Packing lists, move-in resources, and more
Packing lists, move-in resources, and more

Miami Family,

We're thrilled that many of our first year students are headed to Oxford over the next week. As you cross final items off your to-do lists, please also review the information in this newsletter, focused on move-in, some changes students will see on campus this fall, and tips for communicating with your student. 
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Love and Honor,
Mark W. Pontious, Ph.D. '19
Director, Parent & Family Programs

Packing lists: What to bring and what to leave!

As your family continues to gather items that your student will bring to Oxford in the next week, it is important to understand what is provided, what we recommend students bring or buy, and what is prohibited in the residence halls. We encourage you and your student to review all of the helpful information located in the FAQ section of the Housing website. This site includes additional information useful in preparing you and your student for their transition to Miami.
Miami provides:
Twin XL bed
Desk and chair 
Wastebasket and trash bags 
Closet or wardrobe 
Towel rack 
High-speed wired and wireless internet 
Window shades 
Students should bring:
Umbrella/rain jacket
Shower tote and toiletries 
Shower shoes 
High efficiency laundry detergent 
Bed sheets
Laundry bag/pop-up basket 
Alarm clock 
UL approved power strips 
Desk lamp 
Kuerig-style coffee maker*
First-aid kit 
"S" hooks to hang pictures** 
Items to coordinate with roommate(s):
Microwave (700 watts or less) 
Area Rug 
Prohibited items:
Toasters/popcorn poppers 
Electric blankets 
Personal refrigerators 
Personal air conditioners 
Personal bed lofts 
Wireless printers (unless wireless function disabled) 
Non-circuit breaker equipped power strips/extension cords 
*Keurig-style, single-serve coffee makers are permitted. Heating element must be contained within unit.
**Scotch tape, duct tape, double-sided tape, 3M hooks, and nails are prohibited. These items damage walls and will result in repair charges to your student's account. Save the trouble and use "S-hooks" or removable putty. An s-hook (moulding hook) is pictured to the right. Many rooms will have hooks from previous residents and they are readily available for sale in Oxford.
Move In at Miami
We are excited for students to move into the residence halls next week! As a reminder, it is important that you and your student plan to move-in during the assigned window to help with social distancing. In addition to the arrival testing letter sent yesterday, there are several websites with information specific to living on campus at Miami:
Don't forget about the move-in webinar that occurred September 8. The recording is now available on our Webinars page. Again, we are looking forward to your safe arrival on campus. 

10 updates to campus for this fall

Ten updates to campus students will see this fall semester, information provided in link
The Miami community is excited to welcome back students in the next week for fall semester. To prepare your student, university communications has highlighted 10 updates to campus students will see this fall semester. Learn more on the Campus Services Health and Safety website or through the What to Expect: Fall 2020 video.

Ways to stay in touch with your student who lives on campus

Communicating with your student through their transition to campus can be a challenge for many families, especially given the time we are in. Below are suggestions for effectively communicating with your student as the semester begins:
Discuss expectations with your student early. Many families feel that they are interrupting their student if they call or text. Setting clear boundaries and expectations of communication (how and when you will communicate, who will initiate it) not only shows respect for your student's space, but allows both parent and student to agree on scheduled times to connect.
Ask about your student's experience. This is an exciting time for your student; let them tell you about their experiences. Ask questions about what your student is involved in or how classes are going. Asking qestions that cannot be answered with a simple yes or no ("What are you learning in class?" not "Are you going to class?"), allows your student to share experiences without feeling as if you are checking up on them. 
Trust that your student is on track. With students out of the house after months of online instruction, it is an adjustment for you too. Trust that your students are managing their commitments well, and that they are the main agents of their educational experience. That being said, if your student is struggling you are always a resource. Offer advice and connect them to services on campus that assist with time management or academic tutoring. Show your student that you believe in them, then let them work through their experiences. This is beneficial to their development as young adults.
Try new forms of communication. Technology is ever changing in our society, especially during the past few months. Using new forms of communication such as Zoom or other video platforms is a great way to find unique new methods of communication. 
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