Academic Affairs Response to COVID-19

Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID19) and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, Kent State University is following Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s recommendations and has reduced on-campus operations. Please be assured that we continue our business operations as per usual while working remotely. If you have questions or need assistance with your graduate application email For all other questions, please contact the Division of Graduate Studies staff directly or email

An ad-hoc Academic Continuity Committee was formed to create temporary policies, procedures and guidelines relating to academic affairs in response to COVID-19. To view these procedures and for continuous updates, please click here

Academic Year 2020-2021 Guidelines for Dissertation and Thesis Defenses

Given the suspension of face-to-face instruction and mitigation efforts to break the cycle of contagion of the COVID-19 virus, we encourage thesis and dissertation defenses and pre-defenses for the academic year 20/21 with all members of the committee and the candidate participating remotely.  For a copy of our guiding principles and guidelines, click on this link to the Academic Year 2020-2021 Guidelines for Thesis and Dissertation Defenses and Comprehensive Examinations.


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