Emergency Resources

Dear Students of Kent State University,

The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to sharing and providing resources and support, engaging with students, and making decisions in the best interest of our entire Kent State Community. Remember: We are here, we care, we are a resource and we always believe that Flashes Take Care of Flashes!

Take care and be well!

Dean Drummer-Ferrell

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us: ODOS@kent.edu

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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. 

CARES Center Website

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps), is the largest federal nutrition program. Beginning on Jan. 16, 2021, students who meet one of the two criteria may receive SNAP if they meet all other financial and non-financial SNAP eligibility criteria. 

View Eligibility

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Kent State Emergency Grant

The Kent State Emergency Grant Application is open to students enrolled at Kent State University on or after March 13, 2020, who have been affected by the pandemic and have emergency needs. If you have a pending Emergency Grant application, your application is still on file. For any additional information regarding resources for financial aid and scholarships, billing and payment, and financial wellness, please contact One Stop at (330) 672-6000.

Kent State Emergency Grant Application (via Flashline)

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Kent Cares Website

This website provides both on and off-campus community resources related to food, housing, finances, mental health, clothing and more.

Kent Cares Website

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Food Pantries

The Campus Kitchen Pantry and the Flashes' Food Pantry has hours throughout the week including a ‘Fresh Food Friday’ joint pantry. For more information on hours and locations please visit the Campus Kitchen website linked below, or email the Dean of Students at ODOS@kent.edu.

Campus Kitchen

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Akron-Canton Food Bank

This website offers a way for you to search for local pantries and grocery options with updated hours. Please call the food bank directly at 330-535-6900 to confirm the accuracy of the hours.

Akron-Canton Food Bank

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Career Exploration and Development Website

Access valuable resources including, but not limited to, employment opportunities, job placement and career advising.

Career Website

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Kent State University Coronavirus Updates

Learn how Kent State is planning for reopening campus. This website includes the university’s most recent updates.

KSU COVID-19 Updates

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Kent State Of Well-being COVID-19 Resources

Stay informed on the latest with the Kent State of Well-being Coronavirus Resources website by clicking below.

KSW COVID-19 Resources

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Don't Feel Safe?

If you don’t feel safe in your home, there are many resources offered by the Office of Sexual Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS) that you may find especially helpful. Visit the SRVSS website for valuable resources.

SRVSS Information

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National Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Domestic Violence hotline is a 24/7 resource that allows you to speak to a highly trained advocate no matter where you are located in the United States. Call 800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit the website for more information.

Domestic Violence Hotline Information

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Ohio United Way 211

Ohio United Way 211 is a 2-1-1 is the gateway that connects people with community resources and volunteer opportunities. If you do not live in Ohio, you can still dial 2-1-1 to be connected to the resources available in your state.

OUW Website


Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under section 18004(e) of the CARES Act Reporting and Disclosure