General FAQs

Are there any changes to the academic calendar?

There are no changes to the academic calendar. The first day of classes is Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. See the full academic calendar.

Are Miami courses in-person for the fall semester?

Yes. Miami University is planning for in-person classes for spring semester.

Are masks required on Miami’s campuses?

Concern about the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 led the CDC to advise that everyone – regardless of vaccination status – wear face coverings indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission of the virus. Face coverings must be worn indoors except as exempted under the university’s COVID-19 policy (e.g. when working in your office alone ). Additionally, students are not required to wear their masks when in their residence hall rooms. We will continue to assess this precaution and make adjustments as appropriate. Those who are unvaccinated should also wear masks outside when physical distancing is not possible.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

No matter your vaccination status, you should stay home for 5 days and after 5 days, check your symptoms.

  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving, you can leave your house but you should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay at home until your fever resolves.

What should I do if I am exposed to someone with COVID-19?

If you have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR completed the primary series of the J&J within the last two months you should:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

If you are not boosted and have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago, OR completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago, OR if you are unvaccinated you should:

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can't quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

What are the attendance policies if I feel ill with COVID-19 symptoms?

You should not go to classes or come to campus if you are ill. It is the prerogative of the individual faculty member to set attendance policy for each individual course, and it is the responsibility of the individual faculty member to inform students of that policy in the course syllabus or other written documents at the first class meeting of the semester, term, or sprint part of semester or term.

Faculty are strongly encouraged to work with students who miss class due to a death in the family, serious illness, or other critical circumstance. Students needing assistance regarding absences due to death, illness, or other critical circumstance should contact the Office of the Dean of Students (Oxford) or the Student Services (regional campuses).

If I am not feeling well, should I stay home from work?

You should not come to work if you are ill. Employees who come to work and display symptoms like those associated with COVID-19 described above will be sent home. Supervisors may ask employees who report feeling ill at work, or who call in sick, questions about their symptoms to determine if they have or may have COVID-19. More employee information

What are Oxford city protocols?

You can find Oxford COVID-19 protocols online.

Will Miami still hold events?

You will notice some early semester events on campus have been moved to virtual formats or are canceled as precautionary measures to help reduce the spread of the virus. Please check Miami’s events calendar for details. If you are part of a student organization or planning an event through an office or department, we encourage you to plan for virtual and hybrid options when possible, particularly during the first month of the semester. Student organizations are expected to create safety plans in consultation with your faculty/staff organization advisor for any events you plan to have in person.

Are you requiring students and employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

Miami University students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless exempted.

How can I get the COVID-19 vaccination on campus?

You can get your free COVID-19 vaccinations at Miami University’s Health Services on the Oxford campus.

  • TriHealth, Miami’s health care provider, will give the vaccinations at Harris Hall, 500 Harris Drive. Call 513-529-3000 to schedule your appointment.
  • The Armstrong Student Center Covid-19 drop-in vaccination clinic is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • You can also find locations on the Get Your Shot Ohio website.

 

Are you testing students for COVID-19?

In order to monitor how COVID-19 is impacting our campus community, a voluntary asymptomatic surveillance testing program will begin the first week of the semester for students, faculty, and staff. Random samples will be drawn each week and invited to test. The program is voluntary, but your participation is highly encouraged as it will help you monitor your own health, take care of our community, and provide us with important data for assessment and planning purposes.

Learn more about testing

What are your quarantine and isolation policies?

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have had significant exposure to someone with COVID-19 will need to separate themselves physically for at least five days.