File taxes, review credit/no-credit policy, and let us know where you are!
File taxes, review credit/no-credit policy, and let us know where you are!
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Friday, April 3 | Spring Semester 2020

International students and scholars are required by law to file US tax documents before the tax deadline. Please note that the US Government (IRS) has extended the federal filing and payment deadline to July 15th, 2020 for tax year 2019 due to the COVID-19 situation. The filing and payment deadlines for Ohio and local city tax returns (RITA), including school district taxes, have also now been extended to July 15th. Even with the extended deadline, ISSS advises you to complete your tax obligations as soon as possible.

If you earned income while in the U.S. in 2019, you are required to file a tax return. If you received income from Miami University you should have received information from the Payroll Office including access to the Sprintax software, which can be used to file your taxes.

If you did not earn income while in the U.S. in 2019, you must file Form 8843 only.

Failure to comply with your U.S. tax obligations will result in a breach of IRS regulations and may jeopardize future U.S. visa opportunities.
Programs and Events
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows for international students to gain valuable professional development related to their academic program before they graduate. If you are interested in CPT, please bring your questions to the Applying for CPT webinar/online info session on April 7, 12pm EDT.

Spring Semester 2020 Important Dates to Know: 

April 17: Last day to withdraw from a course 

May 8: Deadline for requesting credit/no credit
See the Immigration Tip below for important considerations regarding the credit/no credit policy. 

May 15: Last Day of Spring Semester
Immigration tip
Credit/No-Credit Grading Policy

The credit/no-credit grading policy has changed for the Spring 2020 term. Until May 8, students will have the option to select credit/no-credit grading for certain courses (check BannerWeb to see if this option is available for specific courses). 

While this option is intended to provide relief in the midst of the disruption caused by COVID-19, it is important that you carefully consider whether a change to credit/no-credit grading is beneficial for your situation. Changing a course to credit/no-credit grading does not cause the credit hours for that course to be dropped from your enrollment. However, you should be sure that credit/no-credit changes do not disrupt other requirements for normal progress toward your degree completion.

Remember that you have ample time to exercise this option, so please consider it carefully and seek out your Academic advisor or ISSS advising as needed.
Where are you? 
To help ISSS better support our international student and scholars, please let us know know your current location:
Where am I?
If your plans change, please resubmit the ISSS form for your Spring 2020 learning location.

If you are still in the US and living at a different address than you were at the beginning of the semester, please make sure to update your Local (Off-campus) address in BannerWeb:
  1. Log in to BannerWeb
  2. Select the Personal Information tab
  3. Select Update Address and Phone link
  4. Select Local (Off-campus) address to update
  5. Enter new data in the appropriate fields to update your address
  6. Click Submit button 
Applications are now open for the 2020-2021 Dean of Students’ Advisory Board (DAB). DAB creates an opportunity for students to influence positive change on campus, celebrate student accomplishments, and help the Office of the Dean of Students set priorities and create initiatives. 

All students are welcome to apply.  DAB is looking for a diverse group of students, so please apply regardless of class standing or leadership experience. Apply online by April 30.
The board is expected to meet bi-weekly on Fridays throughout the 2020-21 academic year.
If you are living off-campus, please remember to make sure you are counted in the 2020 Census. More information can be found at: Miami University Census 2020 page or the City of Oxford Census page.
The ELL Writing Center is now all online! Need help with writing assignments? Make an online appointment at
Please remember to maintain social distancing guidelines:
Social Distancing is trying to keep yourself away from other people during infectious disease outbreaks. (Graphic: of 5 stick figures spaced 6 feet apart) You should maintain distance of sixe feet from others and take every effort to distance yourself whenever possible. Mike DeWine, Governor of Ohio. Ohio Department of Health.
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