Parents and Family
Living on campus is a wonderful experience for a college student. We are committed to giving students a safe and secure environment, in which they can grow academically. College students spend more than half of their time outside of class and because of this we feel that it is important to provide our students with the resources that will make the transition from living at home to living independently a smooth transition.
Residence Services offers many opportunities for students to receive a fulfilling college experience. We encourage our residence to use their free time to engage in activities, develop new friendships and learn more about themselves. We also offer many leadership and employment opportunities for your student.
College is a time for adjustment, both for you and your student. We hope that, with the information we have provided, we can help make the transition easier for everyone.
Although Kent State can seem like a large place, there's a lot your student can do to make it feel like home, and a lot you can do to help ease the transition.
More information about Residential Learning Communities can be found here
Getting involved will allow your student to truly value their Kent State University experience, gain leadership skills and meet new people.
Organizations are based around everything from academic majors, hobbies, service, beliefs and everything in between.
Here's just a taste of what Kent State offers:
Leadership and Employment
Center for Student Involvement
Student Recreation and Wellness Center
We will work with roommates to find the source of the conflict, and we'll suggest solutions and provide feedback to help students reach a mutually beneficial agreement. We'll also make sure your student knows what to do and whom to contact should any future conflicts arise.
But sometimes students call you before they call us. In that case, use these tips to guide your student in the right direction to resolve a roommate problem:
- Once your student explains the conflict, ask if it could be a misunderstanding instead of any intentional dispute.
- Find out if your student signed a roommate agreement and whether he or she has reviewed it lately.
- Ask whether all the roommates involved have had a sit-down, heart-to-heart talk about the issue. Students often think they've communicated their feelings without having actually expressed them.
- Don't be afraid to question whether your student may have played a role in creating the conflict. Let him or her know you're not criticizing - only suggesting a little self-examination.
- Ask if student has contacted Residence Services staff - a Resident Assistant, Assistant Residence Hall Director, or Residence Hall Director - about the problem. If not, please encourage him or her to do so.
To speak with your student's Residence Hall Director, contact us at (330) 672-7000 or 1-800-706-8941, indicate in which hall your student lives and ask for the Hall Director's name and phone number OR click here.
If students have the urge to come home frequently, ask them why. They may still be uncomfortable with their new living situation. You can help by encouraging them to give it time and trying to meet people. Letters, care packages and phone calls are all signs of support and will let your student know you're thinking of them.
Encourage your student to speak with his or her RA if problems persist.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.