Information for students and families

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

Academic information

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  • Spring 2021 academic calendar

    The University will follow a modified spring semester academic calendar. Spring classes will begin on campus on Monday, Jan. 25, and on-campus instruction will conclude on Friday, April 30. Final exams will take place from May 5 to May 12.

    The spring academic calendar will not observe a spring break but will include two Wellness Wednesdays on March 3 and April 14. Professors will communicate to students how class time for Wellness Wednesdays will be made up. This may include two Saturdays officially scheduled as instruction/class time. The complete academic calendar is available at https://registrar.miami.edu/_assets/pdf/academic-calendar-spring-20211.pdf.

     

    Law and medical schools: The law and medical schools will determine their own approaches to learning and research and may follow a different academic calendar, which they will share directly with their respective communities.

  • Methods of course delivery

    While most classes will occur in person, to allow for proper physical distancing and to meet the specific needs of faculty members whose preexisting health conditions may limit their on-campus activities, a limited number of classes may be offered in online or hybrid—a mix of online and in-person—formats. The University is using the experiences from the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters and new programs to further build expertise in online instruction to enhance any remote learning experience for students.

    Arrangements will be made to ensure access to a high-quality online learning experience for students whose health conditions prevent them from attending class in person and for international students who are unable to be in South Florida due to travel restrictions or other circumstances.

  • 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 Spring 2021 courses fully online through remote learning. For more information regarding remote learning, visit coronavirus.miami.edu/remote-learning.

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/.

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

    A variety of virtual and limited, socially distanced, in-person events will continue for the spring semester to allow students to stay engaged and connect with their fellow 'Canes both virtually and on campus.

    Similarly, the Herbert Wellness Center, Student Center Complex, campus dining locations, and campus libraries will remain open. Additionally, services like the Counseling Center, Student Health Service, and others will continue to serve students virtually.

  • Commencement

    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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