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September 2016

Academic Integrity

All students at the University of Miami are expected to adhere to the academic standards in order to uphold the integrity of the institution. As members of the UM community, it is important that students as well as families understand the Honor Code as well as Student Rights and Responsibilities.

All students, full- and part-time, are responsible for reading, understanding, and upholding the University of Miami Honor Code, which was established to: Protect the academic integrity of the University of Miami, encourage consistent ethical behavior among students, and to foster a climate of fair competition. The Honor Council investigates complaints, determines the facts in a given case and, upon finding a violation of the Honor Code, assign appropriate sanctions. The Honor Council also proctors exams, makes Honor Code presentations to individual classes, and provides campus-wide programming.


Undergraduate Honor Code

By reason of its responsibility to promote its educational purpose, the University of Miami has the inherent right to preserve order and maintain stability through the setting of standards of conduct and the prescribing of procedures for the enforcement of such standards. The foundation underlying the prescription of student standards at the University of Miami is the tenet that the exercise of individual rights must be accompanied by an equal amount of responsibility. This assures that the same rights are not denied to others. By accepting membership in the University community, a student acquires rights in, as well as responsibilities to, the whole University community.


Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook


Office Spotlight: LGBTQ Student Center

LGBTQ Student Center
Opening its doors with an official opening on Thursday, August 25, 2016, the inaugural LGBTQ Student Center on campus serves as a nexus for the community of LGBTQ+ students and their allies. The center is housed in the Division of Student Affairs and located on the second floor of the Whitten University Center on the Coral Gables campus. The center is led by Director Dr. Van Bailey, who is committed to being on the cutting edge of identity-based work through a full-calendar of programming and peer-mentoring opportunities. The Center also serves as a safe space to study and socialize for LGBTQ+ students and their allies on campus.

LGBTQ Student Center

University of Miami LGBTQ Student Center

Dealing with Homesickness

Beginning college is a time of transition for your entire family. It is a time for parents and caretakers to shift from the role of “manager” to the role of “consultant” and a time for students to complete their transition from adolescence to adulthood. It a time of holding on and letting go. Starting college is incredibly exciting, but it can also bring up feelings of sadness, loss, and anxiety for both students and families. Here are some tips to help your student cope with this beginning time of transition.

  • Validate and normalize any feelings your student may be having, especially anxiety and homesickness.
  • Remind your student that it may take some time to find their niche in college and encourage them to be open to meeting new people.
  • Instead of quickly stepping in to resolve problems, listen to your college student and ask them how you can be helpful.
  • Stay in touch with your student, be it via social media, text, skype, email or phone. Create a regular communication routine. For example, every Sunday night have a phone conversation.
  • Send care packages to let them know you are thinking about them.
  • Remind your student (and yourselves) that college is a big academic transition from high school. Students may need time to learn how to be a college student and performance expectations may not be met initially. Be patient, understanding and supportive.
  • Visit, but not too often. Allow your student a chance to introduce their college life with you.
  • Remember it is common for students to have times when they feel overwhelmed and it can be very helpful to know they can call home for support. If you notice changes that concern you (significant change in mood, behavior, social activities, appearance, or academic functioning) remind your student that there are confidential services available on campus to help.

Resources for Families:

University of Miami Counseling Center 305-284-5511,

The Jed Foundation Resources for Parents,

Transition year-Your source for emotional health at college

College Parent Central

I’ll Miss you Too: The Off-to College Guide for Parents and Students by Woodacre & Carey (2015)

You’re on Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me): Mentoring your Child During the College Years by Savage (2009)

On behalf of the University of Miami Student Counseling Center, we welcome you and your student to the ’Cane family!

Understanding FERPA & Proxy Access


FERPA, an acronym for “The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act” (1974), is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. It protects the educational records of current and former students, regardless of their age. Once a student enrolls in college or other post-secondary school, all rights to the academic record belong to the student. What this means is that before the university can provide parents or any other third party with information protected under FERPA, we must receive written permission from the student. There are a few exceptions, which anb e found on our website ( However, to assist with communication between students and their parents on many of these issues, the university uses a proxy system via our CaneLink portal (see Proxy Access for more information).


Proxy Access to Student Record Information

Enrolled students can provide their Parents/Guardian proxy access to their CaneLink (new student information system) account. The process of creating and maintaining a proxy account is controlled by the student.

Delegate/proxy access may include any combination of the following: UM Billing and Online Payments, UM Financial Aid Information, UM Grade/Transcript Information, and UM Health Insurance Information. The student has the power to grant and revoke the access to any of the above areas of information for a proxy at any time.

For proxy access, the student must log into CaneLink and click on Go to Student Center. Then click on SHARE MY INFORMATION.


Register Now for Family Weekend 2016

Family Weekend 2016


October 6-9


Don't forget to register for Family Weekend 2016! Registration for Family Weekend is now open and will close on September 16. Visit for more information.


The University of Miami is excited to invite you to attend Family Weekend from Thursday, October 6, 2016 through Sunday, October 9, 2016. This weekend provides you the opportunity to visit with your student and take part in numerous activities and events that are planned for your enjoyment, including a University of Miami Football game against Florida State University on Saturday, October 8, 2016! Go 'Canes!

If you have any questions about Family Weekend, please contact the Family Weekend staff through the Department of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement at 305-284-5646 or by email at

To register for Family Weekend, family members will first need to set up a Proxy Account

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New Director of LGBTQ Center ‘Shows Up’

UM Weaves Many Cultural Threads into a Fabric of Belonging

The University of Miami | Department of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement
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(305) 284-5646 |