Covid-19 Prevention Information

Kent State University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment in which all students, faculty and staff can live, learn and work.

As part of our 2021 strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are focused on providing vaccines and testing through University Health Services. As of Aug. 27, all students and unrepresented employees on our campuses are required to get a COVID-19 vaccine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure that Flashes Take Care of Flashes. We also are currently engaged in positive and productive talks with the leadership for our union faculty and staff with the intent to include them as well.

COVID-19 Testing Plan

Will COVID-19 testing be required of anyone during fall semester 2021?

Students

  • All students who live in residence halls  were required to perform an at-home test one week before moving back to campus.  
    •  Students who live in residence halls who are not fully vaccinated or exempt from testing must take part in weekly COVID-19 testing, provided by Visit Healthcare, beginning the week of Aug. 23. 
    • Fully vaccinated residence hall students and those who are exempt due to having tested positive for COVID-19 within the prior 90 days will have to submit proof that they are fully vaccinated
  •  As part of Kent State’s phased-in COVID-19 vaccine requirement, beginning Sept. 1, 2021, testing will be expanded  to include sample testing of unvaccinated students living off campus; unvaccinated students in the residence halls will continue to be tested weekly.
  • Beginning Nov. 1, 2021, all unvaccinated students in residence halls will be tested twice a week; all other unvaccinated students will be tested once a week.

Employees

  • Beginning Sept. 1, 2021, we will expand our testing efforts to include sample testing of  unvaccinated employees.
  • Beginning Nov. 1, 2021, all unvaccinated employees will be tested once a week.

Where to Test

  • On the Kent Campus, Visit Healthcare will be testing Monday through Friday at these locations:
    • Ice Arena: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Eastway Lounge:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • Note: expanded morning hours are available on Thursdays (7 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    • MACC 3rd Floor Loge:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • Note: expanded morning hours are available on Thursdays (7 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    • Dunbar Hall Conference Room: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • No appointment required. 
    • Pre-register in advance with Visit Healthcare at www.visit.covidsecureapp.com/kent to expedite the testing process is recommended.
    • The test is a swab and send PCR test and results will be sent to students the following day.

BinaxNOW Self-Test Kits

  • BinaxNOW self-test kits are available for free to any member of the Kent State Community, as supplies last.
    • BinaxNow test kits are available to anyone who requests a kit, including people who live in the community.
    • No ID is required to pick up a test kit.
    • Test kits are provided by the Ohio Department of Health and are at no cost to the individual.
    • There is a limit of four test kits per week, per person.
    • There is no paperwork associated with these test kits, and you do not need to sign to get one.
    • There is an insert in each kit with instructions on what to do if a person tests positive.
  • The test can be picked up at the following Kent Campus locations: 
    • Henderson Hall, Room 216
    • Moulton Hall, Room 131
    • University Libraries first floor circulation desk
    • Kent Student Center information desk
    • Beverly J. Warren Student Wellness and Recreation Center welcome desk 
    • Center for Visual Arts, Room 240
    • Center for Performing Arts, Room B141
    • Bowman Hall, Room 105
    • Cartwright Hall, Room 145
    • White Hall, Room 408

Regional Campuses

  • On the Regional Campuses, at-home COVID-19 test kits are available at the following locations:
    • Ashtabula: Main Hall in the Student Service Office near the front entrance.
    • Geauga: Security Office, Room 168
    • East Liverpool: Front desk, second flood, Purinton Hall
    • 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 & Advanced Technology Center, Room 117
    • Twinsburg Academic Center: Security Office, Room 224

Monitoring and Testing

  • For fall, students living in residence halls who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from weekly testing. 
  • Throughout the fall semester, Kent State will continue to monitor wastewater from campus housing to look for spikes in virus shed to identify possible outbreaks.
  • Symptomatic COVID-19 testing will continue to be available at DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus for all students, faculty and staff.
    • Additionally, faculty and staff and their dependents covered by the university’s Medical Mutual health insurance will have COVID-19 testing fully covered by any provider, such as pharmacies or urgent care centers, if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19.  
    • Students, faculty and staff should go to Visit Healthcare on Kent campus for asymptomatic screening testing.
  • If someone is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, they should call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 to schedule an appointment with one of our clinicians.

HOW TO GET A COVID-19 TEST: OPTIONS

All members of the Kent State community are encouraged to get tested for the COVID-19 virus if they are showing symptoms. There are currently several ways for members of the Kent State community to get a COVID-19 test. 

1. DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus at 330-672-2322 to schedule an appointment with a clinician.

  • The health center offers daily testing for symptomatic individuals.
  • Appointments are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • No appointments are available between noon and 1 p.m.
  • Results

2. Athletics Testing

  • During the fall of 2021, Kent State student-athletes, athletics staff and auxiliary groups that are part of sporting events, including members of the marching band, cheerleading and dance squads, and their personnel will undergo COVID-19 testing in accordance with athletics rules and procedures which are governed by the NCAA and MAC. This group will receive instructions for testing from their coaches and staff.
  • Athletics will continue to perform surveillance testing for all those involved with sports that are in season and will test a percentage of those who are involved in athletics whose sports are not in season.
  • Those in athletics who are fully vaccinated are not required to test.

In addition, anyone can contact their primary care physician, go to an urgent care location or go to a hospital emergency room for treatment of COVID-19 symptoms and/or testing. 

Please note: The Ohio Department of Health also provides a list of where testing is taking place throughout the state.


Reasons for Getting a COVID-19 Test

If you suspect that you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested to find out if you have the virus to prevent spreading it to others.

  • During this global pandemic, testing is part of the university’s overall strategy to identify those who have the virus, but may not have any symptoms, and are unknowingly spreading the virus to others. 
  • We can’t stop the spread of COVID-19 without knowing who has it and isolating them until they are no longer contagious.
  • Unless you get tested, you can’t know if you have COVID-19.
  • While you may not get ill from the virus, you could spread it to someone who could become seriously ill, require hospitalization or even die from the virus.
  • Getting tested is the only way to know if you are COVID-19, free if you plan to spend time with others who are more physically vulnerable or who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. 
  • Getting tested helps all of us to stay true to Kent State’s core values. Respecting others means respecting their health and well-being and not being reckless about spreading COVID-19. 
  • Getting tested is one of the best ways that Flashes Take Care of Flashes.

Reporting  Vaccines: Students

Click here to be linked to the University Health Services website where you will find instructions on how to register with Med+Proctor, the company managing our COVID-19 vaccine registration. Once you register with Med+Proctor, you can upload your vaccine information. There is no charge to use this site. Med+Proctor will offer you the chance to buy a lifetime membership to its service for $10. However, you do not have to purchase this service in order to register and upload your vaccine information.

Submitting a photo of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is a valid method to confirm your vaccination status. Med+Proctor will accept your card image as supporting documentation without issue. Your card does not need to be signed by a clinician to be accepted. If you do not have a photo of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, you can use the Med+Proctor immunization certificate to submit information about your vaccination status. The immunization certificate needs to be signed by a clinician to be accepted if you do not include a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.

All Kent State students who are vaccinated and who have registered their vaccine will be eligible to win prizes in twice-weekly drawings through Oct. 31. That means you could win free tuition for a semester, free room and board for a semester or a kayaking trip with you and your closest friends. Other prizes to be awarded include free Homecoming concert tickets, Beats headphones and Apple Watches.

Read more.


Reporting Vaccines: Employees

AM I REQUIRED TO PROVIDE MY VACCINE STATUS?

As of Aug. 27, 2021, Kent State issued a COVID-19 vaccine requirement. By Dec. 20, 2021, all non-represented employees are required to be fully vaccinated. Once vaccinated employees are required to submit their vaccination status. Until that time we are collecting as much information as we can to determine the percentage of employees who are either fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or not vaccinated at all.  Filling out the online form and uploading your vaccine card or letter signed by a physician is voluntary. 

LEARN ABOUT THE EMPLOYEE VACCINATION INCENTIVE

IF I SUBMIT MY VACCINE STATUS, WHERE WILL MY INFORMATION BE STORED?

Information will be stored in two places.  First, when opening the form and answering the brief question about your current vaccine status that information will be stored internally to the university.  Second, upon completing the form a message will be displayed that contains a link detailing how to upload your vaccine card or signed letter from a physician into the Med+Proctor portal.  

DO I HAVE TO PAY TO SUBMIT MY VACCINE INFORMATION?

No. When you sign up with Med+Proctor you will see messages about paying $10 to store your vaccine information.  This is not required to participate.  Med+Proctor offers this paid service to individuals who are going to use their portal on a more permanent basis to store their medical information.  If you do not choose to participate in long term record keeping with Med+Portal, you will not be required to pay any fee.

WHO IS MED+PROCTOR?

Med+Proctor is a third-party technology company designed to streamline the medical forms from a paper to electronic files. Their target population is students, but they also can retain electronic files for employees.  Kent State has a standing relationship with Med+Proctor to retain immunization records for our students.  If you would like more information about Med+Proctor, you can visit their website at https://www.medproctor.com. You can also read more about Kent State’s partnership with Med+Proctor by visiting https://www.kent.edu/uhs/mandatory-immunizations.

HOW CAN I CONTACT MED+PROCTOR IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

If you have questions or need support from Med+Proctor you can visit their support site at https://support.medproctor.com. Or you can email them at help@medproctor.com.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHERE TO UPLOAD MY VACCINE INFORMATION?

Upon completion of the Kent State form, a message will be displayed that contains a link detailing how to upload your vaccine information.  If you choose to do so, the instructions will lead you to the external Med+Proctor site with additional instructions for uploading documents. If you have questions or need support from Med+Proctor you can visit their support site at https://support.medproctor.com. Or you can email them at help@medproctor.com.

IS RECEIVING THE COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYEES?

Yes, as of Aug. 27, 2021, Kent State is requiring all students who are present on our campuses and non-represented faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 20, 2021. We are currently engaged in positive and productive talks with the leadership for our union faculty and staff with the intent to include them as well.

I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VACCINE INCENTIVES PROGRAM, WHO CAN I CONTACT?  

If you have additional questions and are a staff member, you can contact Karen Watson (kswatson@kent.edu) in the Division Human Resources. If you are faculty can contact Kevin West (kwest12@kent.edu) in the Office of the Provost.

I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VACCINE REQUIREMENT, WHO CAN I CONTACT?

If you have questions, please email vaccine@kent.edu or call 330-672-8227.

Following the formal approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration and the expected approval of additional vaccines, Kent State University, on Aug. 27, 2021, issued a COVID-19 vaccine requirement. At this time, the requirement covers all students who are on our campuses and all non-represented employees. We are currently engaged in positive and productive talks with the leadership for our union faculty and staff with the intent to include them as well.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement 

This requirement will be phased in over the 2021 Fall Semester to give everyone in our community the opportunity to get vaccinated, particularly those who were hesitant and waiting for full FDA approval before getting a shot. 

VACCINE EXEMPTIONS

Exemptions will be considered for medical, religious and personal conscience reasons. Access the proper forms to fill out to request an exemption.

VACCINE PHASES

This requirement will be phased in over the 2021 Fall Semester to give everyone in our community the opportunity to get vaccinated, particularly those who were hesitant and waiting for full FDA approval before getting a shot.

Phase 1

  • Start getting vaccinated! Beginning Sept. 1, we will expand our testing efforts to include sample testing of unvaccinated students living off campus and unvaccinated employees. 
  • Unvaccinated students in the residence halls will continue to be tested once a week.

Phase 2

  • Conclude your vaccinations! Beginning Nov. 1, all unvaccinated students in residence halls will be tested twice a week; all other unvaccinated students and unvaccinated employees will be tested once a week. 
  • This is particularly important as cold weather arrives and we spend more time indoors together.

Phase 3

  • Effective Dec. 20, all students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 
  • Booster shots also may be required in the future.

Vaccine Reporting & Incentives

Please remember that both employees and students should upload their vaccine information and, if vaccinated, are eligible to win generous awards through the university incentive program. In fact, we are extending the incentive program so that all who are vaccinated and register by Oct. 31 are eligible to win.

How to Get Vaccinated

Remember, vaccines are readily available weekdays on the Kent Campus and at numerous other locations throughout the state. 

VACCINE LOCATIONS

  • University Health Services is offering COVID-19 Vaccines at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus from Monday through Friday, at varying times between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Use this link to schedule an appointment or call the health center at 330-672-2322 to schedule a vaccine appointment.
  • The Moderna and Pfizer brand vaccines are available, and you may select which vaccine you prefer at the time you schedule your appointment.
  • While walk-ins are not accepted, those who want a same-day appointment should be able to register for one. 
  • Vaccines also are available at a variety of locations statewide by registering through Ohio’s vaccine portal at https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

We are taking this important step because vaccines are the primary and most effective tool against serious illness and the best path out of the pandemic. Not only do they prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and death, they also prevent the virus from mutating into one that is resistant to existing vaccines.

Students Submit Proof of Vaccination  Employees Submit Proof of Vaccination


Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

Regulator Approval Eligible Vaccines as of Aug. 24, 2021
Full U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval Pfizer (2 doses)
FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (1 dose)
Moderna (2 doses)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Emergency Use Listing (EUL)
Astra-Zeneca
Serum Institute of India, and Sinopharm (produced by Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd)
Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine
For the status of COVID-19 vaccines included on the WHO EUL, please see the WHO’s COVID-19 vaccine website.

Vaccine Requirement FAQs

Are COVID-19 vaccines required at Kent State?

Yes, as of Aug. 27, 2021, Kent State is requiring all students who are present on our campuses and non-represented faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 20, 2021. We are currently engaged in positive and productive talks with the leadership for our union faculty and staff with the intent to include them as well.

Why did Kent State issue this requirement?

With the FDA’s approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, and its expected approval of the Moderna vaccine next month, we now have an official acknowledgement that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at stopping the spread of this deadly virus.   As Flashes Take Care of Flashes, we must act to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all.

 Vaccines are the primary and most effective tool against serious illness and the best path out of the pandemic.  Not only do vaccines prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and death, they also prevent the virus from mutating into one that is resistant to existing vaccines.

Vaccines also allow us to continue the vibrant and valuable in-person learning, events and campus experiences that we all desire.

How long will I have to get vaccinated and become compliant with this requirement?

This requirement will be phased in over the 2021 Fall Semester to give everyone in our community the opportunity to get vaccinated, particularly those who were hesitant and waiting for full FDA approval before getting a shot. The phases will include additional layers of COVID-19 testing for those who are not vaccinated.

  • Phase 1:  Beginning Sept. 1, Kent State will expand testing efforts and conduct sample testing of unvaccinated students living off campus and unvaccinated employees. Unvaccinated students in the residence halls will continue to be tested once a week.
  • Phase 2:  Beginning Nov. 1, unvaccinated students who live in residence halls will be tested twice a week. All other unvaccinated students and unvaccinated employees will be tested weekly. This is particularly important as cold weather arrives, and we spend more time indoors together.
  • Phase 3:  Effective Dec. 20, all students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

What vaccines will satisfy this requirement?

The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, as well as vaccines recognized as safe by the World Health Organization, will be accepted as meeting this requirement.

What about future COVID-19 booster shots?

COVID-19 booster shots may be required in the future.

Are there exemptions to this vaccine requirement?

Members of the Kent State community may apply for an exemption, based on medical, religious or personal conscience reasons. Click here to be directed to instructions for submitting an exemption and the proper forms. Those who receive an exemption will still be required to participate in testing during the 2022 Spring Semester.

How does the Kent State COVID-19 vaccine requirement impact Kent State study abroad and study away programs?

All students participating in Kent State sponsored study abroad or study away program are included in the University’s vaccination requirement.  Students who have a KSU-approved exemption must follow all host country and local guidelines for unvaccinated visitors. A KSU-approved exemption from the vaccination does not provide exemption from local law and regulations for COVID-19.

How do I prove that I have been vaccinated?

Employees and students should upload their vaccine information at these links. If vaccinated, are eligible to win through the university incentive program. We are extending the incentive program so that all who are vaccinated and register by Oct. 31, are eligible to win.

Where can I get a vaccine?

Vaccines are readily available weekdays on the Kent Campus and numerous other locations throughout the state.

What if I don’t get either a vaccination or an exemption by the Dec. 20 deadline?

Starting with the Spring 2022 semester, students will be ineligible to participate in on-campus experiences, including in-person classes or living in the residence halls. 

For faculty and staff, after being reminded of compliance needs, as well as being given time to get into compliance, progressive discipline will be implemented.

Will College Credit Plus Students have to be vaccinated to take their Kent State courses?

CCP students who are taking their courses remotely and are not on our campuses will not have to meet the vaccine requirement. However, any who are eligible for an FDA approved vaccine and who wish to take in person classes on one of our campuses should be vaccinated.

Any student seeking an exemption should follow the  exemption procedure. More information on the exception procedure will be shared in the coming weeks.

What if I have more questions?

 If you have questions, please email vaccine@kent.edu or call 330-672-8227.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

are university students, faculty and staff be required to receive a vaccine? 

  • Yes, as of Aug. 27, 2021, Kent State is requiring all students who are present on our campuses and non-represented faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 20, 2021. We are currently engaged in positive and productive talks with the leadership for our union faculty and staff with the intent to include them as well. 
  • Wearing face coverings, handwashing and physical distancing also continue to be a defense against the virus.
  • Read FAQs relating to COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements on the "Vaccine Requirement & Scheduling" tab.

How can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

University Health Services is offering COVID-19 Vaccines at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus from Monday through Friday, at varying times between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Use this link to schedule an appointment or call the health center at 330-672-2322 to schedule a vaccine appointment. While walk-ins are not accepted, those who want a same-day appointment should be able to register for one. The Moderna and Pfizer brand vaccines are available, and you may select which vaccine you prefer at the time you schedule your appointment.

Vaccines also are available at a variety of locations statewide by registering through Ohio’s vaccine portal at https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE?

  • Currently in Ohio, everyone ages 12 and older are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  Kent State strongly urges all members of our community to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

If I had a positive COVID-19 test previously or have had a positive antibody test, should I still get the vaccine?

  • Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had a COVID-19 infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that individuals who have had a diagnosed COVID-19 infection should still get the vaccine but suggests waiting 90 days post-illness.

Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?

  • According to the CDC, if you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to you.
  • There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, there is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, according to the CDC.
  • Like all vaccines, scientists are studying COVID-19 vaccines carefully for side effects now and will continue to study them for many years.

If I am breastfeeding or pregnant, can I still get the vaccine?

  • Manufacturers that are testing the vaccines in clinical trials so far have not included pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding. 
  • Many individuals in these situations historically have not been studied in clinical trials and still receive vaccines. 
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has stated that the vaccine should be available to pregnant and breastfeeding women if they choose to get it.

How many shots will I need to get? 

  • Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine separated by 21 or 28 days are required for the Pfizer and Moderna brand vaccines, respectively.  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just one dose. Currently the Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for youth ages 12-17.
  • The COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable; recipients must receive the vaccine made by the same manufacturer for each dose. In the future, it is expected that additional manufacturers and guidelines will be available, including the potential for single-dose vaccines. 

Should I get the vaccine if I am not feeling well?

  • If you are not feeling well, it is recommended that you wait until you are feeling better to get the vaccine. If you have scheduled an appointment to receive the vaccine and are not feeling well on the day of vaccination, you should cancel and reschedule at a later date. 
  • If you have a fever (100°F or greater), it is not safe to receive any vaccine.
  • If you are currently in isolation for COVID-19 or quarantine due to a positive exposure to COVID-19, you should plan to wait to receive the vaccine until you have been released from isolation or quarantine.

What is the cost of the vaccine? 

  • The government is providing the vaccine free of charge, and health plans are required to cover the cost of administration.

If I have had an allergic reaction to a vaccine in the past, should I still get the vaccine? 

  • There is a remote chance that there could be a severe allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine, which could include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat, fast heartbeat, rash, dizziness and weakness.
  • You should not get the vaccine if you had a severe allergic reaction to a past dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or any of the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • The CDC recommends a 15-minute observation period following vaccination for every person. People who have had severe allergic reactions or who have had any type of immediate allergic reaction to a vaccine or injectable therapy should be monitored for at least 30 minutes after getting the vaccine.

Is this vaccine like the flu vaccine? Will I need to get vaccinated again next year? 

  • The world is still learning how long immunity to the coronavirus lasts after a vaccination. Intensive monitoring and evaluation will continue after the vaccines are in use to determine if repeat immunizations will be needed.

Would there be any problems if I were to get the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine at the same time or in close proximity to one another?

  • CDC states that COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing.

May I take time off work to get my vaccine?

Supervisors are asked to cooperate with their employees if there is a need to take working time off when getting vaccinated. If possible, try to modify work schedules to accommodate this. And, of course, employees can always take sick, vacation, or other earned leave time if necessary. As a general matter it is suggested that employees be allowed up to two hours of paid time (per shot) before having to use any earned leave. For timekeeping purposes for hourly employees, the supervisor will enter job code “University Business” AND a note in Time Clock Plus of “COVID PTO”. Any questions about individual situations can be directed to hrweb@kent.edu.

What should I do if I experience anxiety from this situation?

Kent State provides the following mental health support resources to our community members who may be in need:


Additional FAQs

Johnson& Johnson Vaccine FAQs

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After Getting the Vaccine FAQs

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About COVID-19 Vaccines

Read more about COVID-19 Vaccines (FAQs)

Facial Covering & Distancing Guidelines

The university planned for the 2021 Fall Semester with the health and safety of our community members as our top priority. With new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local health authorities, we are updating the health guidelines for our campuses. 

As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to base our health and safety practices on the regularly changing guidance provided by the CDC in consultation with our local health department.

New Protocols

With that in mind, these are our new protocols for all campuses effective Aug. 4,  2021:  

  • Face coverings are required for everyone, indoors, on all campuses, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Exceptions to this requirement are inside residence hall rooms, those working alone in an enclosed space, such as a private office or lab, those actively eating or drinking in an on-campus dining hall or restaurant and those involved in an active workout at an indoor recreation center.
    • Faculty who have opted to teach in-person classes for the 2021 Fall Semester may choose to not wear a face covering while teaching if they can maintain a safe distance of at least six feet from their students.
      • For any question or concern regarding the face covering requirement as it may apply to instructors, please contact the Provost’s office.
    • Students requesting an accommodation from wearing a face covering should contact Student Accessibility Services by emailing sas@kent.edu or calling 330-672-3391. 
    • Faculty or staff seeking an accommodation should email Kent State’s Office of Compliance, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at aa_eeo@kent.edu or call 330-672-2038.
    • Any supervisor or employee that have questions regarding the non-compliance of the mask requirement for staff employees, please contact Karen Watson, Director, Employee and Labor Relations at erelations@kent.edu or call 330-672-8526.
  • Face coverings are required on all forms of public transportation.
  • Face coverings/outdoors: 
    • Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a face covering outdoors. Face coverings are recommended for all people who are not fully vaccinated when they cannot maintain safe physical distancing outdoors. 
  • Physical distancing: 
    • We do not require physical distancing on our campuses at this time.  For the 2021 Fall Semester only, instructors teaching in person may choose to maintain a 3-foot distance between seats, as they consider the nature of classroom interactions, the size of the classroom, the length of time in the classroom and the number of students. For the 2022 Spring Semester, all courses traditionally held in person will be in person at full capacity.

You may encounter a situation where you are asked by a fellow participant to wear a face covering. It is our hope that as a courtesy, anyone, if asked, would be willing to wear a face covering indoors to alleviate the concerns of those less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings, and for those who, due to health reasons, are unable to wear a face covering.

We recommend that you always carry a face covering with you. This is how Flashes Take Care of Flashes. Let’s be considerate of those who are less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings.

We expect our safety protocols to continue to evolve based on the current state of the pandemic, the number of people in our community who are vaccinated and future changes to federal and state health guidance. Please visit our COVID-19 website frequently to keep up to date on changes.


About Vaccines

For vaccine questions, call the health center pharmacy at 330-672-8254. To contact the COVID Response Team, call 330-672-2525, press 1 to report symptoms or press 2 for testing information, or email covid_testing@kent.edu. 

courtesy: Vox.com