Answers to your questions
Here are answers to the questions we are frequently hearing.
What about coursework that is due while classes are suspended?
Due dates should be adjusted so that nothing is due while classes are suspended. It’s best to think of the suspended class period of time as one extended spring break. Nothing is due during the break, but faculty may assign coursework now – reading, writing papers, take-home exams – that could be due on March 30, the day instruction resumes online.
Will the semester end on time?
The intention is to complete the semester as scheduled. At this time, the only change to the academic calendar is the extended spring break, and shifting the 2nd 8-week session to the following dates:
- First day of session, Monday, March 30
- Last day to add (without signatures), Tuesday, March 31
- Last day to drop (without WD), Friday, April 3
- Last day to withdraw (with WD), Tuesday, April 14
- Last day of instruction, Sunday, May 3
Are internships, co-ops, student teaching assignments and similar activities continuing?
Students should continue to attend internships and co-ops as long as the host permits. Exceptions:
- Education: AYA and middle-level social studies students: Pursuant to Gov. Mike DeWine's order that the public schools close for three weeks beginning March 16, all student teaching and field experiences are suspended. Please notify and work with your assigned teacher(s) during this transition to begin this transition starting March 16.
- Nursing: With the safety of all concerned, the administration has made the decision to cancel nursing clinicals until further notice.
Are labs and lab classes canceled as well?
Yes, laboratory courses are canceled, as the close proximity required of students working in the labs do not permit adequate social distancing. Students working with faculty members on individual research or studio projects should contact the chair/director of the department/school for guidance.
How does the class cancellation affect students in studio courses that use University equipment (i.e. photo, printmaking, etc.)?
Students should contact the respective department chair for guidance.
What about students who have no or inadequate access to internet?
Several internet providers have publicized offers to assist students See more info here.
What about University Libraries?
Bierce Library, Science & Technology Library, University Archives, and Computer Based Assessment & Evaluation are closed until further notice. The majority of staff at each location will be working remotely.
Local library, OhioLINK, and Interlibrary Loan materials previously requested to be picked up at Bierce Library or Science & Technology Library will be mailed by USPS to patrons who respond to the notification email with their current mailing address. University Libraries will extend material due dates and eliminate overdue fines when operations continue.
Questions about available library services can be submitted through ChatRef or AskUs at uakron.edu/libraries/ask.dot.
Will there be refunds since classes have been canceled for a period?
We are planning to provide a full semester of instruction and awarding full academic credit to those who satisfactorily fulfill course requirements. Thus, we are not planning to issue tuition and fee refunds.
A prorated credit for housing and meal plans will be given. See more.
Should I continue to make payment-plan payments on schedule?
Yes. Our page on the installment payment plan may be helpful.
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Based on recommendations from public health experts, UA has canceled all large-scale and non-essential University events. How do you define large-scale and non-essential?
Essential means the meeting/event is critical to the ongoing business or operations of the University. If it meets that requirement, then the meeting space must allow for 3 to 6 feet of social-distancing space to be maintained between participants. A meeting or event may convene only if both requirements are met.
What about food on campus?
As of March 25, Rob’s Café and its convenience store located in Robertson Dining Hall are open. Rob’s Café is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a “to go” format. The convenience store is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 1-800-250-8993 with questions.
Can student organizations hold on-campus meetings?
Student organizations should not meet on campus. This includes chapter meetings, alumni events and any gatherings. Groups can use the Meet app as part of your UA Gmail account.
Will Spring Commencement be held?
With the latest news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending against holding events of 50 or more people for at least the next two months, the University has decided that it is in the best interest of our campus community to postpone both our Spring Commencement ceremonies taking place May 8-10, and School of Law Commencement ceremonies on May 17.
Alternate dates have not yet been set. More details will be shared as soon as they are known.
Graduates will still have their degrees conferred on May 8-10 and May 17, and paper diplomas will be mailed a short time after.
What will happen to New Student Orientation sessions scheduled for March?
You will receive an email with information about new session dates.
Is the Rec Center open?
The Student Rec and Wellness Center, Ocasek Natatorium, and the Athletic Fieldhouse are closed.
Student Health Services will be open Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. In an attempt to comply with social distancing and decreasing risk of exposure to illnesses, all visits will be by appointment only. Student Health Services will continue to accommodate same-day appointments as necessary. Call 330-972-7808 to schedule an appointment. If prompted please, leave a voicemail so we can return the call and schedule an appointment for you.
Is the Jean Hower Taber Student Union open?
The Union is closed until further notice.
During our closure, the Department of Student Life will work remotely to continue business as usual. We will have limited access to our office phones. However, we have full access to email and will be more than happy to connect with you. Here's our contact information.
Is Career Services open?
Yes, Career Services staff will work remotely Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. See complete details.
Is Simmons Hall open?
Simmons Hall is closed, but the many student services in that building are still available virtually.
- Our main coronavirus page details our response and guidance