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
Monday–Friday: ONLY door #1 (front door) unlocked 7:15 am–5:30 pm
doors 4, 7, 9, 10, and 15 swipe access only
Saturday–Sunday: All doors locked; swipe access only

Ceramics Building
Locked 24/7; swipe access only on door #7 (to the right of door #1)

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 2448 hours and must be requested at the beginning of each new semester, as access is deactivated upon conclusion of a given term.

  • Swipe access will be available 5 am–12 am (midnight) only.
  • Students must leave the building no later than midnight.
  • Swipe Access Form

Myers School of Art Attendance Policy

College coursework proceeds at such a pace that regular class attendance is necessary. Virtual and/or face-to-face interaction in real time with your instructor and peers is integral for meeting learning objectives. From past experience, students who miss class do not perform as well as those who attend class regularly.

  • Students are required to attend all class meetings, regardless of delivery mode.
  • Attendance is taken every class period.
  • Students may not miss more than one week’s worth of class time without a penalty. For each absence over 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.
  • Students in face-to-face classes who are ill and are required to isolate or quarantine due to a positive COVID test will be allowed the equivalent of one week missed class time. It will be the student’s responsibility to stay current on all coursework. Students who are not ill but need to isolate or quarantine are still expected to attend online synchronous classes.

Studio Classes

  • For grading purposes in studio classes, three late arrivals or early departures will equal one absence.
  • Late arrival is defined as entering the lab/classroom after attendance has been taken. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor of late arrival; otherwise, it will be marked as an absence.
  • An early departure is leaving the lab/classroom before the scheduled time concludes.

Online Classes

  • 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.

Updated as of January 2, 2023.

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

Diversity Statement

Myers School of Art, as well as the broader University of Akron community, respects diversity and strives for equity and inclusion of all students.  Diversity includes how we as individuals identify along the lines of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, status as a parent during pregnancy and immediately after the birth of a child, status as a parent of a young child, status as a foster parent, military status, genetic information, or status as a veteran. Inclusion and respect for diversity make the classroom and the larger community stronger and foster dialogue and democratic decision making.  As part of ensuring this class is a safe space for all students, please avoid use of negative stereotypes and insensitive or hateful statements toward groups of people. Please respect your classmates’ pronouns. Each of us is responsible for creating a safer, more inclusive environment. For support services on campus, go to or  

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.