Yes. All of our School of Fashion professors will have office hours and will be available by appointment. These may either be face-to-face appointments in an approved safe environment, or virtual appointments; however, individual time with instructors will still occur. Please contact your specific course instructor for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fall 2020
Thank you for all of your queries about the Fall 2020 Schedule. In support of your plans for returning, we have prepared as series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pertaining to the School of Fashion. This is to compliment the FAQs prepared by KSU for students in general which can be found here.
Our classes and faculty in the KSU School of Fashion are among the top in the world and ranked #3 and #4 in the country, depending upon concentration. Students will have access to that top-quality instruction in the Fall 2020 semester. As a School, we are committed to continue to provide a first-rate educational experience regardless if the student is on campus or living remotely.
School of Fashion FAQs
WILL THERE BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT / INDIVIDUAL TIME WITH INSTRUCTORS DURING THE SPRING SEMESTER?
WILL THERE BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ABOUT INTERNSHIPS?
Yes. Meeting time regarding internships will occur.
Utilizing the university scheduling system, KSUAdvising, we are now offering appointments for Internship and Industry Advising via phone or skype. If you would like to virtually meet with either Professor Stone or Ms. Ott, please refer to the directions below. All of their availability will be listed through this site.
To schedule an appointment for internship and industry advising in The School of Fashion, please follow the steps below:
1. Visit The Fashion School website: www.kent.edu/fashion
2. Scroll down and select “Schedule an Advising Appointment” link on the right
3. Click “Schedule an Advising Appointment”
4. Log into KSUAdvising using your Flashline login information
5. Once logged in, you will be asked to select a group from a drop-down list
6. To schedule an appointment with an Industry Liaison in The Fashion School, you need to select “The Fashion School – Internship and Industry Advising” as the group
7. Once “The Fashion School – Internship and Industry Advising” is selected, click “Lookup Available Appointments”
8. Follow the prompts to reach the calendar of available appointment dates and times
9. From the calendar, click any available date (available dates are shown in black, unavailable dates are shown in gray)
10. Select an available appointment time from the drop-down list (only available appointment times will be listed)
11. Select an “advisor” from the drop-down list
12. Provide an appointment description: Please indicate if you would like your appointment to be via phone or Skype. You will also need to provide the phone number you wish to be reached at or your Skype information
13. Click “Confirm Appointment”
14. KSUAdvising will confirm your scheduled appointment and a confirmation email will be sent to your Kent State email address
If you have question or concerns, please email email@example.com
WILL THE SCHOOL OF FASHION STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS STILL BE MEETING AND PROCEEDING WITH THEIR WORK?
Campus activities will be modified for safety, but they will still occur.
Please contact your student org leader or faculty advisor for specific information.
The full list of fashion student organizations and their student leaders can be found on our Student Organizations page.
ARE THERE PLANS TO DO A FASHION SHOW IN 2021?
Yes! The 2021 Annual Fashion Show will be virtual and is scheduled for April 30, 2021. More details to come later in the spring semester!
WHEN WILL ROCKWELL HALL BE OPEN IN THE SPRING?
Rockwell Hall will be open:
- Monday - Friday: 6am - Midnight
- Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED
WILL THERE BE ACCESS TO THE KSU MUSEUM?
Yes. The KSU Museum will continue to be a resource for on-campus students and the collection is accessible remotely as well. The Museum is scheduled to reopen Feb 1, 2021. Hours, ticket details, and more will be release soon.
Visit The KSU Museum website to read about the upcoming exhibits and view the online collection.
HOW ABOUT THE FASHION LIBRARY, WILL IT BE ACCESSIBLE TO STUDENTS, AS IT IS AN IMPORTANT RESOURCE FOR STUDENTS' RESEARCH ACTIVITIES?
Yes! The Library will adhere to max capacity and physical distancing guidelines set by the university but this signage will be posted outside the library doors for your convenience. The Special Materials room and Presentation Lab will be closed to users. The library stacks will be open and we will resume onsite circulation of materials. The library will be open:
- Monday & Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
- Tuesday & Thursday: 9am – 1pm
- Friday – Sunday: CLOSED
Please visit the Fashion Library website or call 330-672-9500 for more information or to leave a question for a librarian.
Special Collections and Archives, etc will also be open by appointment.
WILL I BE ABLE TO CHECK OUT PHYSICAL BOOKS FROM THE FASHION LIBRARY?
Absolutely. You will be able to check out physical books from the Fashion Library beginning in the fall semester. During the summer you can request physical books from all University Libraries, including the Fashion Library, for curbside pickup through the library catalog at https://kentlink.kent.edu/.
CAN WE MAKE A RESEARCH APPOINTMENT WITH A LIBRARIAN?
Yes. All research appointments with librarians will be conducted online this semester. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your research question(s) and available times, and a librarian will get back to you to set up an online research appointment.
WILL THERE BE ACCESS TO THE FASHION LEARNING SPACES, OUTSIDE OF SCHEDULED CLASSES, OFFERING ACCESS TO THE FASHION EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGIES, AND AN OFFER OF IN-PERSON MENTORING IN THE SPRING?
Yes. We received the legal guidelines as to how many people can be safely accommodated in our existing classrooms and the non-traditional spaces. In the fall, we converted spaces in Rockwell into ‘pop-up’ fashion learning and meeting spaces for the semester. These spaces are up and operating for spring. To sign up for a Bookable Space in Rockwell, scan the QR code on the sign in front the space you want to book and select your date and time. If spaces are fully booked, check back often, slots fill quickly. For help with booking a space, please visit the help desk on floor one (near the entrance) in Rockwell, or our second floor reception on floor 2. You can also email James Ahmad at email@example.com for assistance.
Our overarching goal, of course, is to ensure that we can provide a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and community at large.
WILL THE TECHSTYLELAB BE OPEN AND AVAILABLE TO USE?
Yes! The LAB will be open Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm. You will need to make an appointment to use the LAB. Information on signups will be provided at a later date.
WILL THERE BE TUITION REDUCTIONS GIVEN BY THE UNIVERSITY?
As far as we know, there will be no tuition reductions given by the university as the accessibility and quality of education remains the same.
If a student is on campus, our educational fashion resources will remain accessible to them. If a student chooses to not be on campus, we respect that is their decision.
The below information can be found on the Kent State Coronavirus Updates - Student FAQs page:
We are committed to making college affordable for you and your families. If you are experiencing financial challenges, there is help available. Please reach out to Student Financial Aid or the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000. More information about these resources can be found on the Office of the Dean of Students’ COVID-19 Emergency Resources page.
KENT STATE EMERGENCY GRANT FUND
Kent State understands the financial hardships this pandemic has inflicted on some of our students, and since spring, we have supported thousands of students to address their personal hardships via the Kent State Emergency Grant Fund. The fund is open to degree- or certificate-seeking students currently enrolled in the Spring 2021 Semester who have been affected by the pandemic and have emergency needs. More information can be found on the Office of the Dean of Students’ COVID-19 Emergency Resource website.
WHAT IF A COURSE SCHEDULE FOR SPRING SEMESTER IS PRIMARILY REMOTE AND A STUDENT WANTS TO CHANGE THEIR DECISION ABOUT LIVING ON CAMPUS?
All KSU students have been advised about the Spring 2021
This is the information from the Kent State Coronavirus Updates - Student FAQs page. Please visit that page for the most up-to-date information for Spring 2021 regarding housing.
The Kent Campus resides in Portage County, and, as such, must adhere to the state's guidelines for counties.
You can find the latest information on our campus and county risk level by visiting the Coronavirus Dashboard.
Important Dates and Planning Tips
CAN I CANCEL MY HOUSING CONTRACT FOR SPRING?
The spring housing contract terms have changed. As a result, any student who wishes to remain on campus for spring must resubmit a housing contract for spring 2021. If you choose not to return to the halls for spring, you must schedule a checkout time with your residence hall director/graduate assistant. The checkout process includes a room inspection and a paper checkout form.
WHAT CHANGES ARE IN PLACE FOR THE SPRING CONTRACT?
Because of changes to the housing contract for spring, every student’s current housing contract will now end at the conclusion of fall semester and there is a new spring housing contract.
The university has adopted a new administrative policy regarding epidemics, pandemics and community health requirements. This new policy will give the university the flexibility we need to better manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For spring semester, these requirements will take form with mandatory COVID-19 testing for any student living in university housing upon move-in and throughout the semester, mandatory random screening testing of students registered for in-person classes or working on campus and random screening testing of groups of employees who are unable to maintain physical distancing standards during their work on campus.
WHAT IF MY PLANS FOR SPRING HOUSING CHANGE?
If your plans change after you go home and you no longer require spring housing, you must contact Residence Services and schedule a checkout appointment and retrieve all belongings from your room during the winter break. You will continue to be billed for spring semester housing until a checkout occurs.
Students who do not act before the spring contract begins are subject to the Cancellation of Contract process and Housing Forfeiture Schedule outlined within the Spring 2021 Housing Contract.
WHAT IF I NEED HOUSING AFTER APRIL 17, 2021?
Students who need housing after April 17, 2021 ,can apply for summer housing. The application for summer housing will be available in March 2021 and can be found at www.kent.edu/housing.
WHEN IS SPRING MOVE-IN?
Spring move-in officially begins Jan. 11. The latest information on move-in and testing an be found at: www.kent.edu/housing.
IS THERE MANDATORY COVID-19 TESTING FOR RESIDENCE HALL STUDENTS AT MOVE-IN?
A robust, high-frequency and high-volume testing plan is critical in slowing the spread of the virus and keeping all Golden Flashes safe. Testing opportunities and expectations will be enhanced for spring semester. Further details of the plan are forthcoming, however, here is what you can expect when you return in January:
Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for Residence Hall Students
Following the university’s new administrative policy regarding epidemic, pandemic and community health requirements, students who live in residence halls will be required to participate in our test plan. This method of high-frequency, high-volume testing has been proven to prevent outbreaks on other college campuses.
Process for At-Home Testing Before Returning to Campus
There will be a five-step process in which students who live in residence halls will be required to participate. Access the details for ordering and receiving your test kit, as well as how to take and submit your test and get your test results.
Students who live in residence halls will be required to be tested at move-in. Access more information on spring move-in.
Duration of Semester
Students who live in residence halls will be required to take part in regular testing throughout the semester. Initially, this testing will be once a week but may change depending on the risk level. This method of high-frequency, high-volume testing has been proven to prevent outbreaks on other college campuses. Additional information will be provided.
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS TO FULFILL MY STUDY AWAY REQUIREMENTS AS MY SPRING 2021 NYC STUDY AWAY TRIP WAS CANCELLED?
The information about an alternative option to fulfill your study away requirement for the NYC 21 spring program will be forthcoming when the school of fashion spring 21 course schedule is available.
I AM SCHEDULED TO STUDY IN FLORENCE SPRING 21. WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO REGISTER FOR THE ORIENTATION COURSE THIS FALL?
You will be contacted by our advisors to grant you a permit to register for the orientation course after August 15th.
I WOULD LIKE TO STUDY AWAY NEXT YEAR. WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
If you are planning to study away in the Summer 21, Fall 21, and-or Spring 22, please complete the Study Away Pre-Approval Application that will be available in September 2020. Please discuss your study away preferences and options with your academic advisor to make the right decisions based on your academic progress and eligibility.
I AM WONDERING IF STUDENTS WHOSE STUDY AWAY WAS CANCELLED IN SPRING AND-OR SUMMER 2020 WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR NYC PROGRAM (2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR)?
As long as you meet the study away eligibility and that fits your academic progress, your application will be approved to move forward to study in NYC program whichever semester you choose to attend.
WHAT WILL SPRING 2021 LOOK LIKE?
Our school will continue will operate similar to the Fall 2020 semester and include a scrupulous review of classroom and studio spaces – traditional and non-traditional – and continuously developing new digital teaching tools to teach remotely.
Students will continue to have access to the valuable resources within Rockwell Hall, such as the KSU Museum, Fashion Library, TechStyleLAB, and KnitLAB, among other considerations that support the student experience.
Student organizations will be continuing with their many outstanding initiatives.
We plan to offer engaging social activities and frank discussions that sheds a spotlight on the diversity and inclusivity of our School’s culture and fashion industry at large.
We plan to create a community program of voluntary activities with safe social distancing guided by the “Flashes Safe Seven Principles.”
Be reassured, we are committed to staying true to our purpose as a School and student’s education during this transformative time: to empower an ecosystem of socially responsible and inventive fashion thinkers.