Friday, February 28, 2020 8:29 PM EST

Guidance for students returning to the U.S. from Study Abroad Programs

Due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus, Kent State is requesting that students who have traveled internationally to affected areas self-isolate for 14 days upon their return. We make this request out of an abundance of caution for those returning from areas with widespread sustained community transmission, specifically China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea.

We strongly recommend that you do not return to campus but instead should self-isolate at home as this often provides the most familiar and supportive surroundings. Please abstain from public places like classrooms, work, public gatherings and public transportation.

During your 14-day self-isolation, we are recommending you check your temperature daily and as needed. If you develop a fever (temperature > 100.4) or symptoms of a respiratory illness such as cough or shortness of breath, please seek medical advice by calling your local health department. If you cannot reach your local health department, call ahead before going to the emergency room or doctor’s office to notify them of your recent travel.

Health questions can be directed to University Health Services at 330-672-2322 or after hours to the KSU Nurse Line at 330-672-2326. Questions about academic accommodations should be directed to the Office of Global Education at 330-672-7980.

The health and safety of our students remains our foremost priority, and we are here to assist you throughout this process.

Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President
Division of Student Affairs

Lisa V. Dannemiller M.D
Interim Chief University Physician
University Health Services

Joan Seidel R.N.
Kent City Health Commissioner