Stark Campus COVID-19 Information & Updates

Updated Oct. 8, 2020:

KENT STATE COVID-19 UPDATES & QUESTIONS

COVID-19 DASHBOARD    UPDATES     FAQS     FLASHES SAFE SEVEN


STARK CAMPUS FALL 2020 OPERATIONS

  • Stark Campus buildings reopened on Aug. 17 with limited in-person services available.
  • All Kent State Stark community members and visitors are required to adhere to the Flashes Safe Seven principles to ensure the safety of our community. Face coverings are required.
  • Employees who have acknowledged “On-Campus Work Procedures for Fall” can work on campus. Working remote is preferred option for those who can. Employees should discuss their work requirements with their supervisors.

FALL 2020 ADJUSTED ACADEMIC CALENDAR ​​

  • Fall semester classes in session Aug. 27 through Dec. 20.
  • In-person and remote instruction Aug. 27 through Nov. 20.
  • No classes in session and offices closed Sept. 7 and Nov. 11.
  • Fall Break eliminated.
  • Thanksgiving Recess (no classes in session) observed Nov. 23 through Nov. 29. Campus closed Nov. 26 and 27.
  • Classes resume on Nov. 30 and will be delivered remotely through the last day of instruction on Dec. 13.
  • Final examinations will be delivered remotely during the week of Dec. 14-20.
  • Beginning Nov. 23, most Stark Campus offices will operate remotely through the remainder of the semester.

STARK CAMPUS COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

 
CAMPUS IS OPEN, BUT LIMITED

The Stark Campus is open to all students, not just students taking in-person classes. However, to limit the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you not come to campus unless you need to use a quiet space on campus to attend a remote synchronous class or to use a campus service such as the library, bookstore, a computer lab, wi-fi, etc. Many services will be conducted remotely for the fall semester. Face coverings must be worn while on campus. Continue to practice Flashes Safe Seven.

CLEANING & DISINFECTING

Campus areas will be cleaned and disinfected twice per day. Cleaning and disinfecting stations are located throughout campus. Please do not move cleaning supplies from room to room. Plexiglass barriers have been installed in high traffic offices and areas.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get emergency medical care immediately and/or call 911 and:


STARK CAMPUS ASSISTANCE 

  • Email starkinfo@kent.edu or call 330-499-9600. Emails and messages will be returned usually by the next business day.
  • Campus Security can be reached at 330-244-3333. Save this number as a favorite in your phone.

KEEP ON LEARNING / TEACHING / WORKING

 
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.

Many 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. 

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.

STAFF - KEEP ON WORKING


ACADEMIC ADVISING


ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER

  • The Stark Academic Success Center is open until Nov. 20 with limited in-person services available.
  • Staff continues to assist students remotely.
  • Open Office Hours: Aug. 17 - Nov. 20
    Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Closed Sept. 7 and Nov. 11.
  • Beginning Nov. 23, the Academic Success Center will operate remotely through the remainder of the semester.
  • www.kent.edu/stark/academic-success-center

ADMISSIONS


BOOKSTORE


CAMPUS TOURS


COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS


COMPUTER LABS

  • The Stark East Wing Computer Lab is open through the remainder of the semester. View hours.
  • Other open computer labs: 208 Main Hall, 001 Science & Nursing, 045 Fine Arts
  • The Network Services staff continues assist students, faculty and staff remotely, with limited in-person services available.
  • www.kent.edu/stark/network-services

CONFERENCE CENTER


CORPORATE UNIVERSITY


COUNSELING SERVICES

  • The Stark Counseling Services staff continues to assist students remotely.
  • For counseling services questions, 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

EMPORIUM GRILLE & MARKET

  • The Stark Emporium Grille & Market is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., until Nov. 20.
  • All menu items are available and offered in to-go containers.
  • Beginning Nov. 23, the Emporium Grille & Market will close for the remainder of the semester.
  • www.kent.edu/stark/emporium

EVENTS


FINANCIAL AID

     VETERANS BENEFITS & MILITARY CALL-UP GUIDELINES


FIRST STEP - FRESHMAN ADVISING & REGISTRATION

  • The Stark First Step staff continues to assist students remotely.
  • The First Step program moved into a virtual platform. Check your Kent State 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

FLASHCARD STUDENT ID


FLASH'S FOOD PANTRY & FLASH'S PROFESSIONAL CLOSET


GLOBAL EDUCATION INITIATIVES


INTERNSHIP & CAREER SERVICES


LIBRARY


PARKING SERVICES

  • Stark Parking Services is issuing parking hang tags to new students. Follow vehicle registration instructions on website.
  • Returning students are to reuse their orange parking hang tag from 2019-20.
  • www.kent.edu/stark/parking-services

RECREATION & WELLNESS CENTER


SENIOR GUESTS


SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER & CANTON SCORE


STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES


STUDENT INVOLVEMENT & ORGANIZATIONS


STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE

  • The Stark Student Services Office is open until Nov. 20 with limited in-person services available.
  • Student Services is unable to take in-person payments. Payments can be made online.
  • Staff continues to work with students remotely.
  • Open Office Hours: Aug. 17 - Nov. 20
    Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Remote services available Monday and Tuesday until 7 p.m. Closed Sept.  7 and Nov. 11.
  • Beginning Nov. 23, Student Services will operate remotely through the remainder of the semester.
  • www.kent.edu/stark/student-services

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES


TESTING SERVICES


TUTORING SERVICES


WELCOME KITS

  • Students should contact the Office of Student Services for information.
  • Faculty and staff should stop by Jim Biehl's office, 117A Main Hall, to pick up your items.

WRITING CENTER


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.

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.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 3:56pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 8:34am
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