Vaccine Exemption Is an Option for You - Regional Campuses

Dear Kent State University Regional Campus Students, Faculty and Staff,

As we make plans for the 2022 Spring Semester, we want to remind you that applying for an exemption is one way to become compliant with the university’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

The university permits vaccine exemptions for medical, religious or personal conscience reasons. Visit our exemption page to access the necessary forms to apply for an exemption. If you receive an exemption from vaccination, you will be required to submit to weekly testing to ensure that you remain COVID-19 free.

On our Regional Campuses, this testing is conducted using at-home test kits available free of charge on every Regional Campus at these locations:

  • Ashtabula: Main Hall in the Student Service Office near the front entrance.
  • East Liverpool: Front desk, second flood, Purinton Hall.
  • Geauga: Security Office, Room 168.
  • Salem: Front desk in the main lobby near the student lounge.
  • Stark: Library (Learning Resource Center).
  • Trumbull:  Student Services Building Lobby (look for signage).
  • Tuscarawas: Science and Advanced Technology Center, Room 117.
  • Twinsburg Academic Center: Security Office, Room 224.

Taking an At-Home Test

The at-home test kits include step-by-step instructions for how to take the test. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should report their results to the university’s COVID Response Team at covid@kent.edu and report their results to their local health department.

Vaccine Requirement 

Our vaccine requirement is for all students, faculty and staff on all campuses and was motivated by our desire to ensure a safe learning and working environment for our Kent State community.

Submit Proof

It is our hope that everyone will get vaccinated against COVID-19 and register their vaccine with the university. 

Vaccines are available at numerous locations across the state, which are conveniently located for those who study or work at our Regional Campuses. 

However, Regional Campus students, faculty and staff, and their families are welcome to get vaccinated at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus, which offers the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines daily at no cost. Use this link to schedule a vaccine appointment or call the health center at 330-672-2322 to schedule an appointment.

Getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to show how Flashes Take Care of Flashes.

Once vaccinated, students, faculty and staff should submit proof of vaccination status here. 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.

COVID-19 Testing

For those who have not been fully vaccinated and uploaded their vaccine information in Med+Proctor, we ask that you get tested weekly for COVID-19 and continue to follow the Flashes Safe Eight safety principles. 

Information on testing availability on each Regional Campus location will be shared in January. In addition, testing is available at local pharmacies and urgent care centers throughout the region.

If it is more convenient, you also may stop by one of the Visit Healthcare locations on the Kent Campus instead. This test is performed on-site with the results emailed to you the following day and automatically reported to the health center.

The health center uses testing results to send alerts of potential COVID-19 exposures to students, faculty and staff without identifying individuals. This helps stop the spread and keep our campuses safe.

If you have questions about the vaccine requirement or an exemption, please email vaccine@kent.edu or call 330-672-8227.

Sincerely,

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

Peggy Shadduck, Ph.D.
Vice President for Regional Campuses
Dean, College of Applied and Technical Studies
 

POSTED: Monday, December 20, 2021 - 1:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 21, 2021 - 11:16am