Kent State Moving to Remote Instruction, Canceling Events on Campus Thru April 12

No campus cases of COVID-19, university business to continue

Following Governor Mike DeWine’s proactive approach, Kent State University has ceased face-to-face classes for the remainder of the spring semester. Remote instruction will begin March 16.

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-April 12: All meetings and events on the Ashtabula campus are canceled.
  • March 16-20: Classes will be held via remote instruction.
  • March 23-29: Spring break will occur as scheduled.
  • March 30-April 10: Classes will be held via remote instruction.

Clinical rotations for students in nursing and allied health programs have also been suspended.

“State health authorities have recommended the limiting of social gatherings and practicing social distancing to slow transmission of the COVID-19 virus,” said Dean and Chief Administrative Officer Susan J. Stocker, Ph.D. “While the situation is very fluid and creates challenges, our goal is to continue the academic mission of the university and provide remote instruction to students. This temporary arrangement will not impact graduation or course completion.”

During this modified spring schedule, overall operations of the university will continue, however, meetings are suspended. All campuses will remain open remotely to serve students who rely on services, including admissions, financial aid, and academic advising. Students are encouraged to contact those offices at 440-964-4217, by email or visit www.kent.edu/ashtabula.

Events scheduled for campus locations through April are canceled to avoid creating large gatherings. No additional spring semester events will be scheduled.

While completing classes remotely, students are encouraged to practice appropriate social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures.

Kent State will continue to monitor the outbreak and will align our recommendations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization and other city, state and federal agencies.

There are currently no campus-associated cases of COVID-19.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 5:18pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 8:01pm
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Kent State Ashtabula Communications and Marketing