Academic Credit and Thesis

I worked for my Co-op company either remotely or in-person, for at least four weeks/160 hours.

Your Co-op term will count for credit toward graduation as long as both you and your employer complete the standard required evaluations for the Co-op term. The usual requirement of six weeks of full-time work has been reduced to four weeks for ONLY the 2020 Spring and Summer terms at this time.

I worked for my Co-op company either remotely or in-person, but for less than four weeks/160 hours.

If you have worked at your co-op employer, but for less than four weeks, please contact your Co-op Manager to discuss the situation. Determination of credit on these circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

I worked for a different employer or volunteered on a regular basis throughout the Spring term.

If you have worked at a non-co-op position throughout the 2020 Spring or Summer term, you may be eligible for co-op credit. If you have worked for more than six weeks, you will be asked to write an Experiential Learning Report using the Experiential Learning Report Web Submission Form.  If you have worked at your position for less than six weeks, please contact your Co-op Manager to discuss this. Determination of credit on these circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

I have a special circumstance that is not covered by the options above and might make me a candidate to exempt this co-op term.

Please reach out to your Co-op Manager individually to discuss any special circumstances that might require an exemption request. Appeals made to the Provost require a formal request written by your Co-op Manager. Decisions regarding exemption will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

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Some of our graduating seniors have experienced interruptions in their thesis projects due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The interruptions could potentially delay their graduation. To address this, the University has developed an alternative thesis option that will allow them to complete the thesis requirement. The alternative thesis option will allow students to use a faculty-guided “Culminating Reflection Project” in lieu of a traditional thesis. We recognize that there may be a broader impact on those students who plan to graduate in the near future terms. We will continue to assess the situation and will communicate our plans as necessary.

Currently, ONLY graduating students in the 2020 Spring or Summer terms are eligible:

  • Students who have submitted an Application to Graduate and expect to graduate in either the 2020 Spring or Summer terms. These students will be notified by the ASC-Thesis Office that they are eligible and will receive detailed instructions.
  • Students that have not yet applied to graduate but expect to graduate in the 2020 Spring or Summer terms, must complete the Application to Graduate as soon as possible and then contact the ASC -Thesis Office.

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Each student's situation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your Co-op manager.

Loss or Delay of Co-op Term

Each organization’s response has been different, and we continue to encourage our students to engage actively with both your Co-op employer and with your Kettering Co-op manager (contact information for the Co-op team is located here).

The Admissions and cooperative education teams have been reaching out to admitted students, current students and active Co-op partners to gather insight, information and guidance. The number of impacted students so far has been fairly limited, however, there are students whose Co-ops have been delayed, canceled or otherwise impacted. 

In addition to Kettering University Student Emergency Fund which provides direct financial assistance to current undergraduate and graduate students who apply, the Keep Me Kettering Fund proves Bulldogs back Bulldogs – as alumni, employees and others are generously donating money for scholarship opportunities for students. 

The University is also looking into options for students who have lost their Co-ops to take courses during that time and is assisting with finding other opportunities and employment.

Those participating in a Co-op are encouraged to contact their company's Human Resources department with any questions or concerns about employment status or unemployment eligibility.

The Kettering University Student Emergency Fund has been established to provide financial assistance to current undergraduate and graduate students impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. Those facing hardships including basic needs (housing, food and academic materials or technology), loss of Co-op wages, tuition expenses and other situations can request assistance through an online request form at (login/password required). Applicants must provide documentation to support the need. Questions can be addressed to or through a virtual meeting with a team member through the application form.

The University will provide flexibility to help students meet their degree requirements for cooperative education when COVID-19 has impacted their previously agreed upon plans for employment. If you are a student whose Co-op employer has canceled your Co-op, please contact your Co-op site manager.

Currently students are required to complete six weeks and/or 240 hours of work to receive full credit for the term.

Students should contact Kettering University’s Office of International Programs office for any questions related to work or travel visas. Co-op managers will work with students, employers and academic departments to determine how to best proceed based on their unique circumstances. 

Current or Future Co-op Terms

Yes, if your Co-op employer can allow you to work onsite or to work remotely, students should continue their assignments and follow guidance from their employers about workplace policies. Many of our employer partners have shared their return to work plans: “Ford: Return to Work Manufacturing Playbook”, “Lear: Safe Work Playbook”,  and “Tesla: Return to Work Playbook”. 

​Students should report for their Co-op position and follow guidance from their employers about work policies. We strongly advise you to reach out to your employer as soon as possible to ask if there have been any changes and to confirm employment details.

You can enroll in an academic term for summer, please contact the Academic Success Center. If you are currently employed at a Co-op site that expects you to report in July, you will need to consult your employer before this decision is made.

The health of our students is a priority.  Please talk with your Co-op manager and employer to discuss your concerns.  

Ask your employer about the possibility of working remotely. If remote work is not possible with your employer, ask if your Co-op position could be postponed until your next Co-op term.   If you feel you need additional assistance, your Co-op manager is happy to reach out to your employer as well.  Email your Co-op manager, and he/she will be in touch to gather additional information and discuss the next steps.

Please contact your Co-op manager and let them know what companies you have interviewed with.  You may also reach out via email to the person who interviewed you and express your interest.

Information for Employers

We recognize this is an unusual situation due to COVID-19.  If your student's workload has changed, please be creative and think of other projects or work they may be able to assist with that enables them to apply their knowledge and skills. Please explain to students that their work assignments may change due to your organization’s circumstances. Co-op is an academic requirement and we encourage you to be flexible so students are able to complete their degree requirements on time. However, if circumstances require you to alter your commitment, please let us know.

Yes, students on Co-op are full-time employees of your organization during Co-op terms and should follow the required procedures and policies of your organization. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will support whatever works best for you and your student to have a safe work environment. We will happily work with you to make this transition.  Ideally, job responsibilities should remain almost the same, except that communication and supervision would happen remotely.

We encourage Kettering University students to honor their commitments unless it puts their health at risk. Understandably, some students may be nervous about travel or relocation. We are available to provide them with support and guidance. Your Kettering University Co-op Manager will work with you to determine how to best proceed.

Yes, if you are able to provide a work assignment for a student that may be different than expected and the student will gain some work experience, exceptions can be made.  Please contact your Kettering University Co-op manager to discuss.

Those participating in a Co-op are encouraged to contact your company's Human Resources Department with any questions or concerns about employment status or unemployment eligibility.

Yes, we are still moving forward with the 2020 Summer work term, with some adjustments.

All interviews have been requested to be conducted via phone and webcam. Shorter work terms have been approved for students, so later start date is no problem. Students need a minimum of six weeks to earn Co-op credit.

As this situation evolves we will work with students on a case-by-case basis.