Phases for Returning to Campuses: Spring 2021

As part of our ongoing effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our return to the Kent Campus will be managed in phases to allow us to mitigate the spread of the virus in our community and best ensure the health and safety of all.

Prevention & Strategy

Our strategy for spring semester is at the leading edge of national best practices for ensuring the health and safety of our Kent State community. This prevention strategy will provide students, faculty and staff with the best possible campus experience given the ongoing pandemic. As always, we will remain flexible and adjust to any developments with the virus and to changes in state, county and local health guidelines. The following outlines our strategy for when various groups return to the Kent Campus as well as start dates for academics and university events.

Important Reminder

It is important to remember, regardless of phase, that we continue to be diligent in our actions to control the spread of the virus. Following the Flashes Safe Seven principles at all times, whether on or off campus, is still vitally important. Wherever you are, remember to wear a face covering, practice frequent handwashing, maintain physical distancing and avoid gatherings.


  1. Phase 1: Jan. 4-11
  2. Phase 2: Jan. 12-29
  3. Phase 3: Feb. 1-May 12
  4. Additional Information

Phase 1: Jan. 4 - 11

  • Students – Staggered residence hall move-in will begin Sunday, Jan. 10.

  • Employees – Only employees needed to maintain current campus operations will report to work. Employees who can work remotely should work remotely. Please check with your supervisor to determine your work plan. Select student workers will be on campus.

  • Research and Creative Activities – Researchers and artists whose Request to Return to Research form has been approved by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs may return to campus.

  • Athletics – Only designated staff and select student-athletes may return to campus. Only student-athletes and game day staff should be at competitions. Other employees should work remotely.

  • Events/Student Activities – No in-person events will take place. Check the Event Calendar for virtual events.

  • Visitors – All visitors must follow state guidelines, wear a cloth face covering and maintain physical distance. Those experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should not visit campus. Virtual tours available for campus visits.

Phase 2: Jan. 12-29

  • Students – Staggered residence hall move-in continues. Select student workers are on campus.

  • Academics – Spring semester courses, which begin Tuesday, Jan. 19, will be delivered through both remote and in-person courses. Some in-person courses that require special equipment or interactions that cannot be delivered remotely will begin the semester in person. Other courses designated to be delivered in person for the spring semester will begin with remote instruction for the first two weeks and transition to in-person delivery beginning the third week (week of Feb. 1). Courses that begin remote the first two weeks will have the following statement under the specific course on the Student Printable Schedule (in FlashLine) on Wednesday, Dec. 9: This course section is remote the first two weeks of spring semester (Jan. 19-31) and in person starting the third week (week of Feb. 1).

  • Employees – Only employees needed to maintain current campus operations should be on campus. Employees who can work remotely should work remotely. Please check with your supervisor to determine your work plan. The staggered return will begin for faculty and staff whose work directly supports the return of students. Select student workers will be on campus.

  • Research and Creative Activities – Researchers and artists whose Request to Return to Research form has been approved by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs may return to campus.

  • Athletics – The staggered return of staff and student-athletes continues. Only student-athletes and game day staff should be at competitions. Other employees should work remotely.

  • Events/Student Activities – Select events will take place in accordance with Kent State’s event procedures and policies, state and local guidelines and the Flashes Safe Seven. Virtual events are ongoing; check the Event Calendar for schedules.

  • Visitors – All visitors must follow state guidelines, wear a cloth face covering and maintain physical distance. Those experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should not visit campus. Virtual tours available for campus visits.

Phase 3: Feb. 1-May 12

  • Academics – Spring semester courses will be delivered through both remote and in-person courses. Some in-person courses that require special equipment or interactions that cannot be delivered remotely will begin the semester in person. Other courses designated to be delivered in person for the spring semester will begin with remote instruction for the first two weeks and transition to in-person delivery beginning the third week (week of Feb. 1). Courses that begin remote the first two weeks will have the following statement under the specific course on the Student Printable Schedule (in FlashLine) on Wednesday, Dec. 9: This course section is remote the first two weeks of spring semester (Jan. 19-31) and in person starting the third week (week of Feb. 1).

    • In-person and remote instruction continues through Friday, April 9.

    • Spring break takes place Monday, April 12, to Sunday, April 18.

    • All courses will be held via remote instruction Monday, April 19, to Tuesday, May 4. No courses or parts of courses will be held from noon-2 p.m. on May 4 in observance of Remembrance Day.

    • Wednesday, May 5, is a reading day. Final examinations take place Thursday, May 6, to Wednesday, May 12.

  • Employees – Employees needed to maintain current campus operations will report to work. Employees who can work remotely should work remotely. Please check with your supervisor to determine your work plan. Staff and faculty needed to maintain campus operations and student support will continue to report to work on campus. Student workers also will be working 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 will continue their work on campus.

  • Athletics – All student-athletes are expected to be back on campus during this time. Only employees needed to support athletics in person should be on campus. Other employees should work remotely. 

  • Events/Student Activities – Select events will take place in accordance with Kent State’s event procedures and policies, state and local guidelines and the Flashes Safe Seven. Virtual events are ongoing; check the Event Calendar for schedules.

  • Visitors – All visitors must follow state guidelines, wear a cloth face covering and maintain physical distance. Those experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should not visit campus. In-person campus tours resume Monday, Feb. 1.  

Additional Information

Additional information about our phased return to campus for the spring semester will be forthcoming very soon. This will include further detail on our testing protocol for the spring semester, which we are updating in the context of the evolving conditions of the pandemic.