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  • Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

    Fall classes will commence on campus on Monday, August 17—one week earlier than originally planned—and on-campus instruction will conclude on Friday, November 20—the Friday before Thanksgiving.

    We will hold one additional day of online-only instruction on Monday, November 23, and a reading day on Tuesday, November 24.

    Final exams, which will be conducted exclusively online, will take place from November 30 to December 4.

    View the detailed academic calendar on the University Registrar’s website.

    If you are unable to return to campus this fall due health conditions that prevent them from attending class in-person and/or international students who are unable to be in South Florida due to travel restrictions, please email provost.office@miami.edu  with your specific circumstances.

  • Methods of course delivery

    Courses will be offered in one of three methods of course instruction or modality: in-person, hybrid, and online.

    Hybrid instruction will have in-person components that students will need to attend and other components where the course will only meet online. The specifics of the hybrid format will be determined by the academic departments and the individual instructors of these courses. Specifics of each hybrid course are currently being worked on and the department or instructor will reach out to enrolled students with the details when available.

    Please note the method in which each course will be taught is still being determined at this time. Students may see the modality of their courses in flux for the next few weeks.

  • 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.

  • Using Blackboard: Helpful tips for students

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

  • Remote learning resources for students

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

  • Library services

    Information regarding library services for undergraduates students is available at https://www.library.miami.edu/about/undergrad.html. Information regarding library services for graduate students is available at https://www.library.miami.edu/about/graduate.html. Online resources for students are available through University of Miami Libraries 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To visit Richter Library in person, students can “book a library seat” through a new appointment-based service. For more information, visit https://www.library.miami.edu.

  • Request for virtual/remote learning

    Students facing personal or family-related health concerns, international travel restrictions, or other significant challenges are able to request to take their Fall 2020 courses in a fully virtual/remote setting. Most courses will be available in this format. The deadline to request virtual/remote learning was July 27, 2020.

    Students eligible for virtual/remote learning

    • Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students enrolled in Graduate Studies at the Miller School of Medicine are eligible to request full virtual/remote learning for Fall 2020, subject to course availability.
    • Law and medical students are encouraged to work directly with their school or program.

    Guidelines for students approved for virtual/remote learning

    I. Academic guidelines

    Virtual/remote access defined

    Virtual/remote access to a course provides students with the ability to attend and complete their courses without face-to-face, in-person classes. All assignments and lessons remain the same as in-person classes, without significant modification. Students will not be permitted to take exams or complete coursework in person such as an in-person presentation. When available, students may opt for the online version of the course.

    Please note that not every course is guaranteed to be available via virtual/remote access given the nature of certain courses and accreditation requirements.

    Virtual/remote course enrollment and advising

    Students must already be enrolled in their courses for the Fall 2020 semester in order to qualify for full virtual/remote learning. Requests for virtual/remote learning will still be subject to course prerequisites and enrollment limits set by the applicable school and/or department.  

    Due to the nature of certain courses and accreditation requirements, some courses may not be available as part of the virtual/remote learning option. A complete list of courses not available for fully virtual/remote learning can be viewed here.

    No changes or adjustments

    Students who opt for full virtual/remote courses for the fall semester may not change to in-person or hybrid courses once they register and accept the terms of taking virtual/remote courses. Partial virtual/remote access will not be considered. This selection is for the fall semester only.  

    Exams and accommodations

    Students opting for virtual/remote learning courses will take exams online or through remote arrangements with the faculty member. Students may not return to campus to take in-person exams or schedule exams through the Office of Disability Services (ODS).  Accommodations for exams can be managed through Blackboard or in coordination with the faculty member. Students should contact the Office of Disability Services at disabilityservices@miami.edu or 305-284-2374 with questions regarding their accommodations.  

    II. Financial guidelines

    Fees

    Fully virtual/remote learning students will be charged regular (in-person) tuition rates, along with the Student Activity Fee, and the Student Health and Counseling Centers Fee (for those students with Florida residency). Fully virtual/remote learning students will not be charged the Athletics Fee, the Student Center Fee, or the Wellness Center Fee. 

    Other course and program fees, such as Enrollment Fees in some programs and class, program, or lab fees, may also apply.

    Student health insurance

    International students who are enrolled in virtual/remote learning for the Fall 2020 semester and are residing outside of the United States will not be eligible for University of Miami student health insurance. If the health insurance charge has not been removed from your student account by Aug. 10, please contact Student Health Service at studenthealth@miami.edu.

    Domestic students and international students who are living in the U.S. and who are enrolled in virtual/remote learning for the Fall 2020 semester are still required to have health insurance. For more information on student health insurance, click here.

    Financial aid

    A student’s financial aid will be reviewed and potentially adjusted to reflect the new cost of attendance for Fall 2020 as required by federal financial aid regulations. Adjustments may include changes to living expenses, fees and transportation allowance. Engaging in virtual learning in the fall will not impact spring financial aid. Merit-based scholarships will not be impacted. The Office of Financial Assistance will share the specific impact of virtual/remote learning on the student’s award via their University email before the student signs the virtual/remote learning agreement. It will be up to the student to work with any outside scholarships requiring living on campus or other conditions affected by virtual/remote access.

    Housing

    Once residential students are approved for virtual/remote learning, they will need to submit their housing cancellation with Housing and Residential Life, which will cancel the student’s housing for 2020-2021. Students who reapply by December 1, 2020, will be guaranteed a space in housing for Spring 2021. Virtual/remote learning students, however, will NOT be guaranteed a specific building/room assignment. Housing applications for Spring 2021 will be available in late October 2020 via CaneLink. Questions about the housing cancellation or reapplication process can be directed to housing@miami.edu or by calling 305-284-4505.

    Student involvement

    Virtual/remote learning students may participate in student organizations and related activities via virtual programs and/or events as these activities are supported by the Student Activity Fee.

    For questions related to virtual/remote learning, please email remotelearning@miami.edu.

CARES Act funding

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  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act information

    Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the University will receive and distribute funds to University of Miami students who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These emergency funds will be distributed to students who have incurred expenses due to the disruption of campus operations, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. For detailed information about student eligibility, eligible expenses, and the application process, as well as an application to request emergency financial assistance, visit https://canescentral.miami.edu/cares-act/.

Quarantine housing for persons entering U.S. from abroad

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  • Housing for mandatory 14-day quarantine for persons entering the U.S. from abroad

    If you are traveling to the U.S. from abroad, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days within the U.S. before you may return to campus. 

    International students within the U.S. on a visa

    • International students who will be residing on campus for the Fall 2020 semester and are in the U.S. on a visa should contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) by July 23 for information and assistance in securing housing for the 14-day quarantine period.
    • International students who will be residing off campus for the Fall 2020 semester are responsible for securing their own housing for the 14-day quarantine period.

    Dual-citizenship students

    • Dual-citizenship students (those who are citizens of the U.S. and another country) whose permanent residence is not within the U.S. are responsible for securing their own housing during the 14-day quarantine period, regardless of whether they have an on- or off-campus living assignment for the fall semester.

    Domestic students (U.S. residents)

    • Domestic students who travel abroad will be required to quarantine for 14 days within the U.S. from their date of return before they may return to campus. Students are responsible for securing their own housing during the 14-day quarantine period (either at their permanent residence or at an off-campus location in South Florida), regardless of whether they have an on- or off-campus living assignment for the fall semester.

    Support for housing

    • Discounted hotel rates may be available for any student who chooses to stay in a hotel during their 14-day quarantine period. The University’s travel management office has partnered with several hotels to provide discounts. More information is available at https://travel.miami.edu/travel-discounts/lodging/index.html.

Campus life

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  • Campus dining

    Dining Services continues to provide on-campus food service and has made necessary operational adjustments in alignment with health and safety guidance. For the most up to date and detailed information regarding on-campus dining, visit www.dineoncampus.com/miami.

    Students in isolation or quarantine who have dining questions can find contact information at https://business-services.miami.edu/departments/auxiliary-services/dining-services/fall2020-covid/index.html

  • Counseling Center

    The University’s Counseling Center is open and available to support the campus community. Services are primarily provided via telehealth, with limited in-person appointments as deemed necessary by the center’s staff.

    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.

    Visit the Counseling Center website for the latest information.

  • Student Health Service

    Student Health Service is open and available to support the campus community. Services are primarily provided via telehealth, with limited in-person appointments as deemed necessary by the center’s staff.

    Visit the Student Health Service website for the latest information.

  • Student organizations

    All indoor student organization events and meetings are canceled until Nov. 1.

    Outdoor meetings and events that comply with physical distancing and other University safety standards will be permitted. University and local curfews may impact the timing of campus meetings and events from time to time. The Department of Student Activities and Student Organizations has compiled resources, guidelines, and policies for hosting outdoor events.

    Whenever possible, student organizations should utilize virtual platforms such as Zoom to host executive board and general meetings. In addition, virtual platforms can be used to create hybrid meetings, where some members are physically present and others participate online. First-time users must activate their University of Miami Zoom account by clicking on the SSO sign-in page and using their miami.edu credentials to get started.

    Undergraduate student organization travel outside of Miami-Dade, Broward, or Monroe counties will not be permitted during the Fall 2020 semester. This includes all student organization trips, conferences, and competitions, regardless of how the travel is being funded. All off-campus activities within Miami-Dade, Broward, or Monroe counties will need to be approved by the Department of Student Activities and Student Organizations or the Department of Wellness and Recreation.

  • Family Weekend

    Consistent with the decision to significantly reduce the number of events hosted on the University’s campuses, the Fall 2020 Family Weekend has been canceled.

  • Commencement

    The December 2020 Commencement will include ceremonies for both our December 2020 graduates as well as for our May 2020 graduates who could not celebrate in person due to the pandemic. For ceremony dates and details, please visit https://commencement.miami.edu/index.html.

  • Information for international students

    The Department of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) continues to provide support and guidance for international students. If you have any questions, please reach out to your ISSS advisor. For additional COVID-19 related updates for international students, visit COVID-19 Information Updates for UM International Students. For all other inquires related to international students and scholars please contact ISSS at isss@miami.edu.

  • Student employment

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

  • Graduate student health insurance

    The University-sponsored health insurance plan for 2020-21 will cost $3.834.00. As in previous years, the Graduate School in collaboration with the Office of the Provost will provide an 80 percent subsidy for the University’s student health insurance for graduate students who have an active assignment for Fall 2020 as a research assistant (RA), teaching assistant (TA), graduate assistant (GA), fellow or trainee; and who are enrolled in a terminal and eligible degree program on the Coral Gables Campus (this includes Ph.D., D.M.A., and M.F.A. programs only). Both domestic and international students in such programs are eligible for the subsidy. NOTE: The 80 percent subsidy described herein does not apply to graduate students enrolled in School of Nursing and Health Studies programs, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science programs, or Miller School of Medicine programs. Coral Gables graduate students who meet the eligibility requirements for the 80 percent subsidy are required to sign up for the subsidy in CaneLink using the “student” tab and “other important links” section. Click here for instructions. The deadline to sign up for the subsidy is Oct. 15, 2020. Students who sign up for the 80 percent subsidy will be responsible for paying only the remaining 20 percent, which amounts to a total cost of $766.80 for the period Aug. 15, 2020, through Aug. 14, 2021. This amount will be deducted from monthly paychecks (for RA/TA/GA) or stipends (for fellows and trainees) in three equal installments: October ($255.60), November ($255.60), and December ($255.60). For more information, please click here.

We’re here to help

If you need additional assistance, please contact:

Division of Student Affairs at vpsa@miami.edu

Housing and Residential Life at housing@miami.edu

International Students and Scholar Services at isss@miami.edu

Student Activities and Student Organizations at sasom@miami.edu

Canes Central at www.canescentral.miami.edu

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