Kent Campus Students: We Are Ready for Your Arrival

Dear Kent State University Students,

We hope you are filled with anticipation as late summer paves the way for the fall semester. We are busy preparing fun and engaging activities to kick off an unforgettable and unprecedented academic year.

For your first few days on campus, we have planned some outstanding events, including KSU Kickoff, which provides three days of free activities to familiarize you with the Kent State community. Some activities will be virtual/remote while others will be in person following the Flashes Safe Seven principles. You will also take part in a Common Conversation discussion, which is part of the First Year Experience (FYE), and an in-classroom project that will emphasize the value of service at Kent State as well as future community-based opportunities throughout Portage County. Specific information about KSU Kickoff, including the Flashes Fight Hunger Contactless Food Drive and other activities, will be available on the DKS Mobile app and event page on Aug. 15.

Move-in day is always filled with loads of excitement, and this year will be no exception. The following requirements and structure will help ensure a safer environment for your move-in day. 

  • Consistent with the Flashes Safe Seven principles, face coverings are required for you and your party during move-in.
  • We ask that you stick to the schedule to allow for appropriate physical-distancing measures as it is necessary to bring students to campus with a staggered approach. 
  • The maximum number of people in your move-in party is limited to four, including you.
  • Consider whether any members of your move-in party are at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, and take extra precautions for them. By the very nature of move-in day, there will be more people than normal in and around each residence hall.
  • You will find more information on our Move-In Information page.
  • If you have questions about dining, go to the Meal Plan FAQ webpage.

Kent State President Todd Diacon and Vice President for Student Affairs Lamar R. Hylton have essential information for you in their welcome message.

We are concerned about those of you who continue to have financial hardships because of the pandemic. In short order, many of our donors have provided more than $1 million in emergency funding to help students in need. If you and your family are impacted economically by the virus, we encourage you to contact One Stop for Student Services as we may be able to provide additional aid for those with the highest levels of unmet need. We will do everything we can to help support you.

All students should avoid nonessential travel and large gatherings for 14 days before coming to campus.

In response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's recent travel advisory, students who are traveling from states with a reported COVID-19 positivity rate of 15% or greater will be asked to quarantine for 14 days before returning to work, class or other on-campus activities.

If you are a student who is from one of the states currently on the list maintained by the Ohio Department of Health, please call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 to discuss your plans and any needs we can assist you with as you plan the quarantine period. Additionally:

  • A member of the COVID Response Team will coordinate instructions or recommendations for each individual situation.
  • Kent State's Department of Residence Services will offer early move-in options to allow these students to finish their quarantine period prior to the start of classes.
  • The COVID Response Team will work with the Department of Residence Services and University Dining Services to offset contract dates (if applicable) to provide early move-in/meal delivery during the portion of your quarantine spent on campus.
  • We will attempt to keep students in their assigned rooms during their quarantine period, but in the event this is not possible, please be prepared to pack the items you will need during quarantine.
  • Students will not be penalized if they must miss class due to an illness or the need to quarantine. We ask you to participate remotely in classes until the 14-day quarantine period has ended. You should be in communication with your faculty if you must miss class due to quarantine. You can find your instructors' emails in the Student Detailed Schedule and the Student Printable Schedule in FlashLine or through the KSU Mobile app. Please contact One Stop at 330-672-6000 with questions related to your class schedule.

As a reminder, Kent State’s COVID Response Team is located at DeWeese Health Center. This team is responsible for managing COVID-19-related information and procedures regarding testing, isolation and quarantine situations. If you are entering Ohio from a state reporting positive testing rates of 15% or greater, please contact the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525. Learn more about self-reporting requirements at the COVID Response Team FAQ page.

Monitor your health every day and if you answer yes to one or more of the following questions, immediately begin self-isolation and remote instruction and promptly call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 to discuss how the university will guide you in navigating testing, tracking and returning to campus.

COVID-19 symptoms from the CDC website:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat, congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Within the last 14 days, have you been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been placed in isolation for COVID-19?
  • Have you had a COVID-19 test prescribed by a medical professional because you have recently had symptoms and you are currently waiting for the results?
  • Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for the virus:

  • Isolate at home and call your doctor immediately to seek medical advice. Always call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Notify the Kent State COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525. 

Once again, the Kent State community is excited to welcome you to the university. We look forward to the upcoming academic year with a commitment to your success and well-being. We hope you are enjoying summer break and are gearing up for an awesome 2020-21 academic year. Go Flashes!

Sincerely,
Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Mary Parker, Ed.D.
Vice President for Enrollment Management
 

POSTED: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 10:10am
UPDATED: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 10:24am