Phases for Returning to Campuses

Over the last several months, Kent State University faculty, staff and leadership have been consulting with local and national authorities as well as our own health experts as we work to develop a return-to-campuses plan that ensures, to the greatest extent possible, the health and safety of all members of the Kent State community.

It is important to reiterate, whether you are currently on campus or returning during our phased plans to reopen, all Kent State community members are required to adhere to the Flashes Safe Seven principles to ensure the safety of our community.


  1. Phase 1: June 8-July 3
  2. Phase 2: July 6-Aug. 14
  3. Phase 3: Aug. 17-26
  4. Phase 4: Aug. 27-Dec. 20

Phase 1: June 8-July 3

  • Students – Summer I and Summer II continue through remote instruction. Select student workers on campus.
  • Academics – Summer I and Summer II continue through remote instruction.
  • Employees – Employees needed to maintain current campus operations and to prepare for an increase in operations. Check with your supervisor. Faculty on campus with department chair or dean approval. Select student workers on campus.
  • Research and Creative Activities – Researchers/Artists whose Request to Return to Research form has been approved by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs.
  • Athletics – Designated staff and student-athletes.
  • Events/Student Activities – No in-person events. Check the Event Calendar for virtual events.
  • Visitors – Must follow state guidelines, wear cloth face covering and maintain physical distance. Those experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should not visit campus. Check with Admissions for virtual tour opportunities.

Phase 2: July 6-Aug. 14

  • Students – Summer I and Summer II continue through remote instruction. A few courses, as approved by the Office of the Provost, will be delivered in person in Summer III. Select student workers on campus.
  • Academics – Summer I and Summer II continue through remote instruction. A few courses, as approved by the Office of the Provost, will be delivered in person in Summer III.
  • Employees – Employees needed to maintain current campus operations. Check with your supervisor. Staggered return of faculty and staff whose work directly supports the return of students. Select student workers on campus.
  • Research and Creative Activities – Researchers/Artists whose Request to Return to Research form has been approved by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs.
  • Athletics – Continued staggered return of staff and student-athletes. However, on Aug. 8 MAC university presidents voted to postpone all scheduled fall contests, as well as MAC championships, due to continuing concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
  • Events/Student Activities – No in-person events. Check the Event Calendar for virtual events.
  • Visitors – Must follow state guidelines, wear cloth face covering and maintain physical distance. Those experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should not visit campus. Begin scheduled campus tours (virtual tours remain available).

Phase 3: Aug. 17-26

  • Students – Begin staggered return of students to residence halls. Select student workers on campus. Coordination of Flashes Take Care of Flashes Welcome Kits.
  • Employees – Employees needed to maintain current campus operations. Check with your supervisor. Staggered return of faculty and staff whose work directly supports the return of students. Select student workers on campus.
  • Research and Creative Activities – Researchers/Artists whose Request to Return to Research form has been approved by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs.
  • Athletics – Continue staggered return of staff and student-athletes. However, MAC university presidents voted to postpone all scheduled fall contests, as well as MAC championships, due to continuing concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
  • Events/Student Activities – Select events in accordance with Kent State's event procedures and policies, state and local guidelines and the Flashes Safe Seven. Virtual events ongoing; check the Event Calendar.
  • Visitors – Must follow state guidelines, wear cloth face covering and maintain physical distance. Those experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should not visit campus. Scheduled campus tours (virtual tours remain available).

Phase 4: Aug. 27-Dec. 20

  • Students – Students on campus for fall semester classes. In-person and remote instruction through Friday, Nov. 20.
    • Fall Break will be eliminated.
    • No classes will be held Monday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 27.
    • Classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 30, and will be held via remote instruction only.
    • Information about moving out of residence halls will be forthcoming.
  • Academics – Fall semester classes in session. In-person and remote instruction through Friday, Nov. 20.
    • Fall Break will be eliminated.
    • No classes will be held Monday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 27.
    • Classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 30, and will be held via remote instruction only.
  • Employees – Employees needed to maintain campus operations. Faculty and staff necessary for on-campus operations and student support. Student workers on campus.
  • Research and Creative Activities – Researchers/Artists whose Request to Return to Research form has been approved by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs.
  • Athletics – Continue phased return to athletic activities. However, MAC university presidents, voted to postpone all scheduled fall contests, as well as MAC championships, due to continuing concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
  • Events/Student Activities – Select events in accordance with state guidelines and the Flashes Safe Seven. Virtual events ongoing; check the Event Calendar.
  • Visitors – Must follow state guidelines, wear cloth face covering and maintain physical distance. Those experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should not visit campus. Scheduled campus tours.