AKRON, Ohio — The University of Akron is moving to remote learning after Gov. Mike DeWine's statewide address on Wednesday.
"This includes lecture courses currently offered in face-to-face and hybrid formats, lab courses and in-person exams and tests," the university said in a statement.
The change will go into effect on Nov. 16.
UA President Gary Miller said he's also concerned about a growing number of COVID-19 cases among members of the campus community and within the county.
"We are seeing increased cases in our students and faculty and staff and we want to make sure they're all safe," Miller said. "I think it's the best thing to do for the safety of this community and these students."
Students in field placements, clinicals and student teaching should follow the protocols they are currently using.
The Wayne and Medina campuses will be included in these changes.
“We have put the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff at the forefront of every decision and, given the circumstances and the governor’s message, we believe it is in the best interest of our campus community to move to fully online instruction sooner than originally planned,” says Dr. John Wiencek, executive vice president and provost.
The campus will remain open. Residence halls will also stay open, but guests are limited to one at a time and restricted to UA resident students only.
Students will still be able to use the dining halls under the current guidelines.
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