Facial Coverings & Distancing Guidelines

As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to base our health and safety practices on the regularly changing guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in consultation with our local health department.

The university planned for the 2021 Fall Semester with the health and safety of our community members as our top priority. With new guidelines from the CDC and our local health authorities, we are updating the health guidelines for our campuses. 

New Protocols

The following protocols are for all campuses effective Sept. 17,  2021.

Face coverings are required for everyone, indoors, on all campuses, regardless of vaccination status
  • Exceptions to this requirement are inside residence hall rooms, those working alone in an enclosed space, such as a private office or lab, those actively eating or drinking in an on-campus dining hall or restaurant.
  • Faculty who have opted to teach in-person classes for the 2021 Fall Semester may choose to not wear a face covering while teaching if they can maintain a safe distance of at least six feet from their students.
    • For any question or concern regarding the face covering requirement as it may apply to instructors, please contact the Provost’s office.
  • Students requesting an accommodation from wearing a face covering should contact Student Accessibility Services by emailing sas@kent.edu or calling 330-672-3391. 
  • Faculty or staff seeking an accommodation should email Kent State’s Office of Compliance, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at aa_eeo@kent.edu or call 330-672-2038.
  • Any supervisor or employee that have questions regarding the non-compliance of the mask requirement for staff employees, please contact Karen Watson, Director, Employee and Labor Relations at erelations@kent.edu or call 330-672-8526.
Face coverings are required at recreation centers on all campuses as well as all indoor academic courses that include a physical activity component
  • At the Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center on the Kent Campus
    • Face coverings are required everywhere except for those in the lap or leisure pool.
    • Face coverings are required for those sitting in the hot tub.
    • Saunas will be closed.
    • Face coverings are required for those taking part in any activity on all courts and activity spaces, including during open recreation, club sports or intramural practices and competitions, as well as Group X exercise classes.
  • At Tri-Rec on the Kent Campus and all Regional Campus recreation centers
    • Face coverings are required during all activities.
  • At the Kent State Ice Arena on the Kent Campus
    • Face coverings are required except for hockey on-ice practice and play.
    • Face coverings are required for all taking part in public skating sessions, learn-to-skate and figure skating programs.
    • On-ice coaches and instructors also must wear a face covering.
Face coverings outdoors & public transportation


  • Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a face covering outdoors.
  • Face coverings are recommended for all people who are not fully vaccinated when they cannot maintain safe physical distancing outdoors. 
  • In addition, we are now strongly encouraging everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face covering outdoors in all large group settings, including athletic events.


  • Face coverings are required on all forms of public transportation.
Physical distancing
  • We do not require physical distancing on our campuses at this time.  
  • For the 2021 Fall Semester only, instructors teaching in person may choose to maintain a 3-foot distance between seats, as they consider the nature of classroom interactions, the size of the classroom, the length of time in the classroom and the number of students. 
  • For the 2022 Spring Semester, all courses traditionally held in person will be in person at full capacity.
Flashes Take Care of Flashes

You may encounter a situation where you are asked by a fellow participant to wear a face covering. It is our hope that as a courtesy, anyone, if asked, would be willing to wear a face covering indoors to alleviate the concerns of those less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings, and for those who, due to health reasons, are unable to wear a face covering.

We recommend that you always carry a face covering with you. This is how Flashes Take Care of Flashes. Let’s be considerate of those who are less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings.

We expect our safety protocols to continue to evolve based on the current state of the pandemic, the number of people in our community who are vaccinated and future changes to federal and state health guidance. Please visit this COVID-19 website frequently to keep up to date on changes.