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Kent State University’s Summer and Fall Plans
During the 2022 Spring Semester, most aspects of university life have been very close to pre-pandemic normal, with a return of all in-person classes, engaging activities and residence halls that are at capacity.
While looking forward to summer sessions and fall semester, we will continue to rely on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our state and local health departments and our own experts from the College of Public Health as we set university policy.
In the meantime, these highlights were shared:
Now through the end of spring semester, face coverings are required inside all classrooms, laboratories, studios and all health care settings.
Starting May 19 when summer intersession classes begin, face coverings will not be required in the classrooms or any other indoor locations, except for healthcare settings and in the Child Development Center on the Kent Campus. This is based on the current COVID-19 community levels of the individual counties where we have campuses and locations. The CDC recommends mask-wearing indoors only in counties where the COVID-19 community level is high based on hospital beds being used, hospital admissions and the total number of new COVID-19 cases. If any of the counties where we operate move into the high community level, the mask requirement will return for that campus or location.
Beginning with the first summer session, COVID-19 vaccines, including all booster shots, are strongly recommended for our entire Kent State community but are no longer required. Being up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, including having all recommended booster shots, determines quarantine guidelines and can reduce risk of severe disease and hospitalization.
Vaccines and booster shots will continue to be available at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus and at numerous other locations throughout Northeast Ohio.
Continued Prevention Strategies
We also will continue to provide free, at-home COVID-19 test kits on all campuses and will continue to monitor wastewater from campus housing to look for spikes in virus shed to identify possible outbreaks.
Should case rates increase, we may bring back on-campus testing or random sample testing. How much testing and how often will be determined by the size of the outbreak within our university community and within the counties where our campuses and programs are located.
For athletics testing, we will continue to follow the recommendations and requirements of the NCAA and the Mid-American Conference.
Tracing and Alerts
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should continue to report their case to the university’s COVID Response Team by calling 330-672-2525. This information will allow us to continue to perform contact tracing and issue classroom alerts for new cases to prevent spread.