University News and Communications

Scope: Who is Covered by this Policy?

Employees, Students and Alumni


University News and Communications has the primary responsibility for public relations and media relations. This includes writing and disseminating official University information to media outlets, and the proper dissemination of information through internal outlets such as the university’s news site, divisional websites, official university social media outlets, the announcements section of myMiami, and occasional special reports.

The office works with other campus units as needed to prepare and disseminate messages, stories and images. Miami Matters and occasional Miami Matters Extra, both produced by the office, and myMiami are the University’s primary,  internal communications tools. 

News and Communications designates the University spokesperson and should be contacted first for reporter inquiries regarding a University-level issue.  The office also works with other spokespeople identified to represent particular areas of expertise or knowledge.

In collaboration with the Institutional Response Team and Crisis Management Team, it is the designated office for public response to crises and for maintaining an emergency communications plan.


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Responsible Officers

  • Director of University News and Communication
  • Director of University News and Communication

Legal Authority

Not Applicable.

Compliance Policy


Recent Revision History

 Amended July 2019

Reference ID(s)

  • MUPIM 18.1

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