Expectations for Managing COVID-19 on Campus

Dear Kent State Campus Community,

We are so excited to reopen campus for the Fall Semester. Whether you are a returning student, faculty or staff member, or whether you are new to the Kent State family, welcome home!

While we have been working hard to prepare campus for a safe reopening, we understand you may have questions about what happens when there are positive COVID-19 cases on campus. This video will provide you with what you can expect as we face positive cases and what we all will be expecting of each other.

As we shared in the video, this is the beginning of an academic year unlike any other as we will be learning – and in some cases living – together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Let’s be clear, we expect that there will be positive COVID-19 cases among the campus community. However, you can rest assured that we have a plan to help those who are affected, while reducing the risk to the rest of the campus community. Kent State is committed to keeping you safe by providing expertise and resources to help fight COVID-19 as the university community and the world forge a path forward during this unique time.

At the same time, every member of the Kent State campus community – students, faculty and staff – must do their part. Please follow the Flashes Safe Seven Principles to help keep everyone safe. You can also refer to the 10 Things For Kent State Students To Know About the Fall 2020 Semester. Let me reiterate it is critical we all do our part to keep campus safe by wearing our face coverings, regularly washing our hands, and keeping appropriate physical distance. We each play a critical role in making sure we can stay together in-person on campus throughout the fall, and I know together we can do this!

In the event that you or someone you know has symptoms, the COVID Response Team housed at the DeWeese Health Center is the first point of contact whenever someone takes or needs a test. In addition, you should contact the Team at 330-672-2525 if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you’re being tested because of symptoms, or you have had close contact with someone who tested positive with COVID-19.
  • Are living on campus in university housing and having symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of smell or taste, fatigue, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Are returning from international travel, regardless of country, or travel by cruise ship.
  • Are entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher.
  • Additionally, supervisors should report to the COVID Response Team should an:
    • Employee report COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Employee report they are COVID-19 positive.

Isolation is used to separate people who are ill with COVID-19 from people who are not infected, as well as separating those who have tested positive, but are showing no symptoms, from people who are not infected. There are allocated spaces in residence halls for isolation. This practice may be altered by your physician and/or local county health care authorities.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, quarantine away from others. To learn more about the university’s COVID protocols and guidance, please refer to the COVID-19 Guidance, which includes information about self-isolation and quarantine.

We are prepared to begin an awesome academic year in which Flashes Take Care of Flashes by following all the prescribed protocols for staying safe and minimizing the occurrences of COVID-19 on campus and in the community. Together we are strong, and together we can count on one another!

I’ll see you soon. Until then, Go Flashes!

Sincerely,

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

POSTED: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 2:56pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 2:58pm