Advocacy, Support, & Wellbeing

For universities to be student-ready, awareness of student wellness as a part of a holistic experience is paramount. For students to achieve academically, developmentally, and socially, Kent State University must prioritize the accessibility of physical health, mental health, and ethical maturation. We exist to serve students in these capacities so that student growth may be imagined, sought, maintained, and advanced. In addition to advocacy, support, and well-being, this pillar emphasizes each campuses’ collaboration, accountability, crisis management, risk reduction, and education. We also want to engage with students’ families and serve as an innovative collaborator with community stakeholders.

Below are the areas within this pillar.


Office of the Dean
Office of the Dean of Students

The Dean of Students manages departments that provide student development opportunities and support services. The Dean also works with the Student Affairs staff to help promote a culture where diversity is encouraged and where students learn to respect differences, develop leadership skills and take responsibility for their actions. 

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Recreational Services
Recreational Services

The Department of Recreational Services mission is to promote a lifelong commitment to health and wellness for the people we serve through exceptional programs, learning opportunities, services and facilities.

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Kent State of Wellness
Health Promotion / Kent State of Well-being

Kent State of Well-being is a university-wide effort to promote wellness by creating a healthy environment while prioritizing the health and wellness of our community.  We strive to create a healthy environment, while prioritizing the health and wellness of our community.

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Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS)
Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS)

SRVSS is available to listen without judgment and to offer information, options, resources and emotional support. We also provide assistance to individuals who may be assisting a friend/loved through a difficult time.

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Office of Student Conduct
Office of Student Conduct

Kent State University is a student-first institution offering a wide array of academic programs to engage students in diverse learning environments.

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Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services is staffed by licensed counselors and psychologists. We support student success by providing high quality, personalized care to all KSU students and consultation to the university community.

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CARES Center

The CARES Center is a space that supports students who have challenges with their basic needs. The center helps students who are experiencing food insecurity, homelessness, financial insecurity, and needs related to mental well-being. Connecting students to both on and off campus resources, the CARES Center is here to support students within the Kent State campus community.

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