University and Myers School of Art Policies

The University Code of Student Conduct, Ethics and Standards

UA code of student conduct defines academic misconduct, it is your responsibility to know what constitutes academic misconduct and to seek clarification directly from the instructor if necessary.

All instances of academic misconduct are taken with utmost seriousness, and will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards as required by university procedures.

Student Conduct and Community Standards

The Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards believes in a commitment to advancing the following values: Integrity, Accountability, Respect, Advocacy, Learning and Personal Growth.

UA is an educational community of diverse peoples, processes and programs. While all of us have our individual backgrounds, outlooks, values and styles, we all share certain principles of personal responsibility, mutual respect and common decency.

Our campus culture requires that we maintain and extend those principles, for without them we cannot thrive as a humane and worthwhile university.

We share an expectation to uphold the following principles of culture as part of our responsibility to promote a civil climate for learning on our campus: Intellectual Culture, Culture of Diversity, Caring Culture, Culture of Civility and Responsible Culture.

Behavior that is disruptive to teaching or learning (in or out of the classroom) cannot be tolerated and students who exhibit these behaviors may be subject to disciplinary procedures as described by UA Undergraduate General Bulletin and available on the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards website.

Building Hours

Folk Hall will be open 7am-8:30pm Monday-Thursday and 7am-5pm on Friday. There will be no access with swipe for students in Spring 2021. This means no open studios beyond the building hours and students may not stay in the building when it locks.

Myers School of Art Attendance Policy

Students are required to attend all class meetings, whether held in-person or virtually. If health and safety protocols will prohibit you from attending a scheduled class, you must communicate that to your instructor promptly. Students are responsible for missed class content/assignments and must make up any lost work. Statistically, students who miss class, even if the absences are excused, do not perform as well as those who attend class regularly. Attendance will be taken during each class meeting; in online classes, students will be required to have their video on for attendance and portions of the class where participation is expected; the use of background filters is acceptable. If a student is having issues with using video due to difficulties with internet access or bandwidth, please contact the instructor. Students with more than one week’s worth of unexcused absences will be penalized; for each absence in excess of one week, your final course grade will drop by one grade (e.g., from B to B-). If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact the instructor.

For up-to-date information regarding on-campus rules and regulations, please visit the Return To Campus Page.

Title IX Information

The University of Akron-Title IX is committed to providing an environment free of all forms of discrimination, including sexual violence and sexual harassment. This includes instances of attempted and/or completed sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, gender-based stalking, and sexual harassment. If you (or someone you know) has experienced or is experiencing sexual violence or harassment, know that you are not alone. Help is available, regardless of when the violence or harassment occurred, and even if the person who did this is not a student, faculty or staff member.

Confidential help is available. If you wish to speak to a professional, in confidence, please contact:

Please know the majority of other University of Akron employees, including faculty members, are considered to be “responsible employees” under the law and are required to report sexual harassment and sexual violence. If you tell me about a situation, I will be required to report it to the Title IX Coordinator and possibly the police. You will still have options about how your case will be handled, including whether or not you wish to pursue a law enforcement or complaint process. You have a range of options available and we want to ensure you have access to the resources you need.

Title-IX provides information, resources, support and the University of Akron protocols for responding to sexual violence.

Accommodations | Office of Accessibility:

In accordance with University policy, students with a documented disability for which accommodations may be required should contact the Office of Accessibility:

Simmons Hall 105
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-6213
Phone: (330) 972-7928
TDD: (330) 972-5764
Fax: (330) 972-5422

Students should be certain their instructor has been notified of accommodations at the beginning of the term, since accommodations are not retroactive.

Given the nature and structure of all courses within the Myers School of Art, it is not always possible to offer flexibility for those with attendance accommodations. Accommodations must not fundamentally alter a course or degree program. Attendance is imperative to successful completion of courses, especially those with a studio format. The Myers School of Art will adhere to our stated attendance policy reported to NASAD, our accrediting body. Our policy states that a specific number of class hours must be met, and this must be enforced, regardless of accommodation or disability. Students should discuss concerns with faculty on a case-by-case basis.

Myers School-wide Studio Use Policy

Students are permitted to use the studio/lecture workspace, equipment, materials and faculty instruction for a course in which they are enrolled. The School policy restricts student's studio access and use to the corresponding room listed on their class schedule. If a student is not enrolled in a course, they are not permitted to use studio workspace, equipment, materials or faculty instruction. This policy exists to protect everyone's safety, and to preserve the financial resources obtained in the form of tuition and fees, paid by the students enrolled in courses.