Kent State mandating masks for all students, regardless of vaccination status, at all locations


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In a move announced by Kent State University on Wednesday, all teachers, students and staff will be required to wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status, on all Kent State campuses, effective immediately.

Exceptions to this requirement are students in 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, athletic facility or the Kent State Ice Arena, according to a statement from the university.

KSU says that instructors who choose to teach in-person during the year 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.

Exceptions can be made with medical documentation. Students requesting an accommodation from wearing a face covering should contact Student Accessibility Services at [email protected] or by calling 330-672-3391. Faculty or staff seeking an accommodation should email Kent State’s Office of Compliance, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at [email protected] or call 330-672-2038.

The university wants to remind students and staff that vaccines are available, free of charge, at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus