Will COVID-19 testing be required of anyone during fall semester 2021?
- All students who live in residence halls who are not fully vaccinated or exempt from testing will be required to perform an at-home test one week before moving back to campus and must take part in weekly COVID-19 testing. 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 documentation to support their exemptions. Details to follow.
- 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.
- 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.
- Random testing of students, faculty and staff will not be performed during fall semester, unless an increase in COVID-19 cases necessitates it.
As a reminder during spring semester 2021, Kent State offered a robust, high-frequency and high-volume testing plan to slow the spread of the virus and keep all Golden Flashes safe. The spring plan included:
Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for Residence Hall Students
Following the university’s new administrative policy regarding epidemic, pandemic and community health requirements, students who lived in residence halls were required to participate in our test plan. This method of high-frequency, high-volume testing has been proven to prevent outbreaks on other college campuses. Find additional information about scheduling, location and protocol. Students who failed to comply with weekly testing requirements were subject to having their housing contracts canceled and/or being referred to the Office of Student Conduct for non-compliance. Questions can be sent to email@example.com. Students also participated in at-home testing before returning to campus and testing at move-in.
Random Testing for Students, Faculty and Staff
The university conducted required random testing with students who had in-person classes and selected groups of employees who were working on campus. Students who lived in the Kent community also were offered the opportunity for random testing. This group was important to test to prevent community spread.
Continued Testing Available
COVID-19 testing is always available for all students, faculty and staff at DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus. Additionally, testing at CVS Minute Clinic locations throughout the country is available through May 31, 2021.
Kent State will be participating in wastewater testing in support of the Ohio Coronavirus Wastewater Monitoring Network.
From April 17 through the end of summer, the university will continue wastewater monitoring and at any time may require COVID-19 testing for all students living in residence halls if wastewater shows an increase in virus shed.