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Summary of University policies, guidelines and expectations

Every member of the University of Akron campus community plays an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

All University of Akron faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to abide by the Return to Campus policies, guidelines and expectations outlined on the Return to Campus website, including but not limited to:

Daily health checks

You are responsible for conducting a daily symptom check before leaving your home or residence hall room for campus. If you notice any symptoms, stay home or in your residence hall room, and call your doctor or Student Health Services right away.

Face coverings

A cloth face covering that covers the nose, mouth and chin must always be worn in public, this includes all hallways, public spaces, classrooms and other common areas of campus buildings, as well as offices, labs, work spaces, and outdoor settings when 6-feet social distancing cannot be maintained. In the Residence Halls, facial coverings are required in all common areas including hallways, lounges, bathrooms and kitchens; however, facial coverings are not required in individual private bedrooms.

Social and physical distance

Practice social and physical distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from other people in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Hygiene and cleaning

Practice good hygiene by refraining from touching your eyes, nose and mouth and often washing or sanitizing your hands and keeping your space clean.

Meeting and event guidelines

Follow university meeting and event guidelines and public health orders concerning large gatherings. In person meetings, events, and gatherings must be limited to 10 people or less.


Visitors to campus are required to follow all Return to Campus policies, guidelines and expectations including guidelines.

Summit County Public Health has issued a stay-at-home advisory. Summit County is at a Level 3 or red status right now, indicating very high exposure and spread.

See the current Residence Life and Housing policy on guests in rooms:

Travel guidelines

Resident students are strongly encouraged to evaluate their travel plans. If students travel away from campus, they are asked to take all possible precautions, including mask use and quarantining prior to interacting with friends or family.

Resident students who leave campus to travel out of state are strongly encouraged not to return to campus for the remainder of the semester. Those who choose to return are asked to notify Residence Life and Housing so it can be determined if there will be a need to quarantine upon their return.

Any faculty, staff, student, or visitor who has traveled abroad or to areas of the U.S. where there has been a significant COVID-19 outbreak, or has been exposed to someone traveling to such an area, must comply with university travel and CDC guidelines before coming to campus.


Violations of the Return to Campus policies, guidelines and expectations puts our campus community at risk; therefore, failure to abide by these policies, guidelines and expectations will result in disciplinary action being taken by the University of Akron.

To report a violation these policies, guidelines and expectations please submit a Return to Campus Policy Violation Form.