Will I be able to get housing at Murray State this fall?
The University’s goal is for every student who applies for a room to be able to stay
on campus. Housing assignments are currently being reviewed and will be released to
students as soon as possible.
Will housing rates increase?
Tuition and fees (including housing rates) are set annually and must be approved by
the University's Board of Regents.
When did the explosion happen?
There was an explosion at JH Richmond Hall at 4:53pm on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
What caused the explosion?
Based on the preliminary investigation, the explosion is believed to have been related
to a natural gas release.
Can JH Richmond be saved? What about the other residence halls?
Structural engineers are assessing the extent of the damage to J.H. Richmond Hall.
As part of the State Fire Marshal’s ongoing investigation, a portion of J.H. Richmond
Hall will be deconstructed. It is anticipated that these efforts will begin Monday,
September 11. The timeline for the work is dependent upon weather.
Four residential halls (Hester, J.H. Richmond, Clark and Hart) and Winslow Dining
Hall suffered some damage. However, repairs were completed to these buildings (except
J.H. Richmond) prior to students' arrival in August 2017.
What about the structural integrity of the other residence halls?
Murray State University is committed to the safety and security of our campus community.
The University had an external engineering firm assess the structural integrity of
the campus buildings surrounding JH Richmond Hall following the June 28th incident.
This assessment included all other residence halls located north of Chestnut Street,
Winslow Dining Hall, Heritage Hall, Bauernfeind Wellness Center, Stewart Stadium,
CFSB Center and the Chestnut Street Pedestrian Bridge. According to the engineers,
“no evidence of structural damage from this event was observed.”
Are there other details related to the investigation?
As of June 29, 2017, the Kentucky State Police have transferred control of the affected
incident area on the campus of Murray State University to the Kentucky State Fire