catering guide may be obtained by calling University Food Services at 783-2017. The guide contains details for arranging a catered event, including room reservation, menu selections, pricing, guarantee of reservation, and timing of the various steps involved.

7.1.2.9 University Store

The University Store provides the following services to the faculty:

  • A ten percent discount on most merchandise,
  • Special book or supply orders,
  • Cap and gown purchase or rental,
  • Special imprints on clothing, and
  • Acceptance of Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

The store provides all the texts and materials required for instruction of our students. Book requests for required and recommended (if a student does not have to have the text, list it as recommended) texts are due to the store on the following dates:

  • Fall term - April 1
  • Spring term - October 15
  • Summer terms - April 1

Requests must be approved by the department chairperson. Required supply lists or related materials for class use should be provided by the same dates as texts.

7.1.2.10 University Post Office

The University Post Office is a contract station of the United States Postal Service. The service window is open daily except for vacation periods. Faculty may purchase stamps and money orders, register or certify mail, and receive other postal products and services.

7.1.2.11 University Golf Course

The University maintains a nine-hole golf course for use by University faculty, staff and students. This public course is located approximately four miles off campus on U.S. 60 east. Play is permitted for a per-round green fee or by purchase of an annual or semi-annual membership. A preferential rate is provided for faculty, staff and students. Motorized or pull carts are available for rental. The course is open March through December.

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7.1.3 Information Technology

Comprised of Academic Computing, the Computer Center, Technical Services and Telecommunications, the Office of Information Technology provides a broad range of technology-related services including Telecommunications, LAN/WAN support and services, internet access, desktop microcomputer support and services, technology training, cable TV services, bulk mail services, multimedia classroom design and implementation, central computing systems support and email service and support. The Office of Information Technology provides services and support for users at the main campus as well as several extended campus centers. In addition, the Office of Information Technology staffs and operates two student access microcomputer labs, and partners with the Department of Psychology to operate a state-of-the-art technology-training lab. Requests for assistance from the Office of Information Technology may be entered via the online workorder system located on the Office of Information Technology's web page, or by calling the Office of Information Technology help line at 3,5000.

7.1.3.1 Academic Computing and the Computer Center

Academic Computing and the Computer Center administers the University's central servers, supporting academic computing, administrative computing, web services, email, document imaging, distance learning, and several specialized enterprise applications. Services are hosted on a variety of platforms including HP-UX, Windows NT and Linux. In addition, the Computer Center provides bulk mail services, centralized printing services, and operates two open-access microcomputer labs.

Questions about Academic Computing or Computer Center issues should be directed to the Director of the Computer Center.

Misuse of computing resources is strictly prohibited and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken in response to violations. It is the responsibility of faculty, staff, and students using computing resources at Morehead State University to familiarize themselves with PG-55, Technology Security Policy.

7.1.3.2 Technical Services

Technical Services provides comprehensive service and support for desktop computing in classrooms, labs and faculty/staff offices. The Microcomputer Acquisition Program (MAP), Short Term Microcomputer Lease (STL) program and residence hall network (RESNET) support program also reside within Technical Services. As a joint venture with the Department of Psychology, Technical Services manages a state-of-the-art computer lab in Ginger Hall. Each semester Technical Services facilitates training on a wide range of technology-related topics. Requests for assistance on desktop computing issues may be entered via the online workorder system located on the Office of Information Technology's web page, or by calling the Office of Information Technology help line at 3-5000.

7.1.3.3 Telecommunications

Telecommunications provides service and support for voice/data communication, cable TV systems, Internet access and multi-media classroom design. In addition, Telecommunications serves as liaison with the local telephone company and facilitates both long distance and local telephone service to both faculty/staff and students living in residence halls.

Telecommunication services are provided for the conduct of official University business. Except in emergencies, telephone use, both local and long distance, shall be limited to official University business. Charges for personal long-distance services must be reimbursed upon receipt. Payment can be made at the cashier's window in the Howell McDowell building. Replacement of missing or abused telecommunications equipment is the financial responsibility of the administrative unit to which the equipment is assigned. The respective vice-president must initially approve authorization for long distance/fax usage. Questions relating to usage of the voice/data network may be directed to the Director of Telecommunications.

Requests for assistance on voice/data communication, cable TV and multimedia classroom issues may be entered via the online workorder system located on the Office of Information Technology's web page, or by calling the Office of Information Technology help line at 3, 5000.

Misuse of Telecommunication resources is strictly prohibited and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken in response to violations. It is the responsibility of faculty, staff, and students using Telecommunication resources at Morehead State University to familiarize themselves with PG-55, Technology Security policy.

7.1.3.4 Institutional Research and Computer Applications

The Office of Institutional Research and Computer Applications develops and coordinates appropriate institutional research and administrative computer application support services. The office serves as the coordinating unit for maintaining historical data and reports standard (official) institutional figures. A technical staff provides programming support, documentation, consulting services, and training for an in-house relation data base application (AIMS). The office publishes annual documents such as the Morehead State University Profile with yearly and trend information on enrollment, credit hours, student profiles, degrees conferred, financial figures, and staff and faculty data including average salary comparisons.

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7.1.4 Risk Management

Risk management is coordinated through the Office of Support Services. The Office of Support Services directs the University's institutional insurance programs (excluding personal and/or worker's compensation insurances, which are handled through Human Services) and related activities to include institutional Board of Claims and internal coordination of University non-personnel litigations with the University's contract legal counsel. The services provided by each of the unit's other agencies are identified within the appropriate areas of this publication.

7.1.4.1 Environmental Health and Safety

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for coordination of the University's program to ensure a safe and healthy campus environment. This unit coordinates with both academic and administrative units in the implementation and delivery of programs and services dealing with the issues of:

  • General Safety,
  • Fire Safety,
  • Hazardous Communication Standards,
  • Employee Right-to-Know Laws,
  • Radiation Safety,
  • Chemical Hygiene/Laboratory Safety,
  • Removal and disposal of chemical and other hazardous waste.

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7.1.5 Human Resources

The Office of Human Resources administers employee-related programs; maintains both computer and manual systems of personnel records; develops, maintains, and interprets University personnel policies and procedures; and is responsible for such personnel programs as job classification, wage and salary administration, applicant recruitment and referral, equal employment opportunities and affirmative action, orientation and training, faculty and staff professional development, benefits administration, and employee relations.

7.1.5.1 Basic and Optional Life Insurance

All regular full-time employees of the University are insured under a Basic Life Insurance Program for $10,000 plus Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D) for $10,000. In addition to this basic and AD&D coverage which is fully paid by MSU, the University has arranged for employees to purchase additional optional term insurance at group rates in increments of one, one and one-half, two or three times the employee's basic annual salary up to a maximum of $200,000. The employee pays the premium, through payroll deduction, for this optional insurance. The rate is negotiated annually and is subject to change.

This term life insurance does not accumulate any cash value, but upon termination of employment or retirement and for a period of thirty-one days thereafter, employees may convert part or all of their group insurance to an individual plan. No evidence of insurability is required for this guaranteed conversion privilege. Rates are determined by the insurance company, and age and health are considered.

In the event an employee is in a leave-without-pay status for one or more pay periods, the employee may contact the Office of Human Services to make arrangements for payment of the required premiums. Failure to do so may result in a suspension of insurance coverage.

7.1.5.2 Calculating the Kentucky Teachers' Annuity

The straight life annuity with refundable balance is the basic retirement plan, and it must be calculated before adjustments are made for optional retirement plans or for early retirement. The following steps will enable the member to figure the approximate amount of his or her straight life annuity:

Step 1 Total the five highest fiscal years of salary. Divide by five to determine a five-year average salary.

Step 2 Contributing Service--Total the member's years of Kentucky service. Multiply this number by the five-year average salary and then by two percent.

Step 3 Divide this annual figure by 12 to find the monthly annuity.

Step 4 If the member's age is less than 60 and/or he or she has less than 27 years of service, his or her calculations will be actuarially reduced.

Current retirement law provides for annual automatic increases of one percent for members retired ten months or more. On July 1 of each year, one percent of the June annuity payment will be added to each retiree's monthly benefit. Periodic increases, as determined by the Kentucky Legislature, have been made in the past in addition to the regular one percent annual increase.

7.1.5.3 Disability Retirement---KTRS

A valuable feature of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System is a plan that provides security for members who become disabled before reaching retirement age. To qualify, the member must be less than 60 years of age and have completed five or more years of Kentucky service, the last year of which immediately preceded the disability retirement. Medical evidence must show that the member is physically or mentally disabled for the further performance of service, that the disability is expected to be permanent, and that the disability occurred after completion of five or more years of service.

Members earn one year of disability retirement for each four years of service, but any member meeting the eligibility requirements will be credited with no less than five years of entitlement. The annual benefit during the entitlement period for disability retirement is sixty percent of the member's final average salary earned before retirement. The monthly benefit is determined by adding the member's five highest years' salaries, dividing by five, multiplying by sixty percent, and dividing by twelve.

7.1.5.4 Health Insurance Programs

The University's health insurance program, which is self-insured, is administered by Commonwealth Administrators, a third party administrator. Regular, full-time employees may choose from three plans - PPO Base, PPO Premium, and HMO. Within each of the three plans, employees may choose from three levels of coverage - Single, Two-Person and Family. Health insurance Summary Plan Descriptions are available at www.morehead-st.edu/units/hr.

Employees select their health insurance plans on an annual calendar year basis. During an annual open enrollment period, employees have an opportunity to select the plan of their choice.

7.1.5.5 Dental Insurance

The University's dental insurance program is self-insured and administered by Delta Dental Plans of Kentucky. Regular, full-time employees may choose from two plans - Preferred (PPO Plan) and Premier (Indemnity Plan). Levels of coverage include Single, Two-Person and Family. Each plan covers preventive services at 100%, which includes two routine visits per year (Preferred Plan members must use a participating dentist).

Dental Insurance Summaries are available at www.morehead-st.edu/units/hr.

7.1.5.6 Faculty Retirement Plans

All regular, full-time faculty members have an option of participating in the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Plan. The Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System is a defined benefit retirement plan and the Optional Retirement Plan is a defined contribution retirement plan.

7.1.5.7 Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System

The KTRS currently requires participating employees to contribute 6.16 percent of their gross earnings. This employee contribution is tax sheltered, which means no federal or state tax is paid on this contribution until the member either terminates employment and withdraws his or her contributions or retires.

In addition to the employee's 6.16 percent contribution, the University contributes an additional 13.84 percent toward each member's account. Thus, the total amount contributed is 20 percent of the member's gross pay.

Upon completion of five years of credited service with the University or other credited service with the Kentucky Employees' Retirement System, the participating employee is eligible for a vested retirement at age sixty or as early as age fifty-five, with an actuarial deduction.

The amount of a member's retirement benefit depends upon the number of years of service credit and the member's salary based on an average of the member's five highest fiscal years of earnings.

There is a $2,000 death benefit for members who expire while they are active contributing members of the system and a $2,500 death benefit for retired members.

Details of the coverage provided by the KTRS program are contained in a Summary Plan Description published by the Teachers' Retirement System of Kentucky. The Office of Human Resources has copies of these booklets and will answer any questions concerning this system.

If a member terminates employment with Morehead State University before qualifying for retirement benefits, he or she may withdraw his or her contributions by completing an application for refund form. The member may also choose not to withdraw his or her contributions, in which case, the member's KTRS service shall be reinstated in the event he or she returns to a position under the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System.

7.1.5.8 Qualifying for Kentucky Teachers' Retirement

A member of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System may qualify for retirement by meeting either of the following requirements:

  1. Attainment of age 55 years and completion of five or more years of KTRS or other service, Kentucky Retirement Systems; or
  2. Completion of 27 years of Kentucky service. The minimum age required for full benefits is 60 years unless the member has 27 or more years of Kentucky service. Members with 27 or more years of service are eligible to retire with full benefits regardless of age. A member having less than 27 years of service may retire as early as age 55, with an annuity reduced five percent for each year the member's age is less than 60 or by the number of years the Kentucky service is less than 27, whichever is less.

7.1.5.9 Optional Retirement Plan (ORP)

The Optional Retirement Plan is available to faculty and administrative staff employed on or after January 1, 1997. The ORP is a defined contribution plan. The faculty member contributes 6.16% and the University contributes 10.6%. The ORP offers immediate vesting and portability. Employees have 30 days from initial employment to elect the ORP. If no election is made, the employees are automatically enrolled in KTRS. The ORP does not offer disability retirement or retiree group medical insurance.

The ORP providers are AETNA, TIAA-CREF, and VALIC.

7.1.5.10 Social Security

Employees and the University contribute equally to Social Security. For 1992 and thereafter, the tax rate is 6.2 percent for both the employee and the University on annual earnings of up to $55,500. This maximum earnings amount is adjusted annually and is determined by increases in the national average earnings. In addition, there is a 1.45 percent Medicare tax on annual earnings of up to 130,200. This amount is also adjusted annually.

Social Security deductions from an employee's paycheck and the amount contributed by the University are credited to the employee's account with the Social Security Administration according to federal regulations.

Social security benefits include:

  • Retirement income for Living Workers
  • Retirement income for Dependents
  • Benefits for Survivors of Deceased Workers
  • Benefits for Disability (Employee)
  • Benefits for Disability (Family)
  • Medicare--Part A and Part B

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7.1.6 Physical Plant

The Office of Physical Plant maintains and operates campus buildings, grounds, and utilities. The office performs preventative maintenance and corrective maintenance. Preventative maintenance is scheduled on a periodic basis and includes cleaning, painting, lubricating, inspecting, and adjusting building and ground systems to prevent failure and problems. Corrective maintenance is repair or replacement of defective or malfunctioning components. Services provided by the office include: environmental control, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, locksmith, appliance repair, custodial, grounds care, motor pool, trash removal, recycling, pest control, and receiving and delivery.

7.1.6.1 Custodial Service

Custodial services are scheduled in all campus facilities between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. Requests for custodial service during special events or for special cleaning requirements should be made to the Office of Physical Plant.

7.1.6.2 Emergency Repairs

Emergency repairs are required for conditions affecting health or safety or the immediate operation of classes, laboratories, and administrative functions. Staff are on duty from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, to handle emergency situations. At other times, staff members are on call. Emergency repairs may be requested by calling the Office of Physical Plant.

7.1.6.3 Motor Pool

The Office of Physical Plant maintains a fleet of Kentucky Department of Transportation-owned cars, vans, and buses (two 47-passenger buses). These vehicles may be requested for use in conducting official state business on the University's Travel Request form. Except for the priority given to instructional travel, requests are scheduled on a first received/first scheduled basis.

7.1.6.4 Recycling Program

MSU is a recycling campus--partly by choice, partly by State legislative mandate (1991). All faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to participate. Color-coded bins are located in each building for collection of computer and office paper, aluminum cans, and corrugated cardboard. Other materials are also collected in special areas. The Recycling Coordinator, based in the Office of Physical Plant, is available for any questions, information, or special pickups.

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7.1.7 Internal Audit

The Office of Internal Audit performs compliance and operational reviews to insure the accountability, protection, and efficient use of the University's resources.

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7.2 Student Life

The Division of Student Life promotes the educational, social, physical, spiritual, and personal well-being of students. Specifically, programs and activities promote the development of citizenship and leadership qualities and a sense of responsibility; provide opportunities for academic and social development; provide counseling and advisement for students regarding academic, personal, and social problems; ensure due process to students charged with violating University regulations; and provide special advisement and assistance to international students regarding insurance requirements, minority students, and non-traditional students. The major units within the Division are Student Development, Student Activities, Admissions, Financial Aid and Housing; Multicultural Student Services; Public Safety; and Athletics. .

7.2.1 Student Development

Student Development includes the Offices of Counseling and Health Services, Student Wellness, and Non-Traditional Student Services.

7.2.1.1 Counseling and Health Services

Services provided free to students through the University Counseling Center include individual counseling, relationship enhancement, substance abuse services, and vocational interest clarification. The programs and services provide a critical resource for students as they face stressful adjustments to academic life, personal relationships, and career development. All counseling communications or records are held with strict confidentiality to ensure student privacy.

Student Health Services include general outpatient services, referral service to specialists, limited laboratory services, maintenance of health records, individual health counseling, and campus-wide health information programs.

Medical staff includes four physicians, four physician assistants and a pharmacy consultant who provide contracted services to students; three registered nurses; and three registered nurses.

In addition to outpatient services, there are beds for those students who require observation during the day. Students not sufficiently recovered to return to their residence by clinic closing will be transferred to St. Claire Medical Center for further observation at their own expense.

MEDICAL EXCUSES - Student Health Services does not issue medical excuses. Visits should be made at times which do not conflict with academic work. Students have the responsibility of promptly informing instructors of absence due to health reasons.

With authorization from the student, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Student Life will be notified if a student is admitted to the local hospital, sent home or advised not to attend classes by the medical staff of the Caudill Health Clinic.

Faculty members may telephone Student Health Services for verification of the date a student has been evaluated at the clinic. If the student has authorized the clinic staff to do so, the faculty member can be advised of the date a student has been seen in the Caudill Health Clinic. Health records are strictly confidential and information about a student's illness or reason for visiting the clinic will not be released.

7.2.1.2 Student Wellness Office

The Office of Student Wellness and its outreach initiative, the Life Enhancement Office,
serve as a catalyst to assist students in developing positive and healthy lifestyles. The office promotes total wellness, which involves the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, sexual, and spiritual well being of a person. The office is a resource center that can provide handouts, videos, and suggestions for speakers, and provide learning opportunities to student and community groups. Staff are available to faculty for class presentations.

7.2.1.3 Non-Traditional Student Services

Non-traditional student services are available to al undergraduate students who are twenty-
three years of age or older. Students are provided assistance in dealing with conflicts among responsibilities to educational pursuits, employment, and family care. Campus resources for improving study habits and time management, resolving family and financial needs, and setting attainable career goals are available to the non-traditional student.

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7.2.2 Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities includes Intramurals and Recreation, University Center Services, University Center Programs and Special Events, and Greek Affairs and Student Organizations and Conference Services.

7.2.2.1 Intramurals and Recreation

A diverse program of intramural activities is planned throughout the academic year. Individual and team activities are available to all students of the University. Students are assigned to participate in leagues established for residence halls, Greek members, and an independent league for all other students.

This office maintains the following recreational facilities: the Bowling Lanes, Weight Room, Equipment Room, Sauna Room, and Handball Courts in the Laughlin Health Building; and outdoor facilities. During open recreational hours, the facilities are available to students, staff, and faculty. The multipurpose room at Laughlin is also available to the public after class hours and scheduled intramural events.

7.2.2.2 University Center Services

This office provides services of the Adron Doran University Center. Students, staff, faculty, and other constituencies may schedule rooms for meetings, banquets, lectures, and other programs. The ADUC is open seven days a week. A game/recreation room is available as well as guest rooms for official University guests. The University Center provides students a "laboratory environment" in which they can learn and practice a wide range of skills in communication, leadership, programming, management, social responsibility, and recreation and leisure time activities.

7.2.2.3 University Center Programs and Special Events

This office strives to enhance out-of-class learning, a sense of community, and student involvement within the university through special events, cultural programming, and social programming. In addition, this office works closely with the Student Activities Council and the Student Government Association on such activities as Family Weekend and the coronation of the Homecoming Queen.

7.2.2.4 Greek Affairs and Student Organizations

This office works with all student organizations including academic, honor, religious, residential, service, sports, and social organizations. This office advises all existing and new organizations and their advisors. The Coordinator advises the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council and Pan-Hellenic Council.

7.2.2.5 Conference Services

The Office of Conference Services is responsible for scheduling facilities for University
and non-University groups and individuals and coordinating arrangements for summer camps and conferences and other special events. The coordinator maintains the campus master calendar for facilities use.

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7.2.3 Admissions

The Office of Admissions implements the university's undergraduate recruitment program.
The office supports the University in its efforts to recruit and enroll qualified students.

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7.2.4 Financial Aid

Student financial aid programs at the University help qualified students and their parents meet the cost of a college education. Approximately eighty percent of the students at the University receive financial assistance in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, and part-time employment.

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7.2.5 Student Housing

The Office of Student Housing is responsible for the physical environment of the University residence halls, including the assignment of housing spaces and the maintenance of contractual agreement for 13 residence halls, 108 family housing units, and summer conference programs.

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7.2.6 Multicultural Student Services

The Office of Multicultural Student Services provides assistance and support to prospective
and enrolled students of protected status at the University through coordination of educational, cultural, and social programs. Minority student adjustment and retention are promoted by assisting student leadership and advising individuals and organizations on student life/personal development goals. Through these efforts Multicultural Student Services provides cultural enrichment and academic support for students of color while increasing cross-cultural understanding for the total campus community.

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7.2.7 Public Safety

The Office of Public Safety is the University agency charged with the protection of life and property on the University's campus and off-campus holdings. This unit is staffed by duly sworn Public Safety Officers who carry full police powers. The office provides twenty-four hour service through its own communications dispatcher operation. On campus Emergency 911 responses are directed through the communication dispatch service.

The office provides the following services for faculty:

  • Auto registration and parking zone assignment--Parking permits are issued each year beginning August 15 of the academic year. The permits are prorated.
  • Motor vehicle regulations--Parking regulations are revised each year and are available at the beginning of each fall semester.
  • Key control--The office provides keys and key control facilities under the Medeco Key System.
  • Crime investigation--The office investigates criminal offenses committed on University property.
  • Programs--The office provides programs to classes and/or student groups on a variety of safety and personal security topics including crime and personal safety awareness, rape awareness and prevention, alcohol and controlled substance awareness and effects of driving under their influence, home and/or residence hall security, Kentucky law and individual rights.
  • Facility security--The office directs the University's after-hours facility utilization/authorization program as well and provides routine after-hour building checks. The unit works with departments in the conduct of security surveys for University facilities.

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7.2.8 Intercollegiate Athletics

The Office of Intercollegiate Athletics seeks, within the framework of institutional, Ohio Valley Conference, Pioneer Football League, and National Collegiate Athletic Association, rules to set national standards in athletic achievement and program excellence by fostering the personal, moral, and physical development of student athletes through athletic competition at the intercollegiate level.

7.2.8.1 Intercollegiate Athletics Mission Statement

Morehead State University believes that intercollegiate athletics is an integral part of the
university and that a broad-based intercollegiate athletics program encourages student participation and involvement in the total life of the university. In addition, intercollegiate athletics programs play a positive role by supporting the academic and public service mission of the university.

  • Each athletics program shall be conducted in a manner that protects the physical, mental, emotional, and social welfare of each student-athlete.
  • Each student-athlete, through academic counseling and individual assistance, shall be encouraged toward completion of degree requirements and graduation.
  • Each athletics program shall adhere to the principles of fair play and amateur competition as defined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Ohio Valley Conference.
  • The athletics programs at Morehead state University shall make every effort to educate and serve the student-athletes of the university' primary service area and their respective educational institutions.
  • The athletics program will accommodate student's interests and abilities in a manner that is nondiscriminatory to both sexes and reasonable within the university's resources.
  • The athletics program shall adhere to the university's Affirmative Action Plan promoting equal opportunity for all employees and students, as well as applicants for employment and student participation.

Relationship to the Institutional Mission

The intercollegiate athletics programs at Morehead State University provide opportunities for participation in athletic activities for many students and serve as an integral part of the social, educational, and cultural life of many more. In addition to the educational benefit of athletic participating, the availability of quality spectator sports enhances the university community and the community at large.
Athletic programs have played an important role in the development of traditions, which serve as a link between students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and the people of the region. Moreover, intercollegiate athletic competition provides the university with an opportunity for media exposure throughout the state, region, and nation.

7.2.8.2 Memberships

The University is a member institution of the Ohio Valley Conference, the Pioneer
Football League, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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7.3. University Relations

The Division of University Relations, organized in its current form in 2001, is headed by the Vice President for University Relations. The division is charged with primary responsibility for the University's marketing and communications activities, including the World Wide Web. The division also includes three educational and cultural outreach programs - Kentucky Folk Art Center, Kentucky Center for Traditional Music and Morehead State Public Radio.

7.3.1 University Communications

The Office of University Communications is charged with disseminating information to internal and external constituencies, including the news media, and provides photographic services to support the advancement efforts of the University, as well as the intercollegiate sports program. The office publishes print and electronic versions of the MSU UPdate, the faculty/staff newsletter, and the Raconteur, the University's magazine-style yearbook.. The director of university communications serves as the University's official spokesperson to the news media.

7.3.2 University Marketing

The Office of University Marketing is headed by an assistant vice president who coordinates planning, design, editing and production of all official University print and electronic publications, except the student newspaper and literary magazine. The office is also responsible for design and content of the university's official site on the World Wide Web. A subordinate unit, Document Services, provides comprehensive, full-service printing capabilities to various offices, agencies and organizations of the University. Convenience copiers are located throughout the campus and are managed by Xerox Business Services under contract with the University. A quick print center, operated by the University, is located at Allie Young Hall.

7.3.3 Public Radio

Morehead State Public Radio is the University's network of three non-commercial Fm radio stations broadcasting 24 hours a day.

MSPR is affiliated with National Public Radio and Public Radio International, assuring listeners of high quality news, public affairs programming and programs in the arts that feature classical music as well as folk and jazz. Local reporting combined with the Associated Press and Kentucky News Network provides comprehensive coverage of events within the state and region

MSPR supports the academic community through the training provided student interns by utilizing the expertise and talent of faculty, staff and community volunteers as program hosts, as commentators and as analysts of events impacting the region. Morehead State Public Radio has offices and studio at Breckinridge Hall.

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7.4 Development and Alumni Relations

7.4.1 Development and Alumni Relations

The Development and Alumni Relations Division is responsible for maintaining relationships with alumni and for securing private resources to fund university initiatives. The Division also serves as the repository for alumni records, as well as the clearinghouse for access
to alumni biographical information. A variety of special events and activities are planned and implemented throughout the year to foster alumni enthusiasm and support. The staff is also responsible for coordinating all private fundraising, including annual, major and deferred giving. Consistent communication with alumni and other friends of the university is maintained through the publication and distribution of the Morehead STATEment, prepared in cooperation with University Relations. The Division staff works closely with the MSU Alumni Association Board and the MSU Foundation Board of Trustees. The Vice President for Development also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the MSU Foundation, Inc.

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