Kent State Provides More Details on Vaccine Requirement - Regional Campuses
Dear Kent State University Students,
As someone who studies on one of our Regional Campuses, we understand you may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine requirement issued by the university on Aug. 27. We want to offer some additional details and guidance about this new requirement.
The requirement to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 20 is for all students and all non-bargaining unit employees, including part-time employees, who study, work or engage in activities on any of our campuses, and/or participate in a study-away or study-abroad program.
Students whose classes are fully remote or online are not subject to the vaccine requirement. However, any online student who will be on campus for any reason, for example to use the library, is subject to the vaccine requirement and is expected to get vaccinated or obtain an exemption.
Visitors to our campuses are not included in this requirement.
Please be aware that to be fully vaccinated, at least two weeks must have passed since your final vaccination shot, which means that you should receive your last vaccine dose by Dec. 6 to be compliant. To meet the compliance deadline, first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine would be received no later than:
- Nov. 8 for Moderna
- Nov. 15 for Pfizer
- Dec. 6 for Johnson & Johnson
From now until Nov. 1, we will be increasing the amount of random weekly COVID-19 testing we request of unvaccinated students on all campuses, as part of the first phase of implementing the vaccine requirement.
It is expected to take several more weeks before we have this testing procedure in place on our Regional Campuses. We understand that many commuter students are not on your respective campuses every day, and we are working to develop a testing program that will be convenient for students. We also know that students may have outside employment that requires weekly COVID-19 testing. We currently are considering whether proof of outside testing will satisfy our random testing request, and we will provide more details as plans are finalized.
After Nov. 1, when we enter the second phase of our vaccination plan, weekly testing requests will increase from a few randomly selected students to all students who are not vaccinated, which includes students who may be vaccinated but who have not submitted proof of their vaccination.
We strongly encourage everyone in our Kent State community to get vaccinated now to meet the requirement. Vaccines are readily available at numerous locations throughout Northeast Ohio. Getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to show how Flashes Take Care of Flashes.
Students may submit proof of vaccination status here. Once the information is uploaded, you will be automatically entered to win generous awards through the university incentive program, which runs through Oct. 31. Those who submit proof of vaccination will not be selected for random weekly testing.
This information is being submitted to Med+Proctor, the medical records company that Kent State contracts with to collect and verify this data. There is no cost to use Med+Proctor. The company will offer you the chance to purchase a lifetime subscription to its service for $10, but there is no obligation to purchase this service. Within the Kent State community, only University Health Services has access to this data.
We will consider exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for medical, religious beliefs or personal conscience reasons. Visit our exemption page to learn about how to apply for an exemption from COVID-19 vaccine requirement and to access the necessary forms.
Medical exemptions will require documentation from a licensed medical provider. Religious beliefs or personal conscience exemptions will require the submission of a personal statement detailing the submitter’s basis for their belief and explaining how the university’s vaccine requirement would conflict with that belief.
Please understand that anyone who receives an exemption from vaccination will be required to submit to regular testing (up to two times a week) during the 2022 Spring Semester.
Students whose classes are fully remote or online are not subject to the vaccine requirement, and therefore do not have to apply for an exemption unless they plan to be on campus for any reason, in which case they must either be vaccinated or obtain an exemption.
If you have questions about the new vaccine requirement or how it is being implemented, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-672-8227.
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Dean, Division of Graduate Studies
Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee