Ashtabula COVID-19 Campus Advisory and Remote Campus Resources

Updated June 17, 2020:

COVID-19 QUESTIONS

  • If you have questions regarding COVID-19 please call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634) or email coronavirus@kent.edu.
  • Kent State University's One Stop for Student Services is taking calls to answer questions and concerns at 330-672-6000.

VIEW KENT STATE COVID-19 UPDATES & FAQS


PLANNING FOR THE REOPENING OF CAMPUSES

Kent State is moving to the next phase as to how we can safely reopen campus with an eye on this upcoming academic year. The Kent Campus is planning to resume residential living and in-person classes in August, and we are developing several scenarios to ensure an outstanding and safe experience for our students, faculty and staff.

VIEW REOPENING PLANS


KENT STATE'S MODIFIED SCHEDULE

Kent State applauds Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s proactive approach to keeping our state safe during the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). On March 12, Gov. DeWine banned all indoor and outdoor events with more than 100 attendees and provided the estimate that the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio will likely peak between late April and mid-May. 

As such, we will extend remote instruction of face-to-face summer courses that begin before July 9.

  • Summer offerings during Intersession (May 14-June 3), Summer I (June 4-July 8) and Summer II (June 4-July 29) will be held by remote instruction (synchronous and asynchronous) only. Moreover, any other scheduled summer course that begins before July 9 will be delivered through remote instruction only.
  • Most Summer III (July 9-Aug. 12) and other courses that begin on July 9 or after by late May will be held remotely, although some in-person classes will be held.
  • Kent State University has made the difficult decision to cancel all study abroad (international) and study away (domestic) trips scheduled for summer 2020.

KENT STATE PROVIDES INITIAL GUIDANCE FOR RETURN TO CAMPUSES


ASHTABULA CAMPUS OPERATIONS

  • At 5 p.m. on March 16, 2020, Kent State Ashtabula closed until further notice. 
  • Classes and essential services are being delivered remotely.
  • Employees should discuss their work requirements with their supervisors.

During this time, Kent State Ashtabula's academic advisors, tutors, SI leaders, financial aid staff, counselors, faculty and others will assist students remotely. Additional information for students, faculty and staff can be found at www.kent.edu/coronavirus 

See instructions below on how to access the available campus resources.


KENT STATE'S MODIFIED SPRING/SUMMER SCHEDULE

Kent State applauds Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s proactive approach to keeping our state safe during the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). On March 12, Gov. DeWine banned all indoor and outdoor events with more than 100 attendees and provided the estimate that the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio will likely peak between late April and mid-May. As such, we will extend remote instruction of face-to-face courses for the remainder of this semester.

To slow transmission of the virus and consistent with recommendations from state health authorities to limit large gatherings and practice social distancing, Kent State is taking the following preventative and proactive actions:

  • March 10-15: Face-to-face classes canceled.
  • March 16-20: Classes will be held via remote instruction.
  • March 23-29: Spring break will occur as scheduled.
  • March 30-End of Spring Semester: Classes will be held via remote instruction.

SUMMER INFORMATION: Kent State will continue with summer offerings during Intersession (May 14-June 3), Summer I (June 4-July 8) and Summer II (June 4-July 29) by remote instruction (synchronous and asynchronous) only. Moreover, any other scheduled summer course that begins before July 9 will be delivered through remote instruction only.

Kent State Coronavirus Information Page

REMOTE RESOURCES


Dean Stocker Updates

Students, this new learning environment can be challenging for some - don't give up, we're here to help. Stay strong and healthy - we're all in this together.

Dean Stocker Campus Update (April 1, 2020)

Dean Stocker Campus Update (3-20-2020)

 

Campus Update from Dean Stocker (3-18-2020)


KEEP ON LEARNING

Under unusual and difficult circumstances your instructors and university staff are working hard to make sure your education has as few interruptions as possible.

Face-to-face classes are being offered via remote instruction. The learning management system, Blackboard, will be the primary platform used for delivering your class remotely. Your instructor may choose to deliver synchronous (real-time) video-conferences or may post content for you to read or watch asynchronously. We have posted quick reference guides to get you started.

Student Remote Learning Information

Student Grading FAQs

Specific courses without pass/fail grades


Advising and Financial Aid:

All advising and financial aid appointments will be handled via telephone, effective immediately through April 12. Please note we still intend to provide all expected services during this time in a remote fashion. 

Advising as well as financial aid can be reached at 440-964-4217 or by emailing acadvising@kent.edu for advising concerns or ashtabulafinancialaid@kent.edu for financial aid questions.

You can also link to our web pages at:https://www.kent.edu/ashtabula/academic-advisingorhttps://www.kent.edu/ashtabula/aid


Academic Success Center

TUTORING

All tutoring is available via email through specific subject tutors as listed below and effective immediately until students return to campus.

WRITING CENTER

For assistance on a writing assignment in any course contact one of following:

SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION (SI)

SI sessions for Biological Sciences and Chemistry will be held at regular SI times via Blackboard. Please contact your SI Leaders for additional information.

SAS

Accommodations will still be provided remotely! Contact Irene J. Skleres with any questions or concerns - sasashtabula@kent.edu or 440-964-4304.

ETUTORING

Available 24/7 at this link: eTutoring


Campus Counseling

Campus counseling is available to support any student who wants to talk, and also to make recommendations or referrals for anyone in our university community. For a remote appointment call 440-964-4319 or email jslivins@kent.edu.

It's extra important to use self-care at this time, so healthy eating, prioritizing sleep, exercising and relaxing are great ways to take care of ourselves. 

Kent Cares Resource Page

Here are some tips to manage stress surrounding COVID-19:

Faculty and staff may contact Kent State University’s Employee Assistance Program, IMPACT, at 1-800-227-6007, for live, immediate assistance.

In addition, there are several 24/7 professional support services available that can also connect you to local resources. You can reach the Crisis Text Hotline by texting 741-741. You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or by visiting their website for a live chat.


Bookstore

  • Through the remainder of the Spring 2020 term, we will offer free access to eTextbooks for students at Barnes & Noble College campuses that have closed due to COVID-19 through our partnership with VitalSource.

  • We are offering you and your students free access to our online self-tutoring and writing resources via www.bartleby.com. Through June 15, students will have access to 10 free step-by-step solutions and tutoring, per month, from bartleby learn, as well as free premium access to a 24/7 virtual writing center through bartleby write.


 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

The same steps you take to prevent the spread of the flu and the common cold will also help prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  • Avoid large gatherings and follow social distancing recommendations of 3-6 feet.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are ill (except to visit a healthcare professional) and avoid close contact with others.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately and call ahead before visiting the healthcare provider’s office. Most people with COVID-19 develop mild to moderate illness without the need for medical care. Those with underlying health conditions are at a higher risk for developing serious illness. Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.

Because Flashes take care of Flashes, we ask you to show care and compassion to your fellow Flashes and neighbors who may be experiencing anxiety or fears.

For more information, visit Kent State’s coronavirus information page or email coronavirus@kent.edu.

Additional information can be found here:

Kent State Coronavirus Information Page

 


As the university continues to monitor the current COVID-19 situation, you can expect updates. Please be sure to regularly check your kent.edu email as it continues to serve as the university's official form of communication.