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Kent State Words You Should Know

Academic Advising
Process whereby students are provided with information regarding degree requirements, recommended coursework,  programs of study, academic support services and policies, and procedures defining academic progress.

Academic Standing
Students with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average or above are in good academic standing. Students with a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 are placed on academic probation.

Academic Year
University year consisting of two 16-week semesters.

All-Campus Programming Board; this student organization provides major events programming for the entire student body.

Faculty member or staff person who provides students with information concerning courses, programs of study, and other aspects of academic life.

Blue-Light Phone
Brightly colored phone posts with a blue light bulb on top. These phones exist for security purposes and are located at various outside locations around campus. If a student has an emergency or is feeling endangered, they can pick up one of these phones (free of charge) to connect with campus police or an escort service.

University office where tuition and fee payments are made.

Black United Students; this student organization is an advocate group for African American students and also serves as a major programming body.

Campus Police
Police officers who are specifically assigned to a given institution. Campus police are not regular city officers; they are employed by the university in a full-time capacity.

Catalog Year
A term identifying the Catalog which contains the requirements defining a student s degree program. Initially, it is the Catalog in force during the student s first semester at Kent State University. Refer to the Catalog in Force policy in the General Requirements and Regulations section of the Catalog.

Administrative unit housing related departments and majors.

Course Load
Total number of semester credit hours for which a student is registered.

Course Withdrawal
Process by which a student removes a course(s) from his/her schedule subject to the deadlines published in the Schedule of Classes booklet. A mark of “W” will be recorded on the student s transcript if the withdrawal is after the second week of the semester, during the fall and spring.

Club Sports
A level of sports that falls somewhere between varsity and intramural. If a student is unable to commit to a varsity team but has a lot of passion for athletics, a club sport could be a better, less intense option. If a club sport still requires too much commitment, intramurals often involve no traveling and a lot less time.

Academic unit within a college or school.

Short for dormitory, a dorm is an on-campus housing facility. Dorms can provide a range of options from suite-style rooms to more communal options that include shared bathrooms. Most first-year students live in dorms. Some upperclassmen who wish to stay on campus also choose this option.

Process by which students add or remove courses from their schedule; specific deadlines must be observed.  Such deadlines can be found in schedule books for each semester.

Courses or programs pursued in addition to the collegial, departmental, major and liberal education degree requirements.

An extremely fast internet connection that is usually available in most university-owned residence halls. To use an Ethernet connection properly, a student will need a network card and cable for their computer.

A university-issued photo ID that serves as a student’s key to many different functions. It allows students to show these cards in order to get into dorms, libraries, cafeterias, and other facilities. In addition to storing meal plan information, in some cases, a student ID can actually work as a debit card and allow students to purchase things from bookstores or local shops.

Slang for “freshmen.”

Grade point average is determined by the number of hours attempted at Kent State University and the grades received.

Golden Flashes
Kent State’s athletic team name and mascot.

Members of fraternities and sororities.

Located on the first floor of the Kent Student Center where the food court is; students meet here to eat, mingle and study.

(IMs) Sports
A popular, and usually free, student activity where students create teams and compete against other groups for fun. These sports vary in competitiveness and can include a range of activities.

Kent Interhall Council; this student group is the governing body for students living in the residence halls.

Liberal Education Requirement; coursework required of all undergraduate students, made up of 36 hours from five academic areas. Students must receive a grade of C or better in these courses.

Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center located next to the Kent Student Center.

The focal point of a student’s college studies; a specific topic that is studied for a degree. Many students decide on a specific major before arriving on campus, while others are simply “undecided” and figure it out later. Those who are extremely interested in two areas can also choose to double major.

An additional focal point in a student’s education. Often serving as a compliment or addition to a student’s main area of focus, a minor has fewer requirements and prerequisites to fulfill than a major. Minors are not required for graduation from most schools; however some students who want to further explore many different interests choose to have both a major and a minor.

Office Hours
Time that teachers set aside for students who have questions about the coursework. Office hours are a good place for students to go over any problems and to show interest in the subject material.

Course(s) or condition(s) required before enrollment in a more advanced class.

Slang for “professor.”

Public Institution
A school that uses taxpayers dollars to help subsidize education costs. Public schools are often a good value for in-state residents and tend to be larger than most private colleges. Kent State University is a public institution.

RA (Resident Assistant)
A student leader who is assigned to a particular floor in a dormitory in order to help the other students who live there.  RA’s duties include ensuring student safety and providing guidance or assistance wherever possible.

The University office that plans and oversees registration activities, academic record maintenance, transcript preparation and degree audit system.

Process by which a student may gain re-entry to the University after dismissal.

Course or condition that must be fulfilled as part of a particular program.

Room and Board
This is typically the combined cost of a university-owned room and a meal plan.

Spanish and Latino Student Association; this student organization is an advocacy group for Latino/a students and serves as a programming body.

Term applied to academic units within a particular college or to a single academic unit offering curricular programs leading to a baccalaureate or advanced degree.

School term (16 weeks long) that is one-half of the academic year.

Semester Hour
Each unit of academic credit assigned to a course as the credit value for that course under the semester system is known as the semester hour. Generally, semester hours of credit for a course are directly equivalent to the number of classroom contact hours per week.

Courses that must be taken in a definite order.

The Kent Student Center is a common area on campus that contains study areas, recreation facilities, and eateries. This building is a good place to meet up with fellow students and is most commonly used as a hangout.

A type of dorm room. Unlike other places that have communal bathrooms that are shared by the entire floor, a suite has a private bathroom. Suite-style dorm rooms can house anywhere from two to ten students.

Written outline provided by faculty on the first day of classes that describes course requirements, assignments, tests, readings, and daily class topics.

TA (Teacher’s Assistant)
An undergraduate or grad student who helps in some manner with a specific course. In some cases, a TA will teach a class, assist a professor, grade assignments, or conduct office hours.

The accurate and complete record of a student s academic coursework attempted at an institution, presented in either electronic or paper format.

Transient Coursework
Coursework approved for Kent State University students who attend another accredited institution.

Person providing special assistance in a particular subject or academic program. Undergraduate – A student who is in the process of studying for their Bachelor (college) degree.

University Exit
Withdrawal from all University coursework by a specified deadline, as published in the Schedule of Classes booklet in a given semester or summer term.

Upper Division
A student with junior or senior standing or may refer to a course whose number begins with a 3 or 4.

Writing-Intensive Requirement
A graduation requirement for all undergraduates that requires completion of at least one upper-division course designated as “writing-intensive” with a grade of “C” or better.
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