Academic and Student Life Letter

Emergency and Important Contacts

Emergency
911

Miami University Police
513.529.2222

Personal Support Contacts

Student Counseling Service
513.529.4634

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
513.529.1870

Miami U Bias Reporting
biasreporting@miamioh.edu

Ride Information

BCRTA Safe Ride
513.785.5237 or 1.855.42.BCRTA (1.855.422.2782)

BCRTA ADA (Disability Service)
513.785.5237 or 1.855.42.BCRTA (1.855.422.2782)

Local Emergency Information

Emergency
911

Oxford Police
513.523.4321

Community Counseling & Crisis Center
1.844.427.4747

Subject:  Important Academic and Student Life Information - Please Read and Save (sent 8/28/17)

Dear Miami Student:

Welcome to the start of fall semester 2017. The Division of Student Affairs is ready to support you in your pursuit of a healthy and productive semester. Please note you will also receive a second email with health and safety information. You should read both messages in their entirety and save them.

Among the exciting events coming to the area early this semester are:

Please become familiar with these important items:

  • The Student Life website has information on services and programs designed to help you define and achieve your goals at Miami University.

  • The Miami University values statement is the foundation for our Code of Love and Honor and the entire I am Miami initiative. At all times, let’s honor our values and treat each other with civility, respect, and care.

  • Integrity is a key ingredient to realizing our individual and collective goals. We all have a responsibility to positively represent ourselves and our university. Embracing the highest ideals of collective and individual responsibility – inside and outside of the classroom – is an essential component to personal success. See the Miami Integrity website.

  • Miami takes violations of our dishonesty policies very seriously.

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.

Academic and Related Issues

Class Attendance. If you plan to miss class due to observation of a religious holiday, notify your instructors in writing sometime during the first week of class. View the university policy regarding religious observances.

Change of Schedule. All changes to your schedule (full-term classes) must be made through BannerWeb by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, August 30.

Textbooks on Reserve. Textbooks from some of the most heavily enrolled courses are available 24/7 for free 2-hour checkout from King Library beginning Aug. 28. Depending on the subject area, textbooks are also available for free 2-hour checkout at the Business, Engineering, Science, & Technology Library (B.E.S.T.) in Laws Hall. View available textbooks at library reserves or by asking in person or by phone at the King Library circulation desk (513-529-2433) or B.E.S.T. Library (513-529-6886). Textbooks requiring online access codes are not included.

Tutoring. If you need a tutor or would like to be a tutor, visit the Rinella Learning Center website. Also, please note that the Rinella Learning Center has moved to the Shriver Center.

Voting. Information on voter registration (the next Ohio registration deadline is Oct. 10, 2017) and future elections (the next Ohio election is Nov. 7, 2017) can be found on Voting Rights Information. If you choose to register and vote locally, you can print (or display on your smartphone) evidence of your local address through myMiami.

File Sharing. Illegal distribution of copyrighted material is prohibited by law and violates the University’s Code of Student Conduct. Violation of copyright laws can subject you to substantial civil liability and criminal punishment and may result in University disciplinary action. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can also choose to assess costs and attorneys’ fees. Please review the University’s policy on file sharing.

Your feedback is important. You play an important role in helping Miami improve your college experience. Your feedback (via surveys, course evaluations, etc.), helps Miami know whether or not students are gaining the skills they need to grow and succeed. We specifically ask you to complete a survey this fall, the One Miami Campus Climate Survey, to share your experiences, anonymously, regarding the climate at Miami. It will be available starting Sept. 26.

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

Mike Curme

Associate Vice President & Dean of Students