A Civil Climate for Learning: Statement of Expectations
The University of Akron 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. To keep ourselves aware of these shared principles, this statement articulates some of the expectations and responsibilities of a civil climate for learning on our campus.
Principles of Our Campus Culture
Our campus culture acknowledges the importance of all in our community for their participation in our common enterprise as a university. We value the contributions and we respect the needs of students, faculty, contract professionals, staff, administrators, maintenance and service personnel, and everyone else whose work and dedication enable us to pursue our individual and collective academic goals.
Together, we maintain an intellectual culture that is accessible, disciplined, free, safe, and committed to excellence. By our behavior with one another, we endorse a culture of diversity celebrating the uniqueness of the individual and developing our understanding and tolerance of differences in gender, ethnicity, age, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, and physical or mental potential.
We take responsibility for sustaining a caring culture, nurturing growth and fulfillment in one another and in the larger communities of which we are a part. We insist on a culture of civility, united in our rejection of violence, coercion, deceit, or terrorism. We work to increase collaboration, cooperation, and consensus within rational dialogue characterized by mutual respect and consideration.
Ours is a responsible culture. We expect each member of our community to carry out responsibly his or her duties for preserving the integrity, quality, and decency of our environment and our discourse.
Expectations and Responsibilities
To preserve and propagate the Culture of The University of Akron, everyone must engage in certain specific behaviors. Anyone new to this campus must be aware of the expectations we have of each other and be committed to fulfilling his/her responsibility in maintaining our culture.
Inside the Classroom
Inside the classroom, faculty are expected to respect the sanctity of the teaching/learning process by honoring their commitment to students in terms of time, fairness, and enthusiasm. It is the responsibility of faculty to set and enforce the classroom rules of conduct. Faculty members are expected to treat men and women, persons of all colors and ethnicities, and persons with varying abilities, spiritual preference, or sexual orientation with equitable respect and consideration. Faculty should value and pursue excellence in teaching as well as research. Faculty shall not engage in sexual or other forms of harassment or engage in inappropriate dual relationships with students. Faculty must not tolerate academic dishonesty nor discrimination or harassment from students to other students.
Students are expected to respect the sanctity of the teaching/learning process by expressing respect for the faculty member as the organizer and guide through this learning experience, as well as for fellow students. Disruptive, disrespectful, discriminatory, harassing, violent and/or threatening behavior is explicitly prohibited. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning and, in return, can expect responsible teaching from the faculty member. Students should report unprofessional behavior on the part of faculty members. Students have a right to expect that they will not be sexually or otherwise harassed, intimidated, or threatened.
On the Campus
On the campus, everyone is expected to respect and protect the dignity and freedom of each other. There must be the opportunity for expression of all points of view, free from name-calling or ridicule. All members of the University family are expected to be civil and tolerant of others. It is the responsibility of each member of the University community to express dissatisfaction with anyone who fails to meet the responsibility of civility and to request that they do so. In the event that cooperation cannot be attained, proper authorities must be involved to insist upon these minimum expectations. Only by campus-wide compliance to these expectations can we achieve a clear sense of our campus culture and, accordingly, a sense of mutual pride.
Students can expect that all representatives of all departmental and administrative offices will treat them with respect, a sense of cooperation and with concern for their welfare. Students can also expect appropriate coordination of services among departments. Everyone is expected to respect the campus environment by behaving in ways that protect the safety, order, and appearance of all campus facilities. Each person must take steps to preserve the ecological and aesthetic aspects of the campus.
Additional Behavioral Expectations
All members of the University community are required to abide by all laws and regulations of The University of Akron, the City of Akron, the State of Ohio, and the Federal Government. Students are expected to abide by the Code of Student Conduct and the University Disciplinary Procedures. Faculty, contract professionals, administrators, and staff are expected to abide by all University regulations and procedures.
The University of Akron requires students to submit an ‘Intent to Enroll’ form, indicating their acceptance of the University’s offer of Admission, and a $100 University Confirmation fee. The Intent to Enroll form is sent to students at the time of admission to the University. Upon return of the Intent to Enroll form and the University Confirmation fee, the student is issued a New Student Enrollment Packet, which includes their UA Net ID (Internet ID), directions on requesting an orientation date and information on requesting on-campus housing and University dining plans.
All new freshmen, transfer students and students enrolled in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program (PSEOP) are required to attend an orientation program prior to registering for classes at The University of Akron. Orientation is conducted as a one-day program and is intended to ensure a smooth transition to the University. Content includes information about academic policies and procedures, registration and financial responsibility, campus involvement, and campus safety. In addition, students will meet with an academic adviser and register for classes during orientation.
Students will need their UA Net ID, found in the New Student Enrollment Packet, to request an orientation date. Multiple orientation sessions are available prior to each term and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Students should attend orientation as soon as possible to ensure the best selection of classes.
New students are required to meet with academic advisers upon initial entry to the University. Thereafter, students are strongly encouraged to see advisers each term to discuss degree requirements, career goals, major choice, course selection, and other academic concerns.
Each term it is necessary for a student to select courses, formally register for those courses, and pay the appropriate tuition and fees. The student may elect to register online or in person. Details about these options are described online via MyAkron at http://my.uakron.edu and are available upon request from the Office of Academic Advising Services, or the degree-granting college.
A student is expected to attend all class meetings for which the student is registered. A student may be dropped from a course in the current term by the dean if absence is repeated and the instructor recommends this action; a student can gain re-admission only with permission of both the instructor and the dean. A student dropped from a course receives an “F” which counts as work attempted whenever grade- point ratio calculations are made.
A student must register for a course in person before the end of the fifth day of a fall or spring term or online via MyAkron at http://my.uakron.edu by the end of the first week of the fall or spring term. Additions to the student’s official schedule may be made after that date, but before the 15th calendar day, only with the permission of the student’s adviser, instructor and dean or the dean’s designee. Students who have not registered by this deadline may not attend classes or receive credit for the course. This deadline applies to all regular 15-week courses offered in the fall and spring semesters. For all other courses, such as those in intersessions or those which are flexibly scheduled, courses must be added, with appropriate permission, by the date when 20% of the course has been completed. Details regarding Summer session information may be found via MyAkron at http://my.uakron.edu.
Students may drop a course through the second week (14th calendar day) of a semester or proportionally equivalent dates during summer session, intersession, and other course terms. No record of the course will appear on the student’s transcript. For purposes of this policy, the course term for a course that meets during a semester but begins after the beginning of a semester and/or ends before the end of a semester begins when its class meetings begin and ends when its class meetings end. After the 14-day period, and subject to the limitations below, students may withdraw from a course through the seventh week (49th calendar day) of a semester or proportionally equivalent dates during summer session, intersession, and other course terms. A course withdrawal will be indicated on the student’s official academic record by a grade of “WD.”
Withdrawing from courses – applicable to undergraduate students only: