COVID-Related Accommodations

Studies have shown that a significant portion of people with coronavirus lack symptoms and that even those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This is why wearing a mask is an important safety step we can take to protect others.  Because the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—speaking, coughing or sneezing—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain and it is required under University policy, City of Akron Ordinance, and State policy.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination based on disability. The University may not discriminate against students who are qualified and are able to perform its essential functions, with or without accommodation. The ADA requires the University to make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.  The ADA creates an exception for not providing accommodations which may pose a direct threat. A direct threat is defined as a significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of that student or others, which cannot be eliminated or reduced by a reasonable accommodation.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the exemption of wearing a face covering may be approved, in rare instances, once supporting documentation is reviewed.  Each case will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine what accommodation is appropriate for the safety of the requester and students and faculty on campus.  Students seeking an exemption under the mask requirement should enroll in the online section of the class designated as “www site.” It is important students consult with their advisor in this process. Students may have to take a different course that ensures progress in their program of study in an online format. If the student has a lab or needs to take tests in person, an appropriate accommodation will be determined for everyone’s safety.

Registration Process:

Please read and follow the steps outlined in the registration process on the Office of Accessibility homepage or you can click here

Please be aware that in order to be considered for services through the Office of Accessibility, you must complete the online Registration process.

The Office of Accessibility must receive documentation of a diagnosed disability submitted electronically.

Once a new student application has been reviewed, including complete documentation, an Office of Accessibility staff member will follow-up with the student to schedule an intake appointment.  If any information in the application is incomplete, a staff member will contact you via email to address what is needed.