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. The application for remote learning will be available Dec. 7-22.

Students eligible for remote learning

  • Undergraduate, graduate, and law students, as well as students enrolled in Graduate Studies at the Miller School of Medicine, are eligible to request full remote learning for Spring 2021, subject to course availability.
    • Due to the nature of certain courses and accreditation requirements, some courses may not be available as part of the remote learning option. A complete list of courses not available for fully remote learning can be viewed here.
    • For the law school, please refer to the law school course catalog at law.miami.edu/courselink.
  • Students who are currently remote for Fall 2020 must apply for Spring 2021 if they intend to continue their remote learning status.

Guidelines for students approved for remote learning

Academic guidelines

Remote access defined

Online 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.

Remote course enrollment and advising

Students must already be enrolled in their courses for the Spring 2021 semester in order to qualify for full remote learning. Requests for 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 remote learning option. A complete list of courses not available for fully remote learning can be viewed here.

If you have questions about the eligibility of courses, please work directly with your academic advisor.

No changes or adjustments

Students who opt for fully remote learning for the spring semester may not change to in-person or other modalities once they register and accept the terms of being a remote learning student. Partial remote access will not be considered. The remote learning selection is for the Spring 2021 semester only.  

Accommodations

Students opting for remote learning are not permitted to schedule in-person exams through the Office of Disability Services. 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.

Students who select remote learning remain fully eligible for all academic resources in a virtual format, this includes but is not limited to University Libraries, Learning Commons, and academic advising.

Academic Services

Students who select remote learning remain fully eligible for all academic resources in a virtual format, this includes but is not limited to University Libraries, Learning Commons, and academic advising.

Financial guidelines

Fees

Remote learning students will be charged regular (in-person) tuition rates, along with the Student Activity Fee (for all students) and the Student Health and Counseling Centers Fee (for those students with Florida residency). Remote learning students will not be charged the Athletics Fee, the Student Center Fee, or the Wellness Center Fee. See the Student Involvement section below for more information about how the option for remote learning impacts your ability to access campus programming.

Other course and program fees, such as enrollment fees in some programs and classes, or lab fees, may also apply.

Student health insurance

International students who are enrolled in remote learning for the Spring 2021 semester and are residing outside of the United States will not be eligible for University of Miami student health insurance.

Domestic students, as well as international students who are living in the U.S., who are enrolled in remote learning for the Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 as required by federal financial aid regulations. Adjustments may include changes to living expenses, fees, and transportation allowance. Engaging in remote learning in the spring will not impact your financial aid for the Fall 2021 semester. Merit-based scholarships will not be impacted. The Office of Financial Assistance will share the specific impact of remote learning on the student’s award via their University email before the student signs the 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 their remote learning status.

Housing

Students who are currently in on-campus housing and are approved for remote learning for the Spring 2021 semester must work directly with Housing and Residential Life to cancel their housing contract for the spring, including preparations to move out of on-campus assignments at the end of the Fall 2020 semester prior to leaving. Questions about the housing cancellation and move-out process or reapplication steps can be directed to housing@miami.edu or by calling 305-284-4505.

Student involvement

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. Students who participate in remote learning are not eligible to participate in club sports as membership to Wellness Center is required.

Student employment

Student employment positions are available both remotely and in person depending on the nature of the job responsibilities. Remote students need to work directly with their supervisor to determine what is possible for a specific position. Any remote student working on campus must only come to campus to complete their job responsibilities and are required to complete the daily symptom tracker and participate in non-residential COVID-19 testing. Remote students may not complete academic requirements in person.

Important dates

Dec. 7-22, 2020: Course registration and remote learning application available
Jan. 7, 2021: Financial aid adjustments for remote learning students will be completed
Jan. 11, 2021: Deadline to sign remote learning agreement
Jan. 19-20, 2021: Remote learning indicator added in CaneLink
Jan. 21, 2021: Bills due
Jan. 27, 2021: Fee waivers in CaneLink

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