General FAQs Related to Reopening
Academic Calendar: What Can I Expect for Summer & Fall 2021?
Our schedule for the semester returns to a 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.
- See the academic calendar for session dates.
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 the student plus one guest. We, unfortunately, at this time cannot accommodate more than two people in a tour reservation.
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.
Ice Arena: Questions and Answers
As of Friday, Sept. 25, due to ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Kent State Ice Arena was closed until further notice to all users within the university and the general public.
The closing was part of the university’s mitigation strategy to stem the spread of COVID-19 on campus, throughout the larger Portage County community and in the Northeast Ohio region.
We are still determining whether the Ice Arena will reopen for the fall semester 2021 or whether it will continue to be used as a site for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
Anyone with questions should call 330-672-0464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Information: Who Can I Contact?
- 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 University's One Stop for Student Services will take calls to help answer questions and concerns at 330-672-6000.
- 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 https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home.
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.
- Employees can provide acknowledgement using the form accessible on the Return to On-campus Work Guidelines web page.
While on Campus
- View the new enhanced cleaning guidelines here.
- Learn more about the university's COVID Response Team and its protocols for COVID-19 occurrences, reporting and testing.
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.
Visitors: Will They Be Permitted on Campus in Fall 2021?
Yes, visitors are permitted on campus as long as they are aware of the Flashes Prevention Information. No prior approval is required to bring visitors on campus unless this is part of a university event/activity. Those experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should not visit campus. For up-to-date information on facial covering and social distancing requirements, please see Facial Covering and Physical Distancing Guidelines.
Warren Student Recreation & Wellness Center: Questions and Answers
The Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) is open with reduced hours and limits on capacity this summer. During fall semester 2021, they will maintain full hours. Face coverings are required at all times in the SRWC, except while swimming or sitting in the spa.
Visit Recreational Services for a detailed list of hours for all recreation activities and facilities. All hours and dates are subject to change.