COVID-19 Plans for Spring Semester

Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff, 

So you may plan for a healthy and engaging spring semester, we want to share our protocols for keeping the Kent State community safe next year. Our guidelines follow the best science-based advice available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our state and local health departments and the experts from our College of Public Health.

Our strategy for maintaining a healthy campus community amid COVID-19 will be very similar to this semester.

  • Face coverings still will be required inside all our buildings and will be strongly encouraged outside when at least six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.  
  • There will be no physical distance requirements for events, gatherings and classes.  
  • All must have received a COVID-19 vaccine and reported it to the university or must have secured an approved exemption from the university.
  • Those who have an approved exemption must participate in regular screening testing.
  • Testing will be required for all students in university housing before they return to campus. Additional details on that testing will be sent in early January.
  • Those who fail to comply with our vaccine requirement will face disciplinary action.

Get Tested for Safe Travel

For those of you planning travel over the winter break, we encourage you to check with the CDC for a list of areas that are high risk for COVID-19 transmission as well as current travel requirements and restrictions.

We strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing we offer on our campuses to ensure that you aren’t unknowingly spreading the virus to others. COVID-19 testing also is available at various locations throughout the state

Because it may take a day or two for COVID-19 test results to be returned to you, please consider getting tested no later than two days before you plan to depart to know that you are safe to travel or gather with family and friends.

Get Compliant

Our best line of defense against all variants of COVID-19 is vaccination. Data consistently has shown that those who are vaccinated are less likely to get COVID-19 and less likely to suffer severe illness if they do contract the virus.

Our vaccine requirement applies to all students, faculty and staff, and we urge you to become compliant, either by getting your vaccine and reporting it or by obtaining an exemption from vaccination and entering the university’s testing program. 

Vaccines are available at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus and numerous locations throughout the state, many of which are convenient to our Regional Campuses.

If for some reason you have been putting off getting vaccinated, please use the winter break to get into compliance. Act now and you will have time before the spring semester begins on Jan. 18 to become fully vaccinated. Come back vaxxed! If you have not yet uploaded your vaccine information, the winter break is a great time to get that done, too. 

It’s also a good time to get a COVID-19 booster shot for those who already are fully vaccinated. The Food and Drug Administration has approved booster shots for everyone age 16 and older, and boosters are available at DeWeese. Learn more about COVID-19 boosters here or schedule a booster shot here

Until then, we wish you all a successful finals week and a restful break as we look forward to a happy and healthy 2022.

Sincerely,

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

Julie Volcheck
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Director of University Health Services

Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., MPH 
Interim Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs 
Program Coordinator – Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Professor of Epidemiology, College of Public Health

POSTED: Monday, December 13, 2021 - 10:50am
UPDATED: Monday, December 13, 2021 - 10:51am