Pending Policy Proposals

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the following policy proposals will be considered by one or more of the approval bodies:

  1. Summer and Winter Term Teaching (MUPIM 6.6): The revisions to the existing policy align the policy with existing practice. The revised policy calls for limiting faculty to teaching no more than four formal credits during the winter term.  Exceptions made be made in the case of workshop offerings or when there is high demand for an additional course or section of a course and no other faculty are available and willing to teach that course other than those already scheduled to teach a single section of a winter course.  Non-visiting full-time faculty will be given priority over visiting, full-time faculty when assigning winter or summer term teaching.

Proposed by: Academic Deans

Approved by: Academic Policy Committee, Council of Academic Deans, University Senate

Effective: Fall 2020

  1. Course Repeat (Student Handbook 1.2.C.3): Proposed revisions to the existing policy clarify some of the elements of the current Undergraduate Course Repeat Policy (e.g., implications for transcript notation of the course repeated and GPA calculations); and address gaps in the current policy (e.g., to explain whether the policy can be applied in in courses where academic dishonesty has been committed and to clearly note the implications of the policy on Latin and other honors designations). 

Proposed by: Undergraduate Academic Advising Council

Approved by: Academic Policy Committee, Council of Academic Deans, University Senate

Effective: Fall 2020

  1. Withdrawal: This new policy proposes that Miami University revise the academic withdrawal deadline from the last day of classes to the Monday of the 12th week of the term (Fall/Spring) and proportionally equivalent (85%) date for the summer sessions and winter term.

Proposed by: International Student and Scholar Services, Undergraduate Academic Advising Council

Approved by: Academic Policy Committee, Council of Academic Deans, University Senate

  1. Student Evaluation of Teaching (MUPIM 7.2) clarifies that multiple measures of teaching effectiveness should be administered on a continuous basis.

Proposed by: Academic Deans

Approved by: Academic Policy Committee, Council of Academic Deans, University Senate

Effective: Fall 2020

  1. Time Limits on Undergraduate Majors (General Bulletin) focuses on students who experience a break in enrollment for a period of eight or more years or who take an extended time to complete a degree. This proposal proposes a maximum time limit (8 years) on undergraduate major completion because requirements for academic programs often change substantially after eight years.

Proposed by: University Registrar

Approved by: Academic Policy Committee, Council of Academic Deans, University Senate

Effective: Fall 2020

  1. Composition of Interdivisional Committee of Advisors (Scholastic Regulations): This policy is outdated (e.g., assumes that the Regional campuses are not an academic division).  The revision proposes the revise the wording of this policy to reflect the current functional composition of the committee and to include the Assistant Dean of Students as a formal member of the committee.

Proposed by: University Registrar in consultation with the Interdivisional Committee of Advisors

Approved by: Academic Policy Committee, Council of Academic Deans, University Senate

Effective: Fall 2020

  1. Independent Work (General Bulletin) align this information with the newly approved university policy relating to internships.  In particular, it defines the three types of internships and articulates clearly that students will need to complete a form prior to pursuing a credit or noncredit bearing internship.

Proposed by: Academic Partnerships Committee

Under consideration by: Academic Policy Committee

  1. Guidelines for a Department’s Teaching Evaluation Plan (MUPIM 7.2) updates the policy to align with current trends and practice.  The current policy wording does not account for the fact that appropriate online evaluation measures may be acceptable and that faculty who employ formative evaluation mechanisms may elect to use them for summative purposes.

Proposed by: Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Under consideration by: Academic Policy Committee

  1. Annual Review of Probationary Faculty Member (MUPIM 7.5) clarifies that the department must submit separate evaluation letters (one from the departmental promotion committee and the other from the chair) during years 3, 4 and 5 of the probationary period for tenure-track faculty.  Although submitting separate letters has been the practice, the wording in the policy was unclear.

Proposed by: Dean, College of Creative Arts

Approved by: Academic Policy Committee, Council of Academic Dean, University Senate

Effective: Fall 2020

  1. Transfer Credit from Foreign Universities (Student Handbook 1.1): This policy revision establishes standardized guidelines for the articulation of coursework completed at foreign institutions of higher education into Miami University; increases transparency into the conversion of international credits to that of U.S. and institutional equivalents; defines what will be accepted as official documentation of an academic record; aims to ensure fair and equitable evaluation and conversion of international coursework.

Proposed by University Registrar

Under Development