Academics and Course Delivery

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Academic Calendar

The academic calendar has been set for Spring 2021. Highlights include:

  • The first day of classes is Monday, January 25. All graduate courses and all undergraduate courses on the Oxford and Regionals campuses will be delivered as indicated in the Miami Course List.
  • Oxford students who wish to remain remote must select an attendance option by January 15. 
    View FAQs and select your attendance option
  • There will be no Spring Break. 
  • The last day of classes is Thursday, May 6
  • There will be five wellness days (no classes, assignments or assessments) that will occur on:
    • Wednesday, February 17
    • Tuesday, March 9
    • Thursday, March 25
    • Monday, April 12
    • Friday, May 7
  • Final exams will be held May 10-15 in a modality determined by their instructor and reflecting the modality of the course. 
  • A decision about the format of the May Commencement ceremony will be announced early in the spring semester.
  • Summer courses will begin May 18.

View full academic calendar

Course Delivery

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To help address concerns about physical distancing in classrooms this spring, each academic department continued to develop a wide assortment of content delivery options for their courses reflecting their faculty’s expertise and effective pedagogical practices. Some courses will be taught entirely online, others will include face to face instruction.

Facial coverings are required inside and outside campus buildings at all times to promote the health and safety of all university members.

Students who cannot wear a facial covering due to medical or disability-related reasons should contact:

Class Attendance

student meeting with an advisor in his residence hall room

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, 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 spring to allow for more regular thorough cleaning--and to follow state guidelines (ex. curfew). Hours may change depending on state requirements--please check the library website for the most recent hours.

King Library

  • Through Saturday, Jan. 23
    • Seven days a week: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Beginning Sunday, Jan. 24
    • Seven days a week: 8 a.m.-midnight.

Amos Music Library and Wertz Art & Architecture Library

  • Beginning Sunday, Jan. 24
    • Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.
    • Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Saturday: closed
    • Sunday: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.

Rentschler Library (Hamilton) and Gardner-Harvey Library (Middletown)

  • Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. - noon

Curbside Pickup Hours

Curbside pickup is available

King Library

  • Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • When you receive the email pickup notice, you'll be asked to schedule a curbside pickup appointment.

Regional Campus Libraries

Group study rooms are available with reduced capacity at King Library and Wertz Art & Architecture Library as well as at the Gardner-Harvey Library in Middletown.

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.

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.  Students should contact their academic advisor or divisional advising office to make an appointment. Advisor assignments are shown in the student tab on MyMiami.

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 questions about enrollment requirements and maintaining legal status, international students should review the International Student and Scholar Services website [note that the link has changed] or schedule an appointment with an ISSS advisor.

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."

During the fall/spring terms, reduce your wait time, and participate in Virtual Drop-Ins with a Peer Career Advisor for resume reviews and quick questions.

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.