Friday, May 8, 2020

Planning for the Reopening of Campuses

Dear Kent State University Community,

Last Thursday, President Diacon informed you about the formation of a set of committees that will explore and guide the reopening of our eight campuses, including course instruction for this upcoming academic year. I am contacting you now to provide you with more information on this effort.

Let me begin by acknowledging the work that has been conducted across campus to guide us through the spring semester. The university’s pandemic committee began meeting in January to prepare a response to COVID-19. Since March, and through a faculty senate resolution, the ad hoc academic continuity committee has helped guide students and instructors through the spring semester. The work of these committees – as well as other university committees and efforts – has been instrumental in getting us to where we are today and will continue to serve the university community.

Now we are moving to the next phase as to how we can safely reopen campus with an eye on this upcoming academic year. While we prefer to resume face-to-face classes this fall, we are developing several scenarios to ensure an outstanding experience for our students regardless of the delivery method. During this process, we are engaging more than 70 university community members from across our campuses. The reopening steering committee includes representation from university leadership, Faculty Senate and several of our world-renowned public health experts. The work of the steering committee is supported by six broad-based committees that represent key foci during reopening: Employees, FYE/COVID-19 Curriculum, Academic/Student Affairs, Regional Campuses, Research/Creative Activities and Athletics. Learn more about these committees at Kent State’s coronavirus resource hub.

The goal of this effort is to develop a plan that reflects the values and mission of Kent State and allows our students to be successful, our employees to thrive and our scholars to be innovative and creative, while at the same time protecting health and maintaining safety for everyone in our university community.

Throughout this process, we will keep you updated via regular communications and will let you know as soon as we have new information about key aspects of campus reopening. We hope to see everyone on campus this fall.


Manfred van Dulmen
Interim Associate Provost

Kent State Reopening Committees  President's Announcement of Reopening Committees