Co-op Office Response to COVID-19

The Cooperative Education Office in the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering at BGSU is dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of its students, employers, faculty, staff, and all stake holders during these unprecedented times in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are committed to maintaining the integrity of the co-op program while also supporting students' efforts to complete these requirements with no loss of time toward degree completion. We understand employers' needs and expectations may be altered at this time, and for the foreseeable future, due to COVID-19 and social distancing protocol. To address these concerns and support both students and employers in these difficult times, the Co-op Office has made some concessions to the standing co-op program requirements as listed below.

COVID-19 Co-op Requirements and Concessions

  • Co-op duties must be related to the students major.
  • Student must be supervisor by an employer/mentor during their co-op.
  • Students may work at a professional location if appropriate for their personal health and well-being and/or may work remotely for their co-op if allowed by their employer.
  • Students cannot be self-employed.
  • Students should work full-time, 40 hours/week for one semester or part-time, 20 hours/week for two consecutive semesters.
    • Work hours that stray from the minimum work hours requirements and work dates that stray from the academic semester dates may be considered. 
  • The student receives compensation for their employment as set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor.  

Frequently Asked Questions

If your co-op is suspended due to COVID-19 contact the co-op office immediately via e-mail or phone to discuss. Students will still be required to successfully complete the required co-op report and photo. 

Students should check the co-op course shell in Canvas for their scores.  

  • Students must earn an 11/11 on their co-op report and 1/1 on their co-op photo to earn an ‘S’.
  • Students should consult with their assigned co-op faculty representative regarding revisions if needed.
  • Grades will be posted at end of semester.


If your part-time co-op is suspended due to COVID-19 contact the co-op office immediately. To earn credit for a co-op you must successfully complete the required co-op report and photo. 

Students should check the co-op course shell in Canvas for their scores. 

  • Students must earn an 11/11 on their co-op report and 1/1 on their co-op photo to earn an ‘S’.
  • Students should consult with their assigned co-op faculty representative regarding revisions if needed.
  • Grades will be posted at end of semester.

The Co-op Office is allowing for some flexibility for postponed start dates and work weeks/hours that stray from the typical requirements during spring and summer 2021, if reasonable.

The College is allowing students to work remotely through summer 2021 semester if allowed by your employer.

Complete the co-op registration application and indicate the following:

  • List the physical location of the company head quarters
  • When it asks ‘Is the location of your position the same as employer location listed above?’
    • Select NO
    • Enter ‘Working Remotely’ and list your current Address, City, State of position location.

Yes, your assigned co-op faculty representative will still conduct the co-op site review by phone or video conference.  Please contact your co-op faculty representative directly to inquire when the site review will be conducted.

Notify the Co-op Office if your co-op offer is rescinded by the employer.  Also, if your co-op was already approved and you are already registered for a co-op course and you cannot complete the co-op you should drop the co-op course in your MyBGSU so that you don’t get charged.  

Please note: If it is the only course on your schedule, you will need to select withdraw from term for that semester to drop the course.

If you get another co-op offer or decide to add another course after you have withdrawn from term you will need to call Registration and Records at 419-372-8441 to request to be term activated.

Once that is complete you can then add a course or complete a new co-op registration application if you get a new co-op offer. 

Note: If there is another course you want to take, add that course first, then drop the co-op course. This will save the step of having to call Registration and Records to request to be term activated. 

Last date to drop dates  

You will need to complete a new Co-op Registration Application at www.bgsu.edu/techcoop.  The new co-op will be reviewed by the Co-op Office and your Department to determine if it meets the requirements.

If you are still registered for a co-op course, we will simply update the information in your file.  If you dropped the co-op course after your previous employer rescinded their offer, we will re-register you for the co-op. 

If you withdrew from term for the semester, you will need to call Registration and Records at 419-372-8441 to request to be term activated before you can be added to the course.

The College is committed to making sure students graduate on time. The Co-op Office and your Academic Advisor are here to help. 

Students whose graduation plan has been disrupted due to COVID-19 should consider the options listed below in conjunction with consultation from their Academic Advisor to determine the best possible solution for their individual situation.

  • Taking alternative summer courses and completing your co-op during a different semester.
  • Online courses combined with a, fulltime co-op during a different semester.
  • A part-time 20 hours/week two-consecutive semester co-op, which may be combined with online or face-to-face courses.
  • Attaining your final co-op during your last semester. (Your academic advisor can provide a letter of support for contingent upon graduation offers if needed).

No. As with any other course listed on your program check-sheet, the co-op course is a graduation requirement. If you have secured a co-op, you can still register it to fulfill your co-op requirements.  

Note: there are some previously approved exceptions for students who have military experience, one year of fulltime work experience in a position related to your major or have earned an associate or bachelor degree prior to entering the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering.  More information about co-op exceptions listed here.

If you are a senior who is scheduled to graduate upon successful completion of your final co-op you may use a permanent fulltime offer as a co-op.  Your Academic Advisor can offer a ‘letter of support’ for contingent upon graduation offers that the student has completed their graduation requirements except for their final co-op.  Please contact your Academic Advisor if you need a letter.

Need help?

If you are having difficulty finding an answer to a question or don't know where to start, please contact Associate Director of Cooperative Education, at coop@bgsu.edu or complete the form provided.

Submit a COVID-19 co-op question

The CTAAE Undergraduate Student Services team welcomes your questions as we work to develop a list of FAQ's with regard to this rapidly evolving situation. We are actively working to address your questions and share timely information.