Student Death

Student Death Protocol & Assistance
In the unfortunate event of a current student’s death, the Dean of Students serves as the point person and lead of the student death protocol. Our protocol regarding the death of a student is centered around compassion for the family and the wellness of our university community. The Dean of Students works collaboratively with key campus constituents to assist with the needs of the family and the university community. Questions can be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students by emailing ODOS@kent.edu or calling (330) 672-8003.

Posthumous Degree
When the Dean of Students is notified of the death of a student, the student’s academic record is reviewed. If a student is potentially eligible, the Dean of Students will work with the family to explore the possibility of a posthumous degree via the posthumous degree policy. The operational policy regarding posthumous degrees can be found in the University Policy Register.

Flashes Remembrance Event
The Kent State University Flashes Remembrance event honors students who have passed away during the previous academic year. Family members will be invited to attend an annual event with an expression of the arts, remarks from university leadership, and provided a cherished keepsake of remembrance. The university community is welcomed to attend to reflect and remember. More details regarding the August 2023 inaugural remembrance event are forthcoming.


Students who are in need of individual or crisis support can reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services by calling (330) 672-2487. Employees who are in need of assistance can reach out to IMPACT Solutions at (800) 227-6007. If there are concerns of an imminent risk, please call 9-1-1.