In early March the College of Podiatric Medicine campus closed and moved to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Four months later, we are eagerly making plans to welcome you – the Class of 2024 – and our current students back to campus! 

Kent State University has created a series of committees that are charged with developing procedures and policies that will allow our students, faculty and staff to safely return to campus. After this unprecedented experience, we understand that we cannot rely on the same standards that we have operated by prior to this pandemic. There will likely be changes in the delivery of some of the courses, limited students permitted in the labs at various points, and new social/physical distancing guidelines in place. 

The University has published four phases of re-opening. You can view those four phases here: Phases of Reopening. 

o    The college is planning to hold orientation in person, on campus. We expect students to be in Northeast Ohio ready to begin orientation on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. 
o    The fall term is expected to begin in a hybrid format with some courses/labs held in person, some courses held remotely.
o    The College will be following social distancing guidelines. There will be changes to the number of students permitted in some classrooms and labs at the same time.
o    Some staff members may continue to work from home. We are all here to support you in this transition regardless of whether or not some staff are on campus full-time.

The University has established 7 principles for a safe return to campus. You can view Flashes Safe Seven here: Flashes Safe Seven. These principles will be applicable to the College of Podiatric Medicine students, faculty, staff and our campus. 

As the College moves forward with plans to re-open our campus, we will provide additional updates. Additionally, as COVID-19 evolves, we will continue to evaluate and make decisions based upon what is best for the CPM community.

I know that the last few months have not been easy for anyone.  COVID-19 will continue to impact things for years to come, so we appreciate your flexibility as we all learn how to operate under a “new normal.”

We can’t wait to welcome you into the Kent State family!

Thank you,
 
Carla Ronnebaum
Director of Enrollment Management & Student Services