Information for students

Here is a quick reference guide for University of Miami students.

COVID-19 information

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  • Staying healthy

    Follow current university guidance, which is in line with CDC recommendations. Here are symptoms to watch for.

  • What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

    • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have traveled to an affected area—or have had contact with someone known to be infected with COVID-19 (or who is currently being tested)—you should immediately call Student Health Service at 305-284-9100. Please call ahead before arriving at the Student Health Service to share your recent travel history and symptoms. Refer to the Student Health Service site for additional information.
    • If you are sick, stay home. You should take steps you normally would when sick, including focusing on caring for your health, contacting your health care provider if you feel you need to, and, in the event you miss class due to illness, working with your instructor on any necessary arrangements for making up coursework.

  • How to report a positive case of COVID-19 or exposure to COVID-19 to Student Health Service

    Students who are experiencing symptoms or who require clinical assistance should contact their health care provider or Student Health Service at 305-284-9100. To report a positive case of COVID-19 or exposure to COVID-19 that does not require clinical assistance, please complete this form.

Staying connected

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  • Virtual programs and resources to help students stay connected

    While classes have moved to online instruction through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, the Division of Student Affairs and other campus partners continue to provide a range of virtual programs and services to help students stay connected to campus and to fellow 'Canes. A collection of special virtual offerings for students can be found at miami.edu/stayconnected.

Academic information

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  • Using Blackboard: Helpful tips for students

    Please review these helpful tips for using Blackboard, developed specifically for students.

  • Coursework guidance

    Spring break for students has been extended through March 22. The spring semester will resume on Monday, March 23, with all classes provided strictly in online/remote/distance learning environments through the remainder of the spring semester.

    We are doing everything that we can to put your health and safety first while also helping you learn and get the credit you need to graduate. All faculty are making sure that their lectures, notes, and other necessary materials are available online so that you can finish the semester.  To learn more about remote learning technologies and available resources, visit it.miami.edu/continuity.

     

  • Academic advising

    All academic advising is being transitioned to a phone/Zoom/Skype environment. In-person meetings will not take place. Please watch for communications from your academic advisors on how to sign up for meetings and complete your course registration appointment on CaneLink.

  • Course materials

    Faculty were asked to use Blackboard or other systems to provide secure access to curricular and reference materials that students may have left on campus. In some cases, these materials may be available via Blackboard and others may be available via the library’s digital resource center. We expect all materials as identified on course syllabi to be available. Faculty will be provided specific guidance on what materials can be offered to students securely online without violating copyright protections. Reach out to your faculty directly if material that you need is not provided after March 23.

  • Syllabi, assignments, and exams

    Faculty were asked to modify how they deliver their courses, including the lengthened spring break. Faculty have until Monday, March 23, to upload their updated syllabi on Blackboard, although many have already posted their updates. Faculty members are modifying exams, tests, and quizzes; some might take place online, while others might take a different form. Check your updated course syllabus on Blackboard or consult with your faculty member.

  • Deadlines that fall during extended spring break period

    Please start by talking to your professor, then to the department chair, then to the school/college dean. You may also reach out to the academic ombudsperson, Michael Stokes; you can reach him at m.stokes1@miami.edu or complete an online submission form.

  • Labs and experiential courses

    Faculty have been working to recreate the lab environment in an online setting, which may include videos of labs, virtual reconstruction of labs, and more. Your individual faculty will give details as to how your lab will take place.

  • Internships, practicum, and practical course requirements

    All internship courses are offered under a faculty member’s guidance. Please reach out to your faculty member. You may have to complete alternative assignments in order to fulfill the course requirements associated with your internship course, but only as directed by your faculty.

  • Research for credit/thesis

    Reach out to your faculty to discuss next steps.

  • Thesis or dissertation requirements for students who plan to graduate in Spring 2020

    Revised Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Process deadlines: The Graduate School has updated the first three deadlines of the ETD Process.

    • Deadline to Defend: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
    • Deadline to Submit Full Draft for Formatting Review: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    • Deadline for Producing Final PDF: Monday, May 4, 2020
    • The Deadline for Completion will remain as originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

     

    Virtual thesis/dissertation defenses for Spring 2020: The Graduate School is requesting that oral defenses of theses or dissertations this semester proceed remotely through videoconferencing (e.g. Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, Skype for Business) instead of in person. We are expecting graduate programs to maintain the integrity and quality of the defense. Visit UMIT’s webpage on “Business and Academic Continuity at the U” for a full list of videoconferencing platforms offered by the University.

    Please contact us at the Graduate School via email at graduateschool@miami.edu if we can be of any assistance or support.

  • Music ensemble rehearsals

    Until further guidance, only very small ensembles of 2-5 members will be permitted to meet during the campus online period while practicing social distancing and sanitary protocols. Some larger ensembles have already met for a sufficient number of hours this semester based on course credit requirements. In other cases, instructors of large ensembles are making alternative, remote assignments. Students will be kept informed by the professors.

  • Art/performance courses

    All courses will resume strictly in online/remote/distance learning environments through the remainder of the spring semester. The learning outcomes will be met, although in a different manner from what we envisioned at the beginning of the semester.

  • Architecture studio courses

    Starting March 23, all courses will shift to remote learning, including design studio courses. Instructors will be in communication with students to establish the terms, media, and methods for continuing courses remotely and ensure a smooth transition to online instruction. Access to studio space will be restricted during the remote learning period and will require authorization by studio course instructors and/or Associate Dean Carmen Guerrero.

  • Other questions about classes or academics

    First, please direct questions about individual classes to your faculty member teaching the class. Your faculty member is the best person to contact about tests, deadlines, and expectations for the remainder of the term. Second, you have the ability to contact a department chair and then academic dean for that school or college. Third, if you have a question that you need additional guidance on, you may submit an ombudsperson case.

    Please understand that there may be elements that are unclear or uncertain at this time. We are all managing in a very uncertain environment and appreciate your patience and flexibility.

  • Study abroad programs

    The Study Abroad office has directly contacted any student whose program has been suspended or otherwise impacted. The Study Abroad office is assisting impacted students and can be reached at studyabroad@miami.edu.

  • Remote learning resources for students

    To learn more about remote learning tools—such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and more—visit it.miami.edu/continuity.

  • Changes to academic calendar

    Courses

    • Check the University’s Blackboard site and review emails from your school/college/program that may provide additional instructions on how to access their online courses.
    • Please be patient with this new format; there will be issues that arise, especially in the beginning. Be understanding and remember that this method of instruction may be new for some faculty and students.
    • Even though we are changing to a different format for class instruction and interaction, these are still University courses and should be attended with the same level of decorum and mutual respect as if you were in a physical classroom. Observe appropriate behavior while online; this includes attire, language, interpersonal interactions, etc.

     

    Drop Date

    • For undergraduate and graduate students the last day to drop with a “W” or withdraw for the term has been extended to Friday, April 10. Law and medical school drop dates remain unchanged, as do Frost Online and UOnline.

Campus life information

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  • Information for international students

    International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in-person services are temporarily suspended until further notice: 

     

    Your F-1 student status:

    All courses will be instructed online for the remainder of the spring semester, which ends on May 6, 2020. We understand you may have concerns regarding how this may affect your F-1 student status. Please note that students in F-1 status who are currently enrolled in a program of study may engage in full-time online study during the Spring 2020 semester whether they are currently in the U.S. or currently outside the U.S. In either case, your SEVIS record will remain active as long as you are taking a full-time load of online classes during the Spring 2020 semester.

    Students who continue to make normal progress in their course of study remain eligible for reentry to the United States. However, because of the changing array of travel restrictions, nonimmigrant students should refer to their local U.S. embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, the Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites both provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States.

    Be assured that the University’s International Student and Scholar Services office will continue to provide you with support and guidance during this time.

    Please contact ISSS at isss@miami.edu if you have any questions.

  • On-campus housing

    In accordance with public health guidance to reduce density on campus, and due to the likelihood of further travel restrictions in the coming days, we will implement partial closing of on-campus housing beginning March 25. We strongly encourage all students to return to their permanent residence and not remain in on-campus housing. Limited exceptions will be made for students unable to return home, or who cannot find housing elsewhere.

    Visit the Housing and Residential Life website for detailed information.

  • Campus dining

    Dining Services will continue to provide on-campus food service, however at a reduced number of locations and in take-out form only. The latest details regarding available dining options and hours of operations can be found at www.dineoncampus.com/miami.

  • Student employment

    Student employees are encouraged to work directly with their supervisors to determine expectations and guidance for their positions.

  • Counseling Center and counseling services

    The University’s Counseling Center is open and available to support the campus community. Starting on March 17, all services will be provided by telephone or telemedicine. Students may contact the Counseling Center at any time by calling 305-284-5511. If calling after hours, press 1 to be connected to a counselor. You can also visit counseling.studentaffairs.miami.edu.

  • University Libraries and resources

    The University of Miami Libraries continues to serve patrons by providing online access to needed research materials, and assistance with research and teaching in an online environment. To respect social distancing measures, the libraries will be restricting access to library spaces and all library events scheduled through April 4 have been canceled. If you have immediate needs, contact University Libraries through ask-a-librarian at https://www.library.miami.edu/research/ask-a-librarian.html. Additional details are available at https://www.library.miami.edu/about/services-update.html.

  • Toppel Career Center

    Toppel Career Center staff will offer individual appointments remotely, in a Zoom environment. Please find more information here: https://hireacane.miami.edu/about/going-virtual/index.html.

  • Wellness Centers

    The Herbert Wellness Center, the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, and the wellness center at the marine campus will temporarily close, effective March 16, through at least April 5. You may visit miami.edu/wellness (Herbert Wellness Center) and wellness.med.miami.edu (UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center) for future schedule updates.

  • Student organization resources

    • Follow the current University guidelines for events and meetings. The Student Center Complex has already started to reach out to groups impacted by the adjustment to event guidelines. If you would like to cancel your event or meeting in the SCC, please email SCCReservations@miami.edu.
    • Follow the current University guidelines for travel. If you have any questions regarding travel for your student organization, please contact Student Activities and Student Organizations at saso@miami.edu or for club sports, please contact Merissa Vault at the Herbert Wellness Center at mvault@miami.edu.

  • Planning for commencement

    We recognize how important commencement is for you, your classmates, and loved ones. However, following guidance from state and federal agencies to suspend large events and promote social distancing due to COVID-19, undergraduate, graduate, and law May 2020 commencement ceremonies will be postponed until December 2020. 

    • Friday, December 18, 2020 - Law and Graduate Ceremonies
    • Saturday, December 19, 2020 - Undergraduate Ceremonies


    The Miller School of Medicine will host a virtual commencement on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 3 p.m. EST and will communicate those details when available.

    We are so proud of the effort you have extended to complete your degree. We realize that the postponement of May commencement ceremonies is extremely disappointing, and we did not reach this decision lightly. It was made by keeping the health and safety of our campus community and your families and loved ones in mind. We are disappointed for you and disappointed with you. This is also our chance to recognize and thank you. We’re sorry - the world pandemic has created unprecedented times.

    We want to assure you that you will still earn your degree and be considered a graduate of the University of Miami upon completion of your academic requirements, regardless of whether or not you are able to attend your ceremony in December.

    Please note, Fall 2020 candidates will still have their own ceremonies as previously scheduled for Thursday, December 17, 2020. Additionally, all Senior Send-Off events for this semester, including the Commencement Ball, have been canceled.

    For students who may not be able to join in December, the Office of Commencement is working to provide options to receive your regalia and diploma cover as well as Stoles of Gratitude. More information will be available in the coming weeks at commencement.miami.edu and via e-mail.

  • Student organization events and meetings

    All in-person undergraduate student organization events, meetings, and activities (regardless of size) for the remainder of the semester have been canceled. This includes events and meetings taking place on and off campus. If you have questions about how to cancel events with existing contracts or agreements, please reach out to the Student Activities and Student Organizations office for assistance (305-284-6399, saso@miami.edu). In your communication, please provide as much detail as possible regarding the event.

    To help facilitate virtual communication, the University has introduced the Zoom video communications platform to students, faculty, and staff. To activate your account and download Zoom, visit: https://zoom.miami.edu, click on the SSO sign-in page, and use your miami.edu credentials to get started. If you have any issues, please contact help@miami.edu, call 305-284-6565, or visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697. Training for Zoom is also available on the Zoom website (https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us).

  • Student organization travel

    All travel (international, domestic, and local) has been suspended for the remainder of the semester. This includes organization activities taking place within Miami-Dade County. Summer travel will be reevaluated in the coming weeks, and those policies will be communicated to all groups. Students needing to cancel existing trips/reservations as a result of this policy should contact Mercy Lavado (Non-FCS) or Merrissa Vault (FCS) for information regarding reimbursements and/or refunds. Please be patient as the office is receiving numerous requests for information.

    We understand that these changes may be disappointing to many; however, the health and safety of our community is paramount. As such, please know that failure to adhere to these requests could enact the disciplinary process for your organization and/or individual members (Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, Section B. 40).

We’re here to help

If you need additional assistance, please contact the Division of Student Affairs at vpsa@miami.edu.