Health and Safety Letter

Subject:  Health and Safety Notes for Miami Students (Spring 2019)

Dear Miami Student,

Welcome to campus – or welcome back – for the 2019 spring semester.  The Division of Student Life is ready to support you in your pursuit of a healthy and productive semester. With the help of this information, along with the academics and student-life info you received via email, we hope you will be actively involved and enjoy good healthy and safe experiences this semester.

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

  • Keep your Miami emergency cards handy; it contains crucial emergency contact information. Please add the emergency contact information on the card into your cell phone and bookmark This site offers university procedures and responses to emergency situations.
  • When you access myMiami, you will 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.
  • Wash your hands. Regularly and thoroughly washing your hands is one of your best defenses against the flu and other bugs. 

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 and cell phone number from Banner have already been entered as part of the Miami Emergency Notification System. 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 campus Student and Academic Success (513-785-3211).
  • Sexual and Interpersonal Violence. Support for victims of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking is available:
    • Confidential Resources (Speaking with these resources will not initiate a report to police or the university)
      • Student Counseling Service 513-529-4634 (Oxford), 513-785-3211 (Hamilton), and 513-727-3431 (Middletown)
      • Medical staff at Student Health 513-529-3000
      • On-campus Women Helping Women confidential support specialist Katy Clover at 513-431-1111 (phone or text)
    • Reporting Resources (Speaking with these resources will initiate a report with police and/or university)
      • Title IX Coordinator Kenya Ash 513-529-7157;
      • Deputy Title IX Coordinator and sexual assault response coordinator, Gabby Dralle 513-529-1870;
      • Deputy Regional Title IX Coordinator for regional campus students, Bennyce Hamilton 513-785-3283;

Staying Healthy and Safe

Physical/Mental Health. The Student Counseling Service and Student Health Service is located in the Health Services Center on Campus Ave. (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 accept personal responsibility, care for and support each other, and show respect for 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
  • Use 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 future, or your Miami experience, with poor choices. I urge you to download and save Miami’s Code of Student Conduct, and in particular you should be aware of the potential university and legal consequences related to alcohol and drug misuse.

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

Annual Security & Fire Safety 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 & Fire Safety 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.

Wishing you a safe and successful semester.

Kimberly Moore, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

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