General FAQs

Are there any changes to the academic calendar?

There are no changes to the academic calendar. The first day of classes is Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. See the full academic calendar.

Are Miami courses in-person for the fall semester?

The university is planning a robust return to in-person classes and operations for Fall 2021.

For Oxford undergraduate students, most of their instruction will be face-to-face. While there might be some remote components of classes, the university is not offering a fully remote option at this time. Regional campus students will have access to a typical complement of in-person and online classes. Any questions or concerns surrounding the delivery of course instruction throughout the semester should be directed to the professor or department.

Are masks required on Miami’s campuses?

Concern about the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19 led the CDC to advise that everyone – regardless of vaccination status – wear face coverings indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission of the virus. According to a CDC Science Brief that mask-wearing is an effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As such, we will require face coverings indoors at all times beginning Monday, Aug. 9, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings must be worn indoors except as exempted under the university’s COVID-19 policy (e.g. when working in your office alone ). Additionally, students are not required to wear their masks when in their residence hall rooms. We will continue to assess this precaution and make adjustments as appropriate.

Those who are unvaccinated should also wear masks outside when physical distancing is not possible.

What are the attendance policies if I feel ill with COVID-19 symptoms?

You should not go to classes or come to campus if you are ill. It is the prerogative of the individual faculty member to set attendance policy for each individual course, and it is the responsibility of the individual faculty member to inform students of that policy in the course syllabus or other written documents at the first class meeting of the semester, term, or sprint part of semester or term.

Faculty are strongly encouraged to work with students who miss class due to a death in the family, serious illness, or other critical circumstance. Students needing assistance regarding absences due to death, illness, or other critical circumstance should contact the Office of the Dean of Students (Oxford) or the Student Services (regional campuses).

If I am not feeling well, should I stay home from work?

You should not come to work if you are ill. Employees who come to work and display symptoms like those associated with COVID-19 described above will be sent home. Supervisors may ask employees who report feeling ill at work, or who call in sick, questions about their symptoms to determine if they have or may have COVID-19. More employee information

What are Oxford city protocols?

You can find Oxford COVID-19 protocols online.

Will Miami still hold events?

Yes. All events will follow current COVID-19 safety protocols. Events, concerts, lectures, athletics, and other activities are planned will take place for this fall. 

There is no limit to the number of people attending events at this time. All events will follow current COVID-19 CDC safety protocols to the extent practicable. 

Are you requiring students and employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

Yes. With the FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine, we will now require every Miami University student, faculty, and staff member to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless exempted.

How can I get the COVID-19 vaccination on campus?

You can now get your free COVID-19 vaccinations at Miami University’s Health Services on the Oxford campus.

  • TriHealth, Miami’s health care provider, will give the vaccinations at Harris Hall, 500 Harris Drive. Call 513-529-3000 to schedule your appointment.
  • The Armstrong Student Center Covid-19 drop-in vaccination clinic is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • You can also find locations on the Get Your Shot Ohio website.

What if I am unable to get the vaccine due to medical or religious reasons?

If you already have an exemption on file for other vaccines, you will receive a confirmation email in the next two weeks that your exemption extends to COVID-19. The forms for requesting a new exemption will be available in the next two weeks and are due no later than October 15. We will announce their availability in our Wednesday email. Exemptions can be requested for medical reasons or for sincerely held religious beliefs, practices or observances, or reasons of conscience, including philosophical and ethical beliefs.

Are you testing students for COVID-19?

Miami is continuing a robust surveillance and wide-net testing of asymptomatic individuals during the Fall 2021 semester.

Exemptions from testing currently include fully and partially vaccinated students with documentation on file and those who have submitted documentation of a recent (past 90 days) COVID-19 diagnosis. All documentation must be submitted to MedProctor for verification to be eligible for exemption.

Testing will occur at Harris Hall, and students should expect to be tested frequently and regularly.

Learn more about testing

What are your quarantine and isolation policies?

The university will have space available for students living on-campus who do become ill with COVID-19 and are ordered to isolate or quarantine. As with last year, off-campus students will be expected to isolate or quarantine at their off-campus residence.