Student Expectations and Campus Policies

 

Our student expectations and campus policies help create and maintain a safe and respectful Miami community where everyone can succeed. It is important for new students to understand and uphold campus policies, and understand their accountability. The Office of Community Standards facilitates the process of holding students accountable for policy violations. The information in this section will link you to all university policies, and covers additional details about a few select areas. Click on the link below to jump to that section. After reviewing this page, head back to the Family Orientation page »


Miami Policy Library

Miami Policy Library: The Miami Policy Library includes all policies from university approved handbooks. Student policies included in the Policy Library include those on:

Policies that are particularly relevant for new students include the Code of Conduct, Title IX/Sexual Misconduct, Academic Integrity, and Residence Hall policies. Please review the additional information below on these topics.

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Community Standards

The Office of Community Standards is committed to developing student integrity and personal responsibility through an educational, consistent, and equitable process while promoting the values outlined in Miami University’s Code of Love and Honor.

In the video below, you'll learn about the Top 10 Things we want you to know about the Office of Community Standards.

Read the Good Samaritan Policy referenced in the video »

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Title IX & Sexual Misconduct

Miami is committed to providing a healthy and safe learning, living, and working environment for all members of our university community. This includes upholding Title IX, a federal policy that prevents discrimination on the basis of sex; it also includes educating students, staff and faculty about sexual misconduct. In the video below, you’ll meet Gabby Dralle, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and learn about resources and support for those who have experienced sexual misconduct. Read on after the video for more details about confidential and reporting resources, how to access support, and more.

Reporting Options

  • Your student may report to law enforcement, the university, both, or neither. Call 911 to report crimes to law enforcement.
  • To report to the university, contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students by phone at 513-529-1870 or email TitleIX@MiamiOH.edu.

Quick Reference Guide and Resources

If your student or somebody your student knows has experienced dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, help is available.

Physical Safety and Medical Assistance

If your student needs immediate medical care and are unable to get themself to the hospital, they should call 911. Otherwise, if they are in Oxford, they may seek help from the emergency department at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital 513-523-2111. If your student has experienced a sexual assault, McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital has a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) who can help. Most area hospitals have a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) that will respond.

If your student has experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking, the following are timelines and suggested actions to consider:

  • Immediately:
    • Go to a safe place.
    • Call someone they trust
    • In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1
    • Preserve evidence:
      • After a sexual assault, your student should try not to shower until they have considered whether or not to have a forensic sexual assault examination at the hospital. They should also try to avoid using the restroom and eating, drinking, or smoking while considering an exam. Your student should save the clothes they were wearing (unwashed) in a paper bag.
      • After sexual assault, relationship violence, and/or stalking, take photos of any damage or injury and keep communication records.
  • Within 96 hours:
    • Seek out confidential support
    • Your student is not alone. Campus and community resources can help them understand their options and provide support.
    • Seek medical attention
    • A medical provider can assess and treat physical injuries, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy. Seeking a forensic sexual assault examination is deal within four days of the assault. A report does not need to be made to receive medical attention.
  • At any time:
    • Consider making a formal report
    • Your student can decide how much they would like to participate in any investigation process. Retaliation for filing a formal report or participating in an investigation is not tolerated at MU.
    • Connect with Miami University resources
    • Campus resources are available to your whether or not they file a formal report.
Confidential University Resources

If your student would like to speak confidentially with someone at the university, they may contact any of the following offices:

  • Women Helping Women (rape crisis counselors) are available 24 hours a day at 513-381-5610 and on campus during office hours at Warfield Hall 215 and 217 or 513-431-1111 or 513-846-8402 (call or text). Women Helping Women extends all of their support services to men and the LGBTQ community.
  • Counselors at Miami’s Student Counseling Service (513-529-4634); after hour’s emergencies by calling the Miami University Police at 513-529-2222 or 911.
  • Medical staff at Miami’s Student Health Center (513-529-3000).
  • Off campus clergy, counselors and physicians, including McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital (513-523-2111), where a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is available.

*Under Ohio law, medical clinicians are required to report to the police instances in which they observe physical injury caused by assaultive conduct. This does not require the victim/survivor to report to law enforcement or participate in future criminal investigation.

Mental Health Resources

If you are concerned for your student's mental health or emotional wellbeing, and it is an immediate life-threatening emergency or someone’s safety is in immediate risk, call 911.

If the concern is urgent but not life-threatening:

During business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.): Consider call the Student Counseling Service for a crisis/emergency appointment at 513-529-4634.

After hours:

  • Call Community Counseling and Crisis Center 24.Hr Hotline 844-427-4747 –OR– National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
  • Non-emergencies and routine visits, call the Student Counseling Service during business hours to schedule an appointment: 513-529-4634.
Community and National Resources

Local and national confidential assistance includes the following resources:

  • Crisis Text Line: Text “hello” to 741-741
  • Women Helping Women: 6 S. 2nd St., Floor 8, Hamilton, 24-hour Hotline: 513-381-5610
  • Dove House, YWCA Hamilton: 244 Dayton St, Hamilton, 1-800-618-6523
  • McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital: 110 N. Poplar St, 513-523-2111
  • Ohio Sexual Violence Helpline: 1-844-OHIO-HELP (644-6435)
Important Definitions
  • Sexual assault - Sexual assault is any sexual act directed against another person, without their consent, including instances where the person is incapable of giving consent.
  • Dating violence - Dating Violence is an act of violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of an intimate or romantic nature with the victim.
  • Domestic violence - Domestic Violence is an act of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim or a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner or person similarly situated, or by a parent with whom the victim shares a child in common.
  • Stalking - Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress. Stalking includes repeatedly following, harassing, threatening or intimidating another by telephone, mail, electronic communication, social media or any other action, device or method that purposely or knowingly causes substantial emotional distress or reasonable fear of bodily injury or death.
  • Consent - Consent is when a person agrees or gives permission to another person to engage in certain sexual acts.

Find more definitions in the Title IX Protocol »

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Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is more than just "not cheating." Academic integrity is about learning, responsibility, accountability, fairness, respect, honesty, and trust. Ultimately, academic integrity is about the values we hold and that define our character – it is about what we choose to do, even when no one is looking, and it is about creating sound habits for the future. Download these two documents (the first of which is also presented as a slideshow below) for more information about academic integrity at Miami.

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Residence Hall Policies

Did you know?

  • All residence hall rooms come with a refrigerator
  • Bicycle racks are located adjacent to every residence hall
  • Cooking is prohibited in student rooms, but each hall has a kitchen or kitchenette
  • With the exception of fish, no pets are permitted in any university housing
  • Your student can’t move furniture in or out of their residence room

Check out our full list of Residence Hall policies and our move-in day resources if your student will live on campus.

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