What students need to know

The Student Code of Conduct and academic honesty

Academic honesty:
All University of Akron guidelines and policies on academic honesty and plagiarism must be adhered to (copies of these policies are available from the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards). The highest levels of ethical conduct are expected from students. Others may proofread or check work, but the student must originate the content of all work. It is the policy of The University of Akron that a student who is engaged in acts of plagiarism and/or cheating, may be subject to dismissal from a class and the University disciplinary procedures.

Student conduct:
The University of Akron stresses the importance of proper conduct. In order to foster an atmosphere conducive to successful educational interaction, it is the responsibility of the student to conduct herself/himself in a manner that is considered to be appropriate for a collegiate educational environment. Students are expected to be mindful of the attitudes, values, and beliefs of other students, and conduct themselves appropriately in class. Behavior that is disruptive to teaching or learning (in or out of the classroom) cannot be tolerated and students who exhibit these behaviors will 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.

Code of Student Conduct

Add, drop, withdrawal and refund policies

All students must adhere to the University’s policies on adding, dropping and withdrawing from courses.  The policies and important dates can be found at:

Please be aware that the date of a drop or withdrawal affects the amount of the refund. See the University refund policy.

Inclusive excellence

The University of Akron seeks to increase the impact of its inclusive excellence commitment, programs and resources while simultaneously increasing efficiencies. Units and programs representing a wide spectrum of diversity have been consolidated into a larger, more interconnected Vice President’s Office for Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity, which reports directly to the president.

The programs, events and services of the Office of Inclusion & Equity directly contribute to matriculation, persistence, and graduation from the University, and the University seeks a fair and equitable culture in which the talents of every member of The University of Akron community reinforces its values and contributes to achieving its mission.

We will continue to promote learning, critical thinking and personal enrichment through great programs that create an inclusive environment that recognizes and appreciates the talents, skills and perspectives of all individuals and contributes to their full potential achievement.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against students, guests and employees of educational institutions.

The regulations implementing Title IX are enforced by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and prohibit discrimination, exclusion, denial, limitation, or separation based on gender. It is intended to end sex discrimination in all areas of education.  More about Title IX.

Sexual harassment and sexual violence

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 a responsible employee about a situation, that employee will be required to report it to the Title IX Coordinator and possibly the police. 

Additional information, resources, support and the University of Akron protocols for responding to sexual violence are available on our sexual respect site and our Title IX site.

Students with disabilities

At the University of Akron Office of Accessibility, our goal is to provide reasonable accommodations and a supportive, well-resourced environment to students with disabilities in order to promote student success in the university environment.

This mission goes well beyond the legal requirements, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and supports the University's commitment to create an accessible and welcoming environment for all students.  Our goal is to:

  • provide students with full access to the academic environment
  • advocate for social justice for students with disabilities
  • embrace the diversity of our student body
  • celebrate a culturally sensitive and accessible campus.

The University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities (see policies).

You are encouraged to contact the Office of Accessibility for information about registering with the office. You can reach the Office by email at access@uakron.edu, stop by Simmons Hall 105 or call 330-972-7928 or 330-972-5764 (TDD).

First-day course materials fee

This page is about select courses that have online course materials. Here’s what you need to know.

  • The first-day course material fee will be included with your tuition if you are enrolled in such a course.
  • The University of Akron is in the forefront of the online delivery of course materials. We’ve worked to find the lowest cost option for the students. We negotiate with publishers and coordinate with Barnes and Noble to provide required online books and related course materials to you on the first day of class.
  • You can opt out of the First-day Course Materials Fee, but if you opt out, you will not have access to the materials online and you accept the responsibility to obtain the items on your own.
  • We recommend against opting out. If you wish to opt out, complete this form and take it to the bookstore manager in the Student Union. See store hours
  • Forms must be received by the end of the 100% refund period to be considered for removal of the first-day course materials fee from the student account. More about the refund period.