Planning for Summer and Fall

Dear Kent State University Faculty and Staff,

We are embarking on a summer of transition as we plan for a robust return to campus for the 2021 Fall Semester.

In response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement that state health orders will be lifted on June 2 and considering changing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are reviewing our health requirements and guidelines to determine best practices for keeping our community safe and healthy for the upcoming semesters. We will be sharing more information soon. We also will be sending regular updates throughout the summer, and I encourage you to read them to keep informed as decisions are made and new information is released regarding the fall semester.

Summer Schedules and Hours

Our first summer session for academic courses begins May 20. Summer sessions will include a mix of in-person and remote courses.

Summer session dates are:

  • Intersession: May 20-June 9.
  • Summer I: June 10-July 14.
  • Summer II: June 10-Aug. 4.
  • Summer III: July 15-Aug. 18.

Additional summer hours for various services and buildings on the Kent Campus may be found here:

These sites may be updated throughout the summer as we move from session to session, so please check them to stay informed should information change.

For building schedules on Regional Campuses, please check their respective websites or call the main number for each Regional Campus.

Vaccines and Testing

Vaccines are the single most effective way of protecting our community and the quickest path back to normal. We strongly encourage all Flashes to get vaccinated. This is how we show Flashes Take Care of Flashes.

Vaccines are available from University Health Services at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus for any student, faculty or staff member and their spouses, domestic partners and dependents. Call the DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2322 to schedule a vaccine or schedule an appointment online.

You also can visit the state’s vaccination portal to make an appointment for a shot at a location near you.

As you may be aware, Gov. DeWine announced that everyone 18 and older who has been vaccinated may enter a state lottery for five chances to win $1 million. He also shared that everyone ages 12-17 who has had at least their first vaccination shot may enter a lottery for five, full-ride scholarships to a public university in Ohio. Enter either lottery at https://www.ohiovaxamillion.com, where additional information on entry deadlines and drawing dates can be found.

COVID-19 testing continues to be available at DeWeese for all students, faculty and staff. Additionally, faculty and staff and their dependents covered by the university’s Medical Mutual health insurance will have COVID-19 testing fully covered by any provider, such as pharmacies or urgent care centers, if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Return to Campus

For those employees who have been working remotely during the pandemic, you are welcome to come back to work on campus at any time. We expect all employees to be back to work in person as of Monday, Aug. 2, with faculty back on contract beginning Sunday, Aug. 22. Those in leadership roles are expected to be back to work in person on Tuesday, July 6. All employees should consult with their supervisors about when they are expected to be back on campus.

The university is currently developing a policy regarding telecommuting. Details of this policy are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

While the pandemic is not over, we believe that diligent planning over the summer will enable everyone in our university community to return to vibrant campus life in the fall.

I hope the summer months are a time of rejuvenation for you, with some time to spend relaxing and enjoying the seasonal weather. I look forward to seeing everyone back on our campuses in person later this summer.

Sincerely,

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

POSTED: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 8:51am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 1:02pm
WRITTEN BY:
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D. Associate Provost for Academic Affairs