Regional 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.

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.

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. 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!

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

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

POSTED: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 10:24am
UPDATED: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 10:48am