Kent State’s Safety Principles
Kent State University’s reopening committees continue to work for a safe return to our campuses. To ensure an outstanding and safe experience for our students, faculty, staff and visitors, everyone should practice daily symptom checks and the Flashes Safety Principles.
While on Campus: Flashes Safety Principles
1. Be Aware of Face Covering Guidelines
As facial covering guidelines change, things may change on campus. For up-to-date information on facial covering requirements, please see Facial Covering and Physical Distancing Guidelines.
Although guidelines are loosening, you may encounter a situation in a classroom, meeting or activity where you are asked by a fellow participant to wear a face covering. It is our expectation that as a courtesy, anyone, if asked, would be willing to wear a face covering indoors to alleviate the concerns of those less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings. Please always make certain to carry a face covering with you. This is how Flashes Take Care of Flashes. Let’s be considerate of those who are less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings.
2. Wash Your Hands Frequently
Community members must rigorously practice hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
3. Clean and Sanitize
As part of the university’s reopening plan, custodial staff has been systematically cleaning buildings, classrooms and offices. All offices are now cleaned, including carpeting, and ready for use. Please note: If you have work materials or personal items on the surfaces in your office, those areas were not cleaned. You will need to clean those areas yourself before you use them.
Our custodial staff will continue to clean all spaces that are accessible to employees as well as the public. These spaces include but are not limited to waiting rooms, seating areas in corridors, conference rooms and bathrooms. In classrooms, instructors are responsible for cleaning their workspace (e.g., podium, keyboard, camera, table). Supplies will be available at the entrance to each classroom for student use.
All office suites will have cleaning supplies available for employee use. If you work on the Kent campus and do not want your office cleaned by custodial staff, then contact Todd Burdette at firstname.lastname@example.org to opt out of any custodial staff cleaning. Employees managing reception counters will need to clean the counter/high-touch surfaces after each guest. Employees who share spaces that are not accessible to the public (e.g., break rooms, copy rooms, supply rooms) are expected to sanitize contact areas in these spaces after each use. The office(s) responsible for the space should post guidelines in or near these shared spaces to ensure that the employees who have access to the spaces understand the expectations for entering and using shared spaces. Some examples of appropriate guidelines include the following:
- one employee in this space at a time;
- do not share food or drink; or
- use the secure print option when printing to the copier.
4. Be Mindful of Kent State's Prevention Information
Physical distancing: We will no longer require physical distancing on our campuses. For the 2021 Fall Semester only, instructors teaching in person may choose to maintain a 3-foot distance between seats as they consider the nature of classroom interactions, the size of the classroom, the length of time in the classroom and the number of students. For the 2022 Spring Semester, all courses traditionally held in person will be in person at full capacity.
Find up-to-date Prevention Information and Facial Covering and Physical Distancing Guidelines.
5. Monitor Your Health Every Day
All members of the university community must self-monitor daily for symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or a new loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Employees showing symptoms of COVID-19 should leave work immediately and seek medical evaluation by calling your primary care physician, DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2525 or your local urgent care center. Students showing COVID-19 symptoms should isolate from others immediately and seek medical evaluation by calling DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2525 or calling your primary care physician. Always call ahead before seeking in-person medical help. Employees and students who are diagnosed with probable or confirmed COVID-19 will be contacted by their local health department and will be given additional guidance and instructions.
6. Have Questions? Reach out
For health questions about COVID-19 and safe practices, call University Health Services at 330-672-2322, or after hours, contact the Kent State Nurse Line at 330-672-2326. Visit our COVID-19 hub for more information.
7. Flashes Take Care of Flashes
As Flashes take care of Flashes, always demonstrate kindness and respect in all that we do.
8. Get Vaccinated!
As vaccines continue to become more readily available, flash your arm and get your shot to be better protected against COVID-19. The university hopes to have everyone in the Kent State community protected against this deadly virus, and vaccines are an essential tool in this prevention strategy.
Before You Leave Home: Daily Symptom Self-Check
1. Are you coming to campus today?
Will you be on campus today for class, a visit, a campus tour, work or to take advantage of a campus service? If you will be on campus in person, proceed through this checklist before you enter campus.
2. Have you signed the Employees On-campus Work Procedures?
Before returning to campus, employees must acknowledge the return to on-campus work guidelines. You just need to perform this step one time.
Employees who will be on campus on a regular or infrequent basis should provide acknowledgment using the form accessible on the On Campus Work Procedures.
3. Conduct daily self-check
Answer YES or NO to each question. If you answer YES to any symptom: stay home, contact your medical provider and call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525.
- Do you have any symptoms as defined by the CDC?
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat, congestion or runny nose
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Within the last 14 days, have you been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been placed in isolation for COVID-19?
- Have you had a COVID-19 test prescribed by a medical professional because you have recently had symptoms and you are currently waiting for the results?
- Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?
Select the button that corresponds with your responses to the above symptoms list:
If you answered YES to any symptom: stay home, contact your medical provider and call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525.
If you answered NO, move to the next step.
4. Is your cloth face covering ready, should it be necessary?
Although new safety protocols have loosened guidelines around face coverings, you may encounter a situation in a classroom, meeting or activity where you are asked by a fellow participant to wear a face covering. It is our expectation that as a courtesy, anyone, if asked, would be willing to wear a face covering indoors to alleviate the concerns of those less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings. Please always make certain to carry a face covering with you. This is how Flashes Take Care of Flashes. Let’s be considerate of those who are less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings.
For up-to-date information on facial covering requirements, please see Facial Covering and Physical Distancing Guidelines.
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