Departmental Policies

Required Materials:

Students should have all textbooks and required materials by the first day of second week of classes. 

100 - 93 A
92 - 90   A-
89 - 87   B+
86 - 83   B
82 - 80   B-
79 - 77   C+
76 - 73   C
72 -  0    F
Grading Scale (%):

You must pass this course with a “C” or better. 

                        The grading scale is listed here:



Attendance Policy:

A student is expected to attend all class meetings.  There are NO excused absences. Students who exceed the absence limits will be offered a Second Chance Contract that states that 2% will be deducted from the student's final course grade for each additional absence beyond the limit.   Extenuating circumstances may be considered at the recommendation of the instructor in consultation with the Director of Developmental Programs.

Absence Limits:                       Full Semester Courses           Half-Semester Courses

Four-day-a-week classes              6 absences                               3 absences
Two-day-a-week classes               3 absences                               2 absences

Additional registration and attendance restrictions for Math Students:

Four Day a Week Classes (half-semester)  Students will not be admitted to class after the second day of class and students must begin attending class no later than the third day that the class meets.

Two Day a Week Classes (half-semester)  Students must register and begin attending classes no later than the second day that the class meets.

Code of Student Conduct:

All students are expected to respect the teaching/learning process and follow the Code of Student Conduct outlined by the Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards.  Disruptive behavior will be reported and handled by the Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Special Accommodations:

In pursuant to University policy #33-59-20-01 subsection C, The University of Akron recognizes its responsibility for creating an institutional atmosphere in which students with disabilities have the opportunity to be successful.  Any student who feels he/she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility at 330-972-7928 (v), 330-972-5764 (tdd) or The office is located in Simmons Hall Room 105.

After the student’s eligibility for services is determined, his/her instructors will be provided a letter which will outline the student’s accommodations.

Registration Policies - Drop/Withdraw Dates:

Please see the following link at the Office of University Registrar webpage for withdrawal policy information and drop/withdraw dates.


Please try to work out class issues or concerns with your instructor first.  If a problem cannot be resolved at that level, please contact the main office of Developmental Programs (Polsky 334A) at 330-972-7086.

Labs and Tutorial Services:

All students are welcome and encouraged to use the learning labs and tutorial services offered free of charge to students enrolled in Basic Mathematics, Basic Writing, and College Reading & Study Skills.  All of the learning labs offer one-on-one tutoring sessions, which may be scheduled in advance by calling (330) 972-7046.  Drop-in appointments are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis when tutors are available.

In order to get the most out of tutoring sessions, start right away.  Students who begin tutoring from the beginning of the semester typically do better than those who wait.

Tutors will help you review your own work and explain concepts, rules, and methods that you do not understand.  The learning labs are here to help you succeed, but tutors act as coaches, not crutches.  Tutors will not do your homework, edit your papers, or give you answers to tests.  The learning labs are not able to offer last-minute help for students who have not read their texts, kept current with course material, or have not put forth a genuine effort of their own.  Tutoring is not a substitute for attending class!

Title IX:

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. Additional information, resources, support and the University of Akron protocols for responding to sexual violence are available at

For 24-hour emergency information on University closings call:  330-972-SNOW (330-972-7669) or sign up for ZipAlerts.