COVID-19 Related Information

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, the health and well-being of our campus community is a matter of great importance. Our top priority continues to be supporting students registered in The Office and Accessibility and the entire University of Akron community through the delivery of services and accommodations.

In order to ensure this priority is met, while still maintaining the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, The Office of Accessibility continues to offer appointments in various formats to meet the needs of students while monitoring recommendations of University Administration.

As we return to campus, current students already registered with the Office of Accessibility should log into STARS and their University email for frequent updates and critical communication from our office related to accommodations and services. Additionally, students should connect with their assigned Disability Specialist to help navigate current accommodation plans and to address any related concerns.

Students should email the Office of Accessibility at or their Disability Specialist directly with questions or to schedule virtual appointments.

We look forward to continuing to support our campus community and ensuring that our students receive the same exemplary service they have come to expect from our office.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination based on disability. The University may not discriminate against students who are qualified and are able to perform its essential functions, with or without accommodation. The ADA requires the University to make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. The ADA creates an exception for not providing accommodations which may pose a direct threat to others. A direct threat is defined as a significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of that student or others, which cannot be eliminated or reduced by a reasonable accommodation.

Students with COVID-19 related accommodation requests should complete the registration process outlined at, and each case will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine what accommodation is appropriate for the safety of the requester and students and faculty on campus.

As for this fall, the following changes will occur:

  • Pursuant to University policy and to keep all of us safe, The University of Akron, will require students and employees to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, inside campus buildings until circumstances change and to follow the University’s reporting and testing protocols.
  • Classes will be in person at full seating capacity.
  • More options will be available for in-person engagement and extended learning opportunities such as internships, co-ops, etc.
  • Residence halls will be open at near capacity. Study and social lounges will be open. In-person floor meetings and other social activities will be available.
  • On-campus dining with open seating will be available.
  • Campus celebrations, University/student organization and athletic events will resume in-person.
  • All student support services will be available in-person.