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!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us: ODOS@kent.edu
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.
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.
Kent State Emergency Grant
The Kent State Emergency Grant Application has closed. All Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act; the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 have been exhausted. Please see this ODOS Emergency Resource website for information on other emergency resources.
Kent Cares Website
This website provides both on and off-campus community resources system-wide, related to food, housing, finances, mental health, clothing and more.
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.
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.
Career Exploration and Development Website
Access valuable resources including, but not limited to, employment opportunities, job placement and career advising.
One Stop for Student Services
Access resources for Financial Aid and Scholarships, Billing and Payment, Student Records and Academic Transcripts, and Financial Wellness.
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.
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.
Counseling Crisis 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.
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.