Test Before Move-In

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If students did not see the email, they can check their @kent.edu email inbox for this email that was sent on Jan. 5 at 1:40 p.m.

** The link highlighted in yellow below can only be accessed from a respective student's @kent.edu email account and the email with this subject line "Student's First & Last Name, Test Before You Move In."

Dear Student,

As we get ready to welcome you to campus for the 2022 Spring Semester, it is important that we carefully monitor everyone before they come to campus to prevent the spread of COVID-19, particularly with the emergence of the omicron variant. We need you to take an active role in this monitoring process for us to provide a safe on-campus living and learning environment.

We are asking that all residence hall students take an at-home COVID-19 test before the 2022 spring move-in.

While we know that most of you are fully vaccinated, we also know that breakthrough cases are happening, and this test will help to prevent anyone from bringing COVID-19 to campus.

Kent State has partnered with Vault Health to provide you with an at-home, saliva-based COVID-19 test that you must complete and return before you move into your residence hall.

The test is prepaid, so you will incur no cost. Some of you may have taken this test in a previous semester and know that it is a simple procedure.

Whether vaccinated or not, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days and you are not currently having any symptoms of the virus, you do not have to perform this test. However, you must email a copy of your positive test result to covid@kent.edu. Anyone without formal test results, for example, those who took an unproctored test, will have to take the Vault test.

To Order Your Test

**To order your prepaid test kit, please use this link. (We recommend using Chrome or Safari as well as setting your browser to Incognito or private mode.) Please DO NOT forward this link, as it is assigned specifically to you. {**Reminder this link is for illustration purposes. It is not an active link. The link is active from a respective student's email.}

  • You will need to upload a picture of your Kent State student ID or a government-issued ID when you register for your test kit.

  • Order your test as soon as possible so that you have it in time, but do not open it until you are ready to take it.

  • Important information to remember:

    • Tests kits ordered before 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time will be delivered the next day.

    • If you do not receive your Vault Health test kit, contact Vault Health customer service at covid@vaulthealth.com or call 212-880-5494 to speak to a Vault Health customer service representative.

    • Take your test five to seven days before your planned return to campus. On the day you take your test, make sure to ship the test back before 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time the same day.

    • Vault Health’s operating hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Please click on this link for detailed instructions on how to take your test and receive your results.

Your Test Results

If you receive a positive test result, you will be expected to isolate at your permanent address and delay your return to your residence hall until your local health department releases you from isolation.

The Kent State COVID Response Team’s contact investigators will reach out to you to review your isolation plan.

You cannot attend in-person classes until you are cleared by your local health department and the COVID Response Team to return to campus. For in-person courses, please contact your instructors to explain your situation and determine how to proceed with making up your class absences.

More information about the spring semester move-in can be found here.

The spring semester will require cooperation and participation by everyone to ensure that our campus remains a safe place for all to live, learn and work. We appreciate your diligence in taking this first testing step to ensure a safe return for all.


Lisa Dannemiller, M.D.
Chief University Physician
Interim Director, University Health Services

POSTED: Wednesday, January 5, 2022 - 1:31pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 5, 2022 - 1:43pm