Coronavirus: Information for students

Updated: May 28, 2020

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Academics and online learning

Online learning

Credit/No Credit option

University Libraries

  • Bierce Library, Science & Technology Library, University Archives, and Computer Based Assessment & Evaluation are closed. Most staff at each location will be working remotely and are available by email.
  • Library resources can be viewed from home.
  • OhioLINK lending and borrowing is suspended until the state system is reactivated. Local library material requests, Course Reserve requests, and Interlibrary Loan material requests will be delivered electronically or uploaded to Brightspace course pages whenever possible. Book or media requests will be mailed by USPS to patrons who respond to a 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 AskUs at

Lab courses – General lab courses are canceled.

  • Students working with faculty members on individual research or studio projects should contact the chair/director of the department/school for guidance.
  • Students in lab classes or studio courses that require university equipment should contact the respective department chair for guidance.

Q & A

In light of the University's budget challenges, will I be able to finish my degree program?

It would be our intent that students already admitted to a degree program would be able to complete their degree in a timely manner.

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Student services

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Internships, student teaching, co-op/field experience

  • Engineering co-ops:
    • Spring co-op experiences should continue as usual unless prohibited by your employer.
    • We will work with every one to ensure that you receive credit if you are asked to work remotely or your employment is temporarily suspended/quarantined due to the pandemic.
    • Please keep us updated on your employment status through the end of the semester.
    • We will be emailing all employers to ask that they also keep us informed of any changes of employment status or outcomes.
  • Education - student teaching:
    • If you have completed 50% of your student teaching hours, this will be sufficient to fulfill eligibility for a teaching license in Ohio and the University's student-teaching requirement.
  • Nursing: Nursing clinicals are canceled until further notice

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Events and activities

Campus buildings are currently closed, and no new events will be scheduled on campus until further notice.

Student organizations:

  • Should not meet or hold events on campus. This includes chapter meetings, alumni events and any gatherings.
  • Groups can use the Meet app as part of your UA Gmail account.

Student employment:

  • If possible, work remotely. Check with your supervisor.
  • Departments are encouraged to provide their student employees with the opportunity to continue to work if doing so is in their interest.
  • If during this period of extended break and distance education, the student determines it is not in his or her best interest to work, then we will honor this decision and not penalize the student in the future if returning to the position.
  • If you pick up your paycheck on campus, it will be mailed to you instead.

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Financial matters, fees, and reimbursements

The office is available remotely during normal business hours: M-F from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please email with questions about student accounts or billing.

  • If you are on a payment plan: Continue to make payments on schedule, installment page for more details or if you have questions.
  • Tuition: There will be no refund on tuition because the University will be providing a full semester of instruction and awarding full academic credit to those who satisfactorily fulfill course requirements.
  • Room and Board, and select fees: Reimbursement will be prorated - see the full details.
  • Study Abroad/University-sponsored travel: Download the Request Reimbursement form.
    • This is to be used for program fees that have already been paid, or for individually purchased economy-class tickets for a UA-sponsored study abroad program (if the airline will not offer a refund)
    • The form must have been turned in by March 31, 2020
    • Students enrolled in UA courses that involve international travel will still receive academic credit. Your faculty leaders will provide an alternative for completing your spring course.

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Important dates and deadlines

See the full academic calendar.

Changes to the second eight-week session: The intent is to complete the semester as scheduled. At this time, the only change to the academic calendar is the extended spring break and a shift of the second eight-week session to these 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 students must notify the University if they want to take a course as CR/NCR, May 3
  • Last day of instruction, Sunday, May 3

Spring graduation

  • Degrees were conferred on May 9 for graduate and undergraduate students, and May 27 for law students.
  • We will gather as soon as conditions permit to celebrate our seniors. More details will be shared as soon as they are known about a celebration, diploma covers, and honors medallions.

Students may sign up now for fall classes. See President Gary L. Miller's May 27 message about fall classes.

  • Students are able to view their assigned enrollment appointment in My Akron.
  • Instructions available online on how to view this information.
  • Students should ensure all personal information (email, phone number, mailing address, etc.) is current My Akron for important University communication.
  • Questions regarding courses or registration can be email to the Office of the University Registrar at

New student orientation

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Student accommodations – Office of Accessibility

The office is available remotely during normal business hours: M-F from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Appointments will be conducted via phone or virtually.
  • For questions or to schedule virtual appointments email or call 330-972-7928.

Current students:

  • Connect with your assigned Disability Specialist to help navigate your current accommodation plans.
  • Log into STARS and check your university email for frequent updates and critical communication related to accommodations and services.
  • Spring 2020 accommodation letters were resent March 23.

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