Dining Updates

Dining Services FAQS

When will Kent State begin managing dining operations?
Beginning July 1, 2021, Kent State will manage dining operations on all of our campuses, including the College of Podiatric Medicine.

Why is Kent State bringing dining services in-house?
Bringing management and implementation of dining services in-house allows us to continue enhancing the experience for our university community.

Who will lead the in-house dining services team?
University Culinary Services will continue to report to the Division of Student Affairs. Gary Goldberg, Kent State’s assistant vice president for Student Engagement and Services, will continue providing leadership for dining services and will also lead a team of students, faculty and staff who will shepherd the transition process from Aramark to an in-house dining program.


Safety Protocols

Q: What steps are being taken at dining locations to provide guests with a safe eating environment?

A: University Culinary Services is constantly working to make adjustments to adapt to the changing needs of the Kent State community given the unique situation of re-opening with COVID-19. 

We will implement all COVID safe practices and guidelines established by Kent State University with the Flashes Safe Eight principles, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Ohio and the local Department of Health.

Q: Are Culinary Services employees required to wear a face covering or mask?

A: Yes! In accordance with the CDC and university guidelines, all Kent State employees will be wearing masks at all dining locations. 

Q: Am I required to wear a face covering or mask when I visit dining locations?

A: For up-to-date information on facial covering requirements, please see Facial Covering and Physical Distancing Guidelines.


Operational UPDATES

Q: Are to-go boxes still available for to-go at the dining halls?

A: Yes, to-go boxes will be available at Eastway and DI Dining. 

Q: Will there be seating available at the dining halls?

Seating capacity may change in order to provide a safe eating environment for all guests throughout the semester. In the event that a dining hall is at seating capacity as a guest arrives to eat, the option to grab a to-go container will be available for guests. With limited seating at our locations, we do ask guests to be respectful of the time they spend in the dining halls.

Q: Can I bring my reusable mug or water bottle to dining locations?

A: No. To reduce the potential spread of germs, you will not be allowed to bring any reusable cups or containers to use inside dining locations.

Q: Can I use cash at dining locations?

A: Culinary Services is going cashless! The remaining locations that accept cash are the retail venues located in the Kent Student Center.

Q. Which dining locations will be open for the semester?

A: Locations and hours of operations can be viewed by visiting our Hours of Operation page.