Frequently Asked Questions

Return to Campus

The FAQs on this page pertain primarily to Oxford undergraduate students.

  • If you are a Hamilton, Middletown, or VOA student, please call the Regional One Stop at 513-217-4111.  
  • If you are a graduate student, please contact the Graduate Office at 513-529-3734.

Healthy Together Community Pledge

Any student who wants to take face-to-face classes, live on-campus, or participate in student organizations must sign the pledge. The only students who do not need to sign the pledge are students who will remain remote (online and not in Oxford) for the entire semester. Those who violate the pledge are subject to a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Penalties may include the loss of housing, suspension, or dismissal.

View the Healthy Together Community Pledge.

If you have questions regarding the information found in this document, please submit them online at MiamiOH.edu/ReturnToCampus.

Selecting Fall 2020 Attendance Options

Is my attendance selection (on-campus, phased opening/remote) irrevocable?

Given our recent decision to return to the on-campus experience, which will begin on 9/21, we wanted to offer students the ability to attend remotely for the semester. We understand that the changing nature of the virus means that students and their families may wish to make a different decision.

First-year student options and considerations

A first-year student can choose OPTION 1, move on to campus the week of September 14 and start classes with a face to face designation in person on September 21.

Items for consideration:

  • You will have access to all campus resources beginning September 14.

A first-year student can choose OPTION 2, remain at home for the entire semester, and take a mixture of online courses and hybrid courses that are noted as suitable for fully remote participation. NOTE: you cannot remain in any on-campus courses and must ask your professor(s) to drop or withdraw you from the on-campus course(s). This option is not available to students residing off campus in Oxford. It is intended for students who do not intend to return to Oxford.

Items for consideration:

  • Available: remote tutoring, telecounseling if the student is physically located in the state of Ohio, assistance from the Miller Center for Student Disability Services
  • Not available: Recreation Centers, Armstrong Student Center, campus transportation (BCRTA), campus parking, campus dining plans, access to on-campus quarantine or isolation space/services, student employment
  • Students will only be released from their housing contract for one semester as a remote, first-year student. They will be required to live on campus if they attend Miami in person in the spring term.

A first-year student can choose to delay a return to campus until October 2.

Items for consideration:

  • There will be no additional credits related to unused campus services. If you are scheduled to live on-campus, your housing charges will be prorated. Contact Campus Services at campusservicescenter@MiamiOH.edu.

Second-year student options and considerations

A second-year student can choose OPTION 1, move on to campus the week of September 14, and start classes with a face to face designation in person on September 21.

Items for consideration:

  • You will have access to all campus resources beginning September 14.
  • A second-year student who has already signed an on-campus housing contract for Fall 2020 cannot cancel their contract and must move back on to campus at their designated time.

A second-year student can choose OPTION 2, remain at home for the entire semester, and take a mixture of online courses and hybrid courses that are noted as suitable for fully remote participation. NOTE: you cannot remain in any on-campus courses and must ask your professor(s) to drop or withdraw you from the on-campus course(s). This option is not available to students residing off campus in Oxford. It is intended for students who do not intend to return to Oxford.

Items for consideration:

  • Available: remote tutoring, telecounseling if the student is physically located in the state of Ohio, assistance from the Miller Center for Student Disability Services
  • Not available: Recreation Centers, Armstrong Student Center, campus transportation (BCRTA), campus parking, campus dining plans, access to on-campus quarantine or isolation space/services, student employment

A second-year student can choose to delay a return to campus until October 2.

Items for consideration:

  • There will be no additional credits related to unused campus services. If you are scheduled to live on-campus, your housing charges will be prorated. Contact Campus Services at campusservicescenter@MiamiOH.edu.

Junior and senior student options and considerations

A junior or student with an on-campus housing assignment can choose OPTION 1, move to campus the week of September 14, and start classes with a face to face designation in person on September 21.

Items for consideration:

  • You will have access to all campus resources beginning September 14.

A junior or senior student who lives off-campus can choose OPTION 1, start classes with a face to face designation in person on September 21.

Items for consideration:

  • You will have access to all campus resources beginning September 14.

A junior or senior student can choose OPTION 2, remain at home for the entire semester, and take a mixture of online courses and hybrid courses that are noted as suitable for fully remote participation. NOTE: you cannot remain in any on-campus courses and must ask your professor(s) to drop or withdraw you from the on-campus course(s). This option is not available to students residing off campus in Oxford. It is intended for students who do not intend to return to Oxford.

Items for consideration:

  • Available: remote tutoring, telecounseling if the student is physically located in the state of Ohio, assistance from the Miller Center for Student Disability Services
  • Not available: Recreation Centers, Armstrong Student Center, campus transportation (BCRTA), campus parking, campus dining plans, access to on-campus quarantine or isolation space/services, student employment

A junior or senior can choose to delay a return to campus until October 2.

Items for consideration:

  • There will be no additional credits related to unused campus services. If you are scheduled to live on-campus, your housing charges will be prorated. Contact Campus Services at campusservicescenter@MiamiOH.edu.

On-Campus Life

I am a current student. If my roommate decides to enroll remotely or take the semester off, will I get another roommate? Will I be charged for a single room?

If your roommate does not return to campus housing and you want to keep your double as a single, you can contact Campus Services at CampusServicesCenter@MiamiOH.edu and request to pay an additional fee to hold your room as a single. Otherwise, there is a chance of getting a new roommate or being relocated to a consolidated space.

I am taking all my classes online. Can I still live in the residence halls? 

Yes. By doing so, you will continue to have access to all campus resources covered under the General Fee. No discount will be given for Tuition and Fees.

Will people have their temperature taken before moving in?

Yes. On move-in day in September, TriHealth will be taking temperatures on site prior to anyone being permitted to enter the residence halls. Students (and any helpers they bring) should all take their temperatures and complete a symptom assessment before leaving their home on move-in day, and should delay their return if any member of their party has a fever of 100.4 or higher or any other symptoms of COVID-19.

How often will residence halls be cleaned and disinfected?

Common areas, high touch-points and restrooms will be disinfected at least once daily in all buildings while in use. Some cleaning supplies will be provided for students to clean their individual rooms, as well as to use on study room tables, kitchens, and other common areas that they may use throughout the day.

Can students use the common areas in the residence halls?

Yes, students are welcome to use common areas as long as they are practicing physical distancing. Some furniture has been removed from these areas, and adjusted room capacity has been posted, so where multiple people might have been able to share a study room before, now only one person may be able to use it at a time. If students see that someone is already using the laundry room or kitchen, they should wait until that person exits before entering the space. And of course, face coverings should always be worn if in a common area.

Will visitors be permitted in the residence halls?

No overnight visitors will be permitted in the residence halls.

In addition:

  • Students are strongly discouraged from having parents, family members, and most significantly friends from other universities visit during the fall semester. You should also limit your trips outside of Oxford.
  • If you plan to meet up with friends from other residence halls or off-campus, please meet somewhere other than a residential building. Keep your friend circle small and do not invite groups of new or unfamiliar friends into your living space.

What dining facilities will be available for students?

Depending on the number of students who return to on-campus housing, not all dining facilities may be open, or open the usual hours. Always check the Dining Services website for the most current information. Dining halls will have limited, distanced seating inside. Students should expect to take their food back to their rooms, or to eat outside (maintaining physical distancing) when possible.

Off-Campus Life

Can off-campus students come back to Oxford as scheduled? 

Students living off-campus are able to move into their apartment/house for the year, but are not required to do so if they are taking online only courses. Since there is no requirement to be in-person for the first five weeks of the semester, there is no need for a student to be in Oxford during that time period. However, this decision may impact your individual lease agreement. It is a decision each student and family needs to make for themselves. 

What is Miami doing to ensure off-campus students are following local guidelines?

Miami is working closely with the City of Oxford and the Butler Co. Health District on education and enforcement. All off-campus students are expected to abide by guidelines set out by the State of Ohio and the CDC, including limiting gatherings to those within your own residence, limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people, wearing face coverings, etc. Violators can be cited by the OPD and could also be held accountable under Miami’s Code of Student Conduct.

Courses and the Academic Calendar

I have opted to attend fully online. What changes do I need to make to my schedule?

If you choose to attend Miami remotely this fall and are scheduled for in-person courses, you will need to change your schedule. For full semester and sprint courses that have already started you will need to contact your instructor to request to be dropped/withdrawn from the course. You may then need to choose from open, unstarted online offerings available. Some hybrid courses will also be able to accommodate students enrolled online. Course delivery mode displays on the course list in the ‘Delivery’ column. If provided by an academic department, additional information on delivery mode may be found under ‘show details - additional notes’ of a course section. Students should go to the faculty member directly if they have questions about a hybrid course, and if they do not hear from the faculty member, they can go to the department chair.

How can I tell if a course is on-campus, online, or hybrid? What is the difference between them?

Definitions of all course delivery models can be found on the eLearning website.

The searchable course list is the best source of information on the delivery model for each course section. The delivery model is listed under the ‘Delivery’ column. Course sections may also contain additional details regarding the delivery model under the ‘Show Details’ area.

Fully Online Courses

Fully asynchronous online means the instruction is offered via web technology and at a time and location of the student’s choice. Below is an example of how this would display on the course list. Note there are no meeting days/times associated with a fully asynchronous online course.

Section of the courses table showing Delivery is online

Fully synchronous online means the instruction is offered via web technology on specific days and times but at a location of the student’s choice. Below is an example of how this would display on the course list. Note there are specific meeting days/times associated with a fully synchronous online course and the student must be able to be online participating at those days/times. The delivery model may be listed as either ‘Online’ or ‘Interactive Video Dist Learn’.

Section of the courses table showing Delivery is online for a second course

Section of the courses table showing Delivery is Interactive Dist Learn

A blend of asynchronous/synchronous fully online means some work will be asynchronous (on a day/time of the student’s choosing) and some will be synchronous (at a specified day/time noted on the schedule). Below is an example of how this would display on the course list. Note there are some specific meeting days/times that the student must be able to be online and participating.

Section of the courses table showing Delivery is Hybrid

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses combine asynchronous/synchronous online learning with required face-to-face instruction for one or more class sessions.

Hybrid with asynchronous online learning means some of the course work will be asynchronous online (on a day/time of the student’s choosing) and some will be face to face in a classroom on specified days/times. Below is an example of how this would be displayed on the course list. Note there are no meeting days/times associated with the asynchronous online portion of the class but there are days/times and a classroom associated with the face to face portion of the class.

Section of the courses table showing Delivery is Hybrid for a second course

Hybrid with synchronous online learning means all of the coursework will be on specified days/time and some students will be in the classroom and socially distanced while others simultaneously participate online for each class session. This model requires all students be able to participate on the specified days/times AND each student will have one or more class sessions where they are physically present. 

Section of the courses table showing Delivery is Hybrid for a third course

On-Campus Courses

On-campus courses are delivered face to face with all of the class meetings held in a classroom on specified days/times. Below is an example of how this would be displayed on the course list. Note that on-campus courses may be web-assisted, which means there could be online activity associated with the course, but all class meetings will be held in a classroom on the specified days/times.

Section of the courses table showing Delivery is on-campus

Is fall semester break still cancelled? Will we still go to a remote environment at Thanksgiving for final examination?

There will be no fall break and students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving. Exams will be administered remotely during exam week as listed on the academic calendar.  

I would like to take all my courses remotely. What if a required course isn’t offered online?

Contact your academic advisor and course instructor to see if another possibility exists for completing the credit. You can find your academic advisor in your myMiami account under the Student tab.

If you choose to attend Miami remotely this fall and are scheduled for in-person courses, you will need to change your schedule. For full semester and sprint courses that have already started you will need to contact your instructor to request to be dropped/withdrawn from the course. You may then need to choose from open, unstarted online offerings available. Some hybrid courses will also be able to accommodate students enrolled online. Course delivery mode displays on the course list in the ‘Delivery’ column. If provided by an academic department, additional information on delivery mode may be found under ‘show details - additional notes’ of a course section. Students should go to the faculty member directly if they have questions about a hybrid course, and if they do not hear from the faculty member, they can go to the department chair.

I’m an undergraduate student but am enrolled in a graduate course. How will that work?

Just like other courses, the professor will deliver the course as hybrid until students arrive on September 21, 2020. If you remain remote, you will likely not be able to remain enrolled in the course.

I am taking a face to face class. If a classmate becomes ill with COVID, will I be notified?

The Butler County Health District leads all contact tracing efforts for our community, and they will reach out to anyone who is determined to be a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

How do I find my academic advisor?

  1. Log in to your myMiami student portal and select the Student tab.
  2. Your advisor’s name, contact information, and academic department will display.

Your Academic Advisor is the person you should contact with any questions you have about your academic plan. Please note that family members and other authorized individuals are not able to view student advisor information when logged in to view the student’s record.

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Tuition, Fee, and Scholarship Adjustments

What discount will Miami provide based on my attendance choice?

Your fall bill contains prorated housing and meal charges to reflect the new anticipated move-in the week of September 14 and the last week of finals, to be conducted remotely beginning December 2, 2020. This means you will be charged only for nine weeks of housing and meals instead of the normal 15 weeks.

Provided that you did not previously choose the remote option and have not received the additional credit described here, if you choose to remain remote for the entire fall semester and are an in-state (Ohio) student, you will receive tn additional $250 remote credit (both pro-rated for students taking less than 12 credit hours). This credit acknowledges that you will not be on-campus during the semester to participate in the student experience and will not be using University facilities such as the Rec Center, the Health Center, etc. For students selecting this option, the credit will be applied to your student account within two weeks.

Provided that you did not previously choose the remote option and have not received the additional credit described here, if you choose to remain remote for the entire fall semester and are an out-of-state student, you will receive an additional $250 remote credit, and a $1,000 out-of-state credit (all pro-rated for students taking less than 12 credit hours). This credit will be applied to your student account within two weeks.

All students must select one of the options by September 18, 2020. The selection is irrevocable. To make your selection, visit MiamiOH.edu/Attendance.   

If I go remote, will my financial aid or scholarships be adjusted?

In most cases no, but there may be some instances when we might need to adjust aid. If you plan to live at home with parents, please let us know by emailing the One Stop (OneStop@MiamiOH.edu) so that we can review your aid for any necessary changes. 

Will my scholarship stay the same, even if my room, board, or other fees are reduced?

Generally yes, your scholarship will remain the same unless the scholarship specifically covers room or board AND/OR the value of a scholarship exceeds the actual cost of attendance. In these circumstances, the scholarship will be reduced.

Will students attending the regional campus receive a reduction in their tuition and fees?

No.

I’m an international student and chose an exchange program in my country. What will my tuition and fees be?

As a Miami University student on an exchange program, you will pay Miami tuition and fees. However, you should be able to use your Miami scholarships (if applicable) on most exchange programs. Room and board will most likely be your responsibility and paid directly to the hosting university. For more information about your tuition and fees, please contact the One Stop at OneStop@MiamiOH.edu.

Will Aetna’s student health insurance premium be refunded if students take all online courses and do not live on campus? 

Aetna will not be issuing refunds if the student remains enrolled at Miami and has enrolled in the student health insurance. They will issue refunds if a student is not enrolled for any courses and takes a leave of absence.

Are there any plans to modify the health insurance requirement for international students taking classes remotely?

Global Initiatives will identify those International students who will be attending remotely and will waive the requirement of mandatory insurance for the Fall. They will forward a list to the bursar office and adjustments will be made. They will be charged at a prorated amount when they come in the Spring. Questions regarding International students and Health Insurance should be directed to Global Initiatives (513-529-8600).

I need a job to help pay for my tuition; can I return to campus for student employment if I have chosen to be a remote student? An online student?

Students who elect the fully remote option will not be able to work or live on campus.

Students who have online course schedules are permitted to begin or continue their student employment.  If these students need to return to campus to begin work, they will be permitted to move into their room early but the student must make a formal request by emailing MiamiOH.edu/housingcontract for this exception.

Where will my refund check be mailed?

We encourage you to set up direct deposit. Please visit MiamiOH.edu/redhawkrefundsfor more information.

However, if you do elect to receive a check, they will be sent as follows

  • Prior to September 21, 2020: checks will be sent to your home (permanent) mailing address
  • After September 21, 2020: for those students choosing the remote option, the checks will be sent to the home (permanent) address and for all others, the checks will be sent to the local address

Student Technology

I have connectivity or technology problems - lack of a laptop, lack of internet connectivity, or other issues.

Students not able to afford a laptop can contact the Student Success Center at 513-529-0007.

Where do I download all of my Miami software?

You can download the necessary software from Miami’s Software & Apps website.

What proctoring software will I need to install and what does it do?

For more information on this software please visit the Miami eLearning website.

How do I access my courses?

You can find information about how to use and access Canvas, our learning management system on the Access Canvas web page. In addition, classes may be presented via Zoom or Webex.

Will I need special equipment to attend classes remotely?

Your professors will tell you want you need, however, it helps to have a web camera and a headset or a quiet space to interact for class.


Masks, Quarantine, and Testing

What are the rules for wearing a mask? (i.e., outside, to class, etc.)

More information about facial coverings can be found on the Healthy Together website. Facial coverings are required indoors in all university buildings and outside when it is difficult to maintain physical distancing, such as while entering and exiting buildings, to promote the health and safety of all members of the university community and as currently mandated by the State of Ohio. There may be university-approved exceptions to this requirement, such as when students are in their own residence hall room or when staff or faculty are alone in their office.

Anyone not wearing a face covering will not be permitted to attend classes in person and can be refused service in dining locations and campus offices.

Faculty or staff who cannot wear a facial covering due to medical or disability-related reasons should contact Human Resources. Students should contact the Miller Center for Student Disability Services at sds@MiamiOH.edu and Student Disability Services (Regionals) at regionalsds@MiamiOH.edu.

Will I be provided a mask when I move in? Where can I buy a Miami-branded mask?

Miami will provide one reusable, cloth face covering to each student, faculty, and staff member at the start of the fall term. On-campus students will pick theirs up when they move into their residence hall. We have been distributing masks to off-campus students at the Uptown Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, and will provide other opportunities to pick one up. Students should bring enough reusable face coverings along to campus to wear a new one every day between laundry days.

Buy Miami masks at the Brick & Ivy Campus Store or the Miami RedHawks Shop.

Does Miami have a plan for testing students for COVID-19?

We have a robust plan for symptomatic, wide net, and surveillance testing. The plan and FAQs can be found on the Healthy Together website.

If I begin classes on campus but either am sent home due to COVID-19 or am uncomfortable and want to return home, will I receive housing and fee reductions?

Students, who for health reasons must return home before the end of the semester, will receive a prorated refund of their room and meal swipes. Other requests for refunds will need to follow the normal university process found on the One Stop website.

What if I am asked to quarantine? 

More information about quarantine and isolation is available on the Healthy Together website. On-campus students will be moved to a campus space with a private bedroom and will need to remain in that space for at least 2 weeks. Quarantine spaces have community bathrooms and isolation space has private bathrooms. Since you cannot leave your room for any reason during that time, meals will be provided, as well as medical care, if needed. Faculty have been asked to be flexible, so you should be able to continue your courses remotely while in quarantine or isolation if you are not too ill to participate.

Off-campus students should quarantine or isolate at their off-campus residence or home address. If that is not possible, there will be limited space available on campus for off-campus residents.

For quarantine and isolation to be effective, individuals may not leave their living space or spend time with others during that period of isolation. If there were to be a positive test with a student organization or other group, each member of that group would need to quarantine or isolate separately.

What is Miami’s process when a student has a positive test?

The student will immediately be required to isolate, either at their off-campus residence or designated on-campus isolation space. Students should not expect to travel home if they are ill due to the risk to other communities. Contact tracing will be led by the Butler County General Health District for the Oxford campus and appropriate local health departments for the Regional Campuses in the event a student, faculty, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. Close contacts may be asked to quarantine or isolate for at least two weeks, and medical professionals will determine if testing is recommended.

Will there be any special requirements for students coming to campus from COVID hotspots?

We ask that all students limit their risk exposure for the two weeks prior to move in. International students will need to self-quarantine if they were in countries during the previous two weeks that the CDC has identified as requiring quarantine for entry into the U.S. Per the Ohio Department of Health, those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. That list of states can be found on the COVID-19 Travel Advisory website.

Will students have access to services from Student Health and Student Counseling? 

Yes. Student Health Services (SHS) and Student Counseling Services (SCS) will continue to offer both face-to-face and tele-appointments to all eligible students. Students not physically residing in Ohio are not eligible for counseling services at SCS (due to state law), but SCS can assist those students with identifying appropriate care and those students can receive care from the HOPE Line at 855-249-5649.

What is GradGuard and will it cover medical withdrawals related to COVID?

GradGuard is an optional tuition insurance which families can enroll in. This insurance will cover costs related to lost tuition and fees in the event that the student has to withdraw due to medical reasons. View more information on the GradGuard website.


Major Events & Commencement

I graduated in May 2020. How can I get a diploma cover mailed to me?

May 2020 graduates will receive an email from the Alumni Office containing a link to the Diploma Cover Mailing Request Form where they can request a diploma cover be sent to them. We will begin mailing diploma covers this fall.

Why was the in-person December 2020 Commencement canceled?

Since the campus will close prior to Thanksgiving and finals will be remote, we do not want to bring large groups of people back to Oxford in mid-December after they were traveling throughout the country. It would also be a financial burden for many to return at that time for the ceremony only.

Will there be a program made and sent to me (such as the one that would have been given out at the in-person ceremony)?

We are working on producing a May 2020 Commencement Program listing May 2020 graduates. We plan to have a December 2020 Commencement Program as well — available for viewing and download from the commencement website.