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New protocols in place as Kent State University students move back to campus

Monica Robins shows us what the university is doing to keep students safe and hopefully keep the pandemic under control.

KENT, Ohio — Like many other public universities, Kent State is doing what it can to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, students began moving into campus dorms which are about 70 percent capacity. Many courses have moved online and campus activity has been limited.  There's signage around campus with safety guidelines and while they're doing what they can, they know they will likely see cases, so they also have quarantine and isolation space available in case it's needed.

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Students are only allowed one visitor in their room at a time and while they're not going to test all students, they will test those who may be symptomatic.  

Kent State is also having ongoing discussions with the city of Kent making sure that they're not only managing what's happening on campus, but also guidance off campus as well.  

They've even begun canvassing off campus neighborhoods, talking with students about guidelines and protocols.  All with the hope that if everyone complies and uses common sense, what happened at other universities around the country won't happen here.  

Dr. Forrest Faison, who is the Chief of Health Strategy at Cleveland State University and former Surgeon General for the U.S. Navy helped lead Ohio’s public universities in finding safety protocols to deal with the pandemic.  He says most are following the same plan.  

To hear the details, click on the video below:  

Here are links to some other school plans:

Case Western Reserve University: 

University of Akron: https://www.uakron.edu/return-to-campus/

John Carroll University: https://jcu.edu/sites/default/files/2020-07/University%20Safety%20Plan%202020.pdf