Reopening Plans Recap: What you need to know about returning this fall

For months, members of Kent State’s reopening committees have been working to develop a plan to return to campuses this fall. Consulting with national, state and local authorities, along with our own health experts, the return to campus plan has been crafted to prioritize the health and safety of the entire Kent State community.  

Monday, Aug. 17, marked the beginning of Phase 3 in the reopening process, which includes the important step of students returning to campus. Here’s a look at everything you need to know about the plans to reopen the Kent State campuses. 



  • We have implemented a phased approach for reopening. Phase 3 runs through Aug. 17-26. The fourth and final phase begins Aug. 27 and runs through Dec. 20. 





  • Students moved into residence halls over a five day period, which began on Aug. 18. More information regarding move in. 

  • All students taking face-to-face classes or working or visiting a Kent State University campus will receive a Flashes Take Care of Flashes Welcome Kit that provides all of the safety essentials.

  • Researchers/artists whose Request to Return to Research form has been approved by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs are permitted to return to campuses.

  • To ensure an outstanding and safe experience for our students, faculty, staff and visitors, everyone should practice daily symptom checks.

  • During Phase 4, we will eliminate Fall Break and all assigned in-person classes will be held until Thanksgiving break. Starting Nov. 30, all courses will be remote to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

  • Student employment will also be available in Phases 3 and 4. Remember to:


  • Before returning, employees must:

  • Employees needed to maintain current campus operations and whose work directly supports the return of students will return to campus in Phase 3. 

    •  The university will provide each employee with two cloth face coverings, as well as cleaning supplies for each unit

  • All employees should check with their supervisor for details. 




  • Virtual events are ongoing. Check the event calendar.

  • In-person events, including select KSU Kickoff events, are available for students to attend through Phase 3 and 4. However, these events will be regulated in accordance with standards placed by the State of Ohio Department of Health. 

  • Events must:

    • Be registered through University Scheduling, Conferences, and Special Events All information on this process can be found here

    • Follow the Flashes Safe Seven requirements

    • Be held outdoors; no indoor tabeling in hallways or corridors is permitted



  • Visitors are welcome on Kent State’s campuses. However, to ensure the safety of all Kent State students, visitors must: 

    • Not visit if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms

    • Wear a face covering while on campus

    • Maintain physical distance


  • A mix of in-person and online resources will be available for all students to easily access. Some of these resources include: 


Covid Response Team

  • The university's COVID Response Team will be responsible for managing COVID-19 related information that includes but is not limited to: 

    • Voluntary self-reporting of COVID-19 status by students, staff, and faculty

    • Confirmed cases at DeWeese Health Center

    • Inquiries related to COVID-19 related topics such as: self-isolation, quarantine and travel

Finally, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions! Here are a few numbers to keep handy: 

  • If you have questions regarding COVID-19: 
    • COVID Response Team: 330-672-2525

    • DeWeese Health Center: 330-672-2525

    • Ohio Department of Health: 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634)


  • If you have other questions or concerns: 
    • One Stop for Student Services: 330-672-6000

  • If you are a Kent State employee with work-related questions:
    • Human Resources: 330-672-2100

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POSTED: Monday, August 24, 2020 - 4:40pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 3:57pm
Rachel Kaveney