Academic and Student Life Letter

Subject:  Important Academic and Student Life Information - Please Read and Save

January 2019

Dear Miami Student:

Welcome to the start of spring semester 2019. The Division of Student Life 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. Please read (and save) both messages.

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.
  • Code of Student Conduct, and in particular you should be aware of the potential university and legal consequences related to alcohol and drug misuse.

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.

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.

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

Textbooks on Reserve. Textbooks from some of the most heavily enrolled courses are available 24/7 for free 2-hour checkout from King Library. 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 April 8, 2019 for the May 7, 2019 primary). You can find the future dates for elections in Ohio and more information about 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 needed to grow and succeed. We specifically ask you to complete the Miami Health Survey this spring, which asks about student experiences related to sexual and interpersonal violence, alcohol use, and mental/emotional health.  The survey will open in late February or early March.

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

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

Emergency and Important Contacts


Miami University Police

Personal Support Contacts

Student Counseling Service

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

Miami U Bias Reporting

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


Oxford Police

Community Counseling & Crisis Center