Coronavirus FAQs - General Kent State

General FAQs Related to Reopening

Academic Calendar: What Can I Expect for Fall 2021?

fall 2021

Our schedule follows the traditional format, beginning Aug. 26 and ending Dec. 12, with finals week Dec. 13-19.  Fall break returns this year from Oct. 14-17, and Thanksgiving break from Nov. 24-28. Unlike last year, students will return to campus after Thanksgiving to finish out the semester. The full calendar can be found here.


Accountability for Conforming to Flashes Safe Eight: Question and answers

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges, and we have met each one head-on while planning for future hurdles. Keeping Kent State University safe and healthy is reliant on a cooperative effort from all of us. We are thankful to those who have already made a faithful habit of following the Flashes Safe Eight and practicing the behaviors that will ensure that we all get to remain on campuses for the entire semester.

To practice, support and sustain accountability, please refer to the Flashes Safe Eight Accountability web page to find a listing of relevant policies, requirements and ways to share concerns. 

Admissions Tours: What options are available?

 At Kent State University, we are committed to the safety and well-being of our guests. Our campus tours will be a modified experience with precautions taken in the midst of COVID-19. Each reservation has a limit of one student and two guests. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot accommodate more than three people in a tour reservation. 

Learn more about our tours and/or schedule a tour. Or consider our Virtual Campus Tour.

Other questions? Call the Admissions Office at 1-800-988-5368.



Athletics Staff And Student-Athletes: What is the plan for fall 2021?
  • All student-athletes, coaches and staff will be back on campus.
  • Regular COVID-19 testing for athletes will continue according to NCAA and MAC guidance.
  • Fully-vaccinated student athletes do not have to take part in routine screening testing.
COVID-19 Outbreaks on Campus - How Will the University Respond?

The COVID Response Team works closely with the local health departments in the area to manage outbreaks on campus.

  • When there is a case that is reported on campus, the COVID Response Team and/or the local health department will follow up with the positive case and any close contacts that were identified.
    • When necessary, health alerts will be sent to students to let them know of potential exposures in classrooms or in the residence halls.
    • The health alerts will include information on next steps such as COVID testing and preventative measures that you can take after a potential exposure.
  • If you have any questions about the health alerts contact the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 or the Kent City Health Department at 330-678-8109.
Ice Arena: Questions and Answers

The Kent State Ice Arena will resume operations on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021.  Programming opportunities will be provided during fall semester.  We strongly recommend face coverings be worn by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals when interacting with others indoors.   

More Information: Who Can I Contact?

Important Numbers

  • Health questions can be directed to University Health Services at 330-672-2322 or after hours to the Kent State Nurse Line at 330-672-2326. 
  • Kent State employees with work-related questions, individuals may call Human Resources at 330-672-2100.
  • The university's COVID Response Team has been established and can be reached at 330-672-2525.
  • Or submit your question or inquiry via our online Feedback Form

Additional information about the coronavirus can be found on the Ohio Department of Health website at


Personally: I Feel Worried And Anxious. Where Can I Find Help?

Students may contact their on-campus counseling services. To look up the on-campus counseling services, as well additional support resources near your campus community, please visit the Step Up & Speak Out website and select your campus.

The Division of Mental Health and Substance Use also has created a list of anxiety & stress relief resources.

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.

Safety Guidelines: Questions and Answers

What safety precautions will be in place?

Awareness of the Flashes Prevention Information will be required for all members of our university community. It includes requirements on wearing face coverings and maintaining safe physical distance from others. These guidelines will be based on the current science and recommendations from federal, state and local health agencies and are subject to change.

Health guidance on wearing face coverings has been changing depending on whether people are fully vaccinated. Vaccines do not prevent a person from getting COVID-19 or spreading it. They do, however, lessen the severity of illness thereby preventing many hospitalizations and deaths. Vaccination status does not currently affect wearing of face coverings or physical distancing on campus. However, this guidance is subject to review and changing pandemic conditions.

Prior to Returning to Campus

Before returning to campus, employees must acknowledge the return to on-campus work guidelines. You just need to perform this step one time.

While on Campus

General Safety

Air Quality and Circulation, Kent State’s HVAC COVID-19 Response

In response to COVID-19, the university is following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as it relates to the effects of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems on disease transmission in the workplace.   

Per the CDC, organizations must “Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air.”  ASHRAE further notes, “principles of social distancing (1 to 2 m or 3 to 6.5 ft), surface cleaning and disinfection, hand-washing and other strategies of good hygiene are far more important than anything related to the HVAC system.” In addition, ASHRAE supports improved filtration and increased ventilation with outdoor air where reasonable as measures to reduce the risk of transmission of an airborne virus. While the primary focus should be on social distancing and personal hygiene, Kent State University is proceeding with increasing the amount of outdoor air brought into buildings where sensible, which will have a beneficial effect on indoor air quality (IAQ) during COVID-19. In addition, HVAC systems will also be run in normal occupancy mode each day for a minimum of two hours after the last building activity to further dilute indoor spaces with outdoor air. 

Some questions have come up regarding air filtration and MERV values (MERV=Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. The type of air filters currently installed varies based on age and type of air handling unit (AHU). Currently KSU utilizes air filters with a rating range of MERV 8 to MERV 12. Using a MERV 13 or greater filter media, which is considered a high-ranking air filter, would reduce the particle size able to pass through the AHU and back to the space. Larger virus particles could be captured by the enhanced media filter. Due to catching finer particles, using a MERV 13 or greater rated filter would require more frequent replacement and the increased cost does not support their minimal advantage. Existing AHU fans also cannot overcome the increased pressure from higher MERV filters. Our filters are typically replaced quarterly unless more outside air and excessive pressure mandates more frequent replacement. As noted above, one recommended method to combat pollution is dilution, or increasing outside air when practical. Any changes to the filters, filter banks, filter changing frequency or operating parameters will greatly increase our operating cost, with questionable impact on the spread of COVID-19.

Most buildings on campus have been operating with temperatures adjusted to save energy during the largely unoccupied COVID-19 closure period since March 16, 2020. As staff and students return to campus, buildings will be adjusted for proper occupied temperature and air flow to maximize safety and system performance during our response to COVID-19.

All HVAC concerns for a facility should be brought to the attention of the Building Curator and entered in Flash Track to be addressed by University Facilities Management (UFM).  For questions about Regional Campuses and the College of Podiatric Medicine please contact your facility managers.

Also read more about cleaning enhancements and requirements

Visitors: Will They Be Permitted on Campus in Fall 2021?
Warren Student Recreation & Wellness Center: Questions and Answers

The Beverly J. Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) is open with reduced hours this summer and will return to full hours for fall semester 2021 starting Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. We strongly recommend face coverings be worn by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals when interacting with others indoors. Face coverings are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, indoors, including at all recreation facilities during workouts or classes. The only exception to this is for people actually in the swimming pool. Face coverings are required for those using the hot tub. View full details of requirements here.

Visit Recreational Services for a detailed list of hours for all recreation activities and facilities. All hours, dates, programs and services are subject to change.

Access a full list of FAQs about the Rec Center.

View the FAQ Archive