Changes to Health and Safety Practices

Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,

The university continues to plan for the summer and fall semesters with the health and safety of our community members as our top priority. With new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local health authorities, we are updating the health guidelines for our campuses. 

As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to base our health and safety practices on the regularly changing guidance provided by the CDC in consultation with our local health department.

With that in mind, these are our new protocols for all campuses effective immediately:  

  • Face coverings/outdoors: Those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a face covering outdoors on any of our campuses. We strongly recommend that unvaccinated people continue to wear face coverings outdoors, particularly when they cannot maintain safe physical distancing from others.  
  • Face coverings/indoors: Face coverings are still required for everyone indoors, except when individuals are working alone in a closed space (such as a private office or lab), when dining or when involved in an active workout at an indoor recreation space.
  • Physical distancing: We will continue to require 3 feet of physical distancing indoors, including in classrooms, meeting rooms and event spaces. There is no physical space requirement for outdoor events.

Maintaining our indoor face covering requirement, for now, allows for more time for our community to get vaccinated while we closely monitor and evaluate health conditions in the coming weeks and months.

We expect our safety protocols to continue to evolve based on the current state of the pandemic, the number of people in our community who are vaccinated and future changes to federal and state health guidance. Please visit our COVID-19 website frequently to keep up to date on changes. 

We strongly recommend all members of our university community get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is the single most effective way to protect our community, return to normal interaction and show that Flashes Take Care of Flashes.

All university students, faculty and staff from all campuses, and their spouses, domestic partners and dependents are eligible to receive a vaccine at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus. Use this link to schedule an appointment, call the health center at 330-672-2322 or visit the state’s vaccination portal to find another vaccination location near you. Remember, you are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after your final dose of the vaccine. 

As employees begin to return to our campuses throughout the summer and we prepare for a robust fall semester, we understand that this might be a time of anxiety for some. We ask that everyone please be mindful of others’ feelings and respect their concerns as we make this transition. For anyone who needs help dealing with stress or anxiety, student mental health support and resources can be accessed on the Step Up and Speak Out website or by contacting Counseling and Psychological Services at 330-672-2487. Mental health services are available to faculty and staff through IMPACT Solutions, our employee assistance program.

We appreciate your continued flexibility as we navigate through this time of transition. In all we do, remember that Flashes Take Care of Flashes.
 
Sincerely,

Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Dean, Division of Graduate Studies
Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee

POSTED: Monday, May 24, 2021 - 9:42am
UPDATED: Monday, May 24, 2021 - 12:11pm
WRITTEN BY:
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D. Associate Provost for Academic Affairs