Health and Safety Letter

Faculty and Staff Safety and Wellness Reminder

Faculty and Staff receive a letter from the Dean of Students and the Chief of Miami University Police at the start of every semester with information about emergencies, classroom disruptions, and support for student illnesses, absences, and mental health concerns.

The contents of this letter can be found at Student Well-Being and Classroom Safety

Subject:  Health and Safety Notes for Miami Students (Fall 2017)

Dear Miami Student:

Welcome to campus – or welcome back – for the 2017 fall semester. The Division of Student Affairs is ready to support you in your pursuit of a healthy and productive semester. IWith the help of this information, along with the academics and student-life email you also received, we hope you will be actively involved and enjoy good health and safe experiences this semester.

Miami offers many safety and health guidelines and we hope you take advantage of them.

  • Keep your Miami emergency card handy; it contains crucial emergency contact information. Please add the emergency contact information on the card into your cell phone and bookmark www.MiamiOH.edu/emergency. This site offers university procedures and responses to emergency situations.

  • When you access MyMiami, you will soon be asked to check and update your local address, cell phone number, and emergency contacts. Please do so promptly. You are required to provide information for at least one emergency contact that the university can use in case of emergency. You also have the option to confidentially identify an individual to be contacted by Miami in the event you are suspected as missing.

Embracing a welcoming community

All who work, live, study, and teach in the Miami community must be committed to the principles of mutual respect and positive engagement that are an integral part of Miami’s values, goals, and mission. Behavior inconsistent with these values should be challenged and reported. Miami’s “No Hate Initiative,” “What you Should Know” and “Bias Incident Reporting” websites provide information about how to recognize hateful or biased behavior, how to respond, how to report it, and what each of us can do to make a difference. At all times, let’s honor our values and treat each other with civility, respect, and care.

Emergency Communications

Your university email address has already been entered as part of the Miami Emergency Notification System. For your own safety, you should also add your cell phone number at MiamiOH.edu/ens to receive text alerts; please note that Miami will likely be moving to an opt-out (rather than opt-in) text alert protocol this fall. Alerts are only sent in situations that pose immediate danger, cancel classes, or close campus.

Support Services for Urgent Personal Situations

  • Personal Emergencies. For support and faculty notification of a death in the immediate family or an illness that requires hospitalization, contact the Office of the Dean of Students (513-529-1877) or regional campuses Student Affairs (513-785-3211 or 513-727-3233).

  • Sexual and Interpersonal Violence. Support for victims of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking is available:

Staying Healthy and Safe

  • Physical/Mental Health. The Student Counseling Service and Student Health Services are located in the Health Services Center on Campus Avenue (Oxford). Counseling is also available in 130 Rentschler Hall (Hamilton) and 14 Johnston Hall (Middletown).

  • Residence Hall Safety. Know and follow the rules established by your residential community. Residence hall doors automatically lock upon exiting; do not prop open doors nor provide entry to someone you don’t know. Please report unknown persons to authorities.

  • After-Hours Safe Ride. If you need a safe ride at night, call the BCRTA SafeRide after-hours safe escort service (855-42-BCRTA). Always use the buddy system.

  • Alcohol. Miami is a community of care and concern. We are a community of diverse people who are responsible for ourselves, responsible for each other, and respectful of all; and being responsible means making smart choices about alcohol. If you see a student who is in need of medical attention due to alcohol or drug use, step up and call for help. Miami University will not take disciplinary action for a violation of Miami’s drug or alcohol policies against those students who seek emergency medical assistance for themselves or other students. When a person’s health and/or safety is threatened or appears to be at risk from alcohol or drug consumption, the best course of action is to:

    • Call 911

    • Call the Miami University Police Department at 513-529-2222

    • Seek assistance from a resident assistant (RA) or residence hall director; or

    • Utilize the McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, 110 North Poplar, 513-523-2111

    Remember, each decision you make is going to affect your future, your friends, and your family. Don’t compromise your destination, or your Miami experience, with poor choices.

  • Missing Student. If you believe a Miami University student is missing, please notify the Miami University Police Department, 513-529-2222.

  • Annual Security Report. As part of the University’s  commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read our Annual Security Report, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention programs designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is provided to prospective students and employees. Copies of the report may be obtained from University Police, 513-529-2225.

Best wishes for a productive, enjoyable, and safe semester.

Mike Curme
Associate Vice President & Dean of Students