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Domain Name - FAQ

When does the change take place?
Effective immediately, web users will be able to use MiamiOH.edu in place of muohio.edu in primary web URLs, with changes to other sites occurring gradually. Beginning on August 1, 2012, faculty and staff will be able to use @muohio.edu or @miamioh.edu in email addresses, and both will work; the process for students and alumni through Google email is still being refined.

What does this mean for my email?
Starting August 1, 2012, faculty and staff will be able to send and receive email using either your current uniqueid@muohio.edu email address or your new uniqueid@MiamiOH.edu email address. To receive email using the new address, you will not need to make any changes. Email sent to either address will route to your current mailbox. However, you are encouraged to begin using uniqueid@MiamiOH.edu as your primary email address, which means configuring your email client to send messages using that address. For instructions on how to do so, visit IT Services. (Again, the process for student and alumni email is still being developed).

What does this mean for my website(s)?
Starting August 1, 2012, University Communications & Marketing will be working with IT Services and Technology Support Representatives (TSRs) to ensure that Miami websites on the primary server will respond to either muohio.edu or MiamiOH.edu URLs. Other websites will be moved after August 1, 2012, but that schedule has not yet been finalized. Once the changes are made to the web server, no changes are needed by users. To test whether a particular website has been moved over, replace the "muohio" in the URL with "miamioh." If you get to the website, then the web server in question has been updated. Once a webserver has been updated, a user clicking on a URL containing MiamiOH.edu will get the correct content. (Note that we are using capitalization in the URL to emphasize the change and our identity; capitalization will not appear in the URL).

Why can't we keep the old muohio.edu domain name in addition to the new MiamiOH.edu domain name?
Unlike .com domain names, which companies can own in unlimited number, .edu domain names are restricted by federal policy. An educational institution can only have one domain name. EDUCAUSE, which is the registrar for .edu domain names, is currently considering a rule change that, if approved by the Department of Commerce, would allow educational institutions to have two domain names. A decision on this proposed change is expected by the end of the calendar year. Miami University has been advocating strongly for two domain names to be allowed for universities.

What happens if the policy isn't changed?
We will have to fully migrate to the new domain by June 1, 2014. After that date, URLs containing muohio.edu will no longer work and email addresses containing muohio.edu will no longer receive email.

What does this mean for my research?
Many muohio.edu URLs are published in journals and other printed publications. If new policy allows us to have two domain names you will not need to take any action. However, if the policy isn't changed, the published URLs will not work after June 1, 2014. Many people have expressed concerns about losing compliance with funding agencies if their research becomes inaccessible if/when the muohio.edu URLs no longer function. If that is the case, in order to remain in compliance with these agencies, you will need to contact each funding agency to advise them of the change and make sure your publications are accessible online.

What happens if the policy allows us to have two domain names?
We will keep both domains, but use and publish only the new one. A user clicking on an old link to www.muohio.edu will always be able to get to the correct content, which will be hosted at www.MiamiOH.edu.

I know of schools that have two domain names; how did they get to keep multiple domain names?
The rule limiting educational institutions to only one domain name came into effect in 2001. Educational institutions with more than one domain name prior to that date were allowed to keep the additional name. Some schools, like Kansas State, opted to keep multiple names retaining both ksu.edu and k-state.edu. Other schools, like Northwestern, opted to release their additional names, choosing to retain northwestern.edu while relinquishing nwu.edu. The University of Miami had both umiami.edu and Miami.edu.

For updates to our web domain information, please visit www.MiamiOH.edu/FixingtheWeb.

Locations
Luxembourg
West Chester
Middletown
Hamilton
Oxford
  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

    Printable Floor Plan
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency