COVID-19 Testing for Spring 2022

Students living on campus need to complete an at-home COVID-19 test before moving back into their residence halls.

While we know that most of you are fully vaccinated, we also know that break-through cases are happening, and this test will help to prevent anyone from bringing COVID-19 to campus.

Kent State has partnered with Vault Health to provide you with an at-home, saliva-based COVID-19 test that you must complete and return before you move into your residence hall. The test is prepaid, at no cost to you. Some of you may have taken this test in a previous semester and know that it is a simple procedure.

Whether vaccinated or not, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days and you are not currently having any symptoms of the virus, you do not have to perform this test. However, you must email a copy of your positive test result to covid@kent.edu. Anyone without formal test results, for example, those who took an unproctored test, will have to take the Vault test.

You were emailed a personalized link to this test in an email on Jan. 5 with the subject line "(Your Name) - Test Before Move-In."

All residence hall students must take this test regardless of vaccination status.


Process for At-Home, Pre-Arrival Testing

Step 1: Order your Vault test kit
  • To order your prepaid Vault test kit, use the unique link you were provide provided in the Jan. 4 email sent to you with the subject line “Test Before Move-In.” (We recommend using Chrome or Safari as well as setting your browser to Incognito or private mode).
  • Once you click on the Vault link provided in the email, you will be prompted to activate your Vault account. 
  • You will need to provide basic demographic information, the address you want the test kit shipped to and you will need to upload a photo of your Kent State ID or a government-issued ID.
  • We recommend you order your Vault test kit as soon as possible to allow ample time for delivery.  Keep your test kit in a safe, secure place once you receive it.  We are unable to replace lost kits.  Do not open your kit until you are ready to take it.
Step 2: Receiving your Vault at-home test kit
  • Your at-home test kit will be shipped via UPS (not the U.S. Postal Service) with expedited shipping.
  • Tests requested prior to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time will arrive the next day to the address you provided at registration in Step 1.
  • If you do not receive your Vault test kit, contact Vault Health customer services at covid@vaulthealth.com or call 212-880-5494 to speak to a Vault customer service representative.
  • Take your test 5 to 7 days before your planned return to campus. One the day you take your test, make sure to ship the test back before 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time the same day.
  • Vault Health operating hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Step 3: Taking your COVID-19 test at home
  • Download Zoom You must be observed taking your test by a Vault test supervisor, via a Zoom chat. Make sure you have downloaded Zoom on whatever device you will be using.
  • Test Kit and Registration – This test will collect a saliva sample in a diagnostic PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test tube. Before testing begins, you will be prompted to register your test kit number. Kit numbers are case-sensitive. This ensures that the kit is properly registered to you, and that your results will populate in Kent State’s COVID-19 dashboard. You also will receive your results directly in the Vault Health dashboard on your account.
  • Fasting – Testing requires that you fast for 30 minutes prior, meaning that you may not eat, drink, smoke or chew (gum or tobacco) 30 minutes before providing your sample. This ensures that the saliva sample is unadulterated by food or beverage, and that the potential viral load in a sample is detectable. 
  • Taking the test – Do not open your test kit until instructed to do so on the Zoom chat. When you are ready to take your test, join a Vault Zoom room by going to covidtest.vaulthealth.com and signing in with your email and password. You do not need to schedule an appointment for your Vault at-home test. If you do not collect saliva during a video call under supervision from a Vault test supervisor, the test results will be invalidated.
  • Sample and volume –The saliva sample must be flush with the measurement line on the sample collection tube. If the sample is below this line, we may not have enough saliva for an accurate test. If the sample is above this line, once the preserving liquid is added to the sample, the tube may overflow.
  • Completing the sample – Once the test is complete, you must securely place the provided preserving liquid cap on top of the completed sample. This ensures that the sample will remain valid while in transit to Vault Health’s laboratory.
  • Returning complete tests – Once your test is complete, please wipe down the completed test kit with the alcohol wipe provided. Repackage your sample with the provided preservative cap, place it in the prepaid UPS envelope and ship the sample to Vault Health’s laboratory. You must drop this off at a UPS facility – not a drop-box – to ensure a timely delivery. We suggest accepting the receipt with tracking.
Step 4: Mail your completed test to Vault Health laboratory via UPS
  • After you have completed your test, put your sample in the biohazard bag before wrapping in the bubble padded envelope or box and then place it in the UPS mailer.
  • Use the shipping label provided in your kit and drop you package at a UPS drop-off location. 

Find your closest UPS drop off location

Step 5: Get your test results

Test Results

After you have completed your test and sent it to the laboratory via UPS, you will be able to access your test results, once they are processed, in your Vault Health account at https://app.vaulthealth.com/account.

You will receive an email from hello@updates.vaulthealth.com with your results within 24 hours from when your package arrives at the lab.

For positive test results:

  • You will be expected to isolate at your permanent address and delay your return to your residence hall until your local health department releases you from isolation.
  • The Kent State COVID Response Team’s contact investigators will reach out to you to review your isolation plan.
  • You cannot attend in-person classes until you are cleared by your local health department and the COVID Response Team to return to campus. For in-person courses please contact your instructors to explain your situation and determine how to proceed with making up your class absences.

For negative test results:

  • Continue wearing a face covering, maintaining six feet of physical distance and practice good hand hygiene along with the Flashes Safe Eight.
Need Help?
  • If you have any questions about the testing process, you can contact Vault Health’s customer service team here.
  • More information about spring semester move-in can be found here.
  • Any student who needs accommodations due to disabilities, who is refusing testing based on religious beliefs, or who currently has COVID-19 or has tested positive within the past 90 days needs to request an exemption from testing from the COVID Response Team by emailing covid@kent.edu. Please include your name, student ID number, reason for exemption request and, if applicable, lab results or a letter from your local health department confirming your COVID-19 diagnosis within the past 90 days.

International Students

Tests kits will not be sent outside of the United States, but you can request to have your test shipped to a U.S. address if you will be in the U.S. before you move to campus.  If you are unable to complete the at-home test, you must test at one of the Visit Healthcare locations on campus within three to five days after your return to the U.S.


Not a Kent Campus Residential Student?

Testing options are available for the entire university community. Please access information about those options on our COVID-19 testing page.