Kent State University Return to Research Procedures

Overarching Goal

To keep the entire Kent State University family safe, while increasing research activity as safety becomes easier to maintain. We recognize that there are differing comfort levels with changing guidelines. Consistent with our base philosophy that Flashes Take Care of Flashes, we expect that everyone will be mindful of others’ feelings and respect their concerns.

Protocols as of 6/16/2021

As of 6/16/2021 and consistent with University guidelines for all KSU campuses, the following protocols are effective imediately:

  1. Face coverings/indoors: Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face coverings except for in healthcare settings, including the DeWeese Health Center on our Kent Campus, and on all forms of public transportation. Face coverings are recommended indoors for all people who are not fully vaccinated, including children ages 2 and older.
  2. Face coverings/outdoors: Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a face covering outdoors. Face coverings are recommended for all people who are not fully vaccinated when they cannot maintain physical distancing outdoors.
  3. Physical distancing: We will no longer require physical distancing on our campuses.
  4. There will no longer be COVID-based approval processes for returning to research; all research must continue to adhere to standard compliance review procedures (e.g., IRB and IACUC).

NOTE: Research often involves having researchers in close proximity to each other or involves interacting with human participants for extended periods of time. It is our expectation that as a courtesy, anyone, if asked, would be willing to wear a face covering indoors to alleviate the concerns of those less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings. Please always make certain to carry a face covering with you. This is how Flashes Take Care of Flashes. Let’s be considerate of those who are less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings.

Off-Campus Travel for Research/Creative Activity

  1. Individuals traveling off-campus to do research must investigate and assess the infectious disease risk (phase) of the destination where the research is to be performed, as well as areas that must be traveled through to reach the destination.  State and local government physical distancing and PPE recommendations must be strictly followed during travel. 
  2. Domestic travel should adhere to CDC travel guidelines and state of Ohio travel advisories and quarantine requirements. Anyone returning from a state reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher must contact the COVID Response Team (330-672-2525).
  3. International travel should adhere to CDC travel recommendations by country and must follow CDC international travel guidelines. Anyone returning from international travel must contact the COVID Response Team (330-672-2525).
  4. Travel plans should be understood to be contingent on a stable situation, to be revised if the situation changes.
  5. Individuals traveling off-campus to do research on property owned by another organization must obtain permission from the external organization to restart activities.