Flashes Unite – Do What’s Right

Dear Kent Campus Students,

We are a community … a community of Golden Flashes. We take care of each other, and we work as one to take care of others, including our neighbors in the city of Kent and throughout Portage County. In the fight against COVID-19, we are all members of one community, both on campus and in our local neighborhoods. Now is the time for Flashes to unite and do what’s right.

As you are aware, the state of Ohio has elevated Portage County, where the Kent Campus is located, to COVID-19 Risk Level 3 Red status due to an increase in new cases. 

The data attributes this rise in cases to gatherings and parties at off-campus student housing locations. Those of you attending or hosting parties and gatherings must stop or face disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct. It’s time to do what’s right, behave responsibly and start caring about others you may be infecting who could become seriously ill. 

Our entire community must step up now and take responsibility for slowing the spread of COVID-19. This is a critical time in the fight against the virus, and we must have an immediate and concerted effort to decrease the transmission of new cases. 

Therefore, for the next two weeks:

  • We are asking all Kent State University students to avoid all gatherings and parties.
  • We are asking Kent State students to limit their interactions with others by only attending class and participating in physical exercise. 
  • We are asking Kent State students to be especially observant of their behavior and that of others as we fight to reduce the spread of the virus. If you see troubling behavior, report it on the Flashes Safe Seven Accountability page, which has been established to hold us all accountable by offering a place to report violators. 
  • For those who fail to practice stringent safety principles, we won’t hesitate to take the strongest disciplinary actions that our Code of Student Conduct allows, up to and including warning, probation, disciplinary suspension, disciplinary dismissal and other educational or corrective measures. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and fail to quarantine as required will face the strongest disciplinary action. 

If we diligently focus our efforts for the next two weeks, rigorously practice the Flashes Safe Seven, avoid parties and limit our activities to classes and physical exercise, we have a great chance of getting Portage County out of COVID-19 Risk Level 3 Red status and back down to a level in which the entire Kent community will be safe. Flashes Unite – Do What’s Right!

However, should Portage County remain at Level 3 Red status, the city of Kent is prepared to take stringent action. In addition to a zero-tolerance policy for any off-campus gatherings that violate noise or other city ordinances, more exacting measures will follow, including potential mandatory quarantines for various off-campus housing areas, to contain and stem the spread of this virus. 

Many of you are taking precautions against COVID-19 by wearing your face covering and limiting your contact with others. We thank you for behaving responsibly and caring for others. To those of you whose behavior has jeopardized the safety of our community, we know you’ll step up and do what’s right in the fight against COVID-19. 

Flashes Unite – Do What’s Right!


Todd Diacon
Kent State President

Joan C. Seidel, MA, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC
Kent City Health Commissioner

POSTED: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 11:39am
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 3:45pm
President Todd Diacon