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Kent State moves toward Phase 3 of reopening plan: See what’s next

Phase 3 begins Monday, Aug. 17.
Credit: Kent State

KENT, Ohio — As the start of the fall semester approaches, Kent State University is now preparing to begin Phase 3 of their campus reopening plan amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we may have to make changes to campus operations, including the course schedule and course delivery mode of classes, to ensure the safety and health of the campus community,” school officials note.

Face coverings, frequent hand washing and physical distancing are all required on Kent State’s campuses until further notice.

“Please do not come to campus if you are exhibiting any symptoms related to the virus.”

Details of the Phase 3 plan – which takes place from Aug. 17-26 – were highlighted in a letter Monday from the office of the provost as follows:

  • Students will begin their return to residence halls.
  • Select student workers will begin their jobs on campus. Student employment opportunities, both remote and face to face, are available and can be found by visiting the Career Exploration and Development page and viewing listings in Handshake along with internship opportunities.
  • Employees needed to maintain current campus operations will be returning to campuses. Please check with individual supervisors for direction.
  • Faculty and staff will begin a staggered and selective return to campus. Those whose work directly supports the return of students to campus will be among the first to come back.
  • Researchers and artists whose Request to Return to Research form has been approved by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs will continue their work.
  • Athletics will continue the staggered return of staff and student-athletes. However, the Mid-American Conference (MAC) has postponed the beginning of competition for fall sports, including field hockey, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, and men's and women's cross country competition, until Sept. 3. The delay is to provide additional time to prepare for the safe return to competition on an adjusted timeline. We will continue to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on sports in coordination with the MAC and our medical experts to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff.
  • Select events and student activities will take place in accordance with Kent State’s event procedures and policies, state and local guidelines and the Flashes Safe Seven principles. Virtual events are ongoing and encouraged; check the Event Calendar for an up-to-date listing.
  • Visitors must follow state guidelines, wear a cloth face covering and maintain physical distance. Those experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should not visit campus. Scheduled campus tours are taking place, and virtual tours remain available.