Student Life

Student Conduct:  Behavioral Standards

Ethics in the University

The mission of Kettering University rests on the premise of intellectual honesty; in the classroom, the laboratory, the office, and at the examination desk.  The very search for knowledge is impaired without a prevailing ethic of honor and integrity in all scholarly, professional, and personal activities.  The principles of honor and integrity make it possible for society to place trust in the degrees we confer, the research we produce, the scholarship we present and disseminate, and the critical assessments we make of the performance of students.  In order to achieve our goals of preserving, disseminating, and advancing knowledge, Kettering University expects all members of the community to be open to new ideas, to be governed by truthfulness, and to be considerate of the rights of others.  We strive to foster these values in all our endeavors and will employ all possible means to discourage dishonest behavior in any form.  We hold students accountable for their choices and actions through the Code of Student Conduct, administered by the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students. 

Academic Integrity

We believe fairness, openness, and intellectual honesty to be the keystones of our educational mission.  We foster these qualities in all our endeavors and use all possible means to discourage dishonesty, in any form.  All members of the Kettering community should report academic dishonesty to the appropriate faculty person, as well as to the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students.  Academic dishonesty prohibited at Kettering includes, but is not limited to, the following forms:

  • Cheating
    Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.
  • Fabrication
    Intentional and/or unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise. 
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty
    Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to engage in academic dishonesty in any form.
  • Plagiarism
    Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or images of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.

Students found to have carried out any form of academic dishonesty are subject to the faculty member’s scrutiny and sanctions, as well as Judicial Affairs’ policies and procedures.

Kettering Code of Student Conduct

The Kettering University Code of Student Conduct represents a body of behavioral standards for all students.  These standards are strictly and vigorously enforced by Kettering University to ensure members of this educational community a productive, safe, and equitable environment for growth and development.  Kettering University students are expected to conduct themselves as mature individuals while on campus, at home, and in their work-section communities.

Students are expected to comply with all University regulations governing student conduct and the use of University property and facilities.  Kettering University has the right to take action and investigate any offense that involves our students, either as victims reporting or students accused of violating the Code of Student Conduct or any federal, state, and/or local laws/ordinances.  The Code of Student Conduct extends to students at their places of co-op employment.  We expect students to honor their co-op employer’s standards for workplace demeanor and may impose our Judicial Affairs procedures upon any student charged by an employer with workplace misconduct.

Code of Student Conduct

Conduct for which students may be subject to judicial action falls into, but is not limited to, the following categories:

  • Endangering people or their property.
  • Obstructing the normal functions of Kettering University or a co-op employer.
  • Theft or damage to property, including intellectual property, of Kettering University, a co-op employer, or any individual.
  • Any willful damage to the reputation or psychological well-being of others.
  • Threatening, intimidating, harassing, coercing, or verbally abusing another.
  • Any physical violence directed at any member of the Kettering University community or a co-op employer’s.
  • Unauthorized entry to, use of, or occupancy of Kettering University facilities or a co-op employer’s.
  • Any dishonesty, cheating, forgery, plagiarism, or alteration of, or misuse of Kettering University documents, records or identification, or a co-op employer’s.
  • Computer misuse, while on academic or work term, at the University or at co-op employment, including but not limited to:
    • Theft or other abuse of computer operations.
    • Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
    • Unauthorized transfer of a file or files.
    • Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and/or password.
    • Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or university official.
    • Use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages.
    • Use of computing facilities to interfere with the normal operation of the University’s or a co-op employer’s computer system.
  • Violation of applicable public laws while on Kettering University owned property, University or student-sponsored or supervised functions, a co-op employer’s owned or controlled property, or at a co-op employer-sponsored or supervised function. 
  • Possession or use on campus or at a place of co-op employment of firearms, explosives, explosive fuels, dangerous chemicals or other dangerous weapons, except as specifically authorized by Kettering University or a co-op employer.
  • Use, possession, or distribution of narcotics or controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.
  • Possession or use of alcohol on Kettering’s campus; any underage possession or use of alcohol. 
  • Failure to comply with directions of Kettering University or co-op employer officials acting in performance of their duties.
  • Conduct which adversely affects the student’s suitability as a member of the Kettering University and/or co-op employment communities.

Student Rights and Responsibilities Provided by Kettering’s Judicial Affairs Procedures

Any student accused of any violation of Kettering University’s Code of Student Conduct will be extended the following rights and responsibilities:

  • Formal, written notification of all charges to be heard at either an Administrative Hearing or a University Board of Student Conduct.   
  • Right to a timely hearing.  The University has the right to establish deadlines for hearing a case, as well as hear a case in a student’s absence should s/he fail to appear at the established time and place. 
  • Opportunity to review the judicial file which will be presented at an Administrative Hearing or University Board of Student Conduct. 
  • Time to prepare a defense.  Students will receive at least 48 hours’ notice of the time and place of an Administrative Hearing or University Board of Student Conduct.
  • Right to be present at an Administrative Hearing or University Board of Student Conduct.
  • Right to have an advisor present at an Administrative Hearing or University Board of Student Conduct. The advisor must be a member of the Kettering University community and may advise the accused student, but may not conduct the student’s defense.
  • Right to ask questions of any witnesses who appear at an Administrative Hearing or University Board of Student Conduct.
  • Right to present defense witnesses whose presences has been requested, in writing, at least 48 hours prior to an Administrative Hearing or University Board of Student Conduct.
  • All hearings will be closed.  Hearing results will be held in confidence, except that the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students may determine that other Kettering University officials ought to be aware of the results, and will inform them.
  • Crime victims will be notified of hearing results, in accordance with existing federal, state, and local laws.

Kettering University has the right to request a student return to campus during a work- or off-term in order to expedite a case perceived as serious and pressing in nature. Students are entitled to the rights afforded by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Resolution Options

Administrative Hearing

In cases where charges do not appear to merit suspension or expulsion, or in cases which the accused does not contest the charges, the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students may designate an Administrative Hearing Officer (AHO), usually the Chief Student Judicial Officer.  The AHO will investigate the case and conduct a hearing with the accused.  Administrative Hearings accommodate all those rights and procedures accorded to students by the University’s judicial policies.  Following the hearing, the AHO will provide the student with written notification of the results of the hearing, as well as information about the appeals process. 

University Board of Student Conduct

The Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students designates a Judicial board, or University Board of Student Conduct (UBSC) whenever charges may result in suspension or expulsion, including all cases involving academic misconduct.  In these cases, the Chief Student Judicial Officer of the University chairs the UBSC, comprised of a minimum of three members of the Kettering community and including representatives from faculty, staff, and students.  The Chief Student Judicial Officer investigates the charges and prepares the case for presentation to the UBSC.  All presentations include resolution options.  The UBSC makes recommendations to the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students, who may endorse, alter, or dismiss them. 

Other Resolution Options

The Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students may, after consultation with the involved parties, provide other avenues of resolution, including mediation and/or conciliation.

Administrative and Judicial Board Hearings Decisions

All decisions will be based only on documents, testimony, and evidence presented at administrative and judicial board hearings.

Judicial Affairs Sanctions

The University has the right to enforce a variety of sanctions upon students who are found to have violated the Code of Student Conduct.  They include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Creation of a Judicial File
    The University applies this sanction whenever the Chief Student Judicial Officer or other hearing officer[s] uphold charges against a student for violating the Kettering Code of Student Conduct, yet it appears that interviews and counseling associated with the pre-hearing and hearing are sufficient to deter further violation.  The Chief Student Judicial Officer creates an official file detailing the student’s offense.
  • Judicial Warning
    A Judicial Warning consists of a formal, written notice that the student has violated the Code of Student Conduct and that any future violation will result in more serious consequences.
  • Restitution and/or Fines
    When a violation of the Code of Student Conduct results in costs to other students, Kettering University, or others, a student may be required to make restitution and/or pay a fine.  The University applies fines to community endeavors.
  • Community Service
    This sanction requires students to contribute a fixed number of hours, without compensation, to benefit the University or the local community.  The University retains the right to require that students complete community service with particular organizations it specifies. 
  • Judicial Probation
    Judicial probation implies a medial status between good standing at Kettering, and suspension or expulsion.  A student on Judicial Probation will be permitted to remain enrolled at Kettering University under certain stated situational conditions, depending on the nature of the violation and the potential learning value that may be derived from such conditions.  Usually, Judicial Probation extends over a stated period, during which it is clearly understood that the student is subject to further disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion, if the student violates the terms of probation or in any way fails to conduct him/herself as a responsible member of the Kettering University community.  Judicial Probation serves as a final warning to the student to re-evaluate and modify his/her unacceptable behavior.  Students on Judicial Probation will not be allowed to represent the University in any formal manner and may not serve in a student leadership position during the period of probation.  Knowledge of a student’s Judicial Probation status may be made known to others at the University on a need-to-know basis.
  • Interim Suspension and/or Altered Privileges
    Kettering imposes interim suspension when it appears the accused poses a threat to him/herself or others at the University.  It may also be imposed following allegations of sexual or physical assault, drug use and/or distribution, threats of violence, etc.
    The Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students or designate may alter or suspend the privileges/rights of a student to be present on campus and/or to attend classes for an interim period prior to the resolution of a judicial proceeding.  Decisions of this sort will be based upon whether the allegation of misconduct appears reliable and whether the student’s continued presence reasonably poses a threat to the physical or emotional condition and/or well-being of any individual, including the accused student’s.  Interim suspension may also be imposed when the accused student’s continued presence appears to disrupt the University’s regular or special functions, or threatens the safety or welfare of university property.
    Interim suspension and/or altered privileges remain in effect until a final decision is made on a pending incident.  The Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students or designate may repeal interim suspension or altered privileges at his/her discretion.
  • Suspension
    Suspension—an involuntary separation of a student from Kettering University—implies and states a time for return to the university.  Suspension may extend for a school and/or work term, for a specified period, until a specified date, or until a stated condition is met.  A University Board of Conduct may recommend suspension, but only the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students may impose it.
  • Expulsion
    Expulsion—a permanent involuntary separation of a student from Kettering University—may be recommended by a University Board of Conduct, but only the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students may impose it. 
  • Notification of Sanction to Co-Op Employers
    The University has the right and responsibility to notify a student’s co-op employer whenever the student is found to have violated the Kettering Code of Student Conduct. 

Students’ Use of Technology

The use of any personal computational or communications devices in the classroom, not otherwise governed by University or course policies, is subject to the approval of the instructor.  This includes, but is not limited to, the use of calculators, computers, personal digital assistants, text pagers, and cell phones.  Any use of such devices without the instructor’s approval is prohibited.  The use of such devices without permission of the instructor may be considered disruptive behavior.  Students who persist in such activity may be subject to the University’s “Dismissal Due to Disruptive Behavior” policy. 

The use of electronic devices to facilitate an act of academic misconduct, such as cheating or plagiarism, will be considered a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and adjudicated by Judicial Affairs.

Students are expected to familiarize themselves with Kettering University’s Acceptable Use Policy, posted on the “Policies and Standards” section of the Information Technology website (

Dismissal from Class Due to Disruptive Behavior

Whenever an enrolled student’s presence or behavior in class disrupts the learning environment and, in the faculty member’s opinion, undermines the best interests of the class and/or the student, the faculty member may request in writing (with a copy to the appropriate Department Head) that the student be issued an administrative dismissal.  The faculty member should discuss the student’s behavior with the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students (VPSL) and/or her designate, who will meet with the faculty member to discuss the alleged incident.  The VPSL will also meet with the student to determine possible judicial action after determining whether or not the student’s behavior violated the Kettering Code of Student Conduct.  The VPSL will either appoint a judicial officer to adjudicate the matter or refer it for action by a University Board of Student Conduct. If the dismissal occurs by Friday of seventh week, student will receive a grade of W (withdrawal).  If the dismissal occurs after Friday of seventh week, student will receive a non-passing grade.

Harassment and Discrimination Policies

Kettering University expects all students, faculty, and staff to contribute to a productive learning environment by demonstrating behavior that neither interferes with another individual’s performance nor creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile environment.  The University will not tolerate harassment or discrimination in any forms, regardless of intent and/or the victim’s reaction.


The University prohibits all sexual harassment and/or offensive conduct, on campus and in students’ work section communities.  Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual flirtation, touching, verbal or physical advances or propositions; verbal abuse of a sexual nature;  graphic or suggestive comments about an individual’s dress or body; sexually degrading words to describe an individual; the display, in the workplace, of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, including nude photographs.  Behavior constitutes sexual harassment when it is unwelcome and it interferes with the ability of another person to carry out his/her responsibilities, creates a hostile work environment; or its expression implies that acceptance of the behavior is a condition of course registration, course completion, course evaluation , or employment. 

If you believe the words or actions of a University employee or student on campus constitutes unwelcome harassment, take the following steps:

  • Inform him or her that his/her actions are unwelcome and the harassing behavior must cease.
  • Keep a written record of the details (including time, date, what was said, or what was done).
  • Report the discrimination to the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students, the Director of Human Resources, other University officials, or via our Non-Academic Grievance Form, available in the Student Life Office, Academic Services, the Wellness Center, Thompson Hall, and online at the Student Life website. 

If harassment occurs at your work site, you should report it to your supervisor or the appropriate person as directed by your employee handbook, as well as to your Cooperative Education Manager/Educator.  Enlist the counsel of a trusted advisor, if necessary, to report sexual harassment whenever it occurs.  The University pledges that all complaints of harassment will be investigated promptly and will pursue a timely resolution, which the appropriate University officials will communicate to the parties involved.  We will maintain confidentiality to the extent reasonably possible. 


Kettering University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, height, weight, marital, military or disability status or any other basis protected by federal or state law.  Discrimination includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Preventing any person from using University facilities or services because of that person’s gender, race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight or marital status.
  • Making determinations regarding a person’s salary based on gender, race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight or marital status.
  • Denying a person access to an educational program based on that person’s gender, race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight or marital status.
  • Instigating or allowing an environment that is unwelcoming or hostile based on a person’s gender, race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight or marital status.
  • Denying raises, benefits, promotions, leadership opportunities or performance evaluations on the basis of a person’s gender, race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, veteran status, height, weight or marital status.

If discrimination takes place at your work site, you should report it to your supervisor or the appropriate person as directed by your employee handbook, as well as to your co-op manager.  Enlist the counsel of a trusted advisor, if necessary, to report discrimination whenever it occurs.  The University pledges that all complaints of discrimination will be investigated promptly and will pursue a timely resolution, which the appropriate University officials will communicate to the parties involved.  We will maintain confidentiality to the extent reasonably possible. 

If you believe the words or actions of a University employee or student constitutes discrimination, take the following steps:

  • Inform him or her that his/her actions are unwelcome and the discriminating behavior must cease.
  • Keep a written record of the details (including time, date, what was said, or what was done).
  • Report the discrimination to the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students, the Director of Human Resources, other University officials, or via our Non-Academic Grievance Form, available in the Student Life, Academic Services, the Wellness Center, Thompson Hall, and online at the Student Life website. 

Health and Wellness Services                   


A licensed practical nurse is available during regular business hours.  The nurse provides college specific nursing care and promotes health, wellness and preventive care for the student population.  Care received in the Wellness Center is nurse-directed and based on physician approved clinical protocols. 

All currently enrolled Kettering University students may utilize the center services.  Services are free with the exception of a small charge for certain vaccinations and screening (TB screening, influenza).  Students may drop in during business hours or call ahead to make an appointment. Services and programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Treatment of minor ailments and injuries (such as scrapes, colds, flu, minor injuries)
  • Advise on effective self-care and well-being
  • Drug and alcohol counseling and resources
  • Referrals to community healthcare providers
  • Stress management
  • Wellness workshops

Where appropriate, our LPN will refer students to a physician at McLaren Family Medicine Residency Center, located less than two miles from campus. Kettering University Campus Safety unit will provide transportation to students at no cost.

Off-Campus:  McLaren Family Medicine Residency Center - An Affiliate of Kettering University

3230 Beecher Road, Suite #1
Flint, MI 48532
(810) 342-5656

Business Hours:    
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M., Tuesday, Thursday

Acute Care Hours:
12:30-1:15 P.M., Monday-Friday (Drop-in; first-come, first-served; time listed is the sign-in period each day - clinic will see all those signed-in that afternoon)

All students, whether referred by the Wellness Center or self-referred, may utilize the services of McLaren Family Medicine Residency Center physicians by making an appointment or dropping by the Acute Care clinic during the posted hours.  McLaren will bill students’ insurance companies and coordinate insurance benefits and referrals for treatment.  Students must present their Kettering ID and health insurance cards at each visit.  Students are responsible for co-payments and uncovered costs.

Counseling Services

The Wellness Center provides individual counseling to students who experience psychological, behavioral, or learning difficulties whenever they occur.  Counselors are available by appointment. Students can drop by or call the Wellness Center to make an appointment. Some issues that a counselor can help with include, but are not limited to:

  • Disability accommodations
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Stress and/or other emotional difficulties
  • Grief and loss issues
  • Alcohol or other drug use
  • Transition to college life
  • Harassing and bullying issues
  • Workshops on a variety of topics

24/7 Crisis Counseling

Crisis counseling is available by phone at (800)273-TALK.  Students in crisis (whether on campus, at a co-op assignment or elsewhere) should utilize the Suicide Prevention Hotline; available 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Disability Services

Kettering University provides disability services in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (1990) and its amendments, along with state and local regulations regarding students, employees, and applicants with disabilities. Under these laws, no qualified individual with a disability shall be denied access to participation in services, programs, and/or activities at Kettering University.  In carrying out Kettering‘s policy regarding disabled students, employees and applicants, we recognize mobility, sensory, medical, psychological, and learning disabilities.  We attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for these disabilities for all students who meet the criteria described in the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Any Kettering student who has been diagnosed with a physical, medical, psychological, or learning disability, or suspects that s/he may have one, must contact the Wellness Center.  The staff will evaluate the required documentation in support of the claim of disability and make an assessment of a student‘s needs on a case-by-case basis.  The Wellness Center will then make recommendations for the appropriate services and accommodations necessary to meet the legal requirements as required by law.  The Center will inform faculty and staff who may be responsible for providing the services and/or accommodations.  Each term, students must meet with each professor to arrange individual accommodations.

Prospective students in the admissions process should contact the Wellness Center as soon as possible to discuss appropriate documentation needed to verify a disability and to identify the type of services, accommodations, and adaptive equipment that may be necessary. 

Mandatory Health Insurance

Kettering University requires all enrolled students to carry health insurance coverage.  Students who have coverage through their parents or other means must provide proof of health insurance once a year through a third part, AIG Educational Markets, which verifies coverage through their online system.  Students who fail to provide proof of health insurance through the verification process will automatically be enrolled in AIG Student Health Insurance Plan, at a cost of $1,260.00 for coverage from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.  No exceptions will be made.  The 2013-14 verification period beings May 20, 2013 and concludes July 31, 2013.  Students and parents may contact AIG Educational Markets at 888.722.1668 for further information.


We are not permitted by law to disclose any medical information to a parent or guardian without the consent of the student unless the student is mentally incapacitated or threatens to harm him/herself or someone else. When parents call us with a concern, we contact the student directly to request permission to speak with you. If you wish to share medical information with your parents, you must complete and submit to the Wellness Center a Release of Information, which may be downloaded at the Wellness Center website.  

Campus Safety and Other Services                   

Campus Safety

Kettering University Campus Safety provides 24-hour safety and security services, 365 days a year, to promote a safe learning environment for students.  Campus Safety officers provide the following services:

  • Student assistance
  • Crime prevention
  • Complaints and crime investigations
  • Emergency management
  • General patrol of the Kettering campus
  • Information and central communication center
  • Security of buildings
  • Safety and fire inspections
  • Register student and employee vehicles
  • Lost and found
  • Identification of your valuables
  • An escort service  for a student or employee leaving a campus building alone at night
  • A monthly summary of campus safety activity (published on the Campus Safety website)
  • Enforce parking regulations

Kettering University contracts with the City of Flint Police Department to provide around the clock patrols of the campus and the surrounding neighborhood.

In the event of an emergency on campus, DIAL 911 from any campus telephone, or (810) 762-9501, and the Campus Safety Desk Officer will assist you, including calling emergency response personnel. 

The Campus Safety office is located on the second (ground) floor of the Campus Center. 

The Campus Bookstore

The Campus Bookstore is a Virtual Online Bookstore.  The Virtual Bookstore is operated by MBS Direct for the University.  We offer new, used, and digital textbooks, along with textbook rentals.  The online store also offers Book Buyback and a wide variety of items, including school supplies, electronic technology, and a selection of Kettering attire.  

The Virtual Bookstore accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards, as well as checks and money orders.  

 The C-Store

The on campus convenience store, generally referred to as the “C-Store,” is located in the Campus Center (CC) in the Sunset Café, located in the southwest corner off the Great Court. We offer convenience foods, Starbucks coffee and lattes, along with everyday essentials, "Bulldog Wear" apparel, and accessories. 

The C-Store is open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. We accept cash, checks, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards.

Community Service/Student Civic Engagement Center

The Student Civic Engagement Center (SCEC) is home to the community service, philanthropic, and voluntary organizations on campus, including Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Green Engineering Organization (GEO), realSERVICE, Relay for Life, and Up ‘Til Dawn. It also serves as the communications center for volunteer requests and community outreach opportunities for our students, as well as for coordinating CollegeTown service activities with UM-Flint, Baker College, and Mott Community College. Kettering students staff the center, under the direction of the Student Life office.

Food Services

Sodexo, a provider of food services to colleges and universities throughout the country, operates several venues to serve the campus community, including dining rooms, beverage and snack vending machines, etc.  All first-year students who reside in Thompson Hall are required to purchase a board plan during their residency.  Current information including hours of operations may be found on the Kettering Dining Services Website

Greek Life

Fraternities and sororities have played an important role in the collegiate experience at Kettering since the school’s beginnings in the early 20th century. Currently, over 35% of our students belong to Greek organizations, which include 13 fraternities and 5 sororities. The Greek Life motto, “Civita, Scientia, Officium, Duces,” translates to community, knowledge, service, leaders, and describes the four cornerstones of the Greek experience at Kettering University. These organizations offer many opportunities to meet new people, build life-long friendships, practice and hone leadership and management skills, and in many cases, to provide a home away from home through available housing.  Members are expected to strive for academic excellence and to serve local and national communities by donating time and raising money for a variety of philanthropic causes.

Alpha Phi Alpha
Beta Theta Pi
Delta Chi
Delta Tau Delta
Lambda Chi Alpha
Kappa Alpha Psi
Phi Delta Theta
Phi Gamma Delta
Pi Kappa Alpha
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Chi
Sigma Nu
Theta Xi

Alpha Gamma Delta
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Alpha Phi
Alpha Sigma Alpha
Delta Sigma Theta

Kettering University endorses the College Fraternity Executives Association (CFEA) statement on hazing, which strictly prohibits its use and imposes severe sanctions on Greek letter organizations that engage in it. The CFEA hazing policy is contained in the “Statement of Relationship between Kettering University and Fraternities and Sororities,” to which all Greek letter organizations must subscribe. All activities sponsored by our fraternities and sororities must be consistent with their founding principles, as well as with the educational mission of the university. They must also comply with federal and state laws, and Kettering University policies.

Kagle Leadership Initiatives (KLI)

Through the Kagle Leadership Initiatives (KLI), Kettering students nurture academic excellence and promote urban leadership qualities and civic engagement among Flint area youth and their families to increase college attendance and graduation and foster life-long community involvement. KLI sponsors a variety of enrichment programs and activities, including mentoring, tutoring, coaching, and targeted special seminars such as taking the ACT/SAT, gaining admission to college, finding financial aid, and managing peer pressure and social acceptance.  Students who are interested in making a difference in the Flint community are encouraged to apply for Mentor, Coach, or Tutor roles.  Application dates vary throughout the year.

Library Services

Kettering University has a library on campus.  Refer to the Library Services section of this catalog for more information. 

Multi-Cultural Student Initiatives (OMSI)

The Office of Multi-Cultural Student Initiatives works to ensure students of color thrive and succeed at Kettering University.  OMSI provides academic support services for students to facilitate their retention and graduation.  It also creates and implements special activities and events geared toward creating positive self-images and professional development skills.  The office provides pre-college programs to increase the pool of students of color qualified to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business. 

OMSI provides these services for students of color:

  • Academic Advising
  • Academic Excellence Workshops
  • Career Counseling
  • Financial Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Personal Counseling
  • Pre-college Programs     
  • Recruitment
  • Scholarships                   
  • Tutoring         

New Student Orientation:  COMPASS and Camp COMPASS

Our new student orientation program, COMPASS (Campus Orientation Meetings to Prepare Students for Academic and Social Success), provides new students with information and social opportunities that will facilitate a smooth transition to Kettering University. Carried out over four days immediately preceding the beginning of new students’ first academic term, COMPASS presents students with a wide variety of opportunities for integration into the campus community, including meeting and getting to know faculty, staff, and students; learning where to obtain specific services and transact business, finding out where to get help, etc.  All new students must complete COMPASS prior to attending classes for the first time. 

Camp COMPASS, an off-campus leadership development program, is offered each Summer and Fall to new students and a select group of Kettering’s student leaders. We encourage new students to take advantage of this unique program, designed to jump start their first year experience.


Parking of all motor vehicles at Kettering University is by permit only.  Parking for students, faculty and staff is allowed in designated permit lots only when vehicles are properly registered and display the appropriate parking identification. Parking permits may be obtained at the Campus Safety office located in the Campus Center.  All campus visitors must register their vehicles with the Campus Safety office and obtain a Visitor’s Permit.  Parking regulations are posted throughout campus and on the Campus Safety web site.   

Parents’ Advisory Council 

The Kettering University Parents’ Advisory Council provides a channel of communication between parents and the University. It enables Kettering to address the special interests and concerns of parents and provides a means for the exchange of ideas and support.

Professional Societies

Professional societies offer career development opportunities to students, as well as regional and national activities. Fourteen are represented on the Kettering campus: 

  • American Chemical Society           
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics      
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • American Marketing Association   
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineering
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • American Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Society of Physics                                          
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 
  • Society of Women Engineers

Each society has its own faculty advisor. Consult the Student Handbook for further information. 

Recreation Services

Recreation Services provides facilities and programs to meet the recreational and fitness interests of the Kettering community and their families. Opportunities exist to practice and learn skills which lead to healthy and satisfying life-styles. Numerous competitive and cooperative activities provide an ideal environment to test one’s skills and to develop athletic competency.

The Recreation Center features an open multi-sports forum with wood and synthetic flooring. It includes five volleyball courts or four basketball courts or two tennis courts. This area is also used for indoor soccer, the semi-annual graduation ceremonies, and an annual Robotics competition. Other amenities include three racquetball/wallyball courts, one squash court, a 1/8 mile suspended jogging track, locker rooms, steam rooms, 25-yard six-lane pool, spa, group exercise room, Fitness Room with Magnum, Life Fitness, and other exercise equipment, Weight Room featuring Cybex equipment, equipment issue area, Student Lounge, Sargent Alumni Lounge, and staff offices.

Fitness programs including aerobics, water aerobics, yoga, body fat testing, indoor cycling, and walking programs. Clinics to familiarize students with Recreation Center equipment and fitness assessments are available for students. A number of instructional programs including scuba, Learn to Swim, Running for Fitness, and Karate are offered.

Reservations and drop-in play are accommodated. Memberships are available for individuals residing with students.  A publication entitled “Recreation Center Guidelines” is published annually to aid members in use of the facility. A validated Kettering University ID card is required for access to the Recreation Center.

Special Campus Programs

Fine and Performing Arts

Opportunities to participate in a variety of fine and performing arts are available to Kettering University students.  Band, choir, watercolor painting, clay hand-modeling, photography and piano and guitar lessons have been offered dependent upon student interest.

Flint Area Public Affairs Debates

Kettering University co-sponsors the Flint Area Public Affairs Debates (FAPAD), a program devoted to promoting public understanding of critical political and social issues. Since its founding in 1986 by local educational institutions, a member of the Department of Liberal Studies has represented the university on the planning committee. The FAPAD provides four panel discussions or debates each year on such topics as strategies for improving Flint’s business climate, the costs and benefits of increased homeland security, and the advantages and disadvantages of school vouchers. Debates take place at venues throughout Flint.

Global Issues Film Festival

The Global Issues Film Festival is presented annually to increase awareness of global issues among students and within the local community.  Organized by the Department of Liberal Studies and jointly sponsored by Kettering University and Mott Community College, prize-winning documentaries from around the world are shown at both campuses. Every festival features discussions with filmmakers about the craft of filmmaking and the issues that stimulated the making of the films. 

Student Life Programs

The Student Life Programs office coordinates the development and implementation of programs and services that enrich student’s collegiate experiences and facilitate personal growth.

(Kettering) Student Government

Kettering Student Government incorporates Student Senate, Operations Council, Academic Council, and Finance Council. Each year, the student body elects class representatives to the Student Senate, along with the Student Senate President, Vice President, and Administrator.  This group’s primary charge is to determine student needs, set guidelines and priorities for meeting these needs, and to ratify the President’s appointment of a Director of Operations and a Treasurer.

The Student Senate oversees the general operation, approves planned programs and budget, and makes certain that actions of the Operations Council and Finance Council are consistent with the Student Government Constitution. The Student Senate also hears any appeals or grievances brought before it involving matters of constitutional interpretation.

Operations Council is responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting a comprehensive program of activities that meet the students’ needs identified by the Student Senate. Areas of planned activities include such things as intramural athletic events, social events, special interest clubs, major events, production of the student newspaper, and management of WKUF radio station. The Director of Operations is responsible for appointing student chairpersons to the Operations Council.

Academic Council (AC) serves as the Student Government’s primary channel of lobbying for student interest in academic matters. A few of the main objectives for AC are to create and evaluate proposals pertaining to University Policies and practices, investigate issues concerning academic quality for students of the University, and recommend the approval of resolutions and specific courses of actions concerning academic affairs.

Finance Council is responsible for maintaining up-to-date accounting records for each programming account, maintaining equipment inventories, formulation of the budget, and purchasing new equipment for students.

Women’s Resource Center/Office of Women Student Affairs

The Clara Elizabeth Davidson Women’s Resource Center serves as a focal point for all women on campus and provides both a place and a forum for programs that enhance their academic, professional, and personal development. Each term, the WRC presents weekly programs planned and carried out by students, as well as a number of special events designed to ensure women’s full participation in the professions. 

Kettering’s Office of Women Student Affairs (OWSA) provides leadership concerning women’s issues to ensure our students live and learn in a productive climate that encourages them to reach their full potential. The OWSA sponsors a wide variety of resources for current and potential women students so they have the knowledge and information necessary to pursue their interests.

Honor Societies

Alpha Pi Mu is a national industrial engineering honor society. The eligibility of industrial engineering students is based upon superior scholarship and character of a fiduciary nature. Members of Alpha Pi Mu work responsibly to further the ideals and aims of the engineering profession.

Eta Kappa Nu is a national electrical and computer engineering honor society and has its Theta Epsilon Chapter at Kettering. Electrical engineering students who rank in the top quarter of their class are admitted after their junior year. Students ranking in the top third of their class are admitted after they become degree seniors.

Gamma Sigma Alpha is a national honor society that promotes intellectual interaction between Greek students and the academic community.

Gamma Sigma Epsilon is a national honor society recognizing scholarship in the field of chemistry has its Eta Beta Chapter at Kettering University. Its aim is to promote professionalism and scholarship in chemistry and the general welfare of its members.

Kappa Mu Epsilon was founded to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. This is fostered by activities such as outside speakers, films, student presentations, and participation in events such as National Mathematics Awareness Week.

National Order of Omega is a national honor society for fraternity members who have attained a high standard of leadership in inter-Greek activities.

Phi Eta Sigma, a national freshman honor society. To become a lifetime member, a student must qualify during one of the two freshman semesters. Normally about 5 percent of the class will achieve this scholastic honor.

Pi Tau Sigma, a national mechanical engineering honor society, selects members from the top-ranked junior and senior students on the basis of personality, leadership, and probable future success in mechanical engineering. The largest local chapter of this society is Kettering’s Delta Chi Chapter.

Professional Leadership Honor Society Professional Leadership Honor Society, formerly Management Honor Society is an organization comprised of upperclassmen who have demonstrated leadership potential as evaluated by the management of their co-op employer. All members are appointed for one academic year. Activities consist of lunch and dinner meetings each year.  Speakers are leading executives in industry and business. Members are given an opportunity to ask questions of these top executives and become acquainted with their ideas, backgrounds, and managerial philosophies. 

Rho Lambda is a national honor society recognizing Panhellenic women with the highest qualities of leadership and service to their sorority.

Robots This honor society was organized in 1928 for the purpose of giving recognition to those students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, citizenship, and service to the Kettering community. Scholastic standing is an added criterion for election.

Sigma Alpha Chi is a Kettering scholastic honor society founded in 1970 for the purpose of recognizing high scholarship among management students at Kettering.

Sigma Pi Sigma is a national honor society which exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics. Membership is open to any student who has completed at least four courses in physics at Kettering, who ranks in the top third of their graduating class. Membership in the Society of Physics Students is also required.

Tau Beta Pi is a national engineering honor society and has its Michigan Zeta Chapter at Kettering. This association offers appropriate recognition to engineering students for scholarship and exemplary character.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon is an international computer science honor society and has its Michigan Epsilon chapter at Kettering. Its mission is to recognize academic excellence in computer science. Students qualify for membership as seniors by being in the top third of computer science majors in their graduating class.

Clubs and Organizations

Kettering University Clubs and Organizations Recognized by Kettering Student Government (KSG)

KSG recognizes a variety of campus clubs and organizations which operate under the Constitution of Kettering Student Government.  Students may obtain further information regarding these groups, and procedures on how they can start their own, through the Student Life office. 

Aerospace Club:  To promote interest in careers in aerospace and aviation.
Allies:  Provides resources and support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students.
Airsoft Club:  To provide a structured environment for interested students to learn the fundamentals of the sport of Airsoft.
Anime Club:  The promotion, viewing, and discussion of the Japanese style of animation.
Aquaneers:  Scuba diving club.
Asian American Association (AAA):  Supports and celebrates the various cultural heritages of Asian-descent students.
Black Unity Congress (BUC):  Organizes activities to unify, stimulate discussion, and educate students about African-Americans and others.
Chemistry Club:  Dedicated to advancing knowledge about chemistry.
Chemical Engineering Club:  Offers support and resources to chemical engineering students.
Chess Club:  Kettering students play, compete, and enjoy the game of chess.
Christians in Action (A-Section):  Christian campus ministry.
Cliffhangers/Rock Climbing:  Rock climbing at off-campus facilities.
Dance Club: Learn swing dancing, salsa, and other styles of dance.
Fencing Club:  Provides training and competitive opportunities to students interested in fencing.
Firebirds:   Automotive enthusiasts participate in competitive events, shows, instruction, tools, and facilities.
FIRST Robotics:  Competitive robotic challenges.
Gaming Society: Members host matches and tournaments each semester playing Bridge, Euchre and other card games; role-playing games; board games such as Chess, Battletech, StarCraft, WarCraftII, and Magic; and others.
Golf Club:  Members play golf.
Green Engineers Organization: Hosts eco-friendly activities and events.
Grill Club:  Expands Kettering Student’s knowledge of the art of grilling.
Hockey Team:  Members play regional teams through the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference.
International Club:  Members learn about history, world views, and diverse cultures.
Jazz Band:  Musicians play jazz, rock, swing, and other styles of music.
Karate Club:  Promotes the martial arts. Members who train regularly have the opportunity to join the World Tang Soo Do Association and to test for belts.
Kettnetic Thunder Ultimate Frisbee Team: Kettering's team competes in USA Ultimate college season and includes both A and B section members.
Kettering Crusade for Christ (B-Section):  Christian campus ministry.
KLUG:  Kettering Linux Users Group.
Laser Tag:  Members play laser tag.
Mudboggers/Off Road Club:  Sponsors trips to various off-road venues; promotes responsible four-wheeling.
Open Source Club:  Furthers student knowledge of open source software.
Outdoors Club:  Promotes outdoors activities, appreciation for nature, and sportsmanship through hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, skiing, white-water rafting, and canoeing.
Paintball Club: Members play indoor and outdoor paintball.
Physics Club:  To promote interest in Physics and related career fields.
Pre-Med Club:  Open to all students who have an interest in medicine.
Real Service: Promotes and sponsors opportunities for volunteerism and community service.
Soccer Club:  Members participate in scrimmages and sport club matches. The club also participates in city-wide leagues and tournaments.
Student Newspaper:  Members produce the Technician, published monthly as the voice of Kettering students.
Trap and Skeet Club: Members, through training and educational sessions, learn how to shoot trap and skeet, sporting clays, .22 caliber rifles, and pistols. Hunting and firearm safety courses are also offered.
Welding Club:  Instruction in welding technology.
WKUF-FM:  Members operate a low-power radio station at 94.3 in Flint. 

Student Housing

On Campus Student Housing

Frances Willson Thompson Hall provides an on-campus living and learning community for all students. Several living options are available, including co-ed, single gender, and 24-hour quiet, units. Thompson Hall’s design affords maximum individual privacy, with each resident receiving their own room and unit groupings of 30-40 residents per unit.  Resident Assistants staff individual units.   RAs and professional staff carry out programs and activities which contribute to students’ personal maturation. Residential Peer Tutors, upper class students with exemplary academic performance, provide tutoring, at no cost, in a variety of subjects.

All first year students, except those who are married or over 21 years of age, are required to live in Frances Willson Thompson Hall for a minimum of two academic terms. Transfer students who have completed one year of residence life elsewhere may request a waiver of the housing residency requirement. Waivers should be sent to the Director of Residence Life at least 30 days prior to enrollment. 

The residence hall is air conditioned, heated, and networked for internet .  Each student’s room is equipped with a bed, desk, dresser(s), bookshelf, closet space, a Micro Fridge, telephone jack, a computer jack, and a cable television outlet.

Off-Campus Student Housing

As a service to Kettering students, the University provides the opportunity for individuals, companies, and firms to publicize available off-campus housing through Kettering’s housing portal. 

The University does not investigate, endorse, or guarantee the suitability of those who respond to the listings. Users of this service communicate and contract with each other individually and at their own risk. The University and employees of Kettering University are not liable for any actions occurring as a result of arrangements made between users of this service or for any errors or omissions made in compilation or printing of the listings.