Enriching your extracurricular experiences with technology
Whether living on campus or commuting, both full-time and part-time students find that the school's social, extracurricular, and career services activities constitute an important part of the educational experience. Find out about the technology tools that facilitate different communities on campus, allowing for communication, personal development, and getting together (in person and virtually).
Undergraduate students have access to nine divisional and departmental computer labs on the Oxford campus, plus two labs in Hamilton, four in Middletown, two at Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) and two at the Luxembourg campus.
Additionally, Miami's campus-wide wireless network service allows students to connect devices to Miami's network in any building and many popular outdoor areas on campus.
All students are granted a lifetime @MiamiOH.edu email account through Google Apps for Education. Since Miami email is an official means of communication, it is expected that students check their email accounts frequently.
Each student has access to file server space that can be used to publish web pages. In addition, students can use Google Sites to build and publish websites. Training on web development topics is provided through computer-based training modules. For more information on publishing web pages, visit the IT Help knowledge base.
Miami offers a total of 2.7 Gigabits per second of Internet bandwidth for use by students, faculty, and staff. The University believes that Internet traffic associated with academic courses and university business processes should get the highest priority of all of our Internet traffic. To support that goal, traffic for entertainment services is limited during peak demand times.
We do not guarantee either performance or priority of entertainment services; however, our policies for keeping the network clean help to maximize the bandwidth available for all legal uses.
Peer-to-peer network traffic is banned at Miami in order to protect the institution from virus activity (which occurs on these ports); protect the institution's bandwidth; and limit the institution's and students' legal liability for copyright infringement claims.
To meet the increasing demand for bandwidth, Miami offers three levels of wireless service:
To maintain a strong network connection for all, personal Wi-Fi networks (hotspots) or wireless printers may not be used in residence halls. Information on disabling the wireless function for most popular printers is available in IT Help.
In accordance with our Responsible Use of Computing Resources Policy, all students are expected to behave responsibly while using Miami's computing and information resources.
The University considers that as both the generator and user of intellectual property, it is vital to have policies regarding protection of intellectual property. The University's Responsible Use of Computing Resources Policy addresses copyright and illegal peer-to-peer file sharing explicitly:
"Respect copyrights, intellectual-property rights, ownership of files and passwords. Unauthorized copying of files or passwords belonging to others or to the University may constitute plagiarism or theft. Accessing or modifying files without authorization (including altering information, introducing viruses or Trojan horses, or damaging files) is unethical, may be illegal, and may lead to sanctions."
IT Services has published extensive information to educate students about the value of installing and updating virus and spyware protection software. Miami provides virus and spyware protection software free of charge to students and highly recommends that all students use it to protect their computers and the Miami network.
The Search function available from the university's homepage and the search options available from the myMiami site provide easy access to contact information for any member of the University community. You can also find this information in the Miami Directory. Students who wish to exclude data from public access must notify the Office of the Registrar in writing.
Information on events, social activities, and services can be obtained from the following sources:
The Office of Student Activities provides access to a comprehensive directory of student organizations. Many of these organizations have their own websites, which can be accessed from The Hub, Miami's "virtual bulletin board" of student organizations. There are over 400 registered student organizations in categories such as Career/Professional, Religious, Sports Club/Recreation, Cultural & Diversity, Service, and Honorary. The Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership provides specific information about the Greek community at Miami University.
The university provides several online forums, including student community sites accessible via the myMiami portal. Any faculty member can create a discussion board for use in their class. In addition, any group on campus can register their organization site on The Hub to enable them to communicate with their members.
Career Services provides extensive career and job-search information and numerous links to related sites, including CAREERlink, a powerful online recruiting system. After completing Miami CAREERlink profiles and uploading résumés, students are automatically added to a Master Résumé Book for employer viewing. On-campus recruiting and mock interviews are also available to students who attend a Basic Interviewing Skills workshop.
Career Services also offers an online appointment request system so that students can schedule a personal meeting with a career advisor.