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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Urgent Counseling Resources

CAPS crisis services are available for students who are experiencing an urgent need, or for individuals who are concerned about a student’s safety and mental well-being. For more information about resources see the website link below.

CAPS Crisis Resources


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Food Pantries

Flashes Fighting Hunger in Community Engaged Learning and the Flashes' Food Pantry in the CARES Center 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.

Flashes Fighting Hunger


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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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Basic Needs Resources

The CARES Center provides information on basic needs resources including financial empowerment, food security, mental well-being, stable housing, and others. This site includes links to regional campus basic needs resources as well.

Access Basic Needs Resources


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One Stop for Student Services

Access resources for Financial Aid and Scholarships, Billing and Payment, Student Records and Academic Transcripts, and Financial Wellness.

One Stop Website


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Kent State Of Well-being

KSoW offers programs, opportunities, and resources that enable individuals to achieve a holistic sense of health and well-being. They provide programs and services such as meditation, KORU, and individual assistance.

KSoW Programs and Services


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Mental Health Website

This site provides information on all mental health and well-being services that support the Kent State University community across our campus system and abroad and provides information on educational resources to enhance learning around mental health and well-being.

Visit Mental Health Website


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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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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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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