Kent State’s Safety Principles
Kent State University continues to work for a safe return to our campuses. To ensure an outstanding and safe experience for our students, faculty, staff and visitors, everyone should practice daily symptom checks and the Flashes Safety Principles.
While on Campus: Flashes Safety Principles
1. Get vaccinated!
As of Aug. 27, 2021, Kent State implemented a COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exemptions considered for medical and religious/personal reasons.
This requirement will be phased in over the 2021 Fall Semester to give everyone in our community the opportunity to get vaccinated, particularly those who were hesitant and waiting for full FDA approval before getting a shot. While at this time the requirement covers students and all non-represented employees, we are currently engaged in positive and productive talks with the leadership for our union faculty and staff with the intent to include them as well.
Flash your arm to help protect yourself and your fellow Golden Flashes against COVID-19. Vaccines are the single most effective way to prevent COVID-19. Vaccines are available for any student, faculty or staff member and their spouses, domestic partners and dependents. Call the DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2322 to schedule an appointment or use this link to schedule an appointment. Vaccines also are available at many locations throughout the state, and can be scheduled by visiting https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Even if you had COVID-19, it is important to get vaccinated against it, as experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.
The delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading widely and is afflicting younger people at a much higher rate. Remember you aren’t fully vaccinated until two weeks after your final dose of vaccine.
2. Wear a face covering
Whether or not you are vaccinated against COVID-19, Kent State, as of Aug. 4, 2021, requires everyone to wear a face covering indoors on all campuses. Face coverings also are required on public transportation, and are strongly encouraged at all large outdoor gatherings, such as athletic events. Remember, being vaccinated doesn’t mean you can’t contract COVID-19, and face coverings provide an extra layer of protection against the virus.
Please visit Facial Covering and Physical Distancing Guidelines for more information on our face covering requirements including exceptions and how to apply for an accommodation.
3. Monitor Your Health
All members of the university community should self-monitor daily for COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or a new loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to work or attend class.
Employees showing symptoms of COVID-19 should leave work immediately and seek medical evaluation by calling your primary care physician, contacting DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2525 or visiting your local urgent care center. Students showing COVID-19 symptoms should isolate from others immediately and seek medical evaluation by calling DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2525 or calling your primary care physician. Always call ahead before seeking in-person medical help.
Employees and students who are diagnosed with probable or confirmed COVID-19 will be contacted by their local health department or personnel from DeWeese and will be given additional guidance and instructions.
Whether on campus or not, remember to always wear a face covering if you feel sick or have been around others who were sick.
4. Get tested!
If you are showing any COVID-19 symptoms or you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, stay home and contact the DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2525 or your primary care physician to obtain a COVID-19 test. Please click here to review all the available testing options. Stay home and quarantine until you receive your test results from your health care provider.
For positive tests, follow the CDC guidance and isolate for 10 days. Your local public health authorities will make the final decision about how long your isolation should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to isolate.
The CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should quarantine and be tested immediately. If the test results are negative, they should be tested again five to seven days after exposure or immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.
People who are fully-vaccinated should get tested three to five days after exposure and wear a face covering in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms who tests negative should consult with a health care professional before returning to work or class and may require a second test if symptoms persist to eliminate the chance of a false-negative test result.
5. Wash Your Hands
Practice rigorous hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
6. Clean and Sanitize
University custodial staff has been systematically cleaning buildings, classrooms and offices and will continue to clean all spaces that are accessible to employees, students and the public. These spaces include but are not limited to waiting rooms, seating areas in corridors, conference rooms, restrooms and common spaces in residence halls.
In classrooms, instructors are responsible for cleaning their workspace (e.g., podium, keyboard, camera, table). Additionally, all office suites will have cleaning supplies available for employee use. If you work on the Kent Campus and do not want your office cleaned by custodial staff, then contact Todd Burdette at email@example.com to opt out of any custodial staff cleaning.
Employees who manage reception counters will need to clean the counter/high-touch surfaces after each guest. Employees who share spaces that are not accessible to the public (e.g., break rooms, copy rooms, supply rooms) are expected to sanitize contact areas in these spaces after each use.
7. Have Questions? Reach out
For health questions about COVID-19 and safe practices, call University Health Services at 330-672-2322, or after hours, contact the Kent State Nurse Line at 330-672-2326. Visit our COVID-19 webpage for more valuable information.
8. Flashes Take Care of Flashes
Take care of each other as the pandemic lingers. With our words and actions remember to always show kindness and respect toward others.
Before You Leave Home: Daily Symptom Self-Check
1. Are you coming to campus today?
Will you be on campus today for class, a visit, a campus tour, work or to take advantage of a campus service? If you will be on campus in person, proceed through this checklist before you enter campus.
2. Conduct daily self-check
Answer YES or NO to each question. If you answer YES to any symptom: Stay home, contact your medical provider and call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525.
- Do you have any symptoms as defined by the CDC?
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat, congestion or runny nose
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Within the last 14 days, have you been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been placed in isolation for COVID-19?
- Have you had a COVID-19 test prescribed by a medical professional because you have recently had symptoms and you are currently waiting for the results?
- Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?
Select the button that corresponds with your responses to the above symptoms list:
If you answered YES to any symptom: stay home, contact your medical provider and call the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525.
If you answered NO, move to the next step.
3. Remember your face covering!
As of Aug. 4, 2021, Kent State requires face coverings be worn by everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor settings on all our campuses. Face coverings also are required on all forms of public transportation.
This is consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and takes into consideration the rapidly spreading delta variant of COVID-19.
Exceptions to this requirement are students inside their 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 and those involved in an active workout at an indoor recreation center.
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 6 feet from their students.
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.
While face covering guidelines are frequently changing, our desire for all Flashes to be considerate of one another never changes. If you encounter a situation where you are asked by someone to wear a face covering, it is our hope that, as a courtesy, anyone would be willing to wear a face covering to alleviate the concerns of those less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings and for the safety of those who for health reasons are not able to wear a face covering.
Please always make certain to carry a face covering with you. This is how Flashes take care of Flashes.
For up-to-date information on facial covering requirements, please see Facial Covering and Physical Distancing Guidelines.
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