Stark Campus COVID-19 Information & Updates

Updated July 24, 2020:

COVID-19 QUESTIONS

  • If you have questions regarding COVID-19 please call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634) or email coronavirus@kent.edu.
  • Kent State University's One Stop for Student Services is taking calls to answer questions and concerns at 330-672-6000.

VIEW KENT STATE COVID-19 UPDATES & FAQS


PLANNING FOR THE REOPENING OF CAMPUSES

Kent State is moving to the next phase as to how we can safely reopen campus with an eye on this upcoming academic year. The Kent Campus is planning to resume residential living and in-person classes in August, and we are developing several scenarios to ensure an outstanding and safe experience for our students, faculty and staff.

VIEW REOPENING PLANS


KENT STATE'S CURRENT SCHEDULE

Kent State applauds Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s proactive approach to keeping our state safe during the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). On March 12, Gov. DeWine banned all indoor and outdoor events with more than 100 attendees and provided the estimate that the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio will likely peak between late April and mid-May. 

As such, we will extend remote instruction of face-to-face summer courses that begin before July 9.

  • Summer offerings during Intersession (May 14-June 3), Summer I (June 4-July 8) and Summer II (June 4-July 29) will be held by remote instruction (synchronous and asynchronous) only. Moreover, any other scheduled summer course that begins before July 9 will be delivered through remote instruction only.
  • Most Summer III (July 9-Aug. 12) and other courses that begin on July 9 or after by late May will be held remotely, although some in-person classes will be held.
  • Kent State University has made the difficult decision to cancel all study abroad (international) and study away (domestic) trips scheduled for summer 2020.
  • Other reopening activities related to Phase 2 of the university's four-phase reopening plan include a focus on:

STARK CAMPUS OPERATIONS

  • At 5 p.m. on March 16, 2020, Kent State Stark closed until further notice. 
  • Classes and essential services are being delivered remotely.
  • Employees should discuss their work requirements with their supervisors.

STARK STUDENTS - KEEP ON LEARNING

Under unusual and difficult circumstances, your instructors and campus staff are working hard to make sure your education has as few interruptions as possible.

Face-to-face classes are being offered via remote instruction. The learning management system, Blackboard, will be the primary platform used for delivering your class remotely. Your instructor may choose to deliver synchronous (real-time) video-conferences or may post content for you to read or watch asynchronously. 

STARK FACULTY - KEEP ON TEACHING

  • Remote instruction resources for faculty can be found at www.kent.edu/keeponteaching.
  • A Stark Campus Blackboard course has been created as a faculty resource. In Blackboard, view RESOURCE - Stark Faculty Remote Instruction under My Courses.
  • For technology issues, contact TechHelp by either submitting a support ticket or via Live Chat with support staff. You can also call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 330-672-HELP.
  • Visit Inform@DoIT for faculty and staff.

STARK STAFF - KEEP ON WORKING

FLASHES FORGE AHEAD COVID-19 HUB


STARK ADMISSIONS & CAMPUS TOURS


STARK FIRST STEP - FRESHMAN ADVISING & REGISTRATION

  • The First Step staff is working with students remotely.
  • First Step has moved into a virtual platform. First Step begins in May. Check your email for instructions.
  • For First Step questions, email starkfirststep@kent.edu. Questions will be answered as soon as possible.
  • www.kent.edu/stark/first-step

STARK ACADEMIC ADVISING


STARK FINANCIAL AID


MILITARY CALL-UP GUIDELINES & VETERANS BENEFITS


STARK GLOBAL EDUCATION INITIATIVES


STARK COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS


STARK TUTORING SERVICES & WRITING CENTER


STARK COUNSELING SERVICES

  • The Counseling Services staff is working with students remotely.
  • To contact Counseling Services, email starkcounseling@kent.edu. Questions will be answered as soon as possible.
  • Students can also contact counselors Emily Ribnik at 330-244-5048 or Kelsey Kalgreen at 330-244-3408.
  • Faculty and staff may contact Kent State University’s Employee Assistance Program, IMPACT, at 1-800-227-6007, for live, immediate assistance.
  • There are several 24/7 professional support services available that can also connect you to local resources. You can reach the Crisis Text Hotline by texting 741-741. You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or by visiting their website for a live chat.
  • www.kent.edu/stark/counseling-services

STARK LIBRARY


STARK BOOKSTORE

  • The Stark Bookstore is currently closed. View more information.
  • Starting Monday, Aug. 3, students can pick up textbooks in the Campus Center Bookstore. 
    • Please call the bookstore upon arrival: 330-244-5112
    • Every person entering the building is required to follow Kent State’s Safety Principles, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing.
    • To expedite the pickup, please have a photo ID and your order number ready. You will receive a confirmation email when your textbooks have arrived.
  • www.kent.edu/stark/bookstore

STARK RECREATION & WELLNESS CENTER


FLASH'S FOOD PANTRY

  • Flash's Food Pantry is closed until further notice. For questions, contact Ashley Brightbill at abright6@kent.edu.
  • www.kent.edu/stark/flashs-food-pantry
  • As alternatives to Flash's Food Pantry, we would like to offer the following area food bank/food pantry information for students, faculty and staff in need. Please visit each of their websites for more information.

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron
www.akroncantonfoodbank.org/need-food
Main Phone: 330-535-6900
Stark Phone: 330-452-4661

Stark County Hunger Task Force
408 9th St. SW, North Canton
www.starkhunger.org
330-455-6667
Summit Phone: 844-640-6446

North Canton Cares Pantry
1300 Pittsburgh Ave., North Canton
www.NCCpantry.com
330-871-9282
Serves residents of 44721, 44720, 44685, 44718, 44708 and 44630 (Drivers license / mail item (proof of residence required).

Please note: If you have children, check to see if their school(s) is offering food assistance, as well.


OHIO UNEMPLOYMENT HELP


ALL OTHER STARK STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES


STARK CAMPUS EVENTS 


STARK CONFERENCE CENTER, CORPORATE UNIVERSITY & SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

  • Events and programs at the Kent State Stark Conference Center, including those events hosted by the Corporate University and Small Business Development Center, are canceled until further notice.
  • Email the Conference Center at ksustarkconfcenter@kent.edu for assistance.
  • Email the Corporate University at thecorporateu@kent.edu for assistance.
  • Email the Small Business Development Center at info@cantonsbdc.org​ for assistance.

CONTINUE TO TAKE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

FLASHES SAFE SEVEN
It is imperative that we take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid large gatherings and follow physical distancing recommendations of 6+ feet.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are ill (except to visit a healthcare professional) and avoid close contact with others.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wear face covering when out in public and when you can’t maintain physical distancing.
  • General coronavirus FAQS, as addressed by Kent State University in response to university community

Additional information can be found here:

We take all of these steps to ensure the health and safety of our campus community and to be proactive in an effort to prevent illness while continuing the academic mission of the university.

We will continue to monitor the outbreak and will align our recommendations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization and other city, state and federal agencies.

VIEW KENT STATE COVID-19 UPDATES & FAQS

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STARK CAMPUS ASSISTANCE 

Email starkinfo@kent.edu or call 330-499-9600 and leave a message.

Emails and messages will be returned usually by the next business day.

 

 

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 3:56pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 24, 2020 - 4:34pm
WRITTEN BY:
Kent State University at Stark