Coronavirus FAQs - General Kent State

General FAQs Related to Kent State

What measures did Kent State put into place in response to COVID-19?

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, the university implemented a series of actions to slow transmission of the virus, and consistent with recommendations from state health authorities, to limit large gatherings and practice physical distancing. These included:

  • On April 30, Kent State President Todd Diacon announced the creation Fall 2020 Reopening Committees.
  • On April 27, Kent State President Diacon sent an email to university faculty and staff discussing how to ensure Kent State’s future.
  • On April 14, Kent State invited students, faculty, staff, parents and friends to tune into the virtual Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. EDT at An in-person commencement will be hosted when deemed safe.
  • On April 13, Kent State canceled all on-campus activities, events, summer camps and conferences sponsored by the university, as well as those sponsored by our community members who use the Kent State campuses to host their events through July 4.
  • On March 25, Kent State canceled study-abroad and study-away trips for Summer 2020 and announced that summer offerings during Intersession (May 14-June 3), Summer I (June 4-July 8) and Summer II (June 4-July 29) will be provided 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.
  • On March 23, Kent State regretfully announced the cancellation of the May 4 50th Commemoration Weekend events, scheduled to take place May 1-4, 2020. (All other campus events were also canceled at an earlier date.) The announcement indicated that a meaningful virtual May 4 50th Commemoration would be developed, and details would be announced at a later time.
  • Residence halls were closed March 20, at 5 p.m. Check out requirements and special arrangements.
  • On March 17, most buildings were locked.
  • On March 16, at 5 p.m., Kent State reduced campus operations until further notice. Only a limited number of employees will be asked to report to their campus. Areas requiring at least a minimal physical presence on campus include health services, public safety, information technology, residence services, dining services, mail services, facilities and a few research laboratories. Units designated for on-campus service will operate with limited staff in rotation.
  • On March 15 information was shared about an employee at Kent State who has been in close proximity to a person who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This employee is in isolation for 14 days and is being tested for COVID-19. These measures are in effect. Read the full email. Since that time the employee tested negative.
  • Kent State announced a modified spring semester schedule to slow transmission of the virus and consistent with recommendations from state health authorities to limit large gatherings and practice physical 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.
  • The university is following the CDC recommendations for travelers returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Notice:
    • Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice physical distancing.
      Take these steps to monitor your health and practice physical distancing:

      • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.

      • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.

      • Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride-shares during the time you are practicing physical distancing.

      • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.

      • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

    • If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or you have trouble breathing:

      • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.

      • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.

      • Avoid contact with others.

    • For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your local public health officials (PDF).

  • We have suspended Education-Abroad programming in Florence, Italy, for spring 2020. Find updates and answers to FAQs.
  • Kent State University practice does not allow travel to, or through, countries listed at a warning level 3 on the CDC travel notice rubric. As such, scheduled Spring Break trips to Italy (CDC level 3 travel warning) and Vietnam (the flight passes through South Korea, which is also at a CDC level 3 travel warning) have been canceled. If or when additional countries are assigned a Level 3 travel warning by the CDC, the university will cancel trips to, or through, those countries up to the day of departure.
  • Individuals visiting University Health Services (UHS) are being screened during their appointment for recent international travel and will be asked about their health and travel history.
  • University Health Services is providing flu shots to those who need them. Anyone who has not received a flu vaccine this season should consider getting the vaccine. To find more information about flu shots or to schedule an appointment, call 330-672-2322.
  • University leaders, including those from UHS, the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost and the Department of Public Safety, are actively monitoring developments around the coronavirus, and coordinating campus resources, responses and communications.
  • Crews continue to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and restrooms in university buildings, residence halls, recreation facilities and the Kent Student Center.
  • The Office of the Provost is working with students and faculty to provide online learning solutions for students who returned from study abroad early.
Will campus events be canceled, including commencement?

Spring & Early Summer Events

  • Events scheduled for campus locations through the end of the semester are canceled to avoid creating large gatherings.
  • No additional on-campus events will be scheduled through July 4. Virtual events will be an option.

Spring Commencement

  • Kent State students, faculty, staff, parents and friends are invited to tune into the virtual ceremony on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. EDT at An in-person commencement will be hosted when deemed safe.

May 4 50th Commemoration



Will the May 4 50th Commemoration Weekend events be canceled?

Kent State University regretfully announces cancellation of the May 4 50th Commemoration Weekend events, scheduled to take place May 1-4, 2020.

  • All on campus events have been canceled and are not being rescheduled.
  • Event refunds have been processed, and will be posted to accounts within 5 to 7 business days.
  • For the safety of all, and to comply with restrictions on public gatherings indoors and outdoors, the university asks visitors to reschedule their plans, visiting the May 4 National Historic Landmark site only after the national public health emergency has passed and the university has resumed on-campus operations.
  • Virtual Commemoration
    • In keeping with the commitment to honor and remember the events of May 4, 1970, Kent State University will have an online “virtual” program to mark the 50th Commemoration with a variety of online videos, exhibits and learning resources. A variety of special content will be available on the May 4 50th Commemoration website beginning Friday, May 1. At that time, the website will also share details about a virtual candlelight vigil.
    • This online program will honor and remember Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder who were killed and nine other Kent State students who were wounded on May 4, 1970, when the Ohio National Guard fired on students during an anti-war protest.
    • May 4 50th Commemoration Contact Information

View information about the virtual May 4 50th Commemoration

Will theater and dance performances be canceled?

All scheduled Glauser School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance events are cancelled through the end of spring semester and ticket sales to all College of the Arts events are suspended for the time being. If you have already purchased a ticket to an event during this time frame, refunds are currently being processed.

Who can I contact with more questions?

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 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.

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


I am feeling worried and anxious and I need help. Who can I turn to?

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.