UNIVERSITY AND MYERS SCHOOL OF ART POLICIES

The University Code of Student Conduct, Ethics and Standards

(http://www.uakron.edu/studentconduct/code-of-conduct.dot) defines academic misconduct as “any activity that compromises the academic integrity of the student and university, and undermines the educational process.” Further, it is each student’s 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. 

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.

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 The University of Akron Undergraduate General Bulletin and available on the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards website at www.uakron.edu/studentconduct/.

Myers After Hours Access Policy

Use of access to studios outside of designated hours is a privilege afforded to the Myers School of Art students. After-hours access must be requested in the Myers Main Office, Folk 103. Activation takes 24-48 hours and must be requested at the beginning of each new semester, as access is deactivated upon conclusion of a given term. Note: Not all studios/courses allow after-hours access; see your class instructor for inquiries. 

Myers School of Art Attendance Policy

Students are required to attend all class meetings. Students may not miss more than one week’s worth of class time without a penalty. For each absence in excess of one week, your final course grade will drop by one grade (e.g., from B to B-). Attendance is recorded each class period. For grading purposes, three late arrivals or early departures will equal one absence. Each faculty define how many minutes constitute a late or early departure on their individual syllabi. These timing stipulations are at faculty discretion.

Title IX Information

The University of Akron 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 experiences sexual violence or sexual 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.

Additional information, resources, support and the University of Akron protocols for responding to sexual violence are available at uakron.edu/Title-IX.

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
E-mail: access@uakron.edu 

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 students' 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.