Kent State Approaches Phase 3 for Returning to Campuses

Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff, 

We are nearing Phase 3 of our campus reopening plan, and we continue to prepare for a safe return to operations on our campuses. Fall semester is right around the corner, and I, for one, am wholeheartedly looking forward to the unmistakable energy of Golden Flashes on campus. 

Phase 3 will take place from Aug. 17-26. Here are some updates on what to expect during this time, including the much-anticipated return of students to our campuses!

  • Students will begin their return to residence halls. Learn more about move-in and KSU Kickoff by visiting the KSU Kickoff website.
  • Select student workers will begin their jobs on campus. Student employment opportunities, both remote and face to face, are available and can be found by visiting the Career Exploration and Development page and viewing listings in Handshake along with internship opportunities.
  • Employees needed to maintain current campus operations will be returning to campuses. Please check with individual supervisors for direction. 
  • Faculty and staff will begin a staggered and selective return to campus. Those whose work directly supports the return of students to campus will be among the first to come back.
  • Researchers and artists whose Request to Return to Research form has been approved by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs will continue their work.
  • Athletics will continue the staggered return of staff and student-athletes. However, the Mid-American Conference (MAC) has postponed the beginning of competition for fall sports, including field hockey, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, and men's and women's cross country competition, until Sept. 3. The delay is to provide additional time to prepare for the safe return to competition on an adjusted timeline. We will continue to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on sports in coordination with the MAC and our medical experts to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff.
  • Select events and student activities will take place in accordance with Kent State's event procedures and policies, state and local guidelines and the Flashes Safe Seven principles. Virtual events are ongoing and encouraged; check the Event Calendar for an up-to-date listing.
  • Visitors must follow state guidelines, wear a cloth face covering and maintain physical distance. Those experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should not visit campus. Scheduled campus tours are taking place, and virtual tours remain available.

For students, employees and visitors, it is important to note that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced a travel advisory for all individuals coming into Ohio from states reporting positive COVID-19 testing rates of 15% or higher. Anyone traveling from these states to Ohio is advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The Ohio Department of Health is also recommending against travel to these states with high positivity.

Please also note that Ohio Gov. DeWine has ordered that face coverings are mandatory for all public places in Ohio. The city of Kent also has instituted a citywide face covering requirement.

Face coverings, frequent hand-washing and physical distancing are required on campuses as well, along with other steps to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus. All of these measures can be found in our Flashes Safe Seven, and everyone should become familiar with the list so we can all do our part to remain on campus and keep our Kent State community safe and healthy. Please, do not come to campus if you are exhibiting any symptoms related to the virus.

Please regularly check in regarding the university's reopening plans and watch for future emails. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we may have to make changes to campus operations, including the course schedule and course delivery mode of classes, to ensure the safety and health of the campus community. We will soon provide further details on how you will stay posted on the health and safety of the Kent State system.
 
At Kent State, whether you're a student, faculty member or staff member, Flashes Take Care of Flashes. And most importantly, students come first. I speak for our entire community when I say we can't wait to welcome students to our campuses, and we are here to help with many available support services, including:

  • Faculty availability for guidance, either by meeting face to face while practicing the safety principles or by meeting remotely, can be scheduled.
  • Advising and career guidance will be fully accessible. Students may schedule an appointment with their academic advisors by visiting Kent State Advising and selecting a time and day to meet either in person or through virtual appointment.
  • Free Virtual Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction Study Groups will be offered through the Academic Success Center.
  • Students who need assistance learning how to navigate face-to-face, remote and online classes can sign up for free coaching.
  • Career Exploration and Development will offer several career fairs, career advising, resume assistance and interviewing practice virtually and face to face during the fall semester. 
  • During KSU Kickoff, scheduled for Aug. 23-26, the Class of 2024 will have an opportunity to connect with faculty, staff and other students. The KSU Kickoff schedule and information will be available in the DKS Mobile app and the KSU Kickoff website beginning Aug. 15. 

Kent State is working tirelessly to ensure that the fall semester is a safe one for all members of our campus community. By following the Flashes Safe Seven guidelines, we know the semester will be the start of a successful academic year filled with transformational learning and engaging opportunities.

Sincerely,

Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Interim Dean of Graduate Studies
Chair, Reopening Steering Committee
 

POSTED: Monday, July 27, 2020 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Monday, July 27, 2020 - 10:10am