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.

Spring 2021 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 for two consecutive semesters.
    • A minimum of 320 total work hours will be considered as meeting the requirements for a full-time spring co-op.  
    • Work dates that stray from the academic semester will be considered.
  • The student receives compensation for their employment as set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Spring 2021 Semester Co-op Alternative.

  1. TECH 2800 Professional Development is being offered as a substitute for your first co-op. This course cannot be taken in conjunction with TECH 2890, 3890, 4890, or 4950.
    Complete 2021 Spring Co-op Alternative TECH 2800 Professional Development interest form to be considered for the course.
  2. TECH 4950: Industrial Applied Research is being offered to students graduating at the end of spring 2021 who cannot attain a co-op due to COVID-19.   This 4-unit course offered by your department will substitute for a co-op and contribute toward required units to graduate.  This course cannot be taken in conjunction with TECH 2800, 2890, 3890, 4890.
    Complete 2021 Spring Co-op Alternative TECH 4950 interest form to be considered for the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students who were completing a spring 2020 full-time co-op that was suspended due to COVID-19 will have those hours forgiven and will earn credit for their co-op if they also 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 spring semester.

Students who were completing a fall 2019/spring 2020 part-time co-op that was suspended due to COVID-19 will have those hours forgiven and will earn credit for their co-op if they also 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 spring semester.

Student who were completing a spring/summer 2020 part-time co-op that was suspended due to COVID-19 should work remotely if possible, or return to their co-op if and when it is safe to do so and as appropriate for their personal situation, health and well-being. 

Students who registered for a part-time co-op during spring 2020 semester will be assigned an ‘IP’ (In Progress) grade at the end of spring 2020 semester as is the typical procedure for a part-time two semester co-op.

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

  • Students must successfully complete the required co-op report and photo and 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 updated at the end of summer semester. 
  • Students should contact the Co-op Office if they are not able to return to their co-op. Individual departments will be consulted for ‘make-up’ assignments on a case by case basis if needed. 

The Co-op Office is allowing for some flexibility for postponed start dates and work weeks/hours that stray from the typical requirements, with no less than 320 total work hours to be considered for an approved fulltime summer 2020 co-op. 

The College is allowing students to work remotely through summer 2020 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 is rescinded by the employer.  Also, if your co-op was already approved and you are already registered for the co-op course for summer 2020 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 summer schedule, you will need to select withdraw from term for summer 2020 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. 

Also, if there is a summer course you want to take, if the course is added first, then drop the co-op course it will save the additional step of you having to call Registration and Records request to be term activated. 

Last date to drop dates are listed here: https://www.bgsu.edu/content/dam/BGSU/registration/documents/acad-cal/RR-Academic-Cals-Summer.pdf. The co-op course is listed under the 12 week session 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 summer, 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).
  • TECH 4950: Juniors and seniors who were scheduled to graduate during summer, fall or spring semester may be eligible to take a TECH4950, 4 credit hour Industrial Research Course being offered summer and fall 2020 as a substitute for a TECH3890 or TECH4890 Co-op Course due to COVID19
  • TECH2800: If you have not completed your first co-op, TECH2800 Professional Development course is being offered summer and fall 2020 as a substitute to TECH2890 due to COVID19.

If you are a senior who was scheduled to graduate in spring, summer or fall 2020 upon successful completion of your final co-op you may be eligible to have your final co-op waived due to COVID19.  Contact mpartin@bgsu.edu for more information.

Additionally, there are some previously approved exceptions for students who meet the approved requirements as listed here

All other students, 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 if appropriate for your personal situation, health and well-being.

Please see additional concessions and alternatives as listed above.

If you are a senior who was scheduled to graduate in spring, summer or fall 2020 upon successful completion of your final co-op you may be eligible to have your final co-op waived.  Contact mpartin@bgsu.edu for more information.  

If you need the additional credit hours to meet minimum credit hour requirements for graduation, students may use their permanent fulltime offer as their final 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.