Housing: Questions and Answers

Important Dates and Planning Tips

WHEN IS FALL 2021 MOVE-IN?

Fall 2021 move-in will occur over a 5-day period to promote physical distancing in housing and dining locations throughout the move-in period. Instructions for move-in, including student’s specific move-in date and time can be found here: https://www.kent.edu/housing/move-information

How do I apply for on-campus housing?

Learn more about living on-campus! Ready to sign up? If so, sign in here to apply for housing.


Health and Safety Measures

will testing be required?

All residence hall students must be tested weekly for COVID-19 unless they submit proof that they have been fully vaccinated or have tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 90 days. 

What if I have a chronic health condition?

Students with chronic health conditions that may impact their ability to live on campus with others should first consult with their healthcare provider to discuss the risks of living in a residence hall. Reach out to Student Accessibility Services (SAS) as soon as possible to discuss your condition. SAS may request documentation from your healthcare provider. If an accommodation is approved, it is important to know that we cannot guarantee your original room, roommate and/or building assignment. Contact SAS by emailing sas@kent.edu or by completing the student application in Access KSU: https://olympic.accessiblelearning.com/Kent/ApplicationStudent.aspx.

Do I need to wear a Face covering in my room?

Your room is considered your space, so if it is just you and your roommate in the space, you are not expected to wear a face covering while you are in your room. 

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

Do I need to wear a Face covering in my residence hall?

Yes! Students are expected to follow the Flashes Safety principles while in any public area of the residence hall to help reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Wearing a face covering is part of our Flashes Take Care of Flashes commitment!

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

What policy changes are occurring to help reduce the possible spread of the coronavirus?

To reduce the possible spread of the coronavirus, all residence hall students and their guests are expected to be aware of Flashes Prevention Information, which information on facial covering requirements and guidelines. 

Can students have guests in their residence hall room? Can parents visit campus?

Students can have guests – including their parents – visit them on campus this year! When visiting inside the residence halls, it is important to be aware of the room capacity policy. To help ensure plenty of space for visiting, we encourage students to use the lounges, multipurpose spaces and dining halls to allow more room for physical distancing.

More information about residence hall policies can be found in the Hallways Handbook. Also, read more about visitors on campus.

Reducing the Spread

Other practices to help reduce the possible spread of the coronavirus include:

  • Cleaning frequencies will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for institutes of higher education.
  • The university is providing ample hand sanitizer stations throughout residence halls and dining facilities. Students should follow the Flashes Safe Eight. Students are responsible for providing their own personal supply of hand sanitizer for use in their rooms.
  • Standardized university signage has been installed throughout the campus that helps guide and direct students to ensure the Flashes Safe Eight principles are being followed.

What cleaning protocols are in place in the residence halls?

  • Cleaning frequencies will follow CDC guidelines for institutes of higher education.
  • The university is providing ample hand sanitizer stations throughout residence halls and dining facilities. Students should follow the Flashes Safe Eight. Students are responsible for providing their own personal supply of hand sanitizer for use in their rooms. 
  • Standardized university signage has been installed throughout the campus that helps guide and direct students to ensure the Flashes Safe Eight principles are being followed.

What happens if someone living in the residence halls is confirmed or probable as being sick with COVID-19?

On-campus students who are confirmed or probable with COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate. Locations for self-isolation include a temporary relocation to a separate residence hall on campus or the student’s permanent address. University Health Services will work closely with the Kent City Health Department through this process and decide the appropriate location for each student’s situation. If a student remains on campus, Residence Services and University Dining Services will ensure that students have all the essential housing and dining needs met during the self-isolation time period.  

Learn more about the university's COVID Response Team, occurrences, reporting and testing


Socializing and Daily Life

What are the benefits of staying on campus if most of my courses are remote?

While some learning is in the remote format, we know your educational experience is enhanced by being on campus, living in the residence halls and having the opportunity to meet and interact ─ in a safe manner ─ with fellow students and professors. Our data demonstrates that students who live on campus are more likely to finish their degree and establish a network of support for future career growth. By being on campus, you benefit from the university’s access to quiet study spaces, reliable high-speed internet access and library resources. You are also able to participate in student organizations and have opportunities for student employment. Even if many or all your classes are remote, there are opportunities to safely engage in a meaningful on-campus experience.

are the lounges, laundry rooms and kitchen spaces in the residence halls closed?

No! All residence hall spaces are open for students and their guests. Standardized university signage has been installed throughout the campus that helps guide and direct students to ensure that everyone is aware of Flashes Prevention Information.

Does my residence hall have engagement opportunities, programs and events?

Yes! Students have opportunities to engage with their floor and residence hall community this year! Residence Services staff, student organizations, the Center for Student Involvement and other offices across campus are developing plans to facilitate engagement and follow the Flashes Safety Principles in the process! 


Housing Assignments

What is the plan for housing assignments?

Students will be assigned to single or double occupancy rooms only. 

Are single rooms available in campus housing?

Yes, we have single rooms throughout campus! Students are assigned to single- or double-occupancy rooms. Single rooms are limited and are assigned based upon your housing application date. 

What residence halls will be occupied?

All residence halls will be in use except Centennial Court E, Centennial Court F, and Verder. Students living on-campus this fall will be assigned to single or double occupancy rooms only.


Costs

Will my financial aid be impacted if I do not live on campus?

Living on campus or in an off-campus residence separate from your parent does not impact federal and state financial aid, which includes grants and student loans. Residing with your parent may change your financial aid offer. In addition, if you have a housing specific scholarship and have questions about eligibility, please contact One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000 or via the Contact Us form on its website – www.kent.edu/onestop – to submit your question.