Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 What to Know

The health and safety of the Miami University Regionals community is of utmost concern and we are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19). This is an evolving situation; the CDC coronavirus website is the best source of up to the minute information. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. 


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Announcements

Below are latest announcements listed in order of date.

Tuesday, July 7

Fall 2020 Return to Campus Information

The fall 2020 semester is quickly approaching and we’re excited to welcome our new and returning students to Miami University Regionals. We know this has been a challenging year. We’ve made adjustments to the fall schedule that we hope will ease any concerns you may have about joining us in August and ensure you are making good progress on your path to graduation.

Academic Calendar
The Miami University fall semester now begins on August 17, one week earlier than originally planned. Fall Break, originally scheduled for Friday, October 9, has been eliminated, and all final exams will be held remotely after the Thanksgiving break. No in-person class meetings will occur after Thanksgiving break. 

Face-to-Face Classes
About 50 percent of our fall classes will be conducted face-to-face. They will be held in rooms that have been measured and configured to ensure social distancing guidelines are maintained, and face coverings will be required for all students, faculty and staff. Every face-to-face course will include a remote attendance option in case we are unable to physically seat every student in the course or if a student needs to attend remotely due to travel restrictions, health accommodations and/or exposure to the virus.

Online Classes
We have increased the number of online courses that will be offered this fall. These classes have been designed to ensure that course activities are clearly tied to learning objectives and that each provides a variety of opportunities for engagement with the instructor, with the content and with each other. We have designed these courses to create and support a close-knit community of learners; you won’t be learning in a vacuum.

General Safety Measures on Campus
Face coverings will be required for all students, faculty and staff. Plexiglass shields have been placed in student service offices, and waiting area seating will be marked to help everyone maintain safe social distances. High-touch surface areas will be cleaned regularly, and foot traffic flow in some buildings will be directed, also to maintain safe social distances. Everyone will be asked to monitor their own health and to stay home if they have a fever or other possible COVID-19 symptoms. 
Have Questions?
Regional Dean Dr. Cathy Bishop-Clark will be taking questions at an online Regional Student Town Hall, hosted by the Regional Student Government, on Monday, July 13, at 3 p.m. RSVP in advance to submit your questions.

More information about Miami University’s plan for this fall can be found at Miami’s Healthy Together website.

Friday, June 5

A message regarding our return in the fall

Dear Miami Community,

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all and has created great uncertainty, and all of us are asking what the fall will look like. Today I write to update you on our planning and preparations.

We expect that COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future and are planning accordingly. This fall, we plan to welcome our returning students and incoming first-year students to our campuses, our residence halls and to our classrooms. Our dedicated faculty are developing a full range of flexible and engaging curriculum delivery options to ensure the best possible experience for our students.

While our primary emphasis will always be on in-person, personal interaction, we must be creative and adaptable to meet public health measures such as face-coverings and physical distancing requirements. We will selectively employ high quality, evidence-based hybrid approaches where needed, particularly to accommodate students who may need to self-isolate, and those whose health conditions prevent a return to the classroom. In some cases, we may need to have courses online due to social distancing and space limitations. Regardless of the method of delivery, we are committed to providing a Miami-quality education, continuing our relationship-driven, liberal arts foundation, experiential-rich education, founded on character and intellect.

After reviewing our academic calendar and considering scenarios to provide the highest probability of a full and healthy semester on campus, we determined that eliminating travel back and forth to campus at Thanksgiving is the best option for the safety and health of our students and their families, and for our faculty and staff. Therefore, we are planning to begin the fall semester one week early on Monday, August 17, 2020 and to complete all classes before Thanksgiving break, eliminating the need for students to return to complete the semester. Following Thanksgiving, all final examinations will be completed remotely. On campus accommodations will be made for those students in the residence halls who cannot depart. Information on December Commencement will be provided at a later date.

As health and safety are always paramount, we continue to work with local public health officials and follow the guidance and directives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor Mike DeWine, and the Ohio Department of Health to safeguard the health of students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campuses. We are also working closely with all of Ohio’s public universities to develop safety guidelines to facilitate the return to our campuses. Among other actions, we are planning to implement physical distancing requirements, daily health self-assessments, the use of face coverings, enhanced cleaning, partitions where appropriate, and take-out dining options. We will provide appropriate education and training on these and other actions we will be implementing.

We are also working with TriHealth, our local hospital and healthcare provider, to develop a plan for testing and have set up a system to isolate and/or quarantine residential students who may be exposed to the virus so they can continue their studies in place while protecting our students, faculty, and staff.

We have already begun a phased return to research and we will soon begin to provide more information for a phased return for other work areas as well. Coordinating our efforts is the Safe Return to Campus Planning and Coordinating Committee, co-chaired by the Chair of the Senate Executive Committee, Dana Cox, and by Gwen Fears, Assistant Vice President of Student Life. The committee is a highly accomplished and experienced team of faculty, staff and students from across our campuses, along with internal and external advisors. The committee will coordinate communication and actions among units on our campuses, and is charged to:

  1. Gather and share ideas and concerns from our community about the return of our campuses.
  2. Develop an ongoing environmental scan on other universities’ actions and national trends.
  3. Review guidance and health practices from government and agency experts for the return to face-to-face instruction, student life and activities.
  4. Provide guidance and serve as a sounding board for many ideas that are proposed around scheduling, events, logistics, equipment, testing and other issues.
  5. Investigate, track and record lessons learned from the crisis.

The committee co-chairs will provide us with weekly updates, the first of which was sent earlier this week. I encourage you to review their updates and visit the committee's web resource to stay up-to-date on our plans to return in the fall.

Miami is a caring, supportive community, and I thank you again for your support, your understanding, your patience, and especially your collaborative spirit, as we plan for the return to our campuses in the fall. We will continue to keep you updated as more becomes certain.

In Love and Honor,

Gregory P. Crawford
President

Wednesday, June 3

A message from the Safe Return to Campus Planning and Coordinating Committee

Dear Miami Community,

The Safe Return to Campus (SR2C) Planning and Coordinating Committee is a broadly representative committee charged with advising the president and the President’s Executive Cabinet. Great care has been taken to assemble a diverse group. This group includes representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups—faculty, staff, students, and the Oxford community—and is assisted by both external and internal advisers on public health and safety.

Specifically, the SR2C is doing the following:

  • Coordinating efforts across all of Miami’s planning committees
  • Listening to members of our community for ideas and challenges
  • Researching what is going on elsewhere in higher education and public health
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on evolving plans with guidance from national health organizations as well as from key external advisers representing Oxford, the Inter-University Council of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health, and local health providers
  • Collecting and disseminating proposals from around campus and providing feedback
  • Learning about Miami’s response to COVID-19 in order to understand and amplify what is working and change direction on what is not

Our committee is using a framework provided by the Inter-University Council of Ohio as a guiding document. This set of guidelines addresses the specifics of the safety of institutions of higher education. As we accomplish our goals, these guidelines will be an important way to focus our attention in the right place, and that we are taking a comprehensive view of safety on campus.

We expect that COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future and are planning accordingly. We continue to work with local public health officials and follow the guidance and directives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor Mike DeWine, and the Ohio Department of Health to safeguard the health of students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campuses. We have further strengthened our relationship with our health-care partner, TriHealth.

Each week, the SR2C will update you on pertinent topics and information to keep you informed of the many discussions taking place on campus. Numerous committees are working to plan for our return to campus.

In order for us to best communicate with the Miami Community, we developed a new web resource that will both collect and disseminate information about our return. Use this website as your source destination for updated information about Miami’s plans. We encourage you to provide us with feedback and to ask us questions through a form available on the website. The committee plans regular, weekly updates every Tuesday to the community beginning next week.

As Miami moves forward in the planning process, there is a lot that we do not yet know, and many decisions have not yet been made. As these important discussions continue, we want your feedback and perspective to be included. It is up to all of us in the Miami community to work together toward our return to campus.

Love and Honor,

Co-chairs: Dana Cox and Gwen Fears

Thursday, May 21

A Video Message for the Miami Community

Dear Miami Community,

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We wanted to provide another video update to celebrate the incredible Class of 2020, honor our faculty and staff, provide a budget update, address the establishment of the Safe Return to Campus Planning and Coordinating Committee, and to share some of the inspirational stories of fellow Miamians.

A Message to the Miami Community

I thank you all for living our core values and supporting each other during these challenging times.

In Love and Honor,

Gregory P. Crawford
President

Friday, May 15

A return to campus update

Dear Miami Community

This spring has shown how Miamians come together to live our values of Love and Honor, and to support one another.  I am humbled to be President of this great university which has instilled such values in so many alumni, students, faculty and staff – thank you.

As we enter the summer session, we are planning to resume in-person instruction on all campuses in the fall. We continue to work with local public health officials and follow the guidance and directives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor Mike DeWine, and the Ohio Department of Health to safeguard the health of students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campuses.

Miami has built strong relationships with local health officials, hospitals, government leaders, and first responders. We are collaborating with our Student Health Services experts, and we have further strengthened our relationship with our health-care partner, TriHealth, one of the top integrated health systems in Greater Cincinnati. TriHealth operates both McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, as well as our full-service Student Health Center in Oxford. These relationships help us in addressing the spread of the virus and preparing our campuses for the safe return of students, faculty and staff in the fall. We also continue to work closely with the Ohio’s Inter-University Council (IUC), comprised of Ohio’s 14 public universities.

The health and safety of the Miami community is paramount, and while on campus in-person instruction is the plan for the fall, we will be prepared for various scenarios, as government direction and restrictions to protect the health and safety of our campuses must guide our decisions.

As we return to our campuses, we anticipate various safeguards and strategies: physical distancing, changes to dining facilities and how we serve food, frequent cleaning of facilities, and other actions to promote health and safety. To coordinate these planning efforts for a safe return in the fall, I have appointed a Safe Return to Campus Planning and Coordinating Committee. The Committee will be co-chaired by the Chair of the Senate Executive Committee, Dana Cox, and by Gwen Fears, Assistant Vice President for Student Life - Assessment, Planning, and Transition. They will be joined by an accomplished team of faculty, staff and students from across our campuses and will be advised by internal and external experts.

Thank you for your support and adaptability.  We will continue to keep you updated as we plan for the fall.

Love and Honor
Gregory P. Crawford
President 

Tuesday, April 28

A Video Message to the Miami Community

Dear Miami Community,

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We wanted to provide you with an update on where we stand and what we have done. Rather than a letter, I wanted to speak to you of what we are doing for our students, our faculty, advancing Miami during a time of change, and living our core values. I encourage you to watch this video update.

President Crawford's message to the Miami Community

I thank you all for the ways you have exemplified Miami - the ways you have lived our core values in these unprecedented times.

In Love and Honor

Gregory P. Crawford,
President

Saturday, April 18

A Message to the Miami Community

Dear Miami Community,

I am profoundly grateful for your ability to adapt and persevere in the midst of the great challenges all of us have been experiencing — both in our own lives and throughout the world. I can never thank you enough for sustaining Miami’s educational mission and upholding our shared values while so much around us is being disrupted.

It’s hard to believe that our spring semester started only three months ago, with thoughts already turning to the graduation celebration in May. Those days are a dim memory now as we learn, teach, and work remotely.

As our government and public health leaders prepare us for the next steps, all of us must continue to adapt and persevere. No one knows what reopening the local, national, and the world economy will mean at this point. People are understandably nervous about venturing back into the workplace and the world. What will be the new normal, and how will we find our footing in it?

On a more personal level, what will that mean to our Miami community? When will we return to campus, and what changes can we expect?

We will be addressing those vital questions as we imagine what might happen in the coming months. In any case, we will continue to follow the best advice and guidance provided by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ’69, Dr. Amy Acton, and the Ohio Department of Health.

We know it’s hard for each of you to plan the future when you don’t know what May 1 will bring, the present extent of Ohio’s stay-at-home order. We will update you as soon as we know when and how we can all safely return to our campuses, keeping in mind that students and faculty will continue remote classes through the summer term.

We still expect everyone will return to our campuses this fall, and to welcome a diverse and talented first-year class for face-to-face instruction. We are all eager to see both old friends and new faces, and our passion to educate them is elevated. And as always, nothing is more important in our decision-making than the health and well-being of every single person in our community.

What we do know is the coronavirus is having an economic impact on all, including our students and their families. We have begun distributing $27M in refunds for room, board and other fees directly to our students. Our overriding commitment is to our students, and in these challenging times, I will be taking a voluntary 25% salary reduction, and other senior leaders will be taking a voluntary 10% reduction, with the savings directed to support our students.

Many of us remember wondering how we could possibly advance during the financial crisis of 2008. Yet we did, and we will again. It wasn’t easy then, and it won’t be easy now. We will do what we always do, tap the best of who we are as Miamians. Some days that might mean you lean on others for courage; other days we look to you for strength. I recently came across this quote from our own Rita Dove ’73:

“Courage has nothing to do with our determination to be great. It has to do with what we decide in that moment when we are called upon to be more.”

You are not alone. We are not alone. Call on each other for strength and help and courage. Together we will persevere. We are One Miami.

Love and Honor,

Gregory P. Crawford
President 

Wednesday, April 15

A Message to the Miami Community

Dear Miami Community,

I have never been more honored and humbled to be Miami’s president. The way all of you are responding to meet the challenge of this health crisis is a true act of Love and Honor—thank you for everything that you are doing, your compassion for others, patience and understanding.

Even while separated, Miami continues to live our core values of student-centered education and service, from a distance. Renate and I are delighted to join the many members of the Miami faculty and staff who are calling our students to listen to them, share the many ways we can help, and thank them for their incredible flexibility to make the rapid shift to remote instruction. We enjoy hearing their optimism, hope, and inspirational stories during these unprecedented times.

This week, Provost Jason Osborne and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Services David Creamer provided a financial update to University Senate. I thank them and the more than 600 engaged Miami community members who joined the meeting through WebEx. These are uncertain times; we are working with University Senate, campus leadership, faculty and staff, receiving feedback from our students, and are highly engaged with Ohio’s other public universities, as we plan for the future.

We are grateful to our students and faculty for their rapid shift to remote instruction. Thank you to our staff as well who have shifted to remote delivery of student services. The Center for Career Exploration and Success continues to offer 1:1 on-demand career advising appointments and mock interviews, and has scheduled virtual career fairs. They also provide online resources, such as VMOCK, for students to upload their resume and receive a score on impact, presentation, and (career) competencies. The Miller Center for Student Disability Services is working with our students who need adjustments to existing accommodations to succeed in this new environment, providing first-time support to others and offering strategies to all their students to adapt to new technologies and needs. They have also developed a Remote Learning Accessibility Toolkit that includes accessibility resources and tips for students, faculty, and anyone who is planning to hold a university-sponsored special event remotely. The Rinella Learning Center has moved to electronic delivery of tutoring and supplemental instruction (SI) and has seen an increase in the use of SI since the start of remote learning.

Dr. Acton from the Ohio Department of Health tells us we have reached the top of the curve. Thank you for all you have done to stay at home and practice social distancing – you have made a difference; you have saved lives and together through our collective efforts, we are keeping others healthy, too. Now, however, is not the time to let our guard down, but the time to double down on safety to prevent a resurgence. We are Miami. We help, support, and care deeply about our fellow Miamians and our communities. We are in this together.

Love and Honor!

Greg

Friday, April 3

A Message to the Miami Community

Dear Miami Community,

As we head into April and spring semester's busiest weeks, I can't thank you enough for the creative ways you have overcome numerous obstacles so that you could successfully learn, teach, and work remotely. During this time of great uncertainty, we must be isolated and away from family, friends, and colleagues while we continue with working and learning. Although we are separated by distance, Miami carries on through your commitment and dedication. I am grateful for how you have continued to embrace our mission and stay true to our core values during these times apart.

I especially want to thank our workers who must come to campus every day to perform essential services and operations. I am also hearing many inspiring stories about brave Miamians on the front lines of this pandemic, serving others at tremendous personal risk. We thank those Miamians in health-care professions for their heroic and lifesaving work.

If you are part of the larger group that has been asked to stay home and work remotely, that can be frustrating. No doubt you want to go out and help. However, while we wait for this coronavirus to peak, the best action we can take is to stay home.

To quote Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a 1969 Miami graduate: "We do have it within our ability to fight back. When you stop moving, it stops moving. It can't reach someone else. Each one of us must do all we can to limit our exposure. We must stop enabling this enemy."

Even within these limitations, the Miami Community is continuing to reach out.

The Miami Regionals' development team came up with a wonderful idea. They're working with their small-business partners, Raymond's Pizza and the Donut Shop, to send food and notes of appreciation to our courageous nurses, doctors, and other staff at our local hospitals. Of course, our vendors are following CDC guidelines during these deliveries.

In the midst of all that is going on, remember to take care of yourself. Enjoy spring's beauty—at a safe distance from others. Laugh a little. Exercise is good, too. Miami's Red Brick Run (and walk) is going virtual for its 41st year. You can pick any day from April 25–30 to run or walk your 5k (3.1 miles) and then upload your results. For details, go to Miami Recreation's Special Events website. I hope you can join us for this activity.

Although our spring classes are being taught remotely, we are together in Love and Honor. We are absolutely planning to be back together on campus this fall. We are One Miami, and we will fight COVID-19 together.

Stay Strong. Stay Safe. Stay Well.

In Love and Honor,

Gregory P. Crawford
President

 

Monday, March 30

Updates to the Miami Community Regarding Commencement

Dear Miami Community,

As we begin a new week with all of us doing our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, I wanted to provide you with some important updates. Leaders from across the campus have been working to address commencement, pro-rated refunds for room and board, summer orientation, and credit/no credit courses.

We were all extremely disappointed with the need to cancel the commencement ceremony planned for May. Commencement is a cherished occasion for our graduates to celebrate with family, friends, faculty and staff, to have their name called, walk across the stage and to receive their diploma. Renate and I consider ourselves to be part of the Class of 2020 as well, we began at Miami when they began, during that summer four years ago. We want this to be a special celebration, and as promised we have explored creative ways to honor our graduates and to celebrate.

We envision two components to the commencement ceremonies for the class of 2020. On May 16, the actual commencement date, we are preparing a virtual recognition of our graduates, to mark the official conferment of degrees. In the fall, we are planning a weekend dedicated to celebrating and recognizing our graduates and their achievements.

The weekend of September 11, 12, and 13 will include all divisional recognition ceremonies, where the graduates will gather with their friends, families and loved ones, to have their names called and to cross the stage. Rather than a traditional main ceremony, the weekend will also include a community-wide event, to provide an opportunity for all graduates, their friends, families, faculty and staff to celebrate together. It will be a unique and special occasion at the Miami football game, with all in-game activities focused upon our graduates, and it will also include, at game’s end, the Class of 2020, gathering on the field in their academic regalia to form the beveled “M”. The Class of 2020 will forever be a very special class; as first year students severe weather canceled their forming of the “M”, and we wanted to honor them and mark their commencement with this opportunity to finally form the beloved “M” as a class. We hope all of the graduate from the Class of 2020 can join us for this special ceremony.

Earlier we promised that students who departed campus would receive appropriate refunds for room and board. We have evaluated those and other fees, and will be announcing the refund policy this week. We thank you for your patience as we complete the review and prepare the necessary guidance to facilitate these refunds.

For our students, we recognize that these unprecedented times have impacted your studies. Early this week, Provost Osborne and the Office of the Registrar will provide additional information about how you will be provided with enhanced flexibility for course grade options for this spring semester, including credit/no credit.

Summer orientation programs for new first-year and transfer students will be offered remotely this year. Beginning in May, new students and families will engage remotely with orientation content and with staff, faculty, and student leaders. New Miamians will receive additional instructions about orientation, as well as regular communication and support from Orientation and Transition Programs throughout the summer. New students will also experience a full schedule of Welcome Weekend programs upon arrival to campus in the fall.

We are the Miami Community and we respond with care and compassion to support others. I thank all of you for your patience, flexibility and understanding as we continue to educate and support our students through these challenging times. Miami’s future is a bright one, and we will get through this together.

Love and Honor,

Gregory P. Crawford
President

Wednesday, March 25

An Important Message to the Miami Community

Dear Miami Community,

A member of the Miami Community has informed us that they tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual was last on campus on March 19, and is now self-isolating at their home outside of Ohio. Our hearts and thoughts go out to them and their loved ones.

We are working with the Butler County Health Department to identify anyone with whom they were in close personal contact. Those individuals will be contacted and given direction.

Ensuring the anonymity of the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 is important. If you are aware of their identity, please respect their privacy. Please abide by all laws related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and personal health information (HIPAA), and expectations for the responsible use of social media. Miami is committed to doing all that we can to support this person and our broader community through what is a stressful and challenging time.

We will continue to follow the guidance and advice of the Ohio Department of Health and to work closely with the Butler County Health Department. We will also communicate with the Miami Community as we learn more. This website is updated frequently to keep you informed.

If you have a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or shortness of breath, you should call your healthcare provider or the Miami Health Center at 513-529-3000. It is important that you call first for guidance, and do not visit a healthcare facility before calling. If you are feeling ill, we encourage you to stay in your home. Please continue to practice social distancing.

We understand that there are many questions and concerns as we navigate this extraordinary moment in our history. We continue to work closely with partners at the city and state to manage these challenges and will continue to share information as we are able.

Love and Honor,

Gregory P. Crawford
President

Friday, March 20

A Message to the Miami Community Regarding Commencement

Dear Miami Community,

As we navigate the changing COVID-19 landscape, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and local communities is our top priority.  I am heartened by the way the Miami community has stepped up to take on this challenge.  The past two weeks have been like none other in most of our lives. I wish to thank our incredible faculty and staff who have quickly adapted to deliver instruction and student support services remotely, and to especially thank our students for their flexibility, understanding, and their commitment to complete this semester from a distance.

Just last Monday, we all learned of Ohio’s first positive test for the coronavirus.  In the following days we shifted to remote operations - first course instruction and then administrative as well.  At first through April 12, and now through the end of the semester.  We are continuing to evaluate the still rapidly developing impact of the coronavirus, and based upon the input of public health professionals and modeling from public health officials, I have determined that we can no longer plan to hold a commencement ceremony in Oxford on May 16.

We treasure commencement, and the opportunity to celebrate the success of our graduates with their families, friends and loved ones.  While the ceremony in May is canceled, we are exploring other, creative options to bring together our graduates and their families at a later date.  In the coming weeks we hope to provide you with our plans for the Class of 2020.

We know this is extremely disappointing; it was not an easy decision to make, and it is one we would have preferred to have been otherwise, but we must put safety first. Most importantly, it should not take away the pride you feel in your accomplishments, or the connections you have made here at Miami. The Class of 2020 has had a positive, lasting impact on Miami, and we will all celebrate your time here, even if it is ending differently that any of us expected. This is not the end of your Miami story, but the beginning of your journey as Miami alumni, and we look forward to seeing all of you back here many times over the coming years.

We will continue to keep you informed of new developments and new actions as they are taken.  Please visit miamioh.edu/coronavirus for more information, as we are updating the site frequently to keep you up-to-date.

I am inspired as I watch our students, faculty, staff, community members and alumni respond to this health emergency with compassion, love and honor.  This is who we are, we are Miamians and as our Governor and fellow Miamian assures us "We will get through this." Together.

Love and Honor
Gregory P. Crawford
President

Thursday, March 19

Another Way to Complete Your Internship

Hello,

You are receiving this email because you enrolled in an internship for credit this spring semester, and I am your Instructor of Record (i.e., your Faculty Supervisor). Given the coronavirus, your internship may have been interrupted, and you may find yourself not being able to complete the required number of hours needed in order to receive college credit. You need 37.5 hours of work for every college credit received, so for example in order to receive 3 credits for your internship, you'd need to work a total of at least 112.5 hours, and your work supervisor would need to verify that you actually worked that many hours.

If you are able to put in those hours by the end of the semester, great! Continue on and then get your employer to verify that you did indeed work those hours. If you don't think you'll be able to work that many hours, I have enclosed another way for you to "complete" your internship and receive the 3 credits. Simply complete the enclosed tasks by April 24th.

Please review the enclosed, and let me know what you think you're going to do:

- I'll be able to get my 112.5 hours in this semester, or;
- I'll complete the enclosed assignments

Thanks, and please let me know if you have any questions!!

Steve Whayne
Regional Assistant Director of Employer Relations

Wednesday, March 18

An important message to the Miami Community, March 18, 2020

Dear Miami Community,

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and local communities remain our greatest priority. We have learned of a positive test for the coronavirus in the Oxford area. We have confirmed it is not a Miami student or employee.  We knew that positive cases would soon reach our area, and we should not be surprised. Our thoughts and hearts go out to them, their loved ones and family. We must be diligent and continue to focus on what we can do as community members. We must adhere to social distancing, and those practices recommended to reduce transmission of the virus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands. 
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable. 
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. 
  • Clean "high-touch" surfaces daily. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, desks, and tablets.

We are urging all students, if they are able, to depart Oxford as soon as possible, there is no academic reason to stay; our faculty and staff have implemented remote learning and student support. Our residence halls will be closing on Saturday, March 21.  Only students who have received permission may remain in the residence halls after that date. If you believe you cannot go home, you may seek an exception by completing the exception form.

If you have a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or shortness of breath, you should call your healthcare provider or the Miami Health Center at 513-529-3000. It is important that you call first for guidance, and do not visit a healthcare facility before calling. If you are feeling ill, we encourage you to stay in your home.

As we have taken steps to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Miamians have responded to the challenge to swiftly shift to remote operations, for instruction, staff work, and course attendance, I am grateful to all of you for rising to this challenge as our Governor has stated, these actions will slow transmission of the coronavirus and will save lives.

We will continue to keep you informed of new developments and new actions as they are taken.  Please visit miamioh.edu/coronavirus for more information, we are updating the site daily to keep you up-to-date. I am inspired and heartened as I watch our students, faulty, staff, community members and alumni response to this heath emergency with compassion, love and honor.  This is who we are, we are Miamians and as our Governor and fellow Miamian assures us “We will get through this.” Together.

Love and Honor
Gregory P. Crawford

Monday, March 16

Regional Libraries are closed starting Tuesday

We invite Miami students, faculty, and staff to make use of our online materials and services to support your remote learning and teaching.

We also ask that you contact us with any questions. Hamilton Library staff may be reached at https://www.ham.miamioh.edu/library/services/get-help/ and Middletown Library staff at https://www.mid.miamioh.edu/library/contactus.htm

Krista McDonald Library Director, Hamilton

Message to the Miami Community from President Crawford

Dear Miami Community,

The health and safety of our community is our highest priority, and we want to keep you informed during this rapidly evolving health emergency. While we continue to have no positive cases at Miami, yesterday we learned that a member of the Cleveland State University community tested positive for the coronavirus.  Our hearts and thoughts go out to our colleagues and students at Cleveland State. We should all expect more positive test results each day as testing and exposure increase. As Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has said, “None of this should surprise us. It’s not unexpected.”

The guidance of the Governor and the Ohio Department of Health is for all Ohio businesses to identify as many employees as possible to work from home. I will be meeting today with university leaders, and by the end of the day we will send to all employees a plan to allow most personnel to work remotely, beginning as early as the third shift today, at 10:00 p.m.  Also, until further notice all university-sponsored domestic travel is canceled, including in-state travel, whether by air or automobile. For students, who remain in Oxford, a subsequent message from the Dean of Students will be forthcoming.

We understand that many of you may wonder if you have the virus. If you have a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or shortness of breath, you should call your healthcare provider or the Miami Health Center at 513-529-3000. It is important that you call first for guidance, and do not visit a healthcare facility before calling.  If you are feeling ill, we encourage you to stay in your home. We continue to evaluate this rapidly changing situation and will keep you informed as to what it means to our community. Watch for additional updates which will be forthcoming today. We thank you for continuing to apply social distancing and the other practices recommended for preventing transmission.

We are Miami, we support each other, and we treat each other with compassion, care, and understanding. As always, our number one priority is the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the Miami community. As Governor DeWine has assured us all, "We will get through this." Together.

Love and Honor,
Gregory P. Crawford
President

IMPORTANT: Student Org Financial, Buyway, & RSG Funding Updates

Dear Miami Regional Student Organization Leaders,

Given the developments over the last week, and in order to comply with city, state and federal guidance to facilitate social distancing, the Regional Office of Student Activities & Orientation (ROSA) will need to cancel all face-to-face student organization events. All hub-registered events registered for a physical location will be canceled for the time-being until medical authorities are able to clear the way to begin social activities once again. We know this is a difficult situation, but want to assure you that the health and safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to us.  

If you have already scheduled payments to go out for upcoming events, or have pending items in buyway for events that will be affected by these cancellations, please be sure to cancel the pending payments in buyway.

You may also be wondering how this will affect the RSG funding that you’ve already received. We recognize that organizations will likely have excess money in their accounts at the end of the semester when funds are swept, and that’s ok. There will not be any sanctions applied due to lack of spending as we work through this semester. Please be sure to revisit the email from your RSG and RA@M for ideas on how to stay engaged in a digital setting.

Please continue to follow the recommendations of our Health Professionals and support each other as we work through this.

Love and Honor,
Regional Office of Student Activities & Orientation (ROSA) Team
ROSA@MiamiOH.edu
513-785-3053

Message to the Miami Community from President Crawford

Dear Miami Community,

The health and safety of our community is our highest priority, and we want to keep you informed during this rapidly evolving health emergency. While we continue to have no positive cases at Miami, yesterday we learned that a member of the Cleveland State University community tested positive for the coronavirus. Our hearts and thoughts go out to our colleagues and students at Cleveland State. We should all expect more positive test results each day as testing and exposure increase. As Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has said, “None of this should surprise us. It’s not unexpected.”

The guidance of the Governor and the Ohio Department of Health is for all Ohio businesses to identify as many employees as possible to work from home. I will be meeting today with university leaders, and by the end of the day we will send to all employees a plan to allow most personnel to work remotely, beginning as early as the third shift today, at 10:00 p.m. Also, until further notice all university-sponsored domestic travel is canceled, including in-state travel, whether by air or automobile. For students, who remain in Oxford, a subsequent message from the Dean of Students will be forthcoming.

We understand that many of you may wonder if you have the virus. If you have a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or shortness of breath, you should call your healthcare provider or the Miami Health Center at 513-529-3000. It is important that you call first for guidance, and do not visit a healthcare facility before calling. If you are feeling ill, we encourage you to stay in your home. We continue to evaluate this rapidly changing situation and will keep you informed as to what it means to our community. Watch for additional updates which will be forthcoming today. We thank you for continuing to apply social distancing and the other practices recommended for preventing transmission.

We are Miami, we support each other, and we treat each other with compassion, care, and understanding. As always, our number one priority is the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the Miami community. As Governor DeWine has assured us all, "We will get through this." Together.

Love and Honor,
Gregory P. Crawford
President

Campus Update: Free eTextbooks Available to Students Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Free eBook Access!

Update from Your Campus Online Bookstore:

Due to impacts to on-campus classes, we’ve partnered with our digital course materials platform, VitalSource, and leading publishers to launch VitalSource Helps, a program offering free access to ebooks for students who may have lost access to course materials with the rapid move to distance learning.

Who's eligible:

Whether you previously accessed textbooks via the library, shared a book with a classmate, or left your books on campus, all impacted students are eligible.

How to Access:

  1. Visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com to access free ebooks through May 25. VitalSource Helps provides access to tens of thousands of ebooks, but some content may not be available.
  2. To access free materials, you must use your student school email address (.edu) to log in or create an account. Before you get started, we encourage you to review this student FAQ.

We hope this will be helpful to you as you continue your studies online.

Sincerely,
Your eCampus.com Online Bookstore Team

Friday, March 13

A message to the community from Student Life

Dear Miami Community,

This afternoon we learned about the first coronavirus cases in Southwest Ohio. UC Health announced that four family members who were treated at their West Chester Hospital have tested positive, and they are now quarantined at their home. To the best of our knowledge, they are not members of the Miami Community. Still, our hearts and thoughts go out to them and their families, and we wish them a quick recovery.

We should all expect more positive test results in the coming days as testing and exposure increase. As Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said at this afternoon’s press conference, “None of this should surprise us. It’s not unexpected.”

Thank you for continuing to apply social distancing and the other practices that the Centers for Disease Control recommend for preventing transmission. We continue to evaluate this rapidly changing situation and will keep you informed as to what it means to our community.

We thank our students for adapting to complete their semester through remote learning. We understand that not all students can leave their on-campus residence, and we will support them through the semester. For those who can depart, we thank them for returning home to finish the semester. Student Life has provided information to students on this process.

As we go through this pandemic, something none of us has experienced before, we are depending on each other for strength and comfort. We will experience difficult days ahead, but, as the Governor said, "We will get through this." Together.

Love and Honor,
Steve Large
Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellness

Message to the Miami Community from President Crawford

Dear Miami Community,

The health and safety of our community is our highest priority, and we want to keep you informed during this rapidly evolving health emergency. While we continue to have no positive cases at Miami, yesterday we learned that a member of the Cleveland State University community tested positive for the coronavirus. Our hearts and thoughts go out to our colleagues and students at Cleveland State. We should all expect more positive test results each day as testing and exposure increase. As Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has said, “None of this should surprise us. It’s not unexpected.”

The guidance of the Governor and the Ohio Department of Health is for all Ohio businesses to identify as many employees as possible to work from home. I will be meeting today with university leaders, and by the end of the day we will send to all employees a plan to allow most personnel to work remotely, beginning as early as the third shift today, at 10:00 p.m. Also, until further notice all university-sponsored domestic travel is canceled, including in-state travel, whether by air or automobile. For students, who remain in Oxford, a subsequent message from the Dean of Students will be forthcoming.

We understand that many of you may wonder if you have the virus. If you have a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or shortness of breath, you should call your healthcare provider or the Miami Health Center at 513-529-3000. It is important that you call first for guidance, and do not visit a healthcare facility before calling. If you are feeling ill, we encourage you to stay in your home. We continue to evaluate this rapidly changing situation and will keep you informed as to what it means to our community. Watch for additional updates which will be forthcoming today. We thank you for continuing to apply social distancing and the other practices recommended for preventing transmission.

We are Miami, we support each other, and we treat each other with compassion, care, and understanding. As always, our number one priority is the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the Miami community. As Governor DeWine has assured us all, “We will get through this.” Together.

Love and Honor,
Gregory P. Crawford
President

COVID-19 update for Miami alumni

Miamians and Friends,

As the week ends, we, like you, are coming to grips with the reality of this truly unprecedented situation. In ways large and small, we are adjusting our professional and personal lives for the safety and protection of each other. How we’re coming together as a Miami community is the very essence of Love and Honor.

Leaders across the university have acted thoughtfully and decisively to implement the directives of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. The mandated move to online instruction, limiting non-essential travel and limiting large gatherings are happening swiftly and, for the most part, smoothly.

President Crawford remains heartened by the way the Miami community has risen to the occasion and is moving forward together to face these challenges. Miami’s crisis management team continues to work to address how best to handle the constantly evolving situation in the face of this escalating crisis. And things are changing on a daily if not hourly basis. Because updates are happening so quickly, we’re asking everyone to visit MiamiOH.edu/Coronavirus for the latest information on Miami’s response to the outbreak.

To update you on University Advancement and alumni association response, we have canceled or postponed all events through the month of April, and, in the instances where it’s viable, moved events to a virtual or online platform. Updates on advancement and alumni events can be found at MiamiAlum.org/EventUpdate. We will continue to assess the situation and the impact on events beyond April and provide updates accordingly.

We also want you to know that we’re taking additional steps to safeguard our advancement and alumni staff. In the interest of public safety and in compliance with university and public health directives, we are suspending travel for all advancement and alumni staff and minimizing face-to-face meetings as much as possible until further notice. Our staff will be keeping in touch with you via phone, email, Webex, FaceTime, etc. to ensure that we continue to keep the Love and Honor alive and well during this challenging time.

As always, thank you for your continued support of Miami University, and please know that our thoughts are with you and yours as we navigate this extraordinary time together.

Love and Honor,
Tom Herbert
Senior Vice President, President of the Miami University Foundation

Kim Tavares
Executive Director, Miami University Alumni Association

A message to the community from Student Life

Dear Miami Community,

This afternoon we learned about the first coronavirus cases in Southwest Ohio. UC Health announced that four family members who were treated at their West Chester Hospital have tested positive, and they are now quarantined at their home. To the best of our knowledge, they are not members of the Miami Community. Still, our hearts and thoughts go out to them and their families, and we wish them a quick recovery.

We should all expect more positive test results in the coming days as testing and exposure increase. As Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said at this afternoon’s press conference, “None of this should surprise us. It’s not unexpected.”

Thank you for continuing to apply social distancing and the other practices that the Centers for Disease Control recommend for preventing transmission. We continue to evaluate this rapidly changing situation and will keep you informed as to what it means to our community.

We thank our students for adapting to complete their semester through remote learning. We understand that not all students can leave their on-campus residence, and we will support them through the semester. For those who can depart, we thank them for returning home to finish the semester. Student Life has provided information to students on this process.

As we go through this pandemic, something none of us has experienced before, we are depending on each other for strength and comfort. We will experience difficult days ahead, but, as the Governor said, “We will get through this.” Together.

Love and Honor,
Steve Large
Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellness

Information Regarding Grad Fest 2020

Please see below a message from the Brick & Ivy Campus Store regarding Grad Fest 2020. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to the Brick & Ivy store at shop@miamioh.edu or 513-529-2600. For those students that qualify for Latin or Military cords, we will be in touch in the coming days.

Dear Graduates and Families,

In light of the ever changing environment surrounding all of us, we will be cancelling the physical Spring Grad Fest events that were scheduled to be held at the Oxford, Hamilton, and Middletown Brick & Ivy Campus Stores during the first weeks of April.

While we will not have physical events, we will be holding Grad Fest Online through our website www.MiamiOH.edu/Campus-Store. During this time customers will be able to enjoy:

Saving 20% on Caps & Gown Bundles

Saving 20% on Church Hill Diploma Frames

Free Gift* with a purchase of a Class Ring over $399 with Balfour Rings

20% off Miami Alumni Apparel & Gifts

In addition, all Online Grad Fest customers will be entered to win one of our Grad Fest Giveaways which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Free pair of Apple AirPods donated by Brick & Ivy Technology Department

  • Free Pair of Ray-Ban Sunglasses donated by Brick & Ivy Campus Stores

  • Free Diploma Frame donated by Church Hill Diploma Frames

  • Free 'Package C' donated by CB Grad Announcements

Brick & Ivy Campus Stores and the Commencement Office will release the dates of the 2020 Online Grad Fest as soon as they are established. 

For those who do not wish to wait for the Online Grad Fest you may shop our Graduation Department now by clicking here. 

In Love and Honor, 
Nicole Byrd
General Manager
Miami University Campus Stores

Thursday, March 12

Message to the Miami Community from President Crawford

Dear Miami Community,

Even though Miami University remains open and has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, we appreciate that our community will be significantly impacted by Governor DeWine’s announcement this afternoon that Ohio K-12 schools will begin an extended three-week spring break starting Monday.

Miami’s crisis management team is meeting now and into this evening to discuss what steps we need to take as a caring and concerned community to provide the best assistance possible for our faculty, staff, and students with children attending these schools.

As I talk with many of you, I am heartened by the way everyone is responding to the new challenges we face daily because of the coronavirus. Thank you for coming together so quickly to figure out how best to move our educational mission forward through remote learning. I am energized by your enthusiasm to find solutions. This is the very definition of education.

In the same fashion, we can handle this next challenge, recognizing that we must, as the governor said, take steps as a society to save lives.

We will be providing more details tomorrow on how we can go forward together. Thank you for your help and patience as we work through this quickly evolving situation.

Love and Honor,
Gregory P. Crawford
President

We Are Miami: Resources to Stay Engaged in Our Remote Learning Environment

Your Regional Student Government (RSG) and Regional programming board (RA@M) encourage all regional student organizations (officers, members & advisors) to continue to stay actively engaged in the digital world during the current campus conditions due to the coronavirus announcement. At this time, we encourage you to make the most of the resources that have been made available to you, free of charge, to continue to not just manage, but grow your involvement in this area. As such, we have jointly compiled a list of helpful resources to help you thrive in the current situation.

Statements for Our Community:

  • Statement on Technology Access
    Dr. Pete Haverkos, our Departmental Advisor, sent out the following email on March 11th, 2020 sharing resources available for students, faculty, and staff available to access technology during this time:“[Gardner Harvey] Library (MUM) and Rentschler Library (MUH) have extended loan terms on laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads while the University holds all courses remotely. Contact library staff via phone, text, email, or chat to discuss your needs.”
    View Gardner-Harvey Library Equipment
    View Rentschler Library Equipment
    It is our (RSG/RA@M) view that organizations use this time to grow as an organization and school community, utilizing these technological resources to expand and thrive in creative ways. You can use this time to your advantage to explore new opportunities and continue to use them even when we come back from remote learning. 
  • Statement on Inclusivity
    All students, faculty, and staff deserve access to our engaged campus family. Utilizing technology can benefit student organizations to improve their outreach and engagement, but student organizations should take careful concern to appropriately make events, meetings, and communications accessible to everyone. Miami University AcessMU Center has multiple resources and information available for organizations to refer to when staying engaged during this time and for the future of your organization.
    AcessMU: https://www.miamioh.edu/it-services/accessmu/student-support/index.html
    Closed captioning tips: https://www.miamioh.edu/student-life/sds/student-tools/accommodation-procedures/captioning-and-interpreting-procedures/
    Assistive Technology Tips: https://www.miamioh.edu/it-services/accessmu/student-support/assistive-tech/index.html
  • Statement on Funding Allocation Committee(FAC)
    Regional Student Government is taking precautions and creating contingency plans to ensure the Funding Allocation Committee Budget Hearings still happen on May 1st and 2nd. We are looking at moving the FAC hearings to be fully remote access, but the meetings will still be happening on May 1st and May 2nd no matter what. The sweep date for student organization funding will still be in effect on May 20th, 2020. You are still able to access your funds through a one-time use credit card process for digital credit card access. (Tier 4 organizations are available to us their university-issued credit card to purchase items for digital events as needed.) We encourage student organizations to please continue to work on Regional Red Brick Rewards and keep a look out for details from the Regional Office of Student Activities and Orientation (ROSA) team for additional modifications in this area soon.

In place of In-Person Events:

Due to the ever-evolving statements and mandates from Mike DeWine, Ohio Government, Miami University has moved all of its in-person classes to remote learning. While campuses are still open currently as of 03/12/2020, we have seen on-campus engagement decreasing in order to keep physical contact to a minimum, which can be difficult for your student organizations to hold events, meetings, etc. in-person. Below we have brainstormed some ideas for events and other meeting formats that you can use in lieu of holding in-person events to maintain and grow with your organization during this time.

Meetings

  • Digital meetings
    • There are many resources available for you to use as Miami students to have e-meetings! Included with the google suite, there is a program called Google Hangouts. This program can have meetings held in it, and can have multiple people join on one screen.
    • There is a newer program that Miami is using called Cisco WebEx. This program is similar to google hangouts in the way it runs. To access this, when making an event on the google calendar, click on add conferencing, and “Webex meeting” will be the option that you will be using.

Event Ideas

During this time, there are many things that your student organization can do to stay active! Ranging from planning for the upcoming semesters, to actually having online events this semester! Below are some sample events that RA@M and RSG have thought of:

  • Movie Party
    • Decide on a date/time to all watch a movie together. Be sure that each person watching has their own personal streaming access (cannot be purchased by RSG funding). Stream each others’ faces and chat together while it plays.
    • If you are interested in obtaining licensure for a movie to stream to one screen, please visit https://www.swank.com/public-libraries/ to learn about costs and requirements to do so.
  • Jackbox
    • Jackbox is a party game available on Xbox, Playstation and PC consoles. There are a variety of game types available and can have up to 6-8 players, depending on the game type. Only one person will need to have a copy of Jackbox, and all of the other players can use a mobile device, such as a cellphone, tablet, or computer.
    • Please be aware that Jackbox does cost money, and that it will have to be on someone’s personal device. If your organization is interested in doing this long term, consider purchasing a gaming console. This does not have to be done now, but just putting it on the radar. 
    • Here is the link for more information- https://jackboxgames.com/
  • Connect 4 tournament
    • There are several online programs that offer tabletop games, such as connect 4 or go fish, in a digital format. Most of these websites are completely free!
    • Here is an example of one of these websites-https://papergames.io/en/connect4
  • Kahoot!
    • Kahoot is a free program that hosts a trivia/game competition. It is completely free for everyone to use, and you just need to make an account to host it. (A great use for an entity account!) To share the kahoot, you will need to give people the code that is generated
    • Here is the link to visit the Kahoot website- https://kahoot.com/

NOTE- Many of these softwares and programs listed are not sponsored by Miami University. Please remember that the code of Love and Honor still applies to your actions.

Communication: Events, Meetings & Beyond:

We encourage Student Organizations to continue meeting and communicating through digital means. To help with this process of moving into digital engagement, here are some creative ideas for our student body engagement:

  • Schedule online meetings via google calendar. Using google calendar, you can create a new meeting, and invite people via email. The event will then show up on their calendar and they can accept to attend or decline. You can also add this link to the location portion of the HUB to get it listed as an approved event! [tutorial]
  • Instead of meeting face to face, have a meeting through Google Hangouts (if you’ve never used Hangouts, click here for a video tutorial). Alternatively, faculty and staff advisors can host Webex meetings. These online meetings can also be automatically set up via google calendar.
    • You are able to use closed captioning in webex if you share you screen and have google presentations (with this feature) activated. All of these apps are provided free to your google account through the university.
    • Closed captioning is available through google hangouts. You are also able to share screens.
  • HUB: The HUB houses many different and awesome features to help maintain your organizational needs from home!
  • Trello
    • Trello is a task management system the both of our communities have found useful to communicate with our members. It is not a Miami University system or technology, but thought some organizations may find it useful as they move to remote communication. https://trello.com/home

Additional Resources:

Your student government and programming board have come together to collect various resources that your organization may find useful for administrative tasks. We have provided some helpful links below.

Please be advised on student organization travel updates from the university website:
https://www.miamioh.edu/regionals/student-life/student-activities-orientation/student-org-resources/covid-19-faq/index.html

We are excited to expand our horizons to this digital realm with you and feel as though the Regional Miami family has provided the support we need to ensure our organizational success through these means. If you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to any of us listed below.

Kaleigh Neiman, Co-President RSG
Al Combs, Co-President RA@M
Scott Newton, Co-President RSG
Holly Scott, Co-President RA@M

Miami University's Campuses Are Open - and the Libraries Are Here to Help!

Supporting students, faculty, and staff both on campus and online is a constant goal for the Regional libraries. During this transitional time, the library is open to help with research consultations and embedded librarianship; provide assistance for courses with Textbooks on Reserve and streaming video services; offer a variety of technical equipment, including laptops and iPads; and provide study rooms for quiet study or group work.

For more information about library services and how we are continuing to serve the Miami community, check out our Continuity of Services at Your Regional Libraries guide (https://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/continuity).

Or, contact library staff directly via phone, text, email, or chat to discuss your needs or ask questions.

Gardner-Harvey Library (Middletown), 513-727-3222

Rentschler Library (Hamilton), 513-785-3235

Jessie Long, MLIS
Outreach and Instruction Librarian & Associate Librarian 
Gardner-Harvey Library

Remote instruction information and tips

Dear Miami Regionals Students,

In light of Tuesday’s announcement by President Crawford that we are suspending face-to-face (F2F) instruction, we want to provide you with some tools, advice and resources on how to be successful in your remote instruction classes. We recognize you are experiencing significant and unexpected disruption to your routine.

In light of Tuesday’s announcement by President Crawford that we are suspending face-to-face (F2F) instruction, we want to provide you with some tools, advice and resources on how to be successful in your remote instruction classes. We recognize you are experiencing significant and unexpected disruption to your routine.

Support

Transitioning from a structured routine to a more self-driven schedule requiring more time management can be stressful. You are not alone in this stress.It’s normal to feel a bit uncertain or overwhelmed with the new expectations that come with remote delivery of courses and changes to co-curricular opportunities.

Hamilton, Middletown and VOALC are open and all services (advising, tutoring, library, counseling, etc.) are being held as normal on campus. If you need help or are feeling overwhelmed, please consider coming to campus to use these services.

Tips for Remote Learning

Some of you may be new to remote learning, and below are tips to help you navigate this new territory.  

  • First, make sure to check your Canvas sites regularly. Review all parts of the site to ensure you are fully aware of course expectations.
  • Maintain a regular schedule. Set aside time to engage with course material daily and keep a normal sleep schedule. Significant changes to sleep schedules make it hard for the brain to learn new information and to recall that newly learned information.
  • Maintain communication with faculty and peers in class. There are multiple ways to connect with instructors and classmates. If you are confused or concerned, ask questions and get clarification.

Technology Access

If you are concerned about your access to technology resources for remote instruction, please know that the Rentschler and Gardner-Harvey libraries are currently operating under normal schedules and have computers available for student loan and use.

We share these tips because we care about you and we want you to be happy, healthy and successful. You have enormous potential to do great things -- at Miami and beyond -- and the world needs you right now.

Take Care, 

Pete Haverkos

Coronavirus and Your Internship

Hello,

You are receiving this email because you completed an Internship Agreement with the Career Services and Professional Development Office at Miami Regionals. Miami University (including Miami Regionals) currently has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19). However, due to the nature of your internship, you may be in other locations besides Miami's campuses; for example, you may be located at your internship worksite on some days, or for portions of some days.

Please notify us if your internship status or situation changes in any way. Certainly, you must abide by any workplace decisions that your employer may make. One of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of the virus is to avoid large group interactions. If allowed by your employer, you may choose to continue to come into work, or you may choose to work from home. Or you may even choose to end your internship. We urge you to make the choice that is best for you. Please know that your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us.

Again, please keep us informed of any change in your internship status, such as workplace arrangements, number of hours worked, etc. Thank you very much.

Sincerely,
Steve Whayne
Regional Assistant Director of Employer Relations

Schedule Change for Upcoming Events at Miami Regionals

You are receiving this email because you are either a member of our Passport to Programming or have responded for an upcoming event happening between now and April 12 at Miami Regionals.

Miami University has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19); however, in light of the Governor's announcement on Tuesday and the advice of the Ohio Department of Health we are limiting large gatherings at the university.

The following public events have been canceled:

  • March 12 • Professional Development Series: Find Your Strength (MURALS)
  • March 13 • Procedures on Buying or Selling a Business
  • March 13 & 14 • “The Pocketbook Monologues” productions 
  • March 17 • Hidden No More Panel 
  • March 18 • National Parks Talk: White Sands National Monument
  • March 26 • Free Film Screening: “First Man”
  • April 2 • Michael J. Colligan History Project: The Life of Neil Armstrong
  • April 8 • Alternative Spring Break 2020 Showcase
  • April 9 • Film Screening: “The Mountain Minor”

The following public events are being rescheduled:

  • March 19 • Career & Internship Fair • moved to April 21
  • March 21 • Artist Series: Steep Canyon Rangers • new date to date TBA
  • March 22 • IT’S IN OUR BLOOD: A COAL MINER’S JOURNEY • moved to April 19
  • March 24 • Verity Traditions: The Powel Crosley Story • new date to date TBA
  • April 2 • Down Home, Downtown: 2nd Time Around • new date to date TBA
  • April 11 • Artist Series: The HillBenders • new date to date TBA

This list is current as of March 12 and is subject to change.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in mid-April!

Wednesday, March 11

Regional Student Org Leaders

Hello Regional Student Org Leaders,

We have received many questions about events, activities, meetings, travel and beyond for student organizations. We will do our best to convey the most current information we have and ask you to understand that things may change at any time. Our office is here to support you through this quickly evolving situation. Please read the whole email, save it, and share with other members of your organization. We will also make it available on our website.

Also, please remember it is imperative you continue to check your email for updates.

Events/Meetings/Gatherings

Per the recommendation of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, events with anticipated attendance of 150 or more should be canceled. Please contact the venue where your events were scheduled to confirm your cancellation of any event (not just larger events).

Please note that the event size threshold could change. If your planned activity is below the threshold of 150 attendees, it may continue as planned. Please cancel the event in the Hub. Please use social media and other communication with members and potential attendees regarding the status of your events.

If you plan to cancel an event please contact the Regional Office of Student Activities and Orientation (ROSA) with any issues you may encounter with vendors or other services.

Student Organization Travel

All University sponsored or supported international travel for students, faculty and staff is suspended for the remainder of the spring semester.

All University sponsored or supported domestic travel is limited to essential travel and must be approved by the divisional vice-president. For student organizations, you should consult with your advisor first and then the appropriate divisional authority to determine if travel is considered University sponsored or supported and essential. If you are unsure of who the appropriate divisional authority is, please contact the ROSA Staff for assistance.

SOOT Workshops

Our SOOT workshops will be continued to be offered online and webex links to these events will be posted on the HUB.

Regional Red Brick Rewards

We will announce modifications to Regional Red Brick Rewards in the coming weeks. SOOT workshops will be moved completely online. Tier 1 requirements will not change. Tier 2 requirements will include some light modifications. Tier 3 and 4 will have additional modifications.

While transition binders and end-of-semester evaluations are a Tier 4 requirement, we urge all organizations to consider developing these materials now to maintain the success and viability of your organization.

Elections

We know organizations plan their elections around Spring Break. The elections module in the Hub allows organizations to conduct organization elections remotely. It offers ranked choice or simple vote options. It is simple to use and we encourage organizations to evaluate whether this will help with your officer transitions. If you have questions about this function, please contact ROSA Staff.

Clubhouse Reservable Space

The ROSA Clubhouse space on HAM (SCH122) and MID (JHN129) campuses will be temporarily unavailable for reservations outside of the office so we can continue to host meetings with stakeholders and stream our events remotely.

Pending Transactions/Student Organization Accounts

Please continue to monitor financial transactions in your student organization accounts. Continue to maintain diligence with your accounts to make sure that all pending transactions are completed from the correct account and cancel any open POs, check requests, or credit cards that are no longer needed due to cancellations.

Maintain Hub Rosters

Please make sure to maintain your Hub rosters, especially the primary positions and advisors to ensure timely communication with appropriate organization representatives.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our ROSA team.
rosa@miamioh.edu
(513) 785-3053

Andrew W Richard, B.A.
Regional Administrative Assistant
Regional Office of Student Activities and Orientation (ROSA)

COVID-19: What to Know for Regional Students

In an effort to protect the safety and health of Miami University Regionals students, all classes are now being offered remotely through Canvas. Everything from your class syllabus, assignments, announcements and grades can be found there. New to Canvas? Check out the Canvas Student Guide for help. For class-specific questions, call or email your instructor.

Access Student Resources

Wherever you are, we're here to help.

While all courses are temporarily being offered remotely, Miami University campuses are still open and you can:

  • Meet with advisors and tutors, face-to-face or virtually.
  • Access campus resources like Technology Services and libraries, either face-to-face or virtually.
  • Contact your faculty with face-to-face and virtual options.

Regional Libraries Extend Technology Loans

Gardner-Harvey Library (MUM) and Rentschler Library (MUH) have extended loan terms on laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads while the University holds all courses remotely. Contact library staff via phone, text, email, or chat to discuss your needs.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit our website.

Tuesday, March 10

Important COVID-19 Update to the Miami Community | Tuesday, March 10

Dear Miami Community,

Miami University currently has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19). However, in light of the Governor’s announcement today and the advice of the Ohio Department of Health to limit large gatherings, the University is taking a number of immediate actions to protect the health and safety of our community, which is our first priority. We recognize these measures may cause disruption to many but the risk of not acting outweighs the disruption.

One of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of the virus is to avoid large group interactions. Beginning tomorrow, March 11, 2020, Miami University’s U.S. campuses are suspending all face-to-face instruction in lectures, discussion sections, seminars and other similar classroom settings. Courses will be delivered by remote instruction through at least April 12, 2020. We are evaluating laboratory, studio and performance classes and the University will provide more specific guidance later this week.  Residence halls, dining halls and all campus services will remain open. 

Students may choose to return to their permanent place of residence or stay on campus, where appropriate social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures will be actively encouraged. We urge all students to make the choice that is best for them.

Additional proactive steps include the suspension of non-essential large gatherings, including University-related social gatherings. All non-essential events planned for greater than 150 attendees are being canceled or postponed.

All University sponsored or supported international travel to a CDC Level 3 country (Italy, Iran, South Korea, and China) is being suspended for faculty, staff and students. University sponsored domestic travel will be limited to essential travel and must be approved by the divisional vice-president. 

All members of the Miami community are encouraged to avoid travel to any CDC level 2 (Japan) or 3 country and to closely evaluate the risks of all personal travel (domestic, international, or cruise ship) and to change or cancel personal travel plans as appropriate.

Those employees and students who do decide to personally travel to a CDC level 2 or 3 country are required to report their travel to the University at the following email address travel@miamioh.edu.  They will be required to be screened by University Health Services upon return. 

In addition to remote instruction, we are also reviewing opportunities for staff to work remotely and will provide more information soon. 

We will continue to work closely with public health officials to monitor and evaluate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is a quickly evolving situation and we must all be ready to act to safeguard the health of the Miami community. The University will be continuously assessing the situation over the coming days and weeks.  

We will keep everyone informed through our website miamioh.edu/coronavirus/.  If you have any questions please call the University’s call center at 513-529-9000 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. today or 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Love and Honor,
Gregory P. Crawford
President

Monday, March 9

Message to the Miami Community | Monday, March 9

Dear Miami Community,

Today the Governor of the State of Ohio declared a state of emergency, as we learned that Ohio had its first three confirmed cases of the coronavirus, all in Cuyahoga County. We want to assure you that leaders across the University have been and are, working closely with Tri-Health, the Butler County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health, and other state offices and officials, to safeguard the health of the Miami Community and, if necessary, to respond, should the virus reach our campuses or the local area.

We live in an interconnected, global world. The opportunities and advantages achieved through enhanced trade, travel, and access were not possible just a few decades ago. Unfortunately, with these increased interconnections contagions can spread quickly from nation to nation, as COVID-19 is doing today. This is a serious concern, but our global interconnectivity also means that health officials from across the globe can communicate, work, and plan together to address the coronavirus.

In the long term, we can anticipate vaccines and other means to combat this virus, in the short term, we must all practice the behaviors which limit the spread of influenza and the coronavirus. Each of us must also stay informed and review our activities and travel plans to weigh the risks versus the benefits, and to adjust or cancel as necessary. Please visit this site for Miami information and to link to local, national, and global health websites. For now, classes will continue as scheduled, as the Crisis Management Team continuously monitors the coronavirus. The Crisis Management Team is meeting regularly, and will keep the website updated and the Miami Community informed.

Love and Honor,
Gregory P. Crawford
President



Miami Hotline and Other Numbers

The Miami University Health Services Information hotline number is 513-529-3003. This line is updated with the most current information as it is made available. 

If you need to make an appointment with Miami University Health Services, please call 513-529-3000.

The Butler County General Health District phone number is 513-863-1770; the after-hours, emergency-only number is 877-774-4636.

The Ohio Department of Health call center is operating from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Butler County General Health District

301 S. Third Street
Hamilton, OH

513-863-1770
513-863-4372 (fax)

www.butlercountyohio.org/health