Frequently Asked Questions

Campus News

Yes, the University is open but most buildings are closed. And while a majority of employees are working remotely, they are available. The best way to reach them is through email. Employee contact information can be found in the University website Directory.

If you are a student, you may only come to campus for dining services (details below) or to visit the Wellness Center, both located in Campus Center. Identified essential employees also are allowed on campus.

Only identified essential employees are on campus at this time.  Beginning in May, the University will evaluate a phased return to on-campus work plan to start in June, in compliance with government guidelines and recommendations.

No, and at this time there are no students currently residing in Thompson Hall. Thompson Hall will remain closed to students through the end of the term as the University performs routine repairs and repeated disinfection in preparation for future occupancy. It will reopen to students at the beginning of the summer term as previously scheduled. However, for summer term 2020 we will suspend our first-year student on-campus residency requirement, permitting entering students to elect either to live in Thompson Hall or to commute to campus if they feel more comfortable doing so.

  • KDS continues to offer carry-out only service will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sunset Room for students that includes free hot lunch along with dinner for that evening and the next day’s breakfast.  Essential employees still on campus can also take a free hot lunch to go during the same time.
  • The C-store is open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for non-cash sales.
  • Campus Safety, located in the Campus Center, is open and are patrolling the campus.
  • The Wellness Center, also located in the Campus Center, continues to offer mental and physical well-being services to students from Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a nurse onsite during those hours. It can be reached by calling (810) 762-9650. In addition, there is the 24-hour Student Assistance Program Telephonic Counseling at (855) 774-4700. For more information, go to kettering.edu/undergraduate-admissions/campus-life/health-wellness.
  • Facilities/Auxiliary Services crews continue to maintain and sanitize all areas of the campus.
  • Student Support services offered virtually:
    • The Registrar’s Office - Students’ registration issues, drop/add requests, and other requests related to student record management. (810) 762-7476 or registrar@kettering.edu
    • The Academic Success Center (ASC) – Student needs and support with advising, ADA accommodation, etc.  (810) 762-9775 or academicsuccess@kettering.edu
    • The Office of International Program (OIP) - International student affairs, travel related requests and issues, study abroad preparation, and international partnership management. (810) 762-9869 or international@kettering.edu
    • The Library will continue to provide support to faculty and students in accessing library resources virtually including electronic textbooks. (810) 762-7814 or library@kettering.edu
    • The Student Life Office provides student engagement support through clubs and organizations, Greek Life, Recreation Center, Residence Life, Health and Counseling and the Office of Multicultural Initiatives at (810) 762-9871 or studentlife@kettering.edu

Students who were scheduled to reside in Thompson Hall, have already been given a prorated credit for room and board for the beginning weeks of the term, and account credits and/or refunds will be issued for students for the loss of access to room and board over the remaining weeks of the term. Please contact studentaccounts@kettering.edu with any questions.

At this time, all on-campus events have been cancelled, postponed or modified. Events that can be rescheduled are being evaluated for future dates, and those that can be delivered in different platforms, such as campus tours, are now available virtually.

Currently, all University-sponsored travel for faculty, staff and students is cancelled regardless of the state of planning or the nature of any commitments made in support of that travel. 

At this time and until further notice, all University-related non-essential domestic air travel is prohibited.  

While Kettering’s policies do not regulate personal or non-University-sponsored travel, they do regulate the conditions upon which individuals will be allowed to return to campus afterward. We strongly urge extreme caution and judgment when considering personal domestic travel.

Any student, faculty or staff member planning future University-related travel domestically should follow existing protocols and approvals before confirmation. 

Those planning overseas travel (irrespective of CDC status) must follow existing approval processes as outlined by the Office of International Programs (OIP), observing any temporary restrictions imposed by the University.

Questions not addressed here or on the website may be emailed to covid-19@kettering.edu.

Academics

Per Presidential communications on April 20, the University will not resume face-to-face delivery on campus on May 4 as originally hoped, but will continue to deliver all courses virtually through the end of the spring term.

Thompson Hall is closed to students through the end of spring term as University staff perform routine repairs and disinfection in preparation for future occupancy. It will reopen to students at the beginning of summer term (which starts July 13), and the University will also we waiving its first-year student on-campus residency requirement for summer term to allow students to either opt to live in Thompson Hall for summer term or live off campus and commute if they feel more comfortable doing so.

At this time, virtual classes will continue through the remainder of Spring Term. The University anticipates returning to face-to-face, on-campus delivery of instruction with the opening of the summer term on July 13. As we do, however, depending upon the circumstances and relevant CDC guidelines at that time, we may also need to implement prudent social distancing measures in the delivery of our courses and in our labs, facilities, and housing, as well as restrict temporarily some non-academic campus activities or modify how we conduct meetings and orientation activities.

Virtual learning classes are taught by the same faculty and the same curriculum and course requirements as before. While some procedures and activities have had to be modified to allow for learning in a virtual environment, the quality, content and high expectations for excellence both in faculty and students are still there.

  • Once the spring term ends, faculty will post A-F grades as normal for their students. Grades for winter term have already been posted.
  • All undergraduate students will be allowed to choose, by individual course, to take the letter grade that has been assigned, or to translate that grade to one of the following: 
    • “P” (Pass) for grades A to C-  
    • “LP” (Low Pass) for a grade of D (including D+)
    • “NC” (No Credit) for an F letter grade.
  • The default for all students will remain our normal A-F grading system.  So, if a student does not specifically elect the P/LP/NC option for a course, the issued A-F grade will be recorded on the transcript and used in the computation of the GPA as normal.
  • Upon designation by a student, the Registrar’s Office will convert an issued grade to a P, LP, or an NC on the student’s permanent transcript.  P, LP, or NC grades will not be used in the calculation of a student’s GPA.  
  • A student choosing to receive a LP in a course rather than a D or D+ may use that grade to satisfy Kettering pre-requisite or degree requirements or choose to retake the course for letter grade replacement credit in the future. The LP grade will not be used in the calculation of a student’s GPA.
  • If a student elects to take a P, LP, or NC grade in a course, the change on their transcript, once made, will be permanent and cannot be reversed.
  • The University will delay the awarding of spring degrees by two weeks to allow students in their final term sufficient time to make an alternate grade election decision. 
  • Consistent with Kettering’s grade change policy (which does not permit grade changes after degree completion), this option will not be available to students whose degrees have already been awarded.
  • FN (F for non-attendance) grades may not be modified and will be recorded on the transcript as normal.
  • Choosing to take a P, LP, or NC grade in a course will not affect a student’s ability to receive academic honors and distinctions, their academic standing, or their scholarship eligibility, as these grades will not affect a student’s GPA.  
  • The University will revert to its normal A-F grading system upon our return to on-campus delivery in summer 2020.
  • The Registrar will send direct communication to students to outline the specific procedure for making alternate grade elections.
  • All students should carefully consider the implications of choosing a P/LP/NC grade.  Many graduate schools and professional degree programs will not accept Pass/Fail or P/LP/NC grades for prerequisite courses. Pre-med students are especially cautioned as medical schools often do not accept these alternate grades on core science classes. 
  • Student with questions are encouraged to speak with their advisor or the Academics Success Center (ASC).
  • The window for students to change their grade designation will be:
    • Winter Term Election Period: May 18 – May 29
    • Spring Term Election Period: June 29 – July 10 

Hands-on learning is a hallmark of a Kettering education, and our faculty have developed innovative solutions to making them possible online.  or some labs, students use specially designed Lego kits or small electronics to perform experiments at home.  While other labs utilize software specifically designed for virtual platforms. Augmented with demonstration videos and data sets, students can still write up lab reports, plot data, analyze graphs, perform data calculations, predict results and complete error analyses.

While our educational delivery model has changed, students receive instruction from the same high-quality faculty, cover the same course content and earn the same credits as previously. Virtual learning makes possible labs, group projects, discussion and study groups and faculty interaction. In addition, all academic support resources remain available virtually, including advising, tutoring, library and thesis services.  

The University recently announced no tuition increase for the 2020-2021 academic year, and for those financially impacted by the current COVID-19 situation, the Kettering University Student Emergency Fund has been established to directly assist with basic needs (housing, food, academic materials, technology), loss of Co-op and tuition assistance. Current students can apply on online through my.kettering.edu.

 

Co-op

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 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 my.kettering.edu (login/password required). Applicants must provide documentation to support the need. Questions can be addressed to  finaid@kettering.edu or through a virtual meeting with a team member through the application form.

The Thesis Services office will work with you and your faculty adviser to develop alternatives that meet the thesis requirement. For more information, contact thesis@kettering.edu.

Admissions

Unfortunately, physical tours are not available at this time due to the situation, but prospective students and families are able to visit campus through its virtual tours or schedule a virtual meeting with one of the Enrollment team members via phone or through Google Hangouts or GoToMeetings. For more information, go to kettering.edu/undergraduate-admissions/visit.

The Admissions team is working and available to answer any questions. Get details and contact information at kettering.edu/undergraduate-admissions and kettering.edu/graduate-admissions.

You can also connect with the Admissions team through an online chat to get answers about application status, enrollment information, financial aid opportunities and more.

Kettering University's robust slate of pre-college programs are scheduled to kick-off June 15, 2020. Our program managers are carefully monitoring events and will update program materials if needed. In the interim, register here for summer events now with the knowledge that we will refund program fees if programs are canceled or offered in an adjusted format.

Health Services

Yes, it is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a nurse onsite during those hours. It can be reached by calling (810) 762-9650. If you have serious or ongoing symptoms, you are encouraged to call your primary caregiver/doctor or urgent care.

The Wellness Center provides individual counseling to students who experience psychological, behavioral or learning difficulties whenever they occur. 

Students may reach crisis counseling at (855) 774-4700 anytime and from any location to speak directly to a licensed mental health specialists. Students in crisis should utilize our Student Assistance Program, available 24/7, 365 days a year, through Ulliance, a national leader in providing mental health services. This University-sponsored program provides confidential crisis assistance to students at no cost. 

For more information, kettering.edu/undergraduate-admissions/campus-life/health-wellness.

University employee assistance provider, Ulliance, offers free emotional support tools and tips. This special edition Life Advisor newsletter from Ulliance has suggestions for adults and children to help prevent and address potential anxiety caused by the COVID-19 health crisis. This service is free and strictly confidential. Employees or family members can contact Ulliance 24/7/365 at (800) 448-8326. More resources are also available on their website.

If you are ill or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, call ahead before visiting your health care provider or the Wellness Center. Students should call their primary health care provider or the Wellness Center on campus at (810) 762-9650; faculty and staff should call their primary health-care provider and notify their supervisor.

Commencement

Commencement is a culminating and very important recognition of the enormous accomplishments of our graduates. However, as it also represents a large and concentrated public assembly of several thousand people, the University has determined that holding the June ceremony would not be prudent or permitted.

Rather than cancel or hold this important event virtually as some other institutions have, Commencement and related activities will be postponed to give our graduates and their families the opportunity to celebrate their achievements appropriately and safely. 

The University understands that whatever new date for the ceremony, it will conflict with the plans of some. Our decision has been informed, however, by surveys on this topic that we have conducted of our graduates and their families.

  • The 2020 Commencement ceremony will be Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. 
  • The Honors Banquet will be the evening before on Friday, Oct.  9, 2020.
  • Given the size of the class, and depending upon demand for tickets, this may ultimately require us to divide the ceremony into two held at different times on the same date.  In the near future, we will survey our graduates and their families to assess the demand for guest tickets on this new date. Based upon these results, we will make a decision as to the number of ceremonies we will hold on commencement day. 

Our Community

In these trying times, several government guidelines and orders have been issued at all levels.

Kettering is committed to the safety of its community and is abiding by and informing our decisions by local, state and national guidelines and standing orders (that may continue to evolve).

The State of Michigan is under a Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order through May 28. The University had previously announced the extension of virtual learning beyond this date, and prior to the Governor’s announcement, it had extended remote working policies for employees through May 31.

Through May 28, the City of Flint is under a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily curfew. Students, staff and faculty are not exempt from this order.

Faculty, staff and students are pitching in to help as departments, individuals and as the institution as a whole. Here are some of the ways Kettering is pitching in for Flint and the University community as a whole:

  • In a partnership with Flint’s Hurley Medical CenterKettering University’s Atwood Stadium is the site of COVID-19 drive-through testing that April 15 and runs Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays – as long as it is needed.
  • As part of its “Cabin Fever Initiative,” the University Rec Center provided exercise equipment and stationary activity to nearly 30 students living off campus. In addition to the resistance bands and jump ropes, the students received adult coloring books, cards, 3D models and puzzles. The Rec Center also has been posting at-home exercises, daily workouts and tips that don't require equipment on the University’s internal communications platform, my.kettering.edu.
  • On March 27, Kettering University donated much-needed additional medical supplies to both Hurley Medical Center and McLaren Flint. Each facility received 480 3M 8000 N95 masks, 120 mini bottles of hand sanitizer and 48 protective goggles to assist in their efforts to increase adequate supplies of PPE (personal protection equipment) for their medical staff.

The state of Michigan has established webpage, michigan.gov/fightcovid19, to provide an updated directory of volunteer opportunities throughout the state. Medical, community, public health and senior citizen care are among the categories which also include information on donating blood and a request form for those needing assistance for older adults. 

If you’d like to help Kettering’s students, you can contribute to the Keep Me Kettering Fund, that provides scholarships to students.



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