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COVID-19 GUIDE

Classes, studios and labs


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Here's the plan for a safe spring semester

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Spring break

Spring break will be April 12-18. The spring semester will conclude with two weeks of remote instruction to help reduce spread of COVID by those who may travel during spring break.

The schedule was designed to balance the health and safety of campus and the surrounding community with the mental health and academic success of students.

TIP:Check your tech to ensure all remote functions are working properly. If you need help, contact the IT Help Desk online or at 330-972-6888.

The semester will end May 2, as previously scheduled, followed by final exams.

Significant dates during the semester:

  • Jan. 1, New Year’s Day, University closed
  • Jan. 4, campus reopens, with food service, campus facilities and limited recreation available. Student support services, such as tutoring, counseling, advising and accessibility, will continue to be available.
  • Jan. 7, residence hall move-in begins
  • Jan. 11, first day of the spring semester (remote start)
  • Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday (University closed)
  • Jan. 19, some clinical labs—which require personal protection equipment [PPE] at the standard of medical facilities, such as nursing, respiratory therapy, and speech language pathology/audiology—are approved to begin in-person on this day
  • Jan. 25, first day of face-to-face instruction for classes with that option
  • Feb. 16, Presidents Day observed (no classes, but University is open)
  • March 7, first 8-week session ends
  • April 12-18, spring recess
  • April 19-May 2, final two weeks of instruction will be remote
  • May 3-9, final exams (remote)
  • May 7-9 and May 16, Commencement

Commencement: See our plan for in-person commencement.

RELATED:

  • Stay safe: As more opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccination become available this week, we urge our community to roll up its sleeves and get vaccinated. Additionally, testing remains available on campus. Schedule an appointment with Health Services by calling 330-972-7808.
  • Enrollment: The registration period for the summer and fall terms opened on Monday, March 29. Students can see their assigned enrollment appointment in My Akron and can view the instructions on how to access this information. 

The campus COVID Advisory Group—comprised of more than 50 staff, faculty and students—meets weekly and recommended these decisions to campus administration.


Course formats and tuition

Course formats

For the spring semester, the University will provide academic courses through a variety of formats, including in-person, online and in hybrid form. (See course delivery lower on this page for definitions.) Since unanticipated circumstances at any time could affect the ability to deliver course content in a particular manner, the University reserves the right to modify the delivery method for course content.

Tuition and fees

Irrespective of the delivery format, tuition and fees shall remain the same for academic courses, consistent with published University tuition and fee schedules. There will be no refund or reduction on tuition or fees, since the University will be providing a full semester of instruction and awarding full academic credit to those who satisfactorily fulfill course requirements.


Reading your schedule in My Akron

To revise your schedule, talk with your advisor first, as not all options may be available for some classes. Changes to your schedule may result in billing changes. Please check My Akron for any updates.

Defining the types of classes: hybrid, online, etc.

Class schedule for a University of Akron student

When you log into My Akron to view your schedule, you should look for two pieces of information:  WHEN and WHERE.  These are listed for each class in the Schedule column.

Online (asynchronous)

When: You’ll see no days or times. This means your course doesn’t require real-time meetings. You can watch lectures and complete assignments at your own pace, as long as you keep up with due dates and deadlines.

Where: You’ll see “www site,” which means the location of your class is online. You will be able to access the class in Brightspace at the start of the semester.

Online live (synchronous)

When: You’ll see the days and times your class meets. 

Where: You’ll see “www site,” which means the location of your class is online. You will find out how to log into your virtual class meeting by checking your course in Brightspace at the start of the semester.

In person

When: You’ll see days and times

Where: You’ll see the building abbreviation and room number. See the building abbreviations and find a building on a map.

Hybrid: part in-person and part online

For hybrid courses, you’ll see two sets of information in the schedule column.

In-person part of class

When: You’ll see days and times

Where: You’ll see building abbreviation and room number.

Online part of class

When: You’ll see days and times, which means you’ll attend virtual class meetings

OR you’ll see no days or times, which means you’ll do asynchronous work online.

Where: You’ll see “www site.”

Hybrid testing

This type of course requires you to come to campus to take tests and exams, but the instruction is either online or online live. Like other hybrid courses, you’ll see two sets of information:

Instruction

When: You’ll see days and times, which means you’ll attend virtual class meetings

 OR you’ll see no days or times, which means you’ll do asynchronous work online.

Where: You’ll see “www site.”

Testing

When: Your instructor will tell you when your tests and exams are.

Where: You’ll see “on campus testing.” Your instructor will tell you the building and room.


Laboratories and studios

Students can expect to attend skill-based labs/studios and other classes that require at least some face-to-face instruction in order to meet learning objectives.

These labs/studios and classes are being reconfigured to ensure students can work in small groups and maintain a safe separation distance.

Students may need to engage in some learning activities that require brief interactions inside the social distancing perimeter, in which case adequate safety precautions will be followed by students/instructors.

All labs, studios and other classes that require face to face instruction will be supplied with disinfecting supplies that students, staff and faculty will use to clean the areas before and after each session.

See also: Information about COVID-19 as it relates to research


Academic testing

The testing centers on the main campus will be open this spring with modifications to adhere to social distancing guidelines. What you need to know.