Academics and Course Delivery

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Academic Calendar

The academic calendar has been set for Fall 2020. Highlights include:

  • The first day of classes is Monday, August 17. Graduate courses scheduled as face to face will begin on campus, in person. All other graduate courses and all undergraduate courses on the Oxford and Regionals campuses will be delivered remotely.
  • Oxford campus students: Following best practices for opening universities, Miami will sequence the return to campus in multiple phases. Oxford students must select from one of three options. Detailed information is available online.
  • Undergraduate, face to face classes will begin to be held in person, on campus, on Monday, September 21
  • There will be no Fall Break. 
  • The last day of classes is Friday, November 20. 
  • No classes or exams will be held the week of November 23 (Thanksgiving week). 
  • There will be two reading/study days scheduled on Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1. 
  • Final exams will be held remotely December 2-4, and 7-8. Students who leave campus for the Thanksgiving break should not plan to return to campus to complete their finals.
  • December Commencement ceremony will be remote rather than in person.

Plans for Spring 2021 will be available in the Fall.

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Course Delivery

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To help address concerns about physical distancing in classrooms this fall, each academic department developed a wide assortment of content delivery options for their courses. Department chairs and deans submitted their proposals for balanced schedules in mid-June, reflecting their faculty’s expertise and effective pedagogical practices. 

From these proposals, the Provost’s Office and the Office of the Registrar designed a robust fall course plan that features a mix of three basic types of classes: 

  1. Face-to-Face (with room for physical distancing), 
  2. Hybrid (some face-to-face and some online components), and
  3. Online. 

These changes were announced in mid-July, and students will be able to view their revised schedules—showing some new delivery modes and new locations for some of their face-to-face experiences. These changes will continue to reflect our focus on engaged classroom learning while offering additional safety to our students and faculty. 

Facial coverings are required during all class meetings to promote the health and safety of all university members. There may be university-approved exceptions to this requirement. Students who cannot wear a facial covering due to medical or disability-related reasons should contact:

Class Attendance

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No student, faculty, or staff member should attend class in person or come to campus when ill. It will be important for you to communicate with your instructor about any absence from class.  If a student’s absence is of significant duration or severity, faculty and staff will work with the student to invoke appropriate policy-defined options (e.g., be assigned an incomplete or request a medical withdrawal).

Students who are concerned about their ability to return to campus this fall, whether from within the US or internationally, should work closely with their academic advisors to ensure flexibility in their academic schedule. While there will be face-to-face options for those who are able, we are also intending to offer online options so that all students can continue to make progress toward graduation.

University Libraries 

The University Libraries are open for Miamians on an altered schedule this fall to allow for more regular thorough cleaning.

  • King Library
    • From Monday, Aug. 3 through Saturday, Aug. 15
      • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
      • Saturday - Sunday: closed
    • Beginning Sunday, Aug. 16
      • Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
      • Friday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Amos Music Library and Wertz Art & Architecture Library
    • Beginning Monday, Aug. 10
      • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
      • Saturday - Sunday: closed
  • Rentschler Library (Hamilton) and Gardner-Harvey Library (Middletown)
    • Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Friday, 8 a.m. - noon

Curbside pickup is available for Oxford campus materials at King Library.

  • Now through Sunday, Aug. 16
    • Tuesday and Thursday: 1-5 p.m.
  • Beginning Monday, Aug. 17
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • When you make your pickup request, you'll be asked to choose a scheduled pickup window.

Group study rooms are available with reduced capacity at King Library and Wertz Art & Architecture Library.

Note: B.E.S.T. Library is permanently closed as of July 1, 2020. Its books will remain on the basement floor, closed to the public. Anyone needing a resource previously in B.E.S.T. can request them online and pick them up at another library location. All other services are moving to King Library.

Learn About Curbside Pickup

Academic Support

Academic Advising

Students should meet with their assigned academic advisors.

Appointments and meetings with advisors will be primarily online and remote but with in-person options available as needed. Individual divisions will communicate how to make appointments with their academic advisors.

Honors students can schedule advising appointments with their Honors advisor using Navigate. When using Navigate, please do not select “first available,” as it will not correctly match you with your assigned Honors advisor. For all other questions or requests for assistance, please contact the University Honors Program via email ( or the main office phone line at 513-529-3399.

No changes have been made to the Global Miami Plan and its requirements for the 2020 – 2021 Academic Year. Students should also work with their advisors to complete all Global Miami Plan requirements.

For answers to questions from international students, visit International Student and Scholar Services.

Support for Students with Disabilities

Students who need accommodations and services to support healthy and safe engagement in learning and campus life are encouraged to request reasonable accommodations. The Miller Center for Student Disability Services (Oxford) and Student Disability Services (Regionals) provide a wide range of COVID-19 related accommodations including:

  • Coordination of remote instruction for students with underlying conditions
  • Facial covering exceptions; provision of accessible auxiliary aids (e.g. transparent face shields)
  • Housing accommodations (e.g. single rooms, air purifiers)
  • Remote technology (e.g. microphones, webcams)

Students must register for services, submit verifying documentation that meets university guidelines, and follow the COVID-19 Accommodation Procedure to be eligible for accommodations. Staff work with each student individually to discuss reasonable accommodation plans and may contact the faculty to engage in the interactive accommodation process.


On the Oxford Campus, the Rinella Learning Center, and on the Regional campuses, the Tutoring and Learning Center, will provide academic support for students using a variety of in-person, online, and remote services. Students will have access to tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, academic coaching, and academic counseling.

Career Advising

Students have an assigned career advisor based upon your major and/or chosen career clusters. Schedule an appointment online.

For students specifically interested in having their resume reviewed, we encourage you to start with VMOCK. Upload your resume and request "Network Feedback" from the "Career Advisors."

Beginning this fall, students will also be able to engage in Virtual Drop-Ins with a Peer Career Advisor for resume reviews and quick questions. Details including times/dates will be available at the start of the fall semester.

Faculty Support

At the Center For Teaching Excellence learn about programs, resources, and services; consult the calendar for upcoming events; and subscribe to the CTE Weekly Newsletter to stay updated on all news from the CTE and our faculty development partners, such as eLearning and the Howe Center for Writing Excellence. The Howe Center for Writing Excellence exists to support faculty from across the disciplines in designing innovative pedagogies that support learning to write and learning with writing.