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University policies

University policies including details about course enrollment and withdrawal, incomplete grades, complaint procedures, student conduct, Flash Survey, and detailed information about expectations for course accessibility.

University policies

The following policies and procedures apply to students enrolled at Kent State University. For a complete listing of university policies, please visit the Policy Register page on the Kent State University website.

Course Enrollment and Withdrawal

University policy requires all students to be officially registered in each class they are attending. Students who are not officially registered for a course by published deadlines should not be attending classes and will not receive credit or a grade for the course. To determine the last dates to drop or withdraw from your course, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the Kent State University Registrar
  2. Click on the "Schedule of Classes Search" button
  3. Search by Term
  4. Select "Detailed Class Search" option
  5. Find your course
  6. Click on the "Registration Deadline" link to view drop and withdrawal dates

Withdrawal information can be found on the Operation Policy and Procedure page from the Policy Registrar.  Consult with an advisor before making major changes to your enrollments.

Incomplete Grades

The administrative mark of IN (Incomplete) may be given to students who are unable to complete the work due to extenuating circumstances.

Appropriate documentation is generally required to support the extenuating circumstance. The student must initiate the request for the Incomplete mark from the instructor, and it is the responsibility of the student to arrange to make up the incomplete work.

For a complete description of the Incomplete Grade Policy refer to Academic Policies – Grading Policies in the University Catalog.

Administrative Policy and Procedure for Student Academic Complaints

If a student has a complaint or grievance the Student Ombuds is available to assist. First review the matter with the instructor in an attempt to resolve the issue immediately. If the matter is not resolved immediately, the student may discuss the matter with the departmental chairperson before lodging a formal complaint. The student may also consult with the Student Ombuds in an attempt to achieve informal resolution.

Please refer to the administrative policy for student complaints if you have further questions.

University use of Electronic mail

A university-assigned student e-mail account (username @ kent.edu) shall be an official university means of communication with all students at Kent State University. Students are responsible for all information sent to them via their university-assigned e-mail account. If a student chooses to forward information in their university e-mail account, he or she is responsible for all information, including attachments, sent to any other e-mail account. To stay current with university information, students are expected to check their official university e-mail account and other electronic communications on a frequent and consistent basis. Recognizing that some communications may be time-critical, the university recommends that electronic communications be checked minimally twice a week.

Please refer to the administrative policy regarding electronic communications for more information.

Student Conduct, Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic honesty and integrity are held at a high standard at Kent State University. The Kent State University Code of Student Conduct applies to all students. Students are subject to dismissal or suspension for violations of the code.

Students enrolled in the university, at all its campuses, are to perform their academic work according to standards set by faculty members, departments, schools and colleges of the university; and cheating and plagiarism constitute fraudulent misrepresentation for which no credit can be given and for which appropriate sanctions are warranted and will be applied. For more information, please see Kent State University policy regarding student cheating and plagiarism.

Students with Disabilities

Kent State University Policy for qualified students with disabilities requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodation, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the term to make arrangements for any necessary adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Accessibility Services. If you require accommodations, please contact Student Accessibility Services by visiting the KSU Student Accessibility Services website.

Flash Survey

It is a standard practice of Kent State University to distribute and administer to the learners the Flash Survey, a confidential and anonymous questionnaire at the completion of the course. The results will be forwarded to the Instructor only at the completion of the class and the submission of all grades. Please candidly and honestly describe your opinions of the strengths and weaknesses you experienced as a learner in the course.

Course accessibility statement

Kent State University works to support the provisions of General Standard 8, Accessibility in the Quality Matters Rubric. KSU online course design, development, and delivery support reasonable accommodation for all participants.

This course is delivered via the Blackboard Learn learning management system (LMS.) Blackboard Learn complies with all major international standards in the area of accessibility, including XHTML Strict 1.0. For more information on Blackboard Learn accessibility compliance, please visit the Blackboard accessibility page in the Resources section of the Blackboard website.

Youtube and other Google products are also often utilized in many online courses, the accessibility policy for Google products can be referred to for any questions.

Kent State Online courses endeavor to include the following:

  1. Blackboard Learn LMS accessibility features.
  2. Tutorial on how to use Blackboard Learn with a screen reader.
  3. Use of (X)HTML Alt attribute to convey appropriate descriptive information about graphic images.
  4. Appropriate color combinations that minimize color blindness effects.
  5. Appropriate font and font-size combinations to improve readability.
  6. Minimal use of bullets and/or charts for participants using screen readers.
  7. Transcripts and/or closed captions for audio and video learning materials.
  8. Transcripts and/or PowerPoint files for narrated slide presentations.

Students who require additional accommodations should contact Student Accessibility Services by visiting the Student Accessibility Services website.