Weekly 3 Emails

The Division of Student Life sends a weekly email to all Oxford undergraduate and graduate students with three quick, important updates and/or reminders. 

2021

September

September 16, 2021

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. Tutoring is now available

As you are getting into a routine for the 2021-2022 academic year, consider taking advantage of resources that will assist you in your academic success. It is never too early to seek out academic support, and the Rinella Learning Center offers tutoring, Supplemental Instruction (SI), and academic coaching at no additional cost to you. Tutoring appointments are now available!

2. Campus Care

Want to speak with a mental health counselor without scheduling therapy sessions? Check out Campus Care, provided by the Student Counseling Service. Consult with a trained mental health professional in a less formal and more convenient setting than a counseling appointment. Campus Care is a drop-in service. No appointment is necessary and there is no fee. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis and there is typically little or no wait time. Conversations are typically about 15 minutes long or less and are held in three convenient locations on campus each week:

  • Tuesdays, 3 - 4 p.m. (MacMillan 017A)

  • Wednesdays, 4 - 5 p.m.(Armstrong 3033)

  • Thursdays 1 - 2 p.m. (Armstrong 3033)

3. Vaccine - Documentation and Exemptions

If you have been vaccinated for COVID-19, please upload your documentation (e.g. vaccine card) to MedProctor. Vaccine documentation can only be accepted through MedProctor. The deadline to submit a record of your first dose is October 25. 

The process to request an exemption from the vaccine requirement is now available. Students must complete a brief Healthy Together 2021 educational module to access the exemption form. The module will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Exemption requests are due October 15.

Have a great week and thanks for reading along with the Weekly 3!

September 9, 2021

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. Drive-Thru COVID Testing (UPDATE!)

There was information in yesterday’s COVID email update about drive-thru testing at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital. There have been some updates to yesterday’s information. You are able to get a drive-thru PCR COVID test at the hospital, but you are required to have a doctor’s order to be tested. The hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

How to get a doctor’s order: Call the health center at 513-529-3000, listen to the prompts, and select option #4 to speak with a nurse. The nurse will ask a few questions to determine if an order to be tested is warranted. Criteria include: 

  • Asymptomatic but being tested due to confirmed exposure

  • Symptomatic less than 48 hours and had confirmed exposure 

  • Confirmation testing for individual who had positive screening antigen test

  • Anyone who needs routine testing (healthcare workers in nursing homes, athletics, etc.)

  • Testing for travel

2. Telehealth Appointments with the At-Home Tests

At-home antigen tests are available for free to any Miami community member. Please follow directions on the test exactly, including the step involving a proctor through telehealth. This step is crucial in providing acceptable documentation of a positive or negative result. For example, if you do not use the telehealth option for the at-home test: 

  • A positive test result will not be accepted for exemption from Miami’s COVID testing program.

  • A negative test result will not be sufficient to remove you from quarantine early. 

Also note the expiration dates on the tests are incorrect. The FDA has extended the shelf-life (expiration date) of the tests to 12 months instead of 9 months or 6 months of the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 home tests.

3. On-Campus Dining FAQs

As you are getting into a routine for the 2021-2022 academic year, you may have questions about eating on campus and maximizing meal plans. Dining Services recently compiled some frequently asked questions that can help! 

One last reminder. You are currently exempt from the Miami testing program if you are “fully vaccinated” with verified documentation on file with MedProctor. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Have a great week and thanks for reading along with the Weekly 3!

September 2, 2021

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. COVID-19 Testing

Appointments for the Student Health Service clinic have been filling up quickly this week and next. Please note the clinic is closed on the weekends and will be closed on Monday for Labor Day.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are unable to get an appointment on campus you have a few options: 

  • See a local provider
  • Get a drive-through COVID-19 test at a local drug store
  • Use an at-home antigen test, available free to any Miami community member (more tests are being delivered this week)

If you test positive for COVID-19 outside of Miami’s testing program or health services, please complete the self-reporting form to let Miami’s COVID Response team know so they can support you.

2. SNAP Benefits

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service has expanded college students’ access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits (formerly called Food Stamps). The expanded access to the SNAP program has been extended into the new academic year (2021-22). Learn more about SNAP and eligibility requirements and apply through the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

 3. Fall Career Fair

The Center for Career Exploration and Success is proud to present a series of in-person and virtual career and internship events this month. 

  • First-year students: Attend Meet the Fairs on September 14. This is a virtual event designed to give experience in networking and navigating a virtual fair environment. The following week, you may participate in either of our virtual fall career fairs.
  • Second-year students and up (including grad students): Attend a traditional in-person event and/or a virtual career fair. In-person fairs have been planned with a longer duration and increased distance between employer tables to de-densify the space. Participants must wear masks while indoors and greet each other without physical contact. Staff, students, and employers are asked not to attend if feeling unwell.

View more information and pre-register for the fairs (required)»

Last reminder - Tomorrow is National College Colors Day. Wear red and white or any Miami gear and share it on social (tag @MiamiUniversity!) to participate!

August

August 26, 2021

The Division of Student Life sends a Weekly 3 email to students each week with three quick, important updates and/or reminders. These are designed to be very quick recaps, linked to more information if you are interested. We’ll always try to be brief!

1. Mega Fair

Get involved and make the most of your Miami experience. Attend the in-person Mega Fair this Sunday, August 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the academic quad (+ Slant Walk & the Seal). Hundreds of student organizations, fraternities and sororities will be present. Explore which groups might be a great fit for you! 

2. COVID-19 

Miami’s COVID-19 testing program started this week. Check your email every day to see if you have been selected. You have about 48 hours after the email is sent to schedule and receive your test. Current testing efforts have focused on unvaccinated, on-campus students. Next week, unvaccinated off-campus students will also be included.

Vaccinated? Submit your vaccination documentation to MedProctor.

At-home antigen tests are available for free to any Miami community member as an added precaution. And always, if you have symptoms, you should get a diagnostic test (Student Health Services; 513-529-3000). 

3. Events on Campus

There are several ways to find out what events are happening on campus. Here are a few: 

  • MiamiOH.edu/Events is the main Miami events calendar
  • The Miami University Events App includes hundreds of events scheduled across campus for the first 50 days of the semester. Download “Welcome Weekend and First 50 Days 2021” guide once you have the app.
  • Follow @MiamiOH_StudentLife on Instagram. We post a highlight of events every Monday and Friday. 

As you find your groove this fall semester, remember that masks are required indoors all over campus - not just in classrooms. Remember to practice kindness and keep an open mind this year. It’s a new year; let’s renew our commitment to respecting each other and demonstrating love and honor.

May

May 13, 2021 - Commencement, COVID-19 Vaccine Records and ShareFest

This is your final Weekly 3 of the semester. Congratulations on all you have accomplished this year - especially to those of you who are graduating! We’re so proud of you and can’t wait to see what you do next!

1. Commencement

Commencement weekend kicks off tonight with an in-person ceremony for the Class of 2020, followed by nine in-person ceremonies over the weekend for the Class of 2021. Visit Miamioh.edu/commencement for information about tickets, protocols, parking and more.

2. Submit COVID-19 vaccine records

If you aren’t graduating and will be back on campus in the fall, we strongly encourage you to submit your COVID-19 vaccine documentation to MedProctor now. Being fully vaccinated (with records on file) will exempt you from Miami’s arrival and surveillance testing programs, as well as requirements to quarantine if you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive. Plan to submit prior to August 2 to make your move in process easier this fall.

3. ShareFest 

As you are moving out this week or next, donate your unwanted items instead of throwing them out. You can drop items in your residence hall or at the ShareFest dropoff spot (located at Chestnut Fields parking lot) starting today. The ShareFest site has a list of accepted items.

Congratulations again as you finish up the year. We hope you have a restful and productive summer.

May 6, 2021 - Health Insurance, Bike Storage, Wayne Embry Day

Happy last day of class for the Spring 2021 semester! Congratulations on all your hard work this year, and best of luck as you prepare for final exams. 

On Tuesday, the City of Oxford updated their mass gathering restriction so the 10-guest limit now applies only to indoor gatherings. Please note that any outdoor tent with walls counts as “indoors.” 

Here is your Weekly 3 for this week: 

1. Student Health Insurance - Enroll or Waive this Summer

All full-time Oxford students (and all part-time international students) are required to have health insurance and are automatically enrolled (and charged) each year in the Miami-sponsored plan through Aetna. Many students are already covered on their parents’ insurance, and thus need to complete a waiver each year. Watch your email this summer for the link to waive or enroll in student insurance starting July 1. These waivers are due on August 1.

2. Summer Bike Storage

If you have a bike on campus, you must take it home or store it at Miami University Police Department this summer. All bikes must be removed from indoor and outdoor bike racks by Sunday, May 16. If you are staying on campus this summer, you must attach a note to your bike indicating you’ll be using it this summer. More details about summer bike storage

3. Wayne Embry Day Celebration

You are invited to a celebration as Miami honors Wayne Embry '58 and Theresa Embry '60, two extraordinary alumni and civil rights icons. Please join us at 11 a.m. on May 18, 2021 at Millett Hall's South Entrance for the presentation of the Freedom Summer of '64 Award and the unveiling and dedication of the Wayne Embry Statue and Scholarship. More information about the dedication

Bonus: We know it’s a busy time, but if you are looking for an excuse to procrastinate for a good cause, here are a few opportunities:

Again, best of luck in finishing out the semester strong, and congratulations to all of our graduating students!

April

April 29, 2021 - Academic Integrity, Leadership Awards, DEI Update

Here is your Weekly 3 for this week: 

1. Academic Integrity Reminders 

As the semester comes to an end, here are a few things to remember when completing your final academic assignments:
  • It's your responsibility to know what is and what is not allowed to be used or done on assignments. If you are unsure, ask your instructor!
  • You will be okay even if you leave questions blank or turn in less-than-perfect work.
  • Practice good time management and use Miami resources such as the Rinella Learning Center, Howe Writing Center, and Student Counseling Service
  • Take care of your physical needs (e.g. sleep, healthy food, exercise, and only a moderate use of caffeine) so you are able to do your best academically.

All of us in Student Life are cheering you on as you wrap up the semester. You’ve got this!

2. Service Leadership Awards

Congratulations to students and organizations recently recognized through the following leadership award programs! 

3. Student Life DEI Updates

The Division of Student Life launched a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Action Team last summer to develop, guide, and advance the DEI efforts of the division. Check out what the team has been up to in this Year in Review article. Additionally, Student Life developed and published a DEI values statement, now published on our website. 

Thanks for reading along this week.

April 22, 2021 - SEAL Awards, Move Out, and Step Up!

We know this week has been heavy for many of you anticipating the conclusion of the Derek Chauvin trial. The Division of Student Life joins President Crawford and all those who stand for justice and racial equality. We affirm the necessity of dismantling systemic racism and oppression in this country. We also want to encourage you to find ways to take care of yourself and each other, and to use the mental health resources available on campus.

Here is your Weekly 3 for this week:

  1. SEAL Awards
    Join the Center for Student Engagement, Activities, and Leadership (SEAL) in celebrating student organizations, fraternities and sororities, and student leaders at the 2021 SEAL Awards next Wednesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. This year's awards will feature special guests and performances from student groups in front of a limited in-person audience and will be live-streamed for all to enjoy. A link to the stream will be sent out the week of the event. 

  2. Move Out & ShareFest
    As we get closer to the end of the year, it’s time to start thinking about Move Out. The City of Oxford has many ways to help you move-out in a community and environmentally friendly way: 

    • Instead of throwing away unwanted items, drop them off at ShareFest during the week of May 13 - 19 for local nonprofit agencies. The ShareFest site has a list of accepted items.
    • The City of Oxford’s 2021 Move Out page contains information about recycling and extra dumpsters during move out week.

  3. Step Up! Bystander Intervention
    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and the It’s On Us campaign reminds all students to step up and intervene in situations when another person could be harmed. If you’re interested in Step Up! Bystander Awareness for your organization, request a presentation through the HAWKS Peer Health Educators. And remember the three D’s of bystander intervention:
    • Direct - personally intervening in a situation (when safe to do so)
    • Delegate - enlisting the help of another person with the situation (e.g. a bouncer at a bar) 
    • Distract - creating a distraction to create space and time for the situation to diffuse.

Also consider signing the “It’s On Us” pledge on the It’s On Us page. And remember: if you see something, say something. 

April 15, 2021 - Charter Day Ball, APIDA Heritage Month, Undergraduate Research

Here is your Weekly 3 for this week:

      1. Charter Day Ball: Virtual Edition
        Charter Day Ball is typically a formal event that happens every three years. This year’s event will be virtual. Tune in this weekend (Saturday at 9 p.m.)  to watch a magician, student performances, and tons of student-created content.

      2. APIDA Heritage Month
        Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month is typically celebrated in the month of May, but there are some events happening throughout April and early May. Check out the events (so far) on the APIDA Heritage Month website, and submit your org’s relevant event to be included as well. 

      3. Undergraduate Research Forum
        The 27th Undergraduate Research Forum will be held online on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., where 220 undergraduate students are scheduled to give presentations during three sessions. Attend to learn about the great diversity of undergraduate research projects and to support the students and mentors who make these experiential learning opportunities a success. To attend any presentation, join a zoom session through links that will be provided on the UR Forum website

Thanks for reading along this week. And if you’re in Oxford, we recommend making your way around campus in the next few days to enjoy the beautiful blooming trees and flowers!


April 8, 2021 - Vaccine updates and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Here is your weekly 3: 

      1. Vaccine Clinic - “No Waste” Form
        Miami’s first COVID-19 vaccination clinics for students begin this weekend.  If you have been unable to get an appointment for the clinics, you can complete the No-Waste form to be called in the event there are any available doses due to no-shows/cancellations/etc.

      2. Second Dose Vaccine Appointments
        You will schedule your second dose during your first appointment. The second dose clinics will be held in early May, nearing the end of the semester. As you approach your second appointment, consider working ahead in your classes and completing assignments early in case you experience side effects from the second dose.

      3. Sexual Assault Awareness Month
        April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Several events throughout the month aim to raise awareness and educate about sexual assault and interpersonal violence. Check out the full slate of events

Thanks for reading along with the Weekly 3. And enjoy your Wellness Day off on Monday!


April 1, 2021 - Deadlines, Graduation Parties, Leadership Opportunities

As you may have heard, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced plans today to make the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine available to Ohio college students in April. Miami anticipates being able to offer student vaccine clinics starting as soon as April 10. Please check your email in the coming days for information about priority registration and appointments. 

Here is your weekly 3:

      1. Dates & Deadlines
      • The deadline to change a course to credit/no credit is today at 11:59 p.m. for undergraduate students. Read more on credit/no credit grade option website.
      • The deadline to drop a class (with a “W”) is also today. 
      • Starting today, student organizations may request reservations in the Armstrong Student Center for the 2021-2022 year. Requests can be made through the online request system.
      1. Graduation (and other) Parties
        The City of Oxford has a mass gathering ban in place that limits visitors to 10 guests. Any party, including graduation parties, can only have up to 10 guests total. This ban is tied to the State of Ohio Executive Order 2020-1D. If the State of Ohio lifts this executive order, Oxford’s local ban will end.

      2. Leadership & Employment Opportunities
        Several organizations and offices are currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year. Here are a few: 

Thanks for reading along with the Weekly 3. 

March

March 25, 2021 - Just Call, Grad Fest, Fall Registration

On this third Wellness Day of the semester, we hope you are taking time for some healthy, safe, and restorative self-care practices. Many in-person and virtual events are listed on the Wellness Days website if you need some ideas. 

Here is your weekly 3: 

  1. Just Call
    If you come across someone who is having trouble taking care of themselves, just call the Miami Police (513-529-2222) or 911 and get them help. Miami’s Good Samaritan Policy allows students to seek medical assistance in alcohol or drug-related emergencies without concern for arrest and disciplinary action for themselves or the other person. Look out for one another and do the right thing by asking for help.

  2. Spring 2021 Grad Fest
    Spring semester moves quickly and it will be May before you know it! Brick & Ivy is hosting Grad Fest March 29 - April 10. During Grad Fest, you can get 25% off caps and gowns, tassels, and diploma frames. Participate online or in the store.

  3. Fall 2021 Class Registration
    Registration for Fall 2021 starts on April 7. Check your time ticket in BannerWeb for your individual registration time and find information about when and how to register on the One Stop website

That’s it for this week. Remember: COVID doesn’t take a break for Wellness Days. Wear a mask, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often. 


March 18, 2021 - Choices, Call for Art, COVID Compliance

Before getting into your weekly 3, we want to acknowledge and condemn the significant rise in bigotry and violence towards Asian and AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) people in the past year. This week’s mass shooting targeting Asian businesses compounds the pain, fear, and trauma experienced by many. We reject racism, bigotry, and sexism in any form. 

Support is available (Student Counseling Service, H.O.P.E. Line, Campus Care). Please report all incidents of bias or bigotry on campus. There are also many resources for taking action at this Anti-Asian Violence Resources page.

Here’s your weekly 3 for this week. 

  1. Making good choices 
    The Office of Student Wellness has some reminders for students who choose to include alcohol in their social activities. Their BLAST (Basic, Low-Risk, Alcohol Safety Tips) campaign encourages you to know what's in your drink, pace yourself, know your surroundings, stay at or below the Point of Diminishing Return (.05 - .06 BAC), and watch your BAC. Be on the lookout for more BLAST messages on campus and on @HawksHealthZone Instagram.

  2. 20/20 Vision: Journey of Reflection & Transformation Call for Art
    The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion (CSDI) is calling all artists to participate in the CSDI Arts Show: 20/20 Vision: A Journey of Reflection & Transformation. Submit your works reflecting on how the events of the year 2020 have impacted your own lived experience. The submission deadline is Friday, March 26, 2021. Find more information about the theme and requirements on the Art Show Submission Form.

  3. COVID Compliance in Oxford
    We’ve heard some misconceptions among students about COVID-related expectations in Oxford. Here are a few: 

    MYTH
    : Oxford can’t cite for COVID violations because the state is relaxing their regulations.
    REALITY: The City can and does enforce its own laws, including the mask requirement and ordinance prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 guests.

    MYTH: Oxford Police (OPD) isn’t citing people for COVID-related violations. 
    REALITY: OPD has issued 25 mass gathering citations ($500 fine) so far this academic year. 

    MYTH: Miami isn’t holding students accountable for COVID violations.
    REALITY: 87 students have been found responsible for COVID-related violations. Sanctions include suspension and disciplinary probation. Probation impacts your ability to study abroad, hold certain leadership positions, and be granted the second-year exemption for living off campus.

Thank you for reading along. Please take care of yourselves - and each other - this week.


March 11, 2021 - SNAP benefits, health survey, financial wellness

Here’s your weekly 3 for this week. 

  1. SNAP Benefits
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service has expanded college students’ access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits (formerly called Food Stamps). Learn more about SNAP and eligibility requirements. Contact your local SNAP office/ Ohio Department of Job & Family Services for more information.
  1. Student Health Survey 2021
    The Miami Student Health Survey (MSHS) is designed to provide insights into common challenges to student success so the university can enhance services and support. Students are asked about a number of health and wellness topics, including alcohol use, mental health, sexual and interpersonal violence, and campus climate. To participate, check your email for a message from studenthealthsurvey@miamioh.edu. Participants will receive either a $3 giftcard to King Cafe or be entered into a drawing for Miami swag.
  1. Financial Wellness Center
    Miami is excited to introduce a Financial Wellness Center! Designed to be similar to other Student Wellness platforms, this series of educational playlists helps students build their own financial knowledge and be prepared for the future. Topics range from basic competencies such as budgeting, banking, taxes, and credit cards to more detailed topics such as understanding and managing personal credit, making sound financial decisions in the career world, and saving for the long term.

Thank you for reading along with the Weekly 3. Be sure to check out the Student Life Instagram Story today for questions and answers about Miami’s COVID-19 testing program. And don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night! 


March 4, 2021 - EdLogics, Strep & Mono, Armstrong

Here’s your weekly 3 for this week. 

  1. EdLogics
    As your second Wellness Day of the spring semester approaches (on March 9!), check out the EdLogics platform to learn about self-care and staying healthy. EdLogics is full of games, tools, videos, and short articles on hot topics. Use your extra time on Wellness Days to dive in. While you're at it, you'll earn points and be entered to win cash and other prizes. Free for Miami students.

  2. Strep and Mono
    Student Health Services has seen an uptick in the number of strep throat and mono cases in the past week. If you are feeling unwell, contact Student Health Services or another provider for an appointment, even if you have recently tested negative for COVID-19. Don’t delay your care.

  3. Armstrong 
    The Armstrong Student Center is open and here to serve you. While COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, you can reserve study space up to two weeks in advance, grab a bite to eat at one of the many food options in the building, or visit the Red Zone for food, games, and TV.

    Offices located in Armstrong are also open, including the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, Student Activities and Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Wilks Institute for Leadership and Service, and the Center for Career Exploration and Success. You can continue to use the HUB for a listing of activities in the Armstrong Student Center and across campus.

Thanks for reading along for this week’s Weekly 3. And remember to wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and wash your hands often this semester

February

February 25, 2021 - Counseling, Dedication Ceremonies, Love & Honor Story Project

Here’s your weekly 3 for this week. 

  1. Student Counseling Groups and Workshops
    The Student Counseling Service has added several virtual groups and workshops for the spring semester. Groups are weekly 1.5 hour meetings to discuss particular concerns over time (e.g. depression & anxiety recovery, graduate student support, grief recovery, panic to peace, etc.). Workshops cover different topics each week (e.g. boundaries, practicing gratitude, food and your mood, etc.) and last about 20-30 minutes.
     
  2. Nellie Craig Walker Hall & Residence Hall Lobbies
    Yesterday, Miami dedicated Nellie Craig Walker Hall (formerly the Campus Avenue Building) and three residence hall lobbies to honor our first Black graduate and three slain Freedom Summer activists who trained here in Oxford. The virtual dedication ceremonies are both available on YouTube (Nellie Craig Walker dedication, Lobbies dedication), and include comments from relatives/descendants of the honorees, current students, alumni, President Crawford, and other campus leaders.

  3. Love & Honor Story Project
    The Love & Honor Story Project began in 2019 through the Office of the Dean of Students. The project recognizes and honors one student each month for enacting the values articulated in the Code of Love and Honor. If you know someone who exemplifies the Code of Love and Honor through their extraordinary care for their community, nominate them to be recognized! Check out the most recent recipients and nominate a peer for the award at the Love and Honor Story Project website

We all want to return to normal, but we are not yet in the clear with this pandemic. Keep it up with masking, distancing, and handwashing. And remember to check your symptoms every day. If you’re sick: stay home!


February 18, 2021 - President's/Dean's List, Good Sam, Black History Month

We hope your first wellness day of the semester was an opportunity to recharge and spend time on self-care. Here’s your weekly 3 for this week. 

  1. Fall 2020 President’s List and Dean’s List Announced
    Congratulations to students who made the President’s List and Dean’s List for the Fall 2020 semester. The President’s List recognizes students ranked in the top 3% of each division and the Dean’s List recognizes students ranked in the next 17% of each division. Learn more about eligibility for these lists (e.g. undergrad, 12+ graded credit hours).
  1. Good Samaritan Policy
    If you see a student who may be in need of medical attention due to alcohol or drug use, step up and call for help. Every year, there are nearly 2,000 alcohol-related deaths on college campuses. In 2017, it happened at Miami. You could save a life by making that call.

    As a reminder, Miami will not take disciplinary action for a violation of our drug or alcohol policies against those who seek emergency medical assistance for themselves or other students (Good Samaritan Policy). In these cases, you should: 
    • Call 911 or the Miami University Police Department at 513-529-2222
    • Seek assistance from a resident assistant (RA) or residence hall director; or
    • Use the McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, 110 North Poplar, 513-523-2111
  1. Black History Month
    Check out the calendar of events happening on campus and virtually to celebrate Black History Month. In addition to attending panels, lectures, and celebrations, you can submit an essay for a scholarship competition (deadline Sunday) and visit a virtual art expo.
As always, be sure to mask up, practice distancing, and wash hands regularly. And if you test positive for COVID-19, please remember to complete the self-reporting form

February 11, 2021 - Diversity listserv, Wellness Days, Snow

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

  1. Sign up for the Institutional Diversity Weekly 3
    The Office of Institutional Diversity provides updates regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion-related events, programming, and more in a “Weekly 3” format. The updates are posted on the Institutional Diversity website and social media each week, and also sent via email to the Diversity Listserv. Subscribe to the Diversity Listserv to receive those weekly emails. This week’s email covered Black History Month events, Zoom bombing, upcoming training, events, and lectures, and Lunar New Year.

  2. Wellness Days 
    In lieu of a traditional spring break, Miami has dedicated 5 Wellness Days throughout the spring semester. Classes will not be held on Wellness Days, and you are encouraged to take time for self-care and exploring the dimensions of wellness. Find Wellness Day events, learn more about campus resources, and do a deep dive on all 8 dimensions of wellness on the Wellness Days website. The first Wellness Day is next week (Feb. 17).

  3. Snow & Snow Emergencies
    With all the snow we’ve had this week, be sure to familiarize yourself with Oxford’s policies around snow emergencies. The short version: if Oxford has a snow emergency (like we did this week) OR if there are 3 inches of snow on the ground, you aren’t allowed to park on any snow routes. Routes are marked with signs or you can find a map on their website. You can also sign up for alerts via email or text through Nixle

If you plan to venture out this weekend, remember to wear a mask, avoid gatherings, and follow public health guidelines. It’s expected to be a cold weekend. Bundle up and look out for each other! And if you receive an invitation to come in for wide-net or surveillance testing-- do it! Our invitation process is strategic, so if you receive one it means you were likely around people who have tested positive with COVID-19.


February 4, 2021 - Super Bowl, Academic Integrity, Plasma Donation

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

  1. Super Bowl
    According to a recent New York Times article, COVID-19 cases have surged after every major holiday in the past year. Though “Super Bowl Sunday” isn’t an actual holiday, health officials are concerned that Super Bowl parties could be more dangerous than most holidays. These parties tend to be indoors and can involve more households than typical holidays. Not to mention there are new, more contagious variants of COVID-19 surfacing. 

    Avoid gatherings outside your pod. Zoom with friends while watching the game in your space. Snap your reactions to commercials. Watch with your roommate. Don’t let Super Bowl weekend be a super spreader event!
  2. What is Academic Integrity?
    Academic integrity is more than just "not cheating." It’s about learning, responsibility, accountability, fairness, respect, honesty, and trust. It is about what we choose to do, even when no one is looking, and creating sound habits for the future.

    Academic integrity is expected of all Miami students and will be expected in future endeavors. Remember, it is your responsibility to maintain academic integrity and to know and follow the academic integrity policy.

  3. Donate Plasma
    Have you already had COVID-19 and recovered? You can help critically ill COVID-19 patients by donating your plasma in the Shriver Center. Donors will receive a $25 Kroger gift card and a t-shirt. Learn more about donating plasma and eligibility. Sign up below: 
    1. February 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    2. February 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    3. March 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thanks for tuning in this week. Be safe out there!

January

January 28, 2021 - Curfew change, tutoring, meeting security

We hope the first week of classes has been going well. Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life.

1. Curfew Change
Ohio governor Mike DeWine announced a change today to the statewide curfew. The curfew time is now 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. That means you should be home by 11 p.m. and stay there until 5 a.m. Campus facilities may adjust their hours accordingly.

2. Tutoring options

The Rinella Learning Center (RLC) provides virtual tutoring options for students seeking content-specific assistance.

  • RLC Peer Tutoring is by appointment only and is facilitated by highly-trained peer tutors who have completed coursework at Miami and excelled in their subject area.
  • Tutor.com Staff Tutoring is offered by professional tutors through our partnership with Tutor.com.

A list of courses supported and directions on how to access tutoring is on the RLC Tutoring website.

3. Virtual meeting security

When planning virtual meetings or events, please review the web conferencing security page to provide a more secure experience. The site includes steps for creating and starting your meeting (e.g. enable waiting room, screen share settings, etc.) and how to handle a meeting disruption (e.g. disable unmute and chat functions, how to help Zoom to collect data about intruders, etc.).

Thanks for reading along with the Weekly 3!


January 21, 2021 - Communication, Testing Changes, Winter Welcome

Happy Spring 2021! This semester, you’ll continue to receive a weekly email from Student Life with three quick, important updates and/or reminders with links for more information if you are interested.

1. Spring Communication

You spoke. We listened. You wanted more predictable, concise COVID-19 email communication. Here’s what you can expect this semester: 

  • Testing invitations. All COVID-19 testing invitations will be sent by 9 a.m. each morning. If invited, you’ll have 48 hours to complete your test or provide documentation for an exemption.
  • Weekly COVID updates. Each Wednesday by noon, you’ll receive an update from Miami’s COVID-19 planning teams. Student Life will post brief overviews on Instagram story as well. 
  • Weekly 3 for Students. On Thursdays, you’ll receive the Weekly 3 by 5 p.m. 
  • Other updates. Occasionally, you’ll receive time-sensitive updates from Miami at other times (e.g. governor’s updates, major policy changes, etc.).
2. Testing Changes

You can expect a few changes this semester to our wide-net and surveillance testing program. Here are highlights - visit the Testing website for details.

  • Saliva tests. These tests are faster, use resources more effectively, and detect COVID-19 earlier. 
  • Results. The drawback of saliva tests is that we cannot provide diagnostic results. You won’t hear from us unless your test indicates that you need to come back in for a confirmatory diagnostic test (so you will not receive negative results). 
  • 90 day exemption. Previous positive COVID tests will exempt you from testing for 90 days only. Submit documentation through MedProctor.
3. Winter Welcome Events

Many virtual and in-person events are planned in the first few weeks of the semester to foster connections. Visit the Winter Welcome page for a list of events. 

Thanks for reading along for this week’s Weekly 3. And remember to wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and wash your hands often this semester!

2020

December

December 11, 2020 - Special Edition (sexual and interpersonal violence prevention and response)

Congratulations on finishing up the fall semester! This is your final Weekly 3 of the Fall semester, and a special edition with updates to Miami’s sexual and interpersonal violence prevention and response.

New Assistant Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Jaymee Lewis-Flenaugh has been named the new Assistant Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. As the Assistant Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Jaymee coordinates the community response to student-involved sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment), domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. This response can include appropriate referrals, resource connection, reporting guidance, and supportive measures.

While Jaymee will be on leave beginning next week until mid-February, Gabby Dralle, Associate Dean of Students, will serve as the Interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator, a role she served in since 2018, until Jaymee’s return.

You can reach Jaymee at 104 Warfield, 513-529-1870 or TitleIX@MiamiOH.edu

Sexual Assault Survivor Support (SASS)
A new student organization, Sexual Assault Survivor Support (SASS), received a $5,000 grant from Bumble to fund the expansion of support services for survivors of sexual assault on campus. SASS is a student-run organization dedicated to providing and cultivating a safe space that empowers, heals, and supports victims/survivors of sexual assault and personal violence.

Behind the Post
The Office of Student Wellness, in partnership with Intercollegiate Athletics, provided a new prevention-based training to student athletes this Fall semester. The One Love: Behind the Post training was facilitated by HAWKS Peer Health Educators and delivered over Zoom to 500+ student athletes. The training included an 8-minute video portraying an unhealthy and abusive relationship that also demonstrated how social media can be a barrier to seeking help. The video was followed by an hour-long small group discussion.

The Office of Student Wellness is continuing this conversation about the role of social media in prevention with a series of social media posts during Stalking Awareness Month (January).

Thanks for tuning in to the Weekly 3 this semester. We hope that you have a safe, restful, and enjoyable winter break. We’ll be back with the Weekly 3 in January!


December 3, 2020 - Health Services Building, Dec. Graduation, Leadership Opportunities

Here is your weekly roundup from the Division of Student Life. This is the last regular edition of the Weekly 3 this semester. There will be a special edition next week, and then we’ll be back in January.

Health Services Building Closing
The Health Services Building (on Campus Avenue) will be closing next week in preparation for construction to begin on the new clinical health sciences building, which is scheduled to be completed in 2023. While the new building is being constructed, these offices will be relocated to other areas of campus:

  • Student Health Services will be located in Harris Hall. They will be closed Dec. 9-11 during their move. 
  • Student Counseling Service will be located in Harris Hall. 
  • Student Wellness will be located in Boyd Hall.

More information is available in this Miami news article

December Graduation
The Fall Commencement ceremony will be held virtually at 3 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2020. The event will celebrate December 2020 graduates, January 2021 graduates, and the entire Miami Class of 2020. All are invited to attend; you can find more information on the Commencement website

Apply for Leadership Opportunities
Several areas in Student Life are currently recruiting students interested in leadership / involvement roles. Check out the links for more information.

One last reminder as you travel and celebrate holidays with friends and families over the next month-- COVID-19 cases are rising nearly everywhere. You already know to mask up, wash hands, practice physical distancing, monitor symptoms, and so on. But please also consider decreasing your contacts and getting tested 7-10 days prior to seeing people outside your household, especially those who are older or immuno-compromised. 

Thanks for reading the Weekly 3 this semester. Best of luck on final exams, papers, and projects - finish strong!

November

November 19, 2020 - Travel Safety, COVID Reinfection & Statewide Curfew

Here’s your weekly roundup from the Division of Student Life. 

Travel Safety
If you’re headed home for the holidays, be sure to take some precautions to keep you and your family safe from COVID-19 while you are visiting. Here are a few tips: 

  • Monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms like fever, cough, body aches, etc.
  • When in public, continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and physical distance. Do the same around immune-compromised individuals, even in your own house.
  • Be aware of your home state’s quarantine or testing rules around traveling from Ohio.
  • You can get a voluntary COVID test through Oxford Priority Care or another testing site listed on the Ohio Department of Health website. Oxford Priority Care is reporting long lines, so expect to wait when you go. New today: To assist Priority Care in managing the demand for testing, Student Health Services will offer voluntary testing today and tomorrow. Call 513-529-8526 and please leave your name and number if you reach voicemail; they will call you back to let you know a window of time and location for voluntary testing.

For more information about reducing risks during the pandemic, check out these tips from the Ohio Hospital Association.

Reinfection of COVID-19
If you’ve already had COVID, be aware of current CDC guidelines regarding risk of reinfection. While much is still unknown, current guidance indicates you may be susceptible for reinfection beginning 90 days after testing positive. Look for more information in the coming weeks detailing our Spring Move-In Testing plan. Be prepared when you return to campus in January to be tested frequently. And everyone - even those who have already had COVID-19 - should be practicing health precautions to reduce the risk of spread.

Statewide Curfew & Campus Hours
Ohio Governor DeWine issued 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew for the entire state starting tonight at 10 p.m. This means you must be in your hall, apartment, or house each night by 10 p.m. while you are in Ohio. With the curfew and the upcoming break, many campus services and buildings will be closing earlier than usual. Be sure to check social media and/or websites for updated hours. 

Stay safe and healthy, Miamians. We wish you a safe and restful break next week!


November 12, 2020 - Online Exams, Teaching Excellence Award & DEI Action Team Website

Here’s your weekly roundup from the Division of Student Life. 

Success Strategies for Online Exams
As we’re gearing up for the end of the Fall semester, check out the attached PDF with 6 tips on how to successfully prepare for remote exams. These tips were compiled by the Miami University Academic Support & Advising Association. Be on the lookout for more information coming soon about preparing for final exams.

Nominate your instructor for the Student Recognition of Teaching Excellence Award
The Provost’s Office and student government organizations are introducing the Student Recognition of Teaching Excellence Award for Fall 2020. This was a semester that required creativity, flexibility, and a great deal of time and energy. This new award will honor instructors who have worked to create positive, engaging, and creative learning opportunities and advising experiences for students. 

Please submit your nomination via this form by November 30, 2020.

Student Life Diversity, Equity, and Action Team Website
The Division of Student Life launched a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Action Team this summer to develop, guide, and advance the DEI efforts of the division. The team recently released the Student Life DEI Action Plan, which is now available on the DEI Action Team website

Today is officially two weeks out from Thanksgiving, and if you plan to see family for the holidays, it’s time to start self-quarantining and being extra cautious to make sure you don’t put your loved ones at risk. 

If you plan to go home, talk to your family about how to best keep each other safe. And if you’ve already had COVID-19, immunity appears to expire about 90 days after an infection. So if you had it in August or earlier, you may be able to contract and/or spread the virus again. 

Stay safe and healthy, Miamians!


November 5, 2020 - State Quarantine Rules, Academic Support & Election Support Sessions Added

Here’s your weekly roundup from the Division of Student Life.

State Quarantine Rules
As you make travel plans in the next few weeks, be sure to check the quarantine rules for your home state. Some states require or recommend self-quarantine if you are traveling from Ohio, and some states require a negative COVID test within a few days of arrival. Here’s a recent list of rules from Forbes, but be sure to check your state’s health department website too, as recommendations may change quickly.

Academic Support
We’re in the home stretch of the semester! If you need content-based academic support (to help you better understand course content), be sure to check the Rinella Learning Center website for free remote tutoring and supplemental instruction services. If you need skills-based academic support (to help you build skills to excel across all classes), check out these digital resources.

Election Listening & Dialogue sessions added
As we continue to sit in uncertainty about the election results, we have added more Dialogue and Listening sessions throughout all next week. The updated schedule can be found on the Wilks Institute for Leadership & Service website.

Remember, Miamians - we are not yet out of the woods for COVID-19 outbreaks this semester. It’s especially important to keep your guard up these next few weeks as you prepare to travel home and see family members who may be at higher risk for complications. Ohio continues to regularly see record-breaking numbers of new cases. Wear a mask anytime you leave your residence, maintain physical distance, and stay in your pod!

October

October 29, 2020 - Voting, Halloween & Election Support

Here’s your weekly roundup from the Division of Student Life. 

Voting
If you are registered to vote in Ohio, Saturday (at noon) is the last day to request an absentee ballot. The Ohio Secretary of State website also has information about how to vote early at your county’s Board of Elections, or find your assigned precinct to vote in person on Election Day. Don’t forget your photo ID and proof of address if you vote in person. On-campus students can generate a proof of address letter to present (printed or digital) at the polls from the Registrar and Dean of Students.

Halloween
Don’t let your guard down this weekend! Consider how quarantine or isolation might impact your travel plans in November or how you will ensure you aren’t bringing COVID home to your family. Check out this week’s Student Life blog post - Don’t Let Halloween Ruin Thanksgiving for ideas of what you CAN do this weekend to celebrate safely. 

*Dressing up? Check out the Center for Student Diversity’s Instagram highlight on cultural appropriation

Election Support
You’ve probably heard that definitive election results may not be known on Election Day. We understand there may be strong feelings/anxiety/concerns about all aspects of the election. Here are a few resources Miami is offering over the next few weeks to help: 

  • Student Life has partnered with student leaders and faculty from Political Science and the Menard Family Center for Democracy to answer your voting and election-related questions on Instagram throughout the election season.
  • The Student Counseling Service has expanded Campus Care, quadrupling the number of sessions available for students in the weeks following the election. 
  • The Wilks Leadership Institute is coordinating Election Dialogue & Listening sessions to help students talk about and process election events. These are not partisan sessions, but a place to talk about this unique, and potentially extended, election season.

Stay healthy, Miamians! You know the drill, but we feel obligated to remind you to stay home if you’re sick, wear a mask outside your residence, wash hands regularly, avoid groups, and maintain physical distance.


October 22, 2020 - Flu Vaccines, I'm Struggling Form & Voting Early

Here’s your weekly roundup from the Division of Student Life.

Flu Vaccines
Getting your annual flu shot is especially important this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic (and it’s part of the Healthy Together Pledge!). Student Health Services is hosting flu shot clinics on several days in October and November in Armstrong Haines (near the food court) where you can get your vaccine. You must be 18 or older to participate; bring a photo ID and health insurance card.

“I’m Struggling” Form
If you are struggling academically, you can fill out the “I’m Struggling” form to ask for support. The Rinella Learning Center staff responds to requests within 24 hours. Even if Rinella is not the best resource to help, they can get you connected with the right resources on campus.

Voting Early
If you are registered and planning to vote in the upcoming election, we recommend you vote with an absentee ballot or vote early in person. COVID-19 continues to put students in quarantine and isolation throughout this election season. We’re exploring ways to allow students under a legal quarantine or isolation order to vote on Election Day, but why chance it? Keep it simple by voting early or absentee.

Stay healthy, Miamians! These next few weeks will be particularly important as you plan to return to your families and home communities in November. Stay in if you’re sick. Keep your pod small. Wash your hands. And wear a mask.


October 15, 2020 - Positive for COVID, Outdoor Activities & Mental Health Resources

Here’s your weekly roundup from the Division of Student Life. 

Positive for COVID-19?
If you’re in Oxford and you’ve recently tested positive for COVID-19, please complete the student self-reporting form. Completing the form allows us to more quickly support you. Remember, Miami will not use positive test results or information from the self-reporting form to pursue conduct violations. 

If you were infected with COVID-19 4+ weeks ago and have recovered, you may be eligible to donate convalescent plasma to treat individuals infected with COVID-19. Miami is hosting a plasma drive on October 28. Complete this screening form to see if you are eligible to donate.

Outdoor activities
You may have noticed the 40 ft x 40 ft tents in each residential quad. Miami rented these tents to increase outdoor gathering space for students living on campus, and they are open for your use. Guidelines for the tents are now on the Residence Life website.

Are you tired of hearing what you can’t do? Check out a recent Student Life blog post with some ideas about what you can do. Follow Student Life on Instagram for more. And check out MAP’s calendar of events for some outdoor events in the next few weeks!

Mental health resources
If your emotional health could use some attention, Student Counseling Service (SCS) offers a variety of opportunities to help. Call SCS during normal business hours at 513-529-4634 to schedule a virtual counseling session. For after-hours support (evening and weekends), you can call the HOPE Line at 855-249-5649 to be connected with a licensed mental health counselor 24/7.

SCS is also hosting several one-time workshops (e.g. “Coping During COVID-19, Choose to Snooze, Taking on Perfectionism) and regular virtual group therapy for various needs (e.g. Depression & Anxiety Recovery, Panic to Peace, Inter-Cultural Connections).  

Bonus
Did you know it’s Homecoming & Family weekend? Check out your 2020 Homecoming Court, vote for the Love & Honor Cup winners, and tune in on Instagram Live Saturday at 1 pm for the winners announcement. 

Stay healthy, Miamians! Ohio saw a record number of new positive cases yesterday, topping more than 2,000 new cases in a single day for the first time since the pandemic began. Don’t forget to continue wearing a mask anytime you leave your residence, maintain physical distance, and stay in your pod!


October 8, 2020 - COVID Test Results, Mask Mandate Change & Message from Jayne Brownell

Dear Miami students,

The Division of Student Life will begin sending a weekly email with three quick, important updates and/or reminders. These are designed to be very quick recaps, linked to where you might find more information if you are interested.

COVID Test Results
If you’ve been in Oxford this fall, chances are you have received a COVID-19 test or two (or more). If you aren’t sure how to receive your results, here’s a quick rundown: 

  1. Student Health Services: Testing results appear through your MyChart account. 

  2. Harris Hall: You’ll receive an email with directions on how to retrieve your results from the COV19.health portal. 

  3. Remain-In-Room: You’ll receive an email with your results.

  4. Regardless of how where you tested on campus, you will receive a call from Student Health Services/TriHealth if you test positive. Be sure to answer your phone and check your voicemail!

Mask Mandate Change
There has been a change in the mask mandate on campus. You are now required to wear a mask indoors and outdoors, with very few exceptions.

From Jayne Brownell, VP for Student Life:
The pandemic has reminded us of the ways we are interconnected. We can’t sit back and leave the responsibility for the health of our community to others. We must all play our part, every day, with actions large and small, for as long as needed. 

Some of us may experience COVID-19 as nothing more than an inconvenience. However, the choices we make can have significant implications for others. Remember that the health of your neighbor, your instructor, or the person who makes your daily cup of coffee depends on your choices.   We have just over six weeks remaining in our semester, and the ability to successfully complete this semester on campus hangs in the balance. Wear your mask, indoors and out. Practice physical distancing at all times. And limit your social gatherings to 10 people or less, or no more than 1 guest per resident in your residence hall room.

If you aren’t sure of what is expected of you, you can refer to the Healthy Miami website or follow Miami Student Life (@miamioh_studentlife) on social media for regular tips and reminders.