Taking care of business online
The campus experience includes time spent taking care of practical matters, such as registering for classes, requesting transcripts, and paying tuition. Find out what services are available and which transactions can be handled online.
Managing your personal information
What personal information can I view online?
By logging in to myMiami (https://mymiami.miamioh.edu/), students can access BannerWeb, Miami's secure online administrative system, to view the following information online:
- Contact information: Contact information includes name, address(es), phone number(s), etc. Students may update permanent mailing addresses and emergency contacts from BannerWeb. Students who wish to exclude data may notify the Office of the Registrar in writing.
- Financial aid information: Students can check the overall status of their financial aid applications, view/accept their awards, and review any outstanding financial aid requirements. Award history and award payment information are also available. Financial aid, scholarships, and loan disbursements are applied electronically to the student's Bursar account.
- Registration information: Students can view their registration status, including registration dates and times, registration history, and class schedule.
- Student records: Students can view their grades at the end of the semester and check their current grade point averages (GPAs). Please note that grades cannot be obtained by phone. Students can also audit progress toward completion of their degrees via the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS).
- Employee information: Miami employees, including student employees, can view their benefit data, earnings and deduction history, pay stubs, direct deposit information, and W2/W4 information.
All financial aid, scholarship, student employment, and veterans' benefit information is accessible online, along with most necessary forms.
What tasks can I complete online?
Students can complete the following tasks online:
- Apply for admission: Students can find instructions for applying to Miami, submit an application, and check their status after submitting the Miami Supplement to the Common Application.
- Confirm financial awards: Students may accept, decline, or decrease the amount of their Federal Direct Loans.
- Submit FAFSA and loan data: Students may sign loan promissory notes and complete loan entrance and exit counseling requirements online.
- Pay bills: Students can make payments toward their University Bursar bill using an electronic debit to a checking or savings account. Students may also add value to their one-card balance (see next question) via the online payment system. For more information or to make a payment online, visit the Office of the Bursar and click Pay Online.
- Register for, add, and drop courses: Students may register for, add, and drop courses via BannerWeb. (All online registration functions are subject to the standard rules and regulations that govern registration.)
- Make campus bookstore purchases: Students can purchase the following items in person or online from the Miami University Bookstore:
- Computers (certified for use on Miami's network)
- Microsoft software
- Graduation gifts/Diploma frames
- Gift cards/Certificates
What campus and community services are covered by debit-card, smart-card, or one-card systems?
Students may use their Miami ID cards for meal plan purchases at dining halls, convenience markets, To-Go windows at dining halls, the food court in the Shriver Center, concessions, and the mobile dining cart.
Using the Miami MUlaa account, a debit account for on-campus services, students may swipe their Miami ID cards to purchase cold beverages and snacks from campus vending machines, do laundry in residence halls, pay per-page printing charges at computing labs, purchase event tickets at the Box Office, and purchase items at the Miami Bookstore, athletic pro shops, or Print Center.
Using the Miami MUBucks account, a debit account for off-campus services, students may use their Miami ID cards to purchase products and services from participating off-campus merchants.
Students may also use their Miami ID cards for library book loans; access to residence halls, the Recreational Sports Center, and after-hours computer labs; and care from Student Health Services. Charges for health services are applied to the student's Bursar bill via the Miami ID card.
Is the school catalog (containing information such as course descriptions, degree requirements, academic policies, and the semester/term schedule of classes) available on the Web?
The following information sources are available on the Web:
- General Bulletin—This publication covers all undergraduate and graduate degree programs and courses.
- Course list—The course list includes specific course offerings and procedures for selection.
- Student Handbook—The publication outlines Miami University student policies.
Privacy, security, and usage rules
What security and privacy policies are in place to protect student information?
Miami recognizes two key aspects to protecting student information:
- Protecting student information that the institution houses
- Protecting information that students may transmit over the network
In protecting student information that Miami houses, the University has carefully developed business practices to safeguard student data and comply with applicable federal regulations, such as the Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) . For instance, access to the Banner Administrative Information System that houses student data is carefully controlled and granted only at the level that job responsibilities require.
Regarding protection of information transmitted on the network, the University's Responsible Use of Computing Resources Policy addresses the respective responsibilities of individuals and the university regarding privacy and security.
The University considers good security and privacy practices as the best defense against identity theft.
To help students protect their information, Miami provides the following safeguards:
- Microsoft Security Essentials software for students to install on their personally owned computers at no charge.
- Cisco AnyConnect Virtual Private Network (VPN) client to encrypt information transmitted off-campus.
To guard against intrusion into personal accounts, Miami requires students, faculty, and staff to change their MUnet passwords from the initial value to a new value at first login and then again every 180 days.
Web-based services that allow students to access their accounts require that they enter their UniqueIDs and passwords. These services use SSL to encrypt the information as it is transmitted over the Internet.
The University also publishes security awareness information on identity theft, such as tips for constructing good passwords and ways to guard against phishing scams.
How does the campus notify students of their rights under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)?
Each year, students receive a letter providing a link to the registrar's website that hosts the FERPA Guidelines as well as Miami's FERPA policy. The FERPA policy, as well as the description of a student's right to be excluded from publication in print and electronic directories, is also found in the Student Handbook.
How does the campus manage email spam?
Miami's incoming email server automatically assigns a Spam Score to any email that appears to be spam-based on a number of automated tests. Furthermore, student email is scanned by Google Apps to perform spam filtering . End users can create a filter or rule in their email applications to place any email with a spam score into a junk or spam folder. Information on how to manage spam is available in Miami's IT Help knowledge base.