Coronavirus FAQs - Academic Students

Summer 2020

What is the status of summer intersession and summer classes?
  • Kent State will continue with our robust summer offerings during Intersession (May 14-June 3), Summer I (June 4-July 8) and Summer II (June 4-July 29) by remote instruction (synchronous and asynchronous) only. Moreover, any other scheduled summer course that begins before July 9 will be delivered through remote instruction only.
  • For questions about summer courses, students should contact the department chair or faculty member of the course.
  • Kent State will continue to monitor the progression of COVID-19 and make a decision about Summer III (July 9-Aug. 12) and other courses that begin on July 9 or after by late May.
  • Decisions about clinicals, practica and internships will be made on an ongoing basis in consultation with chairs and directors of the academic program areas.

Spring 2020

What if I am completing an internship for credit?

Students who have had their internship end early due to COVID-19 are encouraged to work with the employer/host to request that any remaining work be completed remotely.

If it is not possible to continue the internship remotely, the experiential, on-site, component of the internship should conclude immediately; and students should contact their faculty coordinator/instructor for assistance. Your faculty coordinator/instructor can be found on your class schedule in FlashLine.

Where do I find information regarding course withdrawal dates, pass/fail grades and re-adding a course?
  • The course withdrawal date has been extended to April 28.
  • Students who withdrew from a course between March 10 and April 1 can re-add the class by April .
  • Students can also opt to take many courses for Pass/Fail (deadline is May 18).
  • For more details please visit
Can I submit both a Pass/Fail request and take an incomplete for the same course?

No, you can choose one or the other, but not both.

  • If you are unsure which might be in your best interest, please reach out to your instructor and discuss an incomplete versus a Pass/Fail.
  • Please keep in mind that an incomplete adds to your workload in a subsequent semester.
    • If you choose an incomplete, your final grade will be a letter grade (A through F) and will be calculated in your GPA.
  • A Pass/Fall will not be calculated in your GPA.
Will nursing, CATS and CPM clinicals continue?

Effective March 13, 2020, all College of Nursing (BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD) clinicals are suspended until April 13, 2020 at which time we will re-evaluate. This includes the BSN at regionals (Stark, Trumbull, Geauga and Salem). For those of you who anticipate a May graduation, we are working to ensure that your graduation will be on time. College of Nursing Students please contact Dr. Tracey Motter (BSN Kent Campus) at 330-672-8784 or Dr. Wendy Umberger (MSN/DNP/PhD Kent Campus) at 330-672-8813. Access additional questions and answers on the College of Nursing website.

College of Applied and Technical Studies Nursing and Allied Health Programs (ADN, Rad Tech, OTA, PTA, and RESP Therapy) clinicals are suspended until further notice.

The College of Podiatric Medicine will continue clinical rotations, in line with all of the colleges of podiatric medicine (CPM) around the country. The continuance of clinical rotations is in compliance with the individual hospital requirements. Most institutions are limiting Podiatric Medical students from treating patients with active respiratory infections.

I am scheduled to defend my dissertation/thesis. How do I proceed?

Given the suspension of face-to-face instruction and mitigation efforts to break the cycle of contagion of the COVID-19 virus, thesis and dissertation defenses and pre-defenses may be held with all members of the committee and the candidate participating remotely. Students who are scheduled to defend their dissertation or thesis prior to April 13 should contact their dissertation/thesis committee chair as soon as possible. Arrangements will be made for your defense to be held remotely. For a copy of our guiding principles and guidelines, go to the Graduate Studies home page.

What is the policy if I'm studying in New York City?

The NYC Studio WILL be following the same schedule as shared by Main Campus in regards to remote instruction.

Important updated NYC Studio specific information:

  • March 16-20: NYC Studio classes will resume via remote instruction, as announced on Tuesday, March 10.
  • March 23-29: Spring break will occur as scheduled.
  • March 30-End of Spring Semester: NYC Studio classes will be held via remote instruction.
  • Studio Access: You may access the Studio next Wednesday, March 18, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. to get your course materials, supplies, personal belongings, etc. All of your belongings should be removed from the Studio during this time.

See the full email with additional details about about key cards, internships, housing and travel..

Will my spring break or university-sponsored spring or summer semester trip be canceled?


What is academic continuity and where do students find related resources?

Academic continuity refers to the continuation of courses (programs, degrees). In the case of an on-campus emergency (weather, pandemic), academic continuity for classes on campus may not be able to be ensured unless other teaching modalities, including remote delivery, are considered.

Information on remote instruction for students, including access instructions and technology resources, is at For technology issues, contact TechHelp by either submitting a support ticket or via Live Chat with support staff. You can also call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 330-672-HELP. 

What if I have questions or technical issues with my coursework?
  • Reach out to your professor quickly if you are experiencing difficulty with technology or course content. If you have issues directly related to your coursework, contact your instructor.
  • Regularly check the Blackboard page for your course because it is the primary platform used to help you stay current in your coursework is Blackboard Learn ( Most all of the instructions and tools you will need to complete your course will be housed in Blackboard.
    • If your instructor decides to hold live videoconferencing (synchronous) class sessions, these will be held at your scheduled class time. The link to the videoconference room will be posted in Blackboard. Collaborate Ultra will generally be the software used. You should check with your Blackboard course for instructions on communication from your professor. Please remember that your course in Blackboard is a work-in-progress. You should check-in regularly to view updates. Unless otherwise instructed, Kent State email will be the preferred means of communication
    • Find information on how to use these tools.
  • Additional resources for courses delivered through remote instruction are available on the Keep on Learning website
  • If you have technical problems, contact TechHelp by either submitting a Support Ticket or get help via LiveChat with support staff. You can also call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 330-672-HELP.
Where and how can I get academic advising?

In line with the university’s response to COVID-19 to suspend face-to-face contact, there will be no in-person advising appointments effective March 10 through the end of spring semester. However, you will be able to be advised remotely through your college or campus advising office. Schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Will tutoring be available?

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is online while you’re online. Refer to the ASC website for information on scheduled tutoring online, drop-in tutoring online, the e-Tutoring service, and supplemental instruction online. Contact the ASC at or 330-672-3190 with questions. For Regional Campus tutoring services, please contact your campus for information regarding available resources.

Is the Writing Commons open?

The Writing Commons physical locations are closed, and the tutors are working from home.

We offer three different kinds of online writing appointments:

  • Email
  • Text-chat
  • Video conferencing

Schedule an online appointment


Is Student Accessibility Services (SAS) open during this time?

SAS is open during regular business hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can call SAS at 330-672-3391 or email However, there will be no face-to-face proctoring during the period of remote instruction, and all student meetings will be conducted by phone. Students can update or send their course accessibility letters using Access KSU using the typical process.

Are the art studio spaces available to students during the campus closure?

The studio spaces for all students are shared spaces, where it is impossible to abide by social distancing guidelines. This means the art studio spaces are closed and art students’ research will not be possible to take place in the College of the Arts buildings. 

What if I am called up for active duty?