Coronavirus Updates and FAQs
WE'RE COMMITTED TO HELPING OUR STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF THROUGH THIS UNIQUELY CHALLENGING TIME.
General, up-to-date information about Kent State University, including the Flashes Safe Seven, additional resources and reopening guidelines will be posted at the website below. Any Kent State community member who has been exposed to, diagnosed with or shows symptoms of COVID-19 must contact the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525.
School of Art FAQs
1. When will we be able to retrieve our belongings that we left last semester from our lockers? Beginning August 17, students can retrieve any belongings from last semester. However, if you had a locker last semester, you may keep it for fall if you are returning for face-to-face classes. If you had a locker in Spring 2020 and wish to renew that same locker, we are offering free renewals for Fall only. Fall renewal is not automatic. Please send an email with your name, your locker number and the general location of your locker to Lisa Everson at email@example.com with “locker renewal” in the subject heading. Any other locker inquiries should also done by emailing Lisa, not in person. New locker rentals should be available by August 31 through an online reservation system. Students should check their email for how to proceed.
2. When can we undergrads get back to using our studio spaces? The week of August 24.
3. What will building hours be? Seven days a week, 7 a.m. – midnight.
4. What are our options for working in our studios at night? Is there 100% no building access after midnight? Unfortunately, there is no building access after midnight per university operating procedures and new health and safety guidelines.
5. Is there any way we can apply to stay longer in the studio past midnight? No, unfortunately, staying past midnight is against current university operating procedures and it cannot be allowed under any circumstances.
6. Are there walk-in advising appointments this semester? No. Undergraduate advisor Maria Robertson will be working remotely this semester so there will be no walk-in appointments. To set up an appointment or ask a question, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Are classes going to be pass/fail because of the pandemic? The decision has not been made yet as to if the university will waive Pass/Fail restrictions in Fall 2020. The discussion is ongoing.
8. Are students being tested before arriving to campus? At this time, students will only be tested if they have COVID-related symptoms or have had close contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 by laboratory testing or medical clinician. More information can be found here about the COVID Response Team.
9. Are classes that are marked as remote going to be online? Yes, remote courses are offered in an online scenario. Your instructor will let you know if you will meet as a group or without scheduled times.
10. During a remote learning class, can we come in and use the studios? That is not possible at this time, since studios only have room for students enrolled in those courses. If there is a dire need, the instructor of that studio discipline will need to be consulted.
11. What are the chances of studios being changed to all remote? It will depend on the CDC and State of Ohio guidelines as the pandemic and infection rates change.
12. Should classes go all remote, how will studios operate that need the studio: glass, textiles, etc.? That will be dependent on potential university restrictions that cannot be predicted at this time. We will do what we can for studios, as policies allow. Communications are being sent out at the beginning of the semester that outline the university's strategy.
Remote Learning/Teaching Resources
KSU's Keep On Learning Guide for Students
Online Tutoring with the Academic Success Center
Connect with LeAnn Starlin Nilsson, College of the Arts director of recruitment and retention, on Instagram (@successinthearts) for more support.
See the website below for webinars, websites and tutorials for mental and physical health from Kent State of Wellness.
Information via 211
211 is an organization that can assist folks with connecting to local county-based resources. They can be accessed via the website to look up information or by calling "211" from any phone. It is available in every state. It may assist with students and their families connecting to additional resources like food pantries, health clinics and utilities. Folks can search online or call and speak to a specialist.
Additional Resources for Faculty and Staff
KSU's Keep On Teaching Guide for Faculty
KSU's Keep On Working Guide for Staff
Step Up Speak Out (SUSO)
Step Up Speak Out is an initiative at Kent State to help educate faculty and staff about how to appropriately interact with and refer students who might be in distress. The campus resources page has information about supportive services and mental health services both on and off campus for each campus.