Student Responsibilities in College

What are my responsibilities now that I have all of this freedom in college?

You have responsibilities in a variety of areas, including but not limited to, conduct, academics, accessibility, and financial aid.  This document is to give you a good sense of the responsibilities you have as a college student, and by no means is exhaustive.  For a more comprehensive list of your rights and responsibilities as a student, be sure to follow the provided links, as well as dedicate some time to exploring the Kent State University and College of the Arts websites.

Getting Started: The Newly Accepted Student Checklist

After being accepted at Kent State University, here are some initial steps you need to take to get started

Pay Enrollment Fee
To reserve your place in the freshman class, submit your $150 enrollment fee online through FlashLine

Apply for Financial Aid
Students enrolling for the summer or fall semester should apply as soon as possible after Jan 1.

Find Scholarships
The scholarship deadline for Kent Campus is January 15. Check Kent State and external scholarship opportunities on the Student Financial Aid Web site.

Apply for Housing
Kent State University requires that all students reside on campus and participate in a board plan for the first two years of enrollment. Follow the headline to apply online, where you can also explore the living and theme communities.

Get Your FLASHcard
The FLASHcard is your campus ID, meal ticket and a debit card. You will receive it at Destination Kent State. There is no need to have any other ID on campus.

Watch for Destination Kent Activities
Student Success Programs offers a three-stage orientation program for all first-year students called Destination Kent.

  • Destination Kent: Advising and Registration - June and July for Fall semester admits
  • Destination Kent: Welcome Weekend – August
  • First Year Experience Course: during your first semester

Purchase Your Parking Permit
Find parking information and, when available, order online. spring semester students can typically purchase beginning in November. Fall semester students can typically purchase beginning in June.

Submit Immunization Documentation
All students born after Jan. 1, 1957, must show proof of two MMRs (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) in a lifetime or one in the last six years. Students from the following areas are required to have a tuberculosis screening test (TB/PPD/Mantoux) in the last 12 months: Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean Islands and Asia. There is an immunization requirement form that all students must complete and return to the University Health Center. Please go online to review the immunization policy and to download the Proof of Immunization Form.

Explore Payment Options
Access the Bursar's Web site to review the fee schedule and find the payment method that works best for you.

Commuter Resources
If you are under the age of 21 and live within 50 miles of the Kent Campus and plan to commute from your parent's home or meet one of the other exemption criteria, be sure to check out our commuter resources. Please remember you must submit a Commuter Exemption Application for an exemption to the on-campus residency requirement.

Find a Job
Visit the Student Career Path tab to find student jobs on the Experience Job Board.

Confused About Your Major or Degree?Tap into resources offered by Career Exploration and Development by visiting the Career Exploration and Development page in FlashLine.

Find Out How to Get Involved
Investigate student organizations and activities by following this headline. Also, discover how stay active and fit by taking advantage of offerings at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

Accessibility and Accommodations

Speak to professors and make arrangements for any accommodations you are eligible for with Student Accessibility Services.  

According to the Student Accessibility Services website, the following student responsibilities apply:

  • If the student requires access to academic accommodations, the student must contact SAS to schedule an intake appointment. SAS and the student will engage in an interactive process to determine if the student is eligible for accommodations and, if so, the accommodations SAS will provide to address the student's individual disability-related needs. SAS may consult with appropriate faculty and other program personnel. During the interactive process, the student typically provides the SAS office with supporting documentation as to the existence of a disability and the need for accommodations. Students are responsible for obtaining the necessary documentation and evaluations at their own expense. Accommodations may not be able to be provided until SAS has received the appropriate documentation and the interactive process has been completed.
  • Students with disabilities must provide his/her instructor with an accommodation letter/e-mail if the student wishes to utilize their SAS supported accommodations.  Accommodation letters are emailed directly to the faculty member’s Kent State email address.  Faculty are not obligated to provide students with classroom accommodations if he/she has not received a student’s accommodation letter. However, an appropriate exception is when a student’s disability and the need for a specific accommodation are very obvious based on your observations.
  • Since course requirements, lecture styles, and exams will vary, the student will likely be engaged in finding out what your course requires, what activities are planned, and any other information that may be relevant. This is not necessarily resolved in the first class, or in one conversation. A student's needs may vary over time, the student may be learning what his or her needs are through a process of trial and error, or the nature of the assignments/exams may require that adjustments be made throughout the semester. We encourage students to continue communicating with their professors throughout the semester to give and receive feedback.

View a full summary of student rights and responsibilities through Student Accessibility Services.


Know and understand the Student Code of Conduct. Know and understand the student handbook, academic honesty policy, and your rights and responsibilities as a student.  For more information visit the Office of Student Conduct.

Student Responsibility to Academic Integrity
Students should understand research assignments as opportunities for genuine and rigorous inquiry and learning. Such an understanding involves:

  • Assembling and analyzing a set of sources that they have themselves determined are relevant to the issues they are investigating;
  • Acknowledging clearly when and how they are drawing on the ideas or phrasings of others;
  • Learning the conventions for citing documents and acknowledging sources appropriate to the field they are studying;
  • Consulting their instructors when they are unsure about how to acknowledge the contributions of others to their thought and writing.


Meet regularly with your academic advisor (once per semester) to stay on track with your academic planning.  For more information, visit:

Student Responsibilities for Academic Advising Appointments

  • Prepare appropriately for advising appointments
  • Read pertinent sections of the Catalog Process necessary paperwork
  • Apply for graduation by the deadline
  • Meet regularly with faculty advisor
  • Develop appropriate academic goals, including major declaration, semester scheduling, graduation date
  • Apply for controlled classes by the deadline
  • Understand curriculum requirements and plan accordingly for sequential courses in major and minor
  • Understand prerequisite requirements and plan accordingly
  • Monitor the academic calendar and meet all deadlines
  • Start a file for all paperwork you receive from the university and save everything that is given to you
  • Seek advising when needed and accept responsibility for accomplishing your academic goals
  • Establish an on-going relationship with University advisors (professional, faculty, etc.) in order to develop and define university related academic and career goals.
  • Participate in periodic reflection and review of your personal academic goals.
  • Attend required advising appointments on time and prepared.  First and second year students are required to meet with an advisor each semester, and third year and beyond need to meet with an advisor at least once per year.  (Additional appointments are encouraged and may be required by individual colleges/campuses.)
  • Meet with an advisor to develop and maintain an academic plan (GPS). However, the final responsibility for following procedures and meeting university, college and program requirements as outlined in the University Catalog rests solely with you.
  • Pursue successful completion of all courses for which you are enrolled.
  • Be familiar with the current academic calendar, including, but not limited to, deadlines for course registration, course withdrawal and application for graduation.
  • Know your academic record, including registration schedule for each semester and academic progress toward program completion.
  • Maintain a current and accurate mailing address, phone number and Kent State e-mail address in FlashLine.
  • Read and responding promptly to all communications from the university including checking and utilizing your account on a regular basis.
  • Be familiar with and adhering to the university's rules, regulations and policies.
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
  • Seek out university resources as needed to help support your academic goals.
  • Learn to become self-sufficient, independent, and accepting personal responsibility for your decisions.

Student Preparations for Advising Appointments

  • In order to receive the support and guidance you need from an advising appointment, it is extremely important that you prepare in advance. Some suggestions for the steps you might take in preparation for meeting with an advisor are listed below:
  • Develop a sense of what you need to accomplish in your advising appointment. Remember, you can see an advisor more than once each semester, so you don't need to accomplish everything in one meeting.
  • Develop a list of questions that will help you accomplish your goals for the appointment.
  • READ. Before meeting with your advisor, read the section of the Catalog that pertains to your college (College of the Arts), school, and major. If you have scheduling questions, review the Registrar's web site, including registration deadlines.
  • If semester scheduling is what you want to accomplish, develop a list of classes you want to take for the next semester incorporating necessary prerequisites. This may make it necessary to plan more than one semester at a time.
  • Meet with your advisor early in the semester. The closer you are to registration or the end of the semester, the harder it is to get an appointment with your advisor.
  • Leave time to get on the controlled class sign up lists. This activity occurs early in the semester and you may need to see an advisor for assistance in course selection.
  • Keep your appointment. If you must cancel, do it promptly and courteously.
  • Dedicate two or three hours of study time for every hour spent in class.  

Financial Aid

Understand your financial aid and what bills you have to pay, as well as when these expenses are due.  The Kent State University Financial Aid website outlines the rights and responsibilities for students receiving financial aid.

Rights: As a student receiving financial aid at Kent State University:

  • You have the right to know that the information you give to the Student Financial Aid Office will be treated confidentially as mandated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • You have the right to seek financial aid counseling.
  • You have the right to know what financial assistance is available, including all federal, state, and institutional aid programs.
  • You have the right to know the procedures and deadlines for submitting applications for each financial aid program (including federal, state, and institutional aid programs).
  • You have the right to know how your financial aid awards were calculated, the criteria to receive each award, and how the funds will be distributed or disbursed.
  • You have the right to accept or decline any of your financial aid award(s)
  • You have the right to know the terms of any employment program you participate in.
  • If you are offered an educational loan, you have the right to know the lender, interest rate, the total amount to be repaid, deferment options, repayment procedures, the length of time you have to repay the loan, and when repayment begins.
  • You have the right to submit a Special Circumstances Application, requesting reconsideration of your financial aid eligibility if you or your family’s circumstances change.
  • You have the right to submit an Academic Progress Appeal if you do not meet the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • You have the right to know Kent State University’s refund policy and the federal Return to Title IV policy.

Responsibilities: As a student receiving financial aid at Kent State University:

  • You are responsible for providing accurate information to the Student Financial Aid Office.
  • You are responsible for reapplying for financial aid each and every year.
  • You are responsible for completing applications correctly and on time.
  • You are responsible for reading and understanding all materials sent to you from the Student Financial Aid Office and all forms you are asked to submit or sign.
  • You are responsible for requesting personal assistance if you have questions or don’t understand the information provided to you.
  • You are responsible for submitting documentation and information requested by the Student Financial Aid Office in a timely manner and keeping copies for your own records.
  • You are responsible for checking your FlashLine account regularly.
  • You are responsible for notifying the University of any name or address changes.
  • You are responsible for knowing and complying with the rules governing your financial aid awards.
  • You are responsible for attending classes and completing the requirements for each course in which you enroll.
  • You are responsible for compliance with Kent State University’s refund policy and Federal Return to Title IV Aid policy, should you withdraw from the University (either officially or unofficially).
  • You are responsible for notifying the Student Financial Aid Office of any financial awards you receive from outside resources (including scholarships, grants, Veteran’s Benefits, tuition waivers, or other educational/tuition assistance) not already listed on your Financial Aid Award Letter or your Web for Students Account.
  • If you borrow a student loan, you are responsible for completing loan entrance and exit counseling.
  • You are responsible for the repayment of all loans in accordance with the terms of your promissory note. You are responsible for notifying your lender if any of the following occurs before your loan is repaid: change of address, graduation, withdrawal from Kent State University or less than half-time attendance, name change, or transfer to another institution.
  • You are responsible for maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • You are responsible for using financial aid for educational expenses incurred while attending Kent State University.
  • You are responsible for the repayment of any over-award of financial aid.

General Resources

Here is some advice to students from other colleges on what they expect of their students.  Please be aware that these resources are from other colleges and do not reflect what Kent State University expects of you, but rather are provided to help give you a general sense of college student responsibilities and expectations on the larger scale.

USC: What Every Student Needs To Know 
Jamestown Community College Responsibility Statement 

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Study and Test-Taking Resources

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