COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS DISEASE) INFORMATION
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- Kent State University's One Stop for Student Services is taking calls to answer questions and concerns at 330-672-6000.
- A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found by scrolling this page.
Kent State's Modified Spring Schedule
Kent State applauds Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s proactive approach to keeping our state safe during the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
To slow transmission of the virus and consistent with recommendations from state health authorities to limit large gatherings and practice social distancing,
Kent State is taking the following preventative and proactive actions:
- March 10 at 4:25 p.m.-March 15: Face-to-face classes canceled.
- March 16-20: Classes will be held via remote instruction.
- March 23-29: Spring break will occur as scheduled.
- March 30-April 10: Classes will be held via remote instruction.
- April 13: Face-to-face classes will resume.
Clinical rotations for the College of Podiatric Medicine, the College of Nursing, and the Allied Health and Associate Degree of Nursing programs on the Regional Campuses will continue, but face-to-face classes will cease.
Kent Campus students are strongly encouraged to return to their homes during this modified spring schedule, but residence halls will remain open with reduced dining options. While completing classes remotely, students are encouraged to practice appropriate social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures.
During this modified spring schedule, overall operations of the university will continue, and the University Library will be accessible. Faculty may continue to use their offices and labs. However, meetings are suspended. All campuses will remain open to serve students who rely on services, including health services, dining services, residence halls and intercollegiate athletic facilities. The Kent Student Center and the Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center will be closed.
Events scheduled for campus locations through April 12 are canceled to avoid creating large gatherings. No additional spring semester events will be scheduled. The Mid-American Conference is canceling the remainder of the 2020 MAC Men's and Women's Basketball tournament.
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.
There are currently no campus-associated cases of COVID-19.
GENERAL CORONAVIRUS FAQS
- What is novel coronavirus?
- How is it spread?
- How do I prevent getting the coronavirus?
- What are recommended cleaning practices for surfaces that could harbor the coronavirus?
- What should I do if I feel ill?
- What is "social distancing" and “physical distancing” and why is it used?
- What should I do if I’ve recently traveled to a country with coronavirus cases?
- How will coronavirus affect me if I am pregnant, breastfeeding or a parent?
GENERAL FAQS RELATED TO KENT STATE
- Will campus events be canceled?
- Will theater and dance performances be canceled?
- Who can I contact with more questions?
- I am feeling worried and anxious and I need help. Who can I turn to?
GENERAL STUDENT INFORMATION
- If the outbreak continues, will Kent State close? What happens if I live on campus? What services will be open?
- Are refunds being issued for tuition, dining and residence halls?
- What if I have questions about Residence Services?
- What if I have questions about Dining Services?
- What if I have questions about Transportation Services & Parking?
- What if I have questions about University Health Services?
- How will student employees be affected?
- What if I have questions about the FLASHcard Office?
- What if I have questions about Recreational Services?
- What if I have questions about the Bookstore?
- What if I have questions about the Flash Tech Center?
FOR STUDENTS REGARDING CLASSES
- What is academic continuity and where do students find related resources?
- What if I have questions about my coursework?
- Where and how can I get academic advising?
- What if I am completing an internship for credit?
- When is the Course Withdrawal Deadline (grade of “W” assigned)?
- I am scheduled to defend my dissertation/thesis. How do I proceed?
- What is the policy if I'm studying in New York City?
- Will my spring break or university-sponsored spring semester trip be canceled?
FOR FACULTY & STAFF
- Will the university continue to operate?
- Will employees still report to on-campus jobs or will they telework?
- What is academic continuity and what resources are available?
- How should instructors prepare for the possibility of class disruption?
- How should instructors work with student requests to stay home from class due to a minor illness?
- How can instructors support students who are out sick?
- Will I get paid on my regular schedule?
- Will faculty travel be canceled?
- If I am approved to work remotely, what resources and technology are available to me?
- What steps should be taken to safeguard university property, data and documents when working remote?
- University Measures
On March 10, at 4:25 p.m., Kent State ceased face-to-face classes through April 12. Remote instruction will begin March 16. To slow transmission of the virus and consistent with recommendations from state health authorities to limit large gatherings and practice social distancing, Kent State is taking the following preventative and proactive actions:
March 16-20: Classes will be held via remote instruction.
March 23-29: Spring break will occur as scheduled.
March 30-April 10: Classes will be held via remote instruction.
- April 13: Face-to-face classes will resume.
- Clinical rotations for the College of Podiatric Medicine, the College of Nursing, and the Allied Health and Associate Degree of Nursing programs on the Regional Campuses continue, but face-to-face classes ceased.
- The university is following the CDC recommendations for travelers returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Notice:
Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.
Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:
Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:
Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
Avoid contact with others.
For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your local public health officials (PDF).
- We have suspended Education Abroad programming in Florence, Italy for spring 2020. Find updates and answers to FAQs.
- Kent State University practice does not allow travel to, or through, countries listed at a warning level 3 on the CDC travel notice rubric. As such, scheduled Spring Break trips to Italy (CDC level 3 travel warning) and Vietnam (the flight passes through South Korea, which is also at a CDC level 3 travel warning) have been cancelled. If or when additional countries are assigned a Level 3 travel warning by the CDC, the university will cancel trips to, or through, those countries up to the day of departure.
- Individuals visiting University Health Services (UHS) are being screened during their appointment for recent international travel and will be asked about their health and travel history.
- University Health Services is providing flu shots to those who need them. Anyone who has not received a flu vaccine this season should consider getting the vaccine. Find more information about flu shots or to schedule an appointment, call 330-672-2322.
- University leaders, including those from UHS, the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost and the Department of Public Safety, are actively monitoring developments around the coronavirus and coordinating campus resources, responses and communications.
- Crews continue to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and restrooms in university buildings, residence halls, recreation facilities and the Kent Student Center.
- On the recommendation of University Health Services, we have reminded anyone who is ill or thinks they may be ill to stay home from class and from work and seek medical care, as necessary.
- Faculty are being provided guidance on ways to accommodate students who may need to temporarily complete assignments remotely.
- The Office of the Provost is working with students and faculty to provide online learning solutions for students who returned from study abroad early.
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