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International Student News
September 13, 2017  |  Number 2

Announcing New Student Support Services at OGE.
The staff of the Office of Global Education (OGE) welcomes you to visit our office to explore two new programs intended to assist international students with their academic endeavors and employment opportunities. 
 
Peggy Nzomo (right) assists an international student with a research project
International Librarian Onsite. Beginning this week, you'll find Kent State's Global Education Librarian, Peggy Nzomo, at our offices on Monday mornings from 9:00 to 11:30 am. She will be available with one-on-one assistance to help international students with a variety of topics - everything from how to conduct research to tips about avoiding plagiarism. Stop by next Monday, say "Hello" to Peggy and learn how she can lend you a hand.
 
Career Services Onsite. While their offices in the Schwartz Building are undergoing renovations, staff members of Career Exploration and Development Services are operating several drop-in career advising centers across campus, including the Office of Global Education on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am until Noon. Whether you're looking for on-campus employment or just beginning to plan your job search following graduation, you can find helpful career counseling right here at OGE.
 
Online  Orientation is On the Way
All new international students enrolled for Fall 2017 need to complete an online orientation. New students will be able to access the online orientation training course beginning Monday, September 18. The course must be completed by Monday, October 2. You will be enrolled through your BlackBoard in your FlashLine account. Instructions for completing the course will be included. A passing grade of 80% must be attained - however, the course can be taken multiple times. If you have any questions, please contact the office at: ISSS@kent.edu.  
 
Upcoming Events
 
We hope you enjoyed one or more of the many events which occurred during the past weekend. We have even more activities with a global focus planned for this week as well. We hope that you can join us for them all!  
 

September 14 - International Student Reception
6:00 to 8:00 pm  |  Main Library, 4th Floor 
You won't want to miss all the food, fun and new friends as the University Library welcomes all international students to campus during a special reception.
Education Abroad Expo_ September 14_ Kent Student CenterSeptember 14 - Education Abroad Expo
11:00 am to 2:00 pm  |  Kent Student Center, 2nd Floor
Our annual Expo is your one-stop-shop for everything you'll need to get your study abroad adventure underway. Learn about all of the study abroad programs which Kent State has to offer, as well as available financial resources and travel arrangements.   
 
September 15 - Brazilian Fever 
5:00 to 8:00 pm  |  Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony, 3rd Floor 
Join Kent State's Brazilian Students for an evening of Brazilian heritage, culture, dance and food. Bring your friends and enjoy the fun. Hosted by the International Student Council. 
    
Cultural Cafe_ Pakistan and Haiti_ September 20September 20 - Cultural Cafe, Pakistan and Haiti 
4:00 to 5:30 pm  |  Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony, 3rd Floor 
Learn everything you ever wanted to know and then some about Pakistan and Haiti as two international students host presentations about their native lands. In between the presentations, sample selected dishes of the two countries' cuisine. 

Lake Erie Cruise and West Side Market_ September 30 September 30 - OGE Student Trip - Cleveland's West Side Market and Lake Erie Cruise  
Downtown Cleveland 
We invite you to join us for a day-trip to Cleveland to enjoy the food and fair at the West Side Market followed by a cruise on the GoodTime3 around the Cleveland Harbor.  
   
Plan Ahead 
You Are Welcome Here  
Contact Us:
Phone: 1-330-672-7980
Email: isss@kent.edu
Campus Location: Van Campen Hall
Address: 106 Van Campen Hall, 625 Loop Road, Kent, OH 44242-0001
Keys to Student Success - Housing 
 
What should I consider before signing a lease agreement? 
Once signed, a lease is a legally binding contract upon both the tenant and the landlord. Therefore, it is important that you understand all the terms of the lease and agree to them before you sign. If you don't agree with all the terms, the time to negotiate is before you sign. Any terms agreed upon are not binding unless they are put into writing and signed by both you and the landlord. For example, if the landlord agrees to make certain improvements to the property before you move in, it should be specified in writing. Otherwise, it may be difficult to prove the landlord made such promises.
 
My roommate is impossible to get along with! Can I get out of my lease?
Usually not ! Tensions with roommates arise for many reasons. Therefore, it is important to choose your roommates wisely. We encourage you to enter a roommate agreement at the beginning of the tenancy (a sample Roommate Agreement Form). Sometimes in spite of your best efforts, you can still end up with the "roommate from hell!"
 
Generally speaking, landlords are not responsible for problems that arise between roommates and are not obligated to let you out of your lease. Rather than let the problem fester and become larger, it is best to address it early on. First, try to establish good face-to-face communication . If you have tried your best to resolve the conflict, and that didn't work, talk to your landlord. Some landlords are willing to set up a meeting to try to resolve the issues.  
 
Another resource for helping to resolve roommate issues is the Campus Mediation Service. Contact:   mediation@kent.edu   
 
One exception to the rule is when a landlord has performed a "roommate match" and has paired you with someone who turns out to be clearly incompatible. Under such circumstance, you have more leverage to negotiate a move. Contact Student Legal Services for assistance at studentls@kent.edu 
  
What should I do if I am not sure what some paragraphs of the lease mean?
It is never wise to sign a lease or any other legal document without first reading it thoroughly and making sure that you understanding all of the terms. Words like "joint and several" mean that you are responsible for paying the entire amount of the rent if your roommate does not pay his or her share. Many leases contain automatic renewal clauses that require you to notify the landlord in writing in advance before the end of the lease term. There may be other terms you don't understand. As a Kent State student, you are entitled to help through Student Legal Services, and, we are happy to review your lease before you sign it and help you understand all of its terms and consequences and assist you with negotiating revised terms if necessary.
 
Kent State Student Legal Services The above information was kindly provided by Kent State Student Legal Services. We hope that you found it helpful. Additional information and handy legal forms are available on the Kent State Legal Services website

If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to your obligations or rights under your lease agreement, or if you have other legal matters with which you need assistance, please contact Student Legal Services to schedule an appointment with a staff attorney.
 
To schedule an appointment:  
Phone: 330-672-9550
Location:
164 E. Main Street, Suite #203 
Kent, Ohio 44240
Kent State Ranks 11th Safest Campus in the Country 
 
Kent State University has been ranked one of the safest campuses in the country by the Council for Home Safety and Security, a national trade association. Kent State was named to the council's 2017 top 100 list of Safest Colleges in America.  Nationwide, Kent State ranks 11th on the list. Among Ohio institutions, Kent State ranks the safest.

The ranking was determined by the most recent data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting and the National Center for Education Statistics. More than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities were assessed.
Kent State Safety Foreces
Dean Tondiglia, Kent State's police chief and director of public safety, said safety at the university is a joint effort.  "Having a safe and inviting campus community is one of the university's priorities, and this ranking reflects the efforts of students, faculty and staff, as well as the Department of Public Safety's community partners, in meeting that goal."  

He added that some of the initiatives, like student involvement in crime prevention programs, awareness campaigns, safety walks and physical plant reviews, are designed to help identify safety issues before they become bigger problems. Kent State also conducts bystander intervention training and emergency exercises to enhance safety on campus.

The Kent State Police Department has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies since 1991 and is one of only 79 university police agencies in the country to be accredited.
 
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