Undergraduate Student Policies


The rules and regulations appearing in this Handbook have been approved under the authority of the Miami University Board of Trustees and, therefore, constitute official University policy. All students, as well as members of the faculty and administrative staff, should become familiar with the contents of this Handbook.

The Student Handbook includes all the Miami University regulations regarding the rights and responsibilities students have on the Miami campuses, both in and outside the classroom. These rules and guidelines have been developed by faculty, students and staff on campus to facilitate student development. The regulations are shaped by our commitment that all Miami students will have the freedom and support to be actively engaged in campus life and will grow in meaningful ways as a result of these experiences. Our intention is that Miami will always be a vibrant academic community and that student involvement and leadership will be a central part of campus life.

Student development at Miami is couched within the over-arching identity of Miami University as an engaged university, one that provides rich, active opportunities for student involvement and change. The guidelines in the Handbook provide an important framework for the student engagement we seek on this campus.

The regulations presented in this document outline both student rights and student responsibilities. Miami University encourages and supports free speech, respect for difference, and active student leadership and initiative. Our expectation in return is that no Miami students will engage in behaviors that harm themselves or others and that they will adhere to the highest principles of honesty and integrity. The diverse sections of the Handbook make these expectations clear.

The Handbook is not a static document. We make changes in the Handbook each year to strengthen our procedures and students should be aware of changes that affect their participation on campus. Working through Associated Student Government, students have the opportunity to advocate for changes or additions to these regulations. The Handbook also outlines the procedures students can follow if they believe they have been treated inappropriately or unfairly. We urge students to seek out an advisor if they believe they have been treated in ways that violate the principles that are outlined in this document. Students are a critical part of the life of this community.  We urge all persons on campus to use these guidelines in effective ways to support and enhance student engagement at Miami.

Values Statement

University Statement Asserting Respect for Human Diversity

Equal Opportunity

Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Environment

Undergraduate Academic Regulations


  1. Application for Admission
  2. First-Years
  3. Transfer Students
  4. Non-Degree Students
  5. Re-enrollment of Former Students
  6. Registering for Classes at Other Miami Campus(es)
  7. Permission for Undergraduate Students to Enroll in Graduate Courses
  8. Physical Examinations and Immunizations


  1. Credit Hour Loads
  2. Advisers
  3. Registration Procedures
  4. Withdrawal from the University
  5. Policy for Enrolled Students Who Are Called to Active Duty in the Armed Services
  6. Proficiency Examinations
  7. Credit/No-Credit Courses
  8. Auditing Courses

Grades and Scholarship

  1. Grades
  2. Midterm Grades
  3. Change of Grade and Removal of Grade of Incomplete
  4. Computation of Averages and Definition of Earned Hours, Attempted Hours, and Grade Point Average Hours, President’s and Dean’s Lists
  5. Scholastic Regulations
  6. Exceptions to Scholastic Regulations
  7. Restrictions for Students Under Academic Suspension or Dismissal
  8. Re-Enrollment after Academic Suspension or Dismissal


  1. Final Examinations or Other Evaluative Substitution
  2. Schedule Changes for Final Examinations or Other Evaluative Substitution
  3. Examinations and Additional Class Requirements During the Semester

Academic Integrity

  1. Introduction
  2. Criteria
  3. Procedures for Reporting and Adjudicating Cases of Academic Dishonesty
  4. Appeals of the Department Chair/Program Director or Designee’s Finding and Recommended Sanctions
  5. Sanctions
  6. Records of Academic Dishonesty
  7. Graduation
  8. Interpretation of the Academic Integrity Policy


Academic Responsibilities and Academic Grievance Policy

  1. Faculty, Staff, and Student Academic Responsibilities
  2. Academic Grievance Procedure at Miami University
  3. Publishing of Statements

Classification of Students

Class Attendance

  1. General Attendance Policies
  2. The Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) Attendance Policies

Graduation Requirements

  1. Miami Degree Residence
  2. Courses
  3. Scholastic
  4. Application Fee and Filing Deadlines for Graduation
  5. Additional Majors and Degrees

Degree Honors and Distinction

  1. General Honors
  2. Department Honors-Baccalaureate Degrees

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Policy

  1. Introduction
  2. Directory Information
  3. Access to Student Records
  4. Waiver of Access
  5. Disclosure of Information
  6. University Policy and Procedure on a Student’s Right to Inspect and Review Personally Identifiable Records and the Right to Challenge the Content of Those Records

Financial Obligations

Student Email Policy

Responsible Use of University Computing Resources at Miami University

  1. General Statement
  2. Policy
  3. Enforcement
  4. Sanctions
  5. Privacy and Security
  6. The User’s Responsibilities
  7. The University’s Responsibilities
  8. Other Miami University Computing Policies

Unauthorized Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

  1. Background and Purpose of Policy
  2. Prohibition
  3. Enforecement
  4. Review

Policy on Use of Cellular Telephones and Other Communication and Storage Devices During Class Periods and/or Exam Periods

Illegal or Unauthorized Use of University Computing Resources

Accessible Technology Policy

Student Conduct

Student Conduct


Residency Requirements

Residence Halls

  1. Mission
  2. Supervision
  3. Social Activity Regulations

Student Room Regulations

  1. Right of Room Entry
  2. Appliances and Electrical Wiring
  3. Treatment of Walls and Furnishings
  4. Candles and Incense
  5. Pets

Miami University Carruthers Commuter Resource Center

  1. Mission

Health and Safety

Student Health Service

  1. Requirements
  2. Access
  3. Concerns

Student Counseling Service

  1. Access
  2. Concerns

Disability Services

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions
  3. Accessibility and Safety
  4. Transportation
  5. Reduced Course Load
  6. Policy Statements for Students with Disabilities
  7. Compliance
  8. Dispute Resolution

Policy on Alcohol

Voluntary Medical Leave of Absence

  1. Statement of Policy
  2. Procedures
  3. Re-enrollment Process
  4. Request for Retroactive Medical Leave of Absence

Involuntary Medical Leave of Absence

  1. Purpose
  2. Involuntary Medical Leave of Absence Standard
  3. Imminent Danger Leave of Absence
  4. Significant Risk of Substantial Harm Leave of Absence
  5. Review and Recommendation
  6. Compliance
  7. Readmission
  8. Records and Fees

Timely Warnings

  1. Safety Bulletin
  2. Emergency Notification v. Timely Warning

Helping Students in Distress

  1. Institutional Response Team (IRT)
  2. Good Samaritan Policy

Emergency Notification and Response

  1. Emergency Messaging System -Notification of an Immediate Threat
  2. Emergency Response Procedures
  3. Additional Communication
  4. Annual Publication
  5. Annual Testing of Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
  6. Emergency Procedures
  7. Workplace Violence

Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Environment

Missing Student Policy and Student Emergency Contact Information

  1. Missing Student Policy
  2. Student Emergency Contact Information

Drug-Free Workplace

  1. Statement of Policy
  2. Conduct Prohibited by This Policy
  3. Definitions

Title IX Protocol

Suicide Prevention Information

Student Life

Student Organizations and Governance Bodies

  1. Recognition of Student Organizations
  2. Student Organization Requirements and Responsibilities
  3. Registration of Student Organizations
  4. Advisors
  5. Financial Affairs
  6. Meetings and Activities

Student Organization Funding by Associated Student Government

Fraternities and Sororities

  1. Registration and Recognition of Fraternities and Sororities at Miami University
  2. Establishment of a Fraternity or Sorority at Miami University
  3. Membership of Fraternities or Sororities at Miami University
  4. Responsibilities of Collegiate Fraternity and Sorority Chapters
  5. Responsibilities of the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership
  6. Responsibilities of the Greek Governing councils

Event Scheduling

  1. Registering Events
  2. Responsibility for Social Activities
  3. Bands and Entertainers

Use of University Buildings and Facilities

  1. Policies Regarding the Use of University Buildings and Facilities
  2. Right of Use
  3. Public Speaking, Leaflet Distribution, and Demonstration Policy
  4. Policies Governing the Use of Non-Auxiliary Sports Facilities by University and Non-University Groups

Right of Expression of Students

  1. Right of Expression
  2. Prohibited Actions
  3. Penalties for Violation

Signs, Posters, Banners

  1. Definitions
  2. General Guidelines
  3. General Prohibitions
  4. Signs, Posters, and Banners in Residence Halls
  5. Signs, Posters, and Banners in Academic and Administrative Buildings
  6. Dining Halls

Solicitation, Political Canvassing, Sales Projects, and Raffles

  1. Solicitation
  2. Political Canvassing
  3. Sales Projects
  4. Student Organization Temporary Recognition
  5. Raffles and Games of Chance

Outside Speakers on Campus

Grievance Procedures for Student Publications

  1. Definition
  2. Steps to Be Taken to Resolve Grievances

Student Organization Salary and Wages

Reporting Romantic and Sexual Relationships in the Instructional and Supervisory Setting

Policy Prohibiting Harassment and Discrimination

  1. Harassment and Discrimination are Prohibited
  2. Definitions
  3. Coverage
  4. Romantic and Sexual Relationships in the Instructional and Supervisory Contexts
  5. Information and Assistance
  6. Retaliation is Prohibited
  7. Action
  8. Reporting Harassment, Discrimination, or Retaliation
  9. Advisors
  10. Making a Report of Harassment, Discrimination, or Retaliation
  11. Confidentiality and Initial Assessment of Report
  12. Investigation of a Report
  13. Review
  14. Decision of the Panel Committee
  15. Disciplinary Action
  16. Additional Measures
  17. Miscellaneous

Regulations Pertaining to Student Use of University Libraries

  1. Introduction
  2. Lending Regulations
  3. Overdue, Lost, and Damaged Materials
  4. Prohibited Actions

Student Employment

Student Organization Vehicle Rentals and Travel Policies

  1. Renting a Vehicle
  2. Safety Requirements for all Student Organization Vehicle Usage
  3. Additional Van and Towing Safety Requirements
  4. Enforcement
  5. Emergency Notification

Motor Vehicle Regulations

Scope of the Policy

Motor Vehicle Permits

  1. Permits Required
  2. Permit Eligibility
  3. How to Apply for a Permit
  4. Exceptional Transportation Needs
  5. Permit Revocation
  6. Duration of Permits
  7. Special Circumstances
  8. Handicap Accessible Parking
  9. Departmental Visitor Parking Permits
  10. Contractor/Vendor Parking Permits

Parking Areas

  1. Explanation of Parking Map and Conditions that Apply
  2. Right-of-Way Requests


  1. Unregistered Vehicle
  2. No Permit Displayed
  3. Restricted Area
  4. Reproduction or Illegal Use of Permit
  5. Overtime at Meter
  6. Overtime in a Timed Zone
  7. Parking Where Signs Prohibit
  8. Outside Designated Space
  9. Parking in Loading Zone/Service Drive
  10. Yellow Zone
  11. Parking on Sidewalk or Grass
  12. Handicap Parking Violation
  13. Immobilization/Impoundment
  14. Multiple Violations
  15. Warning Citation
  16. Payment of Fines

Parking Appeals Committee

  1. Appealing a Citation
  2. Parking Services Role in the Appeals Process
  3. Parking Appeals Committee
  4. Regulation Changes

Regional Campuses Motor Vehicle Regulations

  1. Requirements of Permit Holders
  2. General Parking Information
  3. Regional Campuses Violations
  4. Appeals

Permit Prices