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. 

2022

May

May 5

Be sure to pay attention to tomorrow’s COVID weekly email. Cases are rising in our area and there’s a chance the CDC could raise our risk level this week or next. Take precautions in groups. Pick up some at-home tests and test yourself if you have symptoms. Let’s get through this last week of the semester staying healthy, and avoid taking COVID home to your families.

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 can’t wait to see what you do next!

1. Celebrating graduates
  • M.O.V.E. Bootcamp. Join the President and Dr. Crawford for a morning of fitness this Saturday 10-10:45 a.m. in the backyard of Lewis Place. All are welcome to attend, with a focus on sending off our graduates. 

  • Graduate Open House. Graduating students are invited to Lewis Place Saturday afternoon from 1-3 p.m. for an open house with President and Dr. Crawford. Grab some swag and take pictures (bring your cap and gown if you’d like). 

  • Commencement. Graduation is next weekend! Details on the Commencement website.

 2. Taking a Break

Take care of yourself this week and next as you prepare for final exams. Here are a few events to help you do that: 

  • Therapy Dog Day at Finals. Monday, 1-4 p.m. at Central Quad (rain location: Shriver Center Dolibois Room). Pet a dog, relieve some stress!

  • Late Night Study Break. Monday, 10 p.m.-midnight at King Library. Refuel with a late night snack, including breakfast items, bagels, pizza, and more from local vendors.  

3. Final Exam Tips

As you prepare for final exams, the Rinella Learning Center has some test-taking strategies to make the most of your time. Of course, there is no replacement for studying and test preparation!

  • Read all directions and scan all questions to know how best to approach the exam.
  • If you remember anything important while scanning, write it down.
  • Write down formulas, equations, or other information when you receive the test.
  • Note how many points each section is worth. Give yourself more time for questions with a higher point value.
  • If you are not allowed to write on the test, ask your instructor for a piece of scratch paper.
  • Answer easy questions first. Save more challenging questions for later.
  • Do not spend too much time on a single question.

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

April

April 28

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. Move-Out

As we get closer to the end of the year, it’s time to start preparing for move out. 

2. ShareFest

When you are packing to go home, don't throw out usable clothes, household goods, food, furniture, and personal care items. Instead, donate them to ShareFest during the week of May 12-17.

  • On-campus students: find your ShareFest donation location in your building. No foam pads or pillows accepted. There will also be specialty recycling available for items like plastic bags, Brita filters, and ink cartridges.

  • Off-campus students: bring your donations to the ShareFest location at Chestnut Fields parking lot near SDS Pizza. If you want to give away a mattress, join the "Neighborhood Share - Oxford, OH" Facebook group to see if someone can pick it up.   

3. Summer Bike Storage

If you are leaving Oxford this summer, you must take your bicycle home with you or store it at Miami University Police Department this summer. All bikes must be removed from indoor and outdoor bike racks by Sunday, May 15. If you are staying on campus this summer, you must attach a note to your bike indicating you’ll be using it this summer. Bikes without a note will be impounded. More details at summer bike storage.

Bonus: We know it’s a busy time, but if you are looking for an excuse to procrastinate for a good cause, check out the BCRTA Transit Plan. They are currently accepting community input on Oxford / Butler County bus service (deadline April 30).

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April 21

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. Academic Reminders 

As the semester approaches its end, keep these tips in mind 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!

  • 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) 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. 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. 

3. HawkTank and Other Upcoming Events

Join Miami students, faculty, and staff for Hawk Tank, a "fast-pitch" event similar to the series "Shark Tank." On Thursday, April 28, grant applicants will pitch their ideas to MIAMI WOMEN Giving Circle members who then vote on their favorite projects. In four years, nearly half a million dollars has been awarded at Hawk Tank. This event at Marcum Conference Center is free to all and no registration is required!

April is known to be one of the busiest of the year. As we approach the end of the semester, follow @MiamiOH_StudentLife on Instagram. We post a highlight of events every Monday and Friday. 

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April 14

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. Philanthropy Education Week 

Philanthropy Education Week begins April 17-23. During this week, join the Senior Class Gift Committee (SCG) and Miami University Advancement to learn about the importance of:

  • Philanthropy

  • Alumni connection

  • Opportunities for the senior class gift from the Class of 2022

There will also be giveaways throughout the week! Be sure to enter for a chance to win.

2. Student Leadership Recognition

Congratulations to students recently recognized through these three leadership award programs! 

3. Sidewalk Closure between Armstrong and Upham

You may have noticed the walk area between the Armstrong Student Center and Upham Hall has been fenced off. This area will be closed through August 1 for central campus hot water conversion construction. There is a temporary path of wood chips to maintain a walking path around the construction area. 

Bonus: Norovirus (stomach bug) continues to be present both on and off campus. It’s very contagious, so be sure to wash your hands regularly to stay healthy, stay home and drink fluids if you are ill, and do not go to class, work, or social events until 48 hours after your symptoms clear. Thank you and be well!

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April 7

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. Better Together Week 

Next week is Better Together Week! Events will feature opportunities to gather, learn about traditions and faiths outside your own, identify common values, and collaborate on community engagement. The week kicks off on Sunday with an interfaith “breaking bread” event to celebrate Ramadan, Vaisakhi, Passover, and Easter. Get the full list of events on the Multi-faith Engagement for Transformative Action’s (META) Instagram.

2. Find and Track Volunteer Opportunities

Find and track local volunteer opportunities through the ComMUnity Connect portal. All Miami students can log in using their unique ID and password. Once you log in, check out opportunities to volunteer, community events to attend, and non-profit agencies that are collecting donations. 

3. Leadership and Employment Opportunities

Several organizations and offices are currently accepting applications for the summer and the 2022-23 academic year. Here are a few: 

Bonus: On Wednesday next week, there will be two virtual seminars and an in-person forum related to mental health. Check out the details here

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March

March 31

We hope you had a restful spring break. With April upon us, the rest of the semester will fly by. Make the most of it, and finish strong! 

1. Fall 2022 Class Registration

Registration for Fall 2022 starts next week. 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. Be sure to also check on and resolve any holds on your account that might prevent you from registering.

2. April Events

  • Today is Trans Day of Visibility. Check out the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion on Instagram (@MU_CSDI) for how to get involved.
  • Next week is Stress Less Week (April 3-8), hosted by the Suicide Prevention Team. The week culminates with a “Stress Less Day” event on Thursday. 
  • 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.  
3. Grad Fest 2022

Graduating seniors, this one's for you! Make plans to attend Grad Fest next Tuesday and Wednesday (April 5-6) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m in the Brick & Ivy Campus Store. During Grad Fest, you’ll receive a free gift with your cap and gown purchase and discounts on diploma frames. You can also register to win door prizes.

Bonus: Are you observing Ramadan in April? If you live on campus, you can request your meals to go for later consumption. 

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March 17

With spring break upon us, we hope you take some time over the next week to relax, take care of yourself, and take a real break. And be safe! There will not be a weekly 3 next week.

1. LGBTQIA+ Inclusion Award

The LGBTQIA+ awards recognize Miami community members who make Miami a more welcoming environment and advance inclusion for the LGBTQIA+ community. Awards will be given in four categories: undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty, and staff. If you know someone who deserves this award, please submit a nomination! Nominations are open until March 30; winners will be announced on April 30 at this year's Lavender Graduation, an LGBTQIA+ inclusive graduation ceremony. 

2. Myaamiaki Conference

Register to attend the free Myaamiaki conference, held on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Armstrong. The conference is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the relationship between the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University. The schedule and registration form can be found at the Myaamiaki conference website

3. The Power of Women Social Campaign

The Power of Women is a social media campaign to raise awareness about the impact women have had in our society. Submit photos and quotes/dichos/sayings of women who empowered you or who left a lasting impression on you. This information will be merged to create a social media image you can post on your own social media, and will be featured on Office of Institutional Diversity social media platforms as part of Women’s History Month (the month of March).  

Happy spring break and safe travels to all who are headed out of town! 

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March 10

Today’s weekly 3 is a special edition in preparation for Spring Break and other activities in the next week and a half. 

1. Spring Break

If you choose to include alcohol in your spring break plans, remember these strategies to help decrease your risk for negative consequences. 

  • Pace your drinks by establishing a limit before you go out.

  • Eat before and while drinking. 

  • Alternate water with alcoholic beverages. 

  • Be aware of the dangerous effects when mixing substances (cannabis, medications, caffeine) with alcohol.  

Look for more information about alcohol use, sunscreen, and safer sex practices in the HAWKS Peer Health Educators Safe Spring Break campaign “Pace It, Lather It, and Use It.” Find info on bulletin boards and a-frames across campus and at tabling events in Armstrong.

2. Enforcement Measures on Green Beer Day/St. Patrick’s Day

Given the negative consequences we have seen in previous years on Green Beer Day and/or St. Patrick's Day (e.g. hospitalizations, injuries, arrests, and costly citations), we want you to know what enforcement measures will be in place on March 17:

  • We expect the Ohio Department of Liquor Control to send agents to enforce the drinking age and other liquor laws in local bars. 

  • The State Highway Patrol, Oxford Township, City of Oxford, and Miami University police departments will increase patrols and arrest those who are publicly intoxicated. If you are under 21, your risk is especially high. 

  • The Code of Student Conduct applies wherever you are. 

3. Rave Guardian Safety App

The Miami Police Department offers the “Rave Guardian” safety app to members of the Miami community at no cost. Download the app to set a safety timer, connect with your “guardians” (e.g. trusted friends), send info via text directly to MUPD, use an emergency call button, etc. Learn more about Rave Guardian and download the app today. 

*Bonus reminder: Watch the debate and meet the candidates for student body president and vice president tonight, 7-9 p.m. in the Shriver Center Heritage Room!

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March 3

Before getting into your weekly 3, we want to offer support and resources regarding the Russian invasion and violence in Ukraine. The news about these ongoing attacks is distressing and many in our campus community are understandably worried. And we know some students are directly impacted by these events. 

Please take care of yourself and seek support if needed. Resources are available through Student Counseling Service, including the 24/7 H.O.P.E. Line, and drop-in Campus Care visits with a counselor, as well as through International Student and Scholar Services

Here’s your weekly 3 for this week. 

1.  Last Home Basketball Game

Tomorrow night (Friday, March 4) is the last regular season Men’s basketball game of the 2021-22 season. A win against the Eastern Michigan Eagles will solidify our spot in the MAC tournament. Wear white for the game (if you received the Devin Davis jersey, wear it white side up) and let's pack Millett to cheer on a victory! The game starts at 7 p.m. and there are plenty of bonus reasons to attend: 

  • Biggest t-shirt toss in recent memory. Tossed by some familiar faces!

  • First 750 students will receive a Miami winter hat.

  • Ten students who swipe into the game will win $500. One will win $1,000!

2. OhioLINK Materials Unavailable after March 11

The library service OhioLINK is going through some changes this spring. As they transition to a new courier service, you will not be able to request materials through OhioLINK after March 11, possibly through the end of the spring semester. Request any items you may need as soon as possible. Read more about this change, including an FAQ, at the University Libraries website.

3. Student Health Survey

The Miami Student Health Survey is designed to provide insights into common challenges to student success so the university can enhance services and support. It asks about 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. The survey closes March 16, 2022. 

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February

February 24

We are officially one month into the spring semester! Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. Oxford Community Events

You may be familiar with the Miami events calendar (MiamiOH.edu/events), but did you know that Enjoy Oxford also maintains a calendar of events for the community? The Oxford community offers countless opportunities to have fun, try new things, and engage. A few highlights: 

  • The Oxford Farmers Market

  • The 55th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

  • Theater performances at the Oxford Community Arts Center

Bookmark the calendar and check it regularly!

2. Student Life Blog

Beating procrastination…. graduation photos… construction updates… the most instagrammable spots on campus… these are just a few of many recent posts on the Student Life blog. Our articles are relevant, helpful and quick to read. Check it out today and feel free to subscribe so you don’t miss anything new!

3. Carbon Monoxide Detector Update
Over winter break, Miami installed temporary CO detectors in every residence hall building. Units were placed in strategic locations like mechanical rooms, as well as on every wing of every floor of every residence hall. Miami plans to replace the temporary detectors with permanent CO monitors that report through our central fire alarm system over the next several months. These permanent monitors would trigger a response from the fire department. This is a substantial project and the shift to a hard wired system will likely be completed by August. 

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February 17

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life.

1. Fall 2021 President’s List and Dean’s List

Congratulations to students who made the President’s List and Dean’s List for the Fall 2021 semester. The President’s List recognizes students ranked in the top 3% of each division; 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).

2. Academic Support

Now that we’re a few weeks into the semester, take a moment to consider what’s going well and where you might need some help. It's a great idea to seek academic support early. The Rinella Learning Center offers one-on-one tutoring, supplemental instruction (SI), and a large library of self-guided online workshops to help you succeed in your courses this semester.

3. Prevent and Report Hazing

Hazing of any kind is illegal and is not tolerated at Miami in any fraternity, sorority, athletic team, student organization, or anywhere else. Hazing includes anything that requires, encourages, or coerces someone to do any act to be included in a group and that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm. This includes coercing or requiring the use of alcohol. To learn more about hazing (including the EduRisk training required for any student participating in a student organization) and how to report it, visit the Hazing Prevention and Reporting website

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February 10

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. Package Center Update

If you live on campus, please pick up your packages from the Package Center as soon as possible after you are notified. The Package Center is running out of space in lockers. They weren’t able to accept some packages this week because there was no space. 

2. Counseling Workshops and Groups

The spring semester schedule of support/therapy groups and mental health workshops offered through the Student Counseling Service is posted on their website. 

  • Workshops. Do you need to work on getting better sleep? Are you too hard on yourself? Are you interested in being more mindful? Check out the free virtual workshops from the Student Counseling Service.
  • Groups. SCS also offers group therapy around some of these same topics and beyond (e.g. stress, coping skills, body image, social skills, substance use, etc.). For many people, group therapy is even more effective than individual counseling. 

3. Miami on “The College Tour”

Miami was featured on a recent episode of "The College Tour" on Amazon Prime (also available on the Miami website). If you need a break this weekend, give it a watch. You might see some familiar faces, and you’ll definitely see some familiar places! 

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February 3

Please be safe today. Ice has been accumulating since 6 a.m. this morning; sidewalks are likely to be slick. Avoid driving if possible.

1. Winter weather

If you live off campus, please check out Oxford’s policies around shoveling sidewalks, snow route parking, and more. If you live on a snow route, you should always move your vehicle during significant snow/ice events, so Oxford crews are able to treat the road. The Oxford Police Department sends out email and text alerts via Nixle - sign up for alerts to get updates about snow emergencies, closed roads, etc. Sign up for Nixle to receive these alerts. 

2. Housing options for next year

If you plan to live on campus next year, consider building a student-created community with your friends around a theme you are all passionate about! Student-created communities offer students the ability to choose housing first, get funding for community events, and participate in leadership positions. Applications are due Feb. 13, and you can find more information on the Office of Residence Life website.

If you’re also thinking about off-campus housing for the year-after-next, take time before you sign a lease. A lot can change in a year and a half… friendships, study abroad plans, and other unexpected situations. Don’t rush to sign a legally-binding document before you are ready. Read more about lease signing here. 

3. Black History Month

Check out the calendar of events happening on campus and virtually to celebrate Black History Month. Follow the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion on Instagram for more!

Enjoy your day off from classes today and be safe! Do you have an idea for a future Weekly 3 topic? Submit your idea! Thanks for reading along.

January

January 27

Happy spring semester! 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. Flu and COVID Booster Clinics

TriHealth will hold Flu Shot clinics Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinics on Thursdays this semester. All clinics will be held in the Armstrong Student Center. Always check the Flu Vaccine and COVID vaccine websites for cancellations and changes before you go. There will not be a flu clinic tomorrow, January 28. 

2. Changes to On-campus Quarantine and Isolation 

Isolation. The CDC shortened the isolation time for people who test positive for COVID-19 to 5 days when they meet certain criteria. Given that residence halls are classified as congregant living, Butler County will allow on-campus students to return to their residence hall after five days if they test negative on a proctored antigen test on Day 5 of isolation. If you don’t take the test or you test positive, you will have to stay in isolation for a full ten days for the well-being of your roommate and community. 

Quarantine. Miami does not have on-campus space available for students identified as close contacts. Have a plan for where you would spend your 5-day quarantine period if you are ordered by the health department to quarantine. If you are current with your COVID-19 vaccination (e.g. vaccinated in the last five months, boosted), you will not be required to quarantine.

Many more details are available on the Quarantine and Isolation page

 

3. Apply for a Giving Circle Grant

You and your student organization are invited to apply for funding from the M.I.A.M.I. (Miami Initiative for Advancing, Mentoring and Investing in Women) Women's Giving Circle. The Giving Circle will be awarding $100,000 in grants this spring for programs, projects, initiatives and research that will positively impact the Miami University community. Here are the steps:

  1. Come up with a great idea that will impact the Miami community.

  2. Complete the online application by Feb. 11, 2022.

  3. Finalists will compete in HawkTank, a fast-pitch event held on April 28. They’ll have three minutes to pitch their idea. Grants range from $2,500 to $20,000. 

Contact MIAMIWomen@miamioh.edu with any questions or for more information. 

Bonus: Don’t forget to attend Winter Mega Fair next Wednesday, February 2 from 5-8 p.m. It’s a great mid-year opportunity to find and join a student club or organization. 

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2021

December

December 2

Here is your weekly roundup from the Division of Student Life. This is the last edition of the Weekly 3 this semester. We’ll be back in January!

1. Off-Campus Break Safety

If you live off campus and you’re planning to leave your house or apartment for an extended period over winter break, please check out these crime-prevention and break safety tips. Here are just a few highlights: 

  • Complete a Vacant House Check form through the Oxford Police Department. 

  • Take valuables with you. Take pictures of what you leave behind, including serial numbers if applicable. 

  • Request your mail to be held by the post office during your absence through the USPS Hold Mail Service.

  • Do not turn off the heat. Check with your property manager for instructions to keep pipes from freezing.

  • Leave porch lights on to discourage intruders. Use an appliance timer to turn on and off an indoor light each night.

2. Know Before You Go: At-Home Tests

With winter break coming up, please take advantage of the free at-home COVID-19 tests available around campus. We recommend you pick up three tests. Take one before you leave campus to protect your family, one toward the middle of your break, and one before you head back to campus in January.

3. Finals Week 

Take care of yourself this week and next as you prepare for final exams. Here are a few events and resources to help you: 

  • Therapy Dog Day at Finals. Monday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Shriver Dolibois A/B. Pet a dog, relieve some stress!

  • Study Break. Monday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in King Library. Refuel with some grab-and-go breakfast items and activities from local vendors. 

  • Armstrong Student Center. In addition to the study rooms, the Armstrong Fritz Pavilion will be open during finals week for quiet and small group study. Times include: 

    • Friday, December 3: 1 p.m. to midnight

    • Saturday, December 4 through Thursday, December 9: 7 a.m. to midnight

    • Friday, December 10: 7 a.m. to noon

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

November

November 18

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. Wearing masks correctly

With increased flu cases around campus, COVID-19 still being very much a reality, and many students traveling next week, please take steps to minimize your risk for getting sick. Wear your mask - over your mouth and nose - anytime you are around people who do not live with you. We all know that wearing a mask can reduce transmission of COVID-19, but it also works for the flu!  

And don’t forget to pick up at least three at-home COVID-19 tests for your travels: one to take before you leave, one while away, and one before you return.

2. Leadership positions

As fall semester nears a close, another season is just beginning: leadership recruitment season. It’s the time of year when many of Miami University’s most well-known and high-impact positions are open to applications, including RAs and SOULs. Check out which leadership positions are now recruiting!

3. Submit items for the Weekly 3!

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There will not be a Weekly 3 next week due to break. Travel safely, get some rest, and gear up for the last two weeks of the semester.

November 4, 2021

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. Counseling Workshops and Groups

There are resources on campus to support your mental and emotional health beyond one-on-one counseling. If you could use some help, consider attending a virtual workshop or regular group therapy.

  • Workshops. Having trouble coping with everyday and school stress? Nervous about family drama over the holidays? Need some help being more assertive and saying “no”? Check out the free virtual workshops from the Student Counseling Service (SCS)!

  • Groups. SCS also offers group therapy around some of these same topics and beyond (e.g. coping skills, body image, positive masculinity, substance use, etc.). For many people, group therapy is even more effective than individual counseling, so give it a try!

You can also try Campus Care, where you can have drop-in conversations with mental health counselors at convenient locations across campus.

2. Daylight Savings Time

This weekend marks the end of daylight savings time. Early Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m., clocks should be turned backward one hour to 1:00 a.m. Phones and laptops will automatically update, but make sure the rest of your clocks are accurate this Sunday. The new time means you’ll get more daylight in the early morning hours and less daylight in the evenings. 

3. Miami Buses

The buses around Oxford and between Miami campuses (operated by BCRTA) will be transitioning to the Transit App for iOS and Android. The Buztrakr app will be discontinued by the end of this year. There will be other improvements as well, including improved audio announcements and more precise tracking. You may have some issues tracking your bus or route during the transition period this month. 

That’s it for this week’s Weekly 3! Thanks for reading along.

October

October 28, 2021

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. Halloween Weekend

This weekend, we have three tips for you: 

  1. Be sensitive (e.g. avoid wearing a costume that depicts someone else’s culture) 

  2. Be safe (e.g. look out for each other, take COVID precautions)

  3. When in doubt-- just call (e.g. call SafeRide to get home, call 911 or the Miami Police if someone is having trouble caring for themselves). 

We’ve got more info on these tips on the latest Student Life Blog Post!

2.  Election Day 2021

Election Day is Tuesday, November 2. Check to make sure you are registered to vote at Vote.org

The Ohio Secretary of State website has information about how to vote early at your county’s Board of Elections and how to 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.

3. Break Transportation

As you prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks, here are some transportation options that might be helpful: 

  • Airport shuttles offer transportation to and from the Oxford campus during Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break. More details can be found on the Campus Services Center website and tickets can be purchased on the Online Ticketing System.

  • The Miami University Student Foundation (MUSF) sponsors a bus trip service to Chicago during University breaks. Profits support Miami student scholarships. Purchase tickets for upcoming trips for Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.

 That’s it for this week’s Weekly 3! Thanks for reading along.

October 21, 2021

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. Check Your Account for Holds The COVID Response Team announced today that provisional holds would be placed for students who are not yet in compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement (the deadline is Monday!). While the provisional hold will not prevent spring registration at this time, your spring registration can be canceled if you do not come into compliance by mid-November. In addition, it’s always a good idea to check and make sure you don’t have any other holds on your account prior to registration. Here’s how: 

  • Log into MyMiami and go to BannerWeb through Quick Links.
  • Go to the Student Services and Financial Aid Tab.
  • Select “Student Records.”
  • Select "View Holds."

2.  Expect Respect Campaign

The Office of the Dean of Students is excited to launch the Expect Respect campaign next week. Expect Respect seeks to create a unified community where all members of the Miami community treat one another with dignity and respect. Our choices, actions, behaviors, words and attitudes matter. Together, we can create and maintain a respectful and inclusive environment where all members of the Miami community can live, learn, work and thrive – with all of our differences. Learn more at the Expect Respect website

3. Community Connect ComMUnity Connect is Miami’s tool for managing and tracking volunteer opportunities and service hours. You can log in using your Miami username and password and then use ComMUnity Connect to find local opportunities, track individual hours, and measure the impact of your organization as a group. Students, student organizations, and sororities/fraternities will need to log their hours using ComMUnity Connect in order to be eligible for service awards.

Please email WilksLeadership@MiamiOH.edu to request a short introduction to ComMUnity Connect and receive a sign-up link for your chapter or organization. 

Last reminder: Submit those vaccine records or requests for exemption by Monday! Visit MiamiOH.edu/Vaccine for the info.

October 14, 2021

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. COVID vaccine requirement: exemption deadline is tomorrow

The deadline to request an exemption from Miami’s COVID vaccine requirement is tomorrow, October 15. To request an exemption, you should complete the Healthy Together Module and then choose the appropriate form at the end of the module. The deadline to submit the first dose of vaccine if you are not exempt is October 25. 

Make sure you are in compliance with the requirement at MiamiOH.edu/VaxCheck. If you think there is an error in the records, you can submit the records correction request form.

2. “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 business hours. Even if Rinella is not the best resource to help, they can get you connected with the right resources on campus.

3. Homecoming Weekend: Last home Saturday football game of the season

Come root on the RedHawks Saturday at Yager Stadium (2:30 p.m. kickoff)! All Miami students are able to attend Miami athletic events for free with their Miami Student ID and can use their declining balance at the concession stand.

Some highlights for this weekend’s game are:

  • Student tailgating spots are available for free for all groups to sign-up and reserve
  • All Miami students will receive a free hat as they enter the student section
  • Giveaways throughout the game include an Oculus set, $500 to LaRosa’s, and a lot more!
  • The annual Homecoming Love & Honor Cup winners will be announced during the game.

Last reminder: COVID Vaccine exemption requests are due tomorrow!

October 7, 2021

Happy Fall Break tomorrow! We hope you find some time to rest and take an actual break during your long weekend (and check out some of our Fall Break ideas on the blog). Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. Telehealth: TriHealth Now

There is a new telehealth option for students called TriHealth Now. This service allows you to meet with a provider remotely for minor complaints. It can prescribe medication if needed but is not able to order tests. It does not bill through insurance and is a flat $49 fee when registering. You can download the app to make an appointment 24/7. This is an option if you need a more immediate consultation with a physician than what is available at the health center. 

2. 175th anniversary of Miami Tribe’s removal from homelands

Miami will hold a Day of Reflection on Monday, October 11, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Miami Tribe’s removal from their homelands, which include what is today Oxford, Ohio. 

All are invited to attend and participate in the solemn program, which begins with a talk at 10 a.m. in the Art Museum Sculpture Park, includes a walk of reflection through campus, and concludes with closing remarks at Bonham House at about 10:45 a.m. 

3. Anti-Hazing Education for Collin’s Law

You should have received an email yesterday about Collin’s Law, an Ohio anti-hazing law that went into effect today. All members of student organizations, fraternities, sororities, and athletic teams should complete the new educational program on hazing and review Miami’s Anti-Hazing policy.

One last reminder: The deadline to request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement is just 8 days away on October 15, 2021. And the deadline to submit the first dose of your vaccine is October 25, 2021. Check to make sure you're compliant with the university requirement: MiamiOH.edu/VaxCheck

September

September 30, 2021

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1. MiamiOH.edu/VaxCheck

Make sure you are in compliance with Miami’s COVID vaccine requirements at MiamiOH.edu/VaxCheck. You will need to be in compliance in order to register for spring semester classes. 

*Think we have your record wrong? Submit a records correction request!

2.  Register to Vote 

Monday, October 4 is the last day to register to vote in the state of Ohio (for the November 2 election). You can register online if you have an Ohio license or ID card number or pick up a paper form at the Wilks Institute for Leadership and Service (Armstrong 2018). Learn more about your options for voting and registering to vote at MiamiOH.edu/vote

3. Family Weekend

This weekend is Family Weekend! Check out the calendar of events to enjoy with your family. And even if your family won’t be visiting, you’ll want to try some of these events! A few highlights include: 

  • Asian Cultural Fest

  • Comedy Magician David Anthony 

  • Miami RedHawk Tailgating and the Football Game

  • Uptown Family Fest and Concert

  • Bingo with Residence Life

Have a great week, Miamians!

September 23, 2021

Here’s your Weekly 3 from Student Life. 

1.  At-Home COVID Tests

Free at-home antigen tests continue to be available in various locations around campus. Positive results on the at-home tests are more reliable than negative results. You can be confident a positive result is accurate. Negative results on the at-home tests, however, are not as reliable as PCR tests. They catch about 35% of positive cases among asymptomatic people. That means if 10 people who are not experiencing symptoms but who do actually have COVID, only 3 or 4 of them will get a positive result. Among symptomatic people, the at-home tests catch about 65% of positive cases. You can have more trust in results if you are using these tests in regular, frequent intervals, but never treat any single at-home test with a negative result as an "all clear."

2.  Flu Clinics

In addition to Student Health Services and most local drug stores and providers, Miami is offering flu clinics for students at Haines in Armstrong. No appointment necessary; bring insurance card and legal ID. 

  • Friday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

  • Monday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

  • Thursday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • Monday, Oct. 4, 2 - 6 p.m. 

  • Tuesday, October 5, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Also getting a COVID vaccine? The CDC recommends that you either receive a COVID vaccine and flu vaccine at the same time, or that you wait a few weeks between vaccinations.

3. Help Over the Phone Everywhere (H.O.P.E. Line)

All Miami students have access to the H.O.P.E. Line, available 24/7, for phone consultations with a licensed mental health counselor. This is a great option for after-hours immediate support, crisis intervention, and talking through difficult times with a counselor. The H.O.P.E. Line phone number is 855-249-5649. 

For an immediate and life-threatening psychological crisis, call 911, Miami Police (513-529-2222), or visit the nearest emergency room.

One last reminder. If you are isolated/quarantined, you should notify each faculty member (whether you tell them it's COVID-related is up to you) and ask for options to stay current with the class (e.g. having a classmate take notes for you, asking for a recorded lecture, etc.). 

Have a great week, Miamians!

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.