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General Bulletin 2008-2010

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Academic Calendar

Important academic dates and deadlines are published in the Academic Calendar. The calendar is in the front of this Bulletin, the Miami University Directory, Course Schedule booklets, and online at www.muohio.edu/calendar. Dates are subject to change without notice.

Miami ID Card

University registration includes the issue and validation of your student identification card. ID cards are issued in 119 Campus Avenue Building and in 111 Shriver Center.

Course Schedule

Course offerings are listed online through MyMiami (www.mymiami.muohio.edu) and in the course schedule booklets. The course schedule, published each semester by the Registrar's Office, contains important registration information and is available from the Registrar's Office. Dates are subject to change without notice.


You register for classes at Miami University online through MyMiami/BannerWeb (www.mymiami.muohio.edu) and receive immediate confirmation of your schedule. You can register, confirm and change your schedule through BannerWeb only on the assigned days and at the assigned times.

Before you can register, the system will ask you to supply emergency contact information. The university requires that you provide emergency contact information so that we may readily notify a family member or significant other in case of an emergency or should a critical matter arise.

You are required to provide your local contact information and the name of a family member/guardian/spouse or another significant person and their contact information. You will be delayed in registering for your next semester courses until you enter the requested information.

New students are required to meet with an academic adviser to select their required courses and electives. First year students register during Summer Orientation in June and July. Continuing students are encouraged to contact their advisers for further academic and career counseling before registering.

The deadline to complete registration and payment is the fifth (5th) day of fall or spring semester, and the third (3rd) day of each summer term. Registering late will limit your available choices which may prevent you from getting all the required classes you need.

Course Sections

Courses with large enrollments are divided into sections. Sections are identified by letters, for example ART 171A. A five-digit CRN (Course Reference Number) also identifies a course section.

Sprint Courses

Also called accelerated courses, sprint courses meet for less than the full 15-week term. Several departments offer sprint courses; with the part of term identifiers Q, T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z. Sprint course meeting dates are printed in the course schedule.

Changing Your Courses

You have several opportunities to change your course schedule; days and times are available through BannerWeb and in the course schedule. Change of Schedule through BannerWeb ends on the fifth day of the fall and spring semesters, and on the third day of each summer term.

Adding a Course

You can add open courses to your schedule online through BannerWeb during the Change of Schedule period. After Change of Schedule ends, you can only add a course if an exception is made for you by the instructor and the department chair. (Any instructor can refuse to accept a student into a class if, in the instructor's opinion, too much subject matter has already been covered.) You must have signatures from the instructor and the department chair on the Change of Schedule form.

Dropping a Course

You must officially drop each unwanted course. Nonattendance does not drop a course. You can drop a course online through BannerWeb during Change of Schedule, which ends the fifth day of each semester and the third day of each summer term.

After Change of Schedule ends, you can still drop a full-semester course without a grade until the third week of the semester (for summer and sprint courses, before 20 percent of the class meetings have elapsed). After Change of Schedule ends, you must have the instructor's signature to drop a course.

If you withdraw from a course between the third and ninth weeks of the semester (or between 20 and 60 percent of the class meetings), you will be given a grade of W. W is not figured in your grade point average.

After the ninth week (or 60 percent of the class meetings), you may not withdraw from a course unless a petition is approved by the Interdivisional Committee of Advisers. If the petition for withdrawal is approved, you will be withdrawn from the course with a grade of W. If the petition is not approved, you will be expected to remain in the course. Non-attendance or ceasing attendance does not void financial responsibility or a grade of F.

If you are found guilty of academic dishonesty in a course, and you withdraw from the course, you will receive a grade of W(AD) for the course, a grade of F will be calculated in your grade point average, and a note will be appended to your academic record.

Course Section Change

To change sections online, you must drop the section in which you are currently enrolled, then add the new section. Because many students may be competing for available space in the same course, there is a significant risk that you will lose your place in the course altogether.


A complete description of the qualifications for Ohio residency is available online at www.muohio.edu/registrar/student/residency.

Credit Hour Loads

To be considered a full-time student, you must register for at least 12 hours. Most students take between 15 and 18 semester hours each term or six hours in a summer term. Permission of the student's divisional dean is required to take more than 20 hours in a semester or more than eight hours in a summer term. This permission must be obtained before you register.

Repeating a Course

You can repeat any course for which you have not received credit. You can also repeat a course once for which you have received credit (the hours will count only once toward your graduation requirements, but both grades will be figured into your grade point average).

Some departments offer courses that can be repeated up to a maximum number of hours—courses, for example, in which the content varies from term to term.

For information on repeating credit/no-credit courses, see the Grades chapter.

Student Classification

Freshmen: Students who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours.

Sophomores: Students who have earned 30 semester hours.

Juniors: Students who have earned 64 semester hours.

Seniors: Students who have earned 96 semester hours. You need at least 128 semester hours to graduate.

Graduate-Level Courses for Seniors

Seniors and junior honor students may elect to earn either undergraduate or graduate credit in 500- and 600-level courses. Approval of the course instructor, academic adviser, and the dean of the Graduate School is required.

To apply, you must have 112 semester hours toward a bachelor's degree, a cumulative grade point average (g.p.a.) of 2.75, and a g.p.a. of 3.00 in the concentration area of the graduate course. Up to 10 semester hours taken as an undergraduate may count toward a graduate degree. Credit from courses taken for graduate credit will not count toward a bachelor's degree. Application forms, available in the Graduate School, should be submitted at least one week before classes begin. Permission will not be given after the first week of classes.

Course numbers 700 and above are restricted to graduate students.

Greater Cincinnati Consortium

Full-time Miami students can take courses through the Greater Cincinnati Consortium during the academic year and summer. This association can provide courses that are not generally available at the institution where the student is enrolled.

Members of the Cincinnati Consortium include the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Athenaeum of Ohio, Chatfield College, Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, College of Mount St. Joseph, Hebrew Union College, Miami University, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, The Union Institute, University of Cincinnati, Wilmington College, and Xavier University.

The Registrar's office can provide you with additional information.

Right to Privacy and Access: Student Records

The Registrar's office maintains records on all Miami students that include academic and demographic information. To protect our students' privacy, and to ensure that their records are accessible to them, Miami has designed a policy for maintaining and administering student records.

Miami's policy is in compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). The complete policy is included in the online Student Handbook at www.muohio.edu/handbook, but general guidelines are listed here. More information on FERPA is available from the Registrar's office.

  1. Educational records are defined as material that is directly related to the student that is maintained by the institution. These may include academic records, advisement records, discipline records, and placement records.
  2. You have the right of access to your records, with certain exceptions, after presenting proper identification (your student ID card).
  3. After reviewing your files, you have the right to challenge anything you perceive to be inaccurate or misleading. See the online Student Handbook for the procedure for a hearing.
  4. The university has a responsibility to protect students from the release of information about them to others without the student's consent. An exception to this is public information or directory information, which may be released without the student's consent. This includes, but is not limited to, the student's name, age, date of birth, home and local address, telephone number, dates of attendance, current enrollment, degrees and awards, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of the athletic teams.
  5. If you do not want any information about you disclosed, you can restrict it by notifying the Registrar's office in writing. This must be done each academic year.

Electronic Directory

Miami's electronic directory, like those of other institutions, is accessible worldwide across the Internet. To preserve the privacy of students, faculty, and staff, the following data is only accessible within the Miami University community:

  • University-supplied data:
    Spouse name (staff, faculty; if authorized)
    Division (staff, faculty)
    Office address (staff, faculty)
    Home address and phone number
    (students, staff, faculty; if authorized)
    School address and phone number (students)
  • Optional individual-supplied data:
    Pager e-mail address and phone number
    Mobile phone number
    Office hours
    High schools attended
    Other colleges attended

FERPA Release and Directory Restriction

Under provisions of the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA, Buckley Amendment), all students are able to request exclusion from the university's electronic directory.

All first time Miami students are included in the electronic directory beginning August 1st, but the student can request exclusion from the electronic directory by filling out a form available at the Registrar's Office.

Freshman may do so at freshman orientation or anytime prior to July 15; continuing students may do so at any time during his/her enrollment at Miami.

Exclusion requests are reflected in the electronic directory approximately 24 hours after being processed by the Registrar's office. Emergency exclusions, requested by Miami University Police or the Office of Student Affairs, are processed as soon as possible by the IT Services.

Changes in Policy

Changes in any academic policy included in this Bulletin will be included in the online Student Handbook (www.muohio.edu/handbook) updated each year in August. You are responsible for knowing about any changes in these policies that may affect you.

Registration Glossary

Academic action: Academic actions are defined as academic warning, removal of academic warning, academic probation, removal of academic probation, academic suspension, and academic dismissal. Academic actions are taken at the end of each fall and spring semester, and at the end of the summer term. Any student with a cumulative g.p.a. of less than 2.00 is subject to academic action, regardless of the number of hours taken in any semester or summer term.

Academic record: A record of courses taken, grades received, and degrees earned by each student while attending Miami. It includes transfer credit, advanced placement credit, and other credit awarded or earned.
Accelerated course: See sprint course.

Admission prerequisites: See "High School Preparation" in the Admission chapter. If you did not complete these units in high school, you must complete additional courses at Miami. These courses count toward graduation and many fulfill other requirements. You must complete these units within your first 64 semester hours (normally, during your first two years). Questions about prerequisites should be directed to the Office of Admission.

Associate's degree: Two-year degree, generally offered only on regional campuses.

Audit: You attend classes, but do not receive credit or a grade. The instructor may require you to take exams and participate in class discussion. Since not all courses can be audited, you must have the instructor's written permission to audit. A course can be changed from credit to audit or audit to credit up to 60 percent of the class meetings. See the Grades chapter for more detail.

Bachelor's degree: A four-year degree. Basic requirements include: (1) at least 128 semester hours—32 must be from Miami; (2) at least a 2.00 cumulative g.p.a.; (3) fulfillment of the Miami Plan; (4) fulfillment of divisional and major requirements.

Cancellation: If you do not pay your fees on time, your schedule will be cancelled. You will need to re-register.

CAS-A, B, etc: Abbreviations for sections of the College of Arts and Science requirement. See the College of Arts and Science chapter.

Certificate program, graduate: A specialization program that enhances a graduate degree. Available to students who have been admitted to the Graduate School and have met program prerequisites.

Certificate program, undergraduate: Program that requires about half the amount of course work as an associate's degree.

Change of schedule (or drop/add): A specific time (published in the Course Schedule and on MyMiami) when you can make changes in your courses for that semester.

Class standing: Freshmen have earned 0-29 semester hours; sophomores have earned 30-63 semester hours; juniors have earned 64-95 semester hours; seniors have earned 96 or more semester hours.

Closed: When maximum enrollment in a course has been met, no more students can be accommodated.

Concurrent course: A course that must be taken during the same semester as another course because of linked content. Concurrent courses are indicated in the General Bulletin course descriptions.

Co-requisite: A course that must be taken prior to or during the same semester as another course because of linked content. Co-requisites are indicated in General Bulletin course descriptions .

Course level: (See Course number below.) 100-level courses are generally introductory; 200-level more advanced; 300 and 400-levels for juniors and seniors; 500 and above for graduate students.

Course modifier: A letter or numeric symbol designating a different content within a general course.

Course number: Three-digit number that follows a departmental abbreviation used to identify a course, for example ENG 111. The course number is an indication of course level.

Course reference number, see CRN.

Course Schedule: A newspaper guide to classes offered each semester. Published by the Registrar's office, it contains the academic calendar and lists courses as well as sections, times, instructors, course codes, etc.

Credit/no-credit: No grades are received for these courses. You will get credit for a C or better; you do not get credit if your grade is lower. Credit/no-credit courses are not figured in your g.p.a. You can only take one-fourth of your course work on credit/no-credit basis, and usually you cannot take courses in your major this way. Freshmen may register for courses on a credit/no-credit basis, providing they are concurrently enrolled for 12 semester hours for grades. After 20 percent of the class meetings, you cannot change from credit/no-credit to a letter grade or from a letter grade to credit/no-credit. See the Grades chapter for more detail.

CRN (Course Reference Number): A five-digit code used to identify each section of a course for registration. It is in effect only for the current term.

DARS (Degree Audit Report): A report of your completed course work and current registration matched with degree requirements of your declared major; it identifies deficiencies and lists courses to satisfy specific requirements. DARS are available online at http://bannerweb.muohio.edu/. You can also request a DARS at the Registration Service Center in the Campus Avenue Building.

Degree Audit Report, see DARS.

Division: An academic part of the university with its own requirements. Miami has seven divisions: College of Arts and Science, Farmer School of Business, School of Education and Allied Professions, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Fine Arts, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Graduate School.

Drop/add: See Change of Schedule.

Force-add: Permission to add a course that is closed. A form, available from department offices, must be signed by the instructor and chair.

Hour: See Semester credit hour.

Incomplete grade: Unfinished course work indicated by an I and computed as an F until you finish for a grade. You must have the instructor's permission; you have 12 weeks to complete the work after your next enrollment.

Lab: Laboratory.

Late registration: Late registration is held just before the new term begins for new students who did not register early.

Late start classes: Usually graduate education courses that start about one week later than normal, therefore they meet less than a full 15-week term (Fall Sememster only).

Lec., Lab.: Lecture and laboratory abbreviations in course descriptions to indicate contact hours in each (for example, 3 Lec. 1 Lab.).

Major: Your primary field of study, such as botany, economics, etc.

Miami Plan (MP): Miami's liberal education requirement. See the Miami Plan chapter.

MPC: Miami Plan Capstone Experience abbreviation used in course descriptions. Indicates that the course fulfills that requirement.

MPF: Miami Plan Foundation course abbreviation used in course descriptions. Indicates that the course fulfills a part of that requirement. Additional abbreviations to MPF (for example, MPF IIA, IIIB) indicate which foundation area(s) that course fulfills.

MPT: Miami Plan Thematic Sequence abbreviation used in course descriptions. Indicates that the course fulfills a part of that requirement.

MUNet password: By default, your password is the month and day of your birth and the last four digits of your Social Security number in the format mmddnnnn. Please include the leading zero for single digit months and days. For example, a birthdate of March 1 with Social Security number 123-45-6789 would have a default password of "03016789". For security reasons, you will be required to change your default password to another value the first time you login to MyMiami. In addition, to create a new password, you will have the opportunity to create a Secret Question/Answer that can be used in the event that you forget your password. You will then be required to change your password every six months. To change your password, go to www.muohio.edu/password. For login problems, contact the IT Services Support Desk through MyMiami at www.mymiami.muohio.edu

MyMiami: Miami University's web portal. MyMiami contains links to BannerWeb, the online campus directory, Blackboard, Knowledge Base, and other Miami services, as well as information about university offices, activities and news and events. MyMiami can be accessed from anywhere in the world at www.mymiami.muohio.edu using your Unique ID, MUNet password, and web browser.

Nontraditional credit: College credit given for a nonacademic learning experience, such as knowledge you have acquired from a military service or your own study. For information contact the Registrar's office.

Open course: One that can accommodate more students. Open courses are available online at MyMiami (www.mymiami.muohio.edu).

Password, see MUNet password.

Placement exams: Offered in foreign languages, mathematics, chemistry and physics to help you enroll in an appropriate first course for your skills level.

Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete before enrolling in a more advanced course. This is indicated in a course description.

Proficiency exams: Tests used to obtain credit in subjects for which you have adequate preparation. Each department administers its own test, and credit applies toward graduation. You must pass the test with a C or better to earn credit. You are charged for the tests according to credit hour; see the Fees and Expenses chapter.

Section: One class of a course. Courses with large enrollments are divided into sections. Sections are identified by letters, for example ART 171A, ART 171B. Each section has a unique CRN.

Semester credit hour: Unit used to measure course work. The number of credit hours is usually based on the number of hours per week the class meets; for example, a three-hour course typically meets three times a week for 50 minutes each time. One credit hour is usually assigned for two or three hours in laboratory and studio courses.

Sprint courses: Courses that meet for less than the full 15 week term. The sprint parts of term are Q, T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z. Sprint course meeting dates are printed in the schedule.

Time conflicts: Registration/Change of Schedule checks for time conflicts and will not permit you to add courses that meet at overlapping times.

Transcript: A copy of your academic record.

Unique ID: Every student, faculty, and staff member has been issued a Unique ID to identify them in the processing of university information. It consists of the first six letters of the last name, followed by the first and middle initials. Some Unique IDs end in a number rather than a middle initial because common last names and initials mean that a particular Unique ID is already in use. The Unique ID is not case sensitive. Both your Unique ID and MUNet password are required to login to Miami's web portal, MyMiami.

Variable credit hours: Range of credit hours for courses (usually independent study, special topics, thesis hours). Indicated with cumulative maximum in course description; for example (2-8; maximum 16).

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